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German Greens ask Foreign Affairs to amend way

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The Greens in the German parliament want the Foreign Ministry to revert back to open source software solutions on its workstations. The ministry in 2010 abandoned its open source desktop strategy, pressured by staffers struggling with interoperability problems. The Greens are now asking the ministry to justify the proprietary licence costs it has made since then.

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Why open source works

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Trying to explain why open source works, you can of course point to the Cathedral and the Bazaar by Erik. But the kernel development process shows it happening 'in real time', every day, and that's a major reason why I so enjoy reading the weekly LWN.

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Red Hat proving that open source communities are better for security

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Red Hat’s technology powers the Internet infrastructure and has benefited from the open source involvement of its community of users.

Red Hat develops software in collaboration with customers from a range of industries, including government and financial services. The company and its community of developers use this valuable feedback to build rigorous security protocols into the software in a rigorous and ongoing manner.

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5 ways to answer questions the open source way

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Eric Raymond's How to Ask Questions the Smart Way was published in 2001 and has been very popular ever since. It gets referenced on my local Linux User Group mailing list with some frequency (usually alongside an admonishment to stop top-posting). To be sure, it contains a lot of good advice for how to perform research, how to frame a question, and what salient information is generally a minimum required to solicit help.

And yet, I think it could have been done better. Raymond spends roughly 10,000 words telling people what is expected of them when they seek help, including how not to react like a loser, but why not some words on how to answer questions in a helpful way?

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Sam Ramji Discusses Cloud Foundry and Open Source Opportunities

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Cloud Foundry Foundation, positioned as a global standard creator for open Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and cloud applications, announced its launch as an independent nonprofit foundation late last year, and recently named a very well-known open source leader as its CEO: Sam Ramji (shown here). Ramji has worn several hats in the open source community, and we covered him previously when he headed up Microsoft’s open source initiatives.

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Mozilla Releases Open Source Masche Forensics Tool

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Mozilla has released an open source memory forensics tool that some college students designed and built during the company’s recent Winter of Security event.

The new tool, known as Masche, is designed specifically for investigating server memory and has the advantage of being able to scan running processes without causing any problems with the machine. Masche runs on Linux, OS X and Windows and Mozilla has posted the code on GitHub.

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Algorithmia aims to be the open source app store for algorithms and APIs

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A startup fresh out of private beta offers a three-way intersection between machine learning, the API economy, and open source developers' need to monetize their creations.

Algorithmia, which launched privately last year, allows users to build algorithms, make them available as a Web service, and monetize them.

The service can be used in two basic ways: either by calling algorithms available in the system via its REST API (with examples provided), or by writing and submitting the algorithms to be used. Each algorithm has its own interactive console page, so they can be tried out directly on the Web without needing to write and implement code. Many of the algorithms are original creations; others are implementations of existing software, such as a tokenizer based on Apache OpenNLP.

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ownCloud gets new release cycle

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ownCloud is a popular private cloud option within the FOSS community, now they’ve announced a series of changes that will affect enterprise and home users quite drastically. These changes include: a faster release cycle, new enterprise support options and a smaller download and installation footprint.

The new release cycle sees ownCloud switch to a ‘dot release schedule’. Version numbers will be stylised as x.y.z, the number in place of z will increment when there are new bug fixes, the number in place of y will increment every quarter and will contain major changes and the number in place of x will increment once per year.

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List Of Free And Open Source CMS (Content Management System) Solutions

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Building websites by hand with all html/css pages was fine a couple years ago. Today any one can deploy a website without any knowledge of computers. The content management system (CMS) software make your life easy. A CMS facilitates content creation, content control, editing, and many essential Web maintenance functions.

If you are not sure which one you can use, this article will help you to discover each platforms features and make your own comparison depending on your needs. We will list the most important ones in this article. There are many and various open source and free CMS solution that be installed easily, have a wide user community & offers a complete system.

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Open Source Crypto is Hard: Part 7846

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Our GnuPG strategy and code isn't ready. We need to either make all that crypto stuff completely seamless, or improve the tools we expose to the user for manual work. Preferably both.

Of course, the last of those is the big one, and goes back to the discussion around Thunderbird last week. As the Mailpile team emphasised, the project is not being abandoned: the beta-testing did what it was supposed to do - winkle out problems - and the team will now use that feedback to address issues and improve things. But it does show once more that crypto is hard - and that's true not just for open source, but for all kinds of software. The big question remains: is it possible to make it easy enough for many more people to use, or is it doomed to be the preserve of those who really need it, or at least think they do?

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Distro Development: Rescatux and Bodhi

  • Rescatux 0.40 beta 9 released
    Many code in the grub side and in the windows registry side has been rewritten so that these new features could be rewritten. As a consequence it will be easier to maintain Rescapp. Finally the chntpw based options which modify the Windows registry now perform a backup of the Windows registry files in the unlikely case you want to undo some of the changes that Rescapp performs. I guess that in the future there will be a feature to be able to restore such backups from Rescapp itself, but, let’s focus on releasing an stable release. It’s been a while since the last one. UEFI feedback is still welcome. Specially if the Debian installation disks work for you but not the Rescatux ones.
  • Bodhi 4.0.0 Updates and July Donation Totals
    Late last month I posted a first alpha look at Bodhi 4.0.0. Work since then has been coming along slowly due to a few unpredictable issues and my own work schedule outside of Bodhi being hectic over the summer. Bodhi 4.0.0 will be happening, but likely not with a stable release until September. I am traveling again this weekend, but am hoping to get out a full alpha release with 32bit and non-PAE discs next week.

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Emma A LightWeight Database Management Tool For Linux

Today who does not interact with databases and if you're a programmer then the database management is your daily task. For database management, there is a very popular tool called, MySQL Workbench. It's a tool that ships with tonnes of functionalities. But not all of us as beginner programmers use all Workbench features. So here we also have a very lightweight database manager in Linux, Emma. Read
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