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PhysX Liberated

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  • NVIDIA Extends PhysX for High Fidelity Simulations, Goes Open Source

    NVIDIA PhysX, the most popular physics simulation engine on the planet, is going open source.

    We’re doing this because physics simulation — long key to immersive games and entertainment — turns out to be more important than we ever thought.

    Physics simulation dovetails with AI, robotics and computer vision, self-driving vehicles, and high-performance computing.

  • NVIDIA have now made PhysX open source

    Popping up a little while ago on Twitter, NVIDIA has announced that they've now put PhysX under an open source license.

    Something I am sure many game developers and the open source community will approve of. Writing about it on their official blog, NVIDIA said "We’re doing this because physics simulation — long key to immersive games and entertainment — turns out to be more important than we ever thought.".

  • NVIDIA Makes PhysX Open-Source

    As a very big surprise bundled alongside the announcement today of the $2,499 USD TITAN RTX graphics card is word that NVIDIA's PhysX software is going open-source!

    It was a decade ago that NVIDIA acquired PhysX from their acquisition of AGEIA Technologies who at the time was working on Physics Processing Units. Since then, PhysX has become tightly coupled with NVIDIA GPUs and CUDA, but now the company is deciding to open-source it.

Open Science Means Open Source--Or, at Least, It Should

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Why open source was actually invented in 1665.

When did open source begin? In February 1998, when the term was coined by Christine Peterson? Or in 1989, when Richard Stallman drew up the "subroutinized" GNU GPL? Or perhaps a little earlier, in 1985, when he created the GNU Emacs license? How about on March 6, 1665? On that day, the following paragraph appeared...

Those words are to be found in the very first issue of the Royal Society's Philosophical Transactions, the oldest scientific journal in continuous publication in the world, which published key results by Newton and others. Just as important is the fact that it established key principles of science that we take for granted today, including the routine public sharing of techniques and results so that others can build on them—open source, in other words.

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OSS: OpenBLAS, Sphinx, FOSS Conferences

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  • OpenBLAS 0.3.4 Released With Intel AVX-512 Optimizations, Other Performance Tuning

    For those utilizing OpenBLAS as the linear algebra library for your application(s), OpenBLAS 0.3.4 was released on Sunday with the latest features and CPU optimizations for multiple architectures.

  • Meet an opinionated quickstart for Sphinx docs authors

    Are you someone who writes documentation with the Sphinx tool chain? Do you want to encourage more people to write documentation in a distributed organization, but worry about maintaining compatible workflows? Introducing sphinx-docs-opinionated-quickstart, a template repository with an opinionated configuration of ReStructuredText documentation with Travis CI testing and publishing.

    I created this for the RIT Linux User’s Group (a.k.a. RITlug). RITlug welcomes student-led projects for members to work on together. RITlug executive board members want to better encourage students to share and join projects for collaboration with the community (in the spirit of FOSS). To do this, the executive board members will create and offer both a template website and template documentation tools to introduce students to project development process. Then, students are better able to sustain a more diverse community around their projects.

  • 19 tips to survive the 2019 conference season

    Having attended and spoken at numerous conferences over the years, I thought it would be helpful to share some advice on how to make the most of the 2019 conference season. Open source contributors have limited time to spare, so let’s make the most of our time together to learn, grow, and expand our open source communities.

OSS Leftovers

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  • Otto Moerbeek on the Virtues of OpenBSD malloc(3)
  • The digital open-source future of scientific research in Europe

    According to Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science, and Innovation “Science should have no borders.” This is the idea that prompted the setting up of Europe’s “digital coffeehouse” known as the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), officially unveiled on 23 November at the University of Vienna, Austria.

    The first influx of funding for the EOSC will come from the European Commission, with a promise to invest €600 million to support the core functions of the EOSC up until 2020. Further financial support may come from a mix of funding sources, such as deposit fees from national funders, user-generated revenues.

    TheEuropean Commission also announced a team of eleven that will run the huge EOSC project, who were selected from the European research infrastructure and public research and funding organisations. Karel Luyben, vice president for research at CESAER ― a European association of 50 leading universities of science and technology in 25 countries ― was named as chair of the executive board, which will set the future directions of the cloud. Together with two additional management layers, a governance board and a stakeholder forum, the board will outline the annual work plans and rules of participation. The Commission will announce another team in January 2019 to run the stakeholder forum and deal with scientific outreach.

