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Let Congress use open source, say transparency groups

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Transparency groups are recommending changes to the rules of the House of Representatives that would allow the use of open source software.

Noting a push toward open source software adoption by the executive branch, the legislative branch should follow suit and allow open source code to be used and published, say recommendations (pdf) issued to the 114th Congress by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the Sunlight Foundation and the OpenGov Foundation.

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10 Open Source ERP Options

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While the ERP market is dominated by software giants like SAP and Oracle, there are plenty of open source ERP options.

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Ministry of Defence posts open source code to Github

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THE UK MINISTRY OF DEFENCE (MoD) has revealed that it has put a piece of code into the open source community for the first time.

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Also: MoD releases code to GitHub: Our Ideaworks... well sort of

Gluster Lead Speaks on Open Source Scale-Out Storage and OpenStack

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GlusterFS, the open source scale-out storage system Red Hat acquired in August 2012, is poised to play a key role in OpenStack and cloud computing, according to Gluster lead Dave Mcallister.

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Franklin Weng: The strength behind open source is the strength of contributing

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Franklin is a 39 year old FOSS activist based in Taipei. He has coordinated KDE's zh_TW translation team since 2006, and is the core developer of ezgo (Chinese), a compilation of educational software used by schools all over Taiwan. ezgo, which in its Linux installation uses KDE by default, blends more than 100 free software applications into one localized, easy to use package.

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Why all software needs a license

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All software developers should add a copyright license. Why? Because open source licensing is all about granting permission in advance

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You Can't Trust Closed-Source Code - Germany Agrees

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Similarly, moves by both Microsoft and Amazon, among others, to set up local data centres in the EU will not on their own protect European data unless that is encrypted by the companies themselves, and the cloud computing providers do *not* have access to the keys. Indeed, if the data is encrypted in this way, local storage is not so important, since the NSA will have an equally hard time decrypting it wherever it is held - as far as we know, that is.

Because of that recent US court judgment ordering Microsoft to hand over emails held in Ireland, many people are now aware of the dangers of cloud computing in the absence of encryption under the control of the customer. But very few seem to have woken up to the problems of backdoors in proprietary software that I mentioned at the start of this post. One important exception is the German government, which according to Sky News is working on an extremely significant law in this area

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OpenSSL, Bash bugs show why firms should back FOSS projects

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This year has been an unusual one for free software in that two popular projects have been hit by vulnerabilities that have had wide ramifications for all classes of software. And that is one good reason why the big proprietary software firms should look to support such projects financially.

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3 great reasons to give away your precious tech under an open-source license

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Earlier this week, cloud provider Joyent did a surprising thing: It shared its finely tuned cloud software, SmartDataCenter, under an open-source license.

But while it might seem like the company is giving away its high-value intellectual property at a time when Amazon, Google, and Microsoft have made the public cloud market ultra-competitive, Bryan Cantrill, the company’s chief technology officer, actually has some very smart justifications for the move, which he spelled out in a blog post.

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Joyent and Canonical to open source container technologies

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Joyent and Canonical are the latest cloud firms to open source their container technologies.

Joyent, which recently raised $15m in funding, announced a container-based cloud-hosting platform that could be used as the basis for running large-scale, big-data tasks

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Also: Joyent Makes Open Source Private Cloud Container Platform Available

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