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Latest IPFire 2.17 Open Source Linux Firewall OS Brings Ramdisk Usage Changes

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The IPFire open-source firewall operating system based on the Linux kernel was updated on January 20, 2016, to version 2.17 Core Update 96, a release that adds several improvements, fixes many security issues, and updates various components.

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How to improve tech skills while contributing to open source projects

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Although some people think open source projects only need programmers—and experienced ones, at that— open source project needs go beyond the ability to write code. They also require testing, technical support, documentation, marketing, and more. And contributing to projects also is a great way to improve technical skills and connect with people who share similar interests. One barrier to participating in open source projects is not knowing how to join and get started. In this article, I'll explain how to start contributing to an open source project.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Snark attack: Cornell students teach software to detect sarcasm!

    A team of students participating in Cornell University's Tech Challenge program has developed a machine learning application that attempts to break the final frontier in language processing—identifying sarcasm. This could change everything… maybe.

    TrueRatr, a collaboration between Cornell Tech and Bloomberg, is intended to screen out sarcasm in product reviews. But the technology has been open sourced (and posted to GitHub) so that others can modify it to deal with other types of text-based eye-rolling.

  • Dear GitHub, More Than 1000 Famous Developers Are Mad At Your Issues Tracker

    Annoyed by GitHub’s outdated Issues Tracker feature, a CloudFlare developer has written an open letter to GitHub, suggesting the website to address the issues. Notably, the Issues Tracker feature is very rigid in nature and lacks the ability to pass a feedback on the service itself. At the moment, 1192 users have signed this open later.

  • When Enterprises Need to Transition from Free Open Source to Fully Supported OS Platforms
  • JFrog Raises $50M For DevOps Expansion
  • JFrog, the GitHub of software artifacts, raises $50 million
  • JFrog Raises $50 Million To Provide The App Store For The Internet Of Things
  • Big Switch Networks Raises $48.5 Million in New Funding

    Software Defined Networking (SDN) vendor Big Switch Networks is announcing a new Series C round of funding, bringing in $48.5 million. Big Switch's total funding to date stands at $94 million.

  • AMD HSA Support Merged Into GCC Trunk

    The AMD Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) code has been mainlined within the GCC compiler!

    A few days ago the latest patches were published and today the work, which was done by SUSE under contract with AMD, is now in the mainline GCC code-base.

  • 100+ Makers eco-hack the future with open-source prototypes for a fossil-free, zero waste society
  • The open source city as the transnational democratic future

    Open source local government is the first step towards scaling up new public policy spheres and interwoven citizen practices that can make neoliberalism unnecessary.

  • How Thalmic Labs’ open source approach helped a man regain use of his arm

    When Thalmic Labs made the decision to go open source with its Myo arm band, it probably never imagined that doing so would lead to an amputee regaining the use of a limb.

    Thanks to the work of Johns Hopkins Medical School, Johnny Matheny has become the first person to attach a gesture-controlled limb directly to his skeleton, and it’s controlled with the Myo arm band. The delivery driver lost the lower part of his left arm to cancer in 2008. Late last year, Johns Hopkins designed a Modular Prosthetic Limb and used Myo’s electromyography (EMG) sensors to measure the electrical signals sent from Matheny’s upper arm to control his lower arm. Those signals are converted into Bluetooth transmissions to a controlling computer mounted on the prosthetic, which then determines the motion to be made with the limb.

  • Open-source GPU could push computing power to the next level

    Binghamton University computer science assistant professor Timothy Miller, Aaron Carpenter and graduate student Philip Dexterm, along with co-author Jeff Bush, have developed Nyami, a synthesizable graphics processor unit (GPU) architectural model for general-purpose and graphics-specific workloads. This marks the first time a team has taken an open-source GPU design and run a series of experiments on it to see how different hardware and software configurations would affect the circuit's performance.

  • Open-Source Arduino DIY Thermographic Camera From €450

    Developers and makers that are interested in making their very own open source Thermographic camera might be interested in a site called Thermocam that provides all the knowledge, instructions and components you need to do just that.

    The site also seems everything you need to make the camera from the Thermal sensor and board to the mini tripod that can be used to position the camera when finished.

    A fully working Thermographic Camera can be used for a variety of applications including finding heat leaks in the insulation of buildings, analysis of electrical or mechanical components and more. The project is Arduino compatible and the firmware is adaptable to your needs.

Open source developer JFrog invests in talent with $50M funding

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JFrog, a developer of open source software distribution tools, raised a $50 million round on Wednesday to invest in talent.

Scale Venture Partners, Sapphire Ventures, Battery Ventures, Vintage Investment Partners and Qumra Capital participated in the round along with existing investors Gemini Israel Ventures and VMware. The company has raised $60.5 million to date.

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New open-source ad-blocking web browser emerges from brain of ex-Mozilla boss Eich

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A new open-source browser that blocks ads and tracking code and so promises to "fix the Web" by offering a faster, privacy-respecting experience has been released.

The Brave browser is the brainchild of former Mozilla (Firefox) CEO and JavaScript inventor Brendan Eich, and version 0.7 is now available to developers on GitHub.

Brave is built on top of open-source browser Chromium – which Google uses as the foundation for its Chrome browser – and claims to be between 1.5 and 4 times faster than competitors by stripping out not just ads, but also all the tracking code that lives in abundance on most ad-supported websites.

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6 non-code contributions you can make to open source

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Contribute to open source! It’ll look great on your resume! It’s gratifying work!

