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Hungary aims to get rid of IT vendor lock-in

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Hungary’s central government wants to reduce its dependency on a handful of IT vendorsm. To begin with, a decision taken last week aims to reduce the use of a proprietary office productivity suite by 60 % in 2020. The government also wants to improve its procurement of IT solutions in order to to create business opportunities for small and medium-sized companies.

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OSS Leftovers

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  • ARK Crew Releases Open Source Code on GitHub

    ARK Crew, developers of the new ARK cryptocurrency ecosystem, has announced the release of its open source code on GitHub. The source code launch was set to coincide with the platform’s first developer-focused bounty program, designed to encourage others to participate in the review and provide feedback on the project.

  • Editorial: What Does Open Source Mean to You?

    The same goes for the large amount of open source JavaScript projects available to us developers. Whether they are intended to help you build amazing apps, or as a learning resource to help you level up your skills, these are all projects, supported and maintained by the community. Thanks to the collaborative nature of open source, you’re free to download and modify any of them and, most importantly, to contribute any changes you make back to the project itself.

    I love open source and I’m thankful for it. It’s an integral part of working on the internet, but one which it is all to easy to overlook. That’s why I’m happy that we’re dedicating a whole week’s worth of articles to the subject. Talking of which, let’s look at what we have in store…

  • ‘World’s first Open Source SDN and NFV Orchestrator’ demonstrated at Operations Transformation Forum

    Huawei demonstrated the OPEN-O Sun, said to be the world’s first Open Source SDN and NFV Orchestrator, at the Operations Transformation Forum 2016 in Wuzhen, China.

    The forum brought together industry leaders from around the world to discuss the transformation of digital operations and share best practices. Helen Chen, leader of the OPEN-O Integration Project noted that the OPEN-O Orchestrator will soon be commercially available.

  • GCC 7 Feature Development Ends

    GCC 7 feature development is officially over with the development phase entering stage three now where the focus is on bug-fixing.

    While GCC 7 feature development has ended, Red Hat's Jakub Jelinek wrote in this latest GCC status report, "Patches posted early enough during Stage 1 and not yet fully reviewed may still get in early in Stage 3. Please make sure to ping them soon enough."

  • [Older] Uncle Sam launches open source trove of government code

    The United States government has made good on its policy of requiring agencies to release 20 per cent of their bespoke code as open source by making live, complete with lots of code.

  • Miško Hevery, Inventor of Angular And How Open Source Languages Are Redefining Enterprise Software
  • l2k16 hackathon report: LibreSSL manuals now in mdoc(7)
  • b2k16 hackathon report: Daniel Jakots on forward strides in python ports

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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Parliament: Navarre should move to use open source

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The Parliament of Navarre, one of Spain’s autonomous regions, wants the region to switch to free and open source software. A resolution urging the government to draft a migration plan was adopted by the Parliament on 27 October.

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Linux and FOSS Events

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Why We Embraced Open Source For Our Database Needs After A Decade Working With Proprietary Solutions

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After investigating our open source options and due diligence, we picked MariaDB as Teleplan’s new replacement e-TRAC database partner. With MariaDB, we realized significant performance improvements.

For example, whereas running one particular daily report would take up to 15 seconds to run on Oracle Enterprise, with MariaDB it was running in under a second. We did not have the in-house expertise to work on improving the Oracle performance and found this aspect much easier with MariaDB. We also received excellent support both in terms of value and responsiveness and that, coupled with a highly competitive cost, makes MariaDB a great overall package for our e-TRAC needs.

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How Capital One is embracing open source

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I eventually found out that my friends was fed up, the company wouldn't allow him to contribute to open source. Wow. Even in Silicon Valley.

It made me think about how lucky we are at Capital One when it comes to open source. When you think of a financial institution or a bank, transparency and open source software might not be the first thing that you think of, especially with recent scandals. And for many years, the financial sector has used mostly closed source, proprietary software. This was the case for a variety of reasons, including lack of trust in open source software, the need for SLA support, regulations, and to protect intellectual property.

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A Portable, Accurate, Low-Cost, Open Source Air Particle Counter

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If you live in a city with poor air quality you may be aware that particulates are one of the chief contributors to the problem. Tiny particles of soot from combustion, less than 10μm across, hence commonly referred to as PM10. These are hazardous because they can accumulate deep in the lungs, wherein all kinds of nasties can be caused.

