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FOSS in Government

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Celebrating Software Freedom Day 2015

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Each year, Software Freedom Day (SFD) events are organized by volunteers in dozens of cities worldwide. These events each take on their own character, but typically involve some sort of address from the organizers, demos and presentations from community members, and installfests and hackathons. Each venue and organizer will have their own agenda and timeline, and there were specific things that Fedora pitched to local attendees at a number of events this year.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Yieldbot Rolls Out Open-Source 'Header Bidding,' Looks To Create Industry Standard
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  • Review: Graylog delivers open source log management for the dedicated do-it-yourselfer

    In most big security breaches, there’s a familiar thread: something funny was going on, but no one noticed. The information was in the logs, but no one was looking for it. Logs from the hundreds or thousands of network devices are the secret sauce to problem solving, security alerting, and performance and capacity management. Gathering logs together, analyzing them, reporting, and alerting on them is a basic part of good IT practice.

  • Aaron Swartz Day 2015 Evening Celebration
  • Firefox 43 Beta 1 Brings Changes And Enhancements

    As you may already know, Firefox is being developed on three separate channels. First, the features are implemented in the developer branch, they reach the beta channel when enough tests have been performed and finally, some of the new features from the betas get included in the stable version of Firefox.

  • Quantitative Investment Manager Man AHL to Open Source Its MongoDB Powered Tick Store That Improved Processing Performance by 25x

    MongoDB today announced that Man AHL, a leading quantitative investment firm, has released Arctic, its MongoDB-powered financial tick store, on GitHub as a freely available open source project.

  • A Tech Preview Of LibreOffice DocViewer App For Ubuntu Touch Has Been Released

    As you may know, the Ubuntu developers have started porting LibreOffice DocViewer App for Ubuntu Touch a while ago, but this past weekend, Canonical’s Alan Pope has announced that a preview version of the LibreOffice DocViewer app for the mobile version of Ubuntu has been released, being integrated with LibreOfficeKit 5.0.3.

  • Time to act on TPP is now: Rallies against TPP in Washington D.C. November 14-18

    The FSF has been warning users of the dangers of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) for many years now. The TPP is an agreement negotiated in secret nominally for the promotion of trade, yet entire chapters of it are dedicated to implementing restrictions and regulations on computing and the Internet. In April of 2015, a leaked draft of the agreement revealed a whole host of problems. From extensions to the term of copyright, confusing provisions on software patents, and spreading the worst aspects of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's (DMCA) Digital Restrictions Managment (DRM) provisions beyond the United States, the TPP negotiations were and are an attack on user freedom. In the U.S. at that time, the battle was to stop Trade Promotion Authority, which would fast-track passage of TPP in the U.S. once an accord was reached. We unfortunately lost that battle, and last month the TPP negotiations ended. On November 5th, the secret text of TPP was finally officially released to the public. Because of Trade Promotion Authority, the time we have left to stop TPP in the U.S. is extremely limited. For U.S. residents, there are only 90 days left before this trade agreement locks users in for possibly decades. For users in other TPP member countries, the time frame is not much better. The war wages on and the time to act is now.

  • GNU Stow 2.2.2 released

    After a long wait, this release contains a number of bug fixes and minor cleanups.

  • Video: Reproducible Software Deployment with GNU Guix

    Ludovic Courtès presented his vision for future secure operating system distributions using GNU Guix today, including a surprising number of GNUnet references.

  • wxMaxima 15.08.2 Brings A Big List Of Changes

    As you may know, wxMaxima is an open-source graphical user interface for the computer algebra system Maxima, using wxWidgets. Among others, wxMaxima provides menus and dialogs for maxima commands, autocompletion, inline plots and simple animations.

  • The big tent, summit session summaries, and more OpenStack news
  • The Perl SIG's mail

    As you may not know, I'm a member of Fedora's Perl SIG, the group of people who maintain the Perl ecosystem by providing timely reviews, acting as package co-maintainers and assisting with related security issues.

