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Open source licenses are shared resources

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One can easily see examples of software as a shared resource, whether shared by a few people or a few million people. Of course, these shared resources are not always as fully appreciated as they should be. They can pass underappreciated until drama such as a security vulnerability draws attention and illuminates the importance of what is being shared.

But a license? A shared resource?

Yes, open source licenses are shared resources. And, they, too, may be underappreciated until a vulnerability is exploited. Legal documents (contracts, licenses, whatever they may be called) are typically unique to each commercial enterprise. Certainly, there is some commonality. Lawyers adapt from what others have done. Patterns are followed. Text is reused.

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Hungary aims to get rid of IT vendor lock-in

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Hungary’s central government wants to reduce its dependency on a handful of IT vendorsm. To begin with, a decision taken last week aims to reduce the use of a proprietary office productivity suite by 60 % in 2020. The government also wants to improve its procurement of IT solutions in order to to create business opportunities for small and medium-sized companies.

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OSS Leftovers

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  • ARK Crew Releases Open Source Code on GitHub

    ARK Crew, developers of the new ARK cryptocurrency ecosystem, has announced the release of its open source code on GitHub. The source code launch was set to coincide with the platform’s first developer-focused bounty program, designed to encourage others to participate in the review and provide feedback on the project.

  • Editorial: What Does Open Source Mean to You?

    The same goes for the large amount of open source JavaScript projects available to us developers. Whether they are intended to help you build amazing apps, or as a learning resource to help you level up your skills, these are all projects, supported and maintained by the community. Thanks to the collaborative nature of open source, you’re free to download and modify any of them and, most importantly, to contribute any changes you make back to the project itself.

    I love open source and I’m thankful for it. It’s an integral part of working on the internet, but one which it is all to easy to overlook. That’s why I’m happy that we’re dedicating a whole week’s worth of articles to the subject. Talking of which, let’s look at what we have in store…

  • ‘World’s first Open Source SDN and NFV Orchestrator’ demonstrated at Operations Transformation Forum

    Huawei demonstrated the OPEN-O Sun, said to be the world’s first Open Source SDN and NFV Orchestrator, at the Operations Transformation Forum 2016 in Wuzhen, China.

    The forum brought together industry leaders from around the world to discuss the transformation of digital operations and share best practices. Helen Chen, leader of the OPEN-O Integration Project noted that the OPEN-O Orchestrator will soon be commercially available.

  • GCC 7 Feature Development Ends

    GCC 7 feature development is officially over with the development phase entering stage three now where the focus is on bug-fixing.

    While GCC 7 feature development has ended, Red Hat's Jakub Jelinek wrote in this latest GCC status report, "Patches posted early enough during Stage 1 and not yet fully reviewed may still get in early in Stage 3. Please make sure to ping them soon enough."

  • [Older] Uncle Sam launches open source trove of government code

    The United States government has made good on its policy of requiring agencies to release 20 per cent of their bespoke code as open source by making live, complete with lots of code.

  • Miško Hevery, Inventor of Angular And How Open Source Languages Are Redefining Enterprise Software
  • l2k16 hackathon report: LibreSSL manuals now in mdoc(7)
  • b2k16 hackathon report: Daniel Jakots on forward strides in python ports

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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Parliament: Navarre should move to use open source

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The Parliament of Navarre, one of Spain’s autonomous regions, wants the region to switch to free and open source software. A resolution urging the government to draft a migration plan was adopted by the Parliament on 27 October.

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Linux and FOSS Events

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Why We Embraced Open Source For Our Database Needs After A Decade Working With Proprietary Solutions

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After investigating our open source options and due diligence, we picked MariaDB as Teleplan’s new replacement e-TRAC database partner. With MariaDB, we realized significant performance improvements.

For example, whereas running one particular daily report would take up to 15 seconds to run on Oracle Enterprise, with MariaDB it was running in under a second. We did not have the in-house expertise to work on improving the Oracle performance and found this aspect much easier with MariaDB. We also received excellent support both in terms of value and responsiveness and that, coupled with a highly competitive cost, makes MariaDB a great overall package for our e-TRAC needs.

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How Capital One is embracing open source

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I eventually found out that my friends was fed up, the company wouldn't allow him to contribute to open source. Wow. Even in Silicon Valley.

It made me think about how lucky we are at Capital One when it comes to open source. When you think of a financial institution or a bank, transparency and open source software might not be the first thing that you think of, especially with recent scandals. And for many years, the financial sector has used mostly closed source, proprietary software. This was the case for a variety of reasons, including lack of trust in open source software, the need for SLA support, regulations, and to protect intellectual property.

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A Portable, Accurate, Low-Cost, Open Source Air Particle Counter

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If you live in a city with poor air quality you may be aware that particulates are one of the chief contributors to the problem. Tiny particles of soot from combustion, less than 10μm across, hence commonly referred to as PM10. These are hazardous because they can accumulate deep in the lungs, wherein all kinds of nasties can be caused.

