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OSS: Using Open Source Languages Effectively in the Enterprise, Enterprise Search Has an Open Source Secret, Bossies and 'Open Source Way'

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  • Using Open Source Languages Effectively in the Enterprise

    Those who are enthusiastic about open source languages have been contributing to open source language projects and building versions of languages including Perl, JavaScript, Go, Tcl, Ruby and Python. There has been a massive shift in the adoption of open source languages and genesis of new ones in the last 20 years. Even large corporations such as Microsoft, Google and IBM contribute to open source projects that are hosted on GitHub, and Spotify, Dropbox and Reddit are among the big names that use Python.

  • Enterprise Search Has an Open Source Secret

    A different model emerged in the '80s: open source software. From the start, the idea was to create software that anyone could download and use for free. On top of that, anyone could modify and use the source code and submit modifications and bug fixes back to the original project. Over time, several different types of open source licenses evolved, and a number of software products we use every day were created.

    [...]

    In the early days of the web, a group known initially as the Apache Group, now the Apache Software Foundation, was developing the first free and open source web server. The organization has since expanded into many other projects. Because many of the projects are assigned names of animals — from Ant to Zookeeper — they are often collectively known as the "Apache Zoo" as I wrote back in 2015.

  • Bossies 2018: The Best of Open Source Software Awards

    Remember Snort? Or Asterisk? Or Jaspersoft or Zimbra? Heck, you might still be using them. All of these open source champions—InfoWorld Best of Open Source Software Award winners 10 years ago—are still going strong. And why not? They’re still perfectly useful.

  • InfoWorld Recognizes Open Source Software Technologies Driving Business Innovation
  • The 2018 InfoQ Editors’ Recommended Reading List: Part One
  • Can your organisation benefit from embracing the open source way?

    A recent Forbes article indicates that corporate engagement with open source communities has grown to become a strategic imperative over the past couple of decades. An increasing number of companies are paying their employees to contribute to such communities. This is one manifestation of a broader growing trend toward closer collaboration between companies and open source communities. Well-recognised companies such as Google, Uber, Facebook, and Twitter have open sourced their projects and encouraged their employees to contribute to open source communities. Among software developers who contribute to such communities, estimates suggest that up to 40% of them are paid by their company to do so. Some companies see this as an opportunity to enhance their employees’ skills while others aim to influence open source product development to support their own complementary products and services. Regardless of the motives, managers should consider the impact of such arrangements on the employees involved.

Openwashing: 'Open' Surveillance, WLinux (GNU/Linux for Windows Only... for a Price), Latest Security FUD Examples

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OSS Leftovers

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  • OBS Studio Now Supports VA-API For Video Encoding

    For those of you using OBS Studio for screen recording on the Linux desktop or screencasting, the latest code now supports GPU-offloading to VA-API for the H.264 video encode process.

    The Open Broadcaster Software has already supported Intel QuickSync on Windows as well as NVIDIA NVENC on supported platforms for NVIDIA GPU video encoding or AMD AMF as well. But for Intel Linux users, FFmpeg VA-API support has been merged for faster H.264 video encoding by making use of the HD/Iris/UHD Graphics hardware via this Video Acceleration API.

  • Google Open-Sources "GraphicsFuzz" For Helping To Spot GPU Driver Bugs

    Remember GraphicsFuzz? That was the effort started by university students for fuzzing GPU drivers via WebGL in the browser and over the course of their research found various OpenGL driver bugs, including for mobile drivers. Last month the start-up born out of that university research was acquired by Google and now their work is open-source.

  • Open-Source Software In Connected Vehicles: Pros And Cons
  • Lyft Launches Open-Source Design Tool
  • EuroBSDcon 2018 slides available

    Unfortunately, there will not be any video this year.

