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The world’s first DIY 3D printed open source bicycle

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Two Dutch design students are developing a 3D printed bicycle – an open source project through which they hope to encourage others to customise and manufacture their own versions.

The OBI, or Open Bicycle, has been created by industrial designers Stef de Groot and Paul De Medeiros. The open source template will allow the construction of a fully-functioning bicycle for around €400 (approx. £300) – far cheaper than buying a brand new set of wheels.

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Navigating a sea of frontend frameworks

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When I teach beginners, I doubt many of them have any idea what open source really means! What I do know they notice (and care deeply about) is how easy it is to find information and answers to their questions ("Can I Google this?"). Open source, and the fact that it requires a community to work really well, benefits these beginners whether they know it or not.

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KPMG: five good reasons to use open souce

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You'd have to be looking hoard to find this... but deep inside a PDF white paper written by KPMG, the firm has justified its reasons for using, adopting, developing and subsequently releasing open source software.

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Danish public libraries unite around open source

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Open source has united Denmark’s public libraries, working together on an ‘open system of tools for cultural innovation, collaboration, and sharing of results in a digital society’. The TING community, in which libraries are developing open source solutions to help bring their services online, includes 50 of the country’s 98 municipalities.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • All Things Open exclusive preview and discount

    Join us in Raleigh, North Carolina, from October 19 - 20 at All Things Open 2015. You can also enter for a chance to win a free pass to All Things Open 2015.

  • Three students jump into open source with OpenMRS and Sahana Eden

    We are three students in the Bachelor of Computer Science second degree program at the University of British Columbia (UBC). As we each have cooperative education experience, our technical ability and contributions have increasingly become a point of focus as we approach graduation. Our past couple of years at UBC have allowed us to produce some great technical content, but we all found ourselves with one component noticeably absent from our resumes: an open source contribution. While the reasons for this are varied, they all stem from the fact that making a contribution involves a set of skills that goes far beyond anything taught in the classroom or even learned during an internship. It requires a person to be outgoing with complete strangers, to be proactive in seeking out problems to solve, and to have effective written communication.

  • Your field's talent is expecting openness

    Open source social and cultural history is the antithesis of traditional organizational management structures, and, unfortunately, it's younger. Emotion is influenced by surroundings and norms, and what we learned about hierarchy when we were growing up influences how we participate in business today.

  • The official user survey, visualizing your cloud, and more OpenStack news
  • At Demo, Hadoop inventor calls NSA snooping a cautionary tale for devs

    The creator of Hadoop said web app developers must put public trust first and argued that actions by the National Security Agency (NSA) offer a cautionary tale for the future of big data.

    Doug Cutting, who in 2004 developed the open-source implementation of the Map-Reduce framework, said big data analytics has opened the floodgates for capturing new consumer data as well as analyzing vast stores of historical information.

  • Arcadia Enterprise: Visual Business Intelligence Meets Hadoop

    Hadoop is on a roll in the Big Data space. Allied Market Research has forecasted that the global market for Hadoop along with related hardware, software, and services will reach $50.2 billion by 2020, propelled by greater use of raw, unstructured, and structured data.

  • On Getting the OpenStack Skills That Get Jobs

    What kind of demand is there for cloud computing skills in the job market? Consider these notes from Forbes, based on a report from WANTED Analytics: "There are 3.9 million jobs in the U.S. affiliated with cloud computing today with 384,478 in IT alone. The median salary for IT professionals with cloud computing experience is $90,950 and the median salary for positions that pay over $100,000 a year is $116,950."

  • The State of Hadoop: Survey Forecasts Substantial Growth
  • Talend Delivers Spark-Powered Data Integration Platform
  • Hortonworks unveils big data scorecard

    At Strata + Hadoop World here yesterday, Hadoop distribution specialist Hortonworks unveiled a new tool called the Hortonworks Big Data Scorecard designed to help organizations develop a plan for jumpstarting big data projects.

