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  • Open source software gets scientific data to shine at Diamond Light Source

    In a paper published in the EBioMedicine scientific journal this month, a group of scientists have revealed how leukaemia cells prevent themselves from being attacked by the human immune system. This discovery, they believe, could be an important step in the fight to develop new types of drugs for patients with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), a kind of blood cancer that can often be fatal because of the shortcomings of current treatment strategies.

    That the scientists were able to uncover exactly how AML cells evade attack by the immune cells that patrol our bodies owes much to work they conducted with the help of Diamond Light Source, the UK’s national synchrotron.

  • What Laravel 5.5 means for developers (part #2)

    Describing itself as the framework for ‘web artisans’, Laravel has been around since 2011 and today hosts its source code on GitHub under the MIT license.

  • The DARFChain Project Made Integration ERP and Blockchain on Open-source Solutions

    A new age of digital economy is here! The modern digital industry these days is not limited only to robotics or virtual design media. New technologies like blockchain change the style of business and dramatically enhances its capabilities making business processes transparent and efficient. These changes are the opportunity to expand and create new markets and even more – the new economy. However, the growing markets require more legal and financial control to ensure the gradual growth and adoption by large business institutions.

    The new blockchain breakthrough technology allows even today to create trustable and scalable solutions for international financial transactions, startup crowdfunding and manage new business investments. The Russian startup DARFChain (Distributed Accounting, Resource and Financial system in blockChain) recently reported the test results confirming successful synchronization for the distributed ERP system based on the blockchain technology (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIFDO9mxaY4) The solution was built using the components of the blockchain platform Waves, ERP system ODOO and BigchainDB database. System available for testing on project’s Github. Soon have plans to connect to other blockchains system, Ethereum first.

  • IBM makes two big moves on healthcare and blockchain technology
  • Open Source: ZTE on getting back what you put in

    Tu Jiashum, CTO of SDN/NFV at ZTE, outlines the importance of Open Source software development for his company. ZTE, he says, is investing a lot of its resources into Open Source and, having shared its contribution, is confident that it receives a lot back. It has participated in 240 commercial proofs of concept (PoCs) worldwide and has developed an end-to-end SDNFV solution called Elastic Net.

  • Software CEO’s Unfamiliarity with Open Source and Third-party Use Places Banking and Financial Sector Businesses at Risk
  • How to Engage With Open Source: A Strategic Approach [Ed: Serial GPL violator is trying to lecture us on "How to Engage With Open Source" and cites anti-FOSS firm Black Duck.]

Docker IPO Rumours

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  • From startup to an open source giant. Docker valuation hits $1.3bn amid fresh funding round

    Open source software startup Docker Inc. is currently working on raising $75m as its software business grows, according to sources.

    People familiar with the matter told Bloomberg the round is expected to close by the end of this month, which will push the company’s valuation to $1.3bn, up from $1bn in 2015.

    One of the people said the raised cash will be invested in expanding Docker Inc.’s sales and marketing teams for corporate clients.

  • Startup funding: Open source software Docker raises fund to fuel its newest push

    According to Silicon Angle, the latest investment will help fuel the company’s newest push in the computing market. The company plans to use the fresh capital to beef up its sales and marketing muscles.

    The funding news follows a massive management shuffle, which reportedly involved former CEO of Concur Technologies Steve Singh and Docker’s co-founder Solomon Hykes.

Free security service scans open source Linux IoT binaries

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Insignary unveiled TruthIsIntheBinary, a free, cloud-based version of its Clarity binary code scanning software aimed at open source Linux IoT code.

Normally, we board-heads shy away from security software, but Insignary’s latest offering pushed all our buttons: Linux, free, open source, and “IoT security ticking time-bomb.” We were also slapped silly by the oracular sounding name.

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Releases: PostgreSQL 10 Beta 3 and KDE Frameworks 5.37

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  • PostgreSQL 10 Beta 3 Released!

    The PostgreSQL Global Development Group announces today that the third beta release of PostgreSQL 10 is available for download. This release contains previews of all of the features which will be available in the final release of version 10, including fixes to many of the issues found in the second beta. Users are encouraged to begin testing their applications against 10 beta3.

  • PostgreSQL 10 Beta 3 Arrives

    Those wishing to do some database testing this weekend can try out PostgreSQL 10's third beta update, which was released earlier this week.

    Postgre developers are hoping those making use of this SQL database system will try their workloads against PostgreSQL 10 Beta 3. It has all the features to be found in this next stable release and has many bug fixes over the prior versions.