There are commercial sensors available to detect and quantify these particles, but they are neither inexpensive nor open source. [Rundong] tells us about a project that aims to change that situation, the MyPart, which is described as a portable, accurate, low-cost, open source air particle counter. There is a GitHub repository for the project as well as a series of Instructables covering the build in detail. It comes from a team of members of the Hybrid Ecologies Lab at UC Berkeley, USA.

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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  • ReactOS hires a new developer. Discover what's coming!

    Ever since the IGG campaign was over, working on the ReactOS Community Edition has been one of our main priorities. Today we make another promising step towards achieving that goal.

  • Upskill U on Open Source for NFV MANO
  • Radisys Launches Industry’s First Open Source Evolved Packet Core (EPC) for the Mobility CORD (M-CORD) Project
  • 5 Open-Source Mobile Test Automation Tools

    Mobile applications have become increasingly important for businesses these days, and consumers are demanding higher quality apps for their mobile devices. Adapting to this new demand, testing teams have to evaluate and verify mobile apps before they are launched in the market. Assessing the quality of mobile devices is a time-consuming and a resource-intensive game especially as automating tests for mobile devices can be moderately complex.

  • Life as an Open Source Developer

    It's been a little over a month since I started my new gig at Stormpath. I gotta say, life is great as an open-source developer! Yes, I did start working for them as a consultant in April, so it's not a huge change for me. However, I only recently realized I haven't written a single line of proprietary code the entire time. My GitHub contributions look pretty good this year. They're nothing like @mojavelinux's or @dsyer's, but I'll get there. Wink

  • The Power of Collaboration and Open Source

    A few days ago, the Eclipse Foundation announced a collaboration between three big companies for developing the “Internet of Things” open source platform of the future under the Eclipse IoT umbrella: Red Hat, Bosch, and Eurotech.

  • Big Data: Why you must consider open source

    A quiet revolution has been taking place in the technology world in recent years. The popularity of Open Source software has soared as more and more businesses have realized the value of moving away from walled-in, proprietary technologies of old.

    And it’s no coincidence that this transformation has taken place in parallel with the explosion of interest in Big Data and analytics. The modular, fluid and constantly-evolving nature of Open Source is in synch with the needs of cutting edge analytics projects for faster, more flexible and, vitally, more secure systems and platforms with which to implement them.

  • It's Showtime for OPEN-O

    OPEN-O is an open source orchestration group supported by the Linux Foundation and well backed by Chinese telcos and vendors.

  • How Samsung SDS is leveraging Kubernetes and open source
  • Redis gets smart, introduces machine learning module

    Redis Labs has introduced a new open source project called Redis-ML, the Redis Module for Machine Learning.

    The Redis brand itself is known for Redis… an open source (BSD licensed) in-memory data structure store, used as database, cache and message broker.

  • Project Flogo: Golang-Powered Open Source IoT Integration Framework

    In October 2016, the open source IoT integration framework Flogo was first published as a developer preview. This blog post is intended to give an initial overview of Flogo. You can either browse through the slide deck or watch the videos.

  • Chain Launches Open Source Developer Platform [Old]
  • Open Source Developer Platform Available From Chain
  • Chain releases open source version of distributed ledger platform
  • ARK Crew Announces Official Open Source Release of ARK Blockchain Code on GitHub

    The ARK source code launch is set to coincide with the platform’s first developer-focused bounty program. The bounty program is designed to encourage others to participate in the review and provide feedback on the project. The release of the ARK source code signifies a major step in the development of the cryptocurrency platform and a positive move towards the official launch, currently slated for February 1, 2017.

  • ARK Launches ICO via Token Exchange Campaign (TEC) – Building Secure Platform Designed for Mass Adoption
  • Why Open Source Is The Future of Software-Defined-Infrastructure

    Gone are those days when proprietary hardware boxes ruled the roost within data centers. We are propelling towards a very differently-architectured data center where software plays the key role. The era of 'Software-Defined-Everything' is upon us!

    It thus comes as no surprise that enterprises are opting for Open Standards and technologies as their preferred choice for software platforms and operating systems. A recent research paper from IDC states that 85 percent of the surveyed enterprises globally consider Open Source to be the realistic or preferred solution for migrating to Software-Defined-Infrastructure. IDC also recommends to avoid vendor lock-in by deploying Open Source solutions.

  • 9 rules for the proper care and feeding of communities and carnivorous plants

    In 2016, I adopted my first carnivorous plants, a Venus Fly Trap and a Pitcher Plant, which my Facebook friends named Gordon and Bananarama, respectively. I quickly discovered that the health of Gordon and Bananarama was closely connected to the environment I provided as much as to their ability to catch the occasional bug and get energy from the sun. In this article, I'll pull from my experience working with open source communities—and a few months of experience keeping Gordon and Bananarama alive—to explain how caring for carnivorous plants is much like caring for a community.

