Bulgaria Mandates That Government Software Must Be Open Source
Over the past few years, open source tools and applications have been gaining enormous traction in parts of Europe, and cities such as Munich have been involved in a multi-year effort to transform technology infrastructure by throwing out proprietary pplications and using open source tools instead.
Now, in the latest move on this front, Bulgaria has passed legislation requiring that government software be open source. It's quite a commitment, and the move underscores how pervasive and flexible open source applications and platforms have become.
- LinkedIn open-sources URL-Detector Java library, LokiJS 1.4, and Bulgaria’s new open-source law—SD Times news digest: July 5, 2016
Bulgaria, EU fund eID and ePayment projects
The government of Bulgaria and the European Union are to fund eID, ePayment and other telecommunication projects in the country, the Ministry of Information Technology announced on 22 June. All the projects, for which the ministry has EUR 10.5 million in funds are to be co-financed by project participants.
WT Power Breakfast: Open source perspectives from GSA Digital Service leader
Filling in the gap from the policy perspective is Alan Chvotkin of the Professional Services Council, who will explain how policy initiatives such as OMB’s push for more open source will impact industry and government agencies.
The developers of the Chakra GNU/Linux rolling operating system are informing the community today, July 5, 2016, about the availability of the just released KDE Plasma 5.7.0 and Qt 5.7.0 in the testing repositories.
As we reported earlier today, the KDE project has had the great pleasure of announcing the release of the final KDE Plasma 5.7 desktop environment, which already landed in the testing repos of the Arch Linux operating system, as well as today's KDE Neon 5.7 User Edition Live ISO images. Now Chakra GNU/Linux devs have uploaded the latest KDE Plasma 5.7 packages, along with Qt 5.7 on their testing repositories.
Somewhere in a world full of advanced technology that we write about regularly here on TechCrunch, there exists an ancient realm where mainframe computers are still running programs written in COBOL.
This is a programming language, mind you, that was developed in the late 1950s, and used widely in the ’60s and ’70s and even into the ’80s, but it’s never really gone away. You might think it would have been mostly eradicated from modern business by now, but you would be wrong.
As we march along, however, the pool of people who actually know how to maintain these COBOL programs grows ever smaller by the year, and companies looking to move the data (and even the archaic programs) to a more modern platform could be stuck without personnel to help guide them through the transition.
Despite countless inroads made by today's best and brightest Linux distributions, it's still difficult for the Linux desktop to get ahead. In this article, I'll talk about the biggest challenges I've seen and what can be done to overcome them.
darktable 2.0.5 Open-Source RAW Image Editor Adds Support for Canon EOS 80D
Today, July 5, 2016, the popular darktable open-source and cross-platform RAW image editor software has been updated to version 2.0.5, the fifth maintenance release in the stable 2.0 series of the project.
According to the release notes, darktable 2.0.5 is a modest update that implements a single feature, namely geolocation support for the watermark variable. Base support for the Canon EOS 80D digital camera is also available in this release, along with white balance presets and noise profiles.
However, at this moment, darktable does not support the mRAW and sRAW file formats for the Canon EOS 80D digital SLR camera. This functionality should land in future updates of the application, but for now, you shouldn't use the RAW file formats mentioned above, only JPG.
CF4OCL Adds OpenCL 2.1 Symbols, Offline Kernel Compiler/Linker
There is a new release available of cf4ocl, the C Framework for OpenCL. This open-source project provides an object-oriented interface to the OpenCL API and offers various other features.
Guix: The Non-Aligned Universal Package Manager
With Ubuntu releasing Snappy and Red Hat releasing Flatpak, suddenly universal package managers are in the news. Maybe we should talk about Guix too.
Both Snappy and Flatpak have their points of interest, but exaggerated claims about both of them are all too common. In this situation, GNU Guix, which for two years has been offering packages that run on any distribution, provides a much needed reality check — to say nothing of a practical and proven alternative.
