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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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  • Chiosi: Open Source Necessary, Not Sufficient

    Margaret Chiosi has long been an open source advocate, but the former AT&T, now Huawei, executive acknowledged here today that open source by itself is not enough -- and the gap between what it provides and what carrier-class products require is an industry challenge.

    "You have all these open source pieces -- they are great initial pieces, but you can't just clean it up and run it, because it's not complete," Chiosi said, in an interview following her keynote presentation here. "The challenge for the industry is how do we get from here to production -- there are a lot of gaps."

    Chiosi's comments echo those made earlier in the week by another staunch open source proponent, Guru Parulkar, a founder of ONS and current executive director of the Open Networking Foundation. Parulkar noted the resources gap between what open source can deliver -- code, proofs-of-concept and lab trials -- and the commercialization and hardening processes needed to take products to market. (See Open Source Boom Not Without Challenges.)

  • Telecoms copying cloud providers make beeline for open source, say analysts
  • Open Networking Takes Next Steps Up the Stack
  • AT&T's Rice: ONAP will help the industry take advantage of ECOMP and Open-O
  • How ONAP Will Merge Millions of Lines of Code from ECOMP and Open-O
  • ONS 2017 Tracks Progress of Open Source Networking Projects
  • Open Source, Cybersecurity, Fintech Relationships: A Look Back at the North American Trading Architecture Summit

    This year’s North American Trading Architecture Summit was packed full of great insight from industry leaders in financial technology.

    Another Waters conference has come and gone, and yet again I’m left with plenty to chew on. The North American Trading Architecture Summit (NATAS) is particularly special for me, as it’s geared more toward the sell side.

  • HackerOne CEO: The tech industry has some 'catching up to do' on software security

    Remember the open source adage that "given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow?" Well, open source hasn't quite worked out that way. Heartbleed, Shellshock, and a host of other security holes have made open source, for all its virtues, look somewhat ordinary when it comes to bugginess and security.

    At least, that's one way to read the data.

    According to open source business luminary and HackerOne CEO Marten Mickos, however, open source absolutely has delivered better security than its proprietary peers. Perhaps even more important, however, is how open source enables bug bounty programs launched by HackerOne and others to be dramatically more successful than they could be in a closed-source context.

  • Speak at The Linux Foundation’s Open Source Summit North America in L.A.

    Four events, one name: LinuxCon, ContainerCon, CloudOpen and the all-new Community Leadership Conference have combined to form one big event: Open Source Summit North America. The rebranded event, to be held Sept. 11-13 in Los Angeles, will feature a broader range of open source topics, and be more inclusive than ever.

    Each of the four conference areas bring a different part of the open source community to the table, providing a holistic overview of the industry for attendees of the new Open Source Summit.

  • It’s Time for Open Citations

    Today, Mozilla is announcing support for the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC), an effort to make citation data from scholarly publications open and freely accessible.

    We’re proud to stand alongside the Wikimedia Foundation, the Public Library of Science and a network of other like-minded institutions, publishers and researchers who believe knowledge should be free from restrictions. We want to create a global, public web of citation data — one that empowers teaching, learning, innovation and progress.

    Currently, much of the citation data in scholarly publications is not easily accessible. From geology and chemistry journals to papers on psychology, the citations within are often subject to restrictive and confusing licenses which limit discovery and dissemination of published research. Further, citation data is often not machine readable — meaning we can’t use computer programs to parse the data.

    Mozilla understands that in some cases, scholarly publications themselves must be protected or closed in order to respect proprietary ecosystems and business models. But citations are snippets of knowledge that allow everyone to engage with, evaluate and build upon ideas. When citations are inaccessible, the flow of knowledge stalls. Innovation is chilled. The results are damaging.

  • Uber’s open source data visualization tool now goes beyond maps

    You may not be aware, but Uber offers an open source version of the data visualization framework it uses internally, called The tool was made available to anyone via open source license last November, and now it’s getting some key updates that should help make it more useful to external teams and individuals looking for interesting ways to take their data and turn it into compelling visual representations.

  • Mastodon is launched; Now everyone 'Toots' instead of tweeting
  • Meet Mastodon: The 'new' Twitter
  • Mastodon is here; will you stop tweeting and start tooting?
  • What living off the grid taught me about openness

    A sip of maple water, drawn straight from a steel bucket in the forest is electric; it's icy crisp, not too sweet, and tastes like trees and sky distilled into light. Perched on snowshoes, sweetly freezing your butt in the sugarbush, it's like a trickle of forest energy down your throat.

