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Mozilla funds open source projects with half a million in grants

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Mozilla has announced the latest recipients of its Open Source Support grants, totaling $539,000. The web tech company regularly helps out smaller projects, and this round in particular favored ones aimed at safety and security.

First was $194K to Ushahidi, a platform used to rapidly collect and disseminate local information to people who may need it quickly: blocked streets in a disaster area, police actions or tear gas in a protest, or voter intimidation during elections.

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Events: Open Jam, Moby Summit Los Angeles and GNU Hackers Meeting

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  • Open Jam For Open Source Games

    A three-day games jam with an emphasis on using open source game development tools and a requirement to open source the resulting games starts on October 6th.

  • Moby Summit Los Angeles recap

    Two weeks ago, member of the Docker team and Open Source community were in Los Angeles for a Moby Project Summit alongside Open Source Summit North America (previously known as LinuxCon). This was the 3rd Moby Summit edition since Solomon Hykes introduced the Moby Project: a new open-source project to advance the software containerization movement at DockerCon 2017 in Austin.

    This summit is for container users who are actively maintaining, contributing or generally involved in the design and development of the Moby Project and it’s components: runC, containerd, LinuxKit, Infrakit, SwarmKit, HyperKit, DataKit, VPNKit, Notary, libnetwork, etc.

  • GHM [GNU Hackers Meeting] 2017 videos online

    At last, the GHM 2017 video recordings are now online, along with presentation slides and abstracts.

Oracle Tells The White House: Stop Hiring Silicon Valley People & Ditch Open Source

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Even though Oracle is based in the heart of Silicon Valley (I can see its offices from my own office window as I type this), the company has become sort of anti-Silicon Valley. It tends to represent the opposite of nearly everything that is accepted wisdom around here. And its latest crusade is against open source technology being used by the federal government -- and against the government hiring people out of Silicon Valley to help create more modern systems. Instead, Oracle would apparently prefer the government just give it lots of money.

First, some background: over the past few years, one of the most positive things involving the federal government and technology has been the success of two similar (but also very different) organizations in the US government: US Digital Service (USDS) and 18F. If you're completely unfamiliar with them there are plenty of articles describing both projects, but this one is a good overview. But the really short version is that both projects were an attempt to convince internet savvy engineers to help out in the federal government, and to bring a better understanding of modern technology into government. And it's been a huge success in a variety of ways -- such as creating federal government websites that are modern, secure and actually work. And even though both programs are associated with President Obama, the Trump administration has been adamant that it supports both organizations as well, and they're important to continuing to modernize the federal government. The offices are not politicized, and they have been some of the best proof we've got that government done right involves smart, dedicated technologists.

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Mozilla Awards Over Half a Million to Open Source Projects

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At Mozilla we were born out of, and remain a part of, the open source and free software movement. Through the Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS) program, we recognize, celebrate, and support open source projects that contribute to our work and to the health of the Internet.

Our major initiative in the past few months has been the launch of “Global Mission Partners: India”, a pilot scheme to bring the Mission Partners track of MOSS to particular regions of the globe which have strong open source communities. The initial application period has just closed, and our India committee will shortly begin the work of assessing the over a dozen applications we have received.

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OSS: Treasure Data, Yahoo, Kubernetes, Kodi, JRC

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  • How an Open-Source Evangelist Started a Tech Company in Silicon Valley

    Since 2009, I have transitioned from being the founder of the world's largest Hadoop user group in Japan to becoming the co-founder and CTO of a Treasure Data in the U.S. Along the way, I learned that other open-source champions – or really anyone – can build a successful tech company. Here's how I found success in my journey.

  • Yahoo Search Code Released as Open Source

    Oath, Inc., the Verizon subsidiary that's been the owner of record of Yahoo since June, has released some important Yahoo code as open source under the Apache 2.0 license. The project, called Vespa, was originally based on code Yahoo inherited with its acquisition of AlltheWeb in 2003. The software is used across all Yahoo websites, including Flickr, for everything from handling search queries to serving ads.

    "Over the last couple of years we have rewritten most of the engine from scratch to incorporate our experience onto a modern technology stack," Jon Bratseth, an architect with Vespa said in a blog post. "Vespa is larger in scope and lines of code than any open source project we've ever released. Now that this has been battle-proven on Yahoo's largest and most critical systems, we are pleased to release it to the world."

