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Open Source as a Driver of Internet of Things

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Gartner predicts that there will be 26 billion IoT devices installed in 2020, that they will generate $300 billion in revenue for hardware manufactures, and that the overall impact on the economy will be around $1.9 trillion.

This proliferation of data thanks to the IoT can be daunting, but its strength is that it enables all new fields of applications, in particular around big data. Organizations are very eager to tap into this new market and its opportunities, but are a bit nervous about taking this first step. When entering a new field of activities, very often there is an associated learning curve and barrier to entry. Fortunately, with the Internet of Things, it’s not as complex or expensive as it seems. This hardware evolution, which has quietly crept up on us, can be managed by leveraging another technology evolution of equally enormous proportions: open source software.

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Stellarium 0.14.2 Open Source Planetarium Software Gets List of Dwarf Galaxies

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Alexander Wolf from Stellarium, the world's best free, open source and cross-platform planetarium software, proudly announced today, January 8, 2016, the release and immediate availability for download of Stellarium 0.14.2 for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows operating system.

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Open Source RISC-V Core Designs, Why Google Cares and Why They Matter

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The CPU is one of the most crucial components of our computers, responsible of performing basic calculations, logical comparisons and moving data around. These simple tasks are the building blocks of any more complex operation, and make running our systems and programs possible.

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  • Was 2015 the Year When Open Source Software Finally Won?

    Open source software has made huge strides in a short time. But do platforms like the cloud, IoT and Android help or hinder the mission of free and open source code?

  • The role the channel can play in managing open source security

    With the growing popularity of wearables providing determined hackers with yet another means of accessing the sensitive information they desire, this year will see a need for security to extend beyond the perimeter as these hackers continue to find ways into IT infrastructure through alternative, less prioritised routes.

  • Raspberry Pi-based home AI project open-sources key components

    Mycroft.ai, which is working to create a home AI platform based on Raspberry Pi, Arduino and an extensive in-house software stack, has opened an important part of that stack to developers everywhere as of Wednesday.

  • Facebook and Google Use Open Source To Recruit Developers

    Artificial Intelligence (AI)—technology that is adept at identifying images, recognizing spoken words and translating information from one language to another—is the hottest new topic in Silicon Valley. In fact, as of late, both Google and Facebook have found themselves in a race to secure the most brilliant software engineers to continuously improve upon this technology for their own purposes. Specifically, in an attempt to get a leg up on Google, Facebook recently opened sourced its AI software in an effort to draw in top-level developers.

  • How tech giants spread open source programming love

    "Go is a programming language designed by Google to help solve Google's problems." So said Rob Pike, one of the Go language's designers.

    That may be the case, yet the open source language is increasingly being adopted by enterprises around the world for building applications at large scale.

Blackpool becomes third NHS trust to get open-source EPR

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Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the third UK health trust to decide to implement the open-source electronic patient record system (EPR) from supplier IMS Maxims.

The trust began implementing the EPR in December and aims to go live within the next 12 months.

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How tech giants spread open source programming love

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"Go is a programming language designed by Google to help solve Google's problems." So said Rob Pike, one of the Go language's designers.

That may be the case, yet the open source language is increasingly being adopted by enterprises around the world for building applications at large scale.
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The story is similar with Erlang. Originally a proprietary language developed by Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson for handling massive volumes of telephone switching data on its hardware, Erlang was open sourced and is now rapidly gaining popularity for large-scale applications.

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How students can get started contributing to open source software

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As a student, getting involved in open source is a great way to improve your programming skills. From my experience, it can even help kickstart your career. But where do you begin? And how do you get involved?

I started my open source journey during my high school days when I had a lot more free time on my hands (and lived on IRC). It was through that experience that I learned how to contribute to open source through communication media like IRC and Usenet. Open source has grown since those olden days, and there are now more formal ways to get involved with open source as a student.

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Linux and FOSS Events

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  • The Linux Foundation Announces 2016 Events Schedule

    The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced its 2016 events schedule. Linux Foundation events are where the creators, maintainers and practitioners of the world's most important open source projects meet. Linux Foundation events in 2015 attracted nearly 15,000 developers, maintainers, sysadmins, thought leaders, business executives and other industry professionals from more than 3,100 organizations across 85 countries.

  • International Free Software Conference in Havana Cuba

    The 100 EUR (General Admission) Ticket is for people from economically developed countries (but if you happen to be rich in a poorer country, please stick to this category). The 20 EUR category is for people from economically developing countries (we are naming Africa, Middle- and South America - if you happen to come from another country, please contact us individually).

  • Spotlight! Call for Proposals and Event Suggestions!

    You, and your suggestions and proposals, are the heart of Penguicon’s programming. The deadline for all event proposals and suggestions is February 1st, 2016, in 3 short weeks! This is a great time to tell us what you’d like to present, or suggest ideas our track heads can use, using our forms.

  • Bad Voltage Live in Los Angeles: Why You Should Be There
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  • Speaking at SCALE 14x

    I'm working on my GIMP talk for SCALE 14x, the Southern California Linux Expo in Pasadena.

Embracing open source as a visual artist

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I'd heard about Linux, but I thought it was scrolling green terminal output on black monitors for Hollywood hackers and geeks. Reading Sennett write about Linux in such a way that connected free, open source software to craftsmanship (and radical, avant-garde politics) piqued my interest. Unhappy with the standard computing options and wanting a deeper understanding of the means of media production, I made a leap into the void and built a Linux desktop. It was my first rig and my first distro (Ubuntu). The learning curve was steep and the new environment put a serious hamper on my creative output as there was no 1:1 correlation between the tools with which I was familiar. I began working with openFrameworks and while a visualist-in-residence at The Institute of Cultural Inquiry, created my first truly open source art work.

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