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TrueCrypt or false? Would-be open source project must clean up its act

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Security isn't TrueCrypt's only controversial point -- its claim to be open source doesn't hold water, either

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Boeing uses open source to build cloud-based digital aviation platform

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The world's largest aerospace company and aircraft manufacturer, Boeing, has used open-source application development software firm WSO2's service-oriented architecture (SOA) to build a cloud-based digital aviation platform.

The platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solution, dubbed the Boeing Edge, has been used to refocus the manufacturer's attempts at connecting with its airline customers, Jim Crabbe, senior product manager at Boeing, told delegates at WSO2's developers' conference in San Francisco.

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Agencies Widen Open-Source Use

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Federal agencies, looking for new ways to lower their IT costs, are exploiting open-source software tools in a wider range of applications, not only to reduce software costs, but also to tighten network security, streamline operations, and reduce expenses in vetting applications and services.

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Red Hat CFO: OpenStack is where Linux was 10 years ago

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Charlie Peters, CFO of Red Hat, says to expect a big bounce in service revenues in 2014 on the strength of the company's OpenStack push.

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South Australia to test use of Joinup for sharing and re-use

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The South Australian Government is considering running a trial of the Joinup platform, hoping to use it as their internal sharing and collaboration platform, a spokesperson for the CIO confirmed today. According to Stephen Schmid, general manager of the Open Technology Foundation, the South Australian is also working towards federating the internal platform with Openray, a similar platform open to the public sector in Australia and New Zealand.

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Inspiring words from a Citrix open source exec, using GitHub for beehive building, and other interesting news

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"One of the most transformative platforms for innovation is open source. The solution to helping solve problems in the world not just technology problems but social and political problems can and should benefit from open source." That comes from Mark Hinkle, senior director of open source solutions at Citrix, in his "Open Source: A Platform for Innovation" post on Wired.com. Hinkle is no stranger to inspiring the open source masses. Earlier this year he wooed OSCON attendees with a keynote, saying: "Open source has won, let's look to the future." Read his Wired.com column for a spoonful of open source inspiration.

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How to Run Your Small Business With Free Open Source Software

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From simple bookkeeping packages to full-blown ERP systems, open source software can provide free options for small businesses that don't have the budget for big-ticket enterprise applications.

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A developer’s story about passion for Open Source and Security

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This story is definitely a first for me. Not just because every story is unique in itself, but that it’s one of personal matter. The thing is, I quit my well-paid job, just to spend time on the things I’m very passionate about: open source development and information security. Not only was quitting my job a serious step, also the decision to share my personal story after 10+ years of working with open source software and security. Well, here you go. It’s my hope to intrigue others, find their passion in life and also go for it!

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Hillsboro School District considering open-source solutions in wake of failed bond measure

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The taxpayers have spoken: the Hillsboro School District might need faster computers, but it’s not going to buy them by increasing residents’ property tax bills with yet another bond measure.

The district’s five-year, $25 million bond failed during the Nov. 5 election, with 54 percent of voters rejecting the measure.

So the district is going to have to find another way to provide students with technological opportunities without spending nearly as much. There may be a solution that could speed up the computers, and the best part is that it is free: Ubuntu, an open-source Linux operating system.

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Free software and comparative evaluation in the Italian Public Administration

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That said, every public body has the same freedom that any non-public body has in determining whether to acquire, develop, and release software under conditions of free and open source software. This is due to the fact that all public administrations in Italy are obliged to distribute to any other public administration all software which has been developed by or for them, in source code and without any charges (called the Reuse Rule). This fits perfectly in an all-free software workflow, where distribution under the Reuse Rule is not restricted to the Italian public administrations, but is public, to everybody.

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