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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing, Transparency in Government

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  • Chrome 52 Beta: CSS containment, simpler performance measurement, streamable responses from service workers, and more options for web push
  • Chrome 52 Beta Brings CSS Containment, Push Improvements

    More details on these tentative features for Chrome 52 can be found via the blog.

  • Firefox 48 beta brings 'largest change ever' thanks to 'Electrolysis'

    Firefox 48 entered beta this week, complete with a feature called “Electrolysis” that Mozilla bills as “the largest change we’ve ever made to Firefox.”

    Electrolysis will see Mozilla “split Firefox into a UI process and a content process.” Long-time Firefox developer Asa Dotzler explains that “Splitting UI from content means that when a web page is devouring your computer’s processor, your tabs and buttons and menus won’t lock up too.”

  • Cloudera and Microsoft Partner to offer new Open Source Platform Called Livy [Ed: Joining forces with patent bully and historically very criminal company]

    Cloudera, is collaborating with Microsoft to build a new open source platform that will reduce the burden on application developers leveraging Spark.

  • Dispatches from Spark Summit: What You Need to Know

    As we've been reporting in conjunction with Spark Summit this week in San Francisco, the Big Data and Hadoop communities are becoming increasingly interested in Apache Spark, an open source data analytics cluster computing framework originally developed in the AMPLab at UC Berkeley.

  • Microsoft’s BSD, SourceForge’s Speed Test & More…
  • Open music: Bolero enters public domain, music encoding standards news

    This month I offer a bit of an open musical smorgasbord: a famous work of music that recently passed into the public domain; a new proprietary music-encoding standard that is gaining ground; three open audio players; and, of course, new music available for download from Linux-friendly vendors.

  • User-centric design key to improving e-government services

    Digitisation of a public service is not enough to increase the uptake or the quality of the service. User-centred design and design for all are considered most central to the improvement of e-government services. This theme was one of the main topics at the Digital and Open Government conference in Amsterdam last week.

  • Estonia builds a portal to co-create law

    The Estonian Cooperation Assembly, in collaboration with the Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu), has created a portal with the goal of helping citizens to co-create policies in the country. Called, the portal allows any citizen “to write proposals, hold discussions, compose and send digitally signed collective addresses to the Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu)”, the website said. Through this platform, citizens can also submit a proposal or an amendment to existing regulations.

  • eGovernment4EU online platform
  • Greece: a workshop to help citizens get involved 3rd NAP

    This workshop took place during the event “Open Government: Participate, Propose and Be Heard! Conformation of the Third National Action Plan 2016-2018”, which was co-organised by the Ministry of Interior and Administrative Reconstruction and Aristotle University.

  • The OPEN Government Data Act Would, Uh, Open Government Data

    The U.S. government has made huge strides in its open data practices over the last few years. Since it launched in 2009, has become a crucial source for everything from climate and agricultural data to Department of Education records. For the most part, this new era of data disclosure didn’t happen because Congress passed new laws; it happened through presidential orders and procedural improvements in the Executive Branch.

    Unfortunately, it might be just as easy for future administrations to roll back the current open data program. That’s why EFF supports a bill that would mandate public access to government data and urges Congress to pass it.

  • Open data to ease cities' growing pains

    The huge amount of data that cities gather can help solve problems related to considerable population growth, which puts pressure on a municipality's economy and infrastructure. In emergency situations, for example, mobile applications can help citizens and first responders to plan their journey using alternative routes if necessary.

  • Open Data 2.0

    Although there are large differences between countries in terms of the maturity of their strategies and levels of implementation, open (government) data has really taken off. After the initial phase of publishing as many datasets possible, attention is now shifting to the actual use of open data and the value that can be created. These new perspectives on open data were one of the main topics at the Digital and Open Government conference in Amsterdam last week.

  • UK publishes its third Action Plan

    Civil society’s ideas and suggestions were collected by the UK Open Government Network (OGN), which brings together over 700 individual members from across the country. For example, OGN created an Open Government Manifesto early in 2015, gathering 28 proposals drafted from contributions from 250 members of civil society.

  • OOP: the right to be asked for the same data by government only once

    Public agencies should never ask a citizen or business for data that is already available at some other government agency. This so-called Once-Only Principle (OOP) was one of the main topics at the Digital and Open Government conference in Amsterdam last week.

