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Staking a career on open source software's success

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This is not to say that it has always been easy. A lot of people—at least back then—thought "free software" meant "free solution." In many cases it does make the best business sense to invest in open source, but it is sometimes hard to frame that it is the flexibility of the software that drives value more than the cost savings. Luckily, as open source has become ubiquitous, the job has gotten easier.

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Leftovers: OSS

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • How Do FOSSers Use Email?

    Anyway, we’ve decided to get to the bottom of this. We want to know how people actually use their email. Not just any people, mind you, as we already know that most people, not being overly interested in privacy, security or free tech, use email any way that suits their fancy. We want to know how FOSSers, folks who read FOSS Force and who are presumably informed and knowledgeable about these issues, use email.

  • Password Recovery: Open-Source Hashcat Goes on the Prowl

    Password recovery and cracking tool Hashcat has made the jump to open source, according to SC Magazine. Creator Jens “Atom” Steube said the move will help penetration testers and other security pros who like how the software works but can’t reveal the changes they need to make because of nondisclosure agreements (NDAs). Here’s a look at Hashcat’s new prowling grounds, and what the transition means for both IT pros and password security.

  • IBM's open source JVM project could also speed Ruby, Python

    A new project initiated by IBM to create a toolkit for language runtimes is about to go open source, and it could be used to speed up the performance of existing runtimes for many languages.

    The OMR project takes pieces of IBM's J9 Java virtual machine, decouples them from Java, and turns them into components that can be added to any other language runtime. What's more, proof-of-concept implementations for Ruby and Python are already in the works, with the Ruby variant set to be open-sourced shortly.

  • William Hill’s CTO explains why open source and digital trump buying one big IT box

    Established back in 1934, when gambling was still illegal here in Great Britain, William Hill is one of the oldest bookmakers in the country. And like most other industries out there, it is facing a significant amount of disruption from new digital challengers and it is having to adapt.

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    Joy goes as far as to say that “procurement guys are not even in the conversation now” and that William Hill is looking at wholesale changes across IT. Instead Joy looks to the likes of Facebook, Google and Twitter, the consumer web companies, for insights into how to run and build a digital business. A lot of this focuses on, according to Joy, on the “bottom-up element from the open source community”.

  • Open Source Owns the Web – Infographic by Jordan Open Source Association
  • More OpenStack Certification Programs Mark the Year of OpenStack
  • LibreOffice 4.4.7 Officially Released, the Last One in the Series

    The Document Foundation announces that LibreOffice 4.4.7, the final point release for the 4.4 branch of the official suite, has arrived and is now ready for download.

  • Payara founder: GlassFish Open Source a great app server

    There is a great deal of affection within the enterprise Java community for the open source, Java EE-compliant application server GlassFish, which is why so many were confused when Oracle recently terminated its support for production GlassFish Open Source.

    Of course, there are plenty of people who are using, and want to continue to use, the reference implementation of the Java EE runtime, which is where Payara comes in. Payara provides 24/7 support for the GlassFish Open Source edition, and at JavaOne 2015, TheServerSide got a chance to chat with Steve Millidge, founder and technical director at U.K.-based C2B2 Consulting, the firm behind the Payara project.

    The interview quickly delved into the Java EE Server wars, posing to Millidge this question: With so many different offerings on the market, why would an organization choose GlassFish over WebLogic, WebSphere or even Tomcat?

  • WordPress 4.4 Includes Features for Images, Embedding, Extensibility

    The WordPress 4.4 release includes a number of features that provide improved extensibility for content. Images are also getting more responsive.

  • Free Software Foundation Certifies Another Laptop
  • Be a guide for tech giving

    The FSF's Giving Guide is designed to make it easy for you to choose tech gifts that respect recipients' rights and avoid those that don't. But to have the greatest possible impact, we also need you to spread the word about ethical tech this season.

  • UK 3rd Action Plan: Open Governance to fight corruption

    During the launch of the new plan in July, which brought together representatives from central and local government and the civil society, Rachel Davies from Transparency International UK hosted a session called “Anti-corruption: how can collective governance be used to prevent corruption?”.

  • Open government data initiatives vary - paper

    “Open government data initiatives vary in nature, and the implemented approaches reflect this heterogeneity. However, the most common approaches include data portals, data catalogues and services”, according to a paper published by Judie Attard, Fabrizio Orlandi, Simon Scerri, and Sören Auer from the University of Bonn.