  • PHPUnit code coverage benchmark

    Here is some benchmark results.

  • OpenSource Connections Launches Search Relevancy Dashboard Quepid with 30-day Risk-Free Trial
  • From social startup to tech giant: Facebook’s CTO talks open source and global connectivity

    Facebook's story is well documented; Set up by a bunch of students to create a campus community, it has now grown into a 1.5 billion strong network, all in the space of a decade.

    Mark Zuckerberg's company now generates over $4bn in revenue, and over the years has acquried two popular web platforms in the form of Whatsapp and photo-sharing site Instagram.

    So Facebook has come a long way in the time it takes some companies just to grow beyond startups.

    A lot of this is down to the company's strategy of moving from being just a social network into a platform company offering a foundation for developers to build wildly successful apps on, all of which Facebook takes a slice of.

TensorFlow

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H2O lands $20 million to drive its open-source data science platform<

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The open source model works for eLearning business

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While this line or argument appears to have some logic, I believe it is too simplistic and ultimately wrong for a number of reasons. While it may appear counterintuitive to people that an open source company supplies its products for low-cost subscription fees, in today's technology marketplace it is the open source company that has the greatest long-term strategic resilience. That's because in today's fast-paced technology marketplace, the value of proprietary software products approaches zero at an accelerating rate.

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Google Tries an Android for Machine Learning, Releasing Open Source AI System

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Hence TensorFlow, a machine-learning system that Google has used internally for a few years. Today, Google is taking it open source, releasing the software parameters to fellow engineers, academics and hacks with enough coding chops.

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US Government Successfully Issues Contract For Open Source Code... For $1

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One of my very first jobs in Silicon Valley was to try to help an internet startup get a big juicy contract with the US government (specifically the Department of Defense). The whole process was a disaster of epic proportions, in which I learned a ridiculous amount about government procurement, none of it good. At one point, I believe the company I worked for was paying a 5-figure-per-month "retainer" to an ex-high ranking military guy, mainly so that he would go out and drink a lot of bourbon with his DoD buddies and award us a no-bid contract before anyone realized it should be put out to bid. And, of course, as an internet startup, we didn't have a GSA contract, and had to find a sham "partner" who would officially get the contract, under which we'd be a subcontractor. And, of course, we were asking for millions of dollars in government cash, and the technology we had in place wasn't anything like what the DoD was actually looking for. In short, the whole thing was a complete mess. That was two decades ago, so I'd hope that things had changed, but we've heard so many stories of the ridiculousness of government procurement, that I doubt it's changed that much.

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WordPress now powers 25% of the Web

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One in four websites is now powered by WordPress.

Today is a big day for the free and open-source content management system (CMS). To be perfectly clear, the milestone figure doesn’t represent a fraction of all websites that have a CMS: WordPress now powers 25 percent of the Web.

The latest data comes from W3Techs, which measures both usage and market share: “WordPress is used by 58.7% of all the websites whose content management system we know. This is 25.0% of all websites.” While these numbers naturally fluctuate over the course of the month, the general trend for WordPress has been slow but steady growth.

