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Nvidia gets even more open saucy

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This Tegra K1 Nouveau support is still proof-of-concept but it is a sign that Nvidia is getting more open saucy having committed to better open source graphics support in September.

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Good Enough Is Great

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The takeaway from this presentation should be that FLOSS is the right way to do IT, not necessarily because of the usual claims of superior quality (Many eyes make fewer bugs etc.) but because FLOSS emphasizes Freedom and flexibility. I agree with FLOSS being the right way to do IT but I still believe the FLOSS that users will use from solid distros like Debian will be featureful and of high quality as well as being Free. The Debian developers filter out most of the crud included in the depressing statistics of median number of developers and such. It’s a part of their social contract: “We will give back to the free software community
When we write new components of the Debian system, we will license them in a manner consistent with the Debian Free Software Guidelines. We will make the best system we can, so that free works will be widely distributed and used. We will communicate things such as bug fixes, improvements and user requests to the “upstream” authors of works included in our system.” So, what may be true widely about the FLOSS universe (the negatives) is not true about major portions like well-established distros and some very important projects. GNU/Linux, LibreOffice, VLC, Inkscape, FireFox and GIMP are all incredibly good software and they are Free. It just is not relevant that some people have bad ideas or implement bad software that happens to be FLOSS. It is relevant that the world can and does make its own software and it’s good enough without taxing us an arm and a leg or restricting what we can do with our computers.

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Not all CLAs are equal

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Contributor License Agreements ("CLAs") are a mechanism for an upstream software developer to insist that contributors grant the upstream developer some additional set of rights.

Canton of Bern parliament votes for open source

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Unanimous bar one abstention, the parliament of the Swiss Canton of Bern yesterday voted in favour of a bill to exploit 'synergies in its software use". The law instructs the canton's public administrations to increase their use of open source, make their own software publicly available and, when starting new IT projects, give priority to this type of solutions. The measure is expected to result in financial savings.

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ETSI: 'Open source clouds worth considering'

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Open source software is creating 'tried-and-tested' solutions addressing interoperability, portability and security, writes ETSI, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, in its December 2013 report on standards for cloud computing. Future specifications and standards may derive from open source projects, the standardisation organisation suggests.

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Keep Tabs on Income and Expenses with My Expenses for Android

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There are several traits that set My Expenses apart from the myriad of other expense tracking apps for Android. Firstly, My Expenses is an open source app, and it's available on both Google Play Store and F-Droid. More importantly, though, the app strikes a perfect balance between functionality and ease-of-use.

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Open Standards and Open Source make a great pairing

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While open source advocates are fond of pointing out the freedom of open source --that is, the freedom to share and modify it --it's only part of the equation for companies taking advantage of open source in their businesses.

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Like Arduino? Miniaturize your project with TinyCircuits

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"The traditional view of open source is about software. Open source hardware has been around for about 7 to 10 years. Making hardware open and building a community around it is a huge advantage in hardware like in software," Burns said. "The community behind it keeps it alive, keeps it useful."

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FileZilla, Other Open-Source Software From 'Right' Sources Is Safe

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A basic tenant of open-source software security has long been the idea that since the code is open, anyone can look inside to see if there is something that shouldn't be there.

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