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03.10.14

News Roundup: Free Software/Open Source Software

Posted in Free/Libre Software at 4:33 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Reverse-chronological news summary with headlines of interest about Free/Open Source software

  • Video interview on the power and innovation behind open source project management

    Deb Cinkus is the CEO of Polished Geek, a Raleigh, NC-based Joomla CMS web development company. Opensource.com community manager Jason Hibbets interviewed Cinkus about project management tips and open source project management tools during the 2013 All Things Open conference in Raleigh, NC.

  • The almighty $1 billion has lost its open source value

    Kickstarter just passed $1 billion in pledges. While it’s great that Kickstarter corralled 5.7 million people to help fund a heck of a lot of documentaries, tech startups, and more, $1 billion isn’t what it used to be.

  • Pivotal opens up Cloud Foundry to open source fights
  • