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Another Open-Source Developer Claims Hyperkin is Illegally Using Code for Retro Console System

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The makers of the open-sourced emulation software program, RetroArch are the latest to say that video games accessories company Hyperkin is using its program in violation of the GPL license. RetroArch uses a development interface called "libretro" that allows for the "easy creation of emulators and games that can plug straight into this program called RetroArch." It supports 15 different hardware platforms including Android.

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Joint Staff Dumps Oracle and PeopleSoft Planning Software for Open Source

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The Joint Staff currently uses Oracle and PeopleSoft for strategic planning software through a contract managed by a division of the Naval Sea Systems Command.

The Joint Staff runs the software on the Joint Organization Server and a server covering the Office of Secretary of Defense.

NAVSEA said in a contract notice it plans to issue a new contract to MYMIC LLC of Portsmouth, Virginia, for open source planning software to “reduce the high cost of licenses, technical support and custom modifications” with Oracle and PeopleSoft.

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Hadoop Developer Cask, Formerly Continuuity, Goes Open Source

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Continuuity Inc., whose software makes it easier for developers to build applications that run on the big-data storage and analysis system Hadoop, has changed its name to Cask and will put its technology into open source.

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Open source tools to prepare your ebooks for publication

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Self publishing a book has never been easier. There are numerous open source tools that you can use to create a book.

Having published three ebooks, and being in the process of putting together another one, I’ve learned that after writing a book there are a few more things that you need to do before sharing your book with the world.

If you're publishing your book in the EPUB format, you need to check the book to ensure it's properly formed. And, if you're selling your book through Amazon.com's Kindle Library, you need to convert your EPUB to the format that the Kindle supports.

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7 local governments announced to build with Code for America

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This week, Code for America is thrilled to announce new partnerships with seven local governments for the 2015 Code for America Fellowship Program. The official announcement was shared with more than 750 attendees at the annual Code for America Summit on September 23, and in this press release.

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The story of Aaron Swartz and his fight for open

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A new documentary about the life of Aaron Swartz was released in June this year. It recounts the story of one of the most impactful young talents of the Internet age, and the tragic saga of his quest to make the world a better place.

Directed by Brian Knappenberger, the film was funded through Kickstarter and backed by 1,531 supporters who collectively pledged $93,741, surpassing the initial funding goal of $75,000.

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Puppet-wearing devs: There's now an app (or two) for that

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Kanies, who is the original author of Puppet, said the Puppet Server has been re-engineered for increased efficiency, greater flexibility, and improved stability and scalability. The new version, which is now available in Puppet 3.7, improves improved performance by 300 per cent, he said.

The updated release also adds new, role-based access controls that integrate with standard directory servers, including Microsoft Active Directory and OpenLDAP. In addition, a new profiler and a metrics service provide health and usage information about the Puppet Server itself, which can in turn be monitored and graphed using third-party tools.

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Dan Allen and Sarah White: Documentation Dearth Dooms Open Source Projects

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Dan Allen: I can understand the programmer's dilemma in having to write documentation. It can be a long and painful process. Documentation in open source is often a missing link. There are four major pillars of developing open source software. Each one has it own elements of problem-solving associated with it. These are design, code writing, testing and documentation.

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5 New Enterprise Open Source Projects to Watch

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The open source software community is nothing if not prolific, and exciting new projects arrive on the scene practically every day. Keeping up with it all can be a formidable challenge; on the other hand, failing to do so could mean you miss out on something great.

Nowhere is that more true than in enterprises, where upstart new contenders can change the way business is done almost overnight. Take Docker, for example. Though it only just launched last year, the container technology tool has taken the enterprise world by storm, becoming a fundamental part of the way many businesses work.

With that in mind, we recently took a stroll through Open Hub and reached out to several open source watchers in the hopes of highlighting a few of the latest up-and-comers in this space. What, we asked, are the most exciting open source projects to launch recently with a focus on enterprises?

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Open source frameworks for digital self-service: Savings, flexibility and innovation

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The UK public sector today faces its greatest challenges for a generation. A unique combination of severe budget constraint, growing demand, innovation in technology and the mainstream adoption of online channels is speeding up an urgent drive for channel shift.

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