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Openness, Open Data and Open Hardware

tuxmachines.org - Ned, 03/31/2019 - 19:25
  • Open-source seeds: protecting new crops from privitisation

    From the green grass of England to the tropical forests of the Amazon basin and the semi-arid plains of North Africa, when it comes to food, no one crop can suit every soil type, or withstand the challenges of climate change. It is therefore vitally important that humans seek to preserve and increase the biological diversity of crops.

    In pursuit of this goal, Dr Johannes Kotschi from the Association for AgriCulture and Ecology, along with researchers from the University of Göttingen, has developed an open-source seed (OSS) licence that can be applied to new crop varieties. The OSS licence prevents seeds and their derivatives from being privatised, patented or otherwise protected in a way that would limit their sale or further modification. In doing so, it ensures that new varieties are available to everyone. Alongside the licence, the organisation OpenSourceSeeds supports breeders and seed producers who use it.

  • Aptiv Releases Comprehensive Open-Source Automated Vehicle Data Set

    Aptiv has released a comprehensive set of automated driving training data including camera, radar and lidar signals that has been fully annotated and labeled.

  • Aptiv Releases Comprehensive Open-Source Dataset for Autonomous Driving

    Global auto parts supplier Aptiv, formally known as Delphi Automotive, announced today the full release of nuScenes, an open-source autonomous vehicle (AV) dataset. The dataset will help developers improve the safety of autonomous vehicles.

  • MIPS R6 Architecture Now Available for Open Use

    Asked if any other MIPS cores – beyond R6 – will be available in the future, Swift said additional announcements are in the offing, indicating that Thursday’s offering is only the first set of MIPS Open’s release.  

    “Remember, this is a journey, not a destination,” Swift reminded.

    Other pending announcements include MIPS Open’s certification partners and MIPS Open Advisory Board. Names of individuals or companies for those initiatives are not yet public.

  • Wave Computing launches MIPS Open, provides royalty-free access to chip design data

    A few months after announcing plans to “open source its MIPS instruction set architecture,” the folks at Wave Computing are following through. Mostly.

    The company has launched the MIPS Open program and released the first components, offering developers royalty and license fee-free access to the latest versions of its 32-bit and 64-bit MIPS architecture.

    But it’s questionable whether this is truly an “open source” initiative, so much as an “open use” project designed encourage developers to work with the company’s chips.

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DragonFlyBSD Receives Initial FUSE Port For File-Systems In User-Space

tuxmachines.org - Ned, 03/31/2019 - 19:07

Tomohiro Kusumi has contributed an initial FUSE implementation to DragonFlyBSD for implementing file-systems in user-space support.

The design is based roughly on FreeBSD code but is a cleanly written implementation for allowing user-space file-systems to work on this BSD. This initial FUSE support isn't designed to be API/ABI compatible with the FreeBSD code due to different sysctls and other factors.

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Nate Graham's KDE Usability & Productivity Weekly Report

tuxmachines.org - Ned, 03/31/2019 - 19:05
  • KDE Usability & Productivity: Week 64

    Week 64 in KDE’s Usability & Productivity initiative has arrived, and I think you’ll see why this week needed two posts.

  • KDE's Konsole Now Supports Splitting, Plasma Vault Integration In Dolphin

    KDE contributor Nate Graham has continued his weekly blog posts outlining some of the notable improvements made in the world of KDE. One of the notable changes this week is the Konsole terminal emulator allowing arbitrary grid-like splits of a single window. That honors a ten year old bug report about wanting to restore support for "Quadkonsole" for allowing several consoles to render within a single window. That support is finally in place for the KDE Applications 19.08 release due out this summer.

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Software: Python IDEs, Kodi, Best alternatives to Skype

tuxmachines.org - Ned, 03/31/2019 - 19:01
  • 9 Best Free Python Integrated Development Environments (Updated 2019)

    Python is a widely used general-purpose, high level programming language. It’s easy to read and learn. It’s frequently used for science, data analysis, and engineering. With a burgeoning scientific community and ecosystem, Python is an excellent environment for students, scientists and organizations that develop technology software.

    One of the essential tools for a budding Python developer is a good Integrated Development Environment (IDE). An IDE is a software application that provides comprehensive facilities to programmers for software development.

    Many coders learn to code using a text editor. And many professional Python developers prefer to stay with their favourite text editor, in part because a lot of text editors can be used as a development environment by making use of plugins. But many Python developers migrate to an IDE as this type of software application offers, above all else, practicality. They make coding easier, can offer significant time savings with features like autocompletion, and built-in refactoring code, and also reduces context switching. For example, IDEs have semantic knowledge of the programming language which highlights coding problems while typing. Compiling is ‘on the fly’ and debugging is integrated.

  • Are free VPNs any good for Kodi?

    Before we get to the VPNs, let's start with Kodi, which is a free and open source media player.

  • What Is Kodi and How Does It Work?

