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CenturyLink contributes 3 projects to open-source community

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FLOSS, The Right Way To Do Policing IT In Belgium (and EU IT)

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  • FLOSS, The Right Way To Do Policing IT In Belgium

    A corollaries to the “no vendor lock-in” part are that organizations have total control of IT and cooperating developers/organizations are united rather than divided by “the vendor”. The world can and does make its own software for less than the monopolists would. There’s just no reason at all that the world should pay multiple times over the cost of developing software when they can do it themselves.

  • Belgium police sharing and reusing web technology

    Belgium’s police forces are increasingly switching to open source web technology. The federal police and already 49 local police forces across the country are using the platform for their websites. In total 126 of police websites in Belgium are reusing and sharing the platform.

  • Ukrainian eGovernment website run by volunteers

    Services provided by Ukrainian ministries and governmental agencies are now accessible online, using the volunteer-run eGovernment portal. The site is an of Ukrainian citizens’ initiative that is being assisted by some government agencies, according to press reports.


    In the introduction to their portal, the volunteers explain that their aim is to fight government corruption and speed-up business processes in the Ukraine’s public institutions. The group is looking for volunteers with experience in developing IT solutions, inviting them to register. “When public services are transferred to electronic form, they become more transparent and formalised. No longer requiring meetings also takes away the possibility of government officials demanding bribes.”

  • Norway updates list of IT procurement templates

    The Norwegian government has updated its IT procurement templates, Difi, the country’s Agency for Public Management and eGovernment, announced on 2 July. New provisions in the so-called State Standard Agreements should make it easier to request and offer standardised products and services, and the templates no longer distinguish between large and small contract agreements.

  • Study: Cross-border health care directive ‘unknown’

    Patients need to be made aware of the possibilities of cross-border healthcare in EU Member States, according to a study commissioned by the EC on the transposition of the Cross-border Care Directive. “The implementation could benefit from more targeted and regular publicity and communication activities”, the study writes. “Evidence indicates that demand for cross-border healthcare would be larger should the patients be made aware of the possibilities offered.”

  • Study: Points of Single Contact ‘perform mediocre’

    The performance of Europe’s Points of Single Contact is mediocre, according to a study commissioned by the EC and published on 29 June. All PSCs score about average in an evaluation of the quality and availability of information. Similarly, tests of their online administrative procedures and the accessibility for cross-border users show the PSC are falling short of their goal.

Open Hardware

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  • Local companies use open-source hardware

    You probably know the Linux penguin, that cud­dly mascot of open-source software, but do you know the mascot of open-source hardware?

  • Why open hardware is winning

    While recently demonstrating a prototype to a family member I was asked, "Are you going to patent that?" While happy to see such enthusiasm, I tactfully declared that I couldn’t seek a patent, as it was built using open source components. This perplexed my family member who, being from a generation or two (or three) before me, thought that is how "inventing things works." So, I did my best to explain the seemingly "hippie-ish" concepts of open source, copyleft, and Creative Commons licenses to someone from America’s Greatest Generation with little success.

    In the end, we simply agreed to disagree on the issues of patents and capitalist pursuit.

  • Open Source Digital Walkie Talkie Development Board (video)

    Makers, developers and hobbyists that are looking to build different communication systems may be interested in a tiny open source digital walkie-talkie development board that is being launched several Kickstarter crowdfunding website.

Researcher lashes out at Hacking Team over open-source code discovery

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System security researcher Colin Mulliner said in a blog post on Tuesday that he discovered his open-source creations were being used -- without notice or permission by Hacking Team -- after individuals on Twitter pointed it out and he received a flood of emails and personal notifications.

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Kodi 15.0 – Isengard – One Release to Rule Them All

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We are proud to announce the release of Kodi 15.0. No new name this time around, but many new features that cover requests both more than 5 years old and less than 5 months old. Let’s take a quick look at a few.

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Open source experts sound off on Canonical's IP policy reaching GPL compliance

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I spoke with several experts on free and open source software, some of whom were close to the situation itself, about the implications of the latest developments with Canonical's IP policy.

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My Linux Story

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I am Technical Trainer and Consultant specializing in Open Source technologies. The majority of my career has centered around Linux operating system deployment, configuration, and interoperability. I mostly work with Red Hat products and their upstream and downstream projects. For the past two years I have also worked with Cloudera and projects related to the Apache Hadoop ecosystem. I also have a particular interest in security topics.

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​Cloud Native Computing Foundation seeks to forge cloud and container unity

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Open-source communities seem to do a better job than standards committees in creating new software that sticks to a common plan. In the latest example, The Linux Foundation, is once more fostering a new group: The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). The CNCF, building on the newly laid foundation of Kubernetes 1.0, will seek to bring unification and creativity to cloud native applications and services.

