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Getting acquainted with Linux: a primer on dipping into the ‘Free’ software world

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So what is Linux all about and where did it come from? Linux is a term broadly used to refer to the collection of operating systems belonging to the GNU/Linux distributions (see box on the history of GNU/Linux.) A distribution is basically an operating system that is based on a variation of the GNU/Linux core.

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Chinese, Russian, tech giants join global open source efforts

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Alibaba and Yandex joining these open source efforts confounds their home nations' occasionally-expressed intentions to build technology ecosystems less dependent on US companies. Both China and Russia have cited post-Snowden security concerns as the reason they're keen to rely on indigenous technologies. With their tech giants now participating in global efforts alongside US entities, technological isolation looks rather harder to achieve.

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Kodi 15 "Isengard" Gets Its First Update with New FFmpeg and Dozens of Bugfixes

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The Kodi development team announced a few minutes ago, August 16, that the first maintenance release of the Kodi 15.0 "Isengard" open-source media center software is now available for download for all supported platforms.

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PLUMgrid Partners With Linux Foundation To Open-Source Its IO Visor Project

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The project will be based on PLUMgrid’s existing IO Visor technology, which the company is donating to the project. The Linux Foundation will offer additional support.

The trend in compute, storage and networking is toward virtualization, and PLUMgrid argues that I/O and networking subsystems need to keep up, especially when it comes to Internet of Things applications.

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SalesAgility updates open source SuiteCRM and announces 80 language packs

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SalesAgility, the leading provider of cloud-based open source Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software, today announced several significant enhancements to its world-leading free and open source SuiteCRM.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Google Chrome 46 (Dev) Brings Interesting New Features
  • OPNFV Project Announces Keynotes for First Open Source NFV Summit in November
  • LinkedIn Makes Hadoop Tools Available as Open Source Project

    This week, LinkedIn announced that it is turning Gradle into an open source project. Alex Bain, senior software engineer for LinkedIn, says that LinkedIn has a vested interest in making Gradle, a plug-in to Hadoop, a bigger part of a rapidly growing Hadoop ecosystem. For example, as the Apache Spark in-memory computing project continues to evolve, Bain says that LinkedIn would like to see open source contributions that extended the reach of Gradle to both Hadoop and Spark.

  • How the cloud will devour open source

    Yes, we have Red Hat. But that's all we have. Investor (and former open source executive) Peter Levine insists that "we will never have another Red Hat," and he's right. But this may be because the Amazons of the world are increasingly eating the Red Hats of the world -- one SaaS business at a time.

  • Digium Launches iOS, Android SDKs for Respoke Communications Platform

    The unified communications (UC) solutions provider this week released Android and iOS software development kits (SDKs) for its Respoke communications platform. Digium said the kits are now available under a permissive open source license.

  • New Open Source SDKs for Native In-App Communications Released
  • Pixar is making another in-house animation tool free for anyone to use

    Last year, Pixar made its in-house animation software RenderMan free for non-commercial use, giving would-be filmmakers a powerful tool to get started with animated shorts and films. Now, it's following this up by making another piece of in-house software not only free, but also open source. Pixar's Universal Scene Description tool (USD) acts as an assembly station for input from various animation apps, making it easier to combine characters and objects into a single "scene graph" — a basic layer of the animation — for smoother workflow. Unlike with Renderman, though, Pixar doesn't want to empower just amateur filmmakers, but also create an industry standard that it hopes will drive innovation. The company is preparing the open-source project for a summer 2016 launch, but for more information (and to read exciting terms like "layered overrides" and "cached geometry"), check out Pixar's full announcement.

  • Pixar to Open-Source USD Software
  • Pixar to offer yet another in-house animation tool absolutely free
  • Pixar To Release A New Open-Source Tool For Animators
  • Gazan medico team 3D-prints world-leading stethoscope for 30c

    Tarek Loubani, an emergency physician working in the Gaza strip, has 3D-printed a 30 cent stethoscope that beats the world's best $200 equivalent as part of a project to bottom-out the cost of medical devices.

