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Free Software/Open Source

  • RIM may make BlackBerry OS open source

    Research In Motion, which makes BlackBerry phones, may be looking at making the operating system open, which will allow other manufacturers to make smartphones using the platform.

  • BlackBerry to go open source?
  • Scientists: All Research Should Be Open Source

    Phys.org is reporting on a recently published paper that suggests all scientific journals should require the full disclosure of source code as a condition of publication. The paper states that only 3 science journals currently require source code.

  • Why Google secretly switched to an open-source networking technology in 2010
  • CSCO, JNPR: ‘OpenFlow’ Takes Stage, Says ISI (Correction)
  • Google revamps network via OpenFlow
  • Ex-Magento CTO And Co-Founder: eBay Doesn’t Understand The Meaning Of Open
  • Open source WEM from Rivet Logic

    Consulting and systems integration firm Rivet Logic has released Crafter Rivet V. 2.0, an open source Web experience management (WEM) offering built on Alfresco 4. The WEM solution is the latest addition to Rivet Logic’s suite of solutions for content management, collaboration and community leveraging open source software.

  • Research lab extends host-based cyber sensor project to open source

    A Department of Energy (DOE) lab is taking research done to develop a host-based security sensor and open-sourcing the software to encourage community feedback and participation.

  • Open Source Integrity Report : Key Findings
  • Open Source Integrated Photonics Software Launched

    Ghent University and nanoelectronics research center imec of Leuven have launched IPKISS, an open source software platform for designing photonic components and complex photonic integrated circuits, they announced.

  • Photonics integration goes open-source with IPKISS
  • Radical Idea: Open source social networking
  • First Open Source Online Gambling Platform Launched by Cubeia Ltd.

    In a recent press release from Stockholm Sweden the software developer Cubeia Ltd, has announced its launch of the first open source multi-player server focused on the online gambling industry.

  • Events

  • Web Browsers

  • SaaS

    • High stakes for open source in the commercial cloud

      Cloud computing has been described by some of the more radical thinkers as a profound challenge to the heart of software freedom. There’s some justification to this accusation.

      First, you need more than your software’s source code to take your cloud activity into your own hands. Although open source gives you the freedom to use, study, modify, and distribute the software, it doesn’t necessarily allow the use of the place it runs or the APIs needed to access that place. As such, considering your software-freedom-derived business flexibility in the area of cloud computing is more complex than for in-house desktop or server solutions.

    • Puppet equipped to be OpenStack interface
    • OpenStack Is Not A Proprietary Cloud, Kemp Argues

      Former NASA CTO and Nebula founder Chris Kemp says private clouds will need to be based on a flexible, general purpose set of open source code that can work with public clouds.

    • Open vs. proprietary debate heats up the cloud

      The familiar debate of open source vs. proprietary IT offerings now seems in full swing in the cloud, and the rhetoric shooting back and forth between some of the major vendors is intensifying. The most recent round really picked up a few weeks ago when Citrix announced it would bring its CloudStack cloud building platform to the Apache Software Foundation, creating a competing model to OpenStack. Before that, OpenStack had been gaining momentum in the open source cloud worlds. While Citrix’s move was initially seen as a competition to OpenStack, both companies have more recently taken aim at a common foe: VMware.

  • Databases

  • CMS

  • Funding

  • BSD

  • Public Services/Government

    • Get rid of ‘digital handcuffs’, says European commission vice-president

      The openness of the web needs to be protected and “digital handcuffs” need to be removed, Neelie Kroes, the vice-president of the European commission with responsibility for Europe’s digital agenda, has said.

      Speaking at the World Wide Web (WWW2012) conference in Lyon on Thursday, Kroes examined the idea of an open web and spoke of its benefits. “With a truly open, universal platform, we can deliver choice and competition; innovation and opportunity; freedom and democratic accountability,” she said.

      Holding up a pair of handcuffs sent to her the previous day by the Free Software Foundation along with a letter asking if she was “with them on openness”, she said: “Let me show you, these handcuffs are not closed, not locked. I can open them if and when I want. That’s what I mean by being open online, what it means to me to get rid of ‘digital handcuffs’.”

    • ‘Make M’sia open-source software hub’

      Malaysia should take the lead and implement policies to transform the country into an international open-source software (OSS) hub, Consumer Association of Penang (CAP) said here today.

      CAP president SM Mohamed Idris suggested that the government form a specific agency to formulate policies to make Malaysia the leader in the promotion and development of OSS.

      He urged the government to take the initiative to make the country an OSS hub that would save millions of ringgit for Malaysian consumers and companies.

      He said it would create jobs and develop skills for local manpower, providing the competitive cutting-edge expertise and support services for the huge OSS market worldwide.

