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Qt 5.7 GUI Toolkit to Port the NFC API to Android, Add Raspberry Pi 3 Support

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The Qt Company, through Jani Heikkinen, announced the general availability of the Release Candidate (RC) build of the upcoming Qt 5.7 open-source and cross-platform GUI (Graphical User Interface) toolkit.

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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  • Employment agreements for free-software developers

    At OSCON 2016 in Austin Texas, Karen Sandler of the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) spoke about an issue that impacts an ever-growing number of free-software developers: employment agreements. As the number of paid contributors to free-software projects grows, so do the complications: copyright assignment, licensing, patents, and many other issues may be codified in an employment agreement, and a developer who fails to consider the implications of an agreement's conditions may be in for an unpleasant surprise years down the road.

  • The value of drive-through contributions

    The conventional viewpoint among open-source projects is that drive-through contributors—meaning people who make one pull request, patch, or other contribution then are never seen again—are problematic. At best, one would prefer to lure the contributor back, eventually cultivating them into a regular project participant. At worst, they can be seen as a disruption, taking up developers' time for work that may, ultimately, lead nowhere. At OSCON 2016 in Austin Texas, however, Vicky "VM" Brasseur from HP Enterprise presented an alternative viewpoint. Drive-through contributors are a good sign of a healthy project, she said, and optimizing the project to meet drive-through contributors' needs benefits contributors of every stripe.

  • WebGazer turns webcams into eye-trackers for free

    Eye-tracking technology has long been the domain of high-end research, but this week new – and freely available – code brings it within reach for anyone with a website.

  • Russian developer collaborates with Facebook, Google to make 'machines see'

    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 "see".

  • Nextcloud
  • ownCloud Forked as Nextcloud & More…

    The week ahead looks exciting. Again this year, I’ll be going to the SouthEast LinuxFest and will be turning in reports from the conference. Also, FOSS Force will have a booth at this year’s event, a first for us at any conference. So if you’re going to be there, remember to keep an eye out for us.

  • Why Did File Sharing Startup OwnCloud Shut Down?

    OwnCloud Inc., is (or was) a Boston-area company that sold software for sharing files to business users. Products like ownCloud, along with rival services from Box and Dropbox Business, let people store and share their documents and synchronize changes so they’re all working off the most recent version.

  • Open Source: Speeding Development and Driving Business Innovation

    Open source provides the benefits of enabling developers to work more quickly and for businesses to accelerate the time it takes them to go to market. The quality of open source software, the features, and the technical capabilities often make it not only competitive but often the preferred solution in a specific market category.

  • What is open source software?

    Fact or fiction, open source software is free. Find out below.

    Open source software has grown in popularity as a way for businesses to avoid vendor lock-in and to develop in a more collaborative way.

    The increased interest in open source software (OSS) has resulted in numerous vendors supporting this method of development, including proprietary driven businesses.

  • EMC’s newest open-source project attempts to unify storage access for containers
  • CloudBees snuggles Mesosphere -- 5 steps to high-velocity cloud apps
  • CloudBees And Mesosphere Partner To Enable High-Velocity Continuous Delivery Workloads For Modern Application Development
  • GRsecurity is preventing others from employing their rights under version 2 the GPL to redistribute source code

    GRsecurity is preventing others from employing their rights under version 2 the GPL to redistribute (by threatening them with a non-renewal of a contract to receive this patch to the linux kernel.)

  • Dutch government publishes updated 'Manual for the Law on the Re-use of Public Sector Information'

    Thirty questions and answers, and two flow charts, guide the reader through the implications of the law, clarify the differences between this law and the Dutch Freedom of Information Law ('Wet Openbaarheid van Bestuur', WOB), and explain how to handle requests for public sector information.

  • Finland: fifth anniversary of open data service in Helsinki

    The HRI service, created in 2011, “distributes municipal public data from the Helsinki Metropolitan Area for free use by anyone“, according to information on the service’s website. It also centralises data from the cities of Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen.

    According to HRI usage statistics, city procurement data, historical aerial photos and postal codes are the most downloaded open data in the service. “The Helsinki procurement data contains tens of thousands of transactions made by city departments,” the statement said. The information covers “stationary purchases worth less than one euro all the way to the city’s half-billion-euro contribution to the health care operations of the Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District.”

