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ownCloud 6 Community Edition Officially Released with Innovative Features

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ownCloud, Inc. is proud to announce today, December 11, that the Community Edition of its highly anticipated ownCloud 6 open source DIY (Do It Yourself) cloud server software is now available for download/upgrade with an improved design.

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Video interview with Google's Open Source Director Chris DiBona on a "default to code" mentality

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The second video features Jason Hibbets's full interview with Chris DiBona Open Source Director at Google. Find out how DiBona measures his performance, why he once called open source "brutal," and more on working for Google and the future of open source.

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What's keeping you from using open source software?

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Open source software (OSS), unlike proprietary software, is software that keeps the code open so IT professionals can alter, improve, and distribute it. Although it has been around since relatively early in the history of computers, in the past several years OSS has truly taken off, in what some might see as a surprising example of a successful communal collaboration.

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Open source 'wasn't available' two years ago, says Universal Credit chief

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The head of delivery for the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) flagship welfare reform project, Universal Credit, has said that the department didn’t adopt open source and web-based technologies at the beginning of the project because “such things weren’t available” two and a half years ago.

Howard Shiplee told the Work and Pensions Committee this week that the department is now using open source technologies in its enhanced version of Universal Credit, which was initially developed by the Government Digital Service (GDS) and will be rolled out nationally by 2017 for most claimants.

The existing system being used in pathfinder pilots and developed by the likes of IBM, HP and Accenture will be largely be replaced by the digital version.

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Open Source Tears Down Walled Gardens to Connect Internet of Everything

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History has proven that open source software and collaborative development can speed complex technology challenges that when those challenges are overcome, unleash new opportunities for consumer experiences. The AllSeen Alliance aims to take a page from the Linux and open source playbook to deliver the connected home and business of the future while helping to turn those analyst forecasts into real revenue for the world’s most innovative companies and new experiences for consumers and business users.

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Budapest district debunks misgivings over open source

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Habits and anxieties are holding back public administrations from switching to free software, says Tivadar Karay, head of the IT department of the 18th district of Budapest. The district commonly uses this type of ICT solutions, and has been for the past five years: "For pretty much everything, there is an open source alternative. Fear is unnecessary."

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Out in the Open: How to Resurrect a Dead Open Source Project

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What is Forked? It’s a site that resurrects abandoned open source projects. And that’s a welcome thing.

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HP Launches Portal to Sell Its Software Online

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Hewlett-Packard's Pronq is a new business set to directly sell HP software, including security, performance and business analytics.

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Moto G Goes Open Source

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The Moto G is one of the hottest new phones on the market and its OS, at least certain parts of it, has gone open source. Anyone looking to get a glimpse at the OS and kernel development for the Moto G can download the files from Motorola’s SourceForce page.

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How to make the brave move from commercial to open source

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I work for a private ISV and consultancy company focused on delivering software products for financial institutions. Three years ago my company decided to share our achievements and knowledge by publishing our application, FinTP, for processing financial transactions under an open source license.

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