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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Release notes for the Genode OS Framework 15.11
  • Genode OS Continues Making Progress As A Desktop OS

    Genode OS 15.11 has many desktop-related enhancements, ports over the Intel KMS driver from the Linux kernel, enhanced USB Armory support, support for the Xilinx Zynq 7000, optimized VirtualBox, and more.

  • Non-Linux FOSS: Airsonos
  • Open-source contributor wants to bring healthcare innovation to the masses

    Glucosio is the only open-source diabetes app that does glucose tracking with third-party integrations and crowdsourced research, led by Kerensa himself. It gives open-source developers the ability to use, copy, study or change the source code as a way to contribute to the project. Contributors can find the source code on GitHub, and the team behind Glucosio is always looking for feedback to improve the project.

  • Reasons Why Google's Latest AI-TensorFlow is Open Sourced
  • Open Source Will Drive Telecom Innovation: Telestax's Restcomm Is Poised To Set The Precedent

    Smaller, more focused conferences like TADSummit and The Open Networking User Group (ONUG) are bringing significant competition to the larger industry events and tradeshows. These gatherings provide more product and technology insight and better 1:1 networking opportunities. Competitors collaborate and learn, and smaller technology vendors can rise above the noise with direct access to end users and service providers. Please see my colleague John Fruehe’s overview of the ONUG conference here.

  • US regulators propose powers to scrutinise algo traders' source code
  • Execs at Financial Firms Offer Their Take on Containers

    Goldman Sachs and Bank of America Merrill Lynch tech executives talk about how they're using containers and why cost savings is not the primary driver.

  • MINIXCon 2016 Announcement and Call for Talks

    MINIX has been around now for about 30 years so it is (finally) time for the MINIXers to have a conference to get together, just as Linuxers and BSDers have been doing for a long time. The idea is to exchange ideas and experiences among MINIX 3 developers and users as well as discussing possible paths forward now that the ERC funding is over. Future developments will now be done like in any other volunteer-based open-source project. Increasing community involvement is a key issue here. Attend or give a presentation. The schedule will be posted in early January.

  • Standing up clouds

    One thing that is interesting for me is the sheer number of ways of getting your OpenStack cloud to an end product and the way in that no one system has prevailed.

  • Cloudera Deepens Integration of Spark with Hadoop

    Cloudera, focused on big data and Apache Hadoop, has announced that it has further matured Apache Spark integration within Hadoop environments. Spark and Hadoop are both flourishing on the big data scene. To further expand the enterprise capabilities of Spark, Cloudera has added support for Spark SQL and MLlib into Cloudera Enterprise 5.5 and CDH 5.5, which the company launched recently.

  • Open Sourcing Your Website: Automattic Revamps Blogging is fully open source and on GitHub as the result of a revamp of the popular blogging website by Automattic, which has rewritten to work like a mobile app rather than a traditional website.

  • ‘This House believes 21st Century skills aren’t being taught – and they should be’

    I’ve no problem with skills per se. In teaching, ‘behaviour management’ is a skill. Coding is a skill. So is searching for things on Google.

    I have some problem though with the notion that there are ‘21st century’ skills, but Allan did a fine job already of demolishing that notion.

  • ARM Cortex-A35 Support Added To LLVM

    The ARM Cortex-A35 processor cores are now supported by upstream LLVM.

    As of this morning, the latest LLVM code adds support for the Cortex-A35 ARMv8-A core.

  • bsdtalk259 - Supporting a BSD Project

    A recording from vBSDCon 2015 of the talk titled "Supporting a BSD Project" with Ed Maste and George Neville-Neil.

  • DHS IT priorities focused on data, agile and open source

    In general:

    Data fusion and integration
    User experience – lessons learned from means that there is a need to take a more holistic view of systems and solutions.
    Agile development
    Digital Service
    Open source

  • Take a Tour of Austin's Newest Co-Working Space

    Open Source Co-Working is part of a boom in co-working space in Austin that includes Capital Factory, WeWork, Urban Co-Lab, Vuka, Orange Co-Working and several others. Filipos said Open Source diferentiates by providing a calm and quiet space that's largely dedicated to developers and designers who want a distraction-free work space.

