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  • Now Seeking Nominations for the Open Source Initiative's 2016 Board Elections

    The time is once more upon us to elect board members for the Open Source Initiative. This organisation is led by its members, and as such your participation both as a voter, or as a candidate, is essential to our continued success in protecting and promoting open source software, development and communities, and championing software freedom in society through education, collaboration, and infrastructure. If you are not already a member, consider changing that now so you can participate in our upcoming elections!

  • 7 Things to Consider Before Fuzzing a Large Open Source Project

    One of the best practices for secure development is dynamic analysis. Among the various dynamic analysis techniques, fuzzing has been highly popular since its invention and a multitude of fuzzing tools of varying sophistication have been developed. It can be enormously fun to take the latest fuzzing tool and see just how many ways you can crash your favorite application. But what if you are a developer of a large project which does not lend itself to being fuzzed easily? How should you approach dynamic analysis in this case?

  • The Apache® Software Foundation Announces Strong Momentum; Enters 2016 More Influential, Innovative, Efficient, and with a New Look
  • The Apache Software Foundation Reaches Some Remarkable Milestones

    The Apache Software Foundation is out with some news and metrics on its size and reach, and it's clear that the organization has advanced open source in enormous ways. In fact, this site runs on Apache tools.

    While not everyone realizes it, The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) is an all-volunteer effort, and it incubates more than 350 open source projects and initiatives, including Cordova, Flex, Lucene/Solr, Maven, OpenOffice, Tomcat, and the flagship Apache HTTP Server. Here are more details.

  • Google Open Sources Seesaw for Network Load Balancing

    Google has open-sourced another internal software project. This one, called Seesaw, is a load-balancing platform that is based on Linux. It's now available under an Apache 2.0 license.

  • What's the real reason Microsoft and Google are releasing open source?

    Although the general perception of open source has definitely advanced since Microsoft's "un-American" comments, the best companies are not open sourcing things for the altruism. There are real, strategic reasons hidden behind the warm and fuzzy glow of open source.

    [...]

    To counter all that, Microsoft has to provide a better open source option so that people pick the product because it has the best features. They may or may not decide to run it on Azure, but it reduces the chances that Google's platform will become the default choice.

  • Luxemo, Cloud Security Alliance and Others Ramp Up Secure Cloud Solutions

    As open source-centric cloud deployments have proliferated, so have concerns about the security of those deployments. Have you heard of the cloud access security broker (CASB) space? If not, we covered it here. Keeping cloud deployments and tasks secure is a big deal at many organizations, and CipherCloud, which focuses on data protection, and the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) have formed a Cloud Security Open API Working Group to jointly define protocols and best practices for implementing cloud data security.

  • Jos Poortvliet: Why use ZIP instead of TAR?

    In the beginning, we used tar.bz2. As ownCloud gained Windows Server support, we added zip. Once we dropped Windows support, we could have killed the zip files. But we had reasons not to: tar is, sadly, not perfect.

  • WordPress 4.4.2 Security and Maintenance Release

    WordPress 4.4.2 is now available. This is a security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.

    WordPress versions 4.4.1 and earlier are affected by two security issues: a possible XSS for certain local URIs, reported by Ronni Skansing; and an open redirection attack, reported by Shailesh Suthar.

  • Wired – UNICEF Invests $9m In ‘Open Source’ Tech To Save Children’s Lives
  • UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking for open source tech startups
  • UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking for open source tech startups

    Never has there been a better time to use technology for good. On Monday, UNICEF announced the inception of its Innovation Fund, the purpose of which will be to invest in open source technology startups. Targeted at young companies seeking to improve the lives of children across the world, the UNICEF Innovation Fund has already raised $9 million that will be used to assist innovators in developing countries a pool of financial resources that will help them take their projects to the next level.

  • FLOSS And European Governments

    While the idea of making FLOSS mandatory went down the drain in France, it’s huge progress that the idea was even conceived and considered. Likely the only reason that requirement was rejected was the fear that certain applications would not be available as FLOSS. It’s time the tail quit wagging the dog.

  • Where are your symbols, debuginfo and sources?

