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  • AT&T teams up with Nokia to push the deployment of RAN open source

    AT&T has started developing a software platform for the RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) with Nokia. The idea is to create open source software aligned with the O-RAN target architecture and to so accelerate innovations and interoperability in the RAN. The RIC platform will provide a set of functions and interfaces that allow for increased optimizations and for faster, more flexible service deployments and programmability within the RAN.
    AT&T and Nokia want to enable an intelligent rapidly evolvable radio network by fostering the creation of a multi-vendor open ecosystem of interoperable components for the disaggregated RAN. The platform will be architected so that the implementation of functions from different vendors can be mixed and matched on a single network infrastructure. The platform will also enable interfaces to third party applications for enhanced mobility functions such as cross layer optimization and machine learning inferences.

  • AT&T, Nokia Team on O-RAN Code

    In support of 5G, AT&T will begin development of a software platform for the RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC), to enable the creation of open source software that is aligned with the O-RAN target architecture. AT&T and Nokia are co-creating the platform code to accelerate the deployment of open source software for the 5G RAN.

    The RIC platform will provide a set of functions and interfaces that allow for increased optimizations through policy-driven closed loop automation and for faster, more flexible service deployments and programmability within the RAN. The intent is to enable an intelligent rapidly evolvable radio network by fostering the creation of a multi-vendor open ecosystem of interoperable components for the disaggregated RAN.

  • New open source platform to enhance blockchain development in Africa

    The African Digital Asset Foundation has launched an open source platform to establish unified standards for blockchain development in Africa.

    The African Digital Assets Framework (ADAF) platform will seek to ensure that the use of blockchain stimulates digitised pan-African economic integration.

    Several factors are opening local start-ups to the opportunities blockchain promises including limited financial infrastructure, fragility of some African currencies and raising capital after ideation.

    Going forward, more African start-ups' interest could be particularly drawn to the blockchain-backed crowdfunding mechanism known as the initial coin offering (ICO). The ICO model is open and direct but has been widely criticised for a lack of regulation.

  • The best free photo-editing software in 2019 [Ed: Darktable and GIMP top the list.]
  • Taking It Slow: Enterprises Use Open Source, But Are Cautious About Contributing

    Jabil uses open source for application development and piloting, and then switches for production to vendor-backed open source implementations, frequently with proprietary extensions. For example, the company uses Docker for developing applications, but Docker Enterprise Edition for production, Cantrell says.

  • Open source software in the enterprise has never been healthier

    Many companies support their developers who work on open source projects unrelated to the business - showing open source has matured

  • TrueConf Releases Open Source App for Video Kiosks

    TrueConf, a company known for their pioneering developments in meeting room, desktop and mobile video solutions, recently announced a new application. With the support of a community of developers to guide them, TrueConf has opened access to the TrueConf Kiosk source coding. TrueConf plans to use the open source application to make video kiosk software a more accessible reality for companies around the world.

    With the TrueConf Kiosk source code, developers will be able to create their own custom applications for dealing with customer service through immersive video conferencing.

  • 2019 Will Be the Year of Open Source

    From software and even hardware, we saw more activity in open source than ever before in 2018. And the momentum isn't likely to slow down in 2019.

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  • This week in Usability & Productivity, part 54
    This week in KDE’s Usability & Productivity initiative, something big landed: virtual desktop support on Wayland, accompanied by a shiny new user interface for the X11 version too. Eike Hein has been working on this literally for months and I think he deserves a round of applause! It was a truly enormous amount of work, but now we can benefit for years to come.
  • KDE Now Has Virtual Desktop Support On Wayland
    KDE landing virtual desktop support on Wayland this week is certainly quite exciting while also a new UI was added for the X11 virtual desktop support too. Some of the other KDE improvements that landed this week and relayed by Nate Graham include the digital clock widget now allowing adjustments to the date formatting, the KDE Information Center's USB devices section will now actually display all USB devices, wallpaper chooser view improvements, and various other improvements.

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Livepatching With Linux 5.1 To Support Atomic Replace & Cumulative Patches

With the Linux 5.1 kernel cycle that should get underway in just over one month's time, there will now be the long in development work (it's been through 15+ rounds of public code review!) for supporting atomic replace and cumulative patches. Read more