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Fotoxx Open-Source Image Editor Gets Its First Release for 2016 with New Features

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Michael Cornelison or Kornelix, the developer of the Fotoxx open source image editor application for GNU/Linux operating systems proudly announced the release of the first Fotoxx version for 2016.

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  • FOSDEM and Devconf.cz trip

    As two years and year ago I plan to make conference combo: FOSDEM in Brussels and then Devconf.cz in Brno. Weekend after weekend. But this time I want to make it different.

    First I thought that will skip devconf.cz one. But this is quite important Fedora conference so checked how to make it cheaper that in previous years. And found out few deals and setup a trip which should be interesting.

  • Oracle fends off open source to stay top rated database

    Oracle is maintaining its place at the top of the database software rankings, according to new data that has been released by website DB-engines.

    The numbers show that the company is still successfully managing to hold off open source challengers, and ranks higher than MySQL and Microsoft SQL Server, despite its rating being slightly down from last month.

  • Android devs using Visual Studio now have an open source option [Ed: Windows only, proprietary SDK]

    Newly open-sourced Android++ tool is aimed at C/C++ developers looking to deploy speedy code on Android

  • Toyota, QNX And Others Adopt Ford’s SmartDeviceLink Platform For Connecting Mobile Apps And Cars
  • Christopher Allan Webber: Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016

    The reduced time spent coding on MediaGoblin proper has been deceptive, since most of the projects I've worked on have spun out of work I believe is essential for MediaGoblin's long-term success. I took a sabbatical from MediaGoblin proper mid-year to focus on two goals: advancing federation standards (and my own understanding of them), and advancing the state of free software deployment. (I'm aware of a whiff of yak fumes here, though for each I can't see how MediaGoblin can succeed in their present state.) I believe I have made a lot of progress in both areas. As for federation, I've worked hard in participating in the W3C Social Working Group, I have done some test implementations, and recently I became co-editor on ActivityPump. On deployment, much work has been done on the UserOps side, both in speaking and in actual work. After initially starting to try to use Salt/Ansible as a base and hitting limitations, then trying to build my own Salt/Ansible'esque system in Hy and then Guile and hitting limitations there too, I eventually came to look into (after much prodding) Guix. At the moment, I think it's the only foundation solid enough on which to build the tooling to get us out of this mess. I've made some contributions, albeit mostly minor, have begun promoting the project more heavily, and am trying to work towards getting more deployment tooling done for it (so little time though!). I'm also now dual booting between GuixSD and Debian, and that's nice.

  • Mayor Bowser Just Made DC's Economic Data Open-Source
  • How the Open Source Car Could Change the Auto Industry

    Show-stopping rims, subwoofers that make your license plate rattle, razor-sharp decals — custom car modifications that regular people can still do themselves are getting fewer and farther between, and even updates like these take considerable effort and skill and might be beyond the reach of most car owners. In the not-so-distant past, car owners who were so inclined could make all sorts of changes to their cars. Open an engine on a current model, though, and you have to practically be a technology expert to do anything. But what if all the technology, all the blueprints and patents, were readily available to everyone? What if, instead of purchasing a pre-made car manufactured by an industry veteran, you could set up a microfactory and actually build your own car? And, what if car manufacturers, rather than spending years and years and untold sums racing to be the first to discover and perfect the latest technologies, instead shared their findings, encouraging rapid development, the likes of which we can now only imagine?

  • How to build an open hardware amplifier in 5 steps

    ElectroSmash just released an open hardware guitar amplifier called the 1Wamp. Designed as a small and portable 1 watt amplifier loaded with all the features of big amps, the project was fully developed using only open source tools—like KiCAD, a design suite to create schematics and layouts in any platform.

OpenSSL’s teachable moment: Secure Shell key management in light of open source vulnerabilities

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Imagine an Internet without encryption. Credit card numbers would flow in the clear from point to point. Social Security numbers and other personally identifiable information would be sitting ducks for any cyber criminal to make off with. And government secrets wouldn’t stay secret for long.

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UK spies publish NoSQL database system as open source

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Last month, the British intelligence agency GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) published its first public project under the Apache 2 open source license.

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Android++ For Visual Studio Is Now Open Source

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Android++ is a tool that simplifies the development process for high performance Android apps in Microsoft’s Visual Studio. The latest version of the software has now been open sourced.

The tool is mainly for Android native development kit-based C and C++ applications and comes with a debugger that can be controlled within the Visual Studio IDE. According to the creator of Android++, Justin Webb, the tool is geared towards supporting applications where performance is critical, such as a game or simulation. He made the software as he saw Visual Studio was inadequate in supporting the development of those kinds of Android applications.

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Linksys And DD-WRT (Linux)

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  • ​DD-WRT Linux firmware comes to Linksys routers

    Long time networking device leader Linksys has finally made good on its promise to bring the open-source DD-WRT to its Wi-Fi router family. At CES, Linksays announced you'll be able to use the Linux-based, alternative open-source firmware with the company's WRT1900AC, WRT1200AC, and recently released WRT1900ACS dual-band Gigabit Wi-Fi routers.

  • Some Linksys 802.11ac WiFi routers now officially support DD-WRT open source firmware

    DD-WRT is an open source, Linux-based replacement for the firmware that comes with many WiFi routers. It has a reputation for giving users more control over their router’s performance and security. But historically the companies that produce networking hardware haven’t really encouraged you to replace their firmware.

  • DD-WRT Software Heading to Linksys Routers

    The Linksys WRT1900AC, WRT1200AC, and recently released WRT1900ACS Dual-band Gigabit Wi-Fi routers will all have access to DD-WRT as an alternative to Linksys’ own management software and the OpenWrt’s “Chaos Calmer” release.

  • Linksys And DD-WRT Announce Support For The Latest WRT Routers
  • Linksys And DD-WRT To Support Latest WRT Routers

    Linksys and DD-WRT, a Linux based alternative OpenSource firmware suitable for a variety of WLAN routers and embedded systems, today announced the expansion of DD-WRT support to include the WRT1900AC, WRT1200AC, and recently released WRT1900ACS Dual-band Gigabit Wi-Fi routers*.

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