  • Open Source Tools Provide Control Over HIT Multi-Cloud Environments

    More vendors are releasing tools using Kubernetes to increase interoperability among solutions and make it easier to manage HIT multi-cloud environments.

  • EFF Warns Against Abusive Lawsuits Targeting Kodi Add-on Repository

     

    The EFF is speaking out against abusive lawsuits from copyright holders that aim to expand copyright liability for neutral platforms, such as third-party Kodi add-on distributors. The digital rights group calls out two recent lawsuits against TVAddons where the operator of the service is being held accountable for offering downloads of open source add-ons.  

  • EFF weighs in on Kodi piracy battles worldwide
  • EFF chimes in on Kodi debate
  • EFF says Kodi lawsuits 'smear and discourage' open source

    THE ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION (EFF) is concerned about legal activity around piracy-enabled Kodi boxes and wants to know where the line is being drawn between companies that sell innocent platforms, the vagabonds that install add-ons onto them and the people who share pirated material.

    Last week in the UK a man plead guilty to selling piracy-able boxes, but he wasn't happy about being singled out.

    "These boxes are available from all over the place, not just me, but it's the downloading of software to watch channels that is apparently causing the problem," he said at the time.

  • JRC makes its ship-detection software open source

    The Joint Research Centre (JRC) has released the software of its SUMO maritime surveillance tool, which is helping to protect our oceans by detecting ships engaged in illicit activities.

    SUMO (Search for Unidentified Marine Objects) automatically scans large numbers of satellite images for the presence of ships. The results can be cross-checked with other maritime data to identify suspicious vessels.

Software Freedom Day observed

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As the city was in the midst of various programmes to mark Gandhi Jayanti on Monday, the district resource centre of the Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) at Jagathy was engaged in an unrelated, yet purposeful, venture.

The office was buzzing with activity as many people turned up, armed with their laptops, to observe Software Freedom Day by resolving to switch over from proprietary software to free and open-source software (or FOSS). Officials of KITE (formerly IT@School project) also installed, free of cost, the GNU/Linux-based operating system Ubuntu, customised for the IT@School project, for those who attended the ‘free software install fest.’

Among those who participated in the programme were students, researchers and government officials, each curious in discovering opportunities that existed beyond the clutches of proprietary software.

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Open-source pioneer Munich has begun its move back to Microsoft

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Munich's administration is investigating how long it would take and how much it would cost to build a Windows 10 client for use by the city's employees. Once this work is complete, the council will vote again in November on whether this Windows client should replace LiMux, a custom version of the Linux-based OS Ubuntu, across the authority from 2021.

The FSFE's Kirschner said that any switch to Exchange should not take place without the council's explicit approval.

Kirschner said that councillors had agreed in February to hold off on any actions to scale back the use of open-source software until the costs of doing so were known.

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OSS: VRTK, Beeline, Zoombini, OSI, Apple, GCC/D language and More

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  • VRTK helps devs get started in VR with open-source dev kit

    What’s becoming clear in VR development is that with the market split across Rift, Vive and PlayStation VR, the developers of some of the most successful apps like Job Simulator, Fantastic Contraption and Raw Data work hard to make their software work well across all three headsets.

    Even if it is hard to stand out from dozens of apps launching each week, making a virtual world available across Steam, the PlayStation Store and Oculus increases the chances of a developer finding success. Though large teams working with big budgets often turn to the Unreal world engine from Epic Games for building VR products, the very well-funded Unity Technologies is the engine most indie developers use in bringing their products to fruition across multiple systems. Unity is used by a majority of VR developers and its asset store makes it easy for developers to find cheap or free tools with which to build more immersive worlds.

  • GovTech Singapore to progressively open-source code for cloud-based, smart mobility platform

    The Government Technology Agency of Singaopore (GovTech) has announced that it will progressively open-source the code for the Beeline smart mobility platform from October 2017 (Key components of the code base that may compromise the security of the Beeline platform will not be open-sourced.).

    Industry and individual developers will be able to adopt, build on and scale up the platform or develop new mobility solutions using the code. This is in line with Singapore’s Smart Nation vision of catalysing innovation and co-creation.

