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Substituting software imports with local and open-source products

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It is gratifying to read Dhaka Tribune news reports that Bangladesh’s export of software has finally reached $191 million in the last financial year.

However, before getting complacent, we should recall that the indicator of international competitiveness in any industry is net exports, which is the value of exports minus imports. Positive net exports in any sector implies that the country sells more to the world than it buys, and is thus truly independent in that sector.

When we try to calculate net exports of software from Bangladesh, however, we run into a major problem. We know that the vast majority of computers in the country run pirated versions of MS Windows and MS Office.

These have not been paid for, but by law, they must be paid for as software piracy is illegal (however, the laws of intellectual property are poorly enforced and so pirated DVDs of Microsoft software are widely available). However, we can calculate the economic value of pirated Microsoft software from published statistics and market prices.

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Tor “can’t build free and open source tools” and stop racists from using them

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The Tor Project has reiterated its absolutist commitment to free speech, saying that even though Daily Stormer recently moved to a Tor onion service, the organization won’t do anything to stop the "hate-spewing website."

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FOSS: Redox, SDN BSD and Much More

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  • Rust-Written Redox OS Closer To Self-Hosting

    The Redox operating system, the interesting original OS written around the Rust programming language, is closer to self-hosting as a result of this year's Google Summer of Code.

    The GSoC's goal has been to get Redox OS self-hosting where it can natively run a compiler toolchain for itself from within Redox rather than needing to build support on another platform.

    This summer has seen Redox OS now running on it GNU binutils, GCC, GNU Make, Dash, Curl, LLVM and Rustc, and more, but with these packages there are some limitations.

  • Podcast: CLUECON SPECIAL REPORT – The open source developer show bringing open source telephony together

    FreeSWITCH is a scalable open source cross-platform telephony platform designed to route and interconnect popular communication protocols using audio, video, text or any other form of media. It was created in 2006 to fill the void left by proprietary commercial solutions. FreeSWITCH also provides a stable telephony platform on which many applications can be developed using a wide range of free tools.

  • What are the differences between SDN open source and vendor products?

    Choosing between SDN open source and vendor-provided options is easier when you know some of the available choices. Industry analyst Lee Doyle lists some of the options.

  • Serverless launches open source Event Gateway to tie cloud functions together

    There’s a new open source tool in town for tying different event-driven functions together. Serverless, a startup that builds tools for building applications without having to worry about underlying infrastructure, announced a new Event Gateway project today that provides developers with a platform-agnostic tool for passing events from one program to another.

    Event Gateway combines two different sets of functionality: an API gateway that lets developers monitor and manage connections between different applications, and a publish-subscribe (Pub/Sub) service that is designed to route information from one to another.

  • Toad in the (open source data toolset) hole [Ed: openwashing proprietary software merely because it "supports" MySQL]

    Systems management and security software company Quest Software has announced its Toad Edge product.

    This is a commercial database toolset for software application development teams and database administrators (DBAs) to develop and manage open source database environments with the first release supporting MySQL.

  • Where are You Running Off To? Open Source GIS and Fitness Route Tracking
  • Juniper Wants OpenContrail to Garner More of the Spotlight

    Juniper Networks is looking to increase its focus on OpenContrail, noting the community around the open source software-defined networking (SDN) controller has been overshadowed by its commercial Contrail platform.

  • Visual Search Goes Open Source

    The Zappen visual search repository is available on Github under the LGPL license at Future planned enhancements include machine learning and integration with the EmerDNS distributed domain name system.

  • HAMMER2 File-System Looks Like Its Getting Closer To Being Usable On DragonFlyBSD

    Matthew Dillon began developing the HAMMER2 file-system in 2012 and back then he talked about it being until at least 2013 when it would be usable, etc. Five years later, it's looking like HAMMER2 is closer to being usable on DragonFlyBSD systems.

    HAMMER2 offers greater redundancy, native compression support, writable snapshtos, and other improvements over Dillon's original HAMMER file-system.

  • Logging, backups, and newsyslog.conf on FreeBSD

    Disk space is cheap, and time is not.

  • Richard Stallman made me change the name of my music project

    What do music and software have in common, and how far can you apply the principles of the free software movement to the music industry? Those are questions that pianist Kimiko Ishizaka and I set out to answer in 2012 when we released the Open Goldberg Variations and again in 2015 with the Open Well-Tempered Clavier. Now, we are asking for support for our next big Bach project on

  • Making an online survey? Try EUSurvey with upgraded features!

    The European Commission has released a new version of its multilingual online survey software EUSurvey. The enhanced OSS version makes it easier to create and edit questionnaires thanks to new useful features.

Automotive Grade Linux moving beyond infotainment with a hypervisor architecture

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The open-source AGL platform — comprising of Linux-based operating system and application framework — shares software stack for connected cars among its member companies like Toyota, which is using Renesas' R-Car system-on-chip (SoC) in Camry's infotainment system. AGL's Unified Code Base (UCB) 4.0 encompasses 70 percent to 80 percent of work needed to build an in-vehicle infotainment system, and Renesas has incorporated the AGL-based software in its R-Car chipsets and R-Car Starter Kit. Likewise, TI’s Jacinto automotive processors support the latest UCB software distribution, and all the required code is committed back to AGL repositories.

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Openwashing and FUD

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  • Open core, open perimeter, and the future of enterprise software [Ed: So openwashing is the "future of enterprise software"?]

