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5 reasons why local government needs open source

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Technology is only one part of the delivery jigsaw puzzle, but it has a big role to play in helping to create modern local government. Open source in particular has a lot to offer. As a technology it's always skirted around the periphery, but I've got a feeling that is about to change.

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Ransomware goes OPEN SOURCE in the name of education

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Turkish security bod Utku Sen has published what appears to be the first open source ransomware that anyone can download and spread.

The "Hidden Tear" ransomware, available to GitHub, is a functional version of the malware the world has come to hate; it uses AES encryption to lock down files and can display a scare warning or ransom message to get users to pay up.

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The Focal Camera: An Open Source Modular Camera

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Over the past year, Dutch artist Mathijs van Oosterhoudt has been developing a new camera system. No, it’s not a high-tech digital system that’s intended to go up against the major camera companies. Instead, it’s an open-modular camera system that’s intended to teach people how to build complex cameras. Its name is The Focal Camera.

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Evolution 3.18 Beta Open Source Groupware Client Lands with Multiple Bugfixes

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The Evolution open-source email and calendar client used by default in numerous GNU/Linux distributions and distributed as part of the GNOME desktop environment has been updated recently to version 3.17.90, which is the first Beta towards version 3.18.

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An Open Letter to Apache Foundation and Apache OpenOffice team

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So I realize that the Apache Foundation took a lot of pride in and has invested a lot of effort trying to create an Apache Licensed Office suite based on the old OpenOffice codebase, but I hope that now that it is clear that this effort has failed that you would be willing to re-direct people who go to the openoffice.org website to the LibreOffice website instead. Letting users believe that OpenOffice is still alive and evolving is only damaging the general reputation of open source Office software among non-technical users and thus I truly believe that it would be in everyones interest to help the remaining OpenOffice users over to LibreOffice.

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Open Source First Starting to Converge with Cloud First

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Of course, PostgeSQL is only one instance where open source and the cloud are starting to converge. The same argument could also be applied to everything from Node.js to Docker containers. The point is that as the critical mass of open source software in the cloud continues to build, it’s only a matter of time before that same software starts showing up on premise in much greater numbers than it already has.

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Keen IO open-sources its Data Explorer tool for making quick queries

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Keen IO, a startup with a cloud-based data analytics tool, is announcing today that it’s releasing one of its tools for customers, the Data Explorer, under an open-source license.

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London.gov.uk beta site demonstrates growing “Open Source mentality” among public sector organisations

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The beta version of London.gov.uk, the website serving the Mayor of London and the Greater London Assembly (GLA), signals a “growing Open Source mentality” within government organisations, according to the site’s developers.

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Getting acquainted with Linux: a primer on dipping into the ‘Free’ software world

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So what is Linux all about and where did it come from? Linux is a term broadly used to refer to the collection of operating systems belonging to the GNU/Linux distributions (see box on the history of GNU/Linux.) A distribution is basically an operating system that is based on a variation of the GNU/Linux core.

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Chinese, Russian, tech giants join global open source efforts

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Alibaba and Yandex joining these open source efforts confounds their home nations' occasionally-expressed intentions to build technology ecosystems less dependent on US companies. Both China and Russia have cited post-Snowden security concerns as the reason they're keen to rely on indigenous technologies. With their tech giants now participating in global efforts alongside US entities, technological isolation looks rather harder to achieve.

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