    Piloted in 2015, Beeline is an open, cloud-based smart mobility platform to provide data-driven shuttle bus services for commuters, jointly developed by GovTech and the Land Transport Authority (LTA),

  • Cannonlake-Powered Chromebook "Zoombini" Added To Coreboot

    By the end of the calendar year Intel has reiterated the first 10nm Cannonlake devices are expected to market. It's looking like among the first Cannonlake designs will be a new Google Chromebook.

    Over the summer there have been various references to "Zoombini" as a Cannonlake Chromebook. The Zoombini has received the Coreboot treatment and its port has landed in Coreboot Git.

  • A message from the (former) OSI President
  • macOS and iOS kernel source code is now available on GitHub

    While Apple has claimed to be a significant contributor to various open-source projects in the past, many of its technologies are still closed source. However, the Cupertino giant has now made a big move by releasing the source code of the XNU kernel which powers its flagship operating systems, on GitHub.

  • Apple open-sourced the kernel of iOS and macOS for ARM processors

    Apple has always shared the kernel of macOS after each major release. This kernel also runs on iOS devices as both macOS and iOS are built on the same foundation. This year, Apple also shared the most recent version of the kernel on GitHub. And you can also find ARM versions of the kernel for the first time.

  • autoconf/clang (No) Fun and Games
  • Revised D Language Front-End For GCC Submitted

    D language support will be added to GCC and today the third revision to these patches have been published.

  • GIMP 2.9.6 & ZeMarmot

    Last month, we released the third development version of GIMP, version 2.9.6, as preparation of the next stable version, GIMP 2.10.

  • Open educational resources movement gains speed

    The rising cost of college education threatens many potential students' ability to access higher education, but a growing group of professionals is trying to help defray costs by applying lessons from open source development to course material development. These open educational resource (OER) supporters are actively advocating for open pedagogy and creating openly licensed, high-quality textbooks.

    This year, this movement received $8 million in funding from New York State to develop OERs to support the state’s Excelsior Scholarship program, which aims to make college education more affordable for New Yorkers.

  • The brilliant life and brutal death of Bassel Khartabil, killed by Assad for writing free software

     

     Bassel Khartabil was a Syrian free software, free speech and Creative Commons activist who was jailed and tortured by the Assad regime, which eventually secretly sentenced him to death, then executed him in 2015, but kept it a secret until 2017.

OSS: Code for NFV (OPNFV), Code for '3D Selfies', Code for Beeline and More

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  • Network Functions Virtualization: All Roads Lead to OPNFV

    Previously in our discussion of the Understanding OPNFV book, we provided an introduction to network functions virtualization (NFV) and explored the role of OPNFV in network transformation. We continue our series with a look at chapters 4 and 5, which provide a comprehensive description of the various open source NFV projects integrated by OPNFV and the carrier grade features contributed back to these upstream projects by the community. In this article, we cover these two topics briefly and provide some related excerpts from the Understanding OPNFV book.

  • 3D selfies? What could possibly go wrong?

    The good news, then, is that this particular work only works on faces.

    The bad news? The code's on GitHub under an MIT licence.

  • Code for Beeline crowdsourcing transport app to be made open source

    The code for crowdsourcing transport app Beeline will be made open source from October onwards, in a move that could benefit app developers looking to develop new mobility solutions.

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    Announcing GovTech's plans to make the code open source on Saturday (Sep 30), the director of the agency's data science division, Liu Feng-Yuan, likened the move to sharing the "recipe" as to how the Government built the Beeline technology.

  • Facebook re-licenses React.js, a new open source tool from Oath, and more news

    Recently, Facebook drew the ire of the open source community by licensing React.js (a widely-used JavaScript library) under a so-called BSD + Patents license. That license drew fears of patent litigation and React.js was rejected by the Apache Foundation and WordPress decided to ditch it. As a result of the backlash, the social media giant has backtracked and re-licensed the library.

  • Syracuse Unbound releases second open source publication: CNY books and authors

    This is the second publication from the imprint, which offers open-access to the text through a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International License, which means that the book is available for anyone to download and read for free. At last count the book has been downloaded 1,250 times  in 18 countries.

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