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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Intel Open Sources Snap Cloud Telemetry Tool to Promote Cloud for All

    Intel's latest move in its "Cloud for All" initiative -- which it says will accelerate enterprise adoption of public, private and hybrid clouds -- is an open source tool called snap, which helps organizations understand the telemetry of their clouds.

  • Thunderbird 38.4.0 Brings A Bunch Of FIxes Only
  • Advancing Content

    One of the many benefits of the Web is the ability to create unique, personalized experiences for individual users. We believe that this personalization needs to be done with respect for the user – with transparency, choice and control. When the user is at the center of product experiences everyone benefits.

  • What's the Intersection of Docker and OpenStack? [VIDEO]

    OpenStack and Docker are both open source technologies with a lot of excitement and momentum behind them. But where is the intersection between Docker and OpenStack? And why isn't Docker Inc part of the OpenStack Foundation?

    In a video interview, Ben Golub, CEO of Docker Inc. the lead commercial sponsor behind the open source Docker engine, explains where it all fits together.

    At a high-level, OpenStack is a popular widely deployed Infrastructure-as-a-Service open source platform, while Docker provide an open-source container technology to build, deploy and manage containers. Golub noted that organizations are using Docker together with various flavors of OpenStack from different vendors including HP, Red Hat and Mirantis.

  • is Now Open Source, Desktop App Available for Download

    WordPress has updated its fully hosted version with one of the biggest features ever.

    The update, which has been codenamed Calypso, brings all new abilities to this platform.

  • OpenHardware and code signing (update)

    I posted a few weeks ago about the difficulty of providing device-side verification of firmware updates, at the same time remaining OpenHardware and thus easily hackable. The general consensus was that allowing anyone to write any kind of firmware to the device without additional authentication was probably a bad idea, even for OpenHardware devices. I think I’ve come up with an acceptable compromise I can write up as a recommendation, as per usual using the ColorHug+ as an example. For some background, I’ve sold nearly 3,000 original ColorHug devices, and in the last 4 years just three people wanted help writing custom firmware, so I hope you can see the need to protect the majority is so much larger than making the power users happy.

  • How old were you when you started learning how to program?
  • So you think that you know what "hacker"means?

    Given the negative connotation of the term today, I recall my surprise when I first read (alas, the source has long been forgotten) that in the world of mainframe computer in the 1960's, where the principal revenue stream were licensing fees for the hardware, "hacker" referred to a person who was encouraged to tinker with the software to improve its performance. After all, there was no or little money to be made in the software per se, so that any improvements in performance would only serve to enhance the value of the mainframe itself. Hacking appeared to be a beneficial activity in support of the hardware.


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From Closed Source to Open Source: A Journey

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Since joining GigaSpaces a few months ago, I thought it would be interesting to write down some thoughts about my experience on the journey from the closed-source, enterprise world to the open source, startup mentality of getting work done, both internally at the office as well as from a client-facing perspective.

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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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3 little things in Linux 4.10 that will make a big difference

Linux never sleeps. Linus Torvalds is already hard at work pulling together changes for the next version of the kernel (4.11). But with Linux 4.10 now out, three groups of changes are worth paying close attention to because they improve performance and enable feature sets that weren’t possible before on Linux. Here’s a rundown of those changes to 4.10 and what they likely will mean for you, your cloud providers, and your Linux applications. Read more

SODIMM-style module runs Linux on VIA’s 1GHz Cortex-A9 SoC

VIA unveiled an SODIMM-style COM based on its Cortex-A9 WM8850 SoC, with 512MB RAM and 8GB eMMC, plus Ethernet, CSI, graphics, USB, and serial ports. The 68.6 x 43mm “SOM-6X50” computer-on-module appears to be VIA’s second-ever ARM COM. Back in Sept. 2015, the company released a 70 x 70mm Qseven form factor QSM-8Q60 COM, based on a 1GHz NXP DualLite SoC. Read more

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  • LinuXatUSIL – Previas 2 for #LinuxPlaya
    Damian from GNOME Argentina explained us some code based on this tutorial and the widgets in Glade were presented.
  • RancherOS v0.8.0 released! [Ed: and a bugfix release, 0.8.1, out today]
    RancherOS v0.8.0 is now available! This release has taken a bit more time than prior versions, as we’ve been laying more groundwork to allow us to do much faster updates, and to release more often.
  • The Technicals For Red Hat, Inc. (RHT) Tell An Interesting Tale
  • Ubuntu 17.04 Beta 1 Released | New Features And Download
    Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus Beta 1 release is finally here. If you’re interested, you can go ahead and download the ISO images of the participating flavors, which are, Lubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, and Ubuntu Studio. Powered by Linux kernel 4.10, these releases feature the latest stable versions of their respective desktop environments. This release will be followed by the Final Beta release on March 23 and final release on April 13.
  • Ubuntu 17.04 Beta 1 Now Available to Download
    The first beta releases in the Ubuntu 17.04 development cycle are ready for testing, with Xubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME and Ubuntu Budgie among the flavors taking part.