    Today, software development is built around APIs. Instead of embedding a vendor's product into their application, developers can call an API to consume services from a vendor. The developers don't need to know what's responding to their calls on the backend; they simply need to know what the vendor's API expects from their code and what they can expect to receive back from the API. It is, in many senses, wonderfully non-intimate.

    This is an inversion of the traditional open core model behind many commercial open source strategies for enterprise application layer products. In open core, the product's core is open source, and in the enterprise edition, vendors provide and support proprietary enhancements. Using the API approach, the product's core is often not visible in the cloud, and the only way in and out of the product is through the API.

    Because of APIs, we are seeing the differentiation, enhancement, and value in enterprise editions migrating to the perimeter via tools, widgets, and components. These can be closed source and/or open source, but we should see more open source in the perimeter, because many vendors can make money by supporting their core and charging for API calls or transactions. The two best examples of this are Twilio and Stripe.

  • After Cybersecurity Shift, Black Duck Is Growing Fast & Eyeing Deals [Ed: Anti-FOSS company finds that by attacking FOSS it can make money]
  • Understanding the Hows and Whys of Open Source Audits [Ed: Black Duck threw some money at the Linux Foundation and got its anti-FOSS agenda included in the site]
  • Black Duck Streamlines DevSecOps with New Hub Detect Capability [Ed: Here they are selling purely proprietary software]
  • Here's Why We Need More Open Source Software For Buttplugs

OSS Leftovers

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  • Runtime Awarded Outstanding Contributor by Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF)

    Runtime, open source IoT software provider, announced it was awarded the ‘Outstanding Contributor Award’ for its open source implementation of OIC Core Specification v1.1.0 from the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF). Runtime’s open source, modern environment allows development using open APIs, running applications on sensors that require small footprints and low power requirements, like many IoT and IIoT applications require.

    “The growth and massive deployment of smart cities, agriculture, and other IoT applications require an open, platform agnostic, small footprint software,” said Runtime CEO and co-founder James Pace. “We’re proud to get the recognition of this award and look forward to continuing our work to support the IoT industry.”

  • Went to COSCUP 2017

    I joined COSCUP2017 which is held in Taipei from August 5 to 6. ‘COSCUP’ means Conference for Open Source Coders, Users and Promoters, is an annual conference held by Taiwanese Open source community participants since 2006. It’s a major force of Free software movement advocacy in Taiwan.

  • Samsung Hosts ONOS Build 2017 and Fuels SDN Innovation

    The ONOS (Open Network Operating System) community is growing fast in different geographies around the world and it’s time to bring everyone together. In collaboration with the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), Samsung is hosting ONOS Build 2017 at its R&D Campus in Seoul, Korea, on September 20-22.

    The 2nd annual event is poised to unite more than 200 developers and contributors to share, learn, align, plan and hack together. There will be keynote and panel presentations by ONOS influencers, Community Showcase previews where people can present information about their work, an SDN Science Fair for demo presentations and a hackathon.

  • Moodle Desktop Spawns To Windows, macOS, and Linux’s Ubuntu, Fedora, and Debian

    An official release at, following Moodle HQ’s mobile lead Juan Leyva announcement at the Moodle forums, confirms that Moodle Desktop, a native, browser-free version of the open source LMS, is now available across desktop and mobile devices running the most popular commercial and free operating systems available.

  • NoSQL database provider MongoDB files IPO confidentially
  • Open source database 'unicorn' MongoDB readies for IPO

5 open source alternatives to Slack for team chat

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In any collaborative environment, it's important to have good tools for communication. What tools work best for you depends a bit on your situation, but might include anything from mailing lists for email communication, Git or Subversion for version control, a wiki or Etherpad for collaborative authoring, a shared task list for organizing workflow, or even a full fledged project management suite.

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10 advantages of open source for the enterprise

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In the past decade, adoption of open source software at the enterprise level has flourished, as more businesses discover the considerable advantages open source solutions hold over their proprietary counterparts, and as the enterprise mentality around open source continues to shift.

Enterprises looking to make smart use of open source software will find plenty of great reasons to do so. Here are just some of them.

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Another Behind-the-Scenes Niche Where Open Source is Winning

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Do you spend a lot of time thinking about Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons? Unless you run a retail store, probably not. But if you do run a store (or stores) along with an e-commerce operation, BLE is a hot new thing you are either using already or thinking about using before long.

Why? Because the graffiti is on the wall, and it says, “Sales in physical stores are going down every year, and most retailers aren’t seeing enough online sales gains to take up the slack.” BLE may help stop the retail sales slide or at least slow it down. It’s cheap enough, especially with open source beacons, that it’s certainly worth a try.

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Dutch NCSC publishes PEF network data anonymising tool as open source

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The Dutch National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has published its Privacy Enhanced Filter (PEF) as open source software. The PEF tool is a research prototype that removes privacy-sensitive information from captured internet traffic as much as possible, allowing for threat detection and prevention without compromising privacy. It was developed in collaboration with the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) and the NCTV (National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism) Safety Through Innovation Program.

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    At OpenStack Summit in Boston last May, some speculated that the event might be the last gasp for OpenStack — an open-source platform for cloud computing and infrastructure-as-service. Granted, OpenStack was one of the less hyped open-source projects of the past year. But renewed community and end-user interest is breathing fresh life into the platform, according to Rob Young (pictured), senior manager of virtualization product and strategy at Red Hat Inc. Telcos and others are adopting OpenStack “because of the simplification of what was once complex, but also in the cost savings that can be realized by managing your own cloud within a hybrid cloud environment,” Young said.
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