KDE Applications 16.08 Software Suite for KDE Plasma 5.7 to Land August 18, 2016
Now that the release cycle of the KDE Applications 16.04 software suite is coming to an end, as the third and last maintenance update will arrive on July 12, it's time for the KDE developers to concentrate their efforts on the next series.
We've always wondered what will be the next version of the KDE Applications software suite for KDE Plasma 5.7, and now we know, as the release schedule of KDE Applications 16.08 has been published recently in the usual places.
Red Hat, Eurotech Team Up On IoT Platform
Red Hat and Eurotech have announced a jointly sponsored Eclipse Foundation project: a multi-device IoT platform based on donated Eurotech code.
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Armadillo 7 and Nikola 7.7.9 now in Fedora 24
A new update is available in Fedora 24 fedora-updates-testing repository. This is a major version change from version 6 to 7 and since this implies an .so (dynamic library) major number bump we had to rebuild all the packages that link with armadillo:
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ViewSonic’s $89, VESA-mountable “SC-T25” thin client runs the Linux-based VTOS distro on a Raspberry Pi 3, and is optimized for Citrix HDX.
ViewSonic has offered several low-cost thin clients in recent years, such as the $199 SC-U25, a collaboration with Userful. However, the SC-T25 breaks new ground with a $89 price. Its secret: building the device around the $35 Raspberry Pi 3 single board computer.
Intel and Arduino LLC have updated the Zephyr RTOS core of its Curie/Quark driven, BLE-ready Arduino 101 board, featuring a faster compiler.
Last October, Intel and Arduino LLC announced their jointly developed Arduino 101, an Arduino Uno compatible board known as the Genuino 101 outside the U.S. Intel shipped it in January, and on April 21, released a fully open source version of the Zephyr-based RTOS that runs on the x86-compatible Intel Quark SE core inside the Intel Curie module, thereby making the Arduino 101 much more accessible. Now Intel and Arduino LLC have announced a faster new 1.0.6 version of the core’s firmware that improves communication between the Curie and the Arduino 101’s 32-bit RISC ARC core, which runs Arduino sketches.
Formula E championship drives on Intellicore & Basho Riak TS
Basho Technologies has announced Intellicore’s adoption of its Riak TS to power its Sports Data Management Platform, used by the FIA Formula E Championship to provide real time race analysis to its customers.
MongoDB Sets Up Real-Time Analytics Muscle with Apache Spark Connector
The MongoDB World meetup took place last week, and there were a lot of interesting announcements made, including ones related to connecting open source database functionality to Apache Spark. From cloud developers working to incorporate databases with their deployments to enterprises that want more flexibility from their data repositories, open source databases are flourishing, and MongoDB is a leader in this area.
At last week's event, theÂ MongoDB Connector for Apache SparkÂ was announced. It is billed as "a powerful integration that enables developers and data scientists to create new insights and drive real-time action on live, operational, and streaming data."
How Cloud Computing is Driving Demand for Open Source Talent
The rise of cloud computing has revolutionized the way companies and tech teams operate today. Perhaps, this is why more than half (51 percent) of hiring managers and recruiters found cloud technologies to have the biggest impact on open source hiring in 2016, according to the 2016 Open Source Jobs Report. As an open source professional, expanding one’s knowledge base to include cloud-related skills isn’t just smart, it’s almost a necessity. It also doesn’t hurt that tech professionals who have cloud experience are well compensated. Dice’s latest annual salary survey found cloud (as well as big data) skills represented the majority of 2015’s highest earners, making $131,121 to $142,845 on average. Cloud computing is a mainstay of the tech industry, which seems to continue to weigh heavy on employers’ minds as they look to make open source hiring decisions.
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The firm, which is already as supplier of Sigfox low data rate IoT wireless systems, is offering the reference design module based on Silicon Labs’ EZR32 wireless microcontroller, an ARM Cortex-M3 MCU.
The reference design module offers exceptional wireless performance with -128dBm sensitivity (154dbm link budget) and bi-directional communication (100bit/s uplink and 600bit/s downlink).
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