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today's leftovers

  • Manjaro Linux 17.0.2 Arch-based operating system is here with GNOME, KDE, and Xfce
    Many Linux snobs push the Arch operating system as the greatest thing since sliced bread. In fact, some members of the Arch community (not all of them) can be downright mean and unpleasant to non-users. Not using Arch? Ugh. Peasant! In reality, while Arch is a fine OS (stable and fast), it can be very hard to install and set up, and quite frankly, often not worth the hassle. People have lives to live, and sometimes it is easy to forget that an operating system and associated computer are tools -- not a religion.
  • [Older] Friends, syslog-ng, Package Hub, ARM: openSUSE conference 2017
    Being a long-time openSUSE user, I visit the openSUSE conference not only to present on one of its components – syslog-ng – but also to meet friends and learn about new technologies and the plans for the upcoming year. Some talks, like those about Package Hub, were very interesting and important also from a syslog-ng perspective. Of course, I also joined a few talks for my personal interest, like the one on the new ARM devices supported by openSUSE.
  • UK Army to Use Red Hat OS, Automation Platform for Private Cloud Needs
  • Linux-ready PC/104 board runs on 6 to 7 Watts
    Win Enterprises announced a “MB-83310” PC/104 SBC with a Vortex DX3 SoC, GbE, Fast Ethernet, SATA, M.2, and a -20 to 70°C operating range.
  • [Older] The Turtlebot 3 has launched
    If you’re familiar with ROS (Robot Operating System), chances are you’re also familiar with the Turtlebot. The first version of the Turtlebot was created back in 2010 to serve as an inexpensive platform for learning ROS. This was followed in 2012 by the Turtlebot 2, which has since become the reference platform for learning ROS. We have a number of them here at Canonical, and we love them, although we have one issue with them: they’re just a tad too big. Taking them on a plane requires one to decide what one loves more, one’s belongings, or the Turtlebot, and to check the other.
  • Ubuntu ranked as 2nd most used IoT OS by Eclipse Foundation survey
  • Conjure-up dev summary: Week 25
    We recently switched over to using a bundled LXD and with that change came a few hiccups in deployments. We've been monitoring the error reports coming in and have made several fixes to improve that journey. If you are one of the ones unable to deploy spells please give this release another go and get in touch with us if you still run into problems.
  • We're looking for Ubuntu 17.10 wallpapers right now!
    Submissions will be handled via Flickr at the Ubuntu 17.10 Free Culture Showcase - Wallpapers group, and the submission window begins now and ends on July 3rd.
  • Atollic TrueSTUDIO, the leading commercial GNU/Eclipse IDE for ARM devices is now available for use on Linux workstations
    Atollic TrueSTUDIO IDE has rapidly become the preferred Eclipse™/GDB/GCC-based software development environment for developers working with ARM-based devices. The Linux hosting announcement is expected to widely increase the popularity of this tool.
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  • Security-Focused Purism Librem 13 & 15 Linux Laptops Go Mainstream with Qubes OS
    Purism, the social purpose corporation focused on designing and manufacturing privacy-conscious hardware and software products, announced the general availability of their security-focused Purism Librem 13 and 15 laptops. Until recently, both Purism Librem 13 and Librem 15 laptops were available only as made-to-order, which means that those who wanted to purchase either model would have to order it first and then wait a few months until the device arrived. And now, the company finally managed to scale the production to hold inventory of the laptops.

Newly-Built Software for Slackware

  • What if gcc 7 gives you headaches?
    In Slackware-current we use version 7.1.0 of the gcc compiler suite. These advanced compilers can sometimes be quite a bit more strict about what they accept as valid code. As a consequence, you will regularly run into compilation issues with software. Not just the software made with the scripts on slackbuilds.org, but also some of the software in the Slackware core distribution requires patches in order to get them to compile. Until now, I have been lucky to find the patches I needed in the repositories of other distributions, or else developers patched their software themselves. But there will be corner cases where solutions and patches are not readily found, or the developers will simply not support gcc 7. Pale Moon is such a piece of software where the developers recommend compiling with gcc 4.x or as a last resort, gcc 5.
  • Plasma 5 for Slackware – June release
    Slackware64 14.2 users will have to wait another day, but I have uploaded my latest set of Plasma 5 packages for Slackware-current to the ‘ktown’ repository. KDE 5_17.06 contains: KDE Frameworks 5.35.0, Plasma 5.10.2 and Applications 17.04.2. I based this new release on Qt 5.9.0 (at least for Slackware-current… for 14.2 I will stick to Qt 5.7.1). NOTE: I will no longer be releasing Plasma 5 packages for 32bit Slackware 14.2.
  • LibreOffice 5.3.4 packages for -current
    When looking for package updates in preparation for a new Slackware Live PLASMA5 edition, I noticed that the Document Foundation had released LibreOffice 5.3.4 without updating their blog with the news – it’s only mentioned on the download page. I have built and uploaded Slackware-current packages for libreoffice-5.3.4. If you are on Slackware 14.2 you will probably have to skip this one, as I will not have time for compiling packages the coming weeks (allocates one virtual machine for one day per build, since I can only check on progress in the evenings). The package for -current needed to be (re-)built anyway because of the library issue with Slackware’s updated libGLEW which prevented Impress to start.