  • Top Chefs Talk Open Source Cooking at ICC
  • New, Open Source Database Compares the Environmental Impacts of Building Products and Materials

    To that end, we launched The Quartz Project, a collaborative open data initiative based on the understanding that data can help lead to better buildings. Data enables designers and builders to take into account all the factors that make performant and sustainable buildings. The four founding partners -- thinkstep, committed to helping clients adopt more sustainable practices, Healthy Building Network, committed to research into the health impact of building materials, Google, a tech leader committed to healthier buildings for their global workforce, and Flux, a technology innovator committed to better processes to improve design – bring perspectives required to make this kind of initiative work.

  • Climate resilient development: New open source index and indicators

    The JRC's new open source index facilitates the ex-ante evaluation of the structural features of the vulnerability to climate change of the target countries of the GCCA+. It covers social, economic and environmental aspects of achieving climate-resilient development by aggregating 34 country-level 'fit-for-purpose indicators'. These have been identified on the basis of their relevance for the EU GCCA+ initiative and their compliance with criteria such as reliability, open source, consistency, scientific robustness, global coverage, and publicly available data.

  • Science for All: How to Make Free, Open Source Laboratory Hardware

    In the not-so-distant future you will read of a scientific breakthrough in an area your daughter was excited about in school. In the journal article you will click on the supplementary materials and be able to download all of the source code needed to replicate the instruments used to do the experiment. You will fire up your home 3-D printer to fabricate the equipment. Then, with a few more clicks, you will order any specialty supplies. By the weekend all the supplies will have arrived and now you and your daughter will have the fun of assembling the experiment and participating in state-of-the-art research for almost no money on a quiet Saturday afternoon.

  • More Details On The Do-It-Yourself ARM64 Laptop

    Last week I wrote about the in-development, build-it-yourself 64-bit ARM open-source laptop. That generated a fair amount of interest by the community in Olimex's work and now some more details have emerged.


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Coreboot and SeaBIOS

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  • More, Older Intel Motherboards Get Added To Coreboot

    First up, "Little Plains" is now supported by Coreboot. As explained by the commit from Intel's Marcin Wojciechowski, "This adds a new mainboard: Little Plains for Intel's atom c2000. It was based on Mohon Peak board with some minor changes. This board is not available as standalone product. It is a managment board for Intel Ethernet Multi-host Controller FM10000 Series"

  • SeaBIOS 1.9 Brings Many Additions

    SeaBIOS 1.9 has been out since last month as the latest version of this open-source implementation of a 16-bit x86 BIOS widely used by Coreboot, QEMU, and other projects.

Top 5 open source community metrics to track

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So you decided to use metrics to track your free, open source software (FOSS) community. Now comes the big question: Which metrics should I be tracking?

Read more Goes Open Source

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WordPress, the world's largest open source content management system (CMS), has just become even more open sourcier.

Chalk it up to some changes from Automattic, the web development corporation most notable for its contributions to WordPress and, the hosted version of WordPress.

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How to produce a YouTube series with open source tools

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Computer Science Education Week is December 7-13. To mark the occasion, Dototot is launching a new series of Hello World videos covering the basics of computer science. The 10 episodes follow Unique ID, the highly intelligent robot host of The Hello World Program, on adventures exploring a range of topics, from binary to artificial intelligence. The new videos incorporate a wide range of media, from traditional hand-drawn animation and stop-motion to Arduino-powered robots and 3D CG.