    • Dev: keep government tech open source

      Linux admin Richard Harvey has made an impassioned plea for support in influencing UK government policy on open source.

      The government is currently consulting on the use of open standards and open source as an alternative to proprietary software. Corporations that stand to lose out are lobbying the government in an attempt to discredit open source and open standards, he claimed on his Support Open Standards website.

      “As the open source community, we have generally not responded to the consultation because we may have read it and thought ‘that’s really good’,” said Harvey on the site. “We need to feed this back, otherwise this will become a one-sided debate. Don’t let large corporates buy UK policy.”

  • Openness/Sharing

    • Real-life, working Tricorder developed by Trekkie-scientist and made open source available

      Sometime at the beginning of the year I mentioned in post that once stepping into the age of Terahertz electromagnetic waves (T-rays), which can penetrate any molecule and and then interpret it for identification, we will come to know a slew of new, grand applications, from surveillance , to medical, but possibly the most interesting prospect would be the passing of Star Trek’s iconic handheld device, the tricorder, to the realm of reality. It might take a while for a full fledged tricoder to be created, not until T-ray scanner/emitters become reasonable enough, however Dr. Peter Jansen, a PhD graduate of the Cognitive Science Laboratory at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, has come up with the best working tricorder-spin off so far. His handheld device is capable of sensing temperature, pressure, humidity, distances, location, motion and even electromagnetic measurements to test magnetic fields, and is open source available – anyone has access to the device’s plans and can build one at home.

    • Updated: Virtual MS research community emerges

      Stakeholders in the development of multiple sclerosis drugs have taken their fight against the neurodegenerative disease online with the launch of a virtual community intended to connect researchers of MS and related disorders. The effort has emerged after earlier crowd-sourcing and open source efforts to discover new treatments.

    • Open Data

      • City to Allocate $50,000 for Open-Source Data

        Raleigh is talking the talk and walking the open-source walk. In a 6-to-2 vote, city councilors agreed Tuesday to provide $50,000 annually for an open-source data catalog.

        The funding will be included in next year’s budget, which will be presented by City Manager Russell Allen next month. Councilor and Technology and Communication Committee Chair Bonner Gaylord, who originally proposed the idea, said the catalog is a necessary step for a more open and transparent government.

      • The Open Source Public Tree Inventory Platform – OpenTreeMap
      • Opening Up the Inner Workings of New York City

        One of the most fascinating impacts of the open data and open source (software code that’s available to the public to improve and reuse) movements has been the influx of new web tools, developed by private companies and nonprofits, that help people better engage with, and navigate, their city.

        In March, Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a law mandating that all city agencies put their data online over the course of the next six years.

        The Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT), which oversees how new technologies are being used by other city agencies, began putting city data online in a Socrata site — technology created in Seattle — in 2011, and will enforce the city’s new requirements.

        The benefits of open data can be seen in the work of the nonprofit company OpenPlans, which has been at the forefront of the open source movement in New York City. The products and services it creates using data and code from the MTA and other city agencies illuminate how New Yorkers might live in the near future, as the physical and digital versions of the city merge together.

    • Open Access/Content

      • A cornerstone for success

        An open source textbook library that would be available to students free of charge is a promising step toward the future.

    • Open Hardware

      • Open-source Hardware Movement Seeks Legitimacy

        Inspired by the success of the open-source software movement, a group of technology enthusiasts is looking to unite the fragmented open-source hardware community in an effort to promote hardware innovation.

  • Standards/Consortia


  • Study Calls on EU Regulators to Free Up the Airwaves

    The European Commission released a ground-breaking study on shared access to radio spectrum. The study, conducted by SCF Associates Ltd, calls for a sweeping reform of wireless communications policies, so as to free up more airwaves and pave the way for “super-WiFi” networks. The EU is severely lagging behind the US when it comes to adapting spectrum policy to new needs and possibilities, and this study should sound as a wake-up call for policy-makers.

  • Security

  • Finance

    • SEC, CFTC Retreat On Swap Dealer Regulation

      Corporate America, with help from the Obama administration, has struck yet another blow against the scary financial regulations it claims will hurt the economy.

      On Wednesday they undercut new regulations on derivatives, which the detail-obsessed among us might point out didn’t just hurt the economy but nearly destroyed it. Just a few years ago.

      It’s just the latest in a growing string of defeats and surrenders by regulators to the same financial industry that helped nearly destroy the economy, and needed massive bailouts as a result. Just a few years ago.

      Under heavy pressure from the energy industry and other corporate interests, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission are retreating from a plan to regulate many reaches of the U.S. trade in financial derivatives known as swaps, including the credit derivatives that nearly brought down the financial system.

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