  • GNU Shepherd 0.5.0 released

      The GNU Daemon Shepherd or GNU Shepherd is a service manager written in Guile that looks after the herd of system services.  It provides a replacement for the service-managing capabilities of SysV-init (or any   other init) with a dependency-based system with a convenient interface.  The GNU Shepherd may also be used by unprivileged users to manage per-user daemons (e.g., tor, privoxy, mcron, etc.)  It is written in Guile Scheme, and is configured and extended using Guile.

  • GNU Shepherd 0.5 Init System Released

    Shepherd, the init/service manager of the GNU system with GNU Herd and can be used as an alternative to systemd on Linux systems as well, is up to version 0.5.

    With GNU Shepherd 0.5, the init system now gracefully halts with Ctrl+Alt+Del when running as PID 1 on Linux systems and restarting a service now also restarts any dependent services... Plus services now have a "replacement" slot as well and there are various other fixes.

  • OTTO modular open source music maker

    If you enjoy making electronic music OTTO the open source music maker offers a complete hardware and software solution offering synthesisers, sampler, effects, sequencers and studio modules. The OTTO has been created to be built in very different ways depending on your skills, requirements and available resources, tools and priorities.

    “Making electronic music is awesome! But for most of us, it requires a lot of setup, a lot of moving a mouse around on a laptop that’s probably not quite equipped to handle realtime audio processing. Don’t you wish you had one single device, which was built to do it all for you, easily and on the fly?”

3 open source distributed tracing tools

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Distributed tracing systems enable users to track a request through a software system that is distributed across multiple applications, services, and databases as well as intermediaries like proxies. This allows for a deeper understanding of what is happening within the software system. These systems produce graphical representations that show how much time the request took on each step and list each known step.

A user reviewing this content can determine where the system is experiencing latencies or blockages. Instead of testing the system like a binary search tree when requests start failing, operators and developers can see exactly where the issues begin. This can also reveal where performance changes might be occurring from deployment to deployment. It’s always better to catch regressions automatically by alerting to the anomalous behavior than to have your customers tell you.

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Linux Foundation and Networking

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  • Communications Service Providers Overwhelmingly Confident in Open Source Networking Solutions, Survey Finds

    The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced the results of an industry survey to gauge industry perceptions of open source across networking technologies. Top takeaways from the survey indicate an increasing maturity of open source technology use from operators, ongoing innovation in areas such as DevOps and CI/CD, and a glimpse into emerging technologies in areas such as cloud native and more.

  • The Linux Foundation Brings Network Automation and Cloud Native Communities Together as Network Functions evolve to CNFs

    Open Networking Summit Europe -- The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced further collaboration between telecom and cloud industry leaders enabled by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and LF Networking (LFN), fueling migrations of Virtual Network Function (VNFs) to Cloud-native Network Functions (CNFs).

  • LF Networking Unites End-to-End Open Network Stack, Simplifies Open Source Software Consumption

    Open Networking Summit Europe -- LF Networking (LFN), which facilitates collaboration and operational excellence across open networking projects like ONAP and OPNFV, today announced continued ecosystem value chain disruption across its projects.

  • Orchestration & Open Source for 5G

    A 2016 survey by TMForum, Orchestration: Get Ready for the Platform Revolution, found that "orchestrating services end to end across virtualized and physical infrastructure, including partners' networks, is proving to be one of the most difficult operational challenges for communications service providers and their suppliers." As early as 2014, Axel Clauberg, VP of Aggregation, Transport, IP and Infrastructure Cloud Architecture at Deutsche Telekom, coined the phrase "zoo of orchestrators" to describe the mish-mash of management systems vendors were pushing to manage their siloed NFV solutions.

OSS Leftovers

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  • Editor's Corner—Open source is not 'one size fits all' [Ed: But that's a plus, not a minus. With proprietary software it's one unsuitable thing for everything; doesn't scale.]

    Open source communities are no doubt playing a key role in moving the telecommunications industry forward, but not everyone is on board the bandwagon.

