Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

OSS

Why Should Every Developer Contribute To Open Source Software?

Filed under
Development
OSS

Since the beginning of the free and open source software movement, a lot has changed. Today, open technologies are being used by millions of individuals and companies to make their products better. Open source software development also brings numerous benefits to a developer and here we are going to talk more about the same.

Read more

Geek of the Week: Timothy Crosley is a champion of open source technology

Filed under
Interviews
OSS

When Timothy Crosley isn’t working on security solutions for DomainTools, he devotes his time to open source projects. He runs Simple Innovation, a software development business that builds apps on a contract basis, using open source technology.

Read more

It's time Linux fans open their arms to closed source

Filed under
Linux
OSS

Open source has been very good to me for over a decade and I intend on never using a closed source desktop or server platform. Why? Because I have found Linux to be the single best platform for me to get my work done efficiently and reliably. On top of those platforms, however, I will use whatever tool gets the job done. Closed, open, or somewhere in between. When a viable open sourced alternative to a closed source app arrives, I'll happily replace that closed source software. Until then, well...you get the idea.

Read more

Open RTOS focuses on 32-bit IoT Arduinos with BLE

Filed under
OSS

Arduino Srl and Runtime unveiled an open source, Bluetooth savvy, “Apache Mynewt” RTOS for 32-bit MCUs, found on the new Arduino Primo and STAR Otto SBCs.

Arduino boards and Arduino compatibles are increasingly tapping higher-end 32-bit MPUs, such as the STM32F469 chip found on Arduino Srl’s new, media-enabled Arduino STAR Otto and the STM32L0 inside its new, wireless-studded Arduino Primo. Now Arduino Srl, one of the two forked Arduinos along with Arduino LLC, has announced a collaboration with Runtime to bring the latter’s open source, real-time Apache Mynewt OS to 32-bit Arduinos. In addition to the Primo and STAR Otto, it supports the Arduino Zero, Arduino Zero Pro, and Arduino M0 Pro.

Read more

ownCloud loses the community manager, Jos Poortvliet

Filed under
OSS
  • Moving on from ownCloud

    A few days ago, I published my last blogpost as ’ownCloud’ on our blog roll about the ownCloud community having grown by 80% in the last year. Talk about leaving on a high note!

    Yes, I’ll be leaving ownCloud, Inc. - but not the community. As the numbers from my last post make clear, the ownCloud community is doing awesome. It is growing at an exponential rate and while that in itself poses challenges, the community is healthy and doing great.

  • The most important skill you need as a leader

    "One of the most powerful tools you have as a leader is to be present." Eric McNulty opened up the first day of Cultivate this year, the annual pre-conference event before OSCON, with this quote.

They take to it later, but when women FLOSS, they mean it

Filed under
OSS

Despite an extreme gender gap in the free/Libre and open-source software community - even more extreme than in general IT - women who work full time in FLOSS stick with it longer than men, according to a recent report.

The gap between men and women in the IT industry is well known. The report, "Women in Free/Libre/Open Source Software: The situation in the 2010s", estimates that women make up 25 to 30 per cent of the IT workforce. For women working in free and open-source software, however, this percentage drops dramatically to two to five per cent.

Read more

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

Filed under
OSS
  • file considered harmful

    A program that helps users is useful. A program that restricts users is harmful. Run file on your computer all you want, but don’t use file to limit what I can do.

  • Open source, COTS-based voting tech

    A new company, Free & Fair, is offering a suite of products to make elections more verifiable, transparent and secure. The firm is a spin off from Galois, a research company that has worked with the federal government on identity and privacy services, cybersecurity defense solutions, mobile cryptographic authentication and even secure drone software.

  • A 5-step process for hiring tech talent

    Bitnami cofounder and COO, Erica Brescia says hiring good engineers is difficult. One of the greatest challenges facing companies today is that the younger, less experienced engineers may be a better culture fit than engineers with more experience. Also, more experienced engineers may not apply at all because they are secure in their current jobs.

  • Putting Purpose-Built Performance in NFV

    As the network functions virtualization (NFV) revolution comes to service provider and cloud communities, there are some concerns about this new technology. One of the major questions is how to design enough performance in NFV to keep pace in high-subscriber, mission-critical environments.

    Can NFV live up to the performance expectations of the most demanding networks, including global service providers? There is evidence that there is more work to do to transform this IT technology – but some key technology tools are emerging to put enough performance in NFV to perform for the most demanding applications, including communications.

  • An app competition is fertile testing ground for open organization principles

    It was just a typical, mundane day at school, when I happened to bump into my friend, Sheng Liang, who asked me if I was interested in participating in a competition with his friend, Li Quan. Sheng Liang has an entrepreneurial and competitive mindset, someone we usually see busy with some sort of idea or competition. So I was intrigued by his proposal.

