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GlobalSight shines with open source in the translation community

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Making GlobalSight open source in 2009 was a business decision by Welocalize, as it allowed users and clients the most options to support and create solutions that work best for them. As it turned out, clients liked the decision and Welocalize embraced the open source model as a business strategy. The GlobalSight community has been active since then and is a vibrant, active group of users, developers, and translation professionals. Users like GlobalSight because it is a fully featured TMS system, which is core to supporting localization and translation programs in large enterprises.

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How open source is changing our food

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Our planet is currently inhabited by 7 billion people. And we believe open source holds a key to building better hardware, methods, and systems to help us grow, harvest, and share food with each other. Right where we live, and on a greater scale, with our global neighbors. Out of the sharing economy and the labors of love of open source communities have come innovative ideas that we need today and will need into the future.

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6 tips for adopting open source

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Open source code drives collaborative innovation from a larger pool of developers at a lower cost, which is why federal agencies are adopting the “open source first” model. In fact Sonny Hashmi, CIO of the General Services Administration, recently announced that implementing open source software is among his top priorities this year.

So what’s the best way to increase your agency’s adoption of open source software and keep it secure?

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AMD's HSA Run-Time Library Is Now Open-Source

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Last week we reported on AMD's plans for a complete user-space open-source HSA stack. Today they have finally delivered!

The last remaining component,. the HSA run-time library was open-sourced this afternoon on GitHub. This HSA library goes with the AMD GPU LLVM back-end to form a complete user-space open-source driver stack for HSA applications using kernels written using OpenCL C99. This code goes along with AMD's new "AMDKFD" kernel HSA driver that's still in the process of being mainlined. The AMDKFD driver could potentially appear in the Linux 3.19 kernel but probably won't be merged before Linux 3.20 if going through the DRM subsystem pull.

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Scholarship Winner Sandeep Aryal Aims to Bring Open Source to Nepal

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As a system administrator for the Government of Nepal in Kathmandu, Sandeep Aryal says it will be a formidable challenge to convince his employer to adopt Linux and open source software. But he believes the training he receives through his Linux Foundation scholarship will help him better make his case, he says.

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ownCloud Enables True Universal File Access via Cloud Service

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ownCloud uses its own server-to-server sharing capability to bypass all the Web interfaces that trip up seamless file sharing across silos.

Anybody who says there's nothing new under the sun--or clouds--ought to read this story.

Cloud storage and collaboration service provider ownCloud (yes, with a lower-case "o") has found a way to sync up files from all over the place--from the cloud, to enterprise silos, to personal connected storage devices, to other disparate places--and make them easily available and sharable using its own cloud (hence, ownCloud) common file access layer.

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Government logs into open source policy to use as Digital India drive, cut software costs

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Indian government software applications are set to make the shift to open source, potentially boosting the pace at which such programmes are developed, and leading to millions of dollars in savings by moving away from proprietary systems.

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Australian news agency joins open source project

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Open source software developer Sourcefabric has signed Australian Associated Press to help develop an end-to-end news creation, production, curation, distribution and publishing platform.

The two parties are inviting other news publishers to participate in the project, called Superdesk.

AAP editor-in-chief Tony Gillies said, "Over the past 10 years, our existing editorial platform has proven increasingly inflexible."

"The time is right for some true innovation in this area and we believe that Sourcefabric will set us on the right path."

Sava Tatić, Sourcefabric managing director, said he was thrilled to be partnering with Australia’s national news agency.

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Indonesia tax agency saves 90 per cent with open source

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The open source community in Indonesia is still small and this has discouraged the Indonesian tax agency from moving some big systems to open source, its Transformation and ICT Director told FutureGov.

Open source is usually used by universities in Indonesia, he said, and the source code is not published so “it’s in a small group”, said Harry Gumelar.

“Our difficulty right now is that we don’t know who to contact if we have a problem,” he added. The tax agency has asked for help in the past, but not received any response from the community.

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The US Government's Tenuous Relationship With Open Source

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The government has been involved with open source software since before the Internet -- but it is only recently that government use of open source really has come into vogue, observed GitHub's Ben Balter. "A big reason for this is that open source used to be inaccessible to outsiders and didn't have the quality and support large organizations like government have come to expect."

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