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Open source RF signal generator features WiFi

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An Arduino-Due based “ERASynth” RF signal generator starts at $499, and offers WiFi and a multiloop integer-N PLL for better performance and reduced noise.

Istanbul, Turkey based startup ERA Instruments has successfully funded its open spec ERASynth RF signal generator on Crowd Supply, having raised over $30,000. The ERASynth offers some features found on much more expensive commercial RF signal generators, including WiFi and a multiloop integer-N PLL, says ERA Instruments. The device is available through June 16 selling for $499 (10MHz to 6GHz) or $749 (250kHz to 15GHz) for the ERASynth+ model, with shipments due Sep. 21. he product also stands out with its open schematics and open source firmware and GUI software.

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Microsoft raises concerns on Government’s open source push in GeM

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The world’s largest software maker Microsoft has raised concerns over the government putting its weight behind open source software in its recent request for proposal to appoint a managed service provider for its e-marketplace, nicknamed GeM.

“The RFP has allocated 50 out of 150 marks to solutions that are built using open source software only; this means that if a bidder does not use open source product only then it would be impossible for such a bidder to achieve the 65 percent qualification marks in solution evaluation and would then automatically become technically disqualified,” Microsoft has said in a letter to the government, reviewed by Moneycontrol.

Moneycontrol has accessed a copy of the letter. In an official response, Microsoft confirmed sending a letter in this regard.

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Browsers: Chrome 61, Mozilla Against Software Patents, Firefox Photon, and Tor 7.0

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Leftovers: OSS

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FOSS and eGov in Europe

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  • Public sector turns to Discourse for citizen interaction

    In Italy, the Forum Italia was opened in March, timed to coincide with the launch of ‘Developers Italia’, a digital government transformation team and software development community focusing on open source software development.

  • Slovakia officially approves ICT standards guide

    The ICT standards rules impact Slovakia’s eGovernment strategy, which was updated last year. One of the targets defined in the strategy is that by 2020, 40% of public administration ICT systems in Slovakia should use open source software. According to this strategy, the government is to complete a study on the advantages and disadvantages of open source software before then end of this year.

  • Europe’s eService interoperability at ‘essential level’

    Public sector organisations that want to assess the level of interoperability of their online service have one more week to use the Interoperability Maturity Model survey. The 30 minute, online survey is available here until 17 June.

  • Nine of the top digital people who’ve left UK government

    Bracken helped set the unit up in 2011, and his resignation was followed by those of several other GDS staff members.

Software Releases: SDL2, Opus, Nikita, Cockpit, Chirp, G'MIC, and GNU Software (GnuTLS, Gnuastro, Remotecontrol)

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  • SDL2 Gets Initial Support For JACK Audio Kit

    SDL2 now has initial support for the JACK Audio Connection Kit sound server.

    SDL2 is now capable of targeting the multi-platform JACK sound server. It's a bit surprising JACK support for SDL has taken so long, but now it's there.

  • Opus Audio Codec 1.2 Release Candidate 1 Arrives

    Just weeks after the Opus 1.2 beta, the release candidate for this forthcoming audio codec update / library has been released.

    Libopus 1.2-rc1 is now available with additional fixes and improvements over the previous work in the 1.2 series, that included some ARM optimizations, low-bit-rate quality tuning, and more.

  • Release 0.1.1 of free software archive system Nikita announced

    I am very happy to report that the Nikita Noark 5 core project tagged its second release today. The free software solution is an implementation of the Norwegian archive standard Noark 5 used by government offices in Norway.

  • Cockpit 142

    Cockpit is the modern Linux admin interface. We release regularly. Here are the release notes from versions 141 and 142.

  • Chirp – An Electron-Based Twitter Client for Linux

    Twitter is arguably the biggest social media network after Facebook and that comes to us as no surprise since it is clear how it appeals to many users as not just a social site for exchanging photos but also as one to that helps one stay updated with online news and connected to various networking services.

  • G'MIC 2.0

    The IMAGE team of the research laboratory GREYC in Caen/France is pleased to announce the release of a new major version (numbered 2.0) of its project G’MIC: a generic, extensible, and open source framework for image processing. Here, we present the main advances made in the software since our last article. The new features presented here include the work carried out over the last twelve months (versions 2.0.0 and 1.7.x, for x varying from 2 to 9).

  • Sixteen new GNU releases in the month of May
  • GnuTLS 3.5.13
  • Gnuastro [GNU Astronomy Utilities] 0.3 released

    The third (version 0.3) release of GNU Astronomy Utilities (Gnuastro) is now available.