  • WebP image file sizes compared to equivalent Guetzli and Zopfli

    I decided to offer WebP images in addition to the traditional JPEG and PNG formats after Microsoft Edge and then shortly after Mozilla Firefox added support for the format. However, I did so blindly assuming that WebP would always produce smaller files without checking my that it actually did what I wanted. A reader called me out on my mistake and pointed out some WebP images were 15 % larger than the traditional file format.

    As discussed previously, I use libvips for image processing and preparing thumbnails from my source images. I’ve previously used libgd, but that created unwanted artifacts that hurt compression levels. However, I also use post-processing with the image optimization tool Guetzli for JPEG images and Zopfli for PNG images. These tools really help to slash image sizes without compromising on image quality but at the cost of significant memory and processor utilization (a one-time investment).

Open Hardware: Open Source Hardware In China and Fused Granular Fabrication (FGF)

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  • Naomi Wu On The Sino:Bit, 3D Printers, And Open Source Hardware In China
  • Cutting 3D Printing Costs with an Open Source Material Pelletizer

    Good filament can be pricey, although the polymers the filament is made from aren’t that expensive. That’s the opening observation of a paper entitled “3-D Printable Polymer Pelletizer Chopper for Fused Granular Fabrication-Based Additive Manufacturing.” The authors argue that the markup can be avoided by eliminating the process of creating filament and instead 3D printing directly from polymer granules. Fused granular fabrication (FGF), or fused particle fabrication (FPF), they point out, is held back by the lack of accessibility to low-cost pelletizers and choppers. So they developed their own open-source 3D printable pelletizer that can process both single thermopolymers as well as composites.

OSS Leftovers

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  • IBM's Big Bet On 'Hybrid' Cloud, Will It Work?
  • Open Source Hits The Big Time With Red Hat

    The proposed acquisition of Red Hat by IBM, the largest-ever software deal in history, is obviously important from the signalling: it means that the open-source movement has finally arrived. If a firm that offers paid services around freely available source code (much of it written by volunteers) is valued at the astronomical sum of $34 billion, it surely suggests open source is now viable. It is the ultimate triumph of the ‘bazaar’ over the ‘cathedral’ as suggested by Eric Raymond in his seminal, eponymous paper some time ago: barely-organised chaos has defeated the hierarchical, top-down organisation.

    It is surely ironic that IBM, the ultimate in buttoned-down, rule-bound, navy-blue-suited firms (although I hear the tie is now optional even if the white shirt remains de rigeur) should be the one buying the biggest player in the Linux-Apache-mySQL world of be-sandaled, bearded, shorts-wearing geeks infused with the libertarian cry that “software yearns to be free” or words to that effect from the arch-priest of that cult, Richard Stallman of the Free Software Foundation.

    For, IBM was for long the epitome of the closed, hierarchical ‘cathedral’ as opposed to the ‘bazaar’ (though Microsoft took on the cathedral mantle later). It was the object of hatred by legions of computer science students, who decried its monolithic, impenetrable operating systems such as for the System/370 mainframes, the corporate staples in the bad old days of the 1970s. (Operating systems are the most core software of computers, the innards of the system that give them their character, such as Windows, Apple iOS, or Android).

    In fact, it was as an act of rebellion against the work of thousands of programmers and their inscrutable code at IBM that the legendary Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie at AT&T’s Bell Labs wrote UNIX as a small, transparent operating system. It was a disruptive innovation, and it created a paradigm shift: here was the guts of the machine (reminiscent of Tracy Kidder’s The Soul of a New Machine) done by just two creative people, not an entire army of drone-like, faceless souls (as suggested in Apple’s famous ‘1984’ commercial where IBM is the Big Brother analog).

  • Open Source Software: Are maintainers the only ones responsible for software sustainability?
  • Alibaba Open-Sources Its X-Deep Learning Framework

    Alibaba has announced it will open-source X-Deep Learning (XDL), the algorithm framework behind its marketing technology and big data platform Alimama. The source code and support documents’ release is slated for December.

