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Open Source in the enterprise: Perspectives for CIOs

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The proliferation of OSS technologies, libraries, and frameworks in recent years has greatly contributed to the advancement of software development, increased developer productivity, and to the flexibility and customisation of the tools landscape to support different use cases and developers’ preferences.

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A Peek At Upcoming Open Source Enhancements In IBM i

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It's hard to quantify the value created through open source development of software. Last year, the Linux Foundation released a white paper that found the total value of the development of the Linux operating system amounted to $5 billion. In 2013, IBM itself committed to donating $1 billion in cold hard cash to further development of Linux and other open source projects. When one considers that nearly all of the cutting-edge IT work being done in distributed computing (i.e., the worlds of Hadoop, Spark, Kafka, and NoSQL databases) involves open sharing of source code--mostly through the Apache Software Foundation--then the humongous value that open source brings comes into view.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Celebrating 17 Years of The Apache Software Foundation

    The Foundation's commitment to fostering a collaborative approach to development has long served as a model for producing consistently high quality software and helping advance the future of open development. The ASF's collaborative leadership, robust community, and meritocratic process serve as best practices widely embraced by organizations and individuals alike.

  • OpenToonz
  • OpenToonz Is The Open-Source Version of Toonz, The Software Used For Creating Futurama And Asterix
  • NoScript Beginner’s Guide

    This NoScript Beginner's Guide has been designed to provide new Firefox or NoScript users with information on how the browser add-on works. I have published a guide for regular users in 2014 which you may find useful as well.

    NoScript is a long standing security add-on for Firefox that is rated highly on Mozilla AMO and quite popular with more than 2.3 million users.

    It is often confused with ad-blockers, and while it does that to, it is much more than that and the ad-blocking is more of a side-effect of the extension's functionality than something it has been designed for.

  • Playing with Dalmatiner DB

    Dalmatimer DB is an open source time series database built on top of riak-core and ZFS. It re-uses the logic from riak-core to handle the logic of where data is located but implements its very own database optimised for metrics

  • FreeNAS 9.10-RELEASE is available

    This is an interim release between the 9.3 series and 10 (which is still a few months away), using the same UI and middleware that everyone is used to from 9.3 but with new OS underpinnings, specifically FreeBSD 10.3-RC3.

  • G’MIC 1.7.0 (Standalone Software And GIMP Plugin) Has Been Released

    As you may know, G’MIC (GREYC’s Magic Image Converter) is a editing tool, that can be used with GIMP or as a standalone application, being available for both Linux and Windows. G’MIC provides a window which enables the users to add more than 500 filters over photos and preview the result, in order to give the photos some other flavor.

  • PSPP 0.10.0 has been released

    I'm very pleased to announce the release of a new version of GNU PSPP. PSPP is a program for statistical analysis of sampled data. It is a free replacement for the proprietary program SPSS.

MKVToolNix 9.0.0 Open-Source MKV Manipulation Tool Released with New Features

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On March 26, 2016, Moritz Bunkus had the pleasure of announcing the release and immediate availability for download of MKVToolNix 9.0.0, the newest, most advanced and stable branch of the open-source MKV (Matroska) manipulation software.

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Docker

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • 18F pushes for an even more open 'open source' rule

    The government startup that develops all of its code in the open wants the rest of government to follow suit.

    Following the March 10 publication of a new draft Federal Source Code policy, the General Services Administration's 18F penned a response to one of federal CIO Tony Scott's questions.

  • FOSSASIA 2016
  • Containers Microconference Accepted into 2016 Linux Plumbers Conference

    The level of Containers excitement has increased even further this year, with much interplay between Docker, Kubernetes, Rkt, CoreOS, Mesos, LXC, LXD, OpenVZ, systemd, and much else besides. This excitement has led to some interesting new use cases, including even the use of containers on Android.

    Some of these use cases in turn require some interesting new changes to the Linux plumbing, including mounts in unprivileged containers, improvements to cgroups resource management, ever-present security concerns, and interoperability between various sets of tools.