    Over the past five months or so, we've spent a fair amount of time writing about open source groups and standards development organizations (SDOs) such as the Linux Foundation, MEF, Open Networking Foundation, OpenDaylight, the TM Forum and ETSI, and there's clearly more cooperation afoot for the good of the industry.

    But artificial intelligence startup B.Yond's chief marketing officer, Rikard Kjellberg, said his company has to be careful when it comes to choosing which open source community to commit its resources to. Kjellberg spoke to FierceTelecom on the heels of the AT&T Spark conference earlier this month.

  • Collabora Had Another Stellar Year For Open-Source Consulting

    The Collabora open-source consulting firm whose expertise spans from the Linux kernel to LibreOffice and X.Org had another successful year. The UK-based company last week reported their 2017 financial position last week providing a glimpse at the viability of open-source / free software consulting.

  • Daniel Stenberg: The Polhem prize, one year later

    Family and friends have gotten a rudimentary level of understanding of what curl is and what it does. I'm not suggesting they fully grasp it or know what an "internet protocol" is now, but at least a lot of people understand that it works with "internet transfers". It's not like people were totally uninterested before, but when I was given this prize - by a jury of engineers no less - that says this is a significant invention and accomplishment with a value that "can not be overestimated", it made them more interested. The little video that was produced helped:

  • Open Source Voice Assistant, Mycroft AI, Named Top Deal By KingsCrowd
  • Service providers increasingly adopt open source for their networks

    Communications service providers (CSPs) are increasingly keen to adopt open source technologies to deliver their services, according to research.

    At this week’s Open Networking Summit Europe in Amsterdam, delegates heard that DevOps, automation, cloud, big data and analytics, software-defined networking (SDN), and management and orchestration (MANO) were increasingly being supported by open source solutions.

    Commissioned research questioned 150 CSP representatives across 98 companies worldwide. It found that 98% of CSPs are “confident” that open networking solutions can achieve the same level of performance as traditional networking solutions.

  • Communications Service Providers Overwhelmingly Confident in Open Source Networking Solutions, Survey Finds
  • WLinux Distro for Windows Subsystem for Linux Now Available, openSUSE Call for Hosts, New Firefox Bug, Firefox Collecting Telemetry Data and Creative Commons Releases Significant CC Search Update

    In other Firefox news, the browser evidently is collecting telemetry data via hidden add-ons, ITWire reports. The ITWire post also quotes Mozilla's Marshall Eriwn, director of Trust and Security: "...we will measure Telemetry Coverage, which is the percentage of all Firefox users who report telemetry. The Telemetry Coverage measurement will sample a portion of all Firefox clients and report whether telemetry is enabled. This measurement will not include a client identifier and will not be associated with our standard telemetry."

  • This “Netflix For Open Source” Startup Helps Programmers Get Paid

    Open source developers, especially those who work on lesser known projects, do not get much attention or money for the work they do. While some developers are paid to work on open source projects as a part of their day jobs, they can get overwhelmed by the amount of work these projects require.

  • Portable Computing Language 1.2 Released For OpenCL On CPUs & More

    The Portable Computing Language (a.k.a. POCL or PortableCL) is the effort for getting OpenCL running on CPUs as well as other hardware for this open-source code-base that supports OpenCL 1.2 with some OpenCL 2.0+ functionality.

    The main "feature" of POCL 1.2 is support for LLVM Clang 7.0 as previously the support was limited to LLVM 6.0, but now this new version of LLVM is supported. The HWLOC 2.0 library is also now supported. There are also some minor feature additions like device-side printf being supported.

  • Robert O'Callahan: More Realistic Goals For C++ Lifetimes 1.0

    Over two years ago I wrote about the C++ Lifetimes proposal and some of my concerns about it. Just recently, version 1.0 was released with a blog post by Herb Sutter.

    Comparing the two versions shows many important changes. The new version is much clearer and more worked-out, but there are also significant material changes. In particular the goal has changed dramatically.

