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Leftovers: OSS

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  • A Popular European Cable Modem Is Now Open-Source

    A popular European cable modem has seen its software open-sourced by Technicolor in order to comply with the GPL.

  • The very different economics of running open-source software
  • Hashcat Is Now Open-Source
  • Marist College Latest to Join Open Source Initiative Affiliate Program

    In the Summer of 2015 the Open Source Initiative® (OSI) announced the extension of its Affiliate Member Program to include institutions of higher education, and shortly after announced admission of our first member from the higher education community, the University of Southern Queensland. Today the OSI announces Marist College has joined as well. Marist College is an important supporter and contributor to not only the advancement of open source software within colleges and universities, but also as a community member of another OSI Affiliate, the Apereo Foundation. Marist College's experiences in open source software adoption, community development and policy advocacy within the higher education landscape will inform the OSI's work throughout the education sector and help shape the Affiliate Member Program to best serve institutions of higher education exploring, using and producing open source software.

  • FOSDEM 2016 Distro Devroom: Call for Participation

    The FOSDEM Distro Devroom will take place 30 & 31 January, 2016 at FOSDEM, in room K.4.201 at Université Libre de Bruxelles, in Brussels, Belgium.

    As Linux distributions converge on similar tools, the problem space overlapping different distributions is growing. This standardization across the distributions presents an opportunity to develop generic solutions to the problems of aggregating, building, and maintaining the pieces that go into a distribution.

  • Google Code-in 2015 has started!

    In this year’s edition of Google Code-in, students can choose from tasks provided by the following organizations / projects: Apertium, Copyleft Games, Drupal, FOSSASIA, Haiku, KDE, MetaBrainz, OpenMRS, RTEMS, SCoRe, Sugar Labs, Systers, Ubuntu, and Wikimedia.

  • Poll: You Think Mozilla Should Keep Thunderbird — Maybe

    The results of our latest poll have been tallied and FOSS Force readers evidently think that Mozilla should keep Thunderbird instead of helping the project find a new home. Mozilla executive chairperson, Mitchell Baker, announced on November 30 that the foundation intended to eventually separate itself from the popular desktop email client it first released in 2004.

  • MapR's John Schroeder on Big Data Trends for 2016
  • Asking Me Questions about Keystone

    As many of you have found out, I am relatively willing to help people out with Keystone related questions. Here are a couple guidelines.

    Don’t ask me support questions here on the blog. I’ll lie or make something up and you will never know it. Instead, ask in #openstack-keystone if you can find me on IRC or on the #openstack or #oepnstack-dev mailing list with [keystone] in the title. I might not answer, but someone that knows will. Or someone that doesn’t know, will answer, and I’ll correct the answer, and then someone else will correct my correction.

  • FOSS & Education: It’s Deeper than Ones and Zeros

    I stared at a blinking cursor when confronted with the question, “Your profession and position?”

    It can be difficult to define the entire spectrum of my role at Reglue. Yeah, I am founder and executive director, but outside of that, in the real world where people are identified by their professional roles, how do I answer such a question?

  • FSF Events: Flyering - Ethical-tech advocacy and socializing (Somerville, MA)

    We've put together a gorgeous 2015 Giving Guide to encourage people to shop ethically for tech gifts, just as they might for other kinds of gifts. Now it's time to get it into the hands of holiday shoppers! In what is now an FSF tradition, we'll be in elf and gnu costumes at Davis Square, handing out print copies of the Giving Guide to people buying their loved ones presents for Christmas, Hanukkah, and everything else.

  • Dutch National Open Data Agenda to facilitate open data publication

    Last week, the Dutch Minister of the Interior, Ronald Plasterk sent the government's National Open Data Agenda (NODA) in a letter to the Dutch parliament. The agenda aims to make as many high-value datasets as possible available for re-use. It will provide tools to keep track of progress and quality, and support for data managers in opening up their datasets.

  • Open source HomeBridge links 3rd-party smart home devices like Nest to Apple's HomeKit

    Users looking to connect their existing smart home setup to Apple's HomeKit ecosystem can turn to Homebridge, an open-source tool that brings voice control to popular devices from Nest, Sonos and others.

  • Django Girls Brno

    It was a 1 day workshop the day before PyCon and it took place in Fit Vut (Faculty of Information Technology). There were several reasons I applied for it:

    it’s free;
    it’s for women;
    you don’t have to be an experienced programmer. In fact the only requirement was to have a laptop;
    it’s an amazing opportunity to learn some code and get guidance;
    you can meet many great people from open source community.