  • CitusDB Releases An Open-Source PostgreSQL Tool That Promises Better Database Performance

    CitusDB, a database analytics startup that is hoping to take on big boys like Oracle, today announced the release of CSTORE, a columnar store extension for PostgreSQL. The open-source tool, which the company says is the first for PostgreSQL, is available for a free download starting today.

  • ignuit 2.24.1 released

    Mostly a maintenance release to keep the package in decent order. A "Category Properties" dialog has also been added to the program.

  • Toonz goes open source, Apple open sources CareKit, and more news
  • Promising use of 3d printing

    A team in China, saved a 9 month old baby with a 3d printed Heart. My first thought was how many poor cancer and kidney / liver sufferers could benefit IF (hopefully only when not if) this becomes something that is the new medical norm, and then the reality of cloning and using this to revive less than desireable individuals (like violent offenders) also came to the forefront. I can only hope a reasonable and sane minded (if that can truly be quantified and agreed on) body can regulate this in a way where everyone wins.

  • Friday's security updates

Open source BeagleBone SDR cape taps Xilinx Artix-7 FPGA

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ValentFX is Kickstartering an open source FPGA-based and Linux-driven “KiwiSDR” BeagleBone Cape, that does 10KHz to 30MHz software-defined radio processing.

ValentFX has surpassed the 75 percent mark on its way to raising $50,000 on Kickstarter for its $199 KiwiSDR cape, which is due to ship in October. The campaign is also offering a $299 kit due in November that includes a BeagleBone Green SBC, a magnetic mount GPS antenna, and pre-installed KiwiSDR software with microSD card backup. The software-defined radio (SDR) system includes a Xilinx Artix-7 A35 FPGA, an ADC, and a 12-channel software-defined GPS receiver and front-end.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • How to hurdle community management obstacles

    Another risk organizations face when initiating a community support program is mistaking the community for a market or for customers. Although community members may also fit these roles, and traditional marketing and sales outreach techniques can be helpful at times, treating the community like anything other than a community can lead to resentment and ill-will from its members. Remember: A community is a self-organized and self-identified collection of people. Identification is a powerful thing, and treating someone contrary to their selected identification is arrogant and disrespectful. When an organization begins to think of the community it supports merely as a well-qualified market or as sales leads, it has lost connection with the community and risks public negative feedback and losing members.

  • An Open-Source Audit: Where Financial Firms Are Turning to Open Source

    Industry participants tell WatersTechnology about the use of open source among financial services organizations. Dan DeFrancesco highlights some of the specific work firms are embarking on in the open-source space.

  • Animation Software Used by Futurama and Studio Ghibli is Going Open Source

    The prayers of many starving animation artists out there may have finally been answered. Cartoon Brew reports that the same animation software used by Futurama and Studio Ghibli will soon be available for the low price of…nothing.

  • New open source software for high resolution microscopy

    With their special microscopes, experimental physicists can already observe single molecules. However, unlike conventional light microscopes, the raw image data from some ultra-high resolution instruments first have to be processed for an image to appear. For the ultra-high resolution fluorescence microscopy that is also employed in biophysical research at Bielefeld University, members of the Biomolecular Photonics Group have developed a new open source software solution that can process such raw data quickly and efficiently.

  • Citus Unforks From PostgreSQL, Goes Open Source

    When we started working on CitusDB 1.0 four years ago, we envisioned scaling out relational databases. We loved Postgres (and the elephant) and picked it as our underlying database of choice. Our goal was to extend this database to seamlessly shard and replicate your tables, provide high availability in the face of failures, and parallelize your SQL queries across a cluster of machines.

    We wanted to make the PostgreSQL elephant magical.

  • Libocon 2016: sponsor prospectus

    I’ve finally published the sponsor prospectus for LibreOffice Conference 2016.