    A package is more than a binary – make it observable

  • Linux: Not for license dodgers [Ed: GPL FUD]

    I am sure that this will have raised the question: "Should I use Linux?"

    Linux is a mature operating system that is proven as a viable operating system and can be very reliable. This is also true for your embedded system. So the answer is a positive "maybe".

  • Future Thinking III: Make/Use and open source design

    Authorship has always been a divisive issue in design fields. In architecture the ownership, or at least attribution of the brilliant idea, has long been bound up in the personality cults of prolific marketers. Through the modern movement, architects like Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright epitomized the heroic, iconographic, and hetero-patriarchal, persona of the architect in charge. They were regarded, and still are by many, as singular geniuses to whom exclusive authorship is easily attributed.

  • What would you do if GitHub shut down tomorrow?

    GitHub has become a major resource for many developers, but is it a good idea for them to be so dependent on one site? A Linux redditor recently asked the question "what would you do if GitHub shut down tomorrow?" and got some interesting answers from his fellow redditors.

  • 11 Skills And Programming Languages To Become A Professional Web Developer

    Apart from learning the basic skills like HTML and CSS, the road to becoming a successful web developer needs some extra skills. These qualities set you apart from the others and make you a hot commodity among the big companies looking for ninja developers.

  • Founders Workbench 3.0 Launches New Open Source Navigation Tool and e-Learning Series for the Startup Community
  • AWS – we view open source as a companion [Ed: proprietary and at times malicious]

    In one of the last installments of our series marking the upcoming Container World (February 16 – 18, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, USA), BCN talks to Deepak Singh, General Manager of Amazon EC2 Container Service, AWS

  • Background Sync & Other Traits Come To Chrome 49 Beta
  • Chrome 49 Beta improves background sync, introduces new APIs, more

Linux and FOSS Events (DevConf.cz, SCaLE 14x, I love Free Software Day, LCA, Open Networking Summit)

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  • DevConf.cz, Brno, Czech Republic

    DevConf.cz (Developer Conference) is a free annual conference for all Linux and JBoss Community Developers, Admins and Linux users organized by Red Hat Czech Republic in cooperation with the Fedora and JBoss communities.

  • Highlights of SCaLE 14x

    2016 started off with a bang. Linux dominated CES, where many Linux-based products were showcased. The first month of the year also brought us one of the largest community-driven open source events of North America -- the Southern California Linux Expo, aka SCaLE.

  • I love Free Software Day 2016

    In the Free Software society we exchange a lot of criticism. We write bug reports, tell others how they can improve the software, ask them for new features, and generally are not shy about criticising others. There is nothing wrong about that. It helps us to constantly improve. But sometimes we forget to show the hardworking people behind the software our appreciation. We should not underestimate the power of a simple "thank you" to motivate Free Software contributors in their important work for society. The 14th of February (a Sunday this year) is the ideal day to do that.

  • Linux Conference brings 560 delegates to Geelong, prompting calls for convention centre

    TECH experts from big guns including Google, IBM, ­Hewlett-Packard and Intel are among almost 600 delegates from 22 countries in Geelong for a major conference.

    But organisers say the event could be even bigger if the city had a purpose-built convention centre.

    The Linux Conference, which began on Monday and winds up on Friday, focuses on free and open source technologies and is the biggest of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region.

    Conference second-in-command Kathy Reid said the event would provide “technically in-depth” talks from world experts.

  • Open Networking Summit Will Highlight Enterprise Open Source SDN

    Making software-defined networking (SDN) scalable, deploying SDN-friendly containers, SDN's role in IoT and lots more are on the list of topics that speakers will explore at next month's Open Networking Summit, which promotes open source SDN technologies.

    The summit, sponsored by the Linux Foundation, will take place in Santa Clara from March 14-17. The Linux Foundation on Tuesday released the first list of speakers and topics. The complete program will be available next week.

Top Open Source Firewalls for Small Business

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The Internet is a big, scary place, and so we must protect our small business networks with strong, reliable firewalls. Firewalls can range from a simple gadget that keeps bad data packets out of networks to sophisticated multi-function gateways.