Tiny Variscite DART joins growing list of Brillo-ready boards

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Variscite’s tiny, i.MX6 UL based DART-6UL module now supports Brillo, adding to the momentum growing behind Google’s Android-based, IoT-focused OS.

Variscite announced its DART-6UL in December, as a follow-on to similarly tiny DART-MX6. The 50 x 25mm computer-on-module, which ships with Yocto Project Linux support, now supports Google’s lightweight, Android-based Brillo operating system as well. It’s one of several boards and embedded gizmos that support the open source, IoT-focused distro, with more on the way (see farther below).

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Open Source at SanDisk

    More than ever, traditional companies are embracing open source and find that it can get out of control if they don’t have a coordinated plan to manage it. And what do I mean by a traditional company? Companies that are pre-open source (or born before 1995). Also companies that are not in the hardware or software product space, but more in the services space – financial, telecom, healthcare etc.

  • SysArmy Joins OSI Affiliate Member Program

    New affiliate membership highlights diverse communities of interest supporting open source software beyond programmers.

    The Open Source Initiative (OSI), the steward of the Open Source Definition (or OSD), is announcing the affiliate membership of SysArmy. SysArmy, a community of system administrators and IT professionals from Argentina, was founded to provide, "support for those who give support."

  • Open source will revolutionise the enterprise storage market

    Mobility, social media, the Internet of Things, Big Data and the cloud have caused data volumes to reach new heights. Businesses already have too much data to cope with, and it’s unlikely that the growth of ‘Big Data’ will slow down any time soon. Analyst firm IDC has said that the amount of data in the world doubles every two years, and that by 2020 there will be 44 trillion gigabytes of data stored. This data presents massive opportunities for businesses and IDC has also predicted that those organisations that analyse all relevant data and deliver actionable intelligence will see an additional $430bn (£300bn) in productivity gains by 2020 than those that don’t.

High-Availability Allows Business Continuity, Says Dietmar Maurer, Proxmox CTO

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Proxmox Server Solutions GmbH -- based in Vienna, Austria -- offers enterprise server virtualization solutions, including the open source project Proxmox Virtual Environment (VE), which combines container-based virtualization and KVM/QEMU on one web-based management interface. The company was founded in 2005 by brothers Martin and Dietmar Maurer. In 2014, the company joined the Linux Foundation to deepen its commitment to virtualization technologies such as KVM.

In this exclusive interview, Dietmar Maurer, CTO of Proxmox, talks about how virtualization is driving the modern IT infrastructure and how high availability (HA) directly affects business operations.

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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  • OnePlus 3 Camera Samples Released; Smartphone Leaked in Numerous Images

    There is little left to the imagination when it comes to the OnePlus 3. The smartphone has been subjected to numerous leaks ahead of its June 14 unveil, and now, we get treated with camera samples, and some leaked pricing details.

    After releasing camera samples a few days ago, OnePlus has released more images to show what the OnePlus 3 camera can do. The four images are stunning; capturing movement, depth of field, and colours adeptly.


    The company in the meanwhile has also released the kernel and device tree of OxygenOS to the community for further development.

  • No Oxygen Open Source — Personal Apology Regarding Misreporting

    Yesterday, we pushed out an article where we claimed that OnePlus had open sourced OxygenOS. The basis of our claim was the recent activity on OnePlus’s github. Based on the information that we had on hand at that exact moment, and a precursory look at the code that indicated a lot of code pulled over from CAF, we wrongly concluded that OnePlus had open sourced part of OxygenOS.

    What happened in fact was that OnePlus released the device tree and some HALs for the OnePlus 2. This is still big news by itself, as it will be of great use for 3rd party development efforts on the OnePlus 2. However, it is not in any way related to OnePlus open sourcing their OS.

  • New Course from The Linux Foundation and Open Daylight Project Focuses on SDN
  • Bruce Byfield Talks ‘Designing With LibreOffice’

    Byfield’s thoughtful book on design using LibreOffice can help improve the quality of both online and print material you create with LibreOffice — or even with its progenitor, OpenOffice.

  • open source modular design: the business benefits

    Open source hardware, as defined by the Open source Hardware Association, lowers the barriers to innovation by making reuse and redesign explicitly allowed from day one, without needing to involve a lawyer. You are explicitly allowed to make money from it. That’s expected and encouraged. Open source hardware has one very interesting difference from software. Nobody seriously expects hardware to be free, so the business model for open source hardware is the same as proprietary. People pay for objects.

