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The Raspberry Pi Open-Source 3D Driver Still Has A Lot Of Work Ahead

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While Linux 4.5 is set to receive the DRM changes for supporting open-source 3D on the Raspberry Pi and in user-space those bits are settling down in the VC4 Gallium3D driver, the game isn't over and there still is more work ahead before this open-source Raspberry Pi 3D stack will replace the closed-source RPi 3D driver.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Try a Fresh Web Browser!

    The web browser market is dominated by a few mature heavyweights: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. But they are not for everyone. And there are a myriad of other web browsers that are worth investigating. With a smorgasbord of web browsers out there, there should be one to cater for your own specific requirements. If you want to experiment with some fresh and innovative web browsers, this article should be helpful.

  • Revisiting Best Big Data Case Study: We Have New Details about Narwhal vs Orca Case Study (of US Elections 2012 and world's largest Big Data project for which there is performance data) (Updated)

    We have some new performance data on Big Data. And we return to the best case study there exists on Big Data as the only major case that offers some details of its performance. Yes, its time to revisit Orca vs Narwhal, the battle of election-specialist database systems of the 2012 Presidential election. I promised you that some more details will eventually come out and we'll revisit that topic when it does Today we find new data courtesy of Jim Messina.

  • Kylin, Brooklyn Among New Apache Projects to Graduate to Top Level

    The Apache Software Foundation, which incubates more than 350 open source projects and initiatives, has graduated several important projects to top-level status over the past few days. The foundation announced that Apache Brooklyn is now a Top-Level Project (TLP), "signifying that the project's community and products have been well-governed under the ASF's meritocratic process and principles." Brooklyn is an application blueprint and management platform used for integrating services across multiple data centers as well as and a wide range of software in the cloud.

  • Big Data: ask the right questions

    The Big Data phenomenon has reached a reality that is often baffling to the amount of information to be managed, and what for us today is called “Big” it will not be anymore in 5 years, from where it will be necessary to coin other terminologies and corresponding analysis technologies .

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  • Joomla patches critical remote execution bug

    The open-source project behind the widely used Joomla content management system has issued a patch for a vulnerability that is now being widely used by hackers.

    The open-source project behind the widely used Joomla content management system has issued a patch for a vulnerability that is now being widely used by hackers.

    Sucuri, a company that specializes in securing websites, wrote on Monday that attackers have been trying exploit the flaw for the last two days.

  • LLVM 3.8 Should Be Released In Mid-February

    Under the plans laid out on the mailing list, LLVM 3.8 would be branched on 13 January followed by the first release candidate, the critical bug fixing period and RC2 would begin on 27 January, and the final release would ship around 18 February.

  • Haiku OS Adds GCC 5 Compiler Packages

    It's been a while since last having anything to report on with Haiku OS, the BeOS inspired open-source operating system. One minor advancement to mention today is they have just landed optional GCC5 compiler support packages.

  • GNU Press fundraiser discount: members enjoy 30% off, nonmembers get 10%!

    Help the Free Software Foundation by doing your holiday shopping at GNU Press. If you are not a member, join today! Any purchase made during this time will count toward our fundraising goal of $450,000.

  • Romanian Ministry for Public Consultation opens consultation on its organisation

    Last week, the Ministry for Public Consultation and Civic Dialogue (MCPDC) organised a public debate to discuss the budget draft law for 2016, as the nineoclock.ro website said. This represents a first step towards an Open Budget approach.

  • AI Goes Open Source To The Tune Of $1 Billion

    AI is a hot topic and it is clear that it could be an engine for great good or great evil depending on who or what controls it. OpenAI is a new non-profit that aims to put the control back in the people's hands.

  • Elon Musk, tech behemoths invest $1bn in open-source AI research

    Research in the artificial intelligence field has come a long way in recent years. We've progressed beyond predictive analytics towards deep learning, such as those used in IBM's Watson supercomputer, which promotes the use architectures which allow a machine to generate its own algorithms based on data -- rather than developers inputting single algorithms and instructions for certain problems.

Top 10 open source projects of 2015

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Every year we look back at 10 of the hot open source projects from the past 12 months. (Last year's list made a splash!) And, we expect more great things from these projects in 2016.

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Funding open source projects makes good business sense

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In business, investment expects a return. So, what's the return on funding open source software?

It's not always clear to people why companies like Divio—businesses that need to make a profit—would want to donate to open source communities and projects. Giving money away isn't exactly the first thing one would put on a business plan.

