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Tsuru open source PaaS puts developers first

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A new open source PaaS, Tsuru, is out to ease the application deployment process by reducing it to little more than a Git push command.

The workflow for Tsuru, according to its documentation, consists of writing an app, backing it with resources like databases or caching, and deploying it to production with Git. Tsuru handles the rest, including crating up the apps in Docker containers and managing their workloads. Its creators claim it can be deployed both locally and on services like AWS, DigitalOcean, or Apache CloudStack.

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Using Blender as Video Editing Software on Linux

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Let’s admit it, professional grade video editing is still a weakness of the Linux desktop. The closest thing you can get to professional video editing on Linux is Lightworks, but that’s still closed source.

If you are looking for fully open source video editing software for Linux, there are actually many options, but in my experience, they all lack something or other. There are two video editing tools in particular that I often use on my Linux machine depending on the project: PiTiVi and Blender.

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Push to promote open source software in healthcare

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Belgian, British and German advocates of open source in healthcare want to join efforts, hoping to raise interest, and to strengthen the network of software healthcare specialists. A conference is tentatively being planned in London (UK) early next year.

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France’s Inria unveils open source preservation project

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France's national computer science institute, Inria, has unveiled its Software Heritage archive. The project aims to “collect, organise, preserve, and make accessible all the source code for all available software”.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Remotely Control Your 3D Printer With Free, Open-Source Software

    As part of a project for America Makes, a team of engineers at Michigan Technical University (MTU) has released free, open-source web-based software and firmware that remotely control your 3D printer. It can also control any 3D robot.

    The team is led by Joshua Pearce, professor of materials science & engineering and electrical & computer engineering. The America Makes project is aimed at developing low-cost metal 3D printers. The team has already demonstrated, open-source, weld-based metal 3D printing technology that can be built for under $1,200.

  • Virtualization at Scale: How to Operationalize and Commercialize

    Open Source Technologies Give CSPs the Best Chance to Increase Operational Efficiency

  • Data Center SDN: Comparing VMware NSX, Cisco ACI, and Open SDN Options
  • Managing networks in a software-defined future

    Most in our industry have heard dramatic descriptions of the ways that software-defined networking (SDN) is set to change IP networks. Monitoring and managing those networks is an essential function, but not a glamorous one. If it's part of your responsibilities, you may have given little thought to the impact SDN will have on your work.

  • EnterpriseDB CEO Ed Boyajian to Present at United Nations Open Source Innovation Initiative Database Camp
  • Bulgaria enacts open source government software

    A recent legislative amendment in Bulgaria means that it's now law that software developed for the Government must be open source.

    From now on, Bulgarian government contracts which include computer software, programming interfaces and databases must be freely available for others to read, modify and use.

  • Hackaday Prize Entry: Open Source FFT Spectrum Analyzer

    Every machine has its own way of communicating with its operator. Some send status emails, some illuminate, but most of them vibrate and make noise. If it hums happily, that’s usually a good sign, but if it complains loudly, maintenance is overdue. [Ariel Quezada] wants to make sense of machine vibrations and draw conclusions about their overall mechanical condition from them. With his project, a 3-axis Open Source FFT Spectrum Analyzer he is not only entering the Hackaday Prize 2016 but also the highly contested field of acoustic defect recognition.


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Grenoble continues to move schools to open source

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Following last year’s successful pilot, the French city of Grenoble is this year moving 8 more schools to a complete free and open source stack. France’s 16th largest city, is using Linux for PCs, laptops and servers. The city intends to have switched all schools at the end of 2018.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Project aims to store publicly available software

    A French organisation dedicated to computational sciences has started a project to collect, organise, preserve, and make easily accessible the source code of all publicly available software.

    Inria has dubbed the project Software Heritage and says it will adopt distributed infrastructure in order to ensure long-term availability and reliability.

  • How to write an excellent event recap
  • HaL deadline extended

    There is this long-running workshop series Haskell in Leipzig, which is a meeting of all kinds of Haskell-interested folks (beginners, experts, developers, scientists), and for year’s instance, HaL 2016, I have the honour of being the program committee chair.

  • Support Public Education and Web Literacy in California

    Web literacy — the ability to read, write, and participate online — is one of the most important skills of the 21st century. We believe it should be enshrined as the fourth “R,” alongside Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. From our open source learning tools to our free educational curriculum, we are dedicated to empowering individuals by teaching Web literacy.

    In 2015, 65% of California public schools offered no computer science courses at all. Public schools should do more to expose students to Web literacy: a paucity of funding and the elimination of digital skills classes and curriculum are a disservice to students and the state’s future.

    On June 30, we submitted an amicus letter to the California Supreme Court urging review of the case Campaign for Quality Education v. State of California. The issue in this case is whether the California Constitution requires California to provide its public school students with a quality education. We wrote this letter because we believe that California students risk being left behind in our increasingly digitized society without a quality education that includes Web literacy skills.

  • Why object storage is eating the world

    The traditional file system-and-database web backend is no longer adequate, and must make way for storage systems that manage unstructured data. In this article we will learn about the differences between structured and unstructured data, and why web storage backends must evolve to manage unstructured data.

    Traditionally, web applications use file systems and databases to store user data. This is simple to manage, as web applications generate structured data by accepting text input in forms, and saving the input to a database. However, times are changing; with the advent of social media, cloud storage, and data analytics platforms, increasing quantities of unstructured data are being pushed onto the Internet.

  • SourceClear Open [Ed: Openwashing of a Microsoft-connected firm and of proprietary software by adding the word "Open"]
  • Open Source Music Proponent Jason Herskowitz Joins Spotify

    Jason Herskowitz has joined Spotify. Herscowitz, who developed open-source cross-platform music player Tomahawk, has been an outspoken critic of the music industry.

  • Mechaduino: an open-source industrial servo motor for 3D printers, CNC machines & more

    Tropical Labs, an electromechanical systems lab based in Washington, DC., has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Mechaduino, an open-source industrial servo motor for 3D printers and other machines. Mechaduino can be used as a drop-in replacement for NEMA 17 stepper motors and drivers.

Nextcloud 9 Released

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  • Nextcloud 9 update brings security, open source enterprise capabilities and support subscription, iOS app
  • ​Nextcloud adds enterprise support and iOS appliance

    The ownCloud fork, Nextcloud is aggressively seeking private cloud business customers.

  • Nextcloud Improves Security, Adds Enterprise Support

    A month ago, Frank Karlitschek, founder of the ownCloud project, forked the code to create a new company called Nextcloud. Now in its first platform release the company's technology is getting enterprise support.

    In keeping with ownCloud's numbering, the new release is Nextcloud 9, though the release brings more than what is available in the ownCloud 9 release that debuted in March.

    "Nextcloud is building open-source replacements for the ownCloud closed-source enterprise-only features," Karlitschek told eWEEK. "With this release, 80 percent is done and the rest will be coming soon."

    Nextcloud isn't simply replicating features that already exist in ownCloud. Karlitschek said Nextcloud is also developing its own set of new and innovative features.

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