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Linux Foundation security badge, Raspberry Pi success, White House tool, and more

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In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at the Linux Foundation's new security badge program, Raspberry Pi success, a new tool from the White House administration, and more open source news!

Open source news roundup for August 22 - 29, 2015


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Top 5: Linux kernel birthday, Pinrepo, alternatives to Trello, and more

Friday 28th of August 2015 03:12:00 PM

In this week's Top 5 we talk about markup languages, Pinterest's new open source tool, 20 years worth of open source knowledge from Stephen Walli, Happy 24th birthday to the Linux kernel, and 5 open source alternatives to Trello.

Top 5 articles of the week

5. Markup lowdown: 4 markup languages every team should know


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Developer lowers Drupal's barrier to entry

Friday 28th of August 2015 10:00:00 AM

Kalamuna co-founder Alec Reynolds has been busy fostering their free and open source Kalabox project for the past three years. The cross-platform workflow tool is available to end users thanks in large part to support from the Drupal community, plus contributions from the outside world.


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Croatian policy encourages open source adoption

Friday 28th of August 2015 09:00:00 AM

Earlier this year, Croatian political party Sustainable Development of Croatia (ORaH) published a new policy that encourages the government to pursue open source solutions, addresses the dangers of vendor lock-in, and insists on open document standards. Best of all, they did it the open source way.


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3 steps for planning a successful open source meetup

Friday 28th of August 2015 08:00:00 AM

I've started a new role at work, and so I'm going to be planning a lot of events in the near future. This is why I decided to attend Karen Vuong's talk at Texas Linux Fest. While Karen did talk about planning large conferences, I was more interested in learning about hosting small local Meetups. If you want to learn more about planning a larger conference, I recommend checking out my summary of a similar talk at OSCON last month.


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5 open source alternatives to Trello

Thursday 27th of August 2015 11:00:00 AM

I have to admit, I've fallen in love with Trello as a productivity tool. If you like keeping lists as a way to organize your work, it's a very good tool. For me, it serves two primary purposes: keeping a GTD framework, and managing certain projects with a kanban-like schedule.


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Why Intel made Stephen Hawking's speech system open source

Thursday 27th of August 2015 10:00:00 AM

Intel has announced the release Stephen Hawking's speech system as open source, encouraging innovation and improvements that could open up the technology to people with physical disabilities throughout the world.


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A simple, scalable solution for storing and serving build artifacts

Thursday 27th of August 2015 09:00:00 AM

At Pinterest, our mission is to help people discover things they love so they can live a more creative and fulfilling life. Pinterest engineering moves amazingly fast, with some of the major services being released twice a day. We strive to build and integrate every commit in our mainline, which translates into tons of build artifacts every day. Storing them reliably and serving them efficiently with consistent performance poses a great challenge to our speed of growth.


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When everything's a request for comments

Thursday 27th of August 2015 08:00:00 AM

The Internet's foundational documents are called "requests for comments" or "RFCs." Published by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the organization whose stated goal is "to make the Internet work better," RFCs define and explain the operational standards by which our worldwide network of networks functions. In other words, they specify the rules everyone should follow when building and implementing new Internet technologies. Engineers working on the Internet discuss potential RFCs, debate their merits, then post their decisions online for anyone to read.


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For UNC scientists, open source is the way forward

Wednesday 26th of August 2015 11:00:00 AM

Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva—more commonly called stone man's syndrome—is the result of a rare mutation, an anomaly in the way certain enzymes called kinases spur protein synthesis. Someone with stone man's syndrome has hyperactive kinases that catalyze more bone production than they should. The body's natural repair mechanisms malfunction, and they replace soft tissue with deposits of solid bone. Joints freeze. The body becomes a prison.


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Adding lower thirds in Kdenlive

Wednesday 26th of August 2015 11:00:00 AM

Motion graphics is the term used for all the snazzy, fancy logos and bars and tickers that stream across screens during the evening news, sporting events, and documentaries. There's a fine art to good motion graphics, and Kdenlive (or any video editing application, for that matter) is not exactly the best place for it. That said, a modern video editor is expected, or has the expectation, that at least simple and functional graphics should be a part of the video editing process.


