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Structure this: Open-source containers project unboxed

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An open-source project for vendor-neutral containers has come to life.

The Open Container Initiative (OCI) has been ushered into existence with the creation of a technical governance structure.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • World’s Fastest Password Cracking Tool Hashcat Is Now Open Source

    The world’s fastest cracking tool Hashcat is now open source. The company has called it a very important step and listed out the reasons that inspired them to take this step.

  • Hashcat advanced password recovery now open source

    Steube said that many of these researchers can't reveal the exact changes they would need to make due to non-disclosure agreements (NDA) so making the software open source allows them to make the changes themselves.

  • Apache Advances Open Source Kylin for OLAP-on-Hadoop

    Just over a year after being open sourced by creator eBay Inc., the Kylin project -- a Big Data distributed analytics engine -- has been advanced by the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) to top-level status.

    Apache Kylin is designed to provide a SQL interface and multi-dimensional analysis (OLAP) on Apache Hadoop, with support for extremely large datasets.

  • Act now to rebuild trust in the code controlling everyday stuff

    AMID the ongoing fallout over the software in some Volkswagen cars that was able to cheat emissions tests, the public may well be pondering a wider question: can we trust the software in the gadgets we use every day? If a car’s software can deceive, what might our devices be programmed to do that is not in our interests?

    Some TVs and fridges already stand accused of manipulating energy efficiency tests. But software can’t just be used to make beating such tests easier. It also makes it easier to lock consumers into proprietary systems and raises suspicions of planned obsolescence.

    Whenever devices go online, manufacturers (and others) gain the ability to invade privacy: recall Samsung’s TVs with voice recognition that also happened to gather private conversations.

  • The Firefox OS smartphone is dead

    The Firefox OS smartphone has been discontinued by Mozilla. This comes as no real surprise, given the intense competition in the smartphone market and the domination of Apple's iOS and Google's Android phones.

  • Mozilla Launches Free Ad Blocker for iOS 9
  • ZeroDB, End-to-End Encryption Database Engine, Goes Open Source

    The makers of ZeroDB, an end-to-end encrypted database, have open-sourced their application, making the code available on GitHub.

  • My SSH talk now on YouTube

    My November 11, 2015 talk about SSH is now on YouTube. This is one way to lose 90 minutes.

  • Silly questions about telephony

    Question two. From a GNU/Linux PC, I want the capability to connect to a USA cell phone network and make a voice call to an old-school 9600 bps landline audio modem, and have serial comms with this landline audio modem.

  • Parallels Between Code of Conducts and Copyleft (and their objectors)

    The question is, is this an objection to copyleft, or is it an objection to code of conducts? I've seen objections raised to both that go along these lines. I think there's little coincidence, since both of them are objections to added process which define (and provide enforcement mechanisms for) doing the right thing.

  • bq Witbox 2 Open Source 3D Printer Launches For €1,690

    Being open source all the design files for the Witbox 2 3D Printer can be found over on GitHub via the link below, if you are interested. For more details and specifications on the Witbox 2 Jumbo to the official website via the link below where it is also now available to purchase priced at €1,690.


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5 open source tools for making music

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Do you think music software is only the domain of expensive proprietary software? Think again. There are literally hundreds of applications out there designed by, and for, those with a musical bent. Music projects, including many projects specifically for the Linux operating system, flourish in the open source community as musicians take to coding to produce tools to make their lives easier.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • A Popular European Cable Modem Is Now Open-Source

    A popular European cable modem has seen its software open-sourced by Technicolor in order to comply with the GPL.

  • The very different economics of running open-source software
  • Hashcat Is Now Open-Source
  • Marist College Latest to Join Open Source Initiative Affiliate Program

    In the Summer of 2015 the Open Source Initiative® (OSI) announced the extension of its Affiliate Member Program to include institutions of higher education, and shortly after announced admission of our first member from the higher education community, the University of Southern Queensland. Today the OSI announces Marist College has joined as well. Marist College is an important supporter and contributor to not only the advancement of open source software within colleges and universities, but also as a community member of another OSI Affiliate, the Apereo Foundation. Marist College's experiences in open source software adoption, community development and policy advocacy within the higher education landscape will inform the OSI's work throughout the education sector and help shape the Affiliate Member Program to best serve institutions of higher education exploring, using and producing open source software.

  • FOSDEM 2016 Distro Devroom: Call for Participation

    The FOSDEM Distro Devroom will take place 30 & 31 January, 2016 at FOSDEM, in room K.4.201 at Université Libre de Bruxelles, in Brussels, Belgium.

    As Linux distributions converge on similar tools, the problem space overlapping different distributions is growing. This standardization across the distributions presents an opportunity to develop generic solutions to the problems of aggregating, building, and maintaining the pieces that go into a distribution.

  • Google Code-in 2015 has started!

    In this year’s edition of Google Code-in, students can choose from tasks provided by the following organizations / projects: Apertium, Copyleft Games, Drupal, FOSSASIA, Haiku, KDE, MetaBrainz, OpenMRS, RTEMS, SCoRe, Sugar Labs, Systers, Ubuntu, and Wikimedia.

  • Poll: You Think Mozilla Should Keep Thunderbird — Maybe

    The results of our latest poll have been tallied and FOSS Force readers evidently think that Mozilla should keep Thunderbird instead of helping the project find a new home. Mozilla executive chairperson, Mitchell Baker, announced on November 30 that the foundation intended to eventually separate itself from the popular desktop email client it first released in 2004.

