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  • on ditching css frameworks and preprocessors
  • Run Windows 98 And Linux In Your Web Browser, Thanks To JavaScript And NodeJS

    Short Bytes: A coder, known as Fabian on GitHub, has created x86 architecture based emulations that allow you to run Windows 98, Linux, KolibriOS etc. inside your browser.

  • The case for an embeddable Gecko

    Strap yourself in, this is a long post. It should be easy to skim, but the history may be interesting to some. I would like to make the point that, for a web rendering engine, being embeddable is a huge opportunity, how Gecko not being easily embeddable has meant we’ve missed several opportunities over the last few years, and how it would still be advantageous to make Gecko embeddable.

  • Continuing the Conversation About Encryption and Apple: A New Video From Mozilla

    In the past week, the conversation about encryption has reached fever pitch. Encryption, Apple, and the FBI are in headlines around the world. And lively discussions about security and privacy are taking place around kitchen tables, on television, and in comment sections across the Internet.

    Mozilla believes the U.S. government’s demand for Apple to circumvent their own security protections is a massive overreach. To require Apple to do this would set a dangerous precedent that threatens consumer security going forward. But this discussion is an opportunity to broaden public understanding of encryption. When people understand the role encryption plays in their everyday lives, we can all stand up for encryption when threats surface — this key issue related to the overall health of the Internet becomes mainstream.

Hadoop and Spark

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  • Don’t Laugh: Yahoo’s Open Source AI Has a Secret Weapon

    Yet another tech giant is sharing its artificial intelligence know-how with the world. Today Yahoo published the source code to its CaffeOnSpark AI engine so that anyone from academic researchers to big corporations can use or modify it.

  • Yahoo open-sources CaffeOnSpark deep learning framework for Hadoop

    Yahoo today is releasing some key artificial intelligence software (AI) under an open-source license. The company last year built a library called CaffeOnSpark to perform a popular type of AI called “deep learning” on the vast swaths of data kept in its Hadoop open-source file system for storing big data. Now it’s becoming available for anyone to use under an open-source Apache license on GitHub.

  • Google's Managed Hadoop and Spark Cloud Service Goes Live

    Google has announced that its Cloud Dataproc service — a managed tool based on the Hadoop and Spark open source big data software — is now generally available. Google Cloud Dataproc, because it leverages both Apache Hadoop and Apache Spark, promises to be in strong demand, especially at enterprises.

    "When analyzing data, your attention should be focused on insights, not your tools," Google notes. "Often, popular tools to process data, such as Apache Hadoop and Apache Spark, require a careful balancing act between cost, complexity, scale, and utilization. Unfortunately, this means you focus less on what is important — your data — and more on what should require little or no attention — the cluster processing it. We created our managed Spark and Hadoop cloud service, Google Cloud Dataproc, to rectify the balance, so that using these powerful data tools is as easy as 1-2-3."

Top desktop environments

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With the nature of open source, if you don't like how something walks or talks, then you can change it up to how you like it. One of the up sides to linux, is the fact that if you don't like your Desktop Environment, then you are free to modify it or even just swap it out entirely.

Now this can be a little scary to newcomers, and generally there is no best suited environment for everyone, so here we will go through a few of the more well known ones.

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5 tips for growing your developer community on GitHub

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You've done it: you've taken your own personal utility, library, or web application and placed it on GitHub as free and open source software for all the world to see.

Maybe you wrote this software to fill a personal need, or maybe you've always hoped that it would reach more people. One thing's certain: it's always been yours, and yours alone—but the moment you pushed that code for the first time, your baby left the nest. What comes next is up to you.

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Git 2.7.2 Open-Source Distributed Version Control System Adds New Features

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The development team of the best free, open-source and cross-platform distributed version control system, Git, which is being used by numerous developers worldwide, has announced the release of Git 2.7.2.

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A Mozilla journey: Contributor to Firefox Student Ambassadors executive board

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One thing that I have learned from working in the open source community is that you must never hesitate to ask for help. People are really very friendly, and finding the right mentor can prove to be immensely helpful in your life. Contributing to open source projects will only help you, so don't waste too much time thinking about it. Take a leap of faith and dive into the community behind your favorite open source product. If you're specifically interested in acquiring technical skills, there's nothing a commit a day can't solve! It also enhances your e-karma.

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Has open source hell frozen over?

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Over the last few years I have been more than a little disappointed in Ubuntu. I've been disappointed in implementation details. I've been disappointed in the lack of available mobile hardware. Just… just… damned disappointed. The team at Canonical (and the broader Ubuntu community) are capable of so much that it bums me out when they don't live up to their potential.

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Vendor: ‘Governments moving to open source databases’

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Governments across the world are increasingly turning to Postgresql, an open source relational database management system, according to a press release by Enterprisedb. The company provides commercial services for the database system, and reports a hefty growth of its government contracts.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • OpenDaylight Beryllium Advances Open-Source SDN [VIDEO]

    The new Beryllium follows the Lithium release that debuted in 2015, and adds performance, and stability to the platform

  • Open Source Project Managers Can Keep You on Track

    When you're collaborating with other people who may be at disparate locations around the world, sometimes you need collaboration software to manage projects and keep workflows humming along. Open source project managers can be just the ticket for these needs. Collabtive is one tool that we've covered in this area, and an increasingly popular one is OpenProject. These have several features that make them competitive with proprietary alternatives.

  • Bulgaria Web Summit 2016 Report & Videos

    The morning sessions were dominated by database topics including MariaDB, RocksDB and MammothDB. The MariaDB talk was particularly strong while the rest were with average attendance.

    In the afternoon we switched to DevOps and Docker and the room exploded. There were people sitting on the ground and standing around the walls. There was not enough oxygen for everyone in the room.

