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HP Strengthens Commitment to Open Networking and the Open Cloud

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As a platinum member of both the Linux Foundation and the OpenStack Foundation, HP hasn't exactly kept its interest in open source a secret. Recently, however, it upped its commitment to open source in two key areas. First, it added the OpenDaylight project -- one it helped found -- to its list of platinum memberships. Second, it launched the Helion portfolio and pledged to invest more than $1 billion in support of new open source cloud products and platforms.

"Our views on open source are captured by our commitment to base HP’s cloud product and services strategy entirely upon the open source OpenStack framework," Mark Pearson, chief technologist for HP Networking, told Linux.com. "We believe openness speeds up innovation."

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Security's future belongs to open source

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Security

The proof that open source, properly applied, is available. Studies, such as the one recently done by Coverity, have found that open-source programs have fewer errors per thousand lines of code than its proprietary brothers. And, it's hard to ignore the Communications-Electronics Security Group (CESG), the group within the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) that assesses operating systems and software for security issues, when they said that that while no end-user operating system is as secure as they'd like it to be, Ubuntu 12.04 is the most secure desktop.

On the other hand, the mere existence of Microsoft's monthly Patch Tuesday says everything most of us need to know about how "secure" proprietary software is. I also can't help noticing how every time Microsoft releases a new version of Internet Explorer (IE), they always claim it's the most secure ever. And, then, a new hole is found, and guess what, that same security hole is in every version of IE from IE 6 to IE 11. If IE really were being rewritten to make it secure why are the same holes showing up In Every Version??

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Local government software sharing and reuse site revamped

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Europe Commons, an online platform for the sharing, exchange and reuse of software solutions for Europe's municipalities and other local government organisations was revamped earlier this month, during which it also received a new name - Civic Exchange. The platform collects and promotes applications and digital services that help improve public services in Europe. The platform's consortium is doubling its efforts to find new solutions, announcing evidence-based case studies to showcase those with the most impact.

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Quick Look: Unity for Arch

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Ubuntu
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A precursory glance at the above screenshot might give the impression that this is yet another Ubuntu Linux review. However, a closer look at the logo in the bottom left corner reveals that nothing could be farther from the truth. Today we’ll be taking a quick look at the Unity desktop environment on Arch Linux.

Open source code helps governments share information with citizens

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Before open data, there was FOIA. Beginning in 1967, the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) empowered the public to request access to government documents. Unfortunately, some branches of government quickly began to push back, and within the decade the infamous phrase "can neither confirm nor deny" had been devised to avoid releasing information.

This came to exemplify the adversarial relationship between the public and government. Yet public records requests (also known as FOIL, Right-to-Know, public information or open records requests, depending on where you are) remain a fundamental way in which the public is able to obtain information from government agencies under FOIA-like laws in all fifty states.

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VirtualBox 4.3.12 Brings Better Performance on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

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The VirtualBox solution is capable of running a large number of OSes, including Windows, Linux, Macintosh, and Solaris hosts, not to mention a lot of other guest additions.

The developers of VirtualBox have been working hard on this latest branch of the software and they’ve already issued a few updates for the applications. This latest one is just a maintenance update, but it comes with numerous fixes that make this a mandatory upgrade for anyone who is using it.

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Updated PostgreSQL targets NoSQL market

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PostgreSQL is the second most-widely-used open-source database on the market, trailing MySQL. At least some users have migrated from MySQL to PostgreSQL since MySQL was acquired by Oracle in its 2010 purchase of Sun Microsystems.

Like PostgreSQL, MySQL has been retrofitted to handle NoSQL workloads.

EnterpriseDB offers a commercially backed distribution of the open-source database.

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Arduino gets bigger—and smaller—at Maker Faire

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There’s a rash of open source hardware announcements today in advance of this weekend’s Maker Faire in San Mateo, California—and two are related to the popular Arduino microcontroller. While Arduino and its manufacturing partner Amtel are announcing Arduino Zero—a new high-end 32-bit version of the open-source microcontroller board—another Arduino partner is releasing a simplified version of the controller intended to make it easier for beginners to start prototyping devices with little or no knowledge of electronics.

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Open Data Support Training material to the next level

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The training services of Open Data Support aim to build both theoretical and technical capacity to EU public administrations, in particular to favour the uptake of (linked) open data.

After delivering eleven onsite trainings in ten different countries, i.e. Spain, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, The Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania, Greece and Estonia, and to the European Institutions, and having trained over 500 public servants on open data, we are proud to announce a second release of the training material of Open Data Support, featuring a number of improvements coming from feedback received from the trainees.

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Baird analyst defends Red Hat against claims that it violated open source principles

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Baird analyst Steve Ashley jumped to the defense of Raleigh open source giant Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) Friday via investor note.