    What is Kodi? Imagine your own version of Netflix or Amazon Prime Video, but one that is completely free? Sounds too good to be true, right?

  • Best alternatives to Skype 2019: paid and free

    If you're looking for the best Skype alternatives, then you've come to the right place. For many years, Skype has been one of the most popular VoIP (Voice over IP) services, with home and business users alike using it to video and voice call friends and family over the world.

    However, in 2011 Microsoft acquired Skype, and since then it has been tweaking the interface and adding (and removing features) which has not been too popular.

    So, if you're looking to move from Skype to another VoIP service, then this guide to the best Skype alternatives will help you make the leap. We look at both free alternatives to Skype, as well as packages you need to pay for, which is good for large companies with employees around the world.

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DragonFlyBSD Receives Initial FUSE Port For File-Systems In User-Space

Phoronix - Ned, 03/31/2019 - 18:36
Tomohiro Kusumi has contributed an initial FUSE implementation to DragonFlyBSD for implementing file-systems in user-space support...

Linux laptops alive in South Africa

tuxmachines.org - Ned, 03/31/2019 - 18:18

While it may serve a small niche in South Africa, Dell has been offering laptops that run Ubuntu Linux for years.

This is according to Chris Buchanan, client solutions director at Dell EMC in South Africa.

Dell and Canonical recently announced the new version of the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop, offering up to 16GB RAM and a 1TB SSB. Since then, a 2TB version has become available.

Like other Developer Edition variants of the Dell XPS 13, the 2018 model comes with Ubuntu Linux rather than Windows. At the time, the latest long-term support release: Ubuntu 18.04 “Bionic Beaver”.

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FOSS in Education, Public Sector and Healthcare

tuxmachines.org - Ned, 03/31/2019 - 17:53
  • Hoping to Spur ‘Learning Engineering,’ Carnegie Mellon Will Open-Source Its Digital-Learning Software

    In an unusual move intended to shake up how college teaching is done around the world, Carnegie Mellon University today announced that it will give away dozens of the digital-learning software tools it has built over more than a decade—and make their underlying code available for anyone to see and modify.

    Among the software slated to be released under an open-source license is the university’s pioneering adaptive-learning project, the Open Learning Initiative, as well as a learning analytics platform LearnSphere. Officials estimate that developing the software has cost more than $100 million in foundation grants and university dollars.

  • Carnegie Mellon to Open Up Its Digital Learning Tools

    Carnegie Mellon University's Open Learning Initiative plans to make dozens of software tools it has developed to enable "learning engineering" freely available and open source, EdSurge reported. The report says that the initiative's leaders hope that by turning some of its tools into open-source products instead of software to be commercialized, they can "keep things rooted in the research that’s driving its effectiveness," as one put it.

  • Govt. schoolteachers get training in open source software

    “Unlike propriety software, FOSS is free and easy to use and users can customise the software based on their needs. Interactive tools which the teachers can use to make their classrooms more interactive were picked and 64 master resource persons, which included teachers from schools and District Institutes of Education and Training across the State, were trained,” said Asir Julius, assistant professor, SCERT.

    The master resource persons in turn, trained teachers in their respective districts through two-day workshops. From using the GeoGebra application to teach maths and the PhET application to teach scientific concepts through virtual simulations, teachers were introduced to several tools and applications.

    To facilitate teachers to access the software, SCERT has also set up an online portal which functions as a learning management system.

  • How the Bank of England redesigned its data hub around open source

    The Bank of England has drastically changed how it collects and analyses fast-growing data sets over the past few years, adopting enterprise versions of open source technologies to help it modernise its architecture.

    Speaking during the Dataworks Summit in Barcelona last week, Adrian Waddy, technical lead for the bank's big data platform, and Nick Vaughan, domain SME for data analytics and modelling, explained how they designed this new data platform and some key lessons learned.


    "The analysts in the bank relied very heavily on their internal network to know what data existed and where," he added. "Even when they managed to get access to it, if the data that they wanted to combine didn't fit on their laptop they had no real place to do so and increasingly there is demand for using some of the analytical techniques that are becoming more common in the industry."

    As Vaughan added: "Given London's position as a financial centre, and our role as a central bank to regulate entities within the UK, that meant that we had to collect in the region of 50 million transactions every day at a peak of 85 million a day. For us that was a step change, we needed a different data architecture."

  • 11 Open Source Datasets That Can Be Used For Health Science Projects

    Machine learning is now widely deployed across various health sectors because of its ability to make real-time predictions and draw insights which usually go unnoticed given the voluminous and unstructured nature of the datasets. Here are few repositories that have culminated over the years thanks to the never-ending efforts of the researchers to make crucial metadata available to the common public so that they can try them out on their own models:

  • Open-Source Solution Could Lower Cost of Optical Cardiography

    An open-source solution for multiparametric optical mapping of the heart’s electrical activity, developed by an international research team, could further researchers’ understanding of the mechanisms underlying cardiac arrhythmias. The 3D models of the mapping system components and the source code for the data analysis have been made openly available by the researchers at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) and The George Washington University (GW), to enable other research groups to benefit from the new solution.

