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New open-source ad-blocking web browser emerges from brain of ex-Mozilla boss Eich

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A new open-source browser that blocks ads and tracking code and so promises to "fix the Web" by offering a faster, privacy-respecting experience has been released.

The Brave browser is the brainchild of former Mozilla (Firefox) CEO and JavaScript inventor Brendan Eich, and version 0.7 is now available to developers on GitHub.

Brave is built on top of open-source browser Chromium – which Google uses as the foundation for its Chrome browser – and claims to be between 1.5 and 4 times faster than competitors by stripping out not just ads, but also all the tracking code that lives in abundance on most ad-supported websites.

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6 non-code contributions you can make to open source

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Contribute to open source! It’ll look great on your resume! It’s gratifying work!

You may have heard people make these statements, or ones similar to them, numerous times throughout your career. They’re not wrong—contributing to open source is a rewarding endeavor in multiple dimensions—but, when software engineers advise other software engineers to contribute to open source they usually mean code contributions. This is a fair assumption to make, but the reality is that there are numerous opportunities to contribute to open source without writing a single line of code.

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Open Source Initiative approves Quebec licence

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The Open Source Initiative has approved the three open source licences written by the government of the Canadian province of Quebec. The Licence Libre du Québec (Québec Free and Open-Source Licence, LiliQ) should encourage the province’s public administrations to share their ICT solutions, establishing the government of Quebec as the licence authority.

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7 Truths that Open Source Struggles With

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Open source development has consistently proved many ideas that were once considered impossible. For instance, thanks to open source, we now know that people can be motivated by more than money, and that co-operation can be more effective in some aspects of development than competition.

Personally, I get a lot of self-satisfied glee each time that open source undermines yet another “fact” that everyone knows.

However, just because open source has consistently confounded common expectations does not mean that it is always right. There are at least seven assumptions that many in open source continue to believe, often in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary:

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Also: ETSI workshop brings together standards bodies, open source communities for 'NFV Village'

7 Truths that Open Source Struggles With

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Open source development has consistently proved many ideas that were once considered impossible. For instance, thanks to open source, we now know that people can be motivated by more than money, and that co-operation can be more effective in some aspects of development than competition.

Personally, I get a lot of self-satisfied glee each time that open source undermines yet another “fact” that everyone knows.

However, just because open source has consistently confounded common expectations does not mean that it is always right. There are at least seven assumptions that many in open source continue to believe, often in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

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Hadoop, Spark, and OpenStack

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What Freedom Really Means In Open Source

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As the popularity of open source continues to spiral, soar and skyrocket, more than one C-suite executive will have sat back and asked: just how does this open source thing work anyway? Important distinctions have already been widely drawn to explain that where open source is free, we mean ‘free as in speech’ not ‘free as in beer’.

The Free Software Foundation has famously clarified this point and said that because of this distinction, we sometimes call it ‘libre software’ to show we do not mean it is gratis.

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Also: Going open can be a culture shock

How Kubernetes is helping Docker blossom

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Kubernetes and Docker are the latest buzz words in the IT sector. Businesses and IT enthusiasts alike are clamoring to learn more about containerization.

I managed to grab Red Hat software analyst Jason Brooks, who will be speaking at SCaLE 14x about Kubernetes, to ask him a few questions about the software and container movement.

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qBittorrent 3.3.2 Free BitTorrent Client Supports Loading of Multiple Magnets, URLs

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Earlier today, January 19, the qBittorrent open-source and cross-platform BitTorrent client for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows operating systems has been updated to version 3.3.2.

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Facebook-squishing Indian regulator's next move: Open source code

Fresh from squashing Facebook's effort to grab the enormous India market, the sub-continent's regulator has another goal in mind: open source software. Speaking at the India Digital Summit this week, chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), Ram Sewak Sharma, told attendees: "No service can be hostage to a particular technology." He then went on to explicitly support the broader adoption of open source software, arguing that it would help the booming digital economy in India from being locked into buying from a specific company and enable a broader and more equitable internet for all. "Any technology that is deployed for connectivity must be interoperable and the open standards framework and the principles it entails are extremely important," he argued. Read more

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS to Let Users Change the Visibility of App Menus in Unity Panel

We've already told you that we're running the latest Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system, right? Well, guess what? Earlier today, Canonical pushed a bunch of important updates to the upcoming distribution. Read more

GNOME 3.19.90 beta tarballs due (and more)

Hello all, We would like to inform you about the following: * GNOME 3.19.90 beta tarballs due * API/ABI, UI and Feature Addition Freeze; String Change Announcement Period * New APIs must be fully documented * Writing of release notes begins Tarballs are due on 2016-02-15 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.19.90 beta release, which will be delivered on Wednesday. Modules which were proposed for inclusion should try to follow the unstable schedule so everyone can test them. Please make sure that your tarballs will be uploaded before Monday 23:59 UTC: tarballs uploaded later than that will probably be too late to get in 3.19.90. If you are not able to make a tarball before this deadline or if you think you'll be late, please send a mail to the release team and we'll find someone to roll the tarball for you! Read more