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IT pros to move to open source software in 2015

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IT professionals are expected to move away from proprietary to open source software in 2015, according to new research.

A survey by Ponemon Institute and Zimbra shows 67 per cent of EMEA IT professionals agree that commercial open source software offers better business continuity.

74 per cent in the US also agree open source is better for business continuity, compared to propriety software.

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Open-source development of Pirate Bay replacement could make site immune to police takedown

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Online torrent repository IsoHunt has launched a $100,000 (£66,000) competition to encourage open-source development of The Old Pirate Bay, the popular torrent site set up in the wake of The Pirate Bay's shutdown.

The unprecedented move to offer prize money will mean that an open-source community will be responsible for developing the site rather than a closed team, therefore making the site more difficult to take down.

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Also: IsoHunt Is Sick of Closed-Development; Offers $100,000 for Open-Source Developers

isoHunt offers $100,000 to ‘most active’ Old Pirate Bay contributors

White House CTO calls for open source APIs, visibility for women

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While Smith’s characterization of Washington as “incredibly entrepreneurial” may be a tad optimistic, she did appear sincere in her support for promoting the use of open source development, and introducing a culture of “APIs, not RFPs.”

Echoing a mantra of executives at Google X, Smith also expressed a desire to find ways for the government to exhibit the sort of technological prowess that normally occurs only in wartime. She also emphasized that she and her deputy, former Twitter lawyer Alex Macgillivray, want to reduce the sort of regulatory morass that can inhibit innovation.

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Tiny $26 WiFi-ready IoT SBC runs OpenWRT Linux

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Smart Electronics is prepping a tiny $26 open-source “Black Swift” SBC that runs OpenWRT on an Atheros AR9331 and offers WiFi, dual micro-USB, and header I/O.

The Black Swift, which is set to launch on Kickstarter on Jan. 27, comes from Russian firm Smart Electronics LLC, the new name for Virt2real Ltd. This is the same company that brought us the Linux-based Virt2real WiFi controller board and robotic “Bond Car,” which is controlled by the board.

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The top 10 rookie open source projects

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Open source has become the industry's engine of innovation. This year, for example, growth in projects related to Docker containerization trumped every other rookie area -- and not coincidentally reflected the most exciting area of enterprise technology overall. At the very least, the projects described here provide a window on what the global open source developer community is thinking, which is fast becoming a good indicator of where we're headed.

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Scalable open virtual networking with MidoNet

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Networking is an important part of any modern datacenter. As open source continues to grow in virtualization solutions, virtualized networking is an important part of the picture. MidoNet, an open source network virtualization platform for Infrastructure-as-a-serivice (IaaS) clouds like OpenStack cloud software, is gaining traction as a way to implement networking solutions.

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Break away from free cloud storage providers by using ownCloud

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With these concerns in mind, users looking outside of the traditional channels for cloud storage services have an easily available option: the ownCloud open-source software package. Being open source, ownCloud is free to run on your server, though the commercial arm of the organization does provide cloud storage as a service. Naturally, installing ownCloud does require a server -- either on premises or leased from a data center -- in order to operate.

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Open source software for quantum information

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NIST is a world leader in quantum information research, harnessing the strange properties of quantum mechanics (nature’s instruction book for atoms, photons, and other microscopic systems) to vastly improve computational power, make secure communications systems, and affect many other applications. Quantum information products are already coming to market, with much greater impacts expected in the future.

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Portugal engineering lab: facts favour open source

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Open source should win. This type of software is more reliable, more stable and provides more flexibility than proprietary software, says João Marcelino, an engineer working for Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (National Laboratory for Civil Engineering, LNEC), a state-owned research and development institution. On top of that, the software lets organisations inspect and audit the code without restriction.

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Open source empowers city archive Hospitalet

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Open source has modernised the archive of the Catalan city of Hospitalet de Llobregat (Spain). The software helps manage the administrative records, but also allows easy access to historical records. This facilitates research and education, and enables public information dissemination. For its historical records, the Hospitalet city archive implements ICA-Atom, a web-based and open source archive solution.

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