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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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5 Advantages of Open Source Software

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Open source software (OSS) are accessible under a software authorization that enables individuals to access the source code and customize it according to their needs so providing the capability to tailor the software for different jobs. The program license keeps the right of the individual to modify and customize it in any way they desire. This feature is the major difference among open source software and blocked source software model. The blocked source model enables only the developer of the application to access and customize the program according to their requirements.

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5 must-have open source apps for Windows, Mac, and Linux

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Many, if not most, people, myself included, run a heterogeneous environment, picking the appropriate operating system or platform for the job. To have some level of consistency in my cross-platform workflow I choose applications that I can run on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. And it’s icing on the cake if these applications are open source.

Here, then, are some of the best open source and free apps I've found for my heterogeneous environment.

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Networking is the next frontier for open source software

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We've often heard that the demand for programmers is leading to a skills shortage in the coding sector. Linux already pumps a lot of money into education. Is it time we saw coding as a curriculum staple in schools? Zemlin reminded us that, while its an emphatic 'yes', there's more to it than just lines of code.

"In the US you are starting to see schools putting programming and coding into the curriculum. But coding can sometimes get in the way of actually understanding how a computer works, and that's where you get something like the Raspberry Pi which was designed to allow Cambridge students to actually understand how a computer works," he explained.

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‘France's open source policy spurs ICT market’

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France’s policies on open source and open data are helping to create a market for French ICT service providers, says Didier Tranchier, Professor of Innovation Management at Institut Mines-Telecom, a research institute.

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