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  • X.Org Is Looking For A Host For XDC 2017
  • Students showcase open source creations at Imagine RIT

    The ninth annual Imagine RIT, the Rochester Institute of Technology's annual innovation and creativity festival, was held on campus May 7. Each year, about 30,000 people arrive on campus to view student, faculty, and staff demonstrations. Visitors experience everything RIT has to offer through interactive presentations, hands-on demonstrations, exhibitions, and research projects set up throughout campus.

  • Gathering insights from data: An overview of the Elastic stack

    The Elastic stack is a versatile collection of open source software tools that make gathering insights from data easier. Formerly referred to as the ELK stack (in reference to Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana), the growing list of tools that integrate with the platform (such as Beats) have outgrown the acronym but provide ever-growing capability for users and developers alike.

    At the upcoming Southeast Linuxfest 2016, I'll be covering some of the steps to get started using each of these parts of the stack. In this article, we'll look at each in turn to summarize the capabilities, requirements, and interesting use cases that apply to each.

Splice Machine

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Spark Summit: IBM and Others

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5 Ways Open Source Programmers and Companies Make Money

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Open source software is usually free of cost. So how do open source developers and companies make money? Here's a look at different open source business models, and examples of companies and organizations that have successfully endorsed them.

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Finally there's an open source drop-in replacement for MS Office

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Personally, I'll be sticking with the one-two punch of Google Docs and LibreOffice...but I have no need to work with MS Office (as my editor now works with LibreOffice as well). However, it's reassuring to know, should I have to open an MS Office password protected file (or a file that LibreOffice doesn't care for), I now have an option.

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Red Hat open sources how it makes decisions

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Five core open source principles--open exchange, participation, meritocracy, community, and release early and often--are outlined in Red Hat's framework.

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ReactOS Is a Promising Open Source Windows Replacement

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ReactOS is the closest working clone of the proprietary Microsoft Windows OS that currently is available. Its developers are meeting their stated goal of creating a quality operating system that is compatible with applications and drivers written for the Microsoft Windows NT family of operating systems: NT4, 2000, XP, Windows 2003, Vista and Windows 7.

What they have not fully explained is how ReactOS avoids the vulnerabilities that render the outdated OSes unsafe to use online today. The Windows OS security flaws may not be a pressing issue, though, since the developers have created a clone rather than duplicating Windows code.

Open source fans might be drawn to future developments of ReactOS for the same reasons of choice and freedom that draw them to the Linux OS families.

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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  • Firefox 47.0 Is Ready For Release

    The final expected binaries of Firefox 47.0 are now available ahead of the expected official debut tomorrow.

    Firefox 47.0 now supports embedded YouTube videos with HTML5 vieo even if Flash is not installed, the Firefox User Extension Library was removed, ChaCha20/Poly1305 ciphers were added, various HTML5 WebCrypto additions, and other improvements. Firefox 47.0 also now supports Google's Widevine CDM, but unfortunately that's just for Windows and OS X right now.

  • Productivity tips for working from home in tech

    Dave Stokes is a MySQL Community Manager at Oracle and leads the North Texas MySQL User Group. He'll be speaking at SouthEast LinuxFest in Charlotte, NC this year (June 10-12, 2016) about Working From Home: Tips For Keeping Your Sanity, Productivity, and a Manatee.

  • Flatpak is gaining momentum

    The Xdg App project has been renamed to Flatpak to get an easy-to-remember name and reflect that after almost two years of development it’s finally ready for broader adoption.

  • No poop, Datadog loops in Hadoop

    As such, cloud applications require monitoring tools so that we can look at their workflow metrics, external dependencies, stress levels, idle periods, bottlenecks and resource allocation ineffeciencies.

  • DragonFlyBSD Has Initial NVMe Driver Support

    The DragonFlyBSD kernel now has an initial NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) driver for supporting these modern, super-fast storage solutions.