    XDL is the industry’s first deep learning framework for super-large-scale high-dimensional sparse data scenarios such as advertising, recommendation and search. It was developed by Alibaba’s marketing technology and big data platform Alimama based on its advertising business, and has been deployed at scale in demanding production scenarios such as this year’s “Singles Day” (Nov 11, China’s annual online shopping extravaganza).

  • Elasticsearch twangs out Elastic App Search beta

    Elasticsearch is a Java-developed ‘application search’ engine based on the Lucene library, it is open sourced under the Apache License

    It provides a distributed, multi-tenant-capable full-text search engine with an HTTP web interface and schema-free JSON documents.

    Elasticsearch developers David Harsha, Marshall Scorcio, Brian McGue, Kellen Evan have come together to note that Elasticsearch has now been downloaded over 100,000,000 times.

  • Will Plume's Open Source Plan Pay Off?
  • There Is a Moral Imperative to Make Certain Technologies Widely Available

    Gary Rieschel of Qiming Venture Partners, says until most technology is open-source, it remains an asset of only the wealthy.

  • Further transformation ahead for open source industry
  • Unlock Open Source value

    The spirit of collaboration and peer-to-peer problem solving is particularly important at a time when cybersecurity threats are escalating the complexity of security and compliance. The need for trust in the app development and delivery space is also intensifying.

    In some circles, experts believe open source is on the wane. I strongly disagree. At its best, open source software explodes barriers to progress and accelerate innovation in ways licensed software with all its legislative impediments can only dream about. Furthermore, adopting open software as a strategy means users can add value and diversify with more speed and flexibility than ever before – all while raising overall operational standards.

  • Dremio Strengthens its Commitment to Developer and Open Source Communities with Donation of Open Source Code to The Apache Software Foundation
  • How Secure is Open Source for DevOps? 5 Considerations

    Open source libraries and frameworks have important roles to play in a DevOps culture that emphasizes shorter development life cycles, collaboration and innovation. However, it’s vital not to neglect the security of these open source components.

  • Open Source powers innovation, transformation across government

    For government users, open source is no longer a bleeding-edge technology. Open source tools are powering innovation and transformation across government agencies because they offer affordable, secure, and innovative alternatives to traditional solutions.

    An open source approach allows developers to download code, start building prototypes and deploy solutions that meet their agency’s mission needs within days or weeks instead of months. It’s a far cry from the traditional government technology procurement cycle which often taking years from procurement to installation. Moreover, that solution still may not fully deliver on what was promised after being in development for years. Open source solutions don’t just shorten the procurement and development cycle, they also give developers and system users more confidence that the solutions will actually work because it’s faster and less expensive to build working proof of concepts (POCs).

  • 20 Years of Open Source: Why the Best Payment APIs Use Shared Code

    Although the idea of open source has been around since the pre-internet days of the early 20th century, its modern meaning dates back to early 1998. In these days, free software was a much more prevalent term that promoted the idea of “users have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software.” This concept is still around today, with many of its devotees, including Richard Stallman, the creator of the Free Software Movement (FSM), claiming it to be more accurate than what we now call open source software.

    Disagreements over the interpretation, actual and perceived, are what pushed the creators of the Open Source Initiative (OSI) to challenge the status quo. Since the idea of free software is more figurative than literal (think of “free speech,” not “free beer,” as Stallman puts it), open source software was meant to clarify the meaning behind the term and encourage companies to get on board with it.

  • TrueConf Releases an Open Source Application for Video Enabled Kiosks

    Embedded video conferencing systems traditionally require recruiting skilled software engineers, commissioning a custom development, or learning SDK. To make the process easier, TrueConf created a ready-made and easy-to-customize application for video kiosks which resolves many of the typical challenges and can be installed on any Windows-based PC within several minutes.

  • Open source AI voice assistant takes aim at Amazon and Google

    Some frontrunning hospitals are already forging how patients experience healthcare with voice AI. Commonwealth Care Alliance chief of clinical innovation John Loughnane, MD, said the industry is on the verge of voice technologies that can be used to tailor individualized care regimens.

    Indeed, there are still some growing pains to be endured. Speaking at the Boston Children's Voice Health Summit in October, Sara Holoubek, CEO of Luminary Labs, called 2018, the year of the voice tech pilot. "We're in this extensive period of trial and error," she said.