  • ​Apple's Swift comes to Linux
  • Apple’s Swift Debuts On Linux
  • FSF to begin accepting scanned signatures for copyright assignments from India

    The Free Software Foundation is striving to provide more and simpler ways for hackers to contribute to the GNU Project. For projects that are assigned to the FSF (such as GNU Emacs or GCC), dealing with the paperwork for assigning contributions can sometimes be a bottleneck in the process. We are always working on ways to make assignment itself simpler. Our legal counsel at the Software Freedom Law Center recently gave us the all clear to begin accepting scanned assignments for contributors residing in India. We would also like to particularly thank Mishi Choudhary of SFLC and SFLC India for providing local counsel on this issue.

  • Mycroft – The World’s First Truly Open Home AI

    If you haven’t heard of Mycroft, there’s a good chance you’ve been living under a rock. And not one of those fancy under-a-rock condos either—the kind of under a rock without—horrors!—wifi! Mycroft is a project over at Indiegogo and Kickstarter that has the distinction of being the first truly open source, open hardware home AI to grace the technological landscape. And, of course, it runs GNU/Linux.

  • Open source 3D printer & tech platform Wevolver scoops 3-DIY prize at SXSW Interactive

    Wevolver, a webplatform for sharing and collaborating on open hardware projects, has won the "3-DIY" Interactive Innovation Award at the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. Since its inception, Wevolver has helped to bring a number of 3D printing and 3D scanning projects to life.

  • Makeblock's mBot
  • Valve have released the CAD geometry for the Steam Controller [Ed: licensing not liberal though]

    Although, if someone could make a version where the shoulder button position is a bit easier to reach with small hands, that would be fantastic.

  • Jenkins 2.0 eases automation for dev teams

    Jenkins 2.0, an upgrade to the popular continuous integration and continuous delivery platform for software development, is due in April with improvements to the delivery pipeline and user interface.

    In version 2.0, the Pipeline subsystem will enable users to automate processes and describe functions, such as for running tests and builds, said Kohsuke Kawaguchi, Jenkins founder and CTO at CloudBees. Users “can describe this choreography of automation,” he said. The capability can, for example, enable users to execute tests in parallel, he said. Pipelines will be developed by writing code in a script language that serves as a DSL on top of the Groovy language.

  • Rage-quit: Coder unpublished 17 lines of JavaScript and “broke the Internet”

Linux and FOSS Events

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FOSS in Comms/Telecoms

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  • Verizon SDN, NFV plans look to open source to counter challenges

    Telecom operators moving towards software solutions using software-defined networking and network functions virtualization technologies are finding a challenging environment. Traditional vendor support for such moves are being hindered by internal business models that are being overhauled by the move away from traditional hardware to commodity white boxes powered by software, which is forcing many telecom operators to search outside their usual vendor channels for support or turn internally to develop their own platforms.

  • Patton Enters SDN/NFV Arena with Virtual eSBC, Seeks Alpha Partners

    Implemented as a virtual machine (VM) within cloud infrastructure, Patton has tested its VNFs with VirtualBox, vmWare ESX, KVM, and OpenStack hypervisors to date.

  • Do What Providers Do; Open Source

    The Tier 1 providers use open source software. The providers use middleware to develop application for communications. Enterprises have now embraced open source software so they can create their own applications. Both providers and enterprises have realized that hardware has become a commodity, software rules.

    Open-source software has its source code available with a license in that the copyright holder provides the rights to study, change, and distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose. Open-source software can be developed in a collaborative manner.