  • European Space Agency starts 6th Summer of Code

    The European Space Agency will start its 6th Summer of Code on 1 June. ESA will this week select students for 24 open source software projects. The past month, sixty students registered to participate in the ‘Summer of Code in Space’ programme.

  • Mozilla Funds Program to Put Austin's Gigabit Connections to Use

    Mozilla is funding a new effort in Austin exploring just what can be done with a gigabit. Over the last few years Austin has become one of the few hotbeds of broadband competition in the United States, with Google Fiber, AT&T, Grande Communications all now offering gigabit broadband for $65 per month and up. In the hopes of answer the age of question of "what should you do with all that speed," Mozilla says the organization is expending the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund to Austin.

  • Mozilla awards grants to Chattanooga organizations

    Mozilla's Gigabit Community Fund has awarded $134,000 to nine grantees, including several in Chattanooga.

  • PLUMgrid: Open Source Collaboration Speeds IO and Networking Development

    PLUMgrid INC, which provides tools for OpenStack cloud providers, has been participating in the open source community since the company was founded in 2011. It started working with the Linux kernel community to create a distributed, programmable data plane and contributed to eBPF (extended Berkeley Packet Filter), a key component in building networks that are agile, fast and secure. eBPF has been upstreamed since Linux kernel version 3.16.

  • Proven Paths for Getting Valuable OpenStack Certification

    If you cycle the clock back to 2010, when Rackspace and NASA announced an effort to create a sophisticated cloud computing infrastructure that could compete with proprietary offerings, it would have been hard to forecast how successful the OpenStack platform would become. OpenStack has won over countless companies that are deploying it and backing it, and it has its own foundation. What’s more, with some studies showing the majority of private cloud deployments are on OpenStack, OpenStack certification is now an extremely hot commodity in the job market.

  • Berkus: Changing PostgreSQL Version Numbering

    On his blog, Josh Berkus asks about the effects of changing how PostgreSQL numbers its releases. There is talk of moving from an x.y.z scheme to an x.y scheme, where x would increase every year to try to reduce "the need to explain to users that 9.5 to 9.6 is really a major version upgrade requiring downtime". He is wondering what impacts that will have on users, tools, scripts, packaging, and so on. "The problem is the first number, in that we have no clear criteria when to advance it. Historically, we've advanced it because of major milestones in feature development: crash-proofing for 7.0, Windows port for 8.0, and in-core replication for 9.0. However, as PostgreSQL's feature set matures, it has become less and less clear on what milestones would be considered "first digit" releases. The result is arguments about version numbering on the mailing lists every year which waste time and irritate developers."

  • Changing PostgreSQL Version Numbering

    Per yesterday's developer meeting, the PostgreSQL Project is contemplating a change to how we do version numbers.

  • First courses online in Italian Moodle-based MOOC

    The first nine courses have been made available online on 21 April by EduOpen, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform developed by a consortium of 14 universities across Italy and the country’s Ministry of Education. EduOpen is built on Moodle, an open source software learning management system.

  • Crowdsourcing a new European Constitution

    Starting today, people will be able to collaboratively write a new European Constitution. The People's Constitution project is an initiative of the Dutch Pirate Party and Amsterdam civil society. It aims to crowdsource an alternative to the Treaty of Lisbon, one of the three treaties forming the constitutional basis of the European Union.

  • Growing Adoption of Open-Source GIS Software Driving the Global Teleradiology Market Through 2020, Says Technavio

    According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the global teleradiology market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 15% during the forecast period.

  • "Open data sites like nightmarish supermarkets"

    Most of the open data sites that governments have created during the last decade still deliver data as sets of links to tables, or links to other sites that are also hard to comprehend. In the best cases, data is delivered through Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), which are simple data query languages that require a user to have a basic knowledge of programming. So understanding what is inside each dataset requires downloading, opening, and exploring the dataset in ways that are extremely taxing for users. So says César A. Hidalgo, Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in a blog post on the Scientific American site.

  • Some Sunnyside schools to drop textbooks for open-source material

    The Sunnyside Unified School District will pilot a new program to use free and open-source material for some grades and subjects as a money-saving measure.

    The district is partnering with the K-12 Open Education Resources Collaborative, a nonprofit organization that started about a year ago to develop high-quality, open education resources aligned with state and federal standards.

  • OpenTAC sprint, Cambridge

    Last weekend saw a small group get togeather in Cambridge to hack on the OpenTAC. OpenTAC is an OpenHardware OpenSoftware test platform, designed specificly to aid automated testing and continious intergration.