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  • KITE conducts training on free and open source software applications

    In continuance with the Public Education Rejuvenation Mission of Kerala Government, a two-day sub-district wise training camp on Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) applications for the Little KITE members would be conducted by KITE (Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education).

    As part of the PERM initiative,the Little KITE clubs currently include 58,380 student members from 1901 schools and it would be the 14,000 students out of these who excelled in school level trainings, who have been included for the 2-day camp.
    Training centers have been arranged in each of the 163 sub districts for the 2-day camp, which would only make use of Free and Open Source Software.

  • 'Netflix for Open Source' Wants Developers to Get Paid

    Henry Zhu makes software that's crucial to websites you use every day, even if you’ve never heard of him or his software.

    Zhu manages a program called Babel, which translates code written in one version of the programming language JavaScript into code written for another version of the language. That might not sound like a big deal. But because not all browsers support the latest version of JavaScript, Babel lets programmers use JavaScript’s latest features without worrying about which browsers will run the code. It's useful enough that it's been adopted by companies like Facebook, Netflix, and Salesforce.

  • Does Open Source Resolve the Storage Dilemma?

    Today’s business IT landscape has grown and exceeded beyond the highest estimates, and storage growth is no exception. People and machines are consuming unstructured data more than ever, and businesses have to continually reinforce their storage capabilities to keep up with the challenges of storing large volumes of business data.

    For CIOs, storage systems that can provide greater flexibility and choice, as well as the capability to identify unstructured data better to categorize, utilize and automate the management of it throughout its lifecycle are seen as the ideal solution.

    One answer to solving the storage issue is software-defined storage (SDS) which separates the physical storage hardware (data plane) from the data storage management logic or ‘intelligence’ (control plane). Needing no proprietary hardware components, SDS is the perfect cost-effective solution for enterprises as IT can use off-the-shelf, low-cost commodity hardware which is robust and flexible.

  • French cybersecurity agency open sources security hardened CLIP OS

    After developing it internally for over 10 years, the National Cybersecurity Agency of France (ANSSI) has decided to open source CLIP OS, a Linux-based operating system developed “to meet the specific needs of the [French] administration,” and is asking outside coders to contribute to its development.

  • Knowledge Sharing in Software Projects

    We are extremely grateful to those who filled out the survey. We feel that our research can help create better environments at work, where team members can share knowledge and innovate.

    Purpose of the Study
    Our research is focused on knowledge sharing in ambiguous circumstances. Six Sigma is a method of quality control that should reduce ambiguity, given its structured approach. We ask whether the reduction in ambiguity is coupled with a reduction in knowledge sharing as well.

  • Five Talend Open Source Team Members to Speak at ApacheCon North America
  • Gnanavelkandan Kathirvel, Director Member Technical Staff, AT&T, Board of Directors at OpenStack, TSC Chair of Akraino Edge Stack [Ed: IDG has been reduced to "sponsored" (fake, ads) 'articles'.]
  • Deutsche Telekom and Aricent to Open-Source Edge Software Platform for 5G

Openwashing and FUD

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An open source resistance takes shape as tech giants race to map the world

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Gowda and a few other contributors from India are part of a tiny yet growing resistance movement which doesn’t want giant corporations to own all the mapping data. For the average consumer, this may not seem like a big deal. But mapping is big business.

The market opportunity for suppliers of mapping to the autonomous car industry is going to be worth over $24 billion by 2050, according to one estimate (pdf). And that’s just one industry. A study commissioned by Google in 2015 estimated that industries that run on top of the Global Positioning Satellite Systems and mapping generate nearly $73 billion in annual revenue. Worldwide, that industry is was estimated to generate $150- $270 billion in revenues. Although new research isn’t available, with growing smartphone usage and the birth of companies such as Uber and many others it is safe to assume that the industry has only grown bigger. All the more reason why map data can’t be held by only a few companies.

