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Open source router project administers Lithium

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The CloudRouter Project, a months-old effort to open source cloud routing, is announcing first shipment of OpenDaylight’s new “Lithium” SDN controller.

OpenDaylight is a participant in the CloudRouter Project, and Lithium was released two weeks ago. It is OpenDaylight’s third SDN controller release and includes enhancements in security and automation, scalability, performance, OpenStack and group-based policy, including support for Cisco/Citrix/IBM/Microsoft/Sungard OpFlex policy protocol.

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A look at what's on the horizon for LibreOffice

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Recently I returned to using a Linux desktop as my primary computing platform, and with that came LibreOffice as part of the default setup. I've been an OpenOffice user for almost a dozen years, but I knew that LibreOffice forked from OpenOffice in 2010. I decided to give LibreOffice a try and I loved it.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Why you need Open Source

    At the recent Red Hat Summit, Red Hat CEO James Whitehurst talks with Network World about new IT processes and why companies should focus on open source.

  • Xerte Project Joins Open Source Initiative

    Xerte Project's Open Source Initiative membership furthers both organization's commitment to growing open source community and collaboration within institutions of higher education.

  • NSA releases Linux-based open source infosec tool

    The US National Security Agency has offered up one of its cyber security tools for government departments and the private sector to use freely to help beef up their security and counter threats.

  • NSA's new open source project is a cyber security tool
  • 10 outstanding open source server tools

    Not sure which tools belong in your open source server toolkit? Here are 10 solid go-to tools to get you started.

  • Obsidian's August Free Beer Session to toast open source

    Open source software supplier Obsidian Systems invites OS enthusiasts, developers, geeks and friends to the next ‘Free Beer Session' on 27 August 2015. This session, the 17th in the series, will offer delegates fresh insight into the open source industry, challenges and opportunities.

  • Teradata's Configurable Hadoop Appliances Could Find a Niche

    Recently, all-in-one appliances have been much in the news. A few days ago, I covered Mirantis Unlocked Appliances, which deliver OpenStack and all the hardware resources you need for a deployment in one hardware/software entity. Then, Cloudera, which focuses on Apache Hadoop, and Teradata, a big data analytics and marketing tools company, announced the Teradata Appliance for Hadoop with Cloudera.

  • SafeStack attacks with a purpose

    Laura is the founder and lead consultant for SafeStack, a security training, development, and consultancy firm. What does that mean exactly? SafeStack helps organizations choose the right kind of security best practices for them. Then, Laura's team shows them how to implement those new-found security protocols. This usually calls for a strong dose of workplace culture change, which might sound like a tall order, but Laura tells me in this interview "we want security to be any empowering tool for growth rather than a costly hindrance to innovation."

  • SwiftStack Founder Plots a Path Forward for Cloud Storage [VIDEO]

    In the beginning of the open source OpenStack cloud effort, there were two projects - Nova Compute and Swift Storage. Swift is an integrated part of most OpenStack distributions but it is also the focus for a standalone company called SwiftStack, which was founded by Joe Arnold.

  • LibreOffice 5.0 RC3 Has Been Released
  • How To Install LibreOffice 5.0 RC3 On Fedora, CentOS, OpenSUSE, Mageia And OpenMandriva Systems
  • Drupal early adoption at Memorial Sloan Kettering

    At Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK), the world's oldest and largest private cancer center, our researchers and clinicians have pushed boundaries to generate new knowledge in patient care and cancer research for more than 130 years. This culture of innovation allows our scientists to continually develop new methods for treatment and work tirelessly to discover more effective strategies to prevent, control, and ultimately cure cancer.

  • The Radiant Group Acquires HumanGeo to Advance Data Analytics and Open Source Capabilities
  • Container and Cloud Firm Sysdig Gets $10.7 Million Funding

    If you need further evidence that container technology is all the rage, just follow the money. Sysdig, focused on bringing infrastructure and application monitoring to the world of containers and microservices, has announced a $10.7 million Series A funding round led by Accel and Bain Capital Ventures (BCV). In conjunction with the funding, Sysdig announced the general availability of Sysdig Cloud, which it bills as "the first monitoring, alerting, and troubleshooting platform specializing in container visibility, which is already used by more than 30 enterprise customers.

  • Electronic Public Records in Norway

    OEP is part of the Norwegian Government’s work to promote transparency and democracy within the public sector. OEP aims to make the Norwegian public sector more open and accessible to citizens. OEP is based upon the Freedom of Information Act and related regulations.