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Markup lowdown: 4 markup languages every team should know

Wednesday 26th of August 2015 09:00:00 AM

When I ended my Doc Dish article about why you should use a rendered language for documentation, I told you that selecting a language was a matter for another day.

Well another day has finally arrived.


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8 new tutorials for OpenStack users and developers

Wednesday 26th of August 2015 08:00:00 AM

With the large ecosystem around OpenStack, getting started, learning more, or even just finding the solution to your particular problem can be quite an undertaking. Even if you're a regular contributor to the project, it can be hard to keep up with the rapid pace of development. Fortunately, there are a number of resources to help you out: the official documentation, a number of OpenStack training and certification programs, as well as community-authored tutorials.


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Happy 24th birthday, Linux kernel

Tuesday 25th of August 2015 11:00:00 AM

Can you believe Linux is celebrating 24 years already? It was on this day, August 25, back in 1991 when a young Linus Torvalds made his now-legendary announcement on the comp.os.minix newsgroup:

Hello everybody out there using minix -


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The open source movement needs folk songs

Tuesday 25th of August 2015 10:00:00 AM

When I was young child, my family lived in New Delhi, India. My dad worked for UNICEF, and every summer our family would head up to the Himalayan mountains to escape New Delhi's scorching heat. At that higher altitude, in the cool mountain evenings, we'd gather around large bonfires with other expatriates, missionaries, and do-gooders. Assembled together in this way, we'd break out guitars and sing songs from the Civil Rights movement—occurring several thousand miles away. I was four years old at the time (in 1964), but I can remember it as if it were yesterday.


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Docs or it didn't happen

Tuesday 25th of August 2015 09:00:00 AM

Like open source software, a book is more than its content

Tuesday 25th of August 2015 08:00:00 AM

Since launching the The Open Organization in June, I've received questions about why we chose to distribute the book via a traditional publisher. Some have wondered why we didn't release the book with a Creative Commons license so people could remix, redistribute, and even translate the book as they wanted. Others wondered why we didn't crowdfund it so its audience could be more tied to its success. Several have asked why we didn't simply release the book online as a free download.


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Open source for products in four rules (and 10 slides)

Monday 24th of August 2015 11:00:00 AM

There are four rules to understand when building products out of open source software. A product team (engineering, product management, marketing) needs to understand these rules to participate best in an open source project community and deliver products and services to their customers at the same time. These four rules are the start of all other discussions about the open source product space.


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Outreachy and the road toward diversity

Monday 24th of August 2015 10:00:00 AM

Diversity has a new full-time ally. Marina Zhurakhinskaya (zhoo-ra-HEEN-ska-ya) recently won an O'Reilly award for her work in diversity for free and open source software (FOSS), and she just successfully created a new position for diversity at Red Hat. Oh, and, she's a new mom.

Marina is always happy to share details about her work, so you can be sure to get a lot out of her responses to the questions I asked her about her new award, her role at Red Hat, and her work with Outreachy, a program to help underrepresented groups get involved in FOSS. For instance, she explains how she and her husband managed a new baby at OSCON this year, where she received her award.


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Reports from mid-cycle meetups, NFV at scale, and more OpenStack news

Monday 24th of August 2015 09:00:00 AM

Interested in keeping track of what's happening in the open source cloud? Opensource.com is your source for news in OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure project.


