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Mozilla launches Secure Open Source (SOS) Fund

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Open source software is ideal for security. Its transparency allows code to be publicly reviewed and audited. This not only helps to detect bugs and vulnerabilities, but intentional backdoors too. In contrast, closed source software can be a mystery to users -- who knows what is lurking in your favorite such programs?

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Open source data logger board is Arduino compatible

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The $60 Arduino-compatible “Mayfly Data Logger” board has 128KB flash, offers Grove module and XBee wireless expansion, and targets environmental apps.

EnviroDIY.org, an open source spinoff of the Stroud Water Research Center in Pennsylvania, announced the EnviroDIY Mayfly Logger in December, and began selling it on Amazon in mid-May, as reported in this Adafruit blog entry from May 31. Although primarily designed for environmental monitoring — especially for the “citizen science” community water quality monitoring projects encouraged by Stroud and EnviroDIY — the Mayfly Data Logger can be used for any sensor-driven data logging, especially when remote operation is necessary.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Fiorano ESB Goes Open Source

    The Fiorano Open Source ESB is available at:

    http://www.fiorano.com/products/open-source-esb/fiorano-esb/
    https://github.com/FioranoSoftware/FioranoESB

  • Tokyo – Automotive Linux Summit

    AGL.automotiveITThe Linux Foundation, which promotes the general adoption of the open-source operating system, will host the Automotive Linux Summit in Tokyo July 13-14.

    The conference will bring together a range of automotive engineers, Linux experts, business executives and open-source licensing and compliance specialists.

  • ODPi: Test Less, Build More Applications With Hadoop

    According to Alan Gates, co-founder of Hortonworks and ODPi member, that’s the issue the Open Data Platform initiative (ODPi) is here to solve: create a single test specification that works across all Hadoop distributions so developers can get back to creating innovative applications and end users can get back to making money, or curing cancer, or sending people into space.

  • Databricks Community Edition Out for Everyone Now, Includes Spark Training

    Earlier this year, Databricks came out with the beta release of Databricks Community Edition, a free version of its cloud-based Spark platform. Since then, Spark has been commanding everyone's attention, and now Databricks, which is the company founded by the team that created Apache Spark, has announced the General Availability of Databricks Community Edition (DCE), a free version of the just-in-time data platform built on top of Apache Spark, at Spark Summit 2016.

  • IBM and Other Tech Titans Raise Commitments to Apache Spark
  • Midokura raises $20M Series B round for its network virtualization platform

    Network virtualization specialist Midokura today announced it has raised a $20 million Series B round with participation from Japanese fintech company Simplex and existing investors like Allen Miner and the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan. With this round, Midokura’s total funding has now hit $44 million.

  • Professor, publisher clash over stance on open-source education

    In a growing climate of "publish or perish" for university faculty members, forfeiting a publishing opportunity is a unique and strong stance in any discipline. Add that to the recent news of shrinking opportunities for faculty positions in liberal arts disciplines, and Jhangiani's position seems even bolder.

  • FarmBot Open Source CNC Farming Robot (video)

    If like me you are lacking green fingers but would like to be able to grow your own vegetables you may be interested in a new open source CNC farming robot that has been created using Arduino hardware and awesome programming, called FarmBot.

Open source tools enable professional photography

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I find it sad that most people don't realize how many options there are for photography software on Linux. While most Linux users are aware of GIMP, their knowledge beyond that is sorely limited. Surprising to many is the fact that professional photography on Linux is such a serious business that there are even closed source proprietary programs that are developed and sold to run on Linux.

The ability to work with RAW files from a camera is a must for professional and amateur photographers alike. While this initially may seem like a very specific niche where the options would be limited, the open source philosophy has helped create many options. Darktable, Lightzone, Shotwell, RawTherapee, digiKam, Photivo, UFRaw, and Fotoxx are all open source options that a Linux user can choose from.

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3 open source alternatives to MATLAB

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Fortunately, there are many great open source alternatives. Depending on exactly what your objective is, you may find one or another to more aptly fit your specific needs. Here are three to consider:

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7 Open Source DevOps Products and Their Channel Impact

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We've said it before, and we'll say it again: the DevOps mode of software development is fast becoming one of the new big forces in the channel. Here's a look at some of the key projects and products in the open source DevOps space, and an explanation of how each one will change the way organizations create and VARs integrate software.

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MIPS VM tech lets routers stay open despite new FCC rules

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The open source prpl Foundation, which was established in 2014 by MIPS IP vendor Imagination Technologies and other companies, has proposed a way for router companies to let their U.S. customers upload Linux distributions such as OpenWrt without running afoul of a new FCC ruling that went into effect June 2. The virtualization security solution, called prplSecurity, is built around the open source L4Re hypervisor, optimized to run on Imagination’s MIPS Warrior-P processors. PrplSecurity, which will be formally announced June 9, separates and secures WiFi functions from general router functions with the help of secure OpenWrt, WiFi, and third-party VMs...