    A few days back Matthew Dillon added the initial NVMe driver code and since then he's begun to work it into basic shape.

  • Alejandro Aravena's Downloadable Housing Plans and the Real Meaning of "Open-Source Urbanism"

    Earlier this year, we reported that 2016 Pritzker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena announced that his practice, ELEMENTAL, released four of their social housing designs available to the public for open source use. A recent article published by Urbanisms in beta discusses what exactly “open source use” means to the architecture world, and how we may see these designs applied to projects in the future.

  • Priorities: Better data use, reduce administrative burden

    Better use and reuse of data, and a reduction in the administrative burden are two eGovernment priorities, according to a statement concluding last week’s 'Digital Open Government: next step to maturity' conference.

  • UK continues to refine central govt. platform

    The United Kingdom is continuing to improve its central eGovernment service platform, GOV.UK. “The major focus of our improvement effort this year is to make it possible for organisations across government to join their content together as coherent services for users”, writes Neil Williams, head of GOV.UK.

    The UK’s Government Digital Service is rebuilding the way services publish and share content on GOV.UK, providing a publishing API. GDS is standardising publishing methods, to harmonise the look of content that is being made available. The agency is also merging several databases into one, to prevent data duplication and data mismatches, and is improving the caching technology for the platform.

  • "Put more commitments on open budgets and public participation in new OGP Action Plans"

    Countries working on their new OGP Action Plans should incorporate more steps to increase budget and fiscal transparency. They should also create more opportunities for public participation in the design and implementation of fiscal policies in the whole budget cycle, as well as in the delivery of public services and the construction of public investment projects. So says Murray Petrie, Lead Technical Advisor to the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT), in a recent blog post.

  • PyCon Report, 2016
  • Charting Pulp’s Issues, Stories, etc

    Redmine’s charting capabilites make it easy to visualize bug counts, story counts, and other metrics on our community issue tracker at Below is a video showing off the charting capabilities and some simple interpretation about what these charts mean. Here is a link to the charting area so you can check it out for yourself.

  • Commission renews focus on standards for services

    The European Commission will investigate if there are duplicate or conflicting service standards in the EU. The EC also wants to get standardisation organisations and stakeholders to agree on priorities for these standards, it announced in its 2017 annual work programme. Examples of service standards include terminology on hotels and other tourism accommodation.


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  • SDN is Coming. Is Your Workforce Ready?

    SDN will not emerge in a vacuum, however, and with the entire data center turning into a software construct, today’s network manager will find that tomorrow’s enterprise will require skills in storage, server and virtual infrastructure as well. And all the while, new technologies like containers will be coming online that must be integrated into an increasingly dynamic data environment. As’s Amber Ankerholz points out, Docker utilizes SDN and VXLAN technologies reasonably well, but numerous development projects like Calico and Weaveworks are underway to enable crucial management, integration and orchestration functions. All of this will simply add to the burden of learning the ins and outs of maintaining connectivity across abstract and increasingly distributed infrastructure.

  • AT&T: Domain 2.0 has upset vendors' business models, says Prabhu

    AT&T's (NYSE: T) creation of the Domain 2.0 program, which is driven by the implementation of software-defined networks (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV), is causing the telecom equipment industry to rethink how they deliver products and services.

  • SDN Factors Into Packet Optical Convergence

    Earlier this year, Facebook led the charge to launch a new open source group – the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) – whose mission is to improve global Internet connections. TIP will employ the same methods Facebook has used to re-design data centers via its Open Compute Project (OCP). Some of TIP’s goals are lofty: such as rethinking network architectures and bringing the Internet to underserved regions of the globe.

  • Support Builds for P4 to Boost NFV

    In a world where network processors are viewed as a commodity, the assumption is that most innovation will be driven by software. But support is building for the P4 language to boost NFV, as chip specialists point to hardware improvements that will be key for more demanding applications in a virtualized environment.