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Proprietary: Lightworks 14.5 Released, Carnegie Mellon is Saving Old Software from Oblivion

  • Lightworks 14.5 Video Editor Released With Same-Day Linux Support But Still No Source
    Lightworks, the long-standing non-linear video editing system that has offered a native Linux build the past few years after being challenged by delays for a few years, is out today with version 14.5 and comes with Linux, macOS, and Windows support. Lightworks 14.5 succeeds the Lightworks 14.0 release from a year and a half ago as the latest major update for this cross-platform software owned by EditShare. This new release has user-interface improvements, variable frame-rate media support, higher GPU precision settings, Reaper export support, AC-3 audio support in various formats, support for Blackmagic RAW files, and a variety of other enhancements.
  • Carnegie Mellon is Saving Old Software from Oblivion
    In early 2010, Harvard economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff published an analysis of economic data from many countries and concluded that when debt levels exceed 90 percent of gross national product, a nation’s economic growth is threatened. With debt that high, expect growth to become negative, they argued. This analysis was done shortly after the 2008 recession, so it had enormous relevance to policymakers, many of whom were promoting high levels of debt spending in the interest of stimulating their nations’ economies. At the same time, conservative politicians, such as Olli Rehn, then an EU commissioner, and U.S. congressman Paul Ryan, used Reinhart and Rogoff’s findings to argue for fiscal austerity.

Themes With Emphasis on GTK/GNOME

  • Stylish Gtk Themes Makes Your Linux Desktop Look Stylish
    There are plenty of nice themes available for Gnome desktop and many of them are in active development. Stylish theme pack is one of the great looking pack around since 2014 and constantly evolving. It offers stylish clean and flat design themes for Gtk-3 and Gtk-2, including Gnome shell themes. Stylish theme pack is based Materia theme and support almost every desktop environment such as Gnome, Cinnamon, Mate, Xfce, Mate, Budgie, Panteon, etc. We are offering Stylish themes via our PPA for Ubuntu/Linux Mint. If you are using distribution other than Ubuntu/Linux Mint then download this pack directly from its page and install it in this location "~/.themes" or "/usr/share/themes". Since Stylish theme pack is in active development that means if you encounter any kind of bug or issue with it then report it to get fixed in the next update.
  • Delft: Another Great Icon Pack In Town Forked From Faenza Icons
    In past, you may have used Faenza icon theme or you still have it set on your desktop. Delft icons are revived version of Faenza and forked from Faenza icon theme, maybe it is not right to say 'revived' because it looks little different from Faenza theme and at the same time it stays close to the original Faenza icons, it is released under license GNU General Public License V3. The theme was named after a dutch city, which is known for its history, its beauty, and Faenza in Italy. The author who is maintaining Delft icons saw that Faenza icons haven't been updated from some years and thought to carry this project. There are some icons adopted from the Obsidian icon theme. Delft icon pack offer many variants (Delft, Delft-Amber, Delft-Aqua, Delft-Blue, Delft-Dark, Delft-Gray, Delft-Green, Delft-Mint, Delft-Purple, Delft-Red, Delft-Teal) including light and dark versions for light/dark themes, you can choose appropriate one according to your desktop theme. These icons are compatible with most of the Linux desktop environments such as Gnome, Unity, Cinnamon, Mate, Lxde, Xfce and others. Many application icons available in this icons pack and if you find any missing icon or want to include something in this icon pack or face any kind of bug then report it to creator.
  • Give Your Desktop A Sweet Outlook With Sweet Themes Give Your Desktop A Sweet Outlook With Sweet Themes
    It is feels bit difficult to describe this theme we are going to introduce here today. Sweet theme pack looks and feel very different on the desktop but at the same time make the Linux desktop elegant and eye catching. Maybe these are not perfect looking themes available but it lineup in the perfect theme queue. You may say, I don't like it in screenshots, let me tell you that you should install it on your system and if you don't like then you already have option to remove it. So there is no harm to try a new thing, maybe this is next best theme pack for your Linux desktop.

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