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  • Formula E championship drives on Intellicore & Basho Riak TS

    Basho Technologies has announced Intellicore’s adoption of its Riak TS to power its Sports Data Management Platform, used by the FIA Formula E Championship to provide real time race analysis to its customers.

  • MongoDB Sets Up Real-Time Analytics Muscle with Apache Spark Connector

    The MongoDB World meetup took place last week, and there were a lot of interesting announcements made, including ones related to connecting open source database functionality to Apache Spark. From cloud developers working to incorporate databases with their deployments to enterprises that want more flexibility from their data repositories, open source databases are flourishing, and MongoDB is a leader in this area.

    At last week's event, the MongoDB Connector for Apache Spark was announced. It is billed as "a powerful integration that enables developers and data scientists to create new insights and drive real-time action on live, operational, and streaming data."

IoT reference design brings ARM and open source tools to Sigfox nodes

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The firm, which is already as supplier of Sigfox low data rate IoT wireless systems, is offering the reference design module based on Silicon Labs’ EZR32 wireless microcontroller, an ARM Cortex-M3 MCU.

The reference design module offers exceptional wireless performance with -128dBm sensitivity (154dbm link budget) and bi-directional communication (100bit/s uplink and 600bit/s downlink).

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Also: SIGFOX Sponsored Webinar: How Do You Scale IoT/M2M Deployments Quickly?

Leftovers: OSS

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  • Mozilla emits nightly builds of heir-to-Firefox browser engine Servo

    Mozilla has started publishing nightly in-development builds of its experimental Servo browser engine so anyone can track the project's progress.

    Executables for macOS and GNU/Linux are available right here to download and test drive even if you're not a developer. If you are, the open-source engine's code is here if you want to build it from scratch, fix bugs, or contribute to the effort.

  • Is my OpenStack ready for Cloud Foundry?

    This year's first Cloud Foundry Summit took place in Santa Clara at the end of May. Beyhan Veli from SAP and I gave a presentation about the Cloud Foundry OpenStack Validator, a new tool we developed as one of the results of our collaboration with SAP on the BOSH OpenStack Cloud Provider Interface project.

  • German ecommerce software Shopware becomes open source

    Shopware, said to be the largest shop system manufacturer of Germany, released version 5.2 of its ecommerce software. One of the biggest changes is the elimination of encryption software ionCube, thus making its software 100 percent open source.

    Shopware made version 5.2 of its ecommerce software available for download. Aside from the switch to open source, Shopware also added numerous new features, which it says are the result of more than 70,000 members from its community submitting proposals for improvement. CEO Stefan Hamann: “For several years, we have encouraged an open dialogue with the community in order to more directly connect with their wishes for an ecommerce platform.”

  • Install Cockpit CMS on Ubuntu 16.04
  • Uber Drives Gains With Open-Source Development

    The popular ride-sharing company adopts an open-source development platform to speed application coding and support more than five million trips per day.

  • Bulgaria Got a Law Requiring Open Source

    Less than two years after my presentation titled “Open source for the government”, and almost exactly one year after I became advisor to the deputy prime minister of Bulgaria, with the efforts of my colleagues and the deputy prime minister, the amendments to the Electronic Governance Act were voted in parliament and are now in effect. The amendments require all software written for the government to be open-source and to be developed as such in a public repository.

Bulgaria Moving to FOSS

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  • Bulgaria passes law requiring government software to be open source

    Amendments have been passed by the Bulgarian Parliament requiring all software written for the government to be open source and developed in a public repository, making custom software procured by the government accessible to everyone.

    Article 58 of the Electronic Governance Act states that administrative authorities must include the following requirements: "When the subject of the contract includes the development of computer programs, computer programs must meet the criteria for open-source software; all copyright and related rights on the relevant computer programs, their source code, the design of interfaces, and databases which are subject to the order should arise for the principal in full, without limitations in the use, modification, and distribution; and development should be done in the repository maintained by the agency in accordance with Art 7c pt. 18."

