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5 must-have open source apps for Windows, Mac, and Linux

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Many, if not most, people, myself included, run a heterogeneous environment, picking the appropriate operating system or platform for the job. To have some level of consistency in my cross-platform workflow I choose applications that I can run on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. And it’s icing on the cake if these applications are open source.

Here, then, are some of the best open source and free apps I've found for my heterogeneous environment.

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Networking is the next frontier for open source software

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We've often heard that the demand for programmers is leading to a skills shortage in the coding sector. Linux already pumps a lot of money into education. Is it time we saw coding as a curriculum staple in schools? Zemlin reminded us that, while its an emphatic 'yes', there's more to it than just lines of code.

"In the US you are starting to see schools putting programming and coding into the curriculum. But coding can sometimes get in the way of actually understanding how a computer works, and that's where you get something like the Raspberry Pi which was designed to allow Cambridge students to actually understand how a computer works," he explained.

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‘France's open source policy spurs ICT market’

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France’s policies on open source and open data are helping to create a market for French ICT service providers, says Didier Tranchier, Professor of Innovation Management at Institut Mines-Telecom, a research institute.

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Syncloud: personal services device

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Syncloud is open source software which allows users without any technical knowledge to have popular services running at home on cheap hardware like raspberry pi with UI similar to modern mobile app store solutions. With almost one click install within seconds user can have complex services like ownCloud ready for use otherwise impossible to install without an admin friend with experience.

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Is open source killing end-to-end products?

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End-to-end products look to be dead in a growing world of open source. But, there’s still a niche to be had for those who provide a comprehensive platform, especially to medium- and small-sized firms.

Dave Vellante and George Gilbert, cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, sat down with Donna Prlich, VP of product marketing at Pentaho Corp., to get her perspective on the industry and to explain what, exactly, Pentaho is.

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Blocks: Modularity Comes to Smartwatches

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Blocks, which has been developing a modular, open source smartwatch for several years, has re-emerged with a resoundingly successful Kickstarter campaign, and a new Android Lollipop based operating system. UK-based Blocks has already hauled in more than $700,000 for its Blocks smartwatch, and packages starting at $195 are still available through Nov. 19, with shipments due in May 2016.

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Why use NGINX as a load balancer?

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NGINX, an open source, high-performance HTTP server, reverse proxy, and IMAP/POP3 proxy server, has gained popularity as a load balancer. I caught up with Sarah Novotny, head of Developer Relations at NGINX, ahead of her All Things Open session later this month, and asked her to explain NGINX's growing popularity.

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Open Source Day at Grace Hopper 2015

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For the past five GHC conferences, Open Source Day has been held to bring together programmers, writers, and organizations, such as Mozilla and Cloudera, to work through some of the problems facing open source projects. The main goal of the 5-6 hours they have together is to get a solid chunk of work done and, for cool—yet scrappy—projects such as Women's P2P Network, that's what's needed to take progress to the next level.

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NASA Just Released the Massive VICAR Collection of Apps as Open Source

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NASA has released its VICAR Core set of applications as open source and it looks like the agency is opening its tools toward the international community.

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Leftovers: Software

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