You may have heard people make these statements, or ones similar to them, numerous times throughout your career. They’re not wrong—contributing to open source is a rewarding endeavor in multiple dimensions—but, when software engineers advise other software engineers to contribute to open source they usually mean code contributions. This is a fair assumption to make, but the reality is that there are numerous opportunities to contribute to open source without writing a single line of code.

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Open Source Initiative approves Quebec licence

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The Open Source Initiative has approved the three open source licences written by the government of the Canadian province of Quebec. The Licence Libre du Québec (Québec Free and Open-Source Licence, LiliQ) should encourage the province’s public administrations to share their ICT solutions, establishing the government of Quebec as the licence authority.

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7 Truths that Open Source Struggles With

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Open source development has consistently proved many ideas that were once considered impossible. For instance, thanks to open source, we now know that people can be motivated by more than money, and that co-operation can be more effective in some aspects of development than competition.

Personally, I get a lot of self-satisfied glee each time that open source undermines yet another “fact” that everyone knows.

However, just because open source has consistently confounded common expectations does not mean that it is always right. There are at least seven assumptions that many in open source continue to believe, often in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary:

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Also: ETSI workshop brings together standards bodies, open source communities for 'NFV Village'

7 Truths that Open Source Struggles With

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Open source development has consistently proved many ideas that were once considered impossible. For instance, thanks to open source, we now know that people can be motivated by more than money, and that co-operation can be more effective in some aspects of development than competition.

Personally, I get a lot of self-satisfied glee each time that open source undermines yet another “fact” that everyone knows.

However, just because open source has consistently confounded common expectations does not mean that it is always right. There are at least seven assumptions that many in open source continue to believe, often in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

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  • Anonymous Open Source Projects
    He made it clear he is not advocating for this view, just a thought experiment. I had, well, a few thoughts on this. I tend to think of open source projects in three broad buckets. Firstly, we have the overall workflow in which the community works together to build things. This is your code review processes, issue management, translations workflow, event strategy, governance, and other pieces. Secondly, there are the individual contributions. This is how we assess what we want to build, what quality looks like, how we build modularity, and other elements. Thirdly, there is identity which covers the identity of the project and the individuals who contribute to it. Solomon taps into this third component.
  • Ostatic and Archphile Are Dead
    I’ve been meaning to write about the demise of Ostatic for a month or so now, but it’s not easy to put together an article when you have absolutely no facts. I first noticed the site was gone a month or so back, when an attempt to reach it turned up one of those “this site can’t be reached” error messages. With a little checking, I was able to verify that the site has indeed gone dark, with writers for the site evidently losing access to their content without notice. Other than that, I’ve been able to find out nothing. Even the site’s ownership is shrouded in mystery. The domain name is registered to OStatic Inc, but with absolutely no information about who’s behind the corporation, which has a listed address of 500 Beale Street in San Francisco. I made an attempt to reach someone using the telephone number included in the results of a “whois” search, but have never received a reply from the voicemail message I left. Back in the days when FOSS Force was first getting cranked up, Ostatic was something of a goto site for news and commentary on Linux and open source. This hasn’t been so true lately, although Susan Linton — the original publisher of Tux Machines — continued to post her informative and entertaining news roundup column on the site until early February — presumably until the end. I’ve reached out to Ms. Linton, hoping to find out more about the demise of Ostatic, but haven’t received a reply. Her column will certainly be missed.
  • This Week In Creative Commons History
    Since I'm here at the Creative Commons 2017 Global Summit this weekend, I want to take a break from our usual Techdirt history posts and highlight the new State Of The Commons report that has been released. These annual reports are a key part of the CC community — here at Techdirt, most of our readers already understand the importance of the free culture licensing options that CC provides to creators, but it's important to step back and look at just how much content is being created and shared thanks to this system. It also provides some good insight into exactly how people are using CC licenses, through both data and (moreso than in previous years) close-up case studies. In the coming week we'll be taking a deeper dive into some of the specifics of the report and this year's summit, but for now I want to highlight a few key points — and encourage you to check out the full report for yourself.
  • ASU’s open-source 'library of the stars' to be enhanced by NSF grant
  • ASU wins record 14 NSF career awards
    Arizona State University has earned 14 National Science Foundation early career faculty awards, ranking second among all university recipients for 2017 and setting an ASU record. The awards total $7 million in funding for the ASU researchers over five years.

R1Soft's Backup Backport, TrustZone CryptoCell in Linux

  • CloudLinux 6 Gets New Beta Kernel to Backport a Fix for R1Soft's Backup Solution
    After announcing earlier this week the availability of a new Beta kernel for CloudLinux 7 and CloudLinux 6 Hybrid users, CloudLinux's Mykola Naugolnyi is now informing us about the release of a Beta kernel for CloudLinux 6 users. The updated CloudLinux 6 Beta kernel is tagged as build 2.6.32-673.26.1.lve1.4.26 and it's here to replace kernel 2.6.32-673.26.1.lve1.4.25. It is available right now for download from CloudLinux's updates-testing repository and backports a fix (CKSIX-109) for R1Soft's backup solution from CloudLinux 7's kernel.
  • Linux 4.12 To Begin Supporting TrustZone CryptoCell
    The upcoming Linux 4.12 kernel cycle plans to introduce support for CryptoCell hardware within ARM's TrustZone.

Lakka 2.0 stable release!

After 6 months of community testing, we are proud to announce Lakka 2.0! This new version of Lakka is based on LibreELEC instead of OpenELEC. Almost every package has been updated! We are now using RetroArch 1.5.0, which includes so many changes that listing everything in a single blogpost is rather difficult. Read more Also: LibreELEC-Based Lakka 2.0 Officially Released with Raspberry Pi Zero W Support

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