  • Interview: Larry Wall

    Perl 6 has been 15 years in the making, and is now due to be released at the end of this year. We speak to its creator to find out what’s going on.

First open source school management software developed in Haiti

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SIGES is a free, open source, available in French, Haitian Creole, and English. It is customizable to suit the schools: primary and secondary; professional and technical; private and public; in urban and rural areas, the school networks, sponsorship organizations, educational projects, etc...

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Samba 4.2.3 Is a Major Release with IPv6 Improvements, over 40 Bugfixes

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The world’s most used open-source software solution for accessing shared Windows folders over a network from GNU/Linux and Mac OS X operating systems, Samba, has recently been updated to version 4.2.3.

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Building open source e-commerce sites with PrestaShop

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Why is being open source so important to us? At its most basic, being open source means users have access to and can manipulate PrestaShop code to make improvements or develop technical answers to address specific business needs. But more importantly, open source represents accessibility and flexibility. It’s an open-door policy versus the private club mentality of proprietary software. Our community is built around this open source ethos; it’s the source of our strength and it’s how we’re contributing to a more democratic e-commerce market.

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10 outstanding open source server tools

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Not sure which tools belong in your open source server toolkit? Here are 10 solid go-to tools to get you started.

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Drupal 8 Nears Finish Line

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After over four years of development, including missed deadlines on general availability, the open source Drupal 8 content management system (CMS) finally appears to be nearing the finish line.

Drupal, one of the world's most popular CMS technologies, is used by many high-profile organizations, notably Whitehouse.gov, the flagship website of the U.S. government. While Drupal founder Dries Buytaert in 2012 announced Drupal 8 would be generally available in December 2013, that date passed with no release.

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Leftovers: OSS

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • How to say 'No' to your boss (like a boss)

    At OSCON 2013, Deb Nicholson, Community Outreach Director of Open Invention Network, gave a talk on how to delegate, like a boss. She's returning to OSCON 2015 with a follow up talk on how to say no, like a boss. We caught up with Deb to get a preview of her upcoming talk, and we asked for a few tips on how to politely reject offers for additional work. If you have a chance to see her at OSCON, don't miss it—her talks are always a nice mix of entertaining, with a heavy dose of practical advice.

  • Pocket: the feature nobody wanted [deleted by author]

    I’ve sat out of the discussion on Mozilla-Governance that has been ongoing over users disappointment with Pocket. I have seen other Mozillians dive in and defend the feature but I do not think this is helping at all. I read this post “Firefox, you’re supposed to be in my pocket, not the other way around” today and felt like it had many truths in it. I really do not know the rationale for adding Pocket as a default to Firefox but I assume there was some financial benefit for Mozilla involved.

  • Firefox 39 Out With Patches for Four Critical Vulnerabilities

    Mozilla has rolled out a new version of its Firefox browser, an update that includes patches for four critical security vulnerabilities and several less-severe bugs.

  • Off-Main-Thread Compositing Is Coming With Firefox 40 For Linux
  • Mozilla Planning Invasive Changes To The Fundamentals Of Firefox

    Firefox developers are revisiting at how they build their web browser and how they can better utilize modern web technologies and in the process move away from XUL/XBL within their Gecko Engine.

  • Using Open Source to Reinvent the Data Warehouse

    For that reason there’s been a rising amount of interest in set of complementary open source technologies that promise to enable the development of data warehouse applications that are capable of processing massive amounts of big data in real time. While most of that data is stored in Hadoop, the three core open source technologies that will enable these applications are Storm, a real-time processing engine; Spark, a framework for building clusters; and Kafka, a distributed messaging system.

  • Godfather Ellison’s Protection Racket

    In its headline, Business Insider says Oracle is using an “ugly ‘nuclear option.'” Fortune’s headline is a bit more understated: “Oracle reportedly wields audits, license disputes to push cloud agenda.” However genteel fortune’s headline, writer Barb Darrow cuts quickly to the chase: “Anyone who has ever met an Oracle sales person knows from a high-pressure sale.”

    The story actually broke about a month ago, when Forbes asked: “Is Oracle Using Legal Pressure To Increase Cloud Sales?”

  • Audit, Bargain, Close

    If you use Oracle’s database, try Postgresql.

  • VirtualBox 5 comes with encryptions of virtual machines

    In preparation for Windows 10, Oracle have released a major new version of VirtualBox. The 5.0 release supports Windows 10, OS X Yosemite and a bunch of other Linux Operating Systems. All platforms have easy to install packages included EXEs, DMGs, DEBs and RPMs.

  • The Start Of WebAssembly Support Lands In LLVM
  • Hyatt to Partner with Khan Academy to Bring Open-Source Global Learning to Colleagues and Communities
  • Hyatt offers open source online Higher Ed courses

    Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Hyatt Hotels Foundation have partnered with Khan Academy to provide free access to quality online education to Hyatt’s employees, their families and communities.

  • Hyatt Enlists Disruptor Sal Khan To Revolutionize Hospitality Industry Training, Plug 'Skills Gap'
  • New Boycott In Support Of Open Access: Third Time Lucky?

    Over three years ago, we wrote about a fast-growing boycott of the academic publisher Elsevier, organised in protest at that company's high prices, its "bundling" of journals into larger collections, and its support for SOPA. Even though over 15,000 people eventually pledged not to work with Elsevier, the company is still going strong, making huge profits from the work of academics, and putting paywalls between the public and knowledge. Perhaps we should have guessed it would end like that. As we noted then, this was not the first or biggest boycott in the history of open access.

  • MyMiniFactory Launches MP5 File Format Project — Holistic Open Source Approach to 3D Printing

    Apparently London-based MyMiniFactory, a 3D printing model repository and so much more, agrees with the larger corporations which make up the new consortium in that current file formats just are not suited for the future of the industry. Where they may disagree however, is just how the new format should be set up.

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GNU/FSF/GPL

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  • GCC 7 To Continue Improving Debug Messages, More Helpful Assembly Output
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  • GPL compliance suit against VMware dismissed
    In a setback to the Christoph Hellwig's efforts to enforce the GPL on code that he wrote in the Linux kernel, his suit against VMware in Germany has been dismissed on procedural grounds. The court ruled that he had not provided enough specificity about the code he was claiming had been used by the company. The merits of the GPL and whether the two main parts of VMware's product constitute a derived work of the kernel were not even considered. There may be another chance for the court to do so, however, as Hellwig will appeal the dismissal.

Games for GNU/Linux

  • Atom Zombie Smasher is being updated, Linux version to finally come to Steam
    Atom Zombie Smasher came to Linux a long time ago, but the Linux version never did make it to Steam. It is now being updated by Ethan Lee and the Linux version will be put onto Steam.
  • The Curious Expedition to release in full on September 2nd with Linux support
    The Curious Expedition is a roguelike expedition simulation set in the late 19th century, it is soon to leave Early Access and has full Linux support. It has been on Linux since the early days, so it's one title that has supported us for quite a while. I have never tried it, but the reviews seem pretty good!
  • Speculation: It's looking like Rocket League may finally arrive on Linux in September
    Rocket League is way overdue, we all know that, but honestly I am fully expecting it to arrive with the patch due in September named the 'Rumble Update'. This update will come with a bunch of stuff including a new game mode. I'm speculating of course, so don't take this as solid confirmation of anything. The evidence is starting to come together though and I will be extremely surprised if Linux isn't released with the Rumble update next month. Every time Rocket League is updated on SteamDB, the Linux depot is now also updated and this has been true for about two weeks now. This is the single most activity the Linux side of RL has ever seen being pushed into branches on Steam.

Linux-compatible Hardware

  • EOMA68 modular laptop/desktop raises more than $150 thousand through crowdfunding, here’s what’s next
    The EOMA68 project is an effort to design a system of modular computing devices that use interchangeable PC cards. The processor, memory, storage, and operating system are all on a card that you can pop out of a laptop or desktop and replace with a different card. Theoretically any type of processor and operating system can run from an EOMA68 card, but the project is also designed to support free and open source software, which restricts some of the hardware that can be used… so the when founder Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton took to Crowd Supply to raise money to begin production of the first PC cards and laptop and desktop shells, the focus is on first-gen cards with low-power Allwinner A20 processors, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage.
  • Seeed Studio’s ReSpeaker Speaks All the Voice Recognition Languages
    Seeed Studio recently launched its third Kickstarter campaign: ReSpeaker, an open hardware voice interface. After their previous Kickstarted IoT hardware, such as the RePhone, mostly focused on connectivity, the electronics manufacturer from Shenzhen now tackles another highly contested area of IoT: Voice recognition.
  • Open-source Piton CPU can scale into million-core system
  • Open Source SNES to USB Converter Lets You Emulate Legally
    [Andrew Milkovich] was inspired build his own Super Nintendo cartridge reader based on a device we covered an eternity (in internet years) ago. The device mounts a real cartridge as a USB mass storage device, allowing you to play your games using an emulator directly from the cart.