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Two simple reasons IBM loves free software

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For IBM, its love of Docker is part of a larger philosophy: Docker's main container technology is open source, meaning any developer anywhere can download the source code for free and put it to work however they want to.

Diaz is quick to remind people that IBM has a long history of boosting open source efforts, including leading the 1999 creation of the Apache Software Foundation, the non-profit that oversees the development of a lot of high-profile open source projects, including Apache Hadoop and Apache Spark.

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Weave 1.0 Debuts to Improve Docker Networking

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Startup Weaveworks is updating its tools with the release of Weave 1.0 for Docker container networking. Weaveworks raised $5 million in venture funding back in December to help push its vision of container networking forward.

Since the funding event, Weaveworks has also debuted a monitoring and visualization open-source technology called Weave Scope, which will complement the new Weave 1.0 release.

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Russia to replace proprietary software with open source

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The Russian Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications has announced a plan to replace proprietary software with open source and locally produced software. The plan is one of the measures aimed at promoting sustainable economic development and social stability announced earlier this year.

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Will Open Source Drive the Future of the Automotive Industry?

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And Tesla was none too soon in making that decision. Late in 2013, a company called OSVehicle was founded in 2015 in Hong Kong with an international focus. Their goal? Complete, do-it-yourself, Open Source cars that cost less than $10,000 and take just an hour to make. Now with a community numbering 10,000 of designers, programmers and fans, OSVehicle has released a variety of kits, cars and plans. Combined with the luxury and sport expertise Tesla brings to the table, making working, street-legal open source electric vehicles is now easier than ever before.

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CII takes steps to make open-source software safer

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The Linux Foundation's Core Infrastructure Initiative is taking on three new major open-source security projects and Linux security expert Emily Ratliff has been hired to oversee CII.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Pulp Friction: SourceForge brings out too much GIMP

    The site is reported to have been 'inserting' advertisements and other forms of third-party offers into downloads for projects that are no longer currently actively maintained.

    While some would argue that this is fairly inoffensive and comparatively legitimate monetisation of what is still essentially free software, the community has not been happy with the process.

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    As wider reaction to this story, SourceForge is said to be generally losing ground to GitHub and other sites that exist to perform code repository and download functions such as FossHub.

  • Fossetcon Call for Papers

    The Second Annual Fossetcon Conference, which is scheduled to be held at the Hilton Lake Buena Vista in Orlando, Florida on November 19-21 has announced its Call for Papers on the conference website. According to the site, the call is officially open until August 17, but might be extended if certain conditions, such as “speaker diversity, relevant content and or lack of submissions” are not met.

  • New speakers announced for PGDay

    The UK’s only dedicated Postgres user event has two new speakers, along with a great line up of technology and other experts

  • For OpenStack to succeed, it needs to change

    For all the attention it's been getting, OpenStack is still in its formative years and the future success of the project lies not in how it will change future IT operations but how it will mesh with existing IT.

  • User survey learnings, a code analysis tool, and more OpenStack news
  • Breqwtr Enters OpenStack Arena With Cloud Appliance 2.0

    Despite the risks of running an OpenStack hardware business, Canadian startup Breqwtr announced Cloud Appliance 2.0. It provides a curated version of OpenStack.

  • German IT security experts validate ownCloud for high-protection environments

    The BSI just published a report on the operation and security of ownCloud. The report (in German) provides IT managers and other decision makers with requirements, measures and considerations, and the security assessment and the risks involved with a high-protection deployment of ownCloud in their organisations.

  • LibreOffice Gets More Porting For GTK3, Adds Wayland-Compatible Clipboard Support

    The past few months has seen lots of work on adding GTK3 support to LibreOffice. That work is slowly but surely getting accomplished.

  • Open Source Initiative Extends Affiliate Program to Higher Education

    Driven by the promise of reduced costs, increased pace of innovation, community-driven development and shared services, institutions of higher education are increasingly moving to open source software solutions. In order to help colleges and universities across the globe maximize their opportunities through participation in both the development of open source software as well as the communities of practice which support those projects, the Open Source Initiative (OSI) announced at the 2015 Open Apereo Conference, the extension of the non-profit's popular Affiliate Member Program.

  • NetBSD 7.0_RC1

    On behalf of the NetBSD project, it is my pleasure to announce the first release candidate of NetBSD 7.0.

  • Can Wikipedia Survive?

    This is a challenge for Wikipedia, which has always depended on contributors hunched over keyboards searching references, discussing changes and writing articles using a special markup code. Even before smartphones were widespread, studies consistently showed that these are daunting tasks for newcomers. “Not even our youngest and most computer-savvy participants accomplished these tasks with ease,” a 2009 user test concluded. The difficulty of bringing on new volunteers has resulted in seven straight years of declining editor participation.

  • The rise of creativity propels open data forward

    Private enterprises began to find ways to boost creativity of their employees and academic research expanded phenomenally on the subject. The government sector was also not oblivious to the obvious. One of the vital developments in the technology sector in the recent past has been the opening up of data. Open data, as it is termed, is available for everyone to use and republish as they wish without any restrictions from the clutches of patents, copyrights, and any other mechanism of control. Open data gives an autonomy to people with ideas to contribute in a significant manner in various areas of development. These initiatives to open up data fortifies the initiatives to enhance creativity.

  • How to build a DIY heart and activity tracking device

    As this project may be of interest for others, I wrote this tutorial explaining the making of CubiKG, a Holter monitor-like device for heart and activity tracking. Also, to fit everyone's attention span, I provided the highlights, and a more detailed how-to that walks through each step to guide you through the building process.

The Third Platform: The Time for Open Source Is Nigh

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The main purposes of open source are overt in the name itself. The biggest differentiator of open source is its innate openness, or transparency. Not only is the source code available, but so too are the other aspects. This characteristic contrasts with the often clandestine processes of proprietary vendors. Open-source products are thus easier to evaluate to determine whether they are right for a specific enterprise.

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Librem 13 Linux Laptop Crowdfunding Begins, 2nd Generation Librem 15 On the Way

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After the success of the first ever crowdfunding campaign for the Librem 15 portable laptop powered by an open-source Linux kernel-based operating system called PureOS, Purism now announced a new crowdfunding campaign for its upcoming Librem 13 laptop.

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Docker 1.7.0 Open Source Linux Container Engine Adds ZFS Support

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The development team behind the impressive and dominant Docker open-source Linux container engine have announced recently the release of Docker 1.7.0, a major version that adds new features and addresses some of the most annoying bugs from previous releases of the software.

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5 Reasons Open Source Software is Good For Your Business

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In recent years, open source software has become more frequently used by businesses and individuals alike. Why is this, and what makes open source solutions so increasingly popular? Below I list five reasons why open source software can be good for your business.

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