Open-source innovation is making the traditional patent system obsolete. Michigan Technological University associate professor Joshua Pearce and his team work with what is called open-source hardware development.
“What that means is sort of developing technologies that don’t rely on patents,” Pearce said. “We work collaboratively with engineers and scientists all over the world, and (it’s) fairly successful. And the reason it’s successful is because if you have thousands of people working on something, it tends to get pretty good pretty fast.”
Pearce said the concept began some time ago with open-source software.
The high-tech vision of open-source software meets low-tech design at non-profit organization OHorizons, an international coalition of innovators working to solve persistent global challenges. The team’s most recent invention is the open-source Wood Mold, designed to allow even the least experienced person to create a BioSand Filter that can deliver clean water at 1/10th of the cost of the traditional method. The Wood Mold is designed to be accessible by anyone who has the DIY, open-source construction manual that OHorizons offers for free online.
The popularity of open source DBMSs, as measured by the DB-Engines Ranking, has reached a new record. So, we're going to analyze the underlying details.
We have 154 open source systems in our ranking, slightly less than the 156 commercial systems. If we add up the popularity scores of all the open source systems, we get 46% of the overall scores, whereas 54% goes to commercial systems.
Overall the Nouveau DRM updates for Linux 4.10 are significant after they missed out on any feature changes for Linux 4.9. Given all the churn, there's been a last minute pull into DRM-Next of some more fixes and other minor activity.
NVIDIA has confirmed that their next proprietary driver update for Linux will introduce support for Vulkan rendering outside of the X.Org Server.
With NVIDIA's current Vulkan Linux driver it's not possible to achieve headless Vulkan rendering if the X.Org Server isn't running, but that limitation is said to be addressed by their next (post-375) driver release.
Today, December 5, 2016, Collabora's Emil Velikov proudly announced the release and immediate availability of the fifth and last scheduled maintenance update of the Mesa 12.0 3D Graphics Library for GNU/Linux distributions.