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What's unique about open source people

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Welcome, one and all, to 2016. I wish every one of you a happy and prosperous new year.

I have been meaning to write this column for a while. It is one part observation, one part lecture, and mostly utter rambling, so please do stay with me. I hope that, if nothing else, this column shares an important insight that came to me a while back that you may find interesting.

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Ardour 4.6 Open Source DAW Software Lands in 2016 with Hundreds of New Features

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Just a few minutes ago, January 11, 2016, Paul Davis had the great pleasure of announcing the first update of his impressive Ardour open-source DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) in 2016, version 4.6.

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Best open source email security products

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Email security is of paramount concern in any organization. A significant percentage of malware is delivered via email, on the premise that an unsuspecting user will open the message, allowing the malware payload onto the user’s machine. From there, malware can worm its way into the network and wreak various kinds of havoc, often undetected, sometimes for months or even years. We decided to review four open source products to see if they could deliver enterprise-grade security. The four products were CipherMail, MailScanner Scrollout F1 and hMailServer.

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Open source licensing needs to grow up already

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Open source has won -- as a cauldron for innovation as well as a frictionless means of software distribution. So why are we still messing with obscure licensing minutiae?

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Interview: Jono Bacon

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He’s the Pharaoh of community management, but what led him to switch from Ubuntu to the millionaire philanthropic prize fund, XPRIZE?

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MKVToolNix v8.8.0 released

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A new year, a new release – v8.8.0. Only ten days since 8.7.0, but a lot of users are hitting a regression in 8.7.0 that makes mkvmerge crash. The user-visible result is that the GUI (wrongfully) claims that the mkvmerge executable couldn’t be found. The underlying cause is a bug in the TrueHD detection code wrongfully thinking a file is indeed a TrueHD file while it actually isn’t – e.g. it’s happened with MPEG 2 video files, DTS files, h.264/AVC files etc.

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Open source makes Big Data analytics software appealing to SMEs

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Big Data Analytics software revenues will experience strong growth, doubling its current global 2015 revenue of $36.20 billion (US Dollars) to $73.77 billion by 2021 and reaching $81 billion by 2022, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12% in the next seven years, according to Strategy Analytics IoT Strategies report "Big Data Analytics: The Internet of Things (IoT) Differentiator."

Strategy Analytics says that much of Big Data Analytics software will be open source which is less expensive than proprietary software. It will also have the ability to run on commodity hardware, which OEM vendors are betting will help broaden its appeal to small and midsize (SMBs) and midsize enterprises (SMEs).

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