  • Every country needs to follow Bulgaria’s lead in choosing open source software for governance

    The Bulgarian Parliament has passed amendments to its Electronic Governance Act which require all software written for the government to be open source and developed in a public repository.

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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  • Living, in Limbo [Ed: Pieter Hintjens, famous Free software developer, with terminal cancer]

    "Is he getting better, or is he dying?" asked my nephew of me. How to explain? The hospital sent me home three months ago with boxes of pain killers, oxygen, a medical bed, and home care. Palliative care: aim for quality of life, not return to normal. And yet here I am, not on oxygen, not taking the pain killers, and seeing medical staff only when it's time for my biweekly chemotherapy.

    I'm clearly not dying yet. And still, slowly losing weight and muscle. A simple walk leaves me tired and needing to sit. I wake up, make an early morning cup of chicory/coffee, drink it, then lie down again, hit by the simple effort of standing up.

    We did a CAT scan a few weeks ago. Inconclusive. Things don't seem worse. Yet the numerous little blobs of cancer are still there in my lungs, patient. Another scan in a month, and we'll have a better idea.

  • New Malware for Windows targets firefox users.

    Below is an image of the new malware attempting to get Windows users of Firefox to install a drive-by malware labeled by Windows Defender as Trojan:Kovtar.

  • Mozilla releases Servo nightly build of web rending engine for Linux and Mac
  • An eight minute upgrade, motivating documentation contributions, and more OpenStack news
  • BMW teams with Intel and Mobileye for open-source autonomous tech [Ed: Nothing to do with “Open Source”]
  • Setup .NET Core on Ubuntu [Ed: Repeating the “Microsoft loves Linux” big lie and telling people to install proprietary Microsoft software on Linux]
  • Peerplays creates open-source profit sharing module

    Blockchain-based online gaming and wagering platform Peerplays, has created an open-source fee sharing module that will enable direct profit distribution to token holders by any Graphene-based blockchain platform.

  • Wevolver Open Source 3D Printable Robots And More (video)

    ...if you are interested in creating your own 3D printed robots using a little Arduino programming, open source coding or making in general. You might be interested in some new 3D printed open source robot projects which have been published to the Revolver website for all skill levels.

Arastta: Community Driven & Open Source eCommerce

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>Arastta eCommerce is an open source project which is driven by its community. For a relatively new startup project Arastta has a great community sharing ideas, translating into different world languages, reporting issues and bugs, contributing the source code and helping to plan the future of the project.

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The Growth of the Linux and Open Source Channel since 1989

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The Linux kernel was born twenty-five years ago this summer. Since that time a thriving partner ecosystem has arisen around open source platforms built on Linux, GNU and other free and open source software products. Here's a look at milestones in the evolution of the Linux channel and partner ecosystem.

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Why PayPal bets on open-source

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The old way was to spend a lot of money on limited software and hardware. The new way, as PayPal's Bill Scott, VP of next gen commerce found, is to scale out with lots of low-cost hardware and software. Open-source enables this, and to marvelously good effect.

Scott, a firm believer in lean engineering, stands by the fact that it's the secret sauce that fosters innovation and efficacy.

Lean engineering, simply put, is becoming a part of the experimentation and learning cycle. The idea is to have rapid iteration and get feedback from customers quickly.

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Distributed, Open Source Chat with Vector and Matrix

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When it comes to chat, you have many choices. Facebook Messenger, Google Talk, Whatsapp, Kik, and Slack are all viable options. However, all of these choices are proprietary, and require you to use servers that you can’t run yourself. They’re highly centralized, closed source tools.

In the open source world, IRC has been the go to solution for chat for many years, and for good reason. Anyone can run a server, there’s many clients, and it’s built on open standards. But IRC comes from a pre-mobile world, and relies on clients to maintain persistent connections to the server. It’s not the best experience on a phone.

