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  • AT&T engineers flip switch on multisupplier open source white box

    Specifically, on March 28, AT&T engineers completed what they believe to be a first in the telecom industry: live field trials of a multisupplier open source white box switch carrying customer traffic. “What this means is we used a common, uniform open network operating system across multiple merchant silicon chips to build a piece of network equipment that met our stringent real-world data needs,” the operator explained in a press release.

  • Open source routing project gets a vital technology infusion

    Open source networking proponents have uncorked an updated routing protocol project designed to give white box, virtualized environments of all sizes fast and reliable communications.

    The project, now called the Free Range Routing (FRR) offers a full-on IP routing protocol suite for Linux/Unix platforms and includes protocol daemons for BGP, IS-IS, LDP, OSPF, PIM, and RIP. The FRR groupsays that the technology’s integration with the native Linux/Unix IP networking stacksmakes it applicable to a wide variety of applications from connectinghosts/virtual machines/containers to the network, advertising network services, LAN switching and routing, Internet access routers, and Internet peering.

  • is an open-source Twitter competitor that’s growing like crazy

    Eugen Rochko was annoyed with Twitter. The company had made a series of changes that he thought eroded the value of the service: limiting how big third-party applications could grow, for example, and implementing an algorithm-driven timeline that made Twitter feel uncomfortably similar to Facebook. Most people in Rochko’s situation fired off an angry tweet or two and moved on. Rochko set about rebuilding Twitter from scratch.

  • Fae is a new open-source content management system based on Rails

    INE, a San Francisco- and Portland-based brand agency, is open sourcing the content management system (CMS) it has developed in-house to build sites for brands like Anchor Brewing, Kimpton Residences at Seafire, Prūf Cultivar (“Elevated Cannabis”) and others.

    It’s no secret that there is already a plethora of other CMS systems on the market and that it’s hard to stand out in this crowded field. FINE, however, believes that Fae, as this new CMS engine is called, stands out for a couple of reasons — largely because of its focus on being lightweight and highly customizable. And because FINE has been using it to build its own customers’ sites, it should also be pretty battle-hardened at this point.

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  • Automation is Becoming a Necessity, is Puppet the Only Answer?

    A microcosm of today's world includes building cars via robots, self driving vehicles, etc. No matter the task, it appears the number one goal is to automate it as much as possible. The technology landscape is no different. DevOps engineers are asked to automate as many tasks as possible in the current environment. This benefits both the engineer and the corporation. As an engineer, there are a lot of choices to complete a particular task at your disposal, but which automation tools are leading the way?

    Probably not surprising, Puppet and Chef tend to garner the largest overall numbers. That has been the case when the data was originally analyzed, and it continues to this day. However, the more important piece is, are they growing? In both cases, the answer is no. Puppet has seen a decline of nearly 10% over the last six quarters, while Chef has seen an increase of about 7% over that same time period. In a nutshell, they both garner large demand, but they have remained fairly stagnant.

  • Adobe Releases Source Han Serif, Pan-CJK Typeface
  • Google's New Font Honors Ancient Type Traditions
  • Google's new font is a beautiful typeface for East Asian languages
  • High Performance Logging with Apache BookKeeper

    Apache BookKeeper is a high-performance and low-latency cloud storage service, originally designed for write ahead logging. Since its original development, BookKeeper has been expanded and is now used by companies including Twitter, Yahoo, Salesforce, Huawei, and EMC.

    In their presentation at the recent Vault conference, Venkateswararao Jujjuri (JV) from Salesforce and Sijie Guo from Twitter provided an overview of Apache BookKeeper and showed some production use cases. In this interview, they provide some additional implementation details.

  • DragonFlyBSD Gets NX Bit Support

    While NX bit has been around for many years with AMD64 for marking page tables as no-execute or not, the DragonFlyBSD kernel is now only making use of it.

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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  • Haiku OS Picks Up AMD Ryzen Support, More Driver Improvements

    The monthly status report on the BeOS-inspired Haiku operating system reveals their latest efforts.

  • Adobe partners with Google to launch new open-source pan-CJK font

    A few years back, Adobe and Google teamed up to launch a new open-source font for Chinese, Japanese and Korean (CJK) languages. Today, the two companies are expanding on this project with the launch of a serif CJK font. Adobe calls this new font Source Han Serif, while Google calls it Noto Serif CJK.

