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The new world order for open-source and commercial software

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We have been living through another cold war. Not geo-political — digital. Open-source software versus commercial software has long been on the brink of going nuclear, fought in the shadows with enormous stakes and conflicting ideologies. But suddenly… perestroika! The wall quietly fell. It did not end in absolute victory, or a stalemate; convergence is a more apt term.

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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OSVR News Everywhere

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Razer announces its second Open Source Virtual Reality headset

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You have another option if you’re looking to jump into virtual reality.

The HDK2 is the newest headset from the gaming-hardware company Razer, and it will start shipping in July for $400. HDK2 is the second headset from Razer as part of the Open Source Virtual Reality consortium that it cofounded and operates. While the price is $200 cheaper than the $600 Oculus Rift and $100 less expensive than even the PlayStation VR, Razer claims that the HDK2’s openness and commitment to compatibility is just as important to consumers. In a VR market that could reach $40 billion in spending by 2020, according to SuperData Research, Razer is trying to take an approach that helps it build a business at the center of VR without locking anyone out.

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Andalusia renews funds for key open source projects

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The government of the Spanish autonomous region of Andalusia will continue to fund the development of GECOS and Guadalinux, two of the region’s key free software projects. On 28 April, the region awarded a one-year EUR 70,000 contract to Solutia, a Spanish ICT service provider. The government is planning new features and improvement, and all updates will be shared publicly.

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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  • ownCloud Inc. Closes Doors Following NextCloud Announcement

    Owncloud GmbH released an official statement last week, detailing their thoughts and feelings on Frank Karlitschek’s new service, NextCloud, and announced the closing of ownCloud Inc. They cite the Launch of Karlitschek’s new product and the “poached” devs as causes for the shuttering of the Massachusetts incorporated organization, just 12 hours after the NextCloud announcement. The report also details the formation of the “ownCloud Foundation,” an effort to strengthen the community despite the corporation’s closure.

  • [OwnCloud] Revolutionizing the Cloud
  • PostgreSQL 9.6 Beta and PGCon 2016

    PostgreSQL's annual developer conference, PGCon, took place in May, which made it a good place to get a look at the new PostgreSQL features coming in version 9.6. The first 9.6 beta was released just the week before and several contributors demonstrated key changes at the conference in Ottawa. For many users, this was the first time to see the finished versions of features that had been under development for months or years.

  • Tender for a Infrastructure and System Administrator (#201606-01)

    The Document Foundation (TDF), the charitable entity behind the world’s leading free office suite LibreOffice, seeks a Infrastructure and System Administrator to start work as soon as possible. The role is scheduled for 40 hours a week. The work time is flexible and work happens from the applicant’s home office, which can be located anywhere in the world.

    Our infrastructure is based on 4 large hypervisors with about 50 virtual machines running on them. In addition there are several bare-metal machines, additional backup servers, externally hosted virtual machines and services, split across three data centers and connected via dynamic routing.

  • Datos IO Debuts RecoverX for Cloud Data Protection
  • RoslynPad Is An Open Source Alternative To LINQPad [Ed: Microsoft lock-in only]

    Development is ongoing, so it’s possible RoslynPad will come with all of the paid LINQPad goodies, minus the price tag. If you’re a die-hard LINQPad user, give it a go and see if it’s the substitute for you.

  • Microsoft brings a lot of improvements to Bash on Ubuntu in Windows 10 [Ed: Microsoft is Linuxwashing Vista 10]
  • Raspberry Pi on big list of single-board computers, new router chips to comply with FCC rules, and more news
  • Alternative To x86, ARM Architectures?

    Support grows for RISC-V open-source instruction set architecture.

  • Secure Hardware and Open Source

    A few weeks ago Yubico published an interesting piece on their security architecture illustrating conflicts between Open Source and Secure Hardware. While we agree on the most important points raised in this article (basically that Secure Elements are a critical part of a security architecture to provide protection against physical attacks and device interdiction), we’d like to offer our perspective on how we’re trying to improve the status quo.

  • Open Source Cloud Chamber

    If you didn’t have a cloud chamber, you can build your own thanks to the open source plans from [M. Bindhammer]. The chamber uses alcohol, a high voltage supply, and a line laser. It isn’t quite the dry ice chamber you might have seen in the Sears Christmas catalog. A petri dish provides a clear observation port.

  • How To Code Like The Top Programmers At NASA — 10 Critical Rules

    Do you know how top programmers write mission-critical code at NASA? To make such code clearer, safer, and easier to understand, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has laid 10 rules for developing software.

Linux and FOSS Events

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  • SeaGL opens 2016 call for participation

    The Seattle GNU/Linux Conference (we like to call it SeaGL) has opened its call for participation for the 2016 event.