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Leftovers: OSS

  • The FCC Builds Open-Source Video Calling For The Deaf
    The FCC has gotten behind a new platform that helps the deaf talk to each other over video link. The idea of Accessible Communications for Everyone, or ACE as it’s being called, is that it lets all kinds of different apps talk to each other. It’s kind of how you can email anyone without worrying what app they use, only for video, and text and audio, all together.
  • Why Intel made Stephen Hawking's speech system open source
  • NodeConf EU all set for blarney in 'Nodeland'
    It's NodeConf EU time again -- the third annual gathering of what is hoped to be 400 of the top influencers in Node.js at Waterford Castle from September 6th to 9th.
  • 3 steps for planning a successful open source meetup
  • Starting in September, Chrome will stop auto-playing Flash ads
    Google has announced that, beginning September 1, Chrome will no longer auto-play Flash-based ads in the company's popular AdWords program
  • Apache Software Foundation Makes Lens, a Big Data Tool, a Top Level Project
    Whenever the Apache Software Foundation graduates an open source project to become a Top Level Project, it tends to bode well for the project. Just look at what's happened with Apache Spark, for example. Now, the Foundation (ASF), which is the steward for and incubates more than 350 Open Source projects, has announced that Apache Lens, an open source Big Data and analytics tool, has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP).
  • Intel Pumps OpenStack Up
  • LibreOffice 5.0.1 released, to keep the momentum going
  • First Update to LibreOffice 5 Lands
    The Document Foundation today announced the first update to the milestone LibreOffice 5.0 released a few weeks ago. This is a bug fix release bringing over 75 commits since version 5.0 was unveiled August 5. It is recommended that those using the 5.0 branch upgrade their LibO installs with today's update.
  • Salesforce Aura ventures into open source -- to a point
    Salesforce's splashy new UI, the Lightning Experience, is more than a pretty face. It was built with Aura, the company's open source UI framework, available for use independent from Salesforce's services. With Lightning -- and Aura -- Salesforce emphasizes how users can design applications that not only look great, but plug into more than Salesforce. Where, then, does Salesforce's open source offering end with Aura, and where do its own services begin?
  • Infosys talks open source, cloud and value
    Last year, when Infosys hired Abdul Razack to own the company’s platform division, he came with a mandate to use open source first. Eleven months on and Infosys Information Platform (IIP) is flourishing with 120 projects on the go, some proofs of concept, many moving to production, but with open source at their heart in most situations.
  • Eclipse Foundation Moving to Donations to Support Open Source Projects
  • Intel invests $60 million in drone venture
    Intel is investing $60 million in UAV firm Yuneec, whose prosumer “Typhoon” drones use Android-based controllers. Intel Corp. CEO Brian Krzanich and Yuneec International CEO Tian Yu took to YouTube to announce an Intel investment of more than $60 million in the Hong Kong based company to help develop drone technology. No more details were provided except for Krzanich’s claim that “We’ve got drones on our road map that are going to truly change the world and revolutionize the industry.” One possibility is that Intel plans to equip the drones with its RealSense 3D cameras (see farther below).
  • Friday Free Software Directory IRC meetup: August 28 [Ed: out fo date now]
    Join the FSF and friends every Friday to help improve the Free Software Directory by adding new entries and updating existing ones.
  • What Will Become of the World’s First Open Source GPU?
    Dr. Karu Sankaralingam, who led the team’s effort at the University of Wisconsin, where the project is based, says that building an open source or any other hardware project is bound to incur legal wrangling, in part because the IP almost has to be reused in one form or another. Generally, he says that for open source hardware projects like this one, the best defense is to use anything existing as a base but focus innovation on building on top of that. He says that to date, AMD has not been involved in the project beyond a few individuals offering some insight on various architectural elements. In other words, if the team is able to roll this beyond research and into any kind of volume, AMD will likely have words.

Security Leftovers

  • Friday's security updates
  • Security updates for Thursday
  • nsenter gains SELinux support
    nsenter is a program that allows you to run program with namespaces of other processes
  • Iceland boosts ICT security measures, shares policy
    Iceland aims to shore up the security of its ICT infrastructure by raising awareness and increasing resilience. And next to updating its legislation, Iceland will also bolster the police’s capabilities to tackle cybercrime.
  • A Project to Guarantee Better Security for Open-Source Projects
    Open-source developers, however, can take steps to help catch these vulnerabilities before software is released. Secure development practices can catch many issues before they become full-blown problems. But, how can you tell which open-source projects are following these practices? The Core Infrastructure Initiative has launched a new "Best Practice Badge Program" this week to provide a solution by awarding digital badges to open-source projects that are developed using secure development practices.

Hortonworks and NSA