Tizen and More Android Leftovers

OSS: FOSS in Mappano, Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP), Blender in Class, Kodi Jobs, Innersource

  • Italian municipality calls for sharing of IT solutions
    The council of Mappano (Italy) is calling for public administrations to share their IT solutions. The Mappano municipality is starting from scratch, and the new council has decided to build its IT infrastructure, and offer its eGovernment services, using free and open source software.
  • Windstream joins Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) project to accelerate adoption of open standards for SDN/NFV automation
  • Locks in the classroom – 2017
    For the fifth year now, our grade nine students have been doing 3D modeling using Blender. Our students finished up their first assignments over a month ago, but it’s taken this long for me to get the top models together. So, with no further delay, here are the top models from each of the three grade nine classes (click on the pictures for Full HD renders).
  • Set the WABAC to 1984: Henry Spencer getopt, and the roots of open source
    I excavated a bit of hacker history from old memories today. Not dead history either, but an important beginning of some large good things. Here’s how it happened. I got email from a person requesting me to identify a source for the following allegedly famous quote: “All operating systems eventually turn into Unix
  • Traveling “Kodi Repair Men” Are Apparently a Thing Now

    With all the chaos and upheaval in the Kodi addon scene recently, many 'pirate' devices have stopped performing as they did before. This is a problem for the thousands of people who bought their devices ready configured, since they have no idea how they work. Enter the traveling 'Kodi repair men,' who will fix your box in the pub or even your own home.

  • [Older] Does Valve really own Dota? A jury will decide
    The case could also take an interesting open source-based turn thanks to a September 23, 2004 forum post that could be seen as Eul giving up his claim on any rights to Dota. "From this point forward, Dota is now open source," he wrote. "Whoever wishes to release a version of Dota may without my consent, I just ask for a nod in the credits to your map." This post "might mean that anyone had permission to build their own versions of Dota on any platform—and to sell their versions of Eul’s creation," as Breyer puts it. Or it might simply mean that Eul was just granting a "limited license" intended for other mod-makers, not for standalone games based on Dota.
  • Innersource: A Guide to the What, Why, and How
    In a nutshell, ‘innersource’ refers to bringing the core principles of open source and community collaboration within the walls of an organization. This involves building an internal community, collaborative engineering workflow, and culture.
  • PDP-8/e Replicated — Introduction
    I am creating a replica of the DEC PDP-8/e architecture in an FPGA from schematics of the original hardware. So how did I end up with a project like this? The story begins with me wanting to have a computer with one of those front panels that have many, many lights where you can really see, in real time, what the computer is doing while it is executing code. Not because I am nostalgic for a prior experience with any of those — I was born a bit too late for that and my first computer as a kid was a Commodore 64.
  • [Older] PyCon Pune 2017
  • [Older] My lightning talk in Django Girls PyCon
    In the weekend before PyCon US, we had a Django Girls PyCon workshop in Portland on 12th-13th May. On 12th there were a few lightning talks, and installation before the actual workshop started on 13th.
  • Dreams don’t cost a penny, mumma’s boy :)
    In the dream, I am going to a Debconf, get bursary and the conference is being held somewhere in Europe, maybe Paris...
  • First Round Talks of Fedora + GNOME at UPN
    Today our local group has traveled many miles to the north of Lima to present our lately work by using Fedora and GNOME as users and developers. Thanks to the organizers of the IT Forum to invite us and support our job as Linux volunteers and very nice potential contributors to GNOME and Fedora and the group we have formed.