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The world needs open source routers

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  • The world needs open source routers
  • Internet daddy Vint Cerf blasts FCC's plan to ban Wi-Fi router code mods

    Vinton Cerf has added his name to a campaign begging the FCC to scrap plans to ban custom firmware on Wi-Fi routers and other wireless devices.

  • Have your say on the FCC's plan to lock down WiFi routers

    You may know that you can replace your WiFi router's software with an open source version like DD-WRT or Tomato to make it more secure or powerful. However, the US wireless regulator (FCC) only seems to have figured that out recently, and is not happy with your ability to boost the signal power excessively on such devices. As such, it proposed changes to regulations, with one document suggesting it may ban or restrict third-party software altogether. That caught the eye of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which created an online petition asking the FCC to make changes.

    The EFF petition says that "router manufacturers are notoriously slow about updating their software -- even with critical security fixes on the way. Under the FCC's proposal, you could have no alternative to running out-of-date and vulnerable firmware." It's referring, in part, to an FCC demand that manufacturer's "describe in detail how the device is protected from 'flashing' and the installation of third-party firmware such as DD-WRT."

  • Technology Community Responds to FCC Rules Banning WiFi Router Firmware Modification
  • FCC Should Mandate Open Source Router Firmware And Fast Security Updates, Say Internet Experts
  • 260 'Net Experts Urge FCC to Embrace Open, Transparent RF Rules

    A coalition of 260 leading Internet technology experts are warning the FCC to tread carefully when it comes to updated FCC rules governing RF devices. In a filing (pdf) with the FCC, experts like Vint Cerf (co-creator of the TCP-IP protocol) and Dave Farber (former Chief Technologist of the FCC) warn the agency that the FCC's latest proposal for updated RF device guidance, as currently written, could potentially make the Internet slower, less secure and prevent users from maintaining and modifying devices they own.

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IBM Is Not 1st American Company To Open Source Code To China

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International Business Machines (IBM) has given in to the pressure from the Chinese government to provide Beijing access to its source code as proof there are no security risks.
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However, IBM said to Forbes that it is not the first American firm to open its source code to Beijing. IBM said that Microsoft and Apple had also allowed Chinese officials to look into their software, reports Engadget.

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Is Open Source Facilitating Collaboration?

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Digital transformation. Collaboration. Sharing economy. These and other expressions are part of the vocabulary of those who live and breathe information technology. However, it is a mistake to think that these expressions are limited to the IT world. As with all the changes and transformations happening in society, they are quite common outside of tech.

According to the president of Red Hat in Brazil, Gilson Magalhães, open source plays an important role here. He thinks that, even though many people do not yet understand that transformation, sooner or later a strategy (followed by proper implementation) will be needed to adapt to the new times.

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Why hardware needs to go open source

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Affordable 3D printing enables open-source hardware because it allows anyone to print any design they can find, but Geenan notes that open source designs helped bring down prices of 3D printers in the first place. The RepRap was one of the first affordable 3D printers, and that was because the design was open source and could itself be 3D printed, he notes. "Because of those open source printers, MakerBot and others could make super cheap printers and get them into the hands of people," said Geenan. "And now they're being used to make open source products. It's this loop."

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Learn to embrace open source, or get buried

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I'll be blunt: Learn to embrace open source, or get buried. It's that simple.

Personally, I love open source. I love the ideology, I love the code, and I love the way it makes me feel to know that when I learn an open source app or operating system I can take that knowledge with me and use it anywhere for anything. That's some serious power, right there! You learn to use Photoshop, and now you're tied to $1,000 or more of software license—you might or might not be able to get an organization to buy that for you, or you might or might not have one of your own that you might or might not be able to use at any given organization. That just sucks, and I got bitten by licensing more times than I can remember in the bad old days. Now, though? Learn to use Krita or GIMP and you can take that anywhere. It's yours. Those capabilities you gained when you learned how to use it are yours. You can use them—legally—however and wherever you want to. I wish more people understood what that really represents.

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OpenStack and Servers

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GSA goes open source for its integrated acquisition platform

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Speaking at Booz Allen Hamilton's Digital Innovation Summit, Navin Vembar, director of IT for GSA's Integrated Award Environment, detailed the open-sourcing of the IAE and why it should provide more value to federal agencies and taxpayers. The Wednesday event was hosted by FedScoop.

The plan is to make it "open source from the ground up," Vembar said, who was joined on stage by Munjeet Singh, a vice president of the Strategic Innovation Group at Booz Allen Hamilton, the contractor awarded modernization work on the IAE project late last year. "The platform will be open source, the code that we’re producing that lies on that platform will be open source.”

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Canonical Says Ubuntu Phones Will Run Any Linux App on Open Source OS

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Smartphones running Ubuntu Linux from Canonical may soon support not just mobile apps, but all programs for open source, Linux-based platforms. That's according to developers working on bleeding-edge versions of Ubuntu for phones.

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