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Server: Red Hat/IBM, BlueCat, Kubernetes and More

tuxmachines.org - Ned, 03/31/2019 - 17:48
  • Red Hat Reports Double-Digit Growth Ahead of IBM Deal
  • [Red Hat] Digital transformation, cultural modernization cannot be mutually exclusive

    Much has been written about the drive for IT modernization in the federal government, but what about the need for cultural modernization? After all, digital transformation isn’t just a “technology issue;” it involves transforming an organization’s cultural environment too.

    But government budgets tend to favor technological maintenance over cultural innovation. According to the Government Accountability Office, 78 percent of IT budgets go to operations and maintenance, leaving little left for systems development, modernization, and enhancement.

  • BlueCat turns to open source collaboration to help customers automate infrastructure

    Customers also want to interface with other open source networking platforms, such as Kubernetes and OpenStack. The nature of these technologies sees them deployed into environments with specific tweaks. As a result, BlueCat can’t practically create one configuration for all of its customers. So opening up the Gateway access to an open source community allows customers to accomplish things more quickly. Plus, BlueCat’s business strategy isn’t to make money by charging customers for the different integrations they need to add on. Instead, it’s providing a critical node that is flexible enough to maintain its relevance.

  • 5 Ceph storage questions answered and explained

    Ceph storage is one of the most popular object storage options available. This open source, highly scalable, unified storage comes with several advantages.

    Ceph offers features commonly found in other enterprise storage products, but it's likely to be less expensive than traditional SAN. As an open source system, Ceph doesn't have the licensing fees of proprietary systems. It also isn't dependent on expensive, specialized hardware and can be installed on commodity hardware.

    Among Ceph's other benefits are scalability and flexibility. Ceph provides multiple interfaces -- object, block and file -- for storage access, and you increase system capacity by adding more servers.

  • Open source service provider Buoyant raises $10 million

    Buoyant, a provider of open source mesh for cloud applications, recently announced that it has raised $10 million in a funding round led by GV (previously known as Google Ventures) along with the participation from existing investors Benchmark and A Capital. The San Francisco-based company stated the new investment will be used to further develop its solution’s features and business reach.

  • Vizion.ai launches its managed Elasticsearch service

    Setting up Elasticsearch, the open-source system that many companies large and small use to power their distributed search and analytics engines, isn’t the hardest thing. What is very hard, though, is to provision the right amount of resources to run the service, especially when your users’ demand comes in spikes, without overpaying for unused capacity. Vizion.ai’s new Elasticsearch Service does away with all of this by essentially offering Elasticsearch as a service and only charging its customers for the infrastructure they use.

  • Why MongoDB isn't worried about AWS [Ed: Many people will not know that the author worked for the company he writes about, defending them going proprietary]

    Most people don't participate in the earnings calls of public companies. Within the tech industry, while we may care about the products sold by public companies, we tend not to be too fixated on the financial numbers they report. Even so, as MongoDB's latest earnings call reveals, there's a great deal we can learn about our current technology landscape from tuning in.

  • Kubernetes: The End of the DIY Era?

    In the world of cloud technologies, working in open source generally means you have more and better choices. If your code is built on open source, you have more choices of platforms and cloud providers. If you’re a developer, open source probably means you have more choices of projects to work on, and possibly even a greater choice of employers.

    But with choice, as with anything else, you can sometimes have too much of a good thing. Case in point: Kubernetes.

    Kubernetes, which had its origins at Google, has now spread well beyond that, to the point that more than half of commits now come from outside of Google. The result is an explosion of options for Kubernetes and its surrounding ecosystem, which comprise one of the basic technology sets that any cloud-native‚ or cloud-adopting, team needs to learn.

  • Pivotal, Gravitational, and Google Water Kubernetes Expansion

    Kubernetes continues to infiltrate enterprise cloud operations as organizations look to glean greater efficiencies and consolidate management around the open source project. This was highlighted by a recent Rightscale enterprise survey that found 48 percent of enterprises use Kubernetes to manage their container deployments. That usage was nearly double the 27 percent of enterprises that were using the platform a year ago.

    Vendors are also increasing their use of Kubernetes to enhance their service offerings. With the latest iteration of the container orchestration platform set to drop this week, we thought we would catch you up on some of the more notable moves from Pivotal, Gravitational, and Google.

  • Four Macro Organizational Considerations For Enterprises Adopting Kubernetes

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OSS Leftover

tuxmachines.org - Ned, 03/31/2019 - 16:48
  • AT&T and Ericsson use ONAP for network slicing

    At next week’s Open Networking Summit in San Jose, California, Ericsson and AT&T will demonstrate a network slicing collaboration that will show how quality of service (QoS) can be guaranteed for “slices” of the network that are dedicated to premium users. The companies chose this use case to highlight the capabilities of the open source ONAP software.

