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Beyond Microcontrollers: Three Cool Open Source Hardware Projects

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Open source hardware is going through some great surges in popularity right now, and outside of microcontrollers like Raspberry Pi, we don't talk about them much. So I wanted to showcase some open source hardware projects that I thought were especially cool.

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Non-Linux FOSS: Install Windows? Yeah, Open Source Can Do That.

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For my day job, I occasionally have to demonstrate concepts in a Windows environment. The most time-consuming part of the process is almost always the installation. Don't get me wrong; Linux takes a long time to install, but in order to set up a multi-system lab of Windows computers, it can take days!

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Drupal Hub to spur on the growth of North East's open source development community

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Drupal Hub will hold regular day time drop-in sessions as well as playing host to established Drupal events, thereby bringing people together to collaborate and contribute to the software.

Other plans are in place for Drupal training days, Drupal user group meets, Drupal sprints and the Drupal Academy, which provides intensive training for users of all abilities.

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FOSS Powered Learning Center Name a ‘Thank You’

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These facilities will be powered by a global community — a community of millions — because they will operate on free and open source software and Gnu/Linux.

I don’t know if many of you realize just what intense power you have, literally under your fingertips. You have the power to change lives. The tool set, already in place and ready to use, takes about twenty minutes to put into play. That twenty minutes can change a life. It could lead to a child being inspired to amazing achievements in his or her life. You just have to decide if you want to do it — not to the extent Reglue does, we have almost 100 people to make Reglue work — but on an individual basis…?

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • WordPress.com reboots from scratch to take on Medium
  • WordPress.com just got relaunched, now it's open source and there's a desktop app
  • WordPress site undergoes a major redesign, desktop app launches, code goes open source
  • WordPress.com Gets a New Face and Joins the JavaScript Age
  • Automattic revamps and open-sources WordPress.com
  • Automattic Open-Sources WordPress.com To All Developers, Launches Official Mac Desktop App
  • Lowering Load Time: 4 Pillars to Site Speed Optimization with WordPress
  • going full pledge

    Looking at Theo’s status of pledge update there’s a lot of programs on the list, including some which may seem a bit silly. But the effort has turned up some interesting bugs and misfeatures along the way.

  • 9 tasty recipes to share, modify, and remix
  • Customize An Open-Source HAL For Your Home

    Engineers Ryan Sipes and Joshua Montgomery wanted their makerspace in Lawrence, Kansas, to be more intuitive. So they borrowed an artificial intelligence system from other makers and used it to do simple tasks, such as controlling the lights or playing music. Then they realized they could create a better one—and sell it.

  • Policy Committee Task Force Unveils Interoperability Suggestions
  • FDA Unveils Open-Source Genomic Data-Sharing Platform

    FDA's Office of Health Informatics contracted with cloud-based genome informatics and data management company DNAnexus to create the precisionFDA platform.

  • FCC rules for wireless router firmware, open wheelchairs and insulin, and more news
  • Open Source Pharma – An Initiative For The Health Of Poor

    A young boy in some part of India losses both his sisters before their fifth birthday and losses his father before he could complete his 10 year. It all happened because the pharma companies as well as government failed to keep the prices of the drugs under the reach of poor. But one brilliant move can end up this entire situation and may replace the current crippled system and it is named as OPEN SOURCE PHARMA.

    With the advent of social entrepreneurship and propagation of market unsettling ideas, such as open data, open software, and crowd sourcing, it is possible that the Open Source Pharma Conference could be the beginning of the end to generations of pain and suffering that community like us endured. Primarily, we need to stimulate a culture of openness, crowd sourcing and data sharing. Exploiting the input of many and sharing information can truly help get us from A to B as quickly as possible. It can also tell us when we need to stop. The ability to also hold out our data to scrutiny is the only true way to truly validate information. It may also open up new ideas and hypotheses that may subsequently advance the field.

    The basic Vision for Open Source Pharma is "MEDICINE TO ALL". It can only be achieved by creating a movement that includes existing initiatives and develops an alternative, comprehensive, open source pharmaceutical system driven by principles of openness, patient needs, and affordability.

  • Divide and Conquer

    Well… A few weeks back, I receive a feedback about the main class of the Br-Print project. This main class was friendly called a God Class. The God Class complex is when a class knows too much and does too much. Well, when a problem on this project is shown to me, starts to bug’s me. So I start the Divide and Conquer branch. Breaking the main class in others minor classes, to increase the level of abstraction and make the code more easy to read.

  • Is it time for Open Source Hardware x86 OLinuXino?

    We have been so focused on ARM that somehow we have missed the Intel latest development.

  • MichiganTech Professor, Student Help Bring 3-D Printing to Nicaragua

    With all the technology we have today, there are so many possibilities. The whole world can collaborate and create open-sourced information to help develop thousands of scientific uses for various new technologies like 3-D printing.

