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Fracture: Another Open-Source Decompiler Project

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Right now Fracture supports decompiling ARM binaries but x86 is actively being worked on and there's also plans for supporting PowerPC and MIPS. While progress is being made, there's many features that still need to be handled like conditionals, complex language structs, high-level type recovery, and other features.

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Box joins the open source bandwagon with new showcase

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Box is getting into the mix, unveiling its own open source repository showcasing at least 20 projects to-date.

Amid content and metadata SDKs for Android, iOS, Windows, and Java, more distinctive projects include the Box Anemometer (a MySQL slow query monitor) and the curiously-named Stalker, a jQuery plugin allowing elements to follow a user as he or she scrolls through a page.

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More: Box Debuts ‘Box Open Source’ To Share Its Internal Tools With The Larger Developer World

Linksys launches new router with open source code

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Gadgets

Linksys has started shipping a new router, and it’s touting its latest offering as the first consumer-grade Wi-Fi router to provide thorough wireless coverage throughout the home through its four external antennas.

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OSI Announces New Board

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The Open Source Initiative has announced the results of a ballot by its members to select new directors for its board. The outcome sees more diversity and strong community skills introduced, signalling new horizons for the 15 year old organisation.

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Sarah Watz Elected by Open Source Matters to Guide Joomla

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Joomla , one of the world’s most popular open source content management systems, has today announced the election of Sarah Watz as the President of Open Source Matters (OSM).

More than 3 percent of the web runs on Joomla, with the platform being used for everything from websites to blogs to custom apps to Intranets.

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UK cities start alliance on sharing and re-use

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The London borough of Camden and the city of Bristol have launched the Open Systems Alliance, aiming to develop, share and re-use software solutions. The alliance was announced at the Open Source Open Standards Conference, in London last Thursday, by Camden's chief information officer, John Jackson. He is inviting other UK public administrations to join: "Let's work together to make our administrations digital by default, and open by design."

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eBook Reader and Editor Calibre 1.32 Now Supports OPML Files

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Calibre 1.32, an eBook reader and management software developed for multiple platforms, including Linux, has just been released and it incorporates a number of important changes and improvements.

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Open source software a solid alternative to costly brands

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WANT to save money on software? While it's hard to beat premium industry products with all of their bells and whistles, many small firms could be using free (or almost-free) open source rivals that can do the job just as well for a fraction of the cost. Here's a look at popular alternatives to the best known premium design and editing tools: Photoshop and InDesign.

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ARM moves to open-source compiler

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UK microprocessor-design company ARM has decided to move to an open-source compiler for the latest release of its software development tools, moving away from its own technology.

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OSI Board Changes 2014

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The new OSI Board will be meeting soon in Boston to make plans for the coming year. During this meeting we'll welcome the new Directors, select a President for 2014...

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Making FLOSS circumvention tools safer for journalists and activists

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Software tools that bypass censorship and surveillance, also known as circumvention technology, are used in variety of contexts. Chinese citizens get around the Great Firewall to access censored sites and popular international social media platforms. Activists in Iran bypass government surveillance to post photos and video of anti-government demonstrations. Journalists in Mexico circumvent cartel surveillance to report on local drug-related violence.

While circumvention tools have become more popular in recent years, many are shipped with little or no security review. This is precarious since any error could place end-users who are located in high-risk areas in danger. Take the example of a journalist covering a war in a country that, as part of their research, interviews dissidents and then encrypts the collected sensitive information. If individuals can by pass the encryption and access the sensitive information, this can potentially put the dissidents in danger. The problem lies in that even though development teams understand the need for more secure practices they lack the resources, means and/or knowledge to procure a thorough software review.

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The Internet's 25 years and future with open source

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Sharing has many meanings in an open source ecosystem. It can mean sharing skills, sharing knowledge, and modifying those processes and bits of information to innovate new ways of doing things. The Internet has helped remove barriers to production and cooperation that has made creating in the open possible on a global scale.

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National Geospatial Intelligence Agency releases open source code on GitHub

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The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency did a first for a U.S. intelligence agency by opening an account on open source site GitHub earlier this month.

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MongoDB 2.6: Our Biggest Release Ever

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You’ll see the benefits in better performance and new innovations. We re-wrote the entire query execution engine to improve scalability, and took our first step in building a sophisticated query planner by introducing index intersection. We’ve made the codebase easier to maintain, and made it easier to implement new features. Finally, MongoDB 2.6 lays the foundation for massive improvements to concurrency in MongoDB 2.8, including document-level locking.

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How Git redefined open source software development

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It's not hard to come up with a dozen different reasons why the rise of open source development has been a watershed event in both the software and hardware industries. All of us can build new web applications faster with our feet firmly planted on the shoulders of jQuery, Bootstrap, and Apache. Languages like Ruby, PHP, and Python power the Internet, and operating systems like Linux and FreeBSD provide the foundation for thousands of companies and services.

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Open-Source Graphics Performance With Unvanquished

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To celebrate these improvements being made, I ran a variety of open-source driver tests with this game's test profile. The tests were limited to AMD Radeon and Intel HD Graphics hardware as the NVIDIA GeForce GPUs would end up generating DRM errors when running Unvanquished with its advanced visual settings. The GPUs tested out-of-the-box on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with this latest Unvanquished version include.

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AMD, Mentor Graphics Partner on Embedded Linux Development

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AMD (AMD) is stepping up investment in open source Linux development for embedded devices through a new partnership with Mentor Graphics. The collaboration is aimed at encouraging open source development for AMD's latest heterogenous and multicore processors.

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Nouveau Picks Up Slightly Better OpenGL 4.0 Support

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The newly exposed extensions by the Nouveau Gallium3D code include ARB_texture_gather and ARB_texture_query_lod. The Intel Mesa driver had already supported both of these OpenGL extensions while the R600/RadeonSI Gallium3D drivers supported the latter extension as well.

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Five Models For Open Source Revenue

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How do you earn money from something that’s given away free? We look at five methods which have been successfully used by companies.

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Acquia’s Dries Buytaert: It’s open-source software that’ll eat the world

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Drupal

Expect a larger portion of software innovation to come from the world of open source in the future, says Dries Buytaert, original creator of Drupal and co-founder of Acquia. While open source once drew its appeal from being free, now it’s the quality of the software projects — which draw on the skills of huge numbers of contributors — that attracts businesses and developers to use it, he said.

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