  • Open data important resource and growth driver in Danish Digital Strategy

    Public sector data is defined as an important resource and growth driver in the Danish 'Digital Strategy 2016-2020' published earlier this month. Making available high-quality public sector data will remain an essential focus area to boost data-driven innovation.

    "In an international perspective, Danish public sector data is of high quality and holds a large commercial productivity and growth potential," the strategy states. "Businesses can use public sector data to optimise their business processes and to develop new products and services which create value for citizens, public authorities and fellow businesses. In the digital age, data is one of the most valuable resources for running a business."

  • CSPs Seek Virtualization Interoperability for All

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  • Bolt CMS Release Offers Multiple Upgrades: Open Source CMS News

    Bolt — an open source content management system (CMS) that markets itself as a "sophisticated, lightweight and simple" — has a new release with a number of visual and under-the-hood changes.

    Released in May, Bolt's version 3 has "matured, and grown into a very extensible tool that can be used both as a straightforward CMS, as well as a platform to build your custom applications on," the company claims.

  • Arastta: Cloud Hosted, Open Source & Free eCommerce

    Launched in 2015, Arastta is a free and open source eCommerce solution that traces its roots back to the history-steeped Istanbul.

Leftovers: OSS

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  • OwnCloud forked to create Nextcloud

    As I expected, Frank Karlitschek is forking ownCloud to create a new open source project called Nextcloud. In an interview, Karlitschek told me that he is joining with Spreedbox founder Niels Mache to create a new company with the same name.

    The new company, Nextcloud, is being founded in Germany. Both Mache and Karlitschek will serve as managing directors.

  • ownCloud Founder Forks Open-Source Project to NextCloud

    NextCloud is supposed to be a drop-in replacement for ownCloud 9 with added security and stability updates as well as integration of Spreed.ME video conferencing and chat. Perhaps most importantly, Nextcloud GmbH (which is the new commercial entity behind NextCloud) has pledged that it will fulfill all contracts customers signed with ownCloud, Inc. until June 2nd - "That way customers won't be without the support from the experts they need to keep their servers running.," the company stated.

  • Use the Web to make interactive displays out of almost anything
  • Google Open Sources Tool for Making Interactive Displays Smart

    The digital display trend has been going through a renaissance for some time now, with many organizations reaching out to their employees and customers by curating and delivering information via displays that are, increasingly, interactive. Touchscreen displays that respond to you can create immersive experiences, and Google has announced that it is open sourcing its hardened and tested AnyPixel software for programming interactive displays similar to the one in the lobby of its New York City office.

    Hardware and software tools and references and example apps are available now on GitHub.

  • VirtualBox 5.1 Beta Released, Qt5 Porting & Better Python 3 Support

    Oracle's VM VirtualBox team has been working on VirtualBox 5.1 as a minor update to this cross-platform virtualization software.

  • Rapid7 CEO Aims to Secure the Future

    The company also some strong open-source roots, with the Metasploit penetration testing framework, which has both free and commercially supported editions available.

  • If Your Kickstarter Campaign Isn’t Ready for Prime Time

    If you’re an open source enthusiast who thinks you might have a good idea for a Kickstarter campaign, but are not yet ready to launch the campaign, why not launch a draft campaign and request feedback from the public? In doing so, you might be able to rally supporters before your campaign launches — and you might also receive vital cautions that could help you revise (or abandon) the planned campaign. This neat video for an Audio DSP Shield for Arduino reminds us that you can use Kickstarter to test the waters before launching a campaign.

  • 8 steps to more open communications

    Open communications is a major change, and, as with all good changes, it will take constant care and feeding to keep it going. My leaders need to remain involved. We need to ensure newcomers are encouraged to stay. The last thing I want is for team members to feel their input isn't heard or taken seriously.

  • Monovar — This New Computer Program Written In Python Is Here To Beat Cancer

    Monovar is a sophisticated algorithm to detect single nucleotide variants (SVNs) in cancer cells. Written in python, this program can help in providing a more personalized treatment to cancer patients by pinpointing important variations in a single cancer cell.