  • LibreOffice merchandising is available from Spreadshirt.Net
  • Oracle’s “planned obsolescence” for Java

    Oracle is no longer interested in Java, according to an anonymous top-level Java source at Oracle. As rumours of Oracle’s neglect pile up, it looks more and more like IT’s most popular programming language is becoming a driverless train.

  • Call for Testing: tame userland diff

    The full diff follows in the original mail, but it's probably simpler to just use a snapshot. For those of you who've been looking forward to seeing how it handles, now's the time to find out.

  • Software that liberates people: feels about FSF@30 and OSFeels@1

    tl;dr: I want to liberate people; software is a (critical) tool to that end. There is a conference this weekend that understands that, but I worry it isn’t FSF’s.

  • Zulip chat from Dropbox, Linux Foundation report, FCC rules, and more news
  • Lunduke Pens Book, Year of the Desktop Won’t Happen & More…

    Mea culpa: I went to bed last night thinking it was Wednesday, woke up today thinking it was Thursday, went along with my usual Thursday work plan (which differs little from any other weekday) until Christine Hall emailed me and asked, “Where’s the wrap?”

  • Teach, Don’t Tell

    This post is about writing technical documentation. More specifically: it’s about writing documentation for programming languages and libraries.


    Let’s get started. The first thing to nail down is why we’re documenting a programming language or library in the first place.

Netrunner Rolling 2015.09 – 64bit released

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Netrunner Rolling 2015.09 has gotten a complete overhaul:
The desktop transitioned from KDE4 to Plasma5 together with KDE Applications 15.08 and hundreds of packages updated to their latest versions.
Calamares is now used as the default Installer.
LibreOffice and VirtualBox now ship in their 5.-versions.
Gmusicbrowser has been finetuned to load and display large music collections in an efficient and easy way, automatically adding album covers from the internet.

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Third Alpha Build of Kodi 16 Media Center Adds Long-Press Support for Remotes

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The Kodi development team, through Nathan Betzen, announced today, October 3, the release and immediate availability for download and testing of the third Alpha build of the upcoming Kodi 16 open-source and cross-platform media center software.

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Adblock Plus and (a little) more

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What’s more, in true open source spirit we’re letting other ad blocking software use the Acceptable Ads guidelines and whitelisting processes also. Last week, Dean Murphy at Crystal took us up on the offer, and today we are welcoming tens of millions of AdBlock users to our Acceptable Ads whitelist. We’re all fighting on the same side for the consumer, after all.

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing Culture

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  • Firefox Is Much Better than Any Other Browser and Here's Why

    We often read about comparative tests between browsers and we see that Google Chrome or Opera are extremely fast, or that some other browser gets really good scores in rendering, and so on. The truth is that none of that really matters when you are using browsers in the real world, and in the real world Firefox shines and it's head and shoulders above everything else.

  • The return of TryStack, life as a PTL, and more OpenStack news

    Interested in keeping track of what's happening in the open source cloud?

  • A Brief Comparison of Mesos and Kubernetes

    The recent announcement of Mesos on Windows means developers and organizations that work between Linux and Windows platforms may use their own tools without requiring heavy resource management. Those working with the Google Cloud Engine may prefer working with Kubernetes, while people accustomed to Microsoft Azure may enjoy the Mesosphere workflow pipeline. Each has their own strengths and shortcomings, though the gap between stack management services lessens as more technology is brought to other platforms.

  • MapR Technologies Unveils In-Hadoop Document Database

    MapR integrates Web-scale enterprise storage and real-time database management and adds native JSON support to MapR-DB, its NoSQL database.

  • Pivotal Aims at Oracle Database Business with Open Source Tech

    Software company Pivotal is taking on Oracle’s traditional database business with its latest effort to advance open source. The company is contributing both HAWQ advanced SQL on Hortonworks’ Hadoop analytics and MADlib machine learning technologies to The Apache Software Foundation (ASF).

  • Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2 Coming Soon with Better Microsoft Office Interoperability

    Apache Software Foundation has announced recently that the second point release of their Apache OpenOffice 4.1 open-source office suite for GNU/Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Mac OS X operating system is coming soon.

  • Pentaho 6 Blends Virtual and Physical Data for Business Intelligence

    Pentaho is set to debut its new Pentaho 6 Enterprise 6 and community editions, providing users with new business intelligence capabilities. Pentaho formally announced the Penthao 6 release on September 30, though general availability is not scheduled until October 14.

  • Open source FreeNAS makes inroads in enterprise data storage

    The FreeNAS Project by server vendor iXsystems is attracting attention from customers as far away as outer space who are considering open source NAS storage with commodity hardware.

  • What do you have to say? Share it at LibrePlanet 2016

    LibrePlanet 2016 is coming! Next year's conference will be held **March 19-20, 2016 in the Boston area**. The call for proposals is open now, until November 16th. General registration and exhibitor registration will open later in October.

  • Chicago GNU/Linux talk on Guix retrospective

    Friends... friends! I gave a talk on Guix last night in Chicago, and it went amazingly well. That feels like an undersell actually; it went remarkably well. There were 25 people, and apparently there was quite the waitlist, but I was really happy with the set of people who were in the room. I haven't talked about Guix in front of an audience before and I was afraid it would be a dud, but it's hard to explain the reaction I got. It felt like there was a general consensus in the room: Guix is taking the right approach to things.

  • Open Budget 2015: Norway leads the way in Europe

    Norway is the European country with the highest ranking in the 5th Open Budget Survey, a worldwide survey which examines the current state of budget transparency. Sweden is in second place in Europe and France is 3rd.

  • OGP is ready to open up to local governments

    The Open Government Partnership is thinking about opening its membership to large cities, provinces and local governments “where many public services are delivered to citizens, allowing for somewhat tighter forms of accountability and feedback loops”, the global organisation stated on its blog.

  • Here's What Open-Source Government Looks Like

    Seamus Kraft was running on minimal sleep through the days of furious Congressional debate surrounding the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), when he had his “aha!” moment. The digital director of communications for House Oversight and Government Reform chairman, Darrell Issa, was looking for a better way to get citizen input on a bill that had become a flashpoint across the internet community.

  • Stock Update (NASDAQ:ILMN): Illumina, Inc. Expands World’s Largest Genomics Analysis Platform and Adds to Open Source Initiative
  • Illumina Expands World’s Largest Genomics Analysis Platform and Adds to Open Source Initiative

    BaseSpace is the only genomics platform that integrates sample set-up, instrument and sequencing run monitoring along with storage, analysis and sharing of large volumes of genomic data. The analysis platform is currently processing data from more than 4,000 sequencing systems worldwide, including Illumina’s population-scale sequencing system, HiSeq X™ Ten, and providing push-button analytics with over 60 apps to more than 30,000 registered users.

  • Paywalls and Robin Hoods: the tale of Elsevier and

    This Kat sometimes wonders whether every big copyright dispute these days seems to have a major political or philosophical subtext to it -- an example of which can be found below. From guest contributor Emma Perot comes this appraisal of a dispute (reported on TorrentFreak here) between a giant publisher of valuable and useful scholarly material on the one hand, and those who seek access to that same information on the other.

  • Mural Arts' Open Source offers a month of events on art and social change
  • Philadelphia public spaces are canvas for Open Source art exhibit
  • Most Popular Programming Languages In The IT industry

    Programmers are always in high demand these days for jobs, especially if they have fluency in coding language. Learning programming in various languages for engineers is a no-brainer, but some basic understanding of the languages can be invaluable to anyone, even if you’re not looking forward to becoming a master coder.

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  • PHP version 5.5.30 and 5.6.14

    RPM of PHP version 5.6.14 are available in remi repository for Fedora ≥ 21 and remi-php56 repository for Fedora ≤ 20 and Enterprise Linux (RHEL, CentOS).

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