  • GSoC – Brazilian Students: Why so few?

    How many Brazilian students participated on the GSoC on the past few years.

    2009 – 43
    2010 – 50
    2011 – ?
    2012 – 33
    2013 – 13
    2014 – 21
    2015 – 15
    2016 – 21

  • Multiple content processes in Firefox Nightly

    Mozilla revealed yesterday that it plans to enable multiple content processes in Firefox Nightly, the cutting edge development version of the web browser.

    Firefox's multi-process architecture is not yet enabled for all users of the stable version of the browser, currently on version 49.x, but plans are already underway to improve multi-process Firefox.

  • Firefox & Electrolysis - Oxygen for all?

    In these early days of testing and tweaking and gradual and yet incomplete deployment, Firefox with Electrolysis behaves fairly well. On a test box, which is not something that you should ever consider for your production. But overall, apart from the somewhat convoluted setup, it delivered desirable, predictable results.

    However, there was no revolution. Memory and processor utilization were roughly the same as before, and so was the performance, neatly accompanied by a blessedly stable and crash-free experience during my test session. The benefits of the security isolation and going multi will only become apparent in the future, once additional improvements and optimization are added, and once people really start using the feature in earnest. But it is definitely the right step in the right direction. Firefox definitely needs a bit of fresh vitamins, and this just might be what users crave. Anyhow, this be the first test, but it sure ain't the last. See you around, and please heed my findings with a big pinch of salt.

  • Kubernetes vs CloudFoundry [VIDEO]

    Mark Shuttleworth explains why he continues to support both CloudFoundry and Kubernetes.

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Mirantis cut OpenStack staff
  • OpenStack Layoffs at HPE, Mirantis Not Indicative of Open Source Trouble, Foundation Says
  • Open Source Health IT Platforms Join Forces to Form LibreHealth
  • Growing Our Build Farm

    We have received our new server for continuous builds of the GNU Guix system, and are putting the finishing touches on its installation. The machine is intended as an eventual replacement for, a virtual machine kindly hosted by the FSF. The new machine will drive our build farm, which continuously compiles the GNU system, and it will feed the mirror with binary packages, so that end users who do not wish to compile packages by themselves can easily keep up-to-date. Time to report on the adventure! This first part covers the hardware.

    Buying the new machine has been made possible through a very generous donation by Igalia to Guix Europe. Igalia is a free software consultancy well known for its involvement in the development of the GNOME stack, GStreamer, the JavaScript compilers of Web browsers, and more, promoting values close to the GNU Guix project. It is heartening that the company is helping us towards our goal of creating a free system that liberates its users to take their computing and data processing needs into their own hands!

  • Enter a Melting Rainbow Universe Fueled by Open-Source Art Tools

    Neon colors explode and transmute abstract patterns in the expressive psychedelic prints of digital artist Zouassi. The massive archive of work by this mysterious glitch artist ranges from the abstract and decorative to the expressive and naturalistic. However, it's hard to categorize his work as a whole because no two canvases look the same. Each colorscape is contained within a distinct pattern or mixture pool that explores different modes of texture and composition.

  • Rice University bioengineers launch DIY kit for controlling cells with light

    Optogenetics is a relatively new research technique that uses light to control genetically engineered cells. By modifying the cells to contain certain photoreceptors, scientists are able to regulate, monitor, and measure their activity — particularly the firing of neurons — even in live organisms.

  • New emojis to include breastfeeding, a hijab and the lotus position

    The consortium that approves emojis has signed off on 56 new ones, including a woman breastfeeding a baby, a woman wearing a hijab and a “gender-inclusive” child, adult and older adult.

    Among the other emoji that will be released in 2017 by Unicode are a face vomiting, a head exploding and a man and woman practising yoga.

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7 cool little open source projects that stood out in 2016

In the early days of the open source movement, a lot of the attention was on operating systems, and later on large content management systems. These days, containers are mentioned regularly even in mainstream news outlets. The big tech stories are great, but they miss the other great activity in the niches of the open source space. I've rounded up seven interesting lesser-known projects from the past year. You can see more articles about projects like this in my Nooks and Crannies column. Read more

RaspArch, the Arch Linux Remix for Raspberry Pi 3 SBCs, Now Shipping with Yaourt

After announcing the release of a new version of his Ubuntu-based ExTiX Linux operating system for Intel Compute Stick devices, Arne Exton has announced today the availability of RaspArch Build 161205. RaspArch is a remix of Arch Linux ARM for Raspberry Pi 3 and Raspberry Pi 2 single-board computers, and the latest release is shipping with the long-term supported Linux 4.4.35 kernel and the latest package versions released upstream as of December 5, 2016. "When you have installed RaspArch to your Micro SD Card you can use the system like any other Arch Linux system, i.e. install new programs, etc," said Arne Exton in the release announcement. "Arch motto is KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid). RaspArch uses kernel 4.4.35-1-ARCH and the LXDE Desktop environment." Read more

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