    The demonstration will use four different remote terminals in AT&T's Atlanta labs. Two terminals, designated as regular users, will be running video streams at speeds up to 10 Mbps. Simultaneously, two other terminals, designated as premium users, will also run video streams, at speeds guaranteed at 2.5 Mbps or higher.

  • Aleph Objects Launches LulzBot TAZ Pro, its First-Ever Industrial Open Source 3D Printer

    Aleph Objects has added to its award-winning line of 3D printers by launching what it’s calling its first-ever industrial open source 3D printer, the LulzBot TAZ Pro.

    Grant Flaharty, Aleph Objects’ CEO and President, said: “The TAZ Pro is the first true multiple-material 3D printer with dual linear actuated hot ends at a prosumer price point.”

  • Clojurists Together fund a sum of $9,000 each for the open source projects, Neanderthal and Aleph

    Clojurists Together shortlisted two projects namely Neanderthal and Aleph for Q1 of 2019 (February-April) to provide funding for further development of these projects, the details of which they shared yesterday. These projects will get total funding of $9,000, which means $3,000 per month.

  • Broadband Forum launches open source USP Agent, fast-tracking connected home interoperability in the IoT age

    Created as part of Broadband Forum's Open Broadband initiative, the Open Broadband – USP Agent (OB-USP-Agent) project will provide vendors with a code base that they can either integrate into their devices or use as a reference implementation as they utilize USP. A necessary catalyst to adoption in today's software development world, OB-USP-Agent will facilitate USP deployment and result in faster time-to-market for USP-based solutions and innovation. Furthermore, as a standards-based solution, operators can have the peace of mind that they won't become locked into more costly and less flexible proprietary management solutions.

  • FINOS Community Delivers Version 1.0 Of Financial Desktop Interoperability Open Standard - Open Source Foundation promotes FDC3 Adoption Across The Industry To Build An Open Fintech Ecosystem

    The Fintech Open Source Foundation (FINOS), a nonprofit that promotes open innovation in financial services, today announces the release of the first major version of the Financial Desktop Connectivity and Collaboration Consortium (FDC3) standard. Founded and contributed to FINOS by OpenFin, this initiative brings universal connectivity and standards to the financial industry’s desktop applications. FDC3 is starting a new era in addressing long-standing challenges to the user experience caused by fragmentation within the financial software market.

  • Open source platforms give agency workforce a boost to modernize

    Agencies plagued by continuing IT talent shortages will find at least some relief by adopting open source enterprise platforms to help them keep pace with development and security skill gaps, say experts in a new podcast.

    Open source platforms spring from an extensive community of developers who work continuously on making applications and development tools more functional and secure, says Richard Bright, senior solutions architect supporting U.S. General Services Administration’s IT chief technology officer.

  • Why open source is useful for business, and individuals

    Open source data collaboration software is about the opportunity. The opportunity to share, to work together, and at last, to enhance.

    It’s an idea that returns route before the web, yet once in a while appears inconsistent with our online world and its requesting business objectives. In open source, nobody individual or organization claims a venture; rather, it’s affected by everybody included – that is the thing that gives it quality.

    As the truism goes, “It takes a town to bring up a youngster” – and it takes a network to make a sound open source data platform. Everybody in an open source ecosystem has the chance to shape and improve the product and help with its advancement. Some will make an extensive commitment, somewhere in the range of a moderately little one. Be that as it may, they’ll all be included and they’ll all profit. Far from these task patrons, the undertaking’s end clients would then be able to recognize the highlights they need and pass new code upstream for thought. Everybody can have any kind of effect.

  • The top 5 free and open-source hotel booking engines

    They have been in business for years. Based in Glasgow, they offer a free booking engine solution for hotels, hostels, BnBs, and cottages. Freetobook charges for collecting and storing your payment details, so it’s very useful if you just want to display your availability online and arrange to be paid later. They also charge for mobile bookings and offer additional paid features such as iCal integration and Google Hotel Ads.

  • The Sunday Quiz: This week, it's all about open-source software
  • Open XR: A Call for Standardization

    The lion's share of media attention sometimes appears to focus solely on the slowly-improving hardware capabilities of virtual reality and augmented reality headsets. Of course, getting the hardware engineering right is crucial for enthusiasts in this niche industry. Like any new computer electronics hardware device, the potential capabilities are encapsulated and presented to the public in the form of enhanced or additional features, like a wider Field-of-View (FoV), or foveated rendering. But the lack of software applications for any emerging technology, including augmented reality and virtual reality headsets, is a hapless bottleneck to a wider scale adoption by enterprise, let alone consumer markets. And software is much more difficult to create for virtual reality and augmented reality. But bottlenecks are unavoidable in product development, especially of high technology.