    SeaGL welcomes speakers of all backgrounds and levels of experience—even if you've never spoken at a technical conference. If you're excited about GNU/Linux technologies or free and open source software, we want to hear your ideas.

  • LaKademy 2016

    This year we celebrated the fourth LaKademy conference and for my luck it happened in the city I live in, Rio de Janeiro Smile The reason for that is because I have not had much time for contributing to KDE as I used to have. The fact that the event happened in Rio saved me a lot o time and sure I wouldn't miss it for nothing hehe.

  • foss-north follow-up

    The time to summarize the foss-north event has come. I’d like to start by thanking everyone – speakers, sponsors and visitors – you all made it a great event!

    After the event I sent out a questionnaire which made for some interesting reading. About 30% of the visitors have replied to the questions, so I feel that the input is fairly representative.

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing, Transparency in Government

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  • Chrome 52 Beta: CSS containment, simpler performance measurement, streamable responses from service workers, and more options for web push
  • Chrome 52 Beta Brings CSS Containment, Push Improvements

    More details on these tentative features for Chrome 52 can be found via the blog.

  • Firefox 48 beta brings 'largest change ever' thanks to 'Electrolysis'

    Firefox 48 entered beta this week, complete with a feature called “Electrolysis” that Mozilla bills as “the largest change we’ve ever made to Firefox.”

    Electrolysis will see Mozilla “split Firefox into a UI process and a content process.” Long-time Firefox developer Asa Dotzler explains that “Splitting UI from content means that when a web page is devouring your computer’s processor, your tabs and buttons and menus won’t lock up too.”

  • Cloudera and Microsoft Partner to offer new Open Source Platform Called Livy [Ed: Joining forces with patent bully and historically very criminal company]

    Cloudera, is collaborating with Microsoft to build a new open source platform that will reduce the burden on application developers leveraging Spark.

  • Dispatches from Spark Summit: What You Need to Know

    As we've been reporting in conjunction with Spark Summit this week in San Francisco, the Big Data and Hadoop communities are becoming increasingly interested in Apache Spark, an open source data analytics cluster computing framework originally developed in the AMPLab at UC Berkeley.

  • Microsoft’s BSD, SourceForge’s Speed Test & More…
  • Open music: Bolero enters public domain, music encoding standards news

    This month I offer a bit of an open musical smorgasbord: a famous work of music that recently passed into the public domain; a new proprietary music-encoding standard that is gaining ground; three open audio players; and, of course, new music available for download from Linux-friendly vendors.

  • User-centric design key to improving e-government services

    Digitisation of a public service is not enough to increase the uptake or the quality of the service. User-centred design and design for all are considered most central to the improvement of e-government services. This theme was one of the main topics at the Digital and Open Government conference in Amsterdam last week.

  • Estonia builds a portal to co-create law

    The Estonian Cooperation Assembly, in collaboration with the Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu), has created a portal with the goal of helping citizens to co-create policies in the country. Called, the portal allows any citizen “to write proposals, hold discussions, compose and send digitally signed collective addresses to the Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu)”, the website said. Through this platform, citizens can also submit a proposal or an amendment to existing regulations.

  • eGovernment4EU online platform
  • Greece: a workshop to help citizens get involved 3rd NAP

    This workshop took place during the event “Open Government: Participate, Propose and Be Heard! Conformation of the Third National Action Plan 2016-2018”, which was co-organised by the Ministry of Interior and Administrative Reconstruction and Aristotle University.

  • The OPEN Government Data Act Would, Uh, Open Government Data

    The U.S. government has made huge strides in its open data practices over the last few years. Since it launched in 2009, has become a crucial source for everything from climate and agricultural data to Department of Education records. For the most part, this new era of data disclosure didn’t happen because Congress passed new laws; it happened through presidential orders and procedural improvements in the Executive Branch.

    Unfortunately, it might be just as easy for future administrations to roll back the current open data program. That’s why EFF supports a bill that would mandate public access to government data and urges Congress to pass it.

  • Open data to ease cities' growing pains

    The huge amount of data that cities gather can help solve problems related to considerable population growth, which puts pressure on a municipality's economy and infrastructure. In emergency situations, for example, mobile applications can help citizens and first responders to plan their journey using alternative routes if necessary.

  • Open Data 2.0

    Although there are large differences between countries in terms of the maturity of their strategies and levels of implementation, open (government) data has really taken off. After the initial phase of publishing as many datasets possible, attention is now shifting to the actual use of open data and the value that can be created. These new perspectives on open data were one of the main topics at the Digital and Open Government conference in Amsterdam last week.

  • UK publishes its third Action Plan

    Civil society’s ideas and suggestions were collected by the UK Open Government Network (OGN), which brings together over 700 individual members from across the country. For example, OGN created an Open Government Manifesto early in 2015, gathering 28 proposals drafted from contributions from 250 members of civil society.