    From Mycroft: “Voice is coming to every device, every platform and every household globally. The technology has a growing presence within the home as an AI assistant. This calls for voice to be flexible, customizable, vendor neutral, and privacy focused; things that the proprietary voice assistants on the market today don’t offer.”

  • KC's Mycroft will double employee base, showcase tech at CES 2019
  • An Open-Source Platform to Span the Auto Industry

    A collaborative, cross-industry effort at developing an open platform for the connected car, Automotive Grade Linux (AGL)...

  • How organisations can unlock the commercial value of open source software

    The spirit of collaboration and peer-to-peer problem solving is particularly important at a time when cybersecurity threats are escalating the complexity of security and compliance. The need for trust in the app development and delivery space is also intensifying.

  • Open-Source Database For Cryptoassets Launched By Crypto Research Firm Messari

    Crypto data and research tools provider Messari has officially launched its open-source disclosures registry for basic cryptocurrency information.

    Based in New York, Messari is a company that aims to promote transparency in the cryptoasset community by providing an open-source library to help make sense of the industry. In March of this year, the company secured early-stage seed funding to create the crypto-equivalent of US Securities and Exchange Commission’s EDGAR database, which contains a wealth of information about the commission and the securities industry that is freely available to the public via the Internet.

  • Lambda Unveils Open Source Blockchain Algorithm PoST

    Lambda launched its PoST protocol in a press release on 27th November 2018. The PoST algorithm by Lambda ensures efficient project development along with constant and random challenges on blockchain through validator nodes.

  • Lambda has Launched the First Ever Blockchain Open-Source Proof-of-Space-Time (PoST) Algorithm

    Recently, the crypto industry witnessed the unveiling of the first-ever blockchain open source Proof-of-Space-Time algorithm, as Lambda launched the transparent PoST protocol. The PoST comes with repetition computation, streamlined proofs and high-speed verification capabilities. According to the press release, the algorithm is available on the popular software development platform— GitHub.

  • Unbound Tech Releases Its Blockchain Crypto Asset Wallet Security Protocol Via Open Source On GitHub

    The Unbound Tech has just announced that it has made the bank-grade security solution available through the open source. This is a new blockchain-crypto-mpc library that has been launched by the company, one that has been made available on GitHub.

    It has been designed as an open source library that can be used for the crypto and blockchain assets that are able to protect the cryptographic keys; this has been achieved through the use of the company’s technology based on the MPC that is used by the fortune 500.

  • Genode OS 18.11 Gets SSH Server Support, MirageOS Unikernels & SDK

    Genode, the open-source operating system framework focused on a micro-kernel layer and various innovative user-space components, is out with its latest feature update. The developers at Genode Labs also continue bringing up their Sculpt OS effort for Genode as a general purpose operating system.

    The Genode 18.11 feature release brings support for Mirage-OS unikernels, a new health-monitoring mechanism for the system, the start of a Genode SDK, window layout system improvements, and they have finally developed SSH server support.

Openwashing, Deception and FUD

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Create a sliding drawer interface in Android

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Applications that used Android's SlidingDrawer library enabled users to hide content offscreen, then drag it onscreen using a "handle" when they wanted to use it. Unfortunately, the library was deprecated in Android 4.2, JellyBean (API 17), but independent developers have stepped in to create alternative versions for those who miss the cool animation and better UI experience it offered.

In this tutorial, we'll create a Sliding Drawer interface with SlidingRootNav, an open source alternative that is very easy to implement.

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3 emerging tipping points in open source

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Over the last two decades, open source has been expanding into all aspects of technology—from software to hardware; from small, disruptive startups to large, boring enterprises; from open standards to open patents.

As movements evolve, they reach tipping points—stages that move the model in new directions. Following are three things that I believe are now reaching a tipping point in open source.

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The EOMA68 Libre Computer Developer Wants To Tackle A Quad-Core RISC-V Libre SoC Design

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Stemming from the recent proposal about a libre GPU using a RISC-V chip running a Rust-based software renderer like a software-based Vulkan implementation, the developer appears to be ready to take on designing a quad-core RISC-V libre SoC that he believes can be competitive for mobile devices.

Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton, the developer most commonly known for his multi-year effort on the EOMA68 libre computer cards/laptop that still is in the works, wants to design a quad-core 64-bit RISC-V SoC that is a fully open-source/libre design.

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