There are commercial sensors available to detect and quantify these particles, but they are neither inexpensive nor open source. [Rundong] tells us about a project that aims to change that situation, the MyPart, which is described as a portable, accurate, low-cost, open source air particle counter. There is a GitHub repository for the project as well as a series of Instructables covering the build in detail. It comes from a team of members of the Hybrid Ecologies Lab at UC Berkeley, USA.

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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  • ReactOS hires a new developer. Discover what's coming!

    Ever since the IGG campaign was over, working on the ReactOS Community Edition has been one of our main priorities. Today we make another promising step towards achieving that goal.

  • Upskill U on Open Source for NFV MANO
  • Radisys Launches Industry’s First Open Source Evolved Packet Core (EPC) for the Mobility CORD (M-CORD) Project
  • 5 Open-Source Mobile Test Automation Tools

    Mobile applications have become increasingly important for businesses these days, and consumers are demanding higher quality apps for their mobile devices. Adapting to this new demand, testing teams have to evaluate and verify mobile apps before they are launched in the market. Assessing the quality of mobile devices is a time-consuming and a resource-intensive game especially as automating tests for mobile devices can be moderately complex.

  • Life as an Open Source Developer

    It's been a little over a month since I started my new gig at Stormpath. I gotta say, life is great as an open-source developer! Yes, I did start working for them as a consultant in April, so it's not a huge change for me. However, I only recently realized I haven't written a single line of proprietary code the entire time. My GitHub contributions look pretty good this year. They're nothing like @mojavelinux's or @dsyer's, but I'll get there. Wink

  • The Power of Collaboration and Open Source

    A few days ago, the Eclipse Foundation announced a collaboration between three big companies for developing the “Internet of Things” open source platform of the future under the Eclipse IoT umbrella: Red Hat, Bosch, and Eurotech.

  • Big Data: Why you must consider open source

    A quiet revolution has been taking place in the technology world in recent years. The popularity of Open Source software has soared as more and more businesses have realized the value of moving away from walled-in, proprietary technologies of old.

    And it’s no coincidence that this transformation has taken place in parallel with the explosion of interest in Big Data and analytics. The modular, fluid and constantly-evolving nature of Open Source is in synch with the needs of cutting edge analytics projects for faster, more flexible and, vitally, more secure systems and platforms with which to implement them.

  • It's Showtime for OPEN-O

    OPEN-O is an open source orchestration group supported by the Linux Foundation and well backed by Chinese telcos and vendors.

  • How Samsung SDS is leveraging Kubernetes and open source
  • Redis gets smart, introduces machine learning module

    Redis Labs has introduced a new open source project called Redis-ML, the Redis Module for Machine Learning.

    The Redis brand itself is known for Redis… an open source (BSD licensed) in-memory data structure store, used as database, cache and message broker.

  • Project Flogo: Golang-Powered Open Source IoT Integration Framework

    In October 2016, the open source IoT integration framework Flogo was first published as a developer preview. This blog post is intended to give an initial overview of Flogo. You can either browse through the slide deck or watch the videos.

  • Chain Launches Open Source Developer Platform [Old]
  • Open Source Developer Platform Available From Chain
  • Chain releases open source version of distributed ledger platform
  • ARK Crew Announces Official Open Source Release of ARK Blockchain Code on GitHub

    The ARK source code launch is set to coincide with the platform’s first developer-focused bounty program. The bounty program is designed to encourage others to participate in the review and provide feedback on the project. The release of the ARK source code signifies a major step in the development of the cryptocurrency platform and a positive move towards the official launch, currently slated for February 1, 2017.

  • ARK Launches ICO via Token Exchange Campaign (TEC) – Building Secure Platform Designed for Mass Adoption
  • Why Open Source Is The Future of Software-Defined-Infrastructure

    Gone are those days when proprietary hardware boxes ruled the roost within data centers. We are propelling towards a very differently-architectured data center where software plays the key role. The era of 'Software-Defined-Everything' is upon us!

    It thus comes as no surprise that enterprises are opting for Open Standards and technologies as their preferred choice for software platforms and operating systems. A recent research paper from IDC states that 85 percent of the surveyed enterprises globally consider Open Source to be the realistic or preferred solution for migrating to Software-Defined-Infrastructure. IDC also recommends to avoid vendor lock-in by deploying Open Source solutions.