  • GNU Remotecontrol: Newsletter – June 2017

Leftovers: OSS

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  • Windstream, Accenture, Juniper, Red Hat among ONAP’s new members

    Several more prominent members of the communications industry have joined the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project, which is leading a swelling parade toward a harmonized approach to software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV).

  • Berkeley Lab’s Open-Source Spinoff Serves Science

    Scientists used to come to Gregory Kurtzer of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (Berkeley Lab’s) IT department a lot, asking for a better way to use software containers in a high-performance computing (HPC) environment. After a while he got tired of saying, “Sorry, not possible.” So he invented a solution and named it Singularity.

    Within a few months of its release last year, Singularity took off. Computing-heavy scientific institutions worldwide—from Stanford University to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to various sites on the European Grid e-Infrastructure—flocked to the software. Singularity was also recently recognized by HPCwire editors as one of five new technologies to watch.

  • Analysts predict a hardware renaissance in open source

    These are gloomy days for hardware legacy companies like Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co., which saw vanishing sales last quarter. But is there a happier, if untold, story unfolding in open-source compute projects?

  • Why is openness so difficult?

    Most leaders in large organizations are more than capable of running successful open systems—so why aren't they doing it?

  • Increasing Momentum Around Tech Policy

    Strong government policies and leadership are key to making the Internet a global public resource that is open and accessible to all.

    To advance this work from the front lines, some of the world’s experts on these issues joined government service. These dedicated public servants have made major progress in recent years on issues like net neutrality, open data and the digital economy.

    But as governments transition and government leaders move on, we risk losing momentum or even backsliding on progress made. To sustain that momentum and invest in those leaders, today the Mozilla Foundation officially launches a new Tech Policy Fellowship. The program is designed to give individuals with deep expertise in government and Internet policy the support and structure they need to continue their Internet health work.

    The fellows, who hail from around the globe, will spend the next year working independently on a range of tech policy issues. They will collaborate closely with Mozilla’s policy and advocacy teams, as well as the broader Mozilla network and other key organizations in tech policy. Each fellow will bring their expertise to important topics currently at issue in the United States and around the world.

  • WordPress 4.8 “Evans”

    Version 4.8 of WordPress, named “Evans” in honor of jazz pianist and composer William John “Bill” Evans, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in 4.8 add more ways for you to express yourself and represent your brand.

  • d2k17 Hackathon Report: Florian Obser on slaacd(8)

    At this point it's probably best to explain a bit what slaacd(8) is supposed to solve.

Containers and Kubernetes News

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  • Container Technology Drives IT Efficiency

    Container technology is pretty much hogging the limelight in recent times. During the paradigm shift from virtualization to container technology, many enterprises have been swayed to deploy container-based cloud software. Though containerization isn’t new as a concept, the rise of Docker has brought containerization into focus in the IT industry. Docker is a big name in this landscape as it simplifies application deployment process in a cost-effective manner. This makes Docker one of the interesting products in the container technology realm.

  • Containers Running Containers with LinuxKit

    Some genuinely exciting news piqued my interest at this year’s DockerCon, that being the new operating system (OS) LinuxKit, which was announced and is immediately on offer from the undisputed heavyweight container company, Docker. The container giant has announced a flexible, extensible operating system where system services run inside containers for portability. You might be surprised to hear that even includes the Docker runtime daemon itself.

    In this article, I’ll take a quick look at what’s promised in LinuxKit, how to try it out for yourself, and look also at ever-shrinking, optimized containers.

  • ​Oracle to use Kubernetes to manage its cloud containers

    Seven years ago, Oracle wanted to be a Linux power. So, Oracle chairman Larry Ellison and the company cloned Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) into Oracle Linux. Then, Oracle, after Ellison first dismissed the cloud, decided it would be a cloud power.

    Neither move has worked out that well. Now that managing containers has become a de rigeur for serious cloud companies, Oracle is partnering with CoreOS to do the heavy open-source lifting.

  • Webinar: How to get started with your Kubernetes strategy

Open source documentation is bad, but proprietary software is worse

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That shiny new developer job is going to involve a lot of rusty old codeOpen source keeps growing from strength to strength despite the vast majority of developers not bothering to document how any of it works. That's one big conclusion from GitHub's 2017 survey, in which 93% of respondents gnashed their teeth over shoddy documentation but also admitted to doing virtually nothing to improve the situation. Indeed, while many may nod their heads when Apache Storm founder Nathan Marz intoned that "Documentation is essential" to a successful open source project, few bother to pitch in.

And source marches on, with no signs of slowing anytime soon. If documentation matters so much, why hasn't open source adoption been impeded by its alleged crappiness?

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