Hackathons bring open source innovation to humanitarian aid

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In open source software, end users, decision makers, subject matter experts, and developers from around the world can work together to create great solutions. There are a lot of mature open source projects out there already in the field of humanitarian and development aid, for example: Ushahidi and Sahana in crisis management and information gathering, OpenMRS for medical records, Martus for secure information sharing in places with limited freedom of speech, and Mifos X, an open platform for financial inclusion for people in poor areas where financial services such as savings, payments, and loans are not offered.

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Inner Source—Adopting Open Source Development Practices in Organizations

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OPEN SOURCE has had an enormous impact on the software industry. Software development organizations have widely adopted open source software (OSS) in a variety of ways.1 Besides adopting OSS products, as either productivity tools or off-the-shelf components, numerous organizations have adopted open source practices to develop their software. This is called inner source because the software is sourced internally, although different terms have been used, such as “progressive open source” and “corporate open source.”2 Unlike with traditional approaches, developers of an inner-source project don’t belong to a single team or department. Anybody in the organization can be a contributing member of this community, as either a user or contributor. Eric Raymond compared traditional software development approaches to building cathedrals, while calling open-source-style development a “bazaar.” 3 So, you can view inner source as a bazaar within a corporate cathedral. 4

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San Francisco funds open source voting

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San Francisco’s open source voting project is quickly becoming a reality. Mayor Ed Lee’s proposed budget includes $300,000 towards planning and development of an open source voting system that would allow the city to own and share the software.

Dominion Voting Systems, formerly known as Sequoia Voting, has provided San Francisco’s voting technology for years, but its contract with the city and county expires at the end of the year, according to KQED News.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Coreboot Gains A Hybrid Graphics Driver For Lenovo ThinkPads

    Landing in Coreboot Git this week is a "hybrid graphics driver" that benefits seemingly all Lenovo laptops (except the mux-less models) with dual GPUs.

    This hybrid graphics driver in the Coreboot realm simply allows connecting the display panel to either the integrated GPU or discrete graphics processor. This hybrid driver basically comes down to setting the GPIO pins for the panel LVDS signal so you can route the display to whichever GPU you want from Coreboot.

  • How will open source AI change the tech industry?

    After years in the labs, artificial intelligence (AI) is being unleashed at last. Google, Microsoft and Facebook have all made their own AI APIs open source in recent months, while IBM has opened Watson (pictured above) for business and Amazon has purchased AI startup Orbeus. These announcements have not drawn much media attention, but are hugely significant.

    "In the long run, I think we will evolve in computing from a mobile-first world to an AI-first world," says Google CEO Sundar Pichai. What does the appearance of AI bots and machine learning on the open market mean for business, IT, big data, and for sellers of physical hardware?

  • The Future of Open Source

    Last week in New York, the venture firm Accel held a ninety minute lunch for an audience of financial analysts and equity professionals, a reporter or two and at least a few industry analysts. The ostensible subject for the event was Accel’s Open Adoption Software (OAS) model, but the wider focus was what the future held for open source in general. Accel’s view on this subject, as well as that of the panelists at the event from Cloudera, Cockroach Labs and Sysdig, was that open source essentially has gone mainstream. As Jake Flomenberg, an Accel partner put it, “There is a massive shift going on in the ways technology is bought. Open source has gone from the exception to the rule.”

  • Wipro, Hortonworks tie up to push open source tech

    Hortonworks is a California-based company that focuses on the development and support of Apache Hadoop, a technology framework that allows for the distributed processing of large datasets across a large number of computers, and that is now being used by Google and Microsoft.

  • Monitoring Tools for Big Data Analysis are Gaining Sophistication

    Not only are organizations benchmark testing their Big Data tools for performance, there is also a new generation of monitoring solutions arriving for tools such as Hadoop.

    Datadog and Cloudera are just a couple of the organizations specializing in monitoring tools for Hadoop, and here is more on how these tools are being leveraged.

    Datadog, which has a SaaS-based monitoring platform for cloud applications, has announced support for Hadoop with a focus on monitoring.