In our case, we sponsor numerous projects with ongoing regular contributions, including the Django Fellowship programme, Read the Docs, and Django Girls. We also sponsor well over a dozen open source conferences each year, from large, established events such as PyCon U.S. and DjangoCon (Europe and U.S.) to small, nascent ones such as Django Weekend and Python Namibia.

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FOSS in Networking

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Can open source can be a kick starter for mobile in the enterprise?

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One of these systems is IBM LinuxONETM, which can scale to handle tens of billions of interactions daily with sub-second response times. This system can process 54 per cent more data than distributed systems for model building, according to tests using Spark-Perf benchmark suite.

It can also help simplify the creation of innovative intelligent apps when using the Apache Spark big data processing engine; and lets companies tap into Node.js to develop high performance web and mobile apps without purchasing additional hardware.

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IBM on OMR

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Meld 3.16 Open Source Diff and Merge Tool Enters Development, Adds New Features

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The development team behind the popular Meld open-source and free diff and merge software have released earlier today, December 14, 2015, the first development milestone towards the next major release of the project, Meld 3.16.

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10 Open Source Pentest Tools

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Penetration testing tools, which check for malicious codes and security loopholes in applications, databases or systems, are some of the most important tools in the security professional's arsenal. These free or inexpensive pentest tools use open source technology, which offers security pros far more flexibility than they will find in most proprietary tools.

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Latvian Ventspils controls costs with open source

The administration of Ventspils, Latvia’s sixth largest city, is an avid user of free and open source software. The main benefits: cost and resource optimisation. Read more

Ubuntu Touch finds a home on a conflict-free, fair-trade, user-maintainable handset

Handset maker Fairphone is teaming up with the community project UBports, which seeks to get Ubuntu Touch on mobile devices. They will be showing off Ubuntu Touch running on the Fairphone 2 during Mobile World Congress, which starts February 27 in Barcelona. While Ubuntu is probably not the first name that comes to mind when you think of mobile devices, the phone in question offers some compelling features. “UBports Foundation will be showcasing its work at the Canonical booth, the company behind Ubuntu. Canonical is planning to tell about the latest developments around the convergence of its devices and UBports Foundation will share its mission ‘Ubuntu On Every Device’ with the visitors,” UBports said in a February 8 press release. Currently, UBports’ website lists three devices as “fully working as daily drivers:” The OnePlus One, Nexus 5, and the Fairphone 2, with the latter showing all parts as functioning with Ubuntu Touch, save the GPS radio. (Interestingly, the UBports project website for the Fairphone 2 still lists the GSM radio [in addition to the GPS] as a work in progress. However there is a video of two people talking with the handset, so it’s likely the Fairphone 2 project website is out of date.) The website also has instructions for flashing Ubuntu to the Fairphone 2. Read more

BSD Leftovers

  • LLVM/Clang 4.0 Is Running Late Due To Seven Blocker Bugs
    LLVM 4.0 was supposed to have been released by now, but it's running late due to open blocker bugs. Hans Wennborg commented on the mailing list that while the release should have happened on 21 February, serving as release manager, he hasn't tagged the release yet due to open blocker bugs.
  • FreeBSD-Based pfSense 2.3.3 Open-Source Firewall Released with over 100 Changes
    Rubicon Communications' Jim Pingle announced the availability of a new point release to the pfSense 2.3 stable series, which adds over 100 improvements and a bunch of new features. Updated to FreeBSD 10.3-RELEASE-p16, the pfSense 2.3.3 maintenance release is here more than seven months after the 2.3.2 update and introduces several new packages, including TFTP Server, LCDproc, cellular, and tinc, a lot of improvements for the OpenVPN and IPsec implementations, as well as numerous stability and security fixes from FreeBSD. Dozens of bug fixes are included in pfSense 2.3.3 for WebGUI, graphs and monitoring, gateways and routing, notifications, Dynamic DNS, captive portal, NTP and GPS, DNS, resolver and forwarder, DHCP and DHCPv6 servers, router advertisements, HA and CARP, traffic shaping, firewall, rules, NAT, aliases, states, users, authentication, and privileges.
  • “Hi, I’m jkh and I’m a d**k”
    Yesterday, I was privy to a private email message discussing a topic I care deeply about. I contacted the author and said “You really need to make this public and give this a wider audience.” His response boiled down to “if I wanted it to get a wider audience, I was welcome to do so myself.” So here’s my first ever guest post, from Jordan K Hubbard, one of the founders of the FreeBSD Project. While this discussion focuses on FreeBSD, it’s applicable to any large open source project.

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