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today's leftovers

  • Bookworm – A Simple Focused Ebook Reader for Linux
    Bookworm is a simple eBook reader created with an emphasis on a distraction-free mode. It was developed by Siddhartha Das to be able to open a variety of file formats including epub, pdf, Mobi, and CBR, among others. Bookworm also serves as an e-book manager since it lets you organize, sort and edit your .epub, PDF, .cbr/CBS and .mobi collection all from inside the same app. This version supports EPUB, PDF, and Comics (CBR and CBZ) formats with support for more formats to follow soon.
  • MellowPlayer is a Cross-Platform Qt Cloud Music App
    Never heard of it? I can’t say I had, either. But a reader of this site, and a fan of MellowPlayer, asked if I could write a few lines about its latest release.
  • Google Unveils the Android 8.0 "Oreo" Mobile Operating System, Here's What's New
  • Rugged, fanless box-PC runs Linux on G-Series, offers real-time Ethernet
    MEN Micro’s rugged, fanless “BC50F” box-PC runs Linux on AMD G-Series SoCs, and offers dual HD graphics, GbE, “real-time Ethernet,” mini-PCIe, and more. Nuremberg, Germany-based MEN Micro (aka MEN Mikro) has for many years designed and manufactured rugged embedded PCs targeting applications such as industrial control and public transport. In addition to rugged board-level products, such this FPGA-enabled COM and this i.MX6-based touchscreen controller, the company offers an broad line of rugged box-PCs, including the Intel-based BL70S and BL70W, the AMD-based BL50W and circa-2011 BC1, and the ARM-based BE10A.
  • Just finished, almost done.
    It is with great pleasure that I announce my first involvement with the flock-2017 in Hyannis, Massachusetts, also as speaker.

Server: Serverless, Containers, and SysAdmin Careers

  • This Week in Numbers: Serverless Adoption on Par with Containers
    Serverless technologies like functions as a service (FaaS) are in use by 43 percent of enterprises that both have a significant number of strategic workloads running in the public cloud workloads and the ability to dynamically manage them. Without those qualifications, it is easy to misinterpret the findings from New Relic’s survey-based ebook “Achieving Serverless Success with Dynamic Cloud and DevOps.” After digging in, we found that the survey says 70 percent of enterprises have migrated a significant number of workloads to the public cloud. Among this group, 39 percent of using serverless, 40 percent are using containers and 34 percent are using container orchestration.
  • Future Proof Your SysAdmin Career: Configuration and Automation
    System administrators looking to differentiate themselves from the pack are increasingly getting cloud computing certification or picking up skills with configuration management tools. From Puppet, to Chef to Ansible, powerful configuration management tools can arm sysadmins with new skills such as cloud provisioning, application monitoring and management, and countless types of automation. Configuration management platforms and tools have converged directly with the world of open source. In fact, several of the best tools are fully free and open source. From server orchestration to securely delivering high-availability applications, open source tools such as Chef and Puppet can bring organizations enormous efficiency boosts.

Linux: Landlock Linux Security Module (LSM) and AMDKF

Graphics: XDC2017, VkMark, Intel, Mesa 17.1.7

  • XDC2017 To Feature Update On New Memory Allocation API, HDR, GPGPU, GLVND
    There is now less than one month to go until the annual X.Org Developers' Conference kicks off in Mountain View at the Googleplex. As such, the conference program is now filling up with the interesting talks. One of the talks we are very much looking forward to is James Jones' update on a new Unix Device Memory Allocation API. NVIDIA has continued working on a new memory allocation API suitable for OpenGL and Vulkan that will hopefully be adopted cross-vendor and end up being used by Wayland compositors rather than relying upon Mesa's GBM. At XDC2017, NVIDIA is expected to present a design proposal and some of their prototype code. NVIDIA also has talks about DeepColor for HDR (High Dynamic Range) monitor support under X11 as well as on GLVND, the OpenGL Vendor Neutral Dispatch Library.
  • VkMark Makes It Easy To Run Small Vulkan Test Cases
    One of the Vulkan open-source projects I have been tracking the past few months has been VkMark and it's now at a stage where it's becoming sufficiently useful for some small Vulkan test-cases / micro-benchmarks.
  • Intel Submits A Final Batch Of Feature Changes For Their DRM Driver In Linux 4.14
    Intel's open-source developers working on the i915 DRM driver have submitted the last of their feature work slated for the upcoming Linux 4.14 kernel by way of DRM-Next.
  • mesa 17.1.7
    Mesa 17.1.7 is now available. In this release we have: The state tracker received a fix to avoid a crash accessing a null pointer exposed using llvmpipe on Windows.
  • Mesa 17.1.7 Brings Various Fixes For Users Of Stable Open-Source 3D Drivers
    While Mesa 17.2 is right around the corner, for those sticking to the vetted stable Mesa releases, the 17.1.7 point release is now available.