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  • How to say 'No' to your boss (like a boss)

    At OSCON 2013, Deb Nicholson, Community Outreach Director of Open Invention Network, gave a talk on how to delegate, like a boss. She's returning to OSCON 2015 with a follow up talk on how to say no, like a boss. We caught up with Deb to get a preview of her upcoming talk, and we asked for a few tips on how to politely reject offers for additional work. If you have a chance to see her at OSCON, don't miss it—her talks are always a nice mix of entertaining, with a heavy dose of practical advice.

  • Pocket: the feature nobody wanted [deleted by author]

    I’ve sat out of the discussion on Mozilla-Governance that has been ongoing over users disappointment with Pocket. I have seen other Mozillians dive in and defend the feature but I do not think this is helping at all. I read this post “Firefox, you’re supposed to be in my pocket, not the other way around” today and felt like it had many truths in it. I really do not know the rationale for adding Pocket as a default to Firefox but I assume there was some financial benefit for Mozilla involved.

  • Firefox 39 Out With Patches for Four Critical Vulnerabilities

    Mozilla has rolled out a new version of its Firefox browser, an update that includes patches for four critical security vulnerabilities and several less-severe bugs.

  • Off-Main-Thread Compositing Is Coming With Firefox 40 For Linux
  • Mozilla Planning Invasive Changes To The Fundamentals Of Firefox

    Firefox developers are revisiting at how they build their web browser and how they can better utilize modern web technologies and in the process move away from XUL/XBL within their Gecko Engine.

  • Using Open Source to Reinvent the Data Warehouse

    For that reason there’s been a rising amount of interest in set of complementary open source technologies that promise to enable the development of data warehouse applications that are capable of processing massive amounts of big data in real time. While most of that data is stored in Hadoop, the three core open source technologies that will enable these applications are Storm, a real-time processing engine; Spark, a framework for building clusters; and Kafka, a distributed messaging system.

  • Godfather Ellison’s Protection Racket

    In its headline, Business Insider says Oracle is using an “ugly ‘nuclear option.'” Fortune’s headline is a bit more understated: “Oracle reportedly wields audits, license disputes to push cloud agenda.” However genteel fortune’s headline, writer Barb Darrow cuts quickly to the chase: “Anyone who has ever met an Oracle sales person knows from a high-pressure sale.”

    The story actually broke about a month ago, when Forbes asked: “Is Oracle Using Legal Pressure To Increase Cloud Sales?”

  • Audit, Bargain, Close

    If you use Oracle’s database, try Postgresql.

  • VirtualBox 5 comes with encryptions of virtual machines

    In preparation for Windows 10, Oracle have released a major new version of VirtualBox. The 5.0 release supports Windows 10, OS X Yosemite and a bunch of other Linux Operating Systems. All platforms have easy to install packages included EXEs, DMGs, DEBs and RPMs.

  • The Start Of WebAssembly Support Lands In LLVM
  • Hyatt to Partner with Khan Academy to Bring Open-Source Global Learning to Colleagues and Communities
  • Hyatt offers open source online Higher Ed courses

    Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Hyatt Hotels Foundation have partnered with Khan Academy to provide free access to quality online education to Hyatt’s employees, their families and communities.

  • Hyatt Enlists Disruptor Sal Khan To Revolutionize Hospitality Industry Training, Plug 'Skills Gap'
  • New Boycott In Support Of Open Access: Third Time Lucky?

    Over three years ago, we wrote about a fast-growing boycott of the academic publisher Elsevier, organised in protest at that company's high prices, its "bundling" of journals into larger collections, and its support for SOPA. Even though over 15,000 people eventually pledged not to work with Elsevier, the company is still going strong, making huge profits from the work of academics, and putting paywalls between the public and knowledge. Perhaps we should have guessed it would end like that. As we noted then, this was not the first or biggest boycott in the history of open access.

  • MyMiniFactory Launches MP5 File Format Project — Holistic Open Source Approach to 3D Printing

    Apparently London-based MyMiniFactory, a 3D printing model repository and so much more, agrees with the larger corporations which make up the new consortium in that current file formats just are not suited for the future of the industry. Where they may disagree however, is just how the new format should be set up.

Kodi 15.0 Release Candidate 2 "Isengard" Brings Multiple Fixes, Download Now

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The Kodi development team announced the immediate availability for download and testing of the second RC (Release Candidate) version of the upcoming and highly anticipated Kodi 15.0 cross-platform and open-source media center software.

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Open source licensing at GitHub

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Open source licensing is important to GitHub in two ways: First, as the host of the world's largest collection of code, we have a unique opportunity—and arguably an obligation based on that opportunity—to do what we can to support the open source community, and that obviously includes open source licensing. Second, as a company built on open source, it's important that the open source code we depend on and the code we contribute to the open source community are both properly licensed so that others can use it. After all, that's the point of open source.

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Open-Source AMD/NVIDIA GPU Tests On Linux 4.1 + Mesa 10.7-dev

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As part of the other Linux graphics tests running this week, here are the results of eight different graphics cards -- from both NVIDIA and AMD -- being tested on the latest open-source Linux graphics drivers under a variety of OpenGL Linux games. The software stack making up this round of testing was the Linux 4.1.1 kernel and Mesa 10.7-devel atop Ubuntu 15.04.

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Why I code and don't get paid for it

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An Australian high school graduate today has experience with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint, and not much else. They are ready for your Windows-centered workplace, Mr. Employer!