  • What are You Really Getting Out of Hadoop? Measure Your Results
  • Online TOSCA Training Now Available From GigaSpaces Built on Open Source Infrastructure, Open edX and OpenStack
  • LibreOffice 5.2 Beta Flatpak

    Flatpak (formerly known under its working title “xdg-app”) is a cool new way of distributing images of Linux applications that run on a wide range of different distros, and run there in a secure way. I have blogged and spoken about making LibreOffice available in this format before in various places (see, e.g., these two previous blog posts and this conference talk).

  • EMC’s newest open-source project attempts to unify storage access for containers
  • SQL Server on Linux Sneak Peak [Ed: Microsoft gives just vapourware for proprietary software, Linuxwashing it]
  • FLOSS, Naturally
  • Estonian town of Koigi latest to switch to Delta

    The village of Koigi (Estonia) will start to use Delta, the document management system made available as open source software by the country’s Ministry of the Interior. The village is the most-recent public administration to switch to the open source DMS.

  • Transforming food service in Singapore with an open culture model

    Darwin Gosal is a visionary technopreneur in Singapore who believes in societal value creation. His company, CryoWerx, developed a smart fridge that allows users to conveniently purchase fresh food. Gosal says the company contributes to open source software projects as part of its work.

    To flatten its structure and maintain agility as it grows, CryoWerx has adopted holacracy as its approach to management. I chatted with Gosal about the impact this had on CryoWerx's organizational dynamics.

  • E.U. Pushes for Open Access by 2020

    Europe is adopting a bold new roadmap toward open science: make all publications open access by 2020. Though the goal is ambitious, some European science ministers and open-access advocates are hailing the move as revolutionary. The proclamation came out of a two-day meeting of the Competitiveness Council, which comprises European business, science, and trade leaders, in Brussels. The effort has been spearheaded by the Dutch government, which holds the rotating EU presidency at the moment. “We probably don't realize it yet, but what the Dutch presidency has achieved is just unique and huge, European science chief Carlos Moedas said during a press conference last week. “The commission is totally committed to help move this forward.”

  • MIT researchers develop xPrint, an open-source modular bio and smart material ready printer

    Shortly after becoming interested in filament based 3D printing someone mentioned to me the similarity between pen-plotters from the 1980s. While I am a product of that decade, this plotting technology - which ultimately became obsolete thanks to laser and bubblejet printers - was initially foreign but ultimately an appropriate comparison upon brief investigation.

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Server/OSS: Data Storage, OpenStack, Nextcloud, Puppet

  • Open Source Storage: 64 Applications for Data Storage
    As data storage needs continue to grow and many organizations move toward software-defined infrastructure, more enterprises are using open source software to meet some of their storage needs. Projects like Hadoop, Ceph, Gluster and others have become very common at large enterprises. Home users and small businesses can also benefit from open source storage software. These applications can make it possible to set up your own NAS or SAN device using industry-standard hardware without paying the high prices vendors charge for dedicated storage appliances. Open source software also offers users the option to set up a cloud storage solution where they have control over security and privacy, and it can also offer affordable options for backup and recovery.
  • OpenStack Moves Beyond the Cloud to Open Infrastructure
    The OpenStack Summit got underway on May 21, with a strong emphasis on the broader open-source cloud community beyond just the OpenStack cloud platform itself. At the summit, the OpenStack Foundation announced that it was making its open-source Zuul continuous development, continuous integration (CI/CD) technology a new top level standalone project. Zuul has been the underlying DevOps CI/CD system that has been used for the past six years, to develop and test the OpenStack cloud platform.
  • OpenStack makes Zuul continuous delivery tool its second indie project
    The OpenStack Foundation has launched its Zuul continuous delivery and integration tool as a discrete project. Zuul is therefore Foundation’s second project other than OpenStack itself. The first was Kata Containers. Making Zuul a standalone effort therefore advance’s the Foundation’s ambition to become a bit like the Linux and Apache Foundations, by nurturing multiple open source projects.
  • OpenStack spins out its Zuul open source CI/CD platform
    There are few open-source projects as complex as OpenStack, which essentially provides large companies with all the tools to run the equivalent of the core AWS services in their own data centers. To build OpenStack’s various systems the team also had to develop some of its own DevOps tools, and, in 2012, that meant developing Zuul, an open-source continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) platform. Now, with the release of Zuul v3, the team decided to decouple Zuul from OpenStack and run it as an independent project. It’s not quite leaving the OpenStack ecosystem, though, as it will still be hosted by the OpenStack Foundation.
  • Nextcloud 13: How to Get Started and Why You Should
    In its simplest form, the Nextcloud server is "just" a personal, free software alternative to services like Dropbox or iCloud. You can set it up so your files are always accessible via the internet, from wherever you are, and share them with your friends. However, Nextcloud can do so much more. In this article, I first describe what the Nextcloud server is and how to install and set it up on GNU/Linux systems. Then I explain how to configure the optional Nextcloud features, which may be the first steps toward making Nextcloud the shell of a complete replacement for many proprietary platforms existing today, such as Dropbox, Facebook and Skype.
  • Why use Puppet for automation and orchestration
    Puppet the company bills Puppet the automation tool as the de facto standard for automating the delivery and ongoing operation of hybrid infrastructure. That was certainly true at one time: Puppet not only goes back to 2005, but also currently claims 40,000 organizations worldwide as users, including 75 percent of the Fortune 100. While Puppet is still a very strong product and has increased its speed and capabilities over the years, its competitors, in particular Chef, have narrowed the gap. As you might expect from the doyenne of the IT automation space, Puppet has a very large collection of modules, and covers the gamut from CI/CD to cloud-native infrastructure, though much of that functionality is provided through additional products. While Puppet is primarily a model-based system with agents, it supports push operations with Puppet Tasks. Puppet Enterprise is even available as a service on Amazon.

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Oregan unveils new middleware for Linux STBs and Android TV

Oregan Networks, a provider of digital TV software services, has announced the launch of a new set-top box client middleware product for pay-TV operators called SparQ. The software is designed to work on the most challenging and resource-limited STB platforms in the field, making it feasible to introduce new OTT content services and applications on customer devices that were deployed as part of the first wave of IPTV and hybrid broadcast deployments. Read more

KDE Development Updates

  • Revisiting my talk at FOSSASIA summit, 2018
    Earlier this year, I had the chance to speak about one of KDE community’s cool projects that is helpding developers erase the line between desktop and mobile/tablet UI’s with ease. I’m referring to the Kirigami UI framework – a set of QtQuick components targetted at the mobile as well as desktop platforms. This is particularly important to KDE and a lot of projects are now migrating towards a Kirigami UI, particularly keeping in mind the ability to run the applications on the Plasma Mobile.
  • This Week in KDE, Part 2 : OYLG, Workspace KCM, Single/Double Click
    Last weekend, I went to İstanbul to attend Özgür Yazılım ve Linux Günleri (Free Software and Linux Days 2018) to represent LibreOffice. We had 3 presentations during the event about LibreOffice Development and The Open Document Format. We had booth setup with stickers, flyers, roll-up etc. These were all thanks to The Document Foundation’s supports! You can find detailed information about the event from here :
  • Watching the Detectives
    For instance, Kevin Ottens has been writing about understanding the KDE community by the “green blobs” method, showing who is active when. Lays Rodrigues has written about using Gource to show Plasma growing up. Nate Graham describes the goings-on in the KDE community nearly every week. Those are, roughly: a metric-, a visual-, and a story-based approach to understanding the community, over different timescales. But understanding of a system doesn’t come from a single dimension, from a single axis of measurement. It comes from mixing up the different views to look the system as a whole.
  • Managing cooking recipes
    I like to cook. And sometimes store my recipes. Over the years I have tried KRecipes, kept my recipes in BasKet notes, in KJots notes, in more or less random word processor documents. I liked the free form entering recipes in various notes applications and word processor documents, but I lacked some kind of indexing them. What I wanted was free-ish text for writing recipes, and some thing that could help me find them by tags I give them. By Title. By how I organize them. And maybe by Ingredient if I don’t know how to get rid of the soon-to-be-bad in my refridgerator.