  • OOP: the right to be asked for the same data by government only once

    Public agencies should never ask a citizen or business for data that is already available at some other government agency. This so-called Once-Only Principle (OOP) was one of the main topics at the Digital and Open Government conference in Amsterdam last week.

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Leftovers: More Software

  • PSPP 0.10.2 has been released
    I'm very pleased to announce the release of a new version of GNU PSPP. PSPP is a program for statistical analysis of sampled data. It is a free replacement for the proprietary program SPSS.
  • Skype For Linux Alpha Update Adds ‘Close to Tray’, Call Settings, More
  • Hamster-GTK 0.10.0 Released
    Just a few seconds ago the initial release of Hamster-GTK, version 0.10.0, has been uploaded to the cheese shop. That means that after the rewritten backend codebase hamster-lib has been out in the wild for a few days by now you can now have a first look at a reimplementation of the original hamster 2.0 GUI. It will come as no surprise that this current early version is rather unpolished and leaves a lot to be desired. However, if you are familiar with legacy hamster 2.0 aka hamster-time-tracker you will surely see some major resemblance.
  • Core improvements in digiKam 5.0
    Version 5.0.0 of the digiKam image-management application was released on July 5. In many respects, the road from the 4.x series to the new 5.0 release consisted of patches and rewrites to internal components that users are not likely to notice at first glance. But the effort places digiKam in a better position for future development, and despite the lack of glamorous new features, some of the changes will make users' lives easier as well. For context, digiKam 4.0 was released in May of 2014, meaning it has been over two full years since the last major version-number bump. While every free-software project is different, it was a long development cycle for digiKam, which (for example) had released 4.0 just one year after 3.0. The big hurdle for the 5.0 development cycle was porting the code to Qt5. While migrating to a new release of a toolkit always poses challenges, the digiKam team decided to take the opportunity to move away from dependencies on KDE libraries. In many cases, that effort meant refactoring the code or changing internal APIs to directly use Qt interfaces rather than their KDE equivalents. But, in a few instances, it meant reimplementing functionality directly in digiKam.
  • MATE Dock Applet 0.73 Released With Redesigned Window List, Drag And Drop Support
    MATE Dock Applet was updated to version 0.73 recently, getting support for rearranging dock icons via drag and drop (only for the GTK3 version), updated window list design and more.
  • Minimalist Web Browser ‘Min’ Sees New Release
    The Min browser project has picked up a new update. Version 1.4 of the open-source, cross-platform web browser adds browser actions and full-text search.
  • Docker adds orchestration and more at DockerCon 2016
    DockerCon 2016, held in Seattle in June, included many new feature and product announcements from Docker Inc. and the Docker project. The main keynote of DockerCon [YouTube] featured Docker Inc. staff announcing and demonstrating the features of Docker 1.12, currently in its release-candidate phase. As with the prior 1.11 release, the new version includes major changes in the Docker architecture and tooling. Among the new features are an integrated orchestration stack, new encryption support, integrated cluster networking, and better Mac support. The conference hosted 4000 attendees, including vendors like Microsoft, CoreOS, HashiCorp, and Red Hat, as well as staff from Docker-using companies like Capital One, ADP, and Cisco. While there were many technical and marketing sessions at DockerCon, the main feature announcements were given in the keynotes. As with other articles on Docker, the project and product are referred to as "Docker," while the company is "Docker Inc."

Games for GNU/Linux

  • Cheese Talks: Porting Games to Linux & Day of the Tentacle
    In addition to my own thoughts, the article includes insights from a number of other Linux game porters including Leszek Godlewski (Painkiller Hell & Damnation, Deadfall Adventures), Ryan "icculus" Gordon (StarBreak, Left 4 Dead 2, Unreal Tournament 2004, Another World, Cogs, Goat Simulator), David Gow (Keen Dreams, Multiwinia), Ethan Lee (Salt & Sanctuary, Hiden in Plain Sight, HackNet, Waveform, Dust: An Elysian Tail) and Aaron Melcher (Outland, La-Mulana, Hyper Light Drifter, Darkest Dungeon). Betweem them, they offer a great range of attitudes and approaches that support and provide counterpoint to my own experiences.
  • ​Bundle Stars presents the Indie Legend Bundle 4
    Boasting one of the most star-studded game line-ups ever seen in an indie bundle, the brand new and exclusive Indie Legends 4 Bundle is here. Bundle Stars has pulled 8 incredible Steam games out of the bag for just $3.49 – that’s a saving of more than $100, and a discount of more than 95%. So just how good are the games? Games like Party Hard and Door Kickers are award winners, and the average Steam user score is a stunning 91%, across nearly 30,000 reviews!
  • Life is Strange: a Groundhog Day Simulator

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