  • Open access: All human knowledge is there—so why can’t everybody access it?

    He went some way to achieving that goal of providing general access to human knowledge. In 1856, after 20 years of labour as Keeper of Printed Books, he had helped boost the British Museum's collection to over half a million books, making it the largest library in the world at the time. But there was a serious problem: to enjoy the benefits of those volumes, visitors needed to go to the British Museum in London.

    Imagine, for a moment, if it were possible to provide access not just to those books, but to all knowledge for everyone, everywhere—the ultimate realisation of Panizzi's dream. In fact, we don't have to imagine: it is possible today, thanks to the combined technologies of digital texts and the Internet. The former means that we can make as many copies of a work as we want, for vanishingly small cost; the latter provides a way to provide those copies to anyone with an Internet connection. The global rise of low-cost smartphones means that group will soon include even the poorest members of society in every country.


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Imagination’s new router chips could save open source firmware from FCC rules

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A company that designs MIPS processors for networking hardware says it is developing technology that would allow installation of open source firmware on wireless routers while still complying with the US Federal Communications Commission's latest anti-interference rules.

The FCC now requires router makers to prevent third-party firmware from changing radio frequency parameters in ways that could cause interference with other devices, such as FAA Doppler weather radar systems.

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Also: Small footprint open source hypervisor makes highly efficient use of hardware virtualization technology in Imagination’s MIPS CPUs

Linux and FOSS Events

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  • Software Freedom Conservancy’s Karen Sandler On FOSS and the IoT

    A fascinating interview conducted by Jenn Webb at this year’s OSCON with Karen Sandler, open source evangelist and executive director of the Software Freedom Conservancy, was uploaded to YouTube this week. These thoughts of hers really hit home — “We’re only as safe as our weakest leak…. With the Internet of Things, all the software that seems not-so-critical is becoming critical — because everything talks to each other and interacts with each other. And so free and open source software has never been so important.”

  • Down the Right Corridor: Dynatrace Jump-Starts Cloud Foundry Unit Testing

    During the Cloud Foundry Summit last month, applications performance management services provider Dynatrace announced a partnership with Pivotal, Cloud Foundry’s steward. The object? Open the floodgates for performance metrics from the PaaS platform.

  • Online course targets open source SDN development

    The Linux Foundation, the body promoting the open source software ecosystem, has introduced a new online training course for engineers who want to move into networking, with the skills necessary to manage a software-defined network (SDN) deployment.

  • BBQ and forking

    Last night we had our first Nextcloud BBQ!

Mozilla launches Secure Open Source (SOS) Fund

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Open source software is ideal for security. Its transparency allows code to be publicly reviewed and audited. This not only helps to detect bugs and vulnerabilities, but intentional backdoors too. In contrast, closed source software can be a mystery to users -- who knows what is lurking in your favorite such programs?

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Open source data logger board is Arduino compatible

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The $60 Arduino-compatible “Mayfly Data Logger” board has 128KB flash, offers Grove module and XBee wireless expansion, and targets environmental apps., an open source spinoff of the Stroud Water Research Center in Pennsylvania, announced the EnviroDIY Mayfly Logger in December, and began selling it on Amazon in mid-May, as reported in this Adafruit blog entry from May 31. Although primarily designed for environmental monitoring — especially for the “citizen science” community water quality monitoring projects encouraged by Stroud and EnviroDIY — the Mayfly Data Logger can be used for any sensor-driven data logging, especially when remote operation is necessary.

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Leftovers: Gaming

  • Open Source Initiative, Breathing Games Collaborate By Creating Open Source Gaming Software
    The Open Source Initiative (OSI) announced that Breathing Games an international community working to improve the quality of health care and life expectancy for people with respiratory disease through therapeutic, science-based-and fun-games, had become an affiliate member. With one person in five now affected by chronic respiratory diseases-asthma, obstructive disease, and cystic fibrosis among many others-creating effective and engaging patient therapies is an increasingly challenging public health care issue. Patients, especially children, often perceive effective, traditional breathing exercises as boring and tedious. Poor patient compliance results in additional hospitalizations and increased costs. Research shows health-based gaming delivers promising results in positively changing behaviors and influencing health care practices.
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    GOG have now added in a Linux build for Two Worlds Epic Edition that requires Wine in order to function. I have no problem with Wine being used to bring over older games.
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