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Teaching teens 3D animation with Blender

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We also need to prepare 2D assets (textures), for which GIMP and Inkscape are both used. I would like to get MyPaint and Krita (which I prefer to GIMP) installed as well, but the computers we use are running Scientific Linux, which is a rather conservative distro, and installing them has proved unjustifiably time consuming for the support staff. Would also like G'Mic (a plugin for GIMP and Krita) as it contains some useful tools for preparing textures.

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How open source solves the innovation problem

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A couple of weeks ago, a Chief Digital Officer (CDO) of one of the largest mobile telecommunications companies in the world asked me how a large organization such as hers should think about organizing itself to maintain control over costs and risks while still giving their global organization the freedom to innovate.

When it comes to managing their websites and the digital customer experience, they have over 50 different platforms managed by local teams in over 50 countries around the world, she told me. Her goal is to improve operational efficiency, improve brand consistency, and set governance by standardizing on a central platform. The challenge is that they have no global IT organization that can force the different teams to re-platform.

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MediaTek Labs Announces Open-Source IoT Development Platform

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To that end, today MediaTek Labs unveiled a new development platform called the MediaTek LinkIt Smart 7688. This new platform runs OpenWrt Linux (a distro commonly flashed onto routers to provide a wide range of customization options). MediaTek supporting OpenWrt over Google’s Brillo is a fairly unsurprising choice. We’ve seen Google pushing to get Brillo out of the gate most recently by releasing its source code and providing developers guidance on developing for the new OS, but so far the Google-backed OS is too early along to support for a company like MediaTek looking to compete with Qualcomm.

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Also: MediaTek Announces Open-Source IoT Development Platform That Runs OpenWrt Linux

Stellarium 0.14.1 Free Astronomical Observatory Software Has Better 4K Support

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Alexander Wolf has had the great pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download of the first maintenance release of Stellarium 0.14, the best free and open-source astronomical observatory software.

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Security Leftovers

  • Atom Installer
    One thing that I miss about using Ubuntu is PPA’s there are lot’s of PPA in Ubuntu and you can hack around and install all types of software which are required for your usage. In the Fedora side of the world there are copr repos but they don’t have as many repos as in Ubuntu and you can’t build non-free software (don’t get me wrong here, I love FREEdom software but couldn’t resist not using some beautiful non-free applications such as Sublime). I am creating a work around for this by using shell scripts which are open source (cc0) but when those scripts are executed they install non-free software on your system.
  • MKVToolNix 9.9.0 MKV Manipulation Tool Released with New GUI Improvements, More
    MKVToolNix developer Moritz Bunkus announced today, February 20, 2017, the release and general availability of MKVToolNix 9.9.0 "Pick Up" for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows. MKVToolNix 9.9.0 represents a month of hard work, during which the developer managed to add a bunch of new and interesting features, fix as many bugs reported by users since last month's MKVToolNix 9.8.0 point release, as well as to improve the build system, especially in regards to the man pages of the software.
  • Chakra GNU/Linux Users Get KDE Plasma 5.9.2 and KDE Applications 16.12.2, More
    The developers behind the Chakra GNU/Linux operating system have announced today the immediate availability of all the latest KDE technologies released this month in the stable repositories of the distribution. Yes, we're talking about the KDE Plasma 5.9.2 desktop environment, KDE Applications 16.12.2 software suite, KDE Frameworks 5.31.0, and KDE Development Platform 4.14.29, all of which can be found in your Chakra GNU/Linux's repos if you want to run the newest KDE software.