    Just like with the first project, Adobe font designer Ryoko Nishizuka worked on the overall design of the font and the company then worked with a number of local foundries in China, Japan and Korea to finish all of the 65,535 glyphs that make up the full font (which also includes Latin, Cyrillic and Greek glyphs based on Source Serif). All of those glyphs are available in seven weights, so we’re talking about more than 450,000 glyphs here — a huge number compared to your average Latin font.

  • Open-source software unlocks 3-D view of nanomaterials

    Now it's possible for anyone to see and share 3-D nanoscale imagery with a new open-source software platform developed by researchers at the University of Michigan, Cornell University and open-source software company Kitware Inc.

    Tomviz 1.0 is the first open-source tool that enables researchers to easily create 3-D images from electron tomography data, then share and manipulate those images in a single platform.

  • Alibaba cloud adopts Microsoft’s open source networking software [Ed: Microsoft booster Jordan Novet has called Linux "Microsoft’s open source networking software"]
  • Cloudera IPO Is An Interesting Analysis On Open-Source
  • Is open source the transformative solution for activism?

    Progressive Coders, the group that he founded uses OpenStreetMaps. This community supported, open source mapping software help thousands of volunteers find Indivisible near them.

  • Evolving toward openness: How to change the way you think and work

    But to me, striving to become more open is less like a journey and more like a serious evolution. In my case, evolving to an open mindset has truly meant challenging my own mental models and norms. It has meant wrestling with tensions between how things have been done in the past with how they could be done differently in the future. It's an evolution that really begins (and continues to this day) with a decision to change and embrace what being open really means.

  • Google's new open source hub, an example IP agreement from GitHub, and more news

How I realised “Open Source” is a better term than “Free Software”

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The term “Free Software” is a political term which requires extensive explanation. The Free Software community thinks that everyone should use only Free Software so that we as a society can be in control of our computing. It’s not really about Freedom at all, because >99% of computer users are non-programmers, making the freedoms to study, modify & redistribute not directly relevant. Irrespective whether a non-programmer uses Free Software or Proprietary, they give control of their computer to someone else. It’s just a choice between giving control to a sharing community or a greedy mega-corporation.

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  • Google Creates a New Home for Open Source Initiatives
  • This open-source tech company’s IPO filing reads like an argument against building a business on open source [Ed: Cloudera was never a FOSS company but one that merely exploits FOSS, so headline is inaccurate]

    Cloudera, the data management and machine learning company, has filed for an initial public offering on the NYSE.

    While the company has lost more than $130 million per year since 2015, the future risks faced by Cloudera could cause alarm for potential investors or anyone looking at open-source software as a viable business model.

  • Open-source software unlocks 3-D view of nanomaterials

    Now it's possible for anyone to see and share 3-D nanoscale imagery with a new open-source software platform developed by researchers at the University of Michigan, Cornell University and open-source software company Kitware Inc.

    Tomviz 1.0 is the first open-source tool that enables researchers to easily create 3-D images from electron tomography data, then share and manipulate those images in a single platform.

  • Kitware and Collaborators Make 10 Release of Materials Tomography Platform
  • Announcing the PostgreSQL STIG

    Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) are the configuration standards for United States Department of Defense (DoD) Information Assurance (IA) and IA-enabled devices/systems published by the United States Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). Since 1998, DISA has played a critical role enhancing the security posture of DoD's security systems by providing the STIGs. The STIGs contain technical guidance to “lock down” information systems/software that might otherwise be vulnerable to a malicious computer attack.

  • Firebird 3.0.2 sub-release is available

    Firebird Project is happy to announce general availability of Firebird 3.0.2 — the second point release in the Firebird 3.0 series.

  • Open Source License Business Perception Report

    the pain and confusion of common open licenses, roughly quantified


    Pain: Inconvenience in incorporating or using software in company products or services. Mostly from compliance with license conditions requiring attribution, identification of changes, provision of source code, and copyleft license terms requirements.

    Confusion: Unfamiliarity with a license’s terms and uncertainty in interpreting what those terms mean. A reflection of license popularity, how long the form has been used, and quality of license drafting.