A Wednesday Wall Street Journal article alleged that Red Hat was not supporting RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) customers using a rival version of OpenStack and violating open source principles.

"Red Hat Inc. has outrun dozens of companies over the past decade to become the dominant commercial provider of the open-source operating system known as Linux," the article reads, adding that some rivals, partners and customers fear that it's gone too far with OpenStack.

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Tufts University named best open-source school in America

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Tufts, which is located just north of Boston, took the top prize, with Utah State in second place, followed by Notre Dame in third. Unsurprisingly, many of the schools most associated with the tech industry were highly ranked, with UC - Berkeley, Carnegie-Mellon, MIT, and Stanford all within the top 15. The study also broke down the results by state, with Utah on top, followed by Massachusetts and Indiana.

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Galicia to switch first 1000 workstations to Libre Office

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The autonomous region of Galicia will this year migrate at least one-thousand government workstations to exclusively use the LibreOffice open source suite of office solutions, it announced on 30 April. The government also said it would start raising awareness among the region's public administrations about the advantages of sharing, and promoting the reuse of ICT solutions. The government has reserved a 147,000 euro budget for this year's free software actions.

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Coreboot Now Supports The Lenovo Thinkpad T520

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There's been a lot of new hardware to become supported by Coreboot lately while the newest addition is the handling of the Lenovo Thinkpad T520.

The Sandy Bridge T520 is now supported by Coreboot after last month there was T530 Coreboot support. The T520 is now supported with Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs and Intel BD82X6X Southbridge.

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Tesseract Is Looking Okay For A Small, Open-Source Game

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Gaming

Yesterday marked the first release of Tesseract, the open-source game forked from the Cube 2: Sauerbraten code-base two years ago and since then has just been worked on by a handful of open-source developers. After trying out this inaugural Tesseract version, it's quite a nice small game with decent OpenGL visual capabilities and okay textures with its in-game assets being comparable roughly to Xonotic or Unvanquished.

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PostGres-XL released to tackle big data analytics and more

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Sometimes it's best to go with what you know. For countless developers, database managers, analysts, and others who need to store data in a traditional relational database system, PostGreSQL is that system. But as the demands on databases grow, so too must the software which underlie them.

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Red Hat CTO: 5 Business Benefits of Open Source Software

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"Too many CIOs are still clueless about how often open source is being used in their own organizations," said a recent post that labeled open-source as both 'frightening and fantastic'. A survey of 820 CIOs reported that 62% of respondents think that more than half of purchased software will be open source in five years. If you are a CIO who is looking to migrate to open source, then keep reading. Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with Brian Stevens, CTO of Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open source solutions and the first billion dollar open source software company. Red Hat uses a community-powered approach to provide reliable and high-performing cloud, virtualization, storage, Linux® and middleware technologies to customers.

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OpenStack Cloud Rebels To Mimic Linux Strategy

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OpenStack is up against some pretty big odds, taking on the likes of Amazon Web Services, Google, and Microsoft to determine the future of cloud computing. And it thinks of itself as the Rebel Alliance up against the Death Star. Or at least one prominent OpenStacker speaking at the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta does.

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HP Joins OpenDaylight Open Source SDN Project

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HP (HPQ) has added its name to the list of official backers of OpenDaylight, the open source software-defined networking (SDN) project supported by the Linux Foundation. HP is now a platinum member of the project.

The Linux Foundation, which sponsors OpenDaylight as a collaborative project, is welcoming the addition of HP to the line-up of vendors helping to lead OpenDaylight -- which already includes Brocade, Cisco, Citrix, Ericsson, IBM, Juniper, Microsoft and Red Hat as platinum members -- as a sign of industry convergence around OpenDaylight as the SDN platform of choice.

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Sauerbraten-Forked Tesseract Makes Its Initial Release

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Tesseract is a open-source game project we covered when the project was in its infancy back in early 2012 as a very interesting fork of Cube 2 / Sauerbraten.

Over the past two years Tesseract has been under heavy development. In that time, Tesseract has become much more visually advanced compared to Sauerbraten and has been working on features like OpenGL 3 and Occulus Rift support.

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Things that drive me nuts about OpenGL

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Gaming

Here's a brain dump of the things that sometimes drive me crazy about OpenGL. (Note these are strictly my own opinions, not those of Valve or my coworkers. I'm also in a ranty-type mood today after grappling with OpenGL for several years now..) My major motivation to posting this: the GL API needs a reboot because IMO Mantle/D3D12 are going to most likely eat it for lunch soon, so we should start talking and thinking about this stuff now.

Some are minor issues, and some are specific to tracing the API, but all these issues add up to API "friction" that sometimes make it difficult to encourage other devs to get into the GL API or ecosystem.

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