Open source operating systems like Linux, FreeBSD, and OpenBSD include tons of built-in networking and security features. That makes them natural platforms for building security products, and most commercial firewalls are built on one of them. You have a multitude of choice: from tiny embedded systems for broadband wireless routers, to giant enterprise firewalls with all the bells-and-whistles—from free community support to paid commercial support.

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Open source app takes on Ebola and mental health in Liberia

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The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Liberia already had an understanding of its frontline health workers capacity and ability thanks to the implementation of IntraHealth's iHRIS, a simple, easy-to-use, open source software system that supplies health-sector leaders with information to track, manage, and plan with the health workforce. And thanks to UNICEF's RapidPro, an open source SMS platform that allows anyone to build interactive messaging systems using an easy visual interface, Liberia has been able to reach health workers using basic talk and text mobile phones. The Liberian MOHSW was now able to use a new product, mHero, created during an interoperability hackathon sponsored by Intrahealth and UNICEF. Other participants in mHero development include USAID, K4Health, ThoughtWorks, and Jembi Health Systems.

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Open source at largest of German pension fund

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‘Deutsche Rentenversicherung Bund’ (German Federal Pension Insurance) the largest of the country’s 16 pension insurers, is increasing its use of open source solutions. The fund uses Linux servers and Apache solutions on its x86 and mainframe computers. The pension insurer last week published a call for tender, seeking assistance for its Linux and Apache-based services and for other open source solutions it has in use.

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Fotoxx 16.02 Open Source Image Editor Released with Cartoon Effect, More

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Michael Cornelison informs us about the general availability of the February maintenance release of his open source image editor software Fotoxx for all GNU/Linux operating systems.

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European Parliament repeats call for open source

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For the second time in just three months, the European Parliament has called on the European Commission to to increase the share of free and open source software. On 19 January, in a so-called own-initiative report, the EP also urged the EC to use this type of software to promote reuse in and between public administrations as a solution to increase interoperability.

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France Assembly encourages use of free software

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The French Parliament has last week approved a first draft law for a Digital Republic, which encourages the use of free software by the country's public administrations. The Assembly (France's lower house) rejected calls by proponents to make free software mandatory. However, the draft Digital Law does consider source code of software developed by or for public administrations to be public information, which should be made available on request.

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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  • 12 coolest Firefox About:Config Tips and Tricks to protect your Privacy

    Protect your privacy in Mozilla’s Firefox using these 12 cool About:Config tips and tricks

    Everyone is worried about privacy these days and most browsers leak your personal browsing history for variety of reasons. Though you cant control all that the browser can snoop on you, you can make certain changes in the way your browser behaves to control the same.

  • ElectroBSD – Free as in free (electro) beer and freedom

    The Electro Beer Software Distribution (ElectroBSD) is an experimental operating system designed to be used in hostile environments like Germany.

    ElectroBSD is (supposed to be) free software but hasn't been released yet.

  • Beyond Open Access And Open Data: Open Science -- And No Patents

    This obsession with patenting that bedevils research at many academic institutions, and the poor returns it produces, is something that Techdirt has written about before. Eschewing patents, and sharing results, data, software and algorithms is bold enough, but arguably even bolder is the requirement that collaborators from other institutions must do the same...

  • Stand with Diego. Support Open Access.

    There’s a battle taking place over the future of academic publishing, but the impact that battle will have on the world is anything but academic. The stakes are high, and there are real casualties.

    Today and tomorrow, there’s an oral hearing taking place for Diego Gomez, a Colombian student being prosecuted for sharing another student’s Master’s thesis with colleagues over the Internet—something that thousands of researchers do every day. Diego faces the possibility of years in prison, thanks to the steep penalties for copyright infringement that Colombia implemented as part of a 2012 trade agreement with the United States.

    EFF has long held that extreme criminal copyright rules chill people’s rights, especially in countries where copyright law doesn’t protect users’ freedom of speech through robust fair use exceptions.

We’re in a brave, new post open source world

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Two startups, in particular: GitHub and Stack Overflow. Together, they launched a new chapter for software technology. And the decisions we make from here will determine how the next 5–10 years of software unfold.

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