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Android Derivatives and Code

tuxmachines.org - Ned, 03/31/2019 - 16:45
  • CopperheadOS’ Android Pie update is now available for the Pixel & Pixel 2

    CopperheadOS is focused on providing users with the best security measures possible.


    Currently, CopperheadOS only supports 4 devices: Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. You can actually buy these devices on Copperhead’s website with the system already installed, or just download the image and flash it by yourself. Obviously, Pixel devices already have the official Android Pie update, but CopperheadOS’ flavor is heavily focused on security. The update adds yet another security-focused feature called Security Flags, which includes information about the statuses of SELinux, verified boot, and theft protection.

  • Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus added to Sony’s Open Devices Program

    In the early days of Android, Sony was one of the very few OEMs that worked towards fostering good relations with the developer community by releasing device trees, vendor blobs, and kernel sources for some of its most popular devices. At BABBQ 2015, we even had the opportunity to interview XDA Senior Recognized Developer jerpelea a.k.a. Mr. Alin Jerpelea, the Open Source Community Manager at Sony, where we talked about Sony’s goals and vision for the Open Devices Program. Over the years, Sony’s smartphones have faded away from popularity, but the OEM has still stuck around with the same intents. Now, Sony has added in its latest Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus mid-rangers to the Sony Open Devices Program.

  • Five must use open source apps for Android smartphones and tablets

    Android is an open source software, where OEMs can tweak the overall user-interface and features depending on the requirement. Usually, we download Android apps from the Google Play Store, where most of the free apps show in-app ads to generate revenue, which might irk some users.

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Programming: Python, SRT Alliance, Pagedraw, Indie Web Server and More

tuxmachines.org - Ned, 03/31/2019 - 16:41
  • Fresh from the Python’s den: PyPy turns 7.1, Facebook open-sources Python Test Runner

    Python interpreter and CPython replacement PyPy has been released in version 7.1, which should give you a speed boost, by no longer converting strings to unicode internally. Instead, it now uses UTF-8 for representation.

    Speaking of speed, long operations with an operand fitting into an int should need less computing time after the update. Register allocation in the JIT uses better heuristics now and d_type and d_name members of builtin descriptors get correctly initialised which should protect you from nasty segmentation errors.

    The PyPy team also improved the ability to use the buffer protocol with ctype structures and arrays and updated the CFFI backend (C Foreign Function Interface) to version 1.12.2. Additions to the __pypy__ documentation are meant to help those looking into using the special features contained within that module. Details can be found in the project’s changelog.

  • Imagine Communications, Telestream Join the SRT Alliance

    The SRT Alliance, supporting the SRT Open Source Project, announces that 39 more companies have recently endorsed the SRT protocol for low latency video streaming, including Imagine Communications, Net Insight, Red Bee Media, Telestream.

  • SRT Alliance Welcomes Avid to the SRT Open Source Video Streaming Project

    SRT (Secure Reliable Transport) is an open-source protocol, developed by Haivision, which allows broadcasters and streamers to deliver high-quality, low-latency streams across the public internet. SRT is fast becoming the de facto low-latency video streaming standard in the broadcast and streaming industries.


    SRT (Secure Reliable Transport) is an open-source protocol, developed by Haivision, which allows broadcasters and streamers to deliver high-quality, low-latency streams across the public internet. SRT is fast becoming the de facto low-latency video streaming standard in the broadcast and streaming industries.

  • SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Pagedraw

    Though Pagedraw closed its doors as a business at the beginning of this month, the web-based React UI building utility lives on as an open-source project. The project was designed to provide an “effortless” way to design a UI, down to supporting mock-up import from similar applications Figma and Sketch.

    After designing or importing a UI in the application, Pagedraw can export them as JSX code.

    There is a catch. In the farewell post on the tool’s now-defunct website, developers Jared Pochtar and Gabriel Guimaraes admitted the faults in their vision.

  • Ovum: source{d} is Recognized as a “Pioneer” Vendor in Analyzing Source Code
  • What New Language Will IBM i Support Next?
  • DJs of the Future Don't Spin Records—They Write Code
  • Indie Web Server: now with native 404 to 302 support for an evergreen web

    What if links never died? What if we never broke the Web? What if it didn’t involve any extra work? It’s possible. And easy. Just make your 404s into 302s.