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Why Amazon Lambda could be the worst thing to happen to open source

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In a quest for productivity, developers may opt for APIs over source code. The convenience of the cloud could trump the freedom of choice that comes with open source.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Seven free and open source Microsoft Excel alternatives business-users should consider in 2016

    Spreadsheets are a staple for small businesses, data analysts and marketers among others, with most opting for the convenience and familiar interface of Microsoft Excel. But there are many options out there from Google, Apache, Libre and more offering free and open source alternatives.

  • How to avoid Brandy McBrandface issues when running projects openly

    One of the most common questions I get from people interested in taking a more open, collaborative approach to building their brand and culture is "Where should we start?"

    In our work at New Kind, we often help technology companies open up their brand and culture by including employees, customers, and community members on the journey (In fact, our company purpose reads "We bring people together to share in the adventure of creating the future").

  • Elephant in the room: Doug Cutting on Hadoop and core enterprise tech going open source
  • HPE Discovers Docker, Expands Helion and OneView Platforms

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) today kicked off its Discover conference with new infrastructure offerings including an updated Helion cloud stack , OneView management platform and Docker integration.

  • Typepad Down for 5h 45min is Unacceptable; That it took 5h 40min for first acknowledgement of a problem is Unprofessional - use Wordpress instead if you start a blog

    I have to write about the Typepad total failure. Typepad runs THIS blog. I have used this blog for over 11 years and I have a paid premium account on Typepad. This blog has had over 6 million lifetime visits (thank you to all who have visited us) and my readers have left over 50,000 comments (thank you to all who contribute thoughts to the blog). While I have a formal website - www.tomiahonen.com and plenty of social media sites from Twitter to Linked In (I even have a rarely-used Facebook account) this blog is my digital home. And its always been on Typepad. Typepad is not by any means a perfect tech company, but all tech companies have their stumbles from time to time. What makes Typepad particularly relevant to this blog - the Communities Dominate blog - is that Typepad serves social media experts and providers. They are a business serving BLOGGERS. They power social media. So they are at the heart of the social media world, and they have to know its rules, and behave by it.

  • Open source and open data's role in Nepal earthquake relief

    A devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, 2015, killing more than 9,000 people, injuring thousands more, and leaving an additional 3 million homeless.

    Immediately after the earthquake, the government, local and international security forces, and international aid agencies all jumped in to try to help. However, there was a lack of coordination between these groups.

  • Michigan Tech and America Makes Release Free Open Source 3D Printing Software

    Ever since it was established in 2012, America Makes, or the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, has stated that their goal was to work with the business and higher education community to develop next-level 3D printing technology. As the United States’ official 3D printing and additive manufacturing accelerator they have brought together more than 160 businesses and colleges and enabled them to collaboratively develop improvements to 3D printing technology, software, materials and processes. They have produced groundbreaking technology that has led to more metal 3D printing in aerospace applications, medical applications, electronics 3D printing and even support structure optimization algorithms. Each year membership in the organization grows, and new and more exciting developments that benefit all of the United States are made.

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NVIDIA Linux Performance-Per-Dollar: What The RX 480 Will Have To Compete Against

There's a lot of benchmarking going on this weekend at Phoronix in preparation for next week's Radeon RX 480 Linux review. Here are some fresh results on the NVIDIA side showing the current performance-per-dollar data for the NVIDIA Maxwell and Pascal graphics cards for seeing what the RX 480 "Polaris 10" card will be competing against under Linux. Read more

RaspAnd Project Brings Android 6.0 Marshmallow to Raspberry Pi 3, Now with GAAPS

Android-x86 and GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton has informed Softpedia today, June 25, 2016, about the immediate availability of a new build of his RaspAnd distribution for Raspberry Pi single-board computers. RaspAnd Build 160625 is the first to move the Android-x86-based distro to the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow mobile operating system created by Google. And in the good tradition of the RaspAnd project, both Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and Raspberry Pi 2 Model B are supported. Read more

BSD Leftovers

  • FreeBSD 11.0 Alpha 5 Released, Schedule So Far Going On Track
    The fifth alpha release of the huge FreeBSD 11.0 operating system update is now available for testing. FreeBSD 11.0 is bringing updated KMS drivers, Linux binary compatibility layer improvements, UEFI improvements, Bhyve virtualization improvements, and a wide range of other enhancements outlined via the in-progress release notes.
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    The HAMMER2 file-system is going on four years in development by the DragonFlyBSD crew, namely by its founder Matthew Dillon. It's still maturing and taking longer than anticipated, but this is yet another open-source file-system.

Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" to Ship with GCC 6 by Default, Binutils 2.27

Debian developer Matthias Klose has announced that the new GCC 6 compiler, which will be made the default GCC compiler for the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" operating system, is now available in the Debian Testing repos. Debian users who are currently using Debian Testing can make GCC 6 the default compiler by installing the gcc/g++ packages from experimental. If installing it, they are also urged to help fix reported built failures in Debian Testing and Debian Unstable. Read more