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  • Adobe opens legal style guide and encourages clear writing
    Adobe has made its Legal Department Style Guide available to everyone under a Creative Commons license. This shows that open source principles are illuminating even the foggy world of legal writing. I've taken a pass through the guide, and can affirm that it's generally sound and useful. It could help reduce obscurity in legal documents and foster more effective communication.
  • Ada Initiative Closes Up Shop
  • Ada Initiative organization to end, but its work will continue
  • The Ada Initiative Shuts Down, but Its Programs Will Be Open Source
    After four years of working tirelessly to improve diversity in tech, the Ada Initiative is shutting down. As a nonprofit organization, they led unconferences that brought women in tech together to help them find their feminist identities, they led impostor syndrome workshops, and they even had workshops for allies who want to help women in tech. Their programs and camps were one-of-a-kind, and the industry will be sorely missing their presence.
  • Guest View: How open source can help you break free of the storage Matrix
    The world inside the data center has been changing too, and it is changing fast. The large, status quo storage companies are just as nervous. This group of large legacy system companies has ruled the data center for the past 40 years. They’re the ones selling all that pricey systems hardware—especially in storage found in every organization. They are pushing their brand of reality, and when those companies came knocking, you paid, even as you felt something was not right.
  • University of Toronto Runs on Nexenta Open Source-Driven Software-Defined Storage Platform Supporting Key Cloud Services
  • A Preview: Oracle Connects the Dots at LinuxCon/CloudOpen/ContainerCon
    I’m really pleased with the lineup of keynote speakers and sessions we have planned for LinuxCon, CloudOpen and ContainerCon taking place in Seattle in just two short weeks. Content is our first priority for these events, and I think developers, SysAdmins and executives will be happy with what they find in the keynote hall, session rooms and workshops.
  • OpenSolaris-Derived Illumos Project Turns Five Years Old
    Today marks five years since the announcement of Illumos, the community-based derivative of OpenSolaris to create a fully open-source operating system.
  • LLVMpipe Tests On Mesa Git With An Intel Core i7 Broadwell
  • Lumina Desktop 0.8.6 Adds New Localization Options & More
  • developing v8 with guix
    This machine runs Debian. It used to run the testing distribution, but somehow in the past I needed something that wasn't in testing so it runs unstable. I've been using Debian for some 16 years now, though not continuously, so although running unstable can be risky, usually it isn't, and I've unborked it enough times that I felt pretty comfortable.
  • Slavery “Necessary” Says Education Department Of Extremadura
    When some bureaucrat tells the world that there are no other options than non-free/slavery software for vocational schools, I know they’re lying. It’s just not true. If businesses want school graduates to use non-free software they should do their own training. It’s not up to government to do what they could do for themselves. It’s not government’s job to preserve the Wintel monopoly. That’s not good for the economy and it’s just wrong to indoctrinate citizens into slavery. Extremadura is cranking out graduates who know GNU/Linux and Free Software. Businesses should accept that and use Free Software too. There’s just no reason that businesses or government should throw money to the wind that could be better spent buying machinery or buildings or hiring people locally.
  • Design electronic circuits with MeowCAD
    MeowCAD is an online free and open source electronic design application tool. Its focus is on schematic and PCB design for electronic circuits. Since MeowCAD is a completely FOSS SaaS, it circumvents the problems with vendor dependence. For example, one can download and run local copies of MeowCAD, thus giving the designer complete control over their own tools.

DRM issues kill off Matchstick Firefox OS dongle as pledges refunded

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IBM Bolsters Spark for Analytics on Linux Mainframes

IBM continues to invest in Apache Spark -- an open source platform for big data analytics. The latest moves involve Apache Spark for Linux running on IBM mainframes, plus partnerships with three data-mining software companies. Read more