  • The LulzBot TAZ 6 3D Printer is Now Available for Purchase, Debuts at RAPID 2016
  • LulzBot TAZ 6 Desktop 3D Printer Available Today
  • LulzBot Releases New Improved Self-Levelling, Self-Cleaning 3D Printer
  • LulzBot TAZ 6 Open-Source Desktop 3D Printer Launches For $2500

    LulzBot launched their new open source desktop 3D printer this week in the form of the new LulzBot TAZ 6 which is now available to purchase priced at $2500 and is available directly from the official LulzBot website or from its participating partners...

  • Beyond Jenkins: 7 devops tools

    The need for speed in the software development cycle has given rise to a number of valuable automation tools for developers. Chief among these tools are those aimed at facilitating the continuous integration and continuous delivery of software projects. Through these CI/CD tools, development teams can keep software up-to-date and quickly put it into production.

    Jenkins is among the best-known CI/CD systems, and it is fast becoming the engine for devops, managing the dev side. A key benefit of Jenkins is the wealth of plug-ins developed for it, providing capabilities that range from extending the number of version control systems Jenkins supports to accommodations for IBM mainframes. Spun out of the Hudson project first launched by Sun Microsystems, Jenkins recently hit Version 2, with improvements to its usability and security.

  • Microsoft Partners With Open-Source Jenkins Project [Ed: Microsoft threatens to ruin Jenkins with its malware that looks like an operating system]
  • Jenkins finds a new home on Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft Moves Open Source Jenkins Project To Azure
  • Scratch Blocks — Google And MIT Develop An Open Source Programming Language For Young Learners

    Google and MIT have come up with a programming language called Scratch Blocks for kids. It is based on the Google’s Blockly technology which was launched back in 2007 and had designer interfaces. This interface helps kids to learn a programming language better and faster than textual learning.

Hungary to increase use of open source software

Filed under
OSS

The government of Hungary intends to increase public administrations’ use of open source software and open standards. A decree published on 18 May explains that the transition should go hand in hand with the strengthening of the country’s nascent open source software service sector.

Read more

German experts update free software legal review

Filed under
OSS
Legal

Two German legal experts have published the fourth edition of their review of legal issues regarding the use of free software. The book by Till Jaeger, a Berlin-based lawyer specialised in legal issues concerning open source software, and Axel Metzger, professor at the Humboldt University in the same city, appeared in March.

Read more

France’s RGI v2 recommends ODF

Filed under
OSS

The French government has updated the interoperablity guidelines (RGI – Référence Général d’Intéropérabilité), replacing version 1 published in 2009. In this v2, officially published on April 22, 2016, ODF is now considered as a recommended standard to manage exchange between administrations and citizens.

Read more

Syndicate content

More in Tux Machines

Rebellin Linux Offers Best of Both Gnome Worlds

Both versions generally performed well. The Rebellin distro is impressive considering its small development team. Rebellin is not without a few glitches, however. One major problem I had with several of my computers testing the distro was with the audio playback in both the GNOME and the Mate editions. It did not play back. I double checked all the settings, even making sure that the mute option was not checked. Another issue affected just the Mate edition. The touchpad settings are not available, and the Touchpad tab itself is missing. The Synaptics Touchpad Driver is not being loaded in Rebellin Mate, according to Rebellin's developer. He posted a workaround that may temporarily resolve the problem. It is a multistep process that is not very straightforward. Read more

Debian and the Internet of Things

Everybody is talking about the Internet of Things. Unfortunately there is no sign of it in Debian yet. Besides some smaller packages like sispmctl, usbrelay or the 1-wire support in digitemp and owfs, there is not much software to control devices over a network. With the recent upload of alljoyn-core-1504 this might change. Read more

AMDGPU-PRO Beta 2 vs. Mesa 11.3 + Linux 4.6: Very Competitive For Linux Gamers

Following last week's AMDGPU-PRO 16.20.3 "Beta 2" driver release of AMD's new hybrid driver stack for Linux that makes use of the AMDGPU open-source kernel DRM driver with the closed-source OpenGL driver derived from Catalyst / Radeon Software, I set out to do a fresh open vs. closed-source driver comparison. For the Radeon R9 285, R9 290, and R9 Fury, I compared the performance of this new AMDGPU-PRO driver against Mesa 11.3-devel Git and Linux 4.6 for the latest open-source driver stack. Read more

Petros Koutoupis' RapidDisk

RapidDisk is an open-source and enhanced Linux RAM drive solution led by BDFL Petros Koutoupis (who also writes for Linux Journal) that allows users to create, resize and remove RAM drives dynamically or map those same RAM drives as a cache to slower data volumes. The latest version 4.0 release adds a series of complementary improvements, such as kernel module optimizations, code cleanup/redesign and bug fixes. RapidDisk consists of a collection of kernel modules, an administration utility, high-availability scripts and a RESTful API for third-party integration. By design, RapidDisk volumes are thinly provisioned and will allocate memory only upon usage. Read more