  • MapR's John Schroeder on Big Data Trends for 2016
  • Asking Me Questions about Keystone

    As many of you have found out, I am relatively willing to help people out with Keystone related questions. Here are a couple guidelines.

    Don’t ask me support questions here on the blog. I’ll lie or make something up and you will never know it. Instead, ask in #openstack-keystone if you can find me on IRC or on the #openstack or #oepnstack-dev mailing list with [keystone] in the title. I might not answer, but someone that knows will. Or someone that doesn’t know, will answer, and I’ll correct the answer, and then someone else will correct my correction.

  • FOSS & Education: It’s Deeper than Ones and Zeros

    I stared at a blinking cursor when confronted with the question, “Your profession and position?”

    It can be difficult to define the entire spectrum of my role at Reglue. Yeah, I am founder and executive director, but outside of that, in the real world where people are identified by their professional roles, how do I answer such a question?

  • FSF Events: Flyering - Ethical-tech advocacy and socializing (Somerville, MA)

    We've put together a gorgeous 2015 Giving Guide to encourage people to shop ethically for tech gifts, just as they might for other kinds of gifts. Now it's time to get it into the hands of holiday shoppers! In what is now an FSF tradition, we'll be in elf and gnu costumes at Davis Square, handing out print copies of the Giving Guide to people buying their loved ones presents for Christmas, Hanukkah, and everything else.

  • Dutch National Open Data Agenda to facilitate open data publication

    Last week, the Dutch Minister of the Interior, Ronald Plasterk sent the government's National Open Data Agenda (NODA) in a letter to the Dutch parliament. The agenda aims to make as many high-value datasets as possible available for re-use. It will provide tools to keep track of progress and quality, and support for data managers in opening up their datasets.

  • Open source HomeBridge links 3rd-party smart home devices like Nest to Apple's HomeKit

    Users looking to connect their existing smart home setup to Apple's HomeKit ecosystem can turn to Homebridge, an open-source tool that brings voice control to popular devices from Nest, Sonos and others.

  • Django Girls Brno

    It was a 1 day workshop the day before PyCon and it took place in Fit Vut (Faculty of Information Technology). There were several reasons I applied for it:

    it’s free;
    it’s for women;
    you don’t have to be an experienced programmer. In fact the only requirement was to have a laptop;
    it’s an amazing opportunity to learn some code and get guidance;
    you can meet many great people from open source community.

  • Italy works to increase interoperability of public services and data in EU

    The Italian government agency Agenzia per Italia Digital (agID) has been asked by the European Commission to preside over a working group to address the interoperability of public data and public services, the agency said on its blog. The work of the agency was presented during a Share-PSI workshop in Berlin on November 25 and 26. The main topic of this workshop was “maximising interoperability — core vocabularies, location-aware data and more”.


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5 essential skills for open source development jobs

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Whatever part of open source you want to work in, a grasp of some dynamic programming languages is important to getting on, and Python is the basis for more complex programming. Mark Atwood, Director of Open Source Engagement at HP recommended learning it and JavaScript when he spoke at the Great Wide Open conference in 2014, while Perl is another language to have a strong handle on.

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Open source encryption? Now Netherlands votes to help fund security projects

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In what some might see as swimming against the political mainstream, the Netherlands parliament has just decided to back open-source web security with hard cash.

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6 motivations for consuming or publishing open source software

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Open source is awesome, and there are many reasons why you might consider consuming, publishing, collaborating on, or supporting open source.1 Here are a few of them:

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GNOME and Other Software

  • Nautilus 3.24 – The changes
    Since Nautilus was created, if a user wanted to open a folder where the user didn’t have permissions, for example a system folder where only root has access, it was required to start Nautilus with sudo. However running UI apps under root is strongly discouraged, and to be honest, quite inconvenient. Running any UI app with sudo is actually not even supported in Wayland by design due to the security issues that that conveys.
  • GNOME hackaton in Brno
    Last week, we had a presentation on Google Summer of Code and Outreachy at Brno University of Technology. Around 80 students attended which was a pretty good success considering it was not part of any course. It was a surprise for the uni people as well because the room they booked was only for 60 ppl.
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    Peek, the nifty animated gif screen capture app for Linux desktops, has been updated. Peek 0.9 reduces the size of temporary files, adds a resolution downsampling option (to help the app use fewer resources when rendering your gif), and introduces fallback support for avconf should ffmpeg be unavailable.
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    Billed as an ‘open-source productivity booster with a brain’, Cerebro is an Electron app able to run across multiple platforms. It’s an extendable, open-source alternative to Spotlight and Alfred on macOS, and Synapse, Kupfer, Ulauncher, GNOME Do, and others on Linux.
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    Red Hat announced the latest update to the Red Hat JBoss Fuse-based integration service on Red Hat OpenShift. With the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud-based SaaS systems, and new data streams, organizations can face increasing pressure to more quickly deliver innovative new services. Traditional centralized, monolithic ESB-style integration approaches are often ill-suited to support the business in responding to this pressure.
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  • Meet the chap open-sourcing US govt code – Paul, an ex-Microsoft anti-piracy engineer [Ed: Used to work for Microsoft and now spreads the GPL ("cancer" according to Microsoft) in the US government]
    The manager of the project, Berg said, really wanted to release MOOSE as open source, but didn't know how to do so. As a result it took 18 months to traverse government bureaucracy and to obtain the necessary permissions. It's now available under the GPL 2.1 license.