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AllSeen Alliance Launches Open Source AllJoyn IoT Gateway Agent

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The AllSeen Alliance, a cross-industry collaboration created to advance the Internet of Everything (IoT) through the AllJoyn open source software project, has released the AllJoyn Gateway Agent, an extension of the AllJoyn framework that delivers remote access, device management and fine-grained security and privacy control.

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How HP Helion can enhance enterprises’ move towards open source clouds

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Implementing the cloud in your company is a major decision, and could be even more major than many other decisions about IT provision your company has made in the past.

Whereas client systems and servers are relatively generic, meaning you can switch vendors whenever the total cost of ownership provided by a new vendor makes it sensible to do so, a cloud provision can easily lock you into one vendor.

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German City of Munich To Help Shape Future of LibreOffice

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Germany’s third largest city has a long history of using open-source software, much of it well documented.

More than 16,000 PCs of public employees run the open-source “LiMux” Linux operating system, and the city makes heavy use of LibreOffice and its open file formats.

The city will be represented on the board by Florian Haftmann, whose appointment swells the ranks to 17 members, among them Google, Intel, RedHat, and MIMO (‘Inter-Ministry Mutualisation for an Open Productivity Suite’ and made up of various French governmental departments).

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Open Source History, Or Why Sharing Trumps Proprietary Society

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Is history open source? Not always, it seems, as Jonathan Band recently pointed out in an essay about copyright and legal issues surrounding the reproduction of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speeches for the film "Selma," which parallels the key debates about open vs. closed software.

Writing on Techdirt, Band observed that the producers of the film did not obtain the rights to King's original Civil Rights-era speeches. Consequently, the speeches King is portrayed as giving in the movie are not those he actually delivered in the 1960s.

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Do You Work in the Data Center? Here Are Three Open Source Projects You Need to Know About

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For years, open source solutions have gained steam as programmers and decision makers began to see firsthand how they could benefit from the technology.

From a coder’s point of view, open source solutions provide a foundation upon which new pieces of software can be built rather than starting from scratch. From a business manager’s perspective, open source tools will likely cost the company considerably less than proprietary solutions while at the same time providing a high level of security and functionality.

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DARPA unveils clearinghouse site for open-source code and information

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency debuted a new website dedicated to sharing open-source data and publications today, calling it the DARPA Open Catalog.

There are a number of different aims for the Open Catalog. By sharing open-source code freely, DARPA says it hopes to create a community of developers who are experts in software for government use. Program manager Chris White said that the collaborative nature of open-source was another incentive for the project.

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Arduino Open Source Robot Educational Development Board (video)

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Ari Alvarez has created a new Arduino open source robot development board which he has designed to be used by managers, developers and hobbyists or to provide an educational platform to teach robotics and electronics.

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Lockheed Designs Open Source Analytics Software; Jason O’Connor Comments

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The StreamFlow software launched on hosting service GitHub and is designed to work with the Apache Storm open source computation system, Lockheed said Thursday.

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New focus on open-source software for SMEs

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Free and open software services has the potential to radically alter the use of proprietary software such as Microsoft products into which regional governments are locked into partnership agreements and which cost taxpayers millions of dollars annually.

This, according to Gary Campbell, the director of technology in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining and doctoral student at the Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM) at the University of the West Indies (UWI), who is conducting research to help guide public policy on software use.

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Big names like Google dominate open-source funding

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Google was the biggest supporter of open-source organizations by our count, appearing on the sponsor lists of eight of the 36 groups we analyzed. Four companies – Canonical, SUSE, HP and VMware – supported five groups each, and seven others supported four. (Nokia, Oracle, Cisco, IBM, Dell, Intel and NEC.) For its part, Red Hat supports three groups – the Linux Foundation, Creative Commons and the Open Virtualization Alliance.

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