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  • Promoting the creation of open-source software in your business

    Furthermore, the influence of a Github portfolio should not be underestimated. This may seem skin-deep, but importance lies in the fact that a high-quality Github portfolio reflects time and energy spent curating one’s projects. For instance, a good Github project is well-documented, contains a well-written README (or overview) and is well-marketed online so as to gain approval throughout the community (via stars – similar to “likes” on Facebook). The skills required to create and maintain a high-quality project speak loudly.

  • RCom, Sistema Shyam take to open source software to cut costs

    Reliance Communications (RCOM) and Sistema Shyam Teleservices, also known as MTS India, are increasingly adopting open source software as it helps them significantly cut costs.

  • Reliance Communications, Sistema Shyam Teleservices adopting open source softwares to cut costs
  • Making better decisions in tech

    Michelle Brush will talk at OSCON this year about how engineers and architects in tech can make better decisions by understanding their environment. How? Through behavioral economics, a discipline that, in her words, straddles psychology and economics.

  • 5 lessons from the Open Help doc sprints

    Sprints are one of the most effective tools for building momentum and community around an open source documentation project. For the past four years, the Open Help Conference & Sprints has hosted doc sprints for a number of prominent open source projects, and often has been the first sprint venue for a project. Open Help celebrates its fifth year in 2015 with a venue upgrade and space for six doc sprints.

  • The magic at work in an open organization

    I suppose it's rather fitting that I'm mentioned twice in the book, because that's how many times I've worked at Red Hat: initially from 2005 to 2007 (my first "real" job after college) and again from 2012 to the present. In the interim, I happened to write an article for Opensource.com, which ultimately ended up quoted in the book (on page 94).

  • Mirantis Taps Partner Expertise for OpenStack Hardware Appliances

    Mirantis, which has emerged in recent years as a leading vendor in OpenStack software and services, is helping enable cloud hardware though the launch of its new Mirantis Unlocked Appliances program.

  • OpenStack Meiji Rescinded, New Names up for Vote

    The OpenStack Foundation has a problem - its' community voted on the name 'Meiji' for its post-Liberty release, but apparently there are some historical challenges with the name.

  • Digital Ocean Grabs $83 Million in Funding, Focusing on the Cloud

    As evidence of how hot the cloud computing space remains, the company has just announced that it has raised $83 million in new funding.

  • Cloudera, Teradata Deliver Integrated Appliance for Ready-to-Deploy Hadoop
  • PF for Solaris

    This blog is dedicated to the Solaris Firewall. The current firewall bundled with Solaris is IPF version 4.1.9. It has been introduced in Solaris 10u3.

  • OpenSSH to Replace SunSSH

    This is one more data point among several that major players in the proprietary part of the IT landscape find real value in the technology coming out of OpenBSD, and that tracking the source closely helps their own innovation. Another recent case in point is the news of Solaris moving to PF instead of IPF, reported here recently.

  • RESTfm Goes Open Source - RESTful Web Services for FileMaker Server

    Previously a paid product, RESTfm is now free and open source, with a paid support model so everyone has the ability to try it and see the benefits for themselves. The RESTfm source code is now available under an MIT licence from GitHub.

  • New SmartBear Software Offers Open Source API Testing for IoT
  • 10 organizations that open sourced (at least a part of) their platforms

    There’s the cathedral — where an exclusive team of developers build and produce a product that is later released with the source code, which is top-down and closed. Then there’s the bazaar — where the software is developed online and amongst numerous developers with different agendas and approaches, which is bottom-up and open.

  • HashiCorp launches its open-core DevOps toolchain into general availability

    The one-stop-shop value proposition has been around as long as the data center itself, but few vendors are able to deliver upon the promise nowadays due to the sheer scope of work involved in delivering applications at scale. One of the few exceptions to the rule is HashiCorp Inc., which officially launched its first commercial solution this morning to tackle the fragmentation of DevOps.

  • HashiCorp Publicly Release Atlas, a Version Control System for Infrastructure
  • British Airways cracks open its API doors for developers

    British Airways is giving developers tentative access to small amounts of its data, launching a scheme to open up some of its APIs.

  • The Nonprofit Case for an Common Data Standard

    In order to shift American culture and win our campaigns for social, environmental, and racial justice, we must have the best, latest tools available, and they need to be able to sync-up. As a communications professional who often gets roped into fundraising, website design, and other various aspects of nonprofit work, I've been searching for over a decade for the perfect set of tools to handle communications, marketing, and fundraising. It doesn't exist.

  • French robot company raising money for open source companion robot “BUDDY”

    Jean-Michel Mourier, CTO of Blue Frog Robotics, wrote in an email to SD Times that, “About 80% of BUDDY will be open source. Today, all of the major components are open source: the brain of the robot, which controls navigation, facial expressions, object and voice recognition, interfaces that control interactions, learning, making connections as well as domotics. In addition, elements of BUDDY’s mechanics are open so that developers can build accessories.”

  • The Next Big Thing in Open-Source May Be Housing

    The open source essence of Beveridge’s idea is not unprecedented. In 2011, London design practice ‘00’ initiated WikiHouse, an open source project for designing and building houses that offers users the opportunity to download customizable Creative Commons-licensed plans. Using a method that has drawn comparisons to Ikea furniture, the building pieces are then cut from plywood by CNC routers and snapped together with wedge and peg connections, to be assembled onsite in less than a day.

Oracle’s Falling New License Revenue Implies Open Source Success

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UC Berkeley, Cal Poly Receive $6 Million for Open Source Project

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Project Jupyter, an open-source software project led by Fernando Perez of University of California, Berkeley and Brian Granger of California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo has been granted $6 million over the next three years. The grant will help expand Project Jupyter to support scientific computing and data science applications in more than 40 programming languages.

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