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Leftovers: OSS

  • Open Technology Week looks at potential of open-source tech
    Experts from industry and academia gathered in Cambridge at the weekend to discuss just that as part of the city's first Open Technology Week. Open technology refers to items for which the source code or designs are available free of charge for users to use and modify.
  • Intel to shift Hillsboro engineers to Texas for open source project
    Intel Corp. engineers from Portland will play a role in the development in a new tech development center that's opening in San Antonio. As the San Antonio Business Journal reports, Intel announced a significant investment with Rackspace in a new OpenStack Innovation Center that will be based at Rackspace's headquarters in San Antonio.
  • 10 tips for better documentation
    Last July, after a full week at OKFestival, I managed to find enough energy to attend the Write the Docs EU Berlin Unconference. I only managed to attend one day of the event, but it was worth it because Paul Adams, a free software advocate and Director of Engineering at KDAB, led a discussion in which we came up with rules for helping documentation teams be more productive:
  • This is why your open source project is failing
    At OSCON this year, Red Hat's Tom Callaway gave a talk entitled "This is Why You Fail: The Avoidable Mistakes Open Source Projects STILL Make." In 2009, Callaway was starting to work on the Chromium project—and to say it wasn't a pleasant experience was the biggest understatement Callaway made in his talk.
  • NPR releases open source social media tools for newsrooms
    The helpful folks at NPR have released a collection of fully customisable, open source tools to help journalists create visually engaging images for social media. The tools – called Quotable, Factlist and Waterbug – were announced last night by Brian Boyer, editor of the NPR visuals team, as an easy way "for you to create those fashionable social graphics for your news organisation".
  • Growing pains: Open source ubiquity raises ownership, governance issues
    Overlapping scope and membership can confuse users, Miniman warns. Unlike the rules produced by standards committees, foundations don’t guarantee interoperability between implementations. IT organizations need to develop an understanding of how open communities operate, how different licensing models work and how they can become actively involved in shaping open source software.

pfSense 2.2.4 BSD Firewall Fixes Multiple Stored XSS Vulnerabilities in the WebGUI

Electric Sheep Fencing LLC., through Chris Buechler, has announced the immediate availability for download of the fourth maintenance release of the pfSense 2.2 FreeBSD-based firewall software. Read more

Standardisation process should be open, study shows

Organisations setting ICT standards should be open, as this improves their standards and contributes to their implementation in software, concludes a group of Swedish researchers. “Standards get better with contributions coming from individuals and organisations,” says Jonas Gamalielsson, lead author of a paper published in June. Read more

Open source runs Croatia’s geospatial services platforms

Croatia’s Ministry of Environment and Nature Protection has become one of the country’s major users of open source solutions. The software is making possible two geospatial service platforms on biodiversity and environmental protection, unveiled in May. Read more