  • WebKit Switches Away From LLVM For Its JavaScript JIT Compiler

    For the past two years WebKit has had an LLVM JIT back-end for its JavaScript engine, but now with the latest upstream code, Mac x86_64 users of WebKit have a new compiler implementation not based on LLVM.

  • MapR and Ericsson Team to Advance Hadoop+Spark Analytics

    MapR Technologies, which we've reported on extensively as it has focused on Hadoop and the Big Data space, has gained a powerful and experienced partner. It has formed a partnership with Ericsson, and the two companies are working together to advance adoption of the MapR Converged Data Platform. The platform integrates file, database, stream processing and analytics, and is gaining attention at enterprises. It's also interesting because it marries Hadoop and Spark, which are probably the hottest open technologies in the Big Data space.

  • Weekly phpMyAdmin contributions 2016-W07

    As the flow of incoming bugs for upcoming 4.6.0 has slowed down a bit it was more time for code cleanups and related tasks. But it's also time where potential Google Summer of Code students come to our organization and want to get involved.

    On the cleanup side the biggest was change to remove embedded PHP libraries which are available on Packagist from our Git and use Composer to manage the dependencies. This change will happen in 4.7.0, so it's still some time ahead, but it's already in our master branch. There still some third party libraries which we use and can not be installed using Composer, so we keep these for now.

  • Encryption – MariaDB
  • 5 March: International Open Data Hackathon in cities all over world

    On Saturday 5 March 2016, the third International Open Data Hackathon will be organised. That day in cities all over the world, local communities will host hackathons where people from civil society, government and companies collaboratively work on applications, analyses and visualisations based on open data.

  • Engineers turn laser cutter into an open-source 3D printer
  • Lylo Open Source Smart Router Hits Kickstarter (video)

    If you are in the market for a smart router and are looking for an open source solution which provides a wealth of more up-to-date features than the current routine you are using in your home or office, you may be interested in the Lylo which has been created by Oneby based in Brussels, Belgium.

  • IBM Cloud to Easily Replicate VMware Workloads and Enterprise Java

    For those shops that want to migrate their existing enterprise Java workloads to the cloud, IBM has released IBM WebSphere Cloud Connect. This connector provides an easy way to bridge server side Java applications to the cloud for the 100,000 enterprise users that run the IBM WebSphere Java Enterprise Edition server.

    IBM has estimated there are approximately 13 million Java programmers worldwide.

  • What Is Programming And Why You Should Learn To Code?

    With the advent of new online opportunities, learning how to code is easier than ever. Read more to know why everyone should learn to code and grab the best courses to kickstart your coding career.

  • Cyanogen launches the “Mod” platform, with lots of Microsoft integration [Ed: Another reminder that Cyanogen is more like a Microsoft proxy/Trojan horse now]

Openwashing

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  • IBM proves love for Swift, releases Kitura web server framework for Linux

    IBM held a press conference at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to update the world on its MobileFirst offering, which supports enterprise applications on Apple iOS devices.

    A couple of things were notable about the event. Although IBM presents MobileFirst as a partnership with Apple, nobody from Apple bothered to turn up. Second, the assembled press had to endure a panel of no doubt worthy but hardly notable app demos from various customers, and a number of journalists headed for the exit before IBM got around to delivering its actual news: that it was supporting Swift on the server with a new web framework.

  • GigaSpaces Announces ARIA, an Open Source, Open Governance Framework for TOSCA-based Cloud Orchestration
  • Exclusive: Infosys is using Open Source as its most lethal weapon yet! [Ed: Infosys is more like a Microsoft extension]

    Open source became huge in 2015 with more consumers adapting it like never before. Though to a layman the quick adaptability will be credited to the 'free' aspect of it all, a survey done by Infosys actually contradicts this and brings the real picture forward.

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    Talking about the main strategy to target the open source market in India, he said Infosys doesn't really go and sell Open Source. "We are there as the customer demand is there."

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  • MenuLibre 2.1.4 Released
    The wait is over. MenuLibre 2.1.4 is now available for public testing and translations! With well over 100 commits, numerous bug fixes, and a lot of polish, the best menu editing solution for Linux is ready for primetime.
  • Speech Recognition For Linux Gets A Little Closer
    t has become commonplace to yell out commands to a little box and have it answer you. However, voice input for the desktop has never really gone mainstream. This is particularly slow for Linux users whose options are shockingly limited, although decent speech support is baked into recent versions of Windows and OS X Yosemite and beyond. There are four well-known open speech recognition engines: CMU Sphinx, Julius, Kaldi, and the recent release of Mozilla’s DeepSpeech (part of their Common Voice initiative). The trick for Linux users is successfully setting them up and using them in applications. [Michael Sheldon] aims to fix that — at least for DeepSpeech. He’s created an IBus plugin that lets DeepSpeech work with nearly any X application. He’s also provided PPAs that should make it easy to install for Ubuntu or related distributions.
  • Announcing "Just TODO It"
    Recently, I wished to use a trivially-simple TODO-list application whilst working on a project. I had a look through what was available to me in the "GNOME Software" application and was surprised to find nothing suitable. In particular I just wanted to capture a list of actions that I could tick off; I didn't want anything more sophisticated than that (and indeed, more sophistication would mean a learning curve I couldn't afford at the time). I then remembered that I'd written one myself, twelve years ago. So I found the old code, dusted it off, made some small adjustments so it would work on modern systems and published it.
  • Linux users can now get Slack as a snap package
    Canonical has announced the general availability of the collaboration platform Slack, as a snap package. The move will allow Linux users to get setup with the platform and begin collaborating on their work more easily. Any Linux distribution with snap support can head over to the snapcraft website, download the package, and begin using it.

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