  • Pirates Hoist the colours high in Birmingham

    Birmingham spent £188.8 million to promote open access to knowledge with the Library of Birmingham so the city was a fitting setting for those trying to retain and regain these rights that we are quickly losing. Sadly our libraries are now closing and copyright is gaining a tighter strangle-hold on our culture but Pirates know it doesn’t have to be like that.

  • TMI About me

    One of the things I've always liked about the Drupal community is its openness to diversity. The tech world in general has a well-documented problem with diversity and Drupal is by no means immune to that, but the Drupal community at least makes a strong effort to buck that trend, very much to its credit and benefit.

    There are gays and lesbians in Drupal, many of whom are open and out about it. There are transgender people involved in Drupal. If event attendance is a guide the community is about 20% women, far lower than most would like but far higher than is typical for Open Source projects. There are people who are polyamorous and people who are asexual. There are Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Atheists, Agnostics, and probably a few others I've not met personally yet. While the community as a whole definitely skews liberal, I know there are plenty of people far to the right of me politically on various topics, as well as far to the left.

    That eclectic background of our community is an asset. Every study shows that teams of mixed backgrounds, along many axes, do better. Even if that mixed environment makes people a bit uncomfortable at times, that's a benefit. There's even a session on the topic at DrupalCon Baltimore (that you should all go to).

  • BDSM sex rocks Drupal world: Top dev banished for sci-fi hanky-panky

    A prominent contributor to the open source Drupal content management system has been asked to distance himself from project because "his belief system is inconsistent with [the] project's goals."

    The beliefs at issue involve participation in the BDSM and Gorean (NSFW) communities, the latter involving people interested in recreating the culture of male dominance and female sexual servitude depicted in John Norman's poorly regarded Gor sci-fi novels.

    But because the conflict appears to be a matter of ideas rather than deeds – there are no public allegations of wrongdoing or harm – the Drupal project's leadership has come under fire for intolerance.

  • ANSI Releases Schedule of Events for World Standards Week 2017

    The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has announced the schedule of events for World Standards Week (WSW) 2017, which will be held October 16–20 in Washington, DC. WSW is an annual event where members of the standards and conformity assessment community come together in the spirit of cooperation and collaboration.

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  • Ittiam Accelerates Open Source VP9 Encoder in Partnership with Netflix and Google

    Ittiam Systems, the leading provider of advanced video and visual analytics solutions and an early member of the Alliance for Open Media (AOM), has announced completion of a project to enhance the encoding speed of the open-source VP9 encoder. The performance-optimized version, developed in close collaboration with Google and Netflix, is now publicly available as part of libvpx, the royalty-free, open-source distribution of VP9 software.

  • Hyperledger chief: live blockchain solutions in trade finance this year

    Brian Behlendorf is the executive director of Hyperledger, the open source blockchain consortium powering much of the trade finance industry’s experimentations on the technology to date.

    Hyperledger Fabric is the platform on which HSBC and Bank of America Merrill Lynch piloted a scheme in 2016 showing that letters of credit can be executed on the blockchain. Also in 2016, India’s Yes Bank launched a solution on Hyperledger Fabric, allowing vendors of a retail chain invoice discounts for advance payments.

  • Developer opportunities to code for good

    As I was searching for open source projects that help learners with disabilities, such as blindness or dyslexia, I came across Bookshare. That led me to Bookshare's parent company, Benetech, a technology nonprofit based in Palo Alto, CA which focuses on empowering communities in need.


    Benetech Labs has started to address these interoperability roadblocks. In conjunction with the Open Referral Initiative, Bui and her team are working with social service referral providers in the U.S. to optimize their collection and maintenance of accurate and up-to-date human-services data through an open data infrastructure. Once that infrastructure is in place, Benetech and other organizations can develop tools on top of it to better connect people to services. Bui expects to run pilot programs this year with a focus on specific service areas, such as legal aid services and local and regional government-provided health and human services.

  • Google Brings All Its Open Source Projects Under One Roof
  • Register now for the Tizen Developer Conference 2017 for your Early Bird Discount – #TDCSF17
  • EnterpriseDB to Spotlight Value of Combining Oracle and Open Source at COLLABORATE17 - IOUG Forum
  • Slovenia to share healthcare communication toolkit

    The government of Slovenia will make available online healthcare manuals intended to ease communication between medical staff and patients who do not speak Slovenian. The documentation uses pictograms accompanied by texts in seven languages. The material will be used as training material for healthcare professionals in the country.