  • New Large-Scale Initiative Aims To Increase Open Access To Scholarly Research

    The Wikimedia Foundation, Public Library of Science (PLoS), and other publishers and research organisations have announced an initiative aimed at increase the amount of scholarly citation data freely available online, called the Initiative for Open Citations.

    The I4OC initiative is accessible here. At present, there are 66 participating organisations, including 29 publishers and 33 stakeholders, including the Wellcome Trust, Mozilla, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

  • European Commission May Join Gates Foundation And Wellcome Trust In Becoming An Open Access Publisher

    Open access isn't a new idea -- the term was first defined back in 2002, and arguably the first examples go back even further to the founding of in 1991 (pdf). And yet progress towards making all academic knowledge freely available has been frustratingly slow, largely because hugely-profitable publishers have been fighting it every inch of the way. In response to that intransigence, academics have come up with a variety of approaches, including boycotts, mass cancellation of subscriptions, new kinds of overlay journals and simply making everything available with or without permission.

  • Solving the cross-platform emoji problem

    However, as nice as they look on some platforms, not everyone is able to see emoji in the same way. Even though Unicode declares a standard to ensure that characters are strictly defined and are compatible across any system that uses Unicode, they aren't responsible for the design of emoji.

  • Windows ransomware variant targets healthcare sector [iophk: "Microsoft"]

    Philadelphia is believed to be a new version of the ransomware known as Stampado.

A beginner's guide to microblogging on Mastodon

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GNU Social is a social communication software for both public and private communications. It's a microblogging platform in which any person or group of people can run their own nodes of communication, and also connect these nodes to one another for intercommunication. It solves the ownership problem in both the literal and emotional sense: the code, being open source (AGPL), is owned by everyone, and the nodes themselves are so numerous that users can shop around to find a community that best suits them, or start a personal node.

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OSS Leftovers

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  • Open Collective is a GoFundMe-like service for open source projects

    Open source technology permeates throughout our society, playing an important role in much of the technological advancements in the world, such as the WordPress blogging platform. Developers recognize the value of these projects, but there is some grumbling about how there should be ways for project contributors to be remunerated for their contributions.

    Currently, developers have the option to solicit funds to support their efforts using PayPal or some other payment mechanism, but supporters may be skeptical about their donations going towards the open source project instead of lining the pockets of a single individual. Additionally, some contributors may be wary about being the person tasked with collecting these funds. This is something that Open Collective wants to solve. It is already using its service to help developers quickly set up virtual legal entities on-demand to collect contributions in a transparent manner.

  • San Francisco is in a race to have hack-proof voting booths before the 2020 election

    Most of these machines are made by just three companies—Dominion Voting Systems, Hart InterCivic, and Election System and Software. Together, these companies comprise a powerful oligopoly in the market, and keep their software secret from the public. So, if we want to validate their security and accuracy, beyond the arguably insufficient certification process, we just have to take the corporations’ word for it.


    Proponents of open-source elections seek to bust the trust of proprietary equipment. Successfully doing so would mean that municipalities across the country, armed with software that is open to public inspection and license, would no longer be forced to conduct balloting using systems that are controlled by a single vendor from end to end. Instead, they could use the open-source software of their choice, and run it on the hardware of their choice, provided the technologies are certified.

  • From The PediaTrician: Open Source Is Still Pretty Cool

    This week, I had the opportunity to create several new listings in Virtuapedia's Industry Organizations, which is one of the most unique and useful parts of the Pedia. In it, there are more than 400 organizations and standards bodies that all directly relate to the communications industry, including descriptions of what they do, vendor members and industry professional members.

  • SocGen sings the praises of open source

    SocGen is burnishing its open source credentials by sponsoring an initiative by Inria, the French National Institute for computer science and applied mathematics, to create a global library of source code.


    For the 5000 staff working at Les Dunes, Societe Generale’s technology hub in eastern Paris, the potential of open source software is evaluated for each and every project under review, says Xavier Lofficial, group head of transformation, processes and information systems at Societe Generale

  • Mozilla Thunderbird 52.0 Debuts with PulseAudio Support on Linux, New Features

    Mozilla officially launched the final release of the Thunderbird 52.0 open-source email, chat, calendar and news client for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows platforms.

  • Open-source firm MongoDB denies it has ties to CIA

    The company that produces the open source cross-platform document-oriented database MongoDB has denied that it has any direct ties to the CIA, despite the fact that the spy agency's venture capital arm is listed as one of its investors.

    Jack Costley, MongoDB Inc's senior communications manager, told iTWire in response to queries that In-Q-Tel, the CIA's venture capital arm, was a small investor in MongoDB.

  • Bullhorn Announces Developer Partner Program and Open Source Portal, Creating Open Ecosystem for Partners to Create Incredible Customer Experiences

ONAP Project moves on code release; names new members, directors

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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  • Big, open hypocrites? Open source big data analytics brings out the Beauty and the Beast in tech

    The virtues of open source have long been shouted from the rooftops by all those that invested in it, both financially and spiritually, and really, that’s what the DataWorks Summit in Munich has been pushing.

    There’s a belief that the open source way of working can play a key role in fundamentally changing the way that the technology industry operates, and it’s one that seems to be resonating with vendors and customers alike.

  • Companies, colleges using open-source platforms for financial literacy

    A growing coalition of companies, colleges and research institutions is trying to tackle financial literacy as a societal problem.

    "This is not an issue that's just about poverty," said Beth Coco. Last year, she left her post as entrepreneur-in-residence at University at Albany's Small Business Development Center to head a financial literacy program through SEFCU.

  • Building a Secure Bootloader for the Intel Quark Microcontrollers D2000 and SE C1000 [Ed: Impossible. No secure boot is possible on anything Intel because it comes with a back door: the ME.]
  • Firmware Management for MCUs: The Quark Bootloader Approach - Daniele Alessandrelli, Intel [Ed: Intel talking about "security" is like Microsoft talking about "love", Google talking about "good", and Facebook about "privacy"]
  • Unlocking Business Value with Open Source GIS

    It has been estimated that 50 to 80 percent of modern enterprises aren’t using their location data to aid in making business decisions. And yet, the global geographic information system (GIS) market is anticipated to reach $14.6 billion by 2020, signaling massive opportunities for growth. At the same time, organizations are moving away from proprietary software and the burden of single-vendor lock-in towards more flexible and budget-friendly open-source solutions. The concurrent rise in GIS and open source is creating new ways for organizations–to make the most of the geospatial data at their disposal and turn it into actionable insights, particularly those in the fields of energy, agriculture, transportation, manufacturing, finance and government.

  • Boundless Names Jim Reiss as Vice President of Sales

    Boundless, the leader in open GIS, today announced that Jim Reiss has joined the company as Vice President of Sales. Reiss will be responsible for leading the Boundless sales organization and driving rapid growth in revenue and customers.


    Jim has extensive open source experience, pioneering one of the first embedded Linux offerings in the market and more recently, helping grow and see the successful acquisition of Zend Technologies, the global entity behind the open source PHP web-programming language. He has both inside and enterprise sales leadership experience and is passionate about driving a healthy sales funnel using his broad experience in demand generation, go-to-market strategies and customer-centric sales methodologies.

  • Slovakia amends law to create public record system

    The government of Slovakia is about to amend its eGovernment Act, to allow for the creation of a central system for managing public records. Slovakia intends to have this central system in place by 2020.


    The new systems will help improve and harmonise eGovernment services and procedures. The central system should especially reduce costs. The use of the centralised public records system is to be made mandatory. Public administrations that already have public record solutions in place will be given time to transition to the new, central system. They will be able to choose to integrate their system directly with the central portal, or use local copies of the central registry.

  • Clones welcome in scientific hardware

    In the inaugural issue of the Journal of Open Hardware I review emerging business models for open source hardware. Many of these models are borrowed from the free and open source software industry and will no doubt be familiar to you. However, traditional companies should also take a close look at adding open source hardware to their strategy.

The Companies That Support Linux and Open Source: Pinterest

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Pinterest -- “the world’s catalog of ideas” -- is built on open source, according to Jon Parise, technical architecture lead and open source program lead at the company. In this interview, Parise explains how adopting open source has changed the company and helped the company’s engineers design software that is more modular, reusable, and well-documented from the outset.

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Why the latest Linux Foundation flame war is a waste of time for open source advocates

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For those who miss the inane religious debates of the early open source (I mean, free and open source) world, take heart: The ridiculous name calling and finger pointing is alive and well. For a perfect case study, take free software advocate Christine Hall's bizarre misreading of an innocuous Linux Foundation article entitled Five Legal Risks For Companies Involved in Open Source Software Development, since pulled down in the wake of weeping, wailing, and GNU'shing of teeth. Not content to leave roadkill well enough alone, the HackerNews community took up the battle, that debate overrun with words like "taint," "freeloading," and "locked up."

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Why you should become an open source sustainer

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Sustainers educate the public through blog posts, talks, and social media about the digital infrastructure that they use every day and for the most part, take for granted. They convince the companies that they work for to donate money, infrastructure, developer time, and source code to the community at large. They also reach out to companies they don't work for and evangelize about the benefits of helping open source projects live and grow. They don't give up until they have a solution.

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