Open access and Brexit
The UK research community’s response to the recent referendum – in which a majority of 52% voted for the UK to leave the European Union (or “Brexit”) – has been one of horror and disbelief.
This is no surprise, not least because Brexit would have a serious impact on research funding in the UK. Nature reports that UK universities currently get around 16% of their research funding from the EU, and that the UK currently hosts more EU-funded holders of ERC grants than any other member state. Elsewhere, Digital Science has estimated that the UK could lose £1 billion in science funding if the UK government does not make up the shortfall in EU-linked research funds.
Another View: Nonprofit groups offer lesson in cutting college textbook costs
Using online, open-source materials instead of expensive printed books eases the burden on students. By The Washington Post. Share. facebook · tweet · email. print Comment.
- Lanier Tech joins group helping community college students succeed
Another View: Colleges should go open source to cut textbook costs
The following editorial appeared in The Washington Post: Every year, college students shell out thousands of dollars for tuition. Then they face an additional cost: textbooks.
For an application first demonstrated a year ago, GigJam still feels tantalizingly unfinished, with a limited number of services you can connect to, frustrating bugs when connecting to Microsoft's own services, no way to work offline and an interface you're unlikely to figure out without reading the documentation (and even then may find frustrating).
It's also a fascinating glimpse into what the Microsoft Graph can unlock. The ability to filter your CRM leads information based on your meetings, or your email based on your unfulfilled orders, or your tasks based on the emails about what you're supposed to be doing -- and share that view with your colleagues -- could make you hugely productive. The ability to see the PowerPoint and the Word document you're going to use in a meeting, along with the emails everyone has had from the people you're meeting with so you know what they care about, could be a great way to prepare for the meeting. And you can do all that without sharing more information than you want (probably). It's a fantastic idea, but Microsoft really needs to improve the execution.
The GNOME developers are always hard at work patching bugs in the popular desktop environment used by default in many GNU/Linux operating systems, and today they've updated the GNOME Shell and Mutter components.
Red Hat still faces a major challenge convincing organisations to pay for its services, especially in markets such as China where there is widespread use of free, open source alternatives, says CEO Jim Whitehurst.
Broadening the strength and depth of the open source community has always been a goal that has been supported by vendors and businesses alike, but a call to arms for a greater participation was the message that Red Hat wanted to get across at its annual summit.
The Red Hat Summit in San Francisco was an opportunity for CEO Jim Whitehurst to talk about the ideology of open source during his keynote presentation, and a message of changing hierarchies underpinned much of what he said.
Reddit: I wish to start contributing to Linux, I need your help in choosing some books to help me settle in
Hello guys, I've decided that I should start doing something interesting with my time and since I'm a masochist I thought that trying to understand and, after much time, hopefully improve Linux's ability for real time audio processing, maybe find some things I can improve or at least "clean up" in ALSA or OSS. Maybe contribute to a more high-level application like Jack or Pulse Audio once I understand the low-level stuff.
However, I have quite a few critical problems which (as far I can tell) might make this quite difficult for me, namely:
-> I have no fucking clue how a modern computer works on a hardware level. (I took a course in CPU architecture but it discussed the x86 architecture in a rather.. boring, superficial and quite frankly not very helpful fashion, not only did it not give me answers, it didn't even give me some new questions to ask/think about.)
-> Besides having used Linux for a while I have no idea how Linux works really. I use Arch so there is always a community out there to "spoon feed" the answers to most of my questions and the questions that are left unanswered are often quite easy to figure out.
So basically I'd like a few books that could prepare me for starting to contribute to the kernel. Maybe its a book that teaches C in a very kernel-building oriented way, maybe its a general book that talks about how some features of the shell works and then goes in-depth about how those features are implemented, maybe its a book that explain computer architecture and kernel architecture side by side, maybe its a book on OSs and assembly, I don't have any clear preferences as long as they could help me achieve my previously mentioned goal.
Cheers,submitted by /u/forwninguy
This whole list has been inspired by many years of open source hacking and free software contributions. Everyone's experiences and feelings might be different, or malpractice may have been seen under different forms. Let me know if there are any other points that you encountered that blocked you from contributing to open source projects!
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