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Intro to LimeSurvey: An open source, feature-rich polling platform

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LimeSurvey is released under the GPL, and a number of companies provide commercial hosting and support, so you can use it without having to set it up on a system of your own. LimeSurvey's installation instructions are clear and easy, and the list of dependencies is not strenuous—MySQL or PostgreSQL, PHP 5.5 or higher, and a web server of your choice. There is a short list of PHP modules that are needed, all of which are easily installable via your package mananger.

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​Nextcloud 10 beta includes two-factor authentication security

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For a company that's only been around for a couple of months, Nextcloud isn't wasting any time making improvements. Frank Karlitschek, Nextcloud's managing director, just announced the release of the Nextlcloud 10 beta.

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10 Best Open Source Collaboration Software Tools

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As the workforce becomes more mobile and employers look for ways to improve productivity, collaboration software become increasingly popular. According to a June 2016 study from Markets and Markets, organizations will spend $23.39 billion on cloud-based collaboration software tools this year. By 2021, the analysts expect the market to grow to $42.57 billion, for a compound annual growth rate of 12.7 percent.

Collaboration software offer small businesses a wide variety of benefits. They can increase teamwork and communication, particularly if people on your team work in different locations. They can also help you share knowledge more widely throughout the organization and lessen the chance that employees will waste time duplicating the same work. They can also streamline your business processes and reduce the need for face-to-face meetings—both of which can decrease costs.

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  • Cloudera's Platform Now Includes Hadoop Optimization, Analytics Tool

    Cloudera, which provides a complete data management and analytics platform built on Apache Hadoop and related open source technologies, announced the beta release of Cloudera Navigator Optimizer--a tool for improved workload performance and efficiency--late last year. Essentially, the tool allowed users to modernize their analytic database or augment their data warehouse solution with Hadoop, serving up insights aimed at predictably offloading key workloads.

    Now, Cloudera has announced the general availability of Cloudera Navigator Optimizer, alongside the production release of Cloudera Enterprise 5.8. Navigator Optimizer is now an entrenched part of Cloudera's platform.

    Workload management is an issue for many Hadoop-focused organizations. Within any business, there can be countless workloads being run at any given time, across multiple systems, that change based on time of day and business need. Across many of these workloads, similar pain points have emerged, like breakdowns in ETL pipelines, long wait times for BI reports, increasing system pressure from ad hoc queries, and unnecessary query complexity. When adopting new systems based on Hadoop, it’s critical that customers understand their workloads, so they can address these inefficiencies and run the right workloads in the right systems for the best results.

  • StorPool unveils latest update, adds CloudStack support

    What are the target markets for StorPool? "We target based on use-case", said StorPool CEO, Boyan Ivanov. "Companies that build public or private clouds [including] enterprises and SMEs, service providers along with IaaS/PaaS, managed service providers, telecoms and hosting companies."

  • GNU Hurd 0.8, GNU Mach 1.7, GNU MIG 1.7 released.
  • SF Conservancy Speaks Out Against Developer Doing GPL Enforcement For Financial Gain

    The Software Freedom Conservancy has issued a blog post this week about community-oriented principles in GPL enforcement work and in particular pointing out a Linux developer who hasn't agreed to these terms and is allegedly focusing upon GPL enforcement for his own financial gain.

    As part of the Conservancy's principles, "Community-oriented enforcement must never prioritize financial gain...Nevertheless, pursuing damages to the full extent allowed by copyright law is usually unnecessary, and can in some cases work against the purpose of copyleft."

  • Open Source EOMA-68 Computer Is Here To Redefine Free Software And Hardware

    Upgradable portable computers have been a bit of pipe dream for the last decade.

  • Facebook Details Comprehensive List of Projects Opened to the Community
  • Verizon's Next With VNFs

    Verizon Enterprise Solutions today announced its first set of virtual network services, including the usual suspects of security, WAN optimization, software-defined WANs and virtualized customer premises gear. Working with mostly established vendors, Verizon is making its services available globally on an immediate basis, and focusing heavily on giving customers lots of options for how they transition to the virtualized world. (See Verizon Launches Virtual Network Services.)

    The announcement comes four days after AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) introduced its Network Functions on Demand offer, and differences between the two services are apparent and strategic, notes Nav Chander, research manager for telecom business services with IDC. (See AT&T Offers Network Functions On Demand... Sort Of.)

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Graduates: How to Get Your Dream Open Source Job

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The excitement that comes with a college degree is memorable – not only because of the joy of accomplishment, but because of the fear of the unknown.

In the open source community, job hunting is its own unique experience. There is great optimism and opportunity in The Linux Foundation’s 2016 Open Source Jobs Report, which found that recruiting open source talent is a top priority for IT recruiters and hiring managers. The report found 65 percent of hiring managers say open source hiring will continue to increase more than any other part of their business over the next six months.

