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10.16.12

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  • Twitter Open Sources Clutch.io – Develop iOS Apps Faster And Better

    Twitter Engineering team has open-sourced Clutch.io, a library that will help developers to create iOS based apps faster and better. Developers can also deploy their apps instantly and run several A/B tests make sure their apps run well.

  • 5 key forces driving open source today

    From the rise of foundations to emerging revenue models, the open source movement is primed for even greater impact on tomorrow’s technologies

  • Events

  • SaaS

  • Oracle/Java/LibreOffice

  • Funding

  • FSF/FSFE/GNU/SFLC

    • MediaGoblin Looking For Support

      The Free Software Foundation has launched a fund raising campaign on behalf of GNU MediaGoblin, a free software media publishing system for images, video, and audio.

      Coding on the MediaGoblin project, which aims to provide decentralized and extensible tools for media sharing that adhere to free software principles, has been ongoing since 2011 and currently is at version 0.3.1.

    • Lulzbot 3D printer receives FSF hardware certification

      The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has awarded its “Respects Your Freedom” (RYF) hardware certification to the LulzBot AO-100 3D printer made by Aleph Objects. This makes the LulzBot AO-100 the first device to receive the certification since the RYF programme’s launch. The programme was originally created in 2010 to endorse devices that respect the customer’s freedom and use free software in all parts of the product.

    • The Free Software Foundation opens nominations for the 15th Annual Free Software Awards

      The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the GNU Project today announced the opening of nominations for the 15th annual Free Software Awards. The Free Software Awards include the Award for the Advancement of Free Software and the Award for Projects of Social Benefit.

    • The Free Software Column – Inside the code

      It is in the nature of things that ideas which upset the status quo or challenge the prevailing orthodoxies are watered down to make them more acceptable, which is why the free software movement is an essential part of the landscape

  • Project Releases

  • Public Services/Government

    • Open source in U.S. government in five minutes

      Gunnar Hellekson, Technology Strategist for Red Hat’s U.S. Public Sector Group, presents a timeline created by tying together data about software the government has released as open source.

    • Polish Lower Silesia Region corrects procurement following complaint

      The Council of the Polish Region of Lower Silesia corrected its procurement specification following complaints from a civil IT procurement watchdog. In the updated request, published in September, the council no longer asks for a specific proprietary brand of operating system and ditto office suite. The watchdog hopes this opens the way for providers of open source alternatives to participate in the bid.

  • Openness/Sharing

    • Open system for seed germplasm mooted

      Linux has changed the way we compute using software tools available through the open source. It opened up a new world of software development for those opposing the proprietary technology solutions.

      How about a Linux for seeds? This is what a small set of scientists, including in ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research), independent scientists and non-governmental organisations, are thinking loudly.

  • Standards/Consortia

    • Checking Back in on OpenStand

      In case you haven’t thought about it lately, it’s a fair bet that everything in your life today depends to some greater or lesser extent (usually the former) on the Internet and the Web. And in case you’ve never thought about it at all, what makes those vital services possible has less to do with servers and fiber optics than it does with protocols and other standards. Take that reality a step further, and it becomes obvious that that the processes by which these essential enablers of our interconnected world are created is pretty important.

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