  • CNS 2015 Day 2 and 3
  • 7 things every new programmer should know

    As a developer, chances are you’ll spend a good deal of time working with a fancy IDE or code editor. However, also knowing how to get things done at the command line could occasionally make your life easier.

    “Sometimes you find yourself on a machine where stuff has to be done right now and tools are very limited,” one 20-year veteran programmer, who wished to remain anonymous, told me. “Know the shell like you know how to breath. Tools like find, comm, diff, vi/vim, sed, awk. How to write little scripts right on the command line to find the file that needs to change right f’ing now because production is broken and Joe who fat fingered a URL in said unknown file is on vacation in Fiji.”

    Bull, who started using Microsoft tools, then slowly moved to Linux, agreed, saying, “I would have learned the ins and outs of the command line and all of the useful utilities that are available on a *nix system. I can actually recall code that I wrote years ago, and probably spent days or weeks working on, that probably could have been done better in a grep + awk one-liner.”

Xperia Z3+ and Xperia Z4 Tablet join Sony’s open source project

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Like most big companies that produce Android phones and tablets, Sony tends to load up its phones with its own custom version of Google’s operating system. But unlike most phone companies, Sony also runs an open source project that provides the tools developers and users may need to install stock Android software on some devices.

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Also: Sony Adds The First 64-Bit Devices To Its Open Device Project

Using open-source to turn tech challenges into solutions | #theCUBE

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IBM has joined forces with the open-source movement to turn many of these challenges into solutions. “We have got to be a key part of what’s happening in open source.”

With Linux, Thomas said, “It was about, how can we build a core technology and knowledge around Linux but then use that to help our clients solve problems. We think we’re at a similar juncture, but now on the data side.”

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Leftovers: OSS

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Waving the open source flag in Australia

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I am a strong believer that community is the power behind open source code. There are companies who contribute and partake in large contributions to open source software (OSS) projects but the smart ones will always acknowledge the community behind it. I also feel the open source movement is littered with projects that have sprung from corporations rather than individuals, however their power only shines when they enable a community to partake in its roadmap.

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$15 Orange Pi PC hacker SBC packs 1.6GHz quad-core SoC

Shenzhen Xunlong tipped a $15 “Orange Pi PC” SBC with a 1.6GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 SoC, Pi-compatible expansion, HDMI, 100Mbit Ethernet, quad USB, and more. Late last year and early this year, Shenzhen Xunlong Software introduced a family of open-spec, Linux- and Android-ready “Orange Pi” single board computers. The first two, the $49 Orange Pi and $40 Orange Pi Mini, were built with the Allwinner A20 SoC, featuring a dual-core, 1GHz Cortex-A7 CPU and PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU. They were soon followed by the $59 Orange Pi Plus, based on a new, low cost quad-core, 1.6GHz Cortex-A7 Allwinner H3 SoC, featuring a Mali-400 MP2 GPU. Read more

Mozilla and Add-ons

  • Firefox 40.0.3 Brings Bug-Fixes Only
  • Reactions to Mozilla’s announcement about upcoming Firefox add-on changes
  • Mixed Feelings Greet Mozilla's Add-ons Overhaul
    Also new is a requirement for add-ons to be reviewed and signed by Mozilla before their deployment. Back in April, Mozilla's security lead Daniel Veditz published The Case for Extension Signing, addressing the volume of feedback their announcement had generated from the developer community. Veditz said the internet browsing experience for tens of thousands of people was being shaped by "third party add-ons in ways they did not choose and that benefit third parties, not the user."
  • Please, God, Don't Let Mozilla Ruin Firefox
    A week ago, Mozilla shed some light on its future, laying out a plan on how the browser is going to dramatically change in the upcoming months. While most of us understood "Chrome extensions were coming to Firefox," it is not as simple as we all thought.
  • The future of Firefox Add-ons - Nope
    Once in a while, I must give my sermons, to help you figure out how things work. Why this is not going to be good for us, the users, and why we must duly prepare, in advance. As it happens, Mozilla does not fully understand the market. It truly does not. When you make decisions based on incorrect data, you are bound to make a disastrous choice. Let's try to amend this, if possible.

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