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Halogenics bets on Javascript, open source

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Melbourne-based software developer Halogenics is hoping within the next few months to have prototype versions of the next-generation of its Genotrack application.

Genotrack, which helps biomedical research institutions manage animal tracking, breeding and reporting, is currently based on a classic client-server architecture.

Genotrack 2 will be a Web application built with open source components including MongoDB for the database component and a Node.js-based application server with a Sencha Ext JS interface.

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How to embrace the open source workforce

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Enterprises learned an important lesson on their way to embracing open source software: they could benefit from work that came from outside of their own rosters of employees. Now businesses are beginning to recognize that open source lessons apply beyond software development, and they are finding new ways to seek out talent beyond their walls.

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OpenStack: Can the open-source platform still win private cloud?

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"I think that doing open source work in a full committee style is often like pouring 1,000 engineers into a barrel and hoping they'll produce the works of Shakespeare. The monkeys in the barrel just don't manage to get it together, everybody wants to be the king and the directions and the priorities change.

"It's a very different situation to something like Linux, where you have a benevolent dictator Linus Torvalds controlling everything, or like Docker, where there is a corporate entity ultimately controlling the road map."

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3 steps to writing an open source project case study

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Case studies about open source project participants and users are a great way to showcase your project and how it works in the real world.

Such studies will highlight interesting features of your software, demonstrate different (and potentially unique) ways your project is in use, and foster positive communication among members of your community.

Case studies are also about transparency: while talking to the end user of your software, you can also learn about things that are not necessarily running smoothly in your project. And although no one loves to hear about the things that are going wrong, such feedback can also be invaluable to you and your team.

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Hungary universities move to EuroOffice and ODF

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The Eötvös University and Szeged University in Hungary are increasing their use of EuroOffice and the Open Document Format (ODF), reports MultiRáció, the Budapest-based ICT firm that develops EuroOffice. Together, the two universities have about 45,000 students. In February the company signed a licence and support contract for 34,000 copies of EuroOffice.

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Docker and Containers

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  • Resin.io Raises Series A Funding to Transform IoT Development Using Linux Containers

    Resin.io, a disruptor in making IoT development as easy as web development, today announced a $3M Series A funding round led by DFJ, with participation from The OpenFund and angels Gil Dibner and Panos Papadopoulos. The investment will be used to expand its team, broaden its hardware platform support, and accelerate product development to deliver on its vision of making software development for embedded systems as easy as it is for cloud applications today.

  • Resin.io Launches And Raises Cash To Aid IoT Development

    The internet of things (IoT) is getting a lot of attention right now. It is, after all, an alluring story – 50 billion or so devices and sensors connected to the internet and all delivering immense amounts of valuable data that is just waiting to be harnessed for the betterment of corporations, individuals and the world. Or at least that is the general tone of the multitudinous press releases about new IoT offering that cross my desk every day.

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Open-Source Darling Docker Cracks The Billion-Dollar Club With $95 Million Raise

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Just two years after it was treading water as a fading startup called dotCloud, open-source darling Docker is soaring. The company announced Tues. it had raised a $95 million Series D funding that should value the company at about $1 billion, making it the latest in a wave of private tech companies to join the billion-dollar ranks.

The funding comes just half a year after Docker had raised its last funding and was led by a previously minor investor in the startup, Insight Venture Partners, alongside new investors Coatue, Goldman Sachs and Northern Trust . A who’s-who of venture firms already backing Docker re-upped in the round: Benchmark, Greylock Partners, Sequoia Capital, Trinity Ventures and Jerry Yang’s AME Cloud Ventures. While Docker didn’t disclose its valuation from the round, sources with knowledge peg the company’s pre-money valuation at just under $1 billion. PitchBook pegs the post-money valuation at $1.07 billion.

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This open-source personal crypto-key vault wants two things: To make the web safer ... and your donations

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An open-source hardware project aimed at making the internet "a little bit safer" needs an influx of cash to continue its work.

The Cryptech effort was created following revelations from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden that the US government and its pals are exploiting standards and weak crypto algorithms to gain access to citizens' private correspondence and documents.

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The makerspace is the next open source frontier

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I have long believed that open source is where society innovates. When we can build technology together, we can explore, experiment, and do great things. This is why open source runs the infrastructure of the world and many of the devices in our homes and pockets.



Part of the reason why open source works is that we figured out how to work together effectively to improve and refine technology. We often talk about community in the open source world but I think we often forget, or don't realize, just how weird our communities are.

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Curoverse Begins Trial Run for Open Source Genomics Tool

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The move is the latest step for Curoverse, a startup that emerged from George Church’s Personal Genome Project at Harvard. The PGP was a plan led by Church to sequence more than 100,000 genomes in the U.S. and link them to individuals’ health information. (The same kind of aggregation, but of 1 million people’s genomic and other health information, is a goal of the Obama administration’s Precision Medicine Initiative.) Church needed a massive database to house all that information, and that’s what led to the creation of Arvados. It’s a database capable of storing giant amounts of genomic information, it’s shareable, it can run on both public and private cloud services, and it’s an open source platform, so anyone can use or modify the source code.

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The Internet Without Connection, Free Endless OS For Emerging Markets

There are four billion people on the planet without PCs or access to affordable personal computers. That figure should surely be tempered with some contextualization i.e. not everybody actually wants to have an Internet connection and many traditional, native or bucolic ways of live do still exist on the planet. Regardless, there are a batch of global initiatives in existence which seek to give computer access to every man, woman and especially child. Endless OS is one such project. The free operating system has been designed explicitly to work in the expensive or restrictive Internet data conditions that often exist in emerging markets where fabulously affordable broadband has yet to arrive. The software itself is built to provide useful information and educational content, with or without an Internet connection. Read more