  • Italy works to increase interoperability of public services and data in EU

    The Italian government agency Agenzia per Italia Digital (agID) has been asked by the European Commission to preside over a working group to address the interoperability of public data and public services, the agency said on its blog. The work of the agency was presented during a Share-PSI workshop in Berlin on November 25 and 26. The main topic of this workshop was “maximising interoperability — core vocabularies, location-aware data and more”.


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5 essential skills for open source development jobs

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Whatever part of open source you want to work in, a grasp of some dynamic programming languages is important to getting on, and Python is the basis for more complex programming. Mark Atwood, Director of Open Source Engagement at HP recommended learning it and JavaScript when he spoke at the Great Wide Open conference in 2014, while Perl is another language to have a strong handle on.

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Open source encryption? Now Netherlands votes to help fund security projects

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In what some might see as swimming against the political mainstream, the Netherlands parliament has just decided to back open-source web security with hard cash.

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6 motivations for consuming or publishing open source software

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Open source is awesome, and there are many reasons why you might consider consuming, publishing, collaborating on, or supporting open source.1 Here are a few of them:

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Leftovers: OSS

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5 essential skills for open source development jobs

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List: These skills are the foundations for a strong career in open source development.

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Python-based open source eye tracking tool

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I have a deep interest in educational psychology, and so I was fascinated by what I read about PyGaze—an open source toolbox for eye tracking in Python. The website told me that it runs on Linux, but I wanted to learn more about eye tracking and the role it plays in psychological research. I also wanted to know more about the project and how it is contributing to research and its implications for open source.

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WordPress 4.4 “Clifford”

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Version 4.4 of WordPress, named “Clifford” in honor of jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in 4.4 make your site more connected and responsive. Clifford also introduces a new default theme, Twenty Sixteen.

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TPP Trade Act Threatens Open Source on IoT and beyond, EFF Says

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Should governments be able to force source code to be open? Arguably, yes. But the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement prevents authorities from requiring that, as the Electronic Frontier Foundation warned recently. As a result, the TPP places severe restrictions on open source software.

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BSD: Testing OpenSSH 7.6, 23 Years of FreeDOS

  • Call for testing: OpenSSH 7.6

    OpenSSH 7.6p1 is almost ready for release, so we would appreciate testing on as many platforms and systems as possible. This is a bugfix release.

  • 23 Years of FreeDOS

    This eBook contains the voices of many of the users who contributed their stories, as well as the history of FreeDOS. Many individuals have helped make FreeDOS what it is, but this eBook represents only a few of them. I hope you enjoy this collection of 23 years of everything FreeDOS!

Various Leftovers

  • XFree KWin: Ridding KDE's Wayland Compositor Of X11 Dependencies
    Martin Flöser (nee Gräßlin) has announced the "XFree KWin" project. This isn't to be confused with XFree86 but rather is about ridding KWin optionally of X11/X.Org dependencies.
  • Bad News for Users of TopIcons Plus
    The development of the popular TopIcons Plus GNOME extension has been put on pause. Offering a convenient way to access indicator applets and system tray icons from the GNOME top bar, the extension has proven popular with GNOME Shell users, especially as GNOME 3.26 removes the legacy tray entirely.
  • Fix the “This version of Skype is not supported” Error on Ubuntu
  • Will Blockchain Race to the Front of the Disruption Line in IoT?
    The group, founded in 2015, is the fastest-growing project in the history of the Linux Foundation according to Hyperledger Executive Director Brian Behlendorf.  This project has reached out to various industries in addition to IoT, industries which also are adopting IoT including healthcare.
  • The State Of Intel's GPU Virtualization Pass-Through On Linux
    Wrapping up our XDC2017 coverage for this annual X.Org developer event that took place this past week in Mountain View, Zhenyu Wang of Intel presented on their ongoing work for mediated GPU virtualization pass-through support on Linux, Intel GVT.
  • Red Hat announces that Ansible Project 2.4 now generally available
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  • Electric Cars, Open Source Summit, and Linux Server Innovation [Ed: "This article was sponsored and written by IBM." Linux Foundation writes what Big Bully IBM tells it to write.]
  • Intel IX4 Networking Performance On DragonFly Gets Boosted By Direct Input Support
    DragonFlyBSD today picked up direct input support within the kernel's polling code. This can boost the networking performance though for now is just supported by the IX4 driver, what is used as the Intel 10Gb Ethernet driv
  • Chicago School Official: US IT Jobs Offshored Because 'We Weren't Making Our Own' Coders
    In the video, the Director of Computer Science and IT Education for the nation's third largest school district offers a take on why U.S. IT jobs were offshored that jibes nicely with the city's new computer science high school graduation requirement. From the transcript: "People still talk about it's all offshored, it's all in India and you know, there are some things that are there but they don't even realize some of the reasons that they went there in the first place is because we weren't making our own."
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