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  • OpenStack and "open core"

    The "open core" model, where certain features are reserved for an "enterprise edition" that is not open source, is not particularly popular with a large segment of the open-source community. There are certainly businesses that rely on the practice, but the ideas behind open core run counter to the ethos of open source in many ways. The OpenStack community has recently grappled with the definition of open core, which is explicitly disallowed as part of the project's principles (the "Four Opens"). It is not a simple question, as there are clearly gray areas, some of which came up in the discussion.

  • Equinix Develops Open Source Ecosystem for its Data Centers
  • Equinix taps into Open Compute Project to build open source datacentre ecosystem

    Technology produced by Facebook-backed Open Compute Project gets snapped up by datacentre operator Equinix

Goodbye To SCALE

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Unfortunately the SCALE organization and the non-profit organization that oversees SCALE are no longer aligned with my free & open source beliefs and principles, so it is time for me to step away from my roles within SCALE. This was not an easy decision to make and one that have I struggled with for quite some time. I believe it to be the best decision for the organization and myself. I wish the team at large the best of luck in all their future endeavors and look forward to seeing what they accomplish.

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Also: Python track at FOSSASIA 2016

Yes, It is Harder to Monetize Open Source. So?

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So yes, we are no more likely to see another Red Hat today than we were four years ago. But that says a lot less about the merits of open source as a model than it does about commercial valuations of software in general.

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White House Policy on FOSS

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5G mmW Models FOSS

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X.Org Server 1.18 Gets a Big Pile of Updates in Its Second Maintenance Build

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X.Org Server, the open-source display server technology used by default in almost all Linux kernel-based operating systems received its second maintenance build for the 1.18 series.

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Also: X.Org Server 1.18.2 Brings DRI3 Fixes, Better GLAMOR & XWayland Updates

Leftovers: OSS

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  • Apache Flink, an Unsung Big Data Tool, Arrives in Version 1.0

    Are you familiar with Apache Flink? Not everyone is, but Flink is competing with tools like Apache Spark in the Big Data space, and has released its first API-stable 1.0 version this week. Flink came from Berlin’s Technical University, and it was previously known as Stratosphere before it was added to Apache’s incubator program.

    Like Spark, Flink is essentially positioned as a possible improvement on Hadoop’s MapReduce technology. Spark is primarily for in-memory processing of batch data, while Flink emphasizes the streaming data model. Here are more details.

  • With ownCloud 9 Arriving, Get Up and Running with it Fast

    Earlier this week, we covered the news that the extremely popular ownCloud open source file-sharing and storage platform for building private clouds has just arrived in version 9.0 The release comes with many improvements, including full federation, letting users on different servers share directories and files.

  • Tailoring open source system management software from GitHub
  • Midokura to Present at Leading Open Source Industry Events in March
  • When is a link actually, y’know, UP?

    Debugging TripleO deployments is fiendishly hard and this was made more complex by being unable to connect to the failed nodes. Deployed TripleO nodes only allow key-based ssh authentication. It’s great to see security being so good even the sysadmin can’t access the node I guess.

  • Weblate 2.5

    After almost six months of development Weblate 2.5 has been released. It brings lot of improvements and it's quite hard to point few ones. The most important ones include support for Python 3, reports generators, placeables highlighting, extended keyboard shortcuts, configurable dashboard or group based ACLs.

  • New OMB policy aims to make federal agency code open source

    The White House will release a draft policy Thursday for sharing source code among federal agencies, including a pilot program that will make a portion of federal code open source.

  • Microsoft looking for feds to trial new SQL for Linux [Ed: US government asks for FOSS, Microsoft uses openwashing to shove PROPRIETARY down its throat]

    Analysts said the move would enable the company to compete more effectively with Oracle and IBM, who already produce Linux-compatible database products.

  • Leveraging American Ingenuity through Reusable and Open Source Software
  • Open Source Fashion Manifesto Asks You to 3D Print Your Clothes & Rock the Runway in a Brave New Fashion World

    I love a good manifesto—whether it’s political or personal. Assuming it’s not of a feverish or crazy Unibomber-ish slant, interesting ideas are usually presented by progressive writers offering an aim for change. I figure if they went to enough trouble to outline an official mission, it’s worth taking a look. And that’s definitely the case with ‘Open Source Fashion Manifesto.’ While initially I was attracted to and curious about the fashion angle in combination with 3D printing, I discovered a much deeper message than anticipated—and one that most definitely needs to be heard, shared, and followed.

  • Italy to adopt first "Sharing Economy Act" in Europe -- but does it share EU law principles?

    Katfriend and sharing-economy enthusiast Revital Cohen (Baker & McKenzie, Milan) tells us about what appears to be the very first attempt to provide an overall legal framework for (almost) all those disruptive business that usually go under the definition of "sharing economy". This legislative proposal comes from a country where sharing indeed matters, ie Italy, but it is not so certain whether Italians really got what sharing services among EU Member States is about.

  • Rate our Catalogue of Interoperability Solutions

    The catalogue allows European public administrations, standardisation bodies and providers of IT services to find high-quality interoperable IT solutions that can be reused, rather than developed from scratch.

TP-Link blocks open source router firmware to comply with new FCC rule

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Networking hardware vendor TP-Link says it will prevent the loading of open source firmware on routers it sells in the United States in order to comply with new Federal Communications Commission requirements.

The FCC wants to limit interference with other devices by preventing user modifications that cause radios to operate outside their licensed RF (radio frequency) parameters. The FCC says it doesn't intend to ban the use of third-party firmware such as DD-WRT and OpenWRT; in theory, router makers can still allow loading of open source firmware as long as they also deploy controls that prevent devices from operating outside their allowed frequencies, types of modulation, power levels, and so on.

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TP-Link Blocks Open Source Router Firmware In Compliance with FCC Rules

75 Open Source Mobile Tools

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According to the Pew Research Center, 68 percent of American adults now have a smartphone—just five percent less than own a desktop or laptop. And 45 percent of adults in the U.S. now own a tablet.

Given the prevalence of mobile devices, it's no surprise that the open source community is increasingly working on projects related to mobility. This month, we're highlighting 75 of these tools—a full 25 more than we included when we updated this list last year. And because there are now so many open source projects related to mobility, we narrowed it down a little bit by focusing only on those that might be of interest to organizations. As a result, we have a list that's full of mobile development tools, security and privacy solutions, and apps useful for corporate employees.

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