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Open source project builds mobile networks without big carriers

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Open source projects garner the attention of the tech community because the passionate people behind these developments occasionally cause major disruption and create opportunities to change industries, as Android and Linux did.

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Crew assembles three open source vehicles over lunch

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When you think about automobile assembly, usually it's giant factories, robotic arms, and showers of sparks from welding machines that come to mind. But Carlo De Micheli describes his first experience at the OSVehicle project, when three of their Tabby prototype cars were put together by hand during the span of a lunch break.

Today OSVehicle is establishing relations with partners, designers, makers, and manufacturers in 70+ countries and on six continents to bring open source development to the automotive industry.

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Popcorn Time Is Back

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YTS developer Jduncanator told TorrentFreak that they are in a better position from a copyright standpoint because it’s built on their API. “It’s as if we have built another interface to our website. We are no worse off managing the project than we would be just supplying the movies. It’s our vision at YTS that we see through projects like these and that just because they create a little stir in the public, it doesn’t mean they are shut down.”

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The past year for Joomla! Framework

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Joomla! has been known for Joomla! Platform and Joomla! Content Managment System (CMS). The newest addition to the mix late last year was Joomla! Framework. Many say it's an exciting project with innovative development, so we interviewed our own Don Gilbert, who has been coordinating the project's efforts, to find out how it's going and what's new with the project.

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UK, Israel sign agreement on open standards, open source

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UK and Israel have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will see greater collaboration to improve digital public services in the two countries.

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Popcorn Time Is Dead

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Hollywood won. The open source project called Popcorn Time is dead after just four days. It’s not really surprising.

“Popcorn Time is shutting down today. Not because we ran out of energy, commitment, focus or allies. But because we need to move on with our lives,” reads the website and a post on Medium.

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Bitcoin Scoops Linux Media Award at CeBIT 2014

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Bitcoin has won a Linux award at CeBIT 2014 – Europe’s premier tech trade show.

The award was handed out at the Linux New Media Awards 2014, where bitcoin was named the ‘most innovative open-source project’.

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This Open Source Coder Wants to be a Congressman

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The patent system. Online privacy law. Bitcoin regulations. Net neutrality rules. In the coming years, policy makers may have as much influence on technology as the world’s hackers do — if not more. So it should come as little surprise that a hacker is running for Congress.

Twenty-eight-year-old software developer David Cole spent over two years working for the White House as the deputy director of new media, where he helped build the White House website, and now, he wants to make the switch from crafting code for the government to crafting policy. He’s seeking the Democratic nomination for his home district in New Jersey, which includes Atlantic City. If he wins, he’ll challenge the incumbent Republican, Frank LoBiondo, who has represented the district since 1995 — and is not a hacker.

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Measuring Success in an Open Source Project

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Is Linux a success? Certainly. The Apache Web server? You betcha. Firefox, sure. But, what about smaller or newer open source projects? How can you tell if they’re on the right path or if they’re slowly spiraling into failure? This is a subject that was discussed at great length at the recent OpenDaylight Summit in Santa Clara, California.

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South Tyrol to increase use of free software

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The government of the South Tyrol province in Italy will increasingly turn to ICT solutions based on free and open source, Governer Arno Kompatscher announced on Tuesday. The province will use this type of software "where possible", and expects the move to save about a million euro per year.

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In June of last year, the province decided to use Libreoffice, an open source suite of office productivity tools, on its 7000 desktop PCs, replacing a ubiquitous proprietary alternative. This switch, which will take 3 years, is expected to help save 600,000 euro that otherwise would have been spent on proprietary software licences.

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Peppermint introduces cloud-based open source desktop to Africa

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Open source makes a lot of sense in rural areas and in third world countries. Lightweight and open source systems that are easy to use, and which allow normal users to become power users and contribute back to the open source community, can be ideal for countries like Cameroon, located in middle Africa.

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Open source opening educational doors in Appalachia

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As the program has grown over the past years, the cost of licensing for the video editing software has grown as well, beyond the operating budget of the organization. Faced with this challenge, PAGE turned to open source technology. Elizabeth McIntosh, a member of the Steering Committee for PAGE, led the charge. "I'd heard about the open source movement through my friendship with Brendan Szulik at Duke, and thought it might be able to help us." PAGE participants historically used Final Cut Pro to document and edit their digital stories, but this year will use open source alternatives Kdenlive and Blender. Both offer a good user experience, without the heavy scale-up costs associated with non open-source solutions. The ability to rapidly learn the technology and to use it as the program continues to grow are the largest benefits.

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Valve Open-Sources Their Direct3D To OpenGL Translation Layer

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With Valve's Source Engine originally just targeting Direct3D, when initially porting their games to Linux and OS X they relied upon a hand-made Direct3D to OpenGL translation layer. In potentially assisting other game developers, Valve Software has now opened up this graphics translation layer.

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Open source at half EU Point of Single Contact

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Of the 31 Points of Single Contacts (PSCs) run by the member states of the European Union, at least 17 use open source solutions such as web server Apache and operating system Linux, a quick site check of the web sites shows.

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Out in the Open: The Men Supercharging Neuroscience With Open Source Hardware

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The first Open Ephys projects include components for recording electrical signals in mice brains, and a software interface for collecting data. Unlike something along the lines of the open source brain scanning tool Open BCI, the Open Ephys tools are aimed at neuroscience researchers, not at engineers and game developers. Nonetheless, in building these contraptions, Siegle and Voigts have turned to many of the same tools used by other hardware hackers across the country, including the Arduino open source circuit board “We like Arduinos because lots of people know how to use them, and they’re easy to get your hands on,” Siegle says.

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Open source runs web sites European Parliament

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The European Parliament is relying on the open source enterprise content management system Jahia for the majority of websites on its Intranet and some on the Internet. The CMS is used for the EP's most-used websites, including those for the EP Intranet, EP Committees and the EP internal news.

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Sweden's Point of Single Contact runs open source

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Verksamt, the Swedish government's information hub for new businesses (Point of Single Contact, PSC) is based on open source solutions, shows a report by the open source ICT solutions provider Red Hat. Europe's PSCs are intended to provide businesses with centralised online administrative services. Verksamt is one of the government agencies using Red Hat Linux, Java application server Jboss and web server Apache, Red Hat writes in its study, published on 14 February.

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Half of EU has legislation on ICT re-use

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The study indicates that public administration's open source projects are shifting towards shared services. This is the model chosen by the municipal co-operation project Friprogforeningen in Norway, offering several open source-based solutions for course management, helpdesk and bug-tracking. "Most of Friprogforeningen users now prefer the online version, distributed by cloud services", reports Clémentine Valayer, management consultant and author of the study.

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Why Not Diaspora?

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Diaspora really could be the answer. It’s open source, it’s decentralized and it has Aaron Swartz in its DNA. Its security people are answerable only to the community. Because it’s decentralized, there’s a node or “pod” element. Different servers offer users slightly different experiences, sort of like neighborhoods within a city. This is much different from Facebook where everything is the downtown business district.

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Video interview on the power and innovation behind open source project management

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Deb Cinkus is the CEO of Polished Geek, a Raleigh, NC-based Joomla CMS web development company. Opensource.com community manager Jason Hibbets interviewed Cinkus about project management tips and open source project management tools during the 2013 All Things Open conference in Raleigh, NC.

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