  • Free, open-source textbooks are catching on at colleges

    Benjamin Mis, an assistant psychology professor at Irvine Valley College, is ditching a $100 textbook and will instead assign his Introduction to Psychology students in the spring semester an open-source book that will cost as low as ... free.

  • BoxBotix Open Source Modular Robotics Platform Created By Rocketship Systems (video)

    Anyone interested in building robots may be interested in a new open source modular robotics platform called BoxBotix which has been designed by Rocketship Systems and takes the form of a 3D printed robotics platform that is easy to hack, make and sustain.

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IPFire 2.17 Open Source Linux Firewall OS Gets New Kernel Update, IPsec Improvements

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The developers behind the IPFire project have announced earlier today, December 11, that a new update is available for download for the IPFire 2.17 series of firewall operating systems based on the Linux kernel.

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What's New For You This December in Open Source CMS

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A consortium of open source CMS vendors are making progress in their efforts to create more ethical web experience management.

Earlier this year, Jahia, together with other vendors, launched initiatives to address the rapid growth of digital experience and the data it generates.

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10 Best Open Source Video Players For Linux in 2015

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Below is the list of some quality open source video players which are available on Linux. Usually you can find that most video players differ only in User interface, there backend which is made of shared libraries remains same for many if not all the players.

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Leftovers: OSS

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EFF Launches Open Source Code Security Program to Improve User Privacy

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has launched a new security initiative aimed at identifying vulnerabilities in open source code. The move is another sign of the open source world's increasing interest in leveraging the the community to shore up software security in the wake of embarrassments like Heartbleed, the bug found in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library that led to so much trouble last year.

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  • OBS got the power!
    Old build workers, rack mounted Old build workers, rack mounted One year after introducing a new kind of Open Build Service worker machines, the “lambkins”, the openSUSE Build Service got a big hardware refresh. The new machines, sponsored by SUSE, are equipped with: 2,8GHz AMD Opteron Processors (6348) 256 GB RAM one 120 GB SSD Four of them are located in a chassis with a height of 2 units and run 12-16 workers on them (virtual machines, that are building packages). That new build power allowed us to remove some of old machines from the pool. The unified hardware makes the management of the machines a lot easier now, even if there are still the most powerful old machines left.
  • openSUSE Heroes December meeting – final results
    While we had some fun and good food and drinks, we also managed to discuss a lot during the three days in the Nuremberg headquarter. This was needed because this was the first time that the Heroes came together in their current form. In the end, we managed to do no coding and even (nearly) no administration – but instead we started to discuss our (internal and external) policies and work flows – and did some decisions regarding the next steps and the future of the openSUSE infrastructure.
  • New and improved Inqlude web site
    During last year's Summer of Code I had the honor of mentoring Nanduni Indeewaree Nimalsiri. She worked on Inqlude, the comprehensive archive of third party Qt libraries, improving the tooling to create a better structured web site with additional features such as categorization by topic. She did an excellent job with it and all of her code ended up on the master branch. But we hadn't yet made the switch to change the default layout of the web site to fully take advantage of all her work. As part of SUSE's 15th Hack Week, which is taking place this week, I took some time to change that, put up some finishing touches, and switch the Inqlude web site to the new layout. So here we are. I proudly present the new improved home page of Inqlude.

Benchmarks Of Ubuntu 17.04 Beta vs. Antergos, Clear Linux, openSUSE Tumbleweed

For those curious how Ubuntu 17.04 is shaping up, considering this week was the "beta" release for participating flavors, I decided to take a fresh Ubuntu 17.04 x86_64 daily ISO and see how its performance compares to Ubuntu 17.10, Clear Linux 13600, Antergos 17.2, and openSUSE Tumbleweed. Read more

DebianDog Is a Useful Pocket Pup

The earlier versions of DebianDog work flawlessly, but the latest release seems to suffer from some work-in-progress flaws. I had very little trouble running the default software as-is. When I changed system settings or configured applications a certain way, those changes either did not work or were accompanied by a variety of glitches. I also had some trouble getting the persistent memory options to work. A related problem was setting up the personal save storage file. These issues cropped up or did not appear at all, depending on the hardware I was using. I used the same boot CD and bootable DVD drive on all of my test computers. DebianDog Linux is a good alternative for Linux users looking for something different. It is a very good OS choice if you work on multiple computers or travel around to various work locations and want all your work files on the same OS configuration that you carry in your pocket. DebianDog can be a very workable alternative to lugging a laptop around. Read more

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