  • Michigan Tech and Eric Friesen help bring RepRap open source 3D printing to Nicaragua

    3D printing is quickly becoming a global phenomenon, thanks in large part to open source hardware and software, which enable even those regions seen as resource-poor to freely access the information they need to create functional 3D printing machines and materials. However even with these advances, many developing countries still lack basic access to technology, which can be harmful to their economic development as a whole. One such country is Nicaragua, where the kinds of materials taken for granted in the US are extremely difficult to obtain, slowing the nation’s progress in terms of digital manufacturing at all levels, and particularly for the individual workers and families who could stand to benefit the most. 3D printed tools, repair parts, or even prosthetics could improve people’s work, economic or medical situations—but only if they have access to design and create them themselves.

  • Video: Want to Control Things With Your Mind? Get Some Open Source Hardware

    Anyone with an interest in this futuristic tech can explore it. Open BCI, a collective of engineers and artists, has created affordable open source hardware that allows everyone to experiment with creating an interface between their brain and a computer.

  • Break a dozen secret keys, get a million more for free

    For many years NIST has officially claimed that AES-128 has "comparable strength" to 256-bit ECC, namely 128 "bits of security". Ten years ago, in a talk "Is 2255−19 big enough?", I disputed this claim. The underlying attack algorithms had already been known for years, and it's not hard to see their impact on key-size selection; but somehow NIST hadn't gotten the memo, and still hasn't gotten it today.

  • Responsible Disclosure Is Wrong

    Unfortunately, the debate is hampered by poor terminology.

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    The term is a bit of a misnomer really — as researchers our responsibility is to users, though often the term is seen as meaning a responsibility to vendors. This is the biggest issue I have with the term, it’s used as focusing on the wrong group in a disclosure. As a security researcher my responsibility is to make the world a safer place, to protect the users, not to protect the name of a vendor.

Docker 1.9 Linux Container Engine Gets Its First Point Release with Over 20 Bugfixes

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The developers of the open-source Docker Linux container engine for GNU/Linux operating systems have published the first maintenance release of the Docker 1.9 stable branch.

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Q.Rad Meshes Open Source Software, High Performance Computing and Heat

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Can open source software heat your house? High-performance computing (HCP) provider Qarnot thinks so. The company has produced a Linux-based device called the Q.rad that delivers heat while also crunching numbers in the cloud.

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WordPress.com Goes Open Source And Gets A Desktop App

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WordPress.com, the fully hosted version of WordPress, has a received one of its biggest updates ever today. Codenamed Calypso, Automattic rewrote WordPress.com from scratch — everything is new under the hood. Here are the big changes.

First, WordPress.com is now fully separated from the WordPress core. WordPress.com is now an admin interface that interacts with the WordPress core just like any other third-party interface and app out there. It uses a REST API to fetch your posts, publish new ones, upload photos and more.

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Also: WordPress gets a Mac app alongside completely rebuilt, open-source WordPress.com

How is open source impacting NFV and SDN deployments?

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Open source continues to be a growing influence on the rollout of software deployments across the telecom space, with a greater focus on using open-source platforms to power network functions virtualization and software-defined networking.

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Open Source Developers Are ‘Too White And Too Male’

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Bowen, who himself grew up in Kenya then later moved to the US, said: “I would like to see far more diversity. I would like to see far fewer projects that are ‘white men’. I would like to see more Africans involved in our projects.

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GNOME and Debian: Debian Turning 24, GNOME Turning 20

  • Debian Celebrates Its 24th Birthday
    Yesterday marked GNOME turning 20 while today Debian developers and users have its 24th birthday of the project to celebrate.
  • GNOME desktop environment for Linux and BSD is 20 years old today
    When many people think of Linux, they incorrectly assume it is an operating system. Actually, Linux is merely the kernel which many operating systems leverage. An actual operating system is compromised of many things, including a user interface -- after all, users need to interface with their computer! Most computer users will obviously want a graphical UI nowadays, and for BSD and Linux-based operating systems there are many such desktop environments from which to choose. One of the most popular environments is GNOME. Not only is GNOME a DE, but it has evolved into much more, such as a collection of apps and design rules (Human Interface Guidelines). Today, GNOME is celebrating a very important milestone -- it is an impressive 20 years old!
  • Happy birthday, GNOME!
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    By 1997, there had long been graphical Unix and Linux graphical user interface (GUI) desktops, but none of them had gathered much support. KDE, which was destined to become a major desktop, had started in 1996, but it was still facing opposition for its use of the Qt license. The GNOME Project, founded by Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena Quintero on August 15, 1997, was created to build a GUI without the use of any non-General Public License (GPL) software. Thus, a struggle began between the two Linux desktops, which continues to this day.