  • Release of KDE Frameworks 5.37.0
  • KDE Frameworks 5.37 Released

    Ending out the weekend, the KDE crew has released Frameworks 5.37 as the collection of complementary components to Qt5.

How my two-week project turned into a full time open source startup

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A small project to automate a web developer's invoicing process morphed into a full-fledged open source gig management system.

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Advocacy groups push Portugal to use open source

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To stop losing control over its digital assets, the Portuguese government should make a sincere move to free and open source software, the country’s open source trade group ESOP says. The business association is not convinced that Portugal’s new ICT strategy, published in July, will help.

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OSS Leftovers: Bassel Khartabil, Coreboot, Debian's DebConf17, 'Open' Entrepreneurship, and Open Access

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  • Honoring Our Friend Bassel: Announcing the Bassel Khartabil Free Culture Fellowship

    On August 1, 2017, we received the heartbreaking news that our friend Bassel (Safadi) Khartabil, detained since 2012, was executed by the Syrian government shortly after his 2015 disappearance. Khartabil was a Palestinian Syrian open internet activist, a free culture hero, and an important member of our community. Our thoughts are with Bassel’s family, now and always.

    Today we’re announcing the Bassel Khartabil Free Culture Fellowship to honor his legacy and lasting impact on the open web.

  • Coreboot Now Has Basic UEFI Support Working With TianoCore

    Those not regularly using Coreboot may have not realized that it didn't yet have UEFI support, but now it does.

  • Debian's DebConf17 Wrapping Up Today, Watch The Videos Online

    If you have extra time this weekend, you may be interested in watching videos from DebConf17, the annual Debian Developers' conference.

    DebConf17 was hosted in Montreal, Canada and sponsored by Google, HPE, Valve, Collabora, and other organizations. Talks this year ranged from Debian in the cloud to Debian's Outreachy involvement to the current work on the Debian Installer and many other Debian topics.

  • Open-source entrepreneurship

    Open-source software is free software whose underlying code, or “source code,” is also freely available. Open-source development projects often involve hundreds or even thousands of volunteer coders scattered around the globe. Some of the best known are the Linux operating system, the Firefox web browser, and the WordPress blogging platform.

    This past spring, MIT professor of electrical engineering and computer science Saman Amarasinghe offered 6S194 (Open-Source Entrepreneurship), a new undergraduate course on initiating and managing open-source development projects. The course had no exams or problem sets; instead, the assignments included consulting with mentors, interviewing users, writing a promotional plan — and, of course, leading the development of an open-source application.

  • Open Access Can't Wait. Pass FASTR Now.

    When you pay for federally funded research, you should be allowed to read it. That’s the idea behind the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (S.1701, H.R.3427), which was recently reintroduced in both houses of Congress.

Open Source Leaders: Solomon Hykes and the Docker Revolution

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Not often we come across technologies that are so disruptive that they turn industries upside down. Docker container is one such technology that’s literally transforming the IT world. Docker founder and Chief Technology Officer Solomon Hykes is one of the few technology leaders who thoroughly understands the open source development model and the sauce that’s needed to turn into a profitable business.

Hykes may not sound very French, but he grew up in France. His parents moved there when he was very young. Hykes began programming as a teenager. Throughout most of high school, he skipped classes to work on programming jobs at the local cyber café. Eventually, he went to a programming school for software engineering training.

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OSS and Openwashing

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  • How to create a blog with AsciiDoc

    I work daily with content management tools and support documentation writers whose preferred markup language is AsciiDoc. It has a simple syntax, but enough features to keep even a hardcore documentation nerd happy. AsciiDoc allows you to write documentation in a more natural way and mark it up cleanly for presentation on the web or as a PDF. This got me thinking, "Wouldn't it be handy to be able to maintain a website purely with AsciiDoc?"

    After some googling and chatting with colleagues, I found Hugo, a publishing platform that can transform articles written in Markdown or AsciiDoc into usable content for the web. It is a very feature-rich platform, with a rich language for working with templates and theming, and it's a lot of fun to work with.

    One big advantage to me is that Hugo doesn't require a database to support a blog site with plenty of functionality. The pages are rendered in HTML, so sites are blazingly fast and very easy to maintain. It even comes with its own server, so I can test my site while I work on it. As long as your server can deliver HTML, you're good to go.