    “Too many people think innovation is all about software,” says Cliff Grossner, an industry analyst with Infonetics. “The pendulum is now swinging back to hardware.”

Leftovers: OSS

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  • What we can learn from ownCloud's collapse

    OwnCloud was founded by Frank Karlitschek in 2010, a KDE developer who created many other open source projects. Concerned about the rise of proprietary cloud, Karlitschek's vision for ownCloud was to give users complete control over their cloud storage and sync software.

    After the successful launch of the project, Karlitschek started looking to build a business model around it. In 2012, he co-founded ownCloud Inc. with Markus Rex. They raised over $10 million in venture capital and the company was growing tremendously well.

  • Open Source's Big Challenges Today: Cloud, IoT and Closed Distributions

    Open source has become the "default" way to build software. But that does not mean open source has overcome all challenges. New ones are arising as the cloud and embedded computing (including in the Internet of Things) expand.

    The software world has come very far since Richard Stallman launched the free software movement by founding GNU in 1984. It drives billion-dollar businesses like Red Hat. It powers a majority of smartphones in the form of Android (which is only kind of open source, but still). It delivers scalable, low-cost ways to build clouds through platforms like OpenStack and ownCloud.

  • Russia’s VisionLabs partners with Facebook, Google for machine vision

    RUSSIA: A Russian developer here has created an open source computer vision platform, in collaboration with Facebook and Google that acts as a teaching machine and enables them to "see".

  • Russia's VisionLabs Collaborates With Facebook, Google on Machine Vision

    A Russian developer in Skolkovo has created an open source computer vision platform, in collaboration with Facebook and Google, that acts as a teaching machine and enables them "see".

  • Introducing Runway, a distributed systems design tool

    As of three weeks ago, we open sourced Runway (MIT license), and there’s a live version running at The project is still in early stages of development, but we wanted to start growing the community now. We invite others to browse the existing models, build and share their own models, and help contribute to Runway’s development. We’re looking for help in a variety of areas, including compilers and programming languages, model checking optimizations, front-end, UX, and documentation. But most of all, we’re really excited to see what models you build and share with the world!

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Fedora Makes Progress On Their New Modularity Concept

After abandoning their Fedora Server 27 Modular Edition work last year, Fedora developers interested in modularizing Fedora packaging have drawn up new plans that are now approved by the Fedora Council. At Wednesday's Fedora Council meeting, the new Fedora modularization plan was approved. The goal outlined by "Objective: Fedora Modularization — The Release" is "Modularity will transform the all-in-one Fedora OS into an operating system plus a module repository, which will contain a wide selection of software easily maintained by packagers. This iteration of the Objective focuses on the second part — providing a wide selection software in various versions — while laying the groundwork for the first." The new Fedora Modular plans no longer involve modularizing the entire distribution but rather "traditionally built packages" will remain and only components benefiting from modular features would be modularized. The components targeted are things like database servers, web servers, Node.js, etc, where users may prefer sticking to one particular version of a program and not upgrade until it's end-of-life or has other particular reasons to want to move on to a newer version. Read more Also: PHP version 7.1.14RC1 and 7.2.2RC1

Games: Slay the Spire, OVIVO, Unity

  • Slay the Spire fuses together a roguelike with a card game, it's rather fun
    What do you get when you throw cards at a roguelike? Slay the Spire [Steam, Official Site] answers that question and then some! Do note, that it's currently in Early Access so it's still getting new content updates and bug fixes. Here's some initial thoughts after spending some time with it.
  • OVIVO is a platformer with some rather unusual mechanics, it's also now on Linux
    I've played many platformers in my time and OVIVO [Steam, Official Site] stands quite tall as something rather unique in a sea of games.
  • Unity Game Engine Working On Graphics Rendering Improvements For 2018
    The Unity game engine has a New Year's resolution of improving its graphics renderer abilities in 2018.
  • [Unity] 2018 and Graphics
    The Unity 2018 release cycle will have a heavy focus on graphics! There are a number of features that will be released during 2018 that will drastically enhance Unity’s rendering capabilities. Hopefully you will find a new feature for every type of user, such as the visual tools for artists or more powerful rendering control for low-level engineers. We are very excited to share with you what we are working on, and we can’t wait to see what you’ll make with it!