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Openwashing and Exploitation of FOSS by Microsoft and Others

tuxmachines.org - Ned, 03/31/2019 - 16:25
  • How to successfully maintain an open source project [Ed: Promotes the terrible idea of giving your FOSS project to Microsoft]
  • The Program of the Open Source Data Center Conference (OSDC) is online [Ed: Microsoft is faking “open” in Berlin. OSDC is openwashing of mass surveillance DCs. It pays off to attack FOSS right now because Microsoft has opened up its wallet to attacks on FOSS (by proxy) and infiltration. People pretend not to know what the F stands for and work to destroy the "F" in FOSS.]
  • Which is the Most Vulnerable Programming Language? [Ed: Asking Microsoft partners about FOSS is like asking wolves about sheep]
  • The now open source Windows 10 Calculator app will get a new “graphing mode” [Ed: Microsoft to its dedicated propaganda sites: put “open source Windows 10” in headlines. OnMSFT: Done. Sorted.]
  • These are the most insecure programming languages [Ed: CBS/ZDNet basing analysis of FOSS on Microsoft partners, with data derived from Microsoft's own.]
  • Pivotal unveils Pivotal Postgres and Greenplum 6

    Pivotal Software, Inc., a cloud-native platform provider, at Greenplum Summit announced updates to Pivotal Greenplum, a massively parallel processing analytic database based on open-source Postgres, as well as a new offering, Pivotal Postgres, Pivotal’s enterprise distribution of open source Postgres - the fastest growing database of the year for two consecutive years (2017 and 2018) in terms of popularity.

  • NGINX and F5: Our Continued Commitment to Open Source [Ed: F5 is committed to Microsoft. They have an alliance with Microsoft and nginx is "open core" anyway, it was never truly "Open Source" over the past decade.]

    Last week, we announced that F5 will be acquiring NGINX. The response has been overwhelmingly positive from customers, the community, partners, employees, and throughout the industry. It’s humbling and we thank everyone for their ongoing support of NGINX.

    But we also heard loud and clear: F5 and NGINX need to continue demonstrating our joint commitment to open source.

    Let me explain what we’re doing. I’d like to hear from you if we’re not meeting expectations.

  • F5 Buys Second Largest Web Server Creator for Multi-Cloud Boost

    F5 Networks, the San Francisco-based cloud services company, has purchased web server specialist Nginx - a competitor - for $670 million.

  • The new Cloudera-Hortonworks Hadoop: 100 percent open source, 50 percent boring [Ed: [Ed: 100% in bed with the NSA, used to be 100% openwashing of mass surveillance]

    For any open source company these days, how to go about their business model and licensing is probably the most important decision to be made. As we have argued, and as fellow ZDNet contributor and Ovum analyst Tony Baer recently noted, too, open source is becoming the new default business model for enterprise software. It has proven to be a better model, for a number of reasons. 

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Security Leftovers

tuxmachines.org - Ned, 03/31/2019 - 16:23
  • Secure open source components to bypass breaches [Ed: The same is true for proprietary software except in proprietary there are also back doors and you cannot remove them (the article does not discuss this, it helps some firms sell "services"). Over the past decade a large and ever-growing proportion of articles about FOSS dealt with dangers of FOSS licences and security angles of "components". Not too shockingly many of the firms quoted (PR) are Microsoft-connected.]

    In the beginning of an open source security upgrade, it might make sense to triage the removal of known vulnerabilities from a large code base, said Sergiy Golub, senior engineering manager at Assembla, a version control and source code management technology provider. Developers pull specific components of broad open source projects into their applications to work with the custom code they write; so, a known vulnerability might not affect an enterprise if it has no use for that questionable bit of code and removes it.

  • Critical flaw in Magento e-commerce platform exposes 300,000 e-commerce sites to SQL injection [Ed: Waiting the media to (every single month) come up with headlines like "Microsoft exposes 5 billion people to complete data compromise because crackers found another back door"]
  • Critical Magento SQL injection flaw could be targeted by hackers soon

    The Magento content management system used by thousands of online shops has received fixes for several serious vulnerabilities, including an unauthenticated SQL injection flaw that's likely to soon become a target for attackers.

  • New npm scanning tool sniffs out malicious code [Ed: And with proprietary software nothing sniffs it out; it just stays there.]

    Detecting malicious JavaScript packages in the npm ecosystem has just become easier, following the launch of a new tool at the Black Hat Asia security conference in Singapore earlier today.

    Npm is a popular open source package manager for JavaScript. More than 500 new packages are uploaded to the npm registry every day.

    Vulnerabilities are predominately identified through an in-built audit feature that detects previously reported malicious packages (such as the eight million times downloaded event-stream).

    A new tool unveiled today at Black Hat Asia, npm-scan, aims to further improve the security of the npm ecosystem through a heuristic-based analysis utility that searches for bad code.

  • Tremolo Security Simplifies Kubernetes Security with Orchestra
  • Top 7 Kubernetes security tools to harden your container stack

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FOSS in Crypto/Blockchain

tuxmachines.org - Ned, 03/31/2019 - 16:19
  • Ethereum Ecosystem: Open Source Sustainability Talks Pick Up Steam

    This week, Gitcoin co-founder Kevin Owocki gave a presentation at CoinFund’s monthly Rabbithole Talks on open source sustainability efforts. Therein, he surveyed a series of development funding possibilities whose profiles have surged in the Ethereum community over the last month as builders have grappled with finding the best funding paths forward.

    It’s an increasingly pertinent topic. The vast majority of the projects in the cryptoeconomy are open-source ventures or directly rely on open-source software, and Ethereum’s nook is no exception.