  • 9 rules for the proper care and feeding of communities and carnivorous plants

    In 2016, I adopted my first carnivorous plants, a Venus Fly Trap and a Pitcher Plant, which my Facebook friends named Gordon and Bananarama, respectively. I quickly discovered that the health of Gordon and Bananarama was closely connected to the environment I provided as much as to their ability to catch the occasional bug and get energy from the sun. In this article, I'll pull from my experience working with open source communities—and a few months of experience keeping Gordon and Bananarama alive—to explain how caring for carnivorous plants is much like caring for a community.

  • GSoC – Brazilian Students: Why so few?

    How many Brazilian students participated on the GSoC on the past few years.

    2009 – 43
    2010 – 50
    2011 – ?
    2012 – 33
    2013 – 13
    2014 – 21
    2015 – 15
    2016 – 21

  • Multiple content processes in Firefox Nightly

    Mozilla revealed yesterday that it plans to enable multiple content processes in Firefox Nightly, the cutting edge development version of the web browser.

    Firefox's multi-process architecture is not yet enabled for all users of the stable version of the browser, currently on version 49.x, but plans are already underway to improve multi-process Firefox.

  • Firefox & Electrolysis - Oxygen for all?

    In these early days of testing and tweaking and gradual and yet incomplete deployment, Firefox with Electrolysis behaves fairly well. On a test box, which is not something that you should ever consider for your production. But overall, apart from the somewhat convoluted setup, it delivered desirable, predictable results.

    However, there was no revolution. Memory and processor utilization were roughly the same as before, and so was the performance, neatly accompanied by a blessedly stable and crash-free experience during my test session. The benefits of the security isolation and going multi will only become apparent in the future, once additional improvements and optimization are added, and once people really start using the feature in earnest. But it is definitely the right step in the right direction. Firefox definitely needs a bit of fresh vitamins, and this just might be what users crave. Anyhow, this be the first test, but it sure ain't the last. See you around, and please heed my findings with a big pinch of salt.

  • Kubernetes vs CloudFoundry [VIDEO]

    Mark Shuttleworth explains why he continues to support both CloudFoundry and Kubernetes.

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Mirantis cut OpenStack staff
  • OpenStack Layoffs at HPE, Mirantis Not Indicative of Open Source Trouble, Foundation Says
  • Open Source Health IT Platforms Join Forces to Form LibreHealth
  • Growing Our Build Farm

    We have received our new server for continuous builds of the GNU Guix system, and are putting the finishing touches on its installation. The machine is intended as an eventual replacement for, a virtual machine kindly hosted by the FSF. The new machine will drive our build farm, which continuously compiles the GNU system, and it will feed the mirror with binary packages, so that end users who do not wish to compile packages by themselves can easily keep up-to-date. Time to report on the adventure! This first part covers the hardware.

    Buying the new machine has been made possible through a very generous donation by Igalia to Guix Europe. Igalia is a free software consultancy well known for its involvement in the development of the GNOME stack, GStreamer, the JavaScript compilers of Web browsers, and more, promoting values close to the GNU Guix project. It is heartening that the company is helping us towards our goal of creating a free system that liberates its users to take their computing and data processing needs into their own hands!

  • Enter a Melting Rainbow Universe Fueled by Open-Source Art Tools

    Neon colors explode and transmute abstract patterns in the expressive psychedelic prints of digital artist Zouassi. The massive archive of work by this mysterious glitch artist ranges from the abstract and decorative to the expressive and naturalistic. However, it's hard to categorize his work as a whole because no two canvases look the same. Each colorscape is contained within a distinct pattern or mixture pool that explores different modes of texture and composition.

  • Rice University bioengineers launch DIY kit for controlling cells with light

    Optogenetics is a relatively new research technique that uses light to control genetically engineered cells. By modifying the cells to contain certain photoreceptors, scientists are able to regulate, monitor, and measure their activity — particularly the firing of neurons — even in live organisms.

  • New emojis to include breastfeeding, a hijab and the lotus position

    The consortium that approves emojis has signed off on 56 new ones, including a woman breastfeeding a baby, a woman wearing a hijab and a “gender-inclusive” child, adult and older adult.

    Among the other emoji that will be released in 2017 by Unicode are a face vomiting, a head exploding and a man and woman practising yoga.

