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Beware of Open Source Software Zombies

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TL;DR — When putting source code into the open, reserve some time & energy to build a community around it, otherwise: zombie.

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Teaching big data processing with open source software

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The current move towards open data generating massive amounts of data, needs real-time processing needing intelligent solutions to process it. Having more tools which are open source can fuel further open data research impacting not only computing, but social sciences, where economists and governments can make use of big data as well.

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Concurrent launches open-source CDN platform

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Concurrent, a provider of high-performance Linux and storage products, announced a new open-source content delivery network (CDN) platform. Concurrent's new CDN platform combines open-source technologies with the company's enterprise support services to deliver streaming video and other content to consumers on connected devices. Concurrent is leveraging community-driven open-source technologies including Apache Traffic Server for caching and streaming, Traffic Control for request routing, Ceph for storage and its own packaged feature enhancements to create a CDN platform that is well-suited for commercial applications.

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FFmpeg 2.8 "Feynman" Switches Default Encoders for WebM to VP9 and Opus

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On September 9, the FFmpeg developers had the great pleasure of announcing the release and immediate availability for download of the FFmpeg 2.8 open-source and cross-platform software used for recording, converting, and streaming audio and video.

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Node.js Fork is Done as Node v 4.0.0 Released

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Now the first code release as part of the Node.js Foundation is out with v 4.0.0.

"This release represents countless hours of hard work encapsulated in both the Node.js project and the io.js project that are now combined in a single codebase," the Node.js foundation wrote in a blog post. "The Node.js project is now operated by a team of 44 collaborators, 15 of which form its Technical Steering Committee (TSC). Further, over 100 new individuals have been added to the list of people contributing code to core since v0.12.7."

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New open source tool to help reporters rethink quotes in stories

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QuickQuote, which was open-sourced last week, requires users to upload their video footage and then provides an automated transcription using natural language processing.

After the transcription is generated, the user can click anywhere in the text to see and hear the corresponding video and audio, highlighting their desired quote with their mouse.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Inkscape Workshop at Smallworld

    Last weekend, I had the first Inkscape workshop at smallworld. It was very successful, we had 13 participants.

  • Bugzilla Bug Tracker Was Key to Recent Firefox Security Snafu

    The Bugzilla bug tracker has been a major part of how Mozilla has kept Firefox secure and stable for a long time, but according to the company, it was also the key to a recent attack on Firefox browser users. "An attacker was able to break into a privileged user's account and download security-sensitive information about flaws in Firefox and other Mozilla products," Mozilla said Friday in an FAQ about the security snafu (PDF doownload available). "Information uncovered in our investigation suggests that the user re¬used their Bugzilla password with another website, and the password was revealed through a data breach at that site."

  • Open source platform as a service doesn't always come easy

    Open source platform as a service can ease cloud app development and deployment. But it also poses these six challenges for developers and the business.

  • WordPress 4.3 getting slow you might need an update

    I recently received Debian bug report #798350 where the user had a problem with wordpress. After upgrading to version 4.3, the webservers performance degrades over time. The problem is also reported at the wordpress site with bug WordPress ticket 33423 including the fix.

  • Apps, bots, drones, and 3D printers: Coming to a school near you?

    I work at a university, in the computer science department, and my college-age students have access to all this technology and more. Imagine the things they're able to do and create—better yet, imagine the things they'll be able to do and create in five years with the next generation of all these technologies in the workplace and at home.

  • 15 open web advocates to follow on Twitter

    Working on the Open Web is a niche area of the greater open source community. Usually the work does not get the same level of fanfare of other areas of open source, but the work is very important.

    Here, I've compiled a list of 15 people helping move the Open Web forward you should follow on Twitter. All of them are doing amazing work and have great content to share and will help keep you up to date on important things happening on the Open Web.

  • Every Lesson Is an Experiment with 'Open Source' Science Class

    If you ask Rosalind Poon about the science class of yester-year -- the kind my generation, my parents' generation and their parents' generation attended, where the entire class follows the same instructions for an experiment like it was a recipe for baking cookies -- it doesn't explain how real science happens.

    "If you think about champagne or penicillin," said Poon, teacher consultant with the Richmond School District and a trained biology teacher, "a lot of our discoveries are discovered by mistake."

  • Three New Experiments in Science Education
  • A closer look at the world's first open digital cinema camera

    The journey of the AXIOM camera began years ago with simple, small devices, and then gained suuport in 2014 with a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign that exceeded its funding goal. A couple months later, a grant from the European Union gave the project the financial momentum it needed to move forward.

  • Reedsy Launches Open Source Author Survey

    How much money do authors typically make? And how much does it cost an author to self-publish a book?

    Questions like these are part of a new author survey launched by Reedsy, an all-encompassing self-publishing platform.

  • Open Data: 'civic engagement' is on the cusp

    Mark Headd is the key guy when it comes to developer evangelism at Accela -- the firm provides cloud-based 'civic engagement' solutions for government.

  • Pratham's big free for all

    On International Literacy Day today Pratham Books threw open a portal that makes their collection of original books free to download, read, and disseminate.

  • International Literacy Day: A digital open source for books and images

    It's part of children's rights: the right to education. And Pratham Books takes children very seriously. Their motto: a book in every child's hands has been something that they have worked together for, for many years.

  • HippyVM Sounds Interesting, But Only If It Would Work Right

    HippyVM is an open-source project that's striving for 100% compatibility with Zend PHP while being more than seven times faster than stock PHP and more than twice as fast as Facebook's HHVM.

Munich and Europe

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  • Munich Becomes A Big Contributor To Open-Source

    The arguably best town in the world is now even better! The beautiful city of Munich has become "a major contributor to open-source."

  • After Ditching Microsoft, the City of Munich Is Now an Open Source Contributor

    The city of Munich became famous in the open source community by ditching its dependency on Microsoft products and adopting open source. This, in turn, is having a secondary effect on the community because the developers working with the city are now contributing code back.

  • Belgian HR agency promoting use of open badges

    Selor, the recruitment and selection agency for the Belgian public administration, is encouraging the use of Mozilla’s open badges, aiming to make the recognising of skills and achievements interoperable across organisations and systems. The HR agency is one of the organisers of the first Belgian workshop on Open Badges on 26 November.

Open Source CMS Platform Acquired

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Events: 30 years Free Software Foundation, ownCloud, and Linux/FOSS Promotional Events

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  • Birthday party at Endocode in Berlin: 30 years Free Software Foundation

    On 3 October 2015 Free Software Foundation Europe invites you for the 30th birthday party of the Free Software Foundation. While the main event will take place in Boston/USA, there will be several satellite birthday parties around the world to celebrate 30 years of empowering people to control technology, and one of them will be at Endocode in Berlin.

  • Lightning Fast

    For the last two years, we had only lightning talks & workshops at the ownCloud Contributor Conference. This is an exceptionally good model for creation-type events like ours and your event might benefit from it, too.

  • Looking Ahead to New Linux/FOSS Promotional Events

    While the FOSS/Linux expo season is winding down – Ohio Linux Fest, All Things Open and the Seattle GNU/Linux Conference (SeaGL) next month, and Fossetcon in November in sunny Florida, before we ramp up for the first-of-the-year 2016 event at SCALE 14x in January – thoughts wander to other events that could possibly take place sometime in the future, with a little imagination.

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