  • Grin Cryptocurrency to Vote on Change to Hard Fork Roadmap

    The open-source developers behind the privacy-oriented cryptocurrency Grin are discussing potential changes to the project’s hard fork roadmap.

    Specifically, since plans to keep the competition for its mining reward issuance through a series of system-wide upgrades (more popularly known as “hard forks”) may not pan out quite as well as hoped, those developing the code for the project are looking to potentially adjust the upgrade schedule.

    Prominent Grin developer John Tromp, who invented the proof-of-work mining algorithm “Cuckoo Cycle,” suggested changes to what will go into the next hard fork currently set for mid-July during a bi-weekly Grin Governance meeting Tuesday. Now, developers are putting the matter to a vote in two weeks time.

  • Securitize, Others Join Hyperledger Blockchain Project

    As of March 28th 2019, Securitize— along with eight other organizations— has joined the Hyperledger blockchain consortium. Hyperledger recently announced that it would be including additional Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to develop solutions for domain-specific problems.

  • Hyperledger welcomes 9 new members to its expanding enterprise blockchain community

    Hyperledger, an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies, today announced that nine organizations have.

  • New Open-Source WebLN Standard Gains Momentum for Bitcoin Lightning Network Payments

    The process of sending bitcoin lightning payments is fairly straightforward, but the new bitcoin standard, WebLN, was created with the purpose of improving lightning payments in a simpler way. The standard is an open-source system, which is presently gaining some traction as it is used by two of the more popular lightning wallets – Lightning Joule and Bluewallet. It is also used by multiple apps, including Lightning Spin, reducing the steps that users have to go through for payment.

    Considering that lightning is an experimental technology with a lot of risks for sending real money, this transition is a major step. Many users agree that this open source payment network is going to be the future of these payments, even going against the advice of developer warnings. As they have worked to process their payments, the users have found various issues.

  • Komodo integrates Dilithium to offer fully quantum-secured blockchain

    Komodo integrates the open-source Crystals-Dilithium digital signature scheme into the Crypto-Conditions framework...

  • Orbs launches enterprise-ready open-source blockchain network

    Hybrid blockchain technology provider Orbs Ltd. today announced the launch of the company’s production-ready environment for its service: an enterprise-grade blockchain developed using all new open-source code.

    “I began my blockchain journey looking for a network that would actually allow real businesses to create solutions on decentralized networks, but the product simply didn’t exist,” said Tal Kol, Orbs co-founder and technical lead.

  • Cryptocurrency Dash to open-source software repositories

    Today, the Dash community announced the open-sourcing of the Dash Platform software repositories, including the Distributed API (DAPI) and Drive.

  • Dash Core is Releasing Part of Its Software Repositories in an Effort to Open Source the Network

    Dash Core, the group behind the Dash cryptocurrency project has revealed this week that it has been releasing repositories of the Dash Evolution source code to the public in an aim to make the project more open source.

    Thus far, the group has kept the development of the Dash blockchain private both for security and competitive reasons, however, this decision may have sparked a lot of criticism from the community as most blockchain projects are publicly available in coding platforms especially GitHub available for the public to scrutinize and hunt for bugs. Due to public pressure, the Dash Core Group made promises to release the source code when it is ready for open-sourcing, a promise it is aiming to achieve now.

  • Announcement: Kadena Public Blockchain Testnet LIVE

    Kadena’s open-source Pact language is easy to learn, and is purpose-built for blockchain, capturing simple transactions and more complex business workflows; Chainweb v0 intends to be able to support Pact transactions.

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  • Staten Island man faces charges for allegedly defrauding crypto investors

    Patrick McDonnell, also known as “Jason Flack,” has been arrested for allegedly defrauding crypto investors, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of New York announced. It unsealed a nine-count indictment accusing McDonnell of carrying out a fraudulent scheme.

  • A Bitcoin Lightning Web Standard, Inspired By Ethereum, Is Gaining Steam

    That’s because a new bitcoin standard for simplifying lightning payments, the open-source WebLN standard, is gaining traction, now being used by Lightning Joule and Bluewallet, two of the more popular lightning wallets, as well as apps like Lightning Spin, to slim down the number of steps a user needs to make a payment.

    This is an important step for lightning, an experimental technology that is still risky to send real money over. Developer warnings aren’t stopping eager users from trying out what they believe to be the future of bitcoin payments, and as they’ve toyed with payments, they’ve bumped into issues trying to send or receive value.

  • 'Thousands' of Decentralized Finance (DeFi) Projects Under Development: ConsenSys

    The contributors at ConsenSys, a Brooklyn, New York-based Ethereum-related development studio, have published a blog post in which they have revealed that decentralized finance (DeFi) has “grown into one of the most active sectors” of the blockchain industry in 2019.