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KDE Leftovers

  • Double Post – Lakademy and Randa 2016
    I Have a few favorites kde conventions that I really love to participate. Randa and Lakademy are always awesome, both are focused on hacking, and I surely do love to hack. On LaKademy I spend my days working on subsurface, reworking on the interface, trying to make it more pleasant to the eye, In Randa I worked on KDevelop and Marble, but oh my…
  • Plasma’s Publictransport applet’s porting status
    You might remember that I spoke about Plasma’s Publictransport applet getting some reworking during the summer. It’s been over a month since I made that announcement on my blog and while ideally, I’d have liked to have blogged every week about my work, I haven’t really been able to. This is largely down to the fact that I was occupied with work on a project back at my university and I shifted back to home from my hostel as well, after finishing four years of undergraduate studies.
  • KDE Community Working Group 2016
  • KDE Brasil Telegram group and IRC United
    That’s why the KDE Irc channel now has a bot that will forward all messages to our Telegram Channel and vice-versa, this way all the new cool kids can talk to all the old geeks around and continue to make the KDE awesome in their platform of choice.
  • Wiki, what’s going on? (Part 7)
    Tears followed by joy and happiness, discussions followed by great moments all together, problems followed by their solution and enthusiasm. Am I talking about my family? More or less, because actually I am talking about a family: the WikiToLearn community!
  • Kubuntu 16.04.1 LTS Update Out
    The first point release update to our LTS release 16.04 is out now. This contains all the bugfixes added to 16.04 since its first release in April. Users of 16.04 can run the normal update procedure to get these bugfixes.
  • Kubuntu Podcast #14 – UbPorts interview with Marius Gripsgard
  • KDStateMachineEditor 1.1.0 released
    KDStateMachineEditor is a Qt-based framework for creating Qt State Machine metacode using a graphical user interface. It works on all major platforms and is now available as part of the Qt Auto suite.
  • KDAB contributions to Qt 5.7
    The star of Qt 5.7 is the first stable release of Qt 3D 2.0. The new version of Qt 3D is a total redesign of its architecture into a modern and streamlined 3D engine, exploiting modern design patterns such as entity-component systems, and capable to scale due to the heavily threaded design. This important milestone was the result of a massive effort done by KDAB in coordination with The Qt Company.
  • Krita 3.0.1 Development Builds
    Because of unforeseen circumstances, we had to rejig our release schedule, there was no release last week. Still, we wanted to bring you a foretaste of some of the goodies that are going to be in the 3.0.1 release, which is now planned for September 5th. There’s lots to play with, here, from bug fixes (the double dot in file names is gone, the crash with cheap tablets is gone, a big issue with memory leaks in the graphics card is solved), to features (soft-proofing, among others). There may also be new bugs, and not all new features may be working correctly. Export to animated gif or video clips is still in development, and probably will not work well outside the developers’ computer.
  • KDE blowing out candles on FISL 17!
    My talk was the next. Its title was “20 anos de KDE: de Desktop a Guarda-Chuva de Projetos” (20 years of KDE: From Desktop to Project Umbrella). I presented the evolution process of our community, which led it from a desktop project to a incubator community. For those who did not attend the event the talk was recorded and it is available here. Below I also make available the slides of my presentation:
  • LabPlot 2.3.0 released
    Less then four months after the last release and after a lot of activity in our repository during this time, we’re happy to announce the next release of LabPlot with a lot of new features. So, be prepared for a long post.

Ubuntu tablet and smartphone: a personal "mini" review

So when Ubuntu and Canonical revealed they were partnering with actual, big manufacturers for Ubuntu mobile devices, a spark of hope was rekindled in my heart. Let it be clear, I am by no means an Ubuntu user, not even a fan. I left the fold nearly a decade ago, after having spent quite some time using and contributing to Kubuntu (to the point of becoming a certified “member” even, though I never ascended to the Council). In terms of loyalties and usage, I am a KDE user (and “helper”) foremost. I use Fedora because it just works for me, for now. So, yes, an Ubuntu Touch device would be another compromise for me, but it would be the smallest one. Or so I hoped. Read more

Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS Released for Desktop, Server, and Cloud with All Flavors

Canonical has announced the first point release of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system, finally allowing users of Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS (Trusty Tahr) to upgrade their installations. Read more