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Also: ​Google releases Kubernetes 1.0: Container management will never be the same

Profile of an Everyday FOSS Developer

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Software. It’s been a thing that has fascinated me for decades. As a layman, the fact that lines of gibberish can be aligned to make a computer do the things wanted or needed is almost miraculous and resides in the shadows between magic and science. I am almost childlike when being shown how that gibberish makes devices do their stuff…stuff I want to to do.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • The Open Source Initiative Welcomes Mifos Initiative

    The Open Source Initiative® (OSI) this week welcomed The Mifos Initiative as the latest Affiliate Member to join the global non-profit focused on promoting and protecting open source software, development and communities.

  • Pixar Presents A Blender To Renderman Plugin

    Earlier this year pixar released a free, non-commercial version of Renderman, their photo-realistic 3D rendering software used within the company's animated movies. Coming out now thanks to work by Pixar and the community is a Blender-to-Renderman exporter plug-in.

  • Haiku OS Working On A Systemd-Inspired Boot Daemon

    Haiku OS, the BeOS-inspired open-source operating system, has reached the point of being feature-complete for launch_daemon, their new boot/service manager partially inspired by systemd.

  • Containerizing OpenStack with Docker, Google joins the OpenStack Foundation, and more
  • Free Training on Hadoop and Big Data Proliferates

    The good news is that free and low-cost training offerings for Hadoop are proliferating in both classroom settings and online. Here are just a few opportuntities you can take advantage of.

  • Virtualized Hadoop: A brief look at the possibility

    Hadoop, or formally Apache Hadoop, is the popular software for creating clusters of computers to handle large data sets, known familiarly as big data. It is an open source project that has gathered support from Yahoo! (where it began as a project in 2005), Cloudera, Hortonworks, Twitter, LinkedIn, VMware, Intel, and others.

  • Open Document Format 1.2 Makes It As Latest ISO/IEC Standard

    The Document Foundation announced this week that ODF (Open Document Format) v1.2 has been published as an international standard by the ISO/IEC.

  • SPI Has Published Their 2015 Annual Report With A Look At Debian, Arch Financials

    Software in the Public Interest (SPI), the organization that represents the finances for Arch Linux, Debian,, and other countless other free software projects, has published their annual report that offers a glimpse into the financials of these open projects.

  • What is open science?

    In his autobiography, Just for Fun, Linux creator Linus Torvalds argues that the open source process tends to mirror the scientific enterprise. "Science was originally viewed as something dangerous, subversive, and antiestablishment—basically how software companies sometimes view open source," he writes. And like science, Torvalds suggests, open source drives innovation: "It is creating things that until recently were considered impossible, and opening up unexpected new markets."

  • 5 human-powered open hardware projects

    Thanks in large part to open hardware platforms like BITalino, biosignals are no longer bound to the walls of a medical practice; whether you're looking for the next cool project or to learn something new over summer vacation, physiological computing has plenty to offer. This article highlights a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

  • Pyston Continues Working On Performance Optimizations

    Pyston, the Dropbox-backed open-source Python implementation that leverages LLVM for greater performance, is continuing to tweak its implementation for maximum performance potential.

  • PHP 7.0 Beta 1 Brings Better Performance, New Language Features

    The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 7.0.0 Beta 1. This is the third pre-release of the new PHP 7 major series. All users of PHP are encouraged to test this version carefully, and report any bugs and incompatibilities in the bug tracking system.

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Linaro beams LITE at Internet of Things devices

Linaro launched a “Linaro IoT and Embedded” (LITE) group, to develop end-to-end open source reference software for IoT devices and applications. Linaro, which is owned by ARM and major ARM licensees, and which develops open source software for ARM devices, launched a Linaro IoT and Embedded (LITE) Segment Group at this week’s Linaro Connect event in Las Vegas. The objective of the LITE initiative is to produce “end to end open source reference software for more secure connected products, ranging from sensors and connected controllers to smart devices and gateways, for the industrial and consumer markets,” says Linaro. Read more Also:

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    With the objective of producing reference software for more secure connected products, ranging from sensors and connected controllers to smart devices and gateways, for the industrial and consumer markets, Linaro has announced LITE: Collaborative Software Engineering for the Internet of Things (IoT). Linaro and the LITE members will work to reduce fragmentation in operating systems, middleware and cloud connectivity solutions, and will deliver open source device reference platforms to enable faster time to market, improved security and lower maintenance costs for connected products. Industry interoperability of diverse, connected and secure IoT devices is a critical need to deliver on the promise of the IoT market, the organisation says. “Today, product vendors are faced with a proliferation of choices for IoT device operating systems, security infrastructure, identification, communication, device management and cloud interfaces.”
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    Last week's DDOS takedown of security guru Brian Krebs' website made history on several levels. For one, it was the largest such reported attack ever, with unwanted traffic to the site hitting levels of 620 Gbps, more than double the previous record set back in 2013, and signalling that the terabyte threshold will certainly be crossed soon. It also relied primarily on compromised Internet of Things devices.