  • ArduPilot Team Creates 'OpenSolo Initiative' From 3DR's Open-Source Code
  • Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Promises New Open Source Blockchain Tech [Ed: It says it will "improve privacy as well." But Microsoft is the antithesis of privacy.]
  • Microsoft Unveils Coco: An Open-Source Blockchain Framework [Ed: No, it's not "Open-Source", it's just Azure (surveillance, back doors, patent abuse) lock-in from Microsoft]

Making open source clouds more accessible than ever

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A prime example of our efforts with open source is the work we’ve been doing with Red Hat to make OpenStack implementations stable, reliable, and able to integrate with enterprise IT systems. We focus on addressing key challenges of OpenStack — namely executing seamless automated deployments for the entire hardware and software stack, supporting non-disruptive upgrades, and building integrations with complementary open technologies like Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

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LWN (Now Open Access): Kernel Configuration, Linux 4.14 Merge Window, Running Android on a Mainline Graphics Stack

  • A different approach to kernel configuration
    The kernel's configuration system can be challenging to deal with; Linus Torvalds recently called it "one of the worst parts of the whole project". Thus, anything that might help users with the process of configuring a kernel build would be welcome. A talk by Junghwan Kang at the 2017 Open-Source Summit demonstrated an interesting approach, even if it's not quite ready for prime time yet. Kang is working on a Debian-based, cloud-oriented distribution; he wanted to tweak the kernel configuration to minimize the size of the kernel and, especially, to reduce its attack surface by removing features that were not needed. The problem is that the kernel is huge, and there are a lot of features that are controlled by configuration options. There are over 300 feature groups and over 20,000 configuration options in current kernels. Many of these options have complicated dependencies between them, adding to the challenge of configuring them properly.
  • The first half of the 4.14 merge window
    September 8, 2017 As of this writing, just over 8,000 non-merge changesets have been pulled into the mainline kernel repository for the 4.14 development cycle. In other words, it looks like the pace is not slowing down for this cycle either. The merge window is not yet done, but quite a few significant changes have been merged so far. Read on for a summary of the most interesting changes entering the mainline in the first half of this merge window.
  • Running Android on a mainline graphics stack
    The Android system may be based on the Linux kernel, but its developers have famously gone their own way for many other parts of the system. That includes the graphics subsystem, which avoids user-space components like X or Wayland and has special (often binary-only) kernel drivers as well. But that picture may be about to change. As Robert Foss described in his Open Source Summit North America presentation, running Android on the mainline graphics subsystem is becoming possible and brings a number of potential benefits. He started the talk by addressing the question of why one might want to use mainline graphics with Android. The core of the answer was simple enough: we use open-source software because it's better, and running mainline graphics takes us toward a fully open system. With mainline graphics, there are no proprietary blobs to deal with. That, in turn, makes it easy to run current versions of the kernel and higher-level graphics software like Mesa.

Beautify Your KDE Plasma 5 Desktop Environment with Freshly Ported Adapta Theme

Good morning! It's time to beautify your KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment, and we have just the perfect theme for that as it looks like the popular Adapta GTK theme was recently ported to Plasma 5. Read more

Roughing it, with Linux

I have been traveling for about two weeks now, spending 10 days camping in Iceland and now a few days on the ferry to get back. For this trip I brought along my Samsung N150 Plus (a very old netbook), loaded with openSUSE Linux 42.3. Read more

Red Hat: Ansible Tower, Patent Promise, and Shares Declining

  • Red Hat’s automation solution spreading among APAC enterprises
    Red Hat recently shared revealed its agentless automation platform is spreading among enterprises in APAC countries like Australia, China, India and Singapore. The company asserts its Ansible Tower helps enterprises cut through the complexities of modern IT environments with powerful automation capabilities that improve productivity and reduce downtime. “Today’s business demands can mean even greater complexity for many organisations. Such dynamic environments can necessitate a new approach to automation that can improve speed, scale and stability across IT environments,” says head of APAC office of technology at Red Hat, Frank Feldmann.
  • Red Hat broadens patent pledge to most open-source software
    Red Hat, the world's biggest open source company, has expanded its commitment on patents, which had originally been not to enforce its patents against free and open source software.
  • Red Hat expands Patent Promise
    Open-source software provider Red Hat has revised its Patent Promise, which was initially intended to discourage patent aggression against free and open-source software. The expanded version of the defensive patent aggregation scheme extends the zone of non-enforcement to all of Red Hat’s patents and all software under “well-recognised” open-source licenses. In its original Patent Promise in 2002, Red Hat said software patents are “inconsistent with open-source and free software”.
  • Red Hat Inc (RHT) AO Seeing a Consistent Downtrend
  • Red Hat, Inc. (RHT) noted a price change of -0.14% and RingCentral, Inc. (RNG) closes with a move of -2.09%