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  • The future of xinput, xmodmap, setxkbmap, xsetwacom and other tools under Wayland
    This post applies to most tools that interface with the X server and change settings in the server, including xinput, xmodmap, setxkbmap, xkbcomp, xrandr, xsetwacom and other tools that start with x. The one word to sum up the future for these tools under Wayland is: "non-functional". An X window manager is little more than an innocent bystander when it comes to anything input-related. Short of handling global shortcuts and intercepting some mouse button presses (to bring the clicked window to the front) there is very little a window manager can do. It's a separate process to the X server and does not receive most input events and it cannot affect what events are being generated. When it comes to input device configuration, any X client can tell the server to change it - that's why general debugging tools like xinput work.
  • Please don't use pastebins in bugs
  • Linux Top 3: SparkyLinux 4.5, Mageia 5.1 and Peppermint 7
    SparkyLinux is (yet another) Debian based Linux distribution. The SparkyLinux 4.5 update codenamed "Tyche' was released on December 3, providing users with multiple desktop choice other than GNOME. SparkLinux 4.5 ships with KDE, LXDE, LXQt, MATE and Xfce.
  • Upcoming Linux Distributions Releasing In December 2016
    In December 2016, a big Linux distribution release is taking shape in the form of Linux Mint 18.1 Serena, flavored by Cinnamon 3.2. It’ll be accompanied by the release of security and privacy-focused Anonymous Live CD Tails 2.9.
  • AMD Extends Strategic Partnership with Mentor Graphics for Linux-based Embedded Solutions
  • Samsung Z2 gets Firmware Update to Tizen Z200FDDU0BPK3 in India
    Samsung’s latest Tizen-based smartphone, the Z2 model number SM-Z200F, has had a new software / firmware update land in India today. The update takes it to Tizen version, firmware Z200FDDU0BPK3. The update log mentions the following improvements: Improved send SOS message (panic mode) and also improvements to the security of the device. Additional bug fixes and performance improvements may have also been bundled in.

Leftovers: Software

  • choqok 1.6 Twitter Client was released and completely ported with KDE Frameworks 5
    Choqok is a fast, efficient and simple to use twitter client for Linux (especially built for the KDE desktop environment) that is installed by default to some of the Linux distribution which shipped with KDE Desktop Environment. The name comes from an ancient Persian word, means Sparrow!
  • 10 open source tools for your sysadmin toolbox [Ed: Terrible list which starts with two suggestions of Microsoft EEE]
    Sysadmins, no matter what platforms they work on, are awash in great open source software tools. In this article, we highlight well-known—and not-so-well-known—tools that have released new versions in 2016.
  • NetworkManager 1.2.6 Lets You Activate Multiple PPPoE Connections Simultaneously
    Beniamino Galvani was proud to announce the release and general availability of a new maintenance update to the stable NetworkManager 1.2 series of the open source network connection manager software for GNU/Linux distributions. NetworkManager is the most used network connection manager, adopted by almost all Linux-based operating systems on the market, and NetworkManager 1.2.6 is now the most advanced release of the 1.2 stable series, coming four months after the NetworkManager 1.2.4 update to fix a few bugs and regressions reported by users since then.
  • GNOME loves to cook
    With the upcoming 20th birthday of GNOME next year, some of us thought that we should make another attempt at this application, maybe as a birthday gift to all of GNOME. Shortly after GUADEC, I got my hands on some existing designs and started to toy around with implementing them over a few weekends and evenings. The screenshots in this post show how far I got since then.

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Linux Foundation: Blockchain and Automotive Grade Linux

  • Linux Foundation’s Blockchain Collective Hyperledger Hits 100 Members
    Hyperledger aims to enable organizations to build robust, industry-specific applications, platforms and hardware systems to support their individual business transactions by creating an enterprise grade, open source distributed ledger framework and code base.
  • The Blockchain Milestone You May Have Missed
  • Sasken becomes member of Automotive Grade Linux
    Sasken Communication Technologies Ltd has announced its membership with Automotive Grade Linux as its bronze member. This will enable Sasken to provide solutions to customers on Automotive Grade Linux (AGL). Sasken will provide product development and system integration services for automotive customers spanning in-vehicle infotainment (IVI), instrument cluster, heads-up display and telematics.