TuxMachines: Microsoft Proxy Black Duck Wants to be “Global Center for Open Source Research & Innovation”
- Black Duck Announces Creation of Global Center for Open Source Research & Innovation [Ed: A Microsoft proxy declares itself “Global Center for Open Source Research & Innovation”]
- Black Duck Launches Promising Open Source Innovation Center [Ed: So a Microsoft proxy wants to become the world's authority on Microsoft's competitors now?]
A Rs 38 crore mandate awarded by the Union HRD Ministry in June to an affiliate of Redmond-based Microsoft Corp for developing a flagship web-based education platform is coming under increasing fire in the academic circles — both for the manner in which the contract was handed out and on the choice of proprietary software over free open source options already being deployed by premier educational institutions in the country.
Microsoft was selected as the technical partner for the HRD ministry’s SWAYAM (Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Minds) platform based on the recommendations of a “technical committee”, presumably after the tendering process for selecting a system integrator for SWAYAM —a MOOC or massive open online courses platform — floated thrice through the e-procurement platform since November last year failed to elicit any response. While the Ministry of Human Resource Development has cited the decision of a “technical committee” behind its choice of proprietary software over open source software and that selecting Microsoft does not run foul of the rulebook, the deal has raised eyebrows over the lack of objective criterion on how the decisions were taken in the first place.
The choice of proprietary software, entailing costs of Rs 38 crore and more for tools such as SQL (structured query language), is being questioned on the grounds that the selection of proprietary software on payment basis was done despite a clear option of going in for open source platforms such as Open EdX. For instance, Open edX — an open-source, not-for profit platform floated by MIT and Harvard University that was released as open source in March 2013 to act as the WordPress for MOOC platforms — is used across at least 126 universities and organisations globally. Even more intriguing is the fact that an MoU is already in place between IIT Bombay and edX, under which edX released complete platform code in open source. The signing of the MoU in June 2013 was actually facilitated by the Ministry of HRD. Open source platforms such as Open edX allow users to use plug-ins to expand the core functionality, thereby imparting tremendous flexibility when it comes to scaling up the platform or modify it to suit the specific requirements of a particular college or university. Since January last year, IIT Bombay decided to opt for Open edX and launch a customised version called IITBX as an extended online educational services for the benefit of Indian learners and training workshops for teachers, wherein the premier engineering institute has added significant functionality to the Open edX platform to create and offer MOOCs. Similarly, IIT Madras had a Google-based Course Builder platform ported in their own computer infrastructure while IIT Kanpur had a homegrown platform called MOOKIT, based again on open source software.
- Here's How Linux Botnet is Crippling the Internet [Ed: Based on what Kaspersky is saying, this is just marketing (him trying to sell his snake oil 'antivirus'); Microsoft Windows botnets are at HUNDREDS of MILLIONS, but he conveniently ignores those to tap a growing niche]
- Why Linux servers are more prone to bot infections: Kaspersky Labs
- The rise of the Linux botnet
When IBM got involved with the Linux open source project in 1998, they were betting that giving their code and time to the community would be a worthwhile investment. Now, 18 years later, IBM is more involved than ever, with more than 62,000 employees trained and expected to contribute to open source projects, according to Todd Moore, Vice President of Open Technology at IBM, speaking at ApacheCon in May.
Yes! You read right. As Linux is known for performance, stability and security but now it is also known for gaming. There are hundreds of games for Linux and so many Windows games have been ported for Linux. But we have so many Linux distros, specially developed for gaming. In this article, I'm going to list out 6 Best Linux for gaming. Hope you enjoy it!
Although many people have experience with the fields of machine learning and artificial intelligence through applications in their pockets, such as Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana, the scope of this technology extends well beyond the smartphone. H2O.ai, formerly known as Oxdata, has carved out a unique niche in the machine learning and artificial intelligence arena because its primary tools are free and open source, and because it is connecting its tools to other widely used data analytics tools.
Hey guys. So I'm just getting into computer science and Linux and I work on the train a lot so was looking for a cheap ultra portable laptop to bring with me that I can really delve into Linux and practicing coding/CS (My Republic of Gamers laptop is just way too big). Any suggestions would be great. Also a big note is I do not support Apple products so MacBook air is out for me. Thanks!submitted by /u/Blackfire2x
Linux Mint 18 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2021. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.
Stellarium 0.15.0 is a massive release that comes with numerous improvements
Is TAILS designed to put people off using a secure OS, I wonder? The latest version of the distro is uglier than ever, and significantly slower with new additional minor shortomings (clicking on the screen space will appear to select a target, only to have you start typing on another section of the screen - poor input-to-screen registration; grabbing the title bar leaves the cursor sticky, so moving the cursor drags the title war with it). Many of the problems, and probably much of the slowness, result from the redesign of Gnome, which is a step down (and what idiot decided that the wifi controls should now be hidden away beyond multiple clicks in a Windows Task Manager style menu?).
Tor has similar issues, like its step-by-step connection wizard and its 'twenty-questions' approach to operation. Much of this seems to derive from the assumption that it is necessary to be 'Windows-like' given the domination of that OS; and that computing aimed at the mass-market must be designed for idiots - indicated in the tendancy to large icons, extremely obvious statements, etc. - which I'll grant there may be good reason to believe; behind all this is a world of babble, and my own encounters with Gnu in general have been problematic and mystifying. At least boum.org began to notice that Tor needed to be able to reboot (even if this is still effectively automatic). Researching GnuPG showed basic portable console operation absent from all its manuals, and unable to produce ascii signatures through command line.
Someone else suggested TAILS was only for certain people. This is the exact opposite of its mandate, like Tor or GnuPG, which is to benefit from as many people as possible using the systems, increasing security for everyone where exceptions detract from the security of others (in exactly the opposite fashion to the common perception, or teen hacker mentality, which makes security and privacy a priviledge, like most things, or a secret).
A way to go.submitted by /u/Matterofconvenience