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Leftovers: Ubuntu

  • IOTA: IoT revolutionized with a Ledger
    Ever since the introduction of digital money, the world quickly came to realize how dire and expensive the consequences of centralized systems are. Not only are these systems incredibly expensive to maintain, they are also “single points of failures” which expose a large number of users to unexpected service interruptions, fraudulent activities and vulnerabilities that can be exploited by malicious hackers. Thanks to Blockchain, which was first introduced through Bitcoin in 2009, the clear benefits of a decentralized and “trustless” transactional settlement system became apparent. No longer should expensive trusted third parties be used for handling transactions, instead, the flow of money should be handled in a direct, Peer-to-Peer fashion. This concept of a Blockchain (or more broadly, a distributed ledger) has since then become a global phenomenon attracting billions of dollars in investments to further develop the concept.
  • Return Home and Unify: My Case for Unity 8
  • Can netbooks be cool again?
    Earlier this week, my colleague Chaim Gartenberg covered a laptop called the GPD Pocket, which is currently being funded on Indiegogo. As Chaim pointed out, the Pocket’s main advantage is its size — with a 7-inch screen, the thing is really, really small — and its price, a reasonable $399. But he didn’t mention that the Pocket is the resurrection of one of the most compelling, yet fatally flawed, computing trends of the ‘00s: the netbook. So after ten years, are netbooks finally cool again? That might be putting it too strongly, but I’m willing to hope.

Linux Devices

  • Compact, rugged module runs Linux or Android on Apollo Lake
    Ubiqcomm’s 95 x 95mm, Apollo Lake-based “COM-AL6C” COM offers 4K video along with multiple SATA, USB, GbE, and PCIe interfaces, plus -40 to 85°C operation. Ubiqconn Technology Inc. has announced a “COM-AL6C” COM Express Type 6 Compact form factor computer-on-module built around Intel’s Apollo Lake processors and designed to withstand the rigors of both fixed and mobile industrial applications. The module offers a choice among three Intel Apollo Lake processors: the quad-core Atom x5-E3930, quad-core x5-E3940, and dual-core x7-E3950, which are clocked at up to 2.0GHz burst and offer TDPs from 6.5 to 12 Watts.
  • Internet-enable your microcontroller projects for under $6 with ESP8266
    To get started with IoT (the Internet of Things), your device needs, well, an Internet connection. Base Arduino microcontrollers don't have Internet connectivity by default, so you either need to add Ethernet, Wi-Fi shields, or adapters to them, or buy an Arduino that has built-in Internet connectivity. In addition to complexity, both approaches add cost and consume the already-precious Arduino flash RAM for program space, which limits what you can do. Another approach is to use a Raspberry Pi or similar single-board computer that runs a full-blown operating system like Linux. The Raspberry Pi is a solid choice in many IoT use cases, but it is often overkill when all you really want to do is read a sensor and send the reading up to a server in the cloud. Not only does the Raspberry Pi potentially drive up the costs, complexity, and power consumption of your project, but it is running a full operating system that needs to be patched, and it has a much larger attack surface than a simple microcontroller. When it comes to IoT devices and security, simpler is better, so you can spend more time making and less time patching what you already made.
  • Blinkenlights!
  • Blinkenlights, part 2
  • Blinkenlights, part 3
  • [Older] Shmoocon 2017: The Ins And Outs Of Manufacturing And Selling Hardware
    Every day, we see people building things. Sometimes, useful things. Very rarely, this thing becomes a product, but even then we don’t hear much about the ins and outs of manufacturing a bunch of these things or the economics of actually selling them. This past weekend at Shmoocon, [Conor Patrick] gave the crowd the inside scoop on selling a few hundred two factor authentication tokens. What started as a hobby is now a legitimate business, thanks to good engineering and abusing Amazon’s distribution program.
  • 1.8 Billion Mobile Internet Users NEVER use a PC, 200 Million PC Internet Users never use a mobile phone. Understanding the 3.5 Billion Internet Total Audience
    As I am working to finish the 2017 Edition of the TomiAhonen Almanac (last days now) I always get into various updates of numbers, that remind me 'I gotta tell this story'.. For example the internet user numbers. We have the December count by the ITU for year 2016, that says the world has now 3.5 Billion internet users in total (up from 3.2 Billion at the end of year 2015). So its no 'drama' to know what is 'that' number. The number of current internet total users is yes, 3.5 Billion, almost half of the planet's total population (47%).