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deepstreamHub Launches deepstream.io, an Open Source Real-Time Server

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German start-up deepstreamHub has launched deepstream.io, an open source, scalable, real-time server platform. The platform is designed for applications that require a network of device-resident nodes that communicate with cloud applications or with one another. Individual nodes can subscribe to topics and receive data whenever other clients publish to those topics. Nodes can also register functions that can be called by other nodes. The deepstreamHub platform is also available as a resource for additional services.

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Open Source History Lessons: 5 FOSS Projects That Didn't Pan Out

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There's no denying the success of free and open source software projects like Linux, Apache and (probably) OpenStack. But what about the FOSS projects and companies that have enjoyed less success? Here's a look at some free and open source software projects or businesses that had good ideas, yet never delivered on them (at least not fully).

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France Proposes Software Security Liability For Manufacturers, Open Source As Support Ends

It sometimes seems as though barely a week can go by without yet another major software-related hardware vulnerability story. As manufacturers grapple with the demands of no longer building simple appliances but instead supplying them containing software that may expose itself to the world over the Internet, we see devices shipped with insecure firmware and little care for its support or updating after the sale. The French government have a proposal to address this problem that may be of interest to our community, to make manufacturers liable for the security of a product while it is on the market, and with the possibility of requiring its software to be made open-source at end-of-life. In the first instance it can only be a good thing for device security to be put at the top of a manufacturer’s agenda, and in the second the ready availability of source code would present reverse engineers with a bonanza. Read more

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Mozilla Development and News

  • Removing Support for Unpacked Extensions
    With the release of Firefox 62 (currently scheduled for August 21, 2018) Mozilla will discontinue support for unpacked sideloaded extensions. You will no longer be able to load an extension via the Windows registry by creating an entry with an extension’s directory (i.e. unpacked) after Firefox 61. Starting with Firefox 62, extensions sideloaded via the Windows registry must be complete XPI files (i.e. packed).
  • Making a Clap-Sensing Web Thing
    The Project Things Gateway exists as a platform to bring all of your IoT devices together under a unified umbrella, using a standardized HTTP-based API. We recently announced the Things Gateway and we’ve started a series of hands-on project posts for people who want to set up a Gateway and start playing around with the Web of Things. Earlier this month we began with a high-level overview of how to build a Gateway add-on.
  • Trying Mozilla's Things Gateway
    I have an old Raspberry Pi 1 Model B with a RaZberry Z-Wave Daughterboard which I had soldered a larger external antenna on to last year. I used to run OpenHAB on it to control some z-wave devices before I moved last year and since then it's just been in a box. Let's fire it up! This original Raspberry Pi is a single core 700mhz CPU, so I'm planning on running it headless and doing everything remotely over SSH to save on GUI resources.
  • Lando Demo
    Lando is so close now that I can practically smell the tibanna. Israel put together a quick demo of Phabricator/BMO/Lando/hg running on his local system, which is only a few patches away from being a deployed reality.
  • Snips Uses Rust to Build an Embedded Voice Assistant
    The team at Paris-based Snips has created a voice assistant that can be embedded in a single device or used in a home network to control lights, thermostat, music, and more. You can build a home hub on a Raspberry Pi and ask it for a weather report, to play your favorite song, or to brew up a double espresso. Manufacturers like Keecker are adding Snips’ technology to products like multimedia home robots. And Snips works closely with leaders across the value chain, like NVIDIA, EBV, and Analog Devices, in order to voice-enable an increasingly wider range of device types, from speakers to home automation systems to cars.
  • Mozilla v FCC: Mozilla Re-files Suit Against FCC to Protect Net Neutrality
    This morning, the Federal Communications Commission officially published its order overturning net neutrality rules in the Federal Register. We had originally filed suit early while simultaneously urging the court that the correct date was after this publication. We did this in an abundance of caution because we’re not taking any chances with an issue of this importance. That is why today, immediately after the order was published, Mozilla re-filed our suit challenging the FCC net neutrality order. We won’t waste a minute in our fight to protect net neutrality because it’s our mission to ensure the internet is a global public resource, open and accessible to all. An internet that truly puts people first, where individuals can shape their own experience and are empowered, safe and independent.
  • The Death Of Net Neutrality Will Be Official In April (Cue The Lawsuits)
    Of course that's really just the beginning of an entirely new chapter in the fight to prevent broadband monopolies from abusing a lack of competition in the broadband space (remember: net neutrality violations are just a symptom of a lack of competition, a problem nobody wants to seriously address for fear of upsetting campaign contributors). The publication in the Federal Register opens the door to the myriad lawsuits that will be filed against the agency. Those lawsuits range from suits by Mozilla and consumer groups, to the 22 state attorneys general who say they're also suing the agency for ignoring the public interest. These lawsuits must be filed within the next 60 days. Expect the court battle to quickly begin heating up in March.