Wine 3.0

  • Wine 3.0 Released
    The Wine team is proud to announce that the stable release Wine 3.0 is now available.
  • Wine 3.0 Officially Released with Android Driver, Direct3D 11 and 10 Support
    The Wine (Wine Is Not an Emulator) project has been updated today to version 3.0, a major release that ends 2017 in style for the open-source compatibility layer capable of running Windows apps and games on Linux-based and UNIX-like operating systems. Almost a year in the works, Wine 3.0 comes with amazing new features like an Android driver that lets users run Windows apps and games on Android-powered machines, Direct3D 11 support enabled by default for AMD Radeon and Intel GPUs, AES encryption support on macOS, Progman DDE support, and a task scheduler.
  • Wine 3.0 Released With Initial Direct3D 11 Support, D3D Command Stream
    The Wine camp has officially released Wine 3.0 as their annual feature update to this program for running Windows games/applications on Linux and other operating systems.
  • The big Wine 3.0 release is now officially available
    Good things come to those who wait, like a fine Wine. Today the Wine team has officially release the next stable version Wine 3.0 [Official Site]. After around a year of development during the 2.x cycle, Wine 3.0 brings in some major changes towards better game and application support for those of you wanting to run Windows-only stuff on Linux. It's nowhere near perfect, but it's a massive advancement for the Wine project and provides a good base for them to continue onwards.

today's leftovers

  • Amazing Facts about Linux Operating System You Probably Don't Know [Ed: This gets some facts wrong, right from the very first sentence]
    It was almost 20 years ago when the first version of Linux came into the market and since then, this operating system has made its important stature beside Microsoft Windows. Linux has turned out to be one of the most acknowledged and extensively used operating system. Enthused by UNIX, Linux has smartly managed to attract a lot of tech giants such as Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Twitter, Amazon, and much more. However, when it comes to assessing the exact rate of adoption of Linux in the market, the task is a bit tough since the sources to get copies are wide in number. Appreciating workers' and developers' hard-work, Linux has been designed in such a way that exploring and learning things on this operating system has become quite captivating and enthralling. In this post, let's know more about amazing features and facts of this operating system.
  • MenuLibre 2.1.4 Released For Menu Editing On GNOME/LXDE/Xfce/Unity
    MenuLibre is an advanced menu editor that supports not just one desktop environment but GNOME, LXDE, Xfce, Cinnamon, and Unity Linux systems. Today's MenuLibre 2.1.4 for advanced menu editing of Linux desktop systems has a new "test launcher" option, new sorting abilities for menus, new layout preferences for desktops supporting client-side decorations, improved file handling, and many bug fixes.
  • EU Makes EUR 1B Bid to Boost Supercomputer Efforts
    The market for High-Performance Computing (HPC) has increasingly been dominated in recent years by China. Now the European Union (EU) is aiming to get back into the hunt with a new initiative called the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking. The goal of the EuroHPC effort is to acquire, build and deploy a world-class High-Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructure. The effort will also involve the development of application software that will run on the HPC infrastructure. The EU will contribute EUR 486 million, which will be matched by Member States and associated countries. According to the EU, approximately EUR 1 billion in total will be invested in the effort by 2020.
  • EasyLinux Show 18.2 | Meltdown, Spectre and Linux Mint
  • Videos on Samba shares
    A longstanding complaint about KDE Plasma is that it’s a pain in the butt to stream videos that are located on Samba shares. It’s a usability issue for sure. I’d like to talk a bit about the origins of the problem and how I helped drive a solution.
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