    Included in the evolving set of core technologies that now make up the globally accessible DeFi platforms are stablecoins, decentralized crypto exchanges, or DEXs (and/or exchanges that do not hold users’ private keys), multi-currency wallets, and various payment gateways, ConsenSys’ blog post noted.

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Computer-recycling nonprofit seeking new space

tuxmachines.org - Ned, 03/31/2019 - 15:44

The computers run on a customized version of Linux, an open source operating system, that is provided to users for free.

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My First 24 Hours With Purism's Librem 15 v4 Laptop And PureOS

tuxmachines.org - Ned, 03/31/2019 - 15:22

Purism's 15-incher starts at $1499, so it needs to look and feel premium. In my opinion it accomplishes that with its anodized black aluminum chassis, although the color becomes a magnet for fingerprints -- one complaint I've never had with my XPS 13 9370. You'll also notice a pleasing lack of branding. No logo on the lid or display. No stickers under the keyboard. It's just a sleek black slab.

Opening up the laptop reveals a top-right power button, a full-size backlit keyboard (10-key included) and a touchpad that boasts a thin silver trim that really makes it pop. The keyboard is exponentially better than any recent MacBook as it's more tactile and has more travel, but falls just short of the newer XPS 13 or any modern ThinkPad.

The touchpad feels just slightly sluggish compared to XPS 13 or MacBook (but this can improved by tweaking acceleration), resulting in tracking that isn't quite as smooth as its competitors out of the box. It's no deal breaker and is quite comfortable to use; it's just not the best of the bunch.

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Apache: Apark, ASF (Apache Software Foundation) and Apache Kafka vs. Apache Pulsar

tuxmachines.org - Ned, 03/31/2019 - 14:41
  • Apache Spark Turns 10: The Secret Sauce Behind One Of The World’s Most Popular Open Source Projects

    It was the changing nature of big data technology and architectural models, that wrote the story for Hadoop. The infrastructure architecture moved towards edge computing, IoT and cloud computing and especially containers where the market is seeing an increase in Kuberenetes workload. With analytical and machine learning workloads increasing, there was an increased need for a unified analytics platform. And that’s exactly how Spark outperformed Hadoop in metrics such as In memory processing vs disk, real-time streaming and batch streaming besides providing a layer for integrating machine learning as well.

    As Apache Spark turned 10 years old, let’s see the strong driver that led to Spark adoption and what keeps it going. Dubbed as the official “in-memory replacement for MapReduce”, the disk-based computational engine is at the heart of early Hadoop clusters. Why Spark took off was because it reflects the changing processing paradigm to a more memory intensive pipeline, so if your cluster has a decent memory and an API simpler than MapReduce, processing in Spark will be faster. The reason why Spark is faster is because most of the operations (including reads) decrease in processing time roughly linearly with the number of machines since it’s all distributed.

  • The Apache Software Foundation Celebrates 20 Years of Community-led Development “The Apache Way”
  • The Apache® Software Foundation Celebrates 20 Years of Community-led Development "The Apache Way"

    World's largest Open Source foundation provides $20B+ worth of software for the public good at 100% no cost...

  • 20 milestones at the Apache Software Foundation

    Not at all a question of parts unknown, more a case of parts where some are better known than others.

    The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)’s Jim Jagielski and Sally Khudairi have detailed 20 major milestones that exist under the auspicious auspices of the ASF today.

    Without detailing every project (and the ASF holds stewardship over 350 community-led projects and initiatives) and repeating the entire story linked above… we’ll tour a handful in celebration of the fact that the ASF passed its 20th Anniversary on 26 March 2019.

    It would be tough not to mention Apache HTTP Server. This is most popular open source HTTP server on the planet — it provides a secure and extensible server that provides HTTP services observing the latest HTTP standards.

  • Pub/sub messaging: Apache Kafka vs. Apache Pulsar

    These days, massively scalable pub/sub messaging is virtually synonymous with Apache Kafka. Apache Kafka continues to be the rock-solid, open-source, go-to choice for distributed streaming applications, whether you’re adding something like Apache Storm or Apache Spark for processing or using the processing tools provided by Apache Kafka itself. But Kafka isn’t the only game in town.

    Developed by Yahoo and now an Apache Software Foundation project, Apache Pulsar is going for the crown of messaging that Apache Kafka has worn for many years. Apache Pulsar offers the potential of faster throughput and lower latency than Apache Kafka in many situations, along with a compatible API that allows developers to switch from Kafka to Pulsar with relative ease.

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LVFS Served Up 500k Firmware Files To Linux Users This Month

Phoronix - Ned, 03/31/2019 - 13:08
Back in February the Linux Vendor Firmware Service (LVFS) was celebrating having served more than five million firmware files over the duration of this service for providing BIOS/firmware files to Linux users for different hardware components from different vendors ranging from mice/peripheral firmware to new system/motherboard BIOS from major hardware vendors. That count is quickly shooting up these days and they are now serving 500k files per month...
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