  • Huawei: Openness Key to Building an All-Cloud Network [Ed: "This article is paid for by Huawei" - Linux Foundation space up for sale.]

    While the networking community is getting ready for Open Networking Summit 2017, we spoke to Bill Ren, Vice President of Huawei Network, Industry & Ecosystem Development, to discuss the role of openness in what Huawei calls the “All-Cloud Network.”

  • Microsoft Goes Completely Open Source — Grab All Its Software And Source Code For Free [Ed: Fake news and total lie from serial plagiarism site]
  • Written Using Gnu Lilypond, Orchestrated in Linux MultiMedia Studio

    Music written and created entirely using the FOSS apps Lilypond and Linux Multimedia Studio. Nothing else could be so beautiful, we think.

  • Real-World Performance and the Future of JavaScript Benchmarking

    As shown in the profile, the Speedometer benchmark is already a lot closer to what actual web page profiles look like, yet it’s still not perfect — it doesn’t take into account parse time for the score, and it creates 100 todos within a few milliseconds, which is not how a user interacts with a webpage, usually. V8’s strategy for measuring performance improvements and identifying bottlenecks thus changed from using mostly traditional JavaScript benchmark methods toward using browser benchmarks like Speedometer and also tracking the real-world performance of web pages.

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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  • What keeps an enterprise from embracing OpenStack adoption?

    Have you ever bought a piece of furniture at IKEA? The price is right, though it comes with a hefty instruction manual, and you have to assemble it yourself.

    The idea is, of course, that you don't need to be a handyman to have that cabinet full of books by Sunday evening. Anyone with a screwdriver and hammer can build it. Isn’t that right?

  • Niryo One is an open-source 6-axis arm robot for your home, school, or business

    Industrial arm robots have been around for years, but similar technology is only just starting to trickle down to the consumer market.

  • Open Source 3D Printing: LulzBot and IC3D Team Up for First-Ever Open Source 3D Printer Filament

    Open source is an ideology important to much of the 3D printing community; the ethos is at the foundation of many companies involved in the scene from the beginning, and it can be a polarizing topic. For some, like Aleph Objects with its open source LulzBot 3D printers and the community built up around the technology, and the RepRap community, sharing is caring. Other entities jealously guard their intellectual property; what’s theirs is theirs, and start to finish the system is proprietary. MakerBot drew some serious flack a few years ago when they changed direction from open source roots and became part of the closed source Stratasys family. For its part, HP’s entry to the 3D printing industry blew some minds when the company, infamous for requiring use of proprietary ink in their gargantuan 2D printing operations, chose an open platform approach to their materials in additive manufacturing.

  • U.S. Broadband Privacy Rules: We will Fight to Protect User Privacy

    In the U.S., Congress voted to overturn rules that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) created to protect the privacy of broadband customers. Mozilla supported the creation and enactment of these rules because strong rules are necessary to promote transparency, respect user privacy and support user control.

    The Federal Trade Commission has authority over the online industry in general, but these rules were crafted to create a clear policy framework for broadband services where the FTC’s policies don’t apply. They require internet service providers (ISPs) to notify us and get permission from us before any of our information would be collected or shared. ISPs know a lot about us, and this information (which includes your web browsing history) can potentially be shared with third-parties.

  • Yes C is unsafe, but…

    These “you should switch language” remarks are strangely enough from the backseat drivers of the Internet. Those who can tell us with confidence how to run our project but who don’t actually show us any code.

  • We can teach women to code, but that just creates another problem

    Get-girls-to-code initiatives aim to fix tech’s gender imbalance – but they may help reinforce it

    Technology has a gender problem, as everyone knows.

    The underrepresentation of women in technical fields has spawned legions of TED talks, panels, and women-friendly coding boot camps. I’ve participated in some of these get-women-to-code workshops myself, and I sometimes encourage my students to get involved. Recently, though, I’ve noticed something strange: the women who are so assiduously learning to code seem to be devaluing certain tech roles simply by occupying them.

    Conventional wisdom says that the key to reducing gendered inequality in tech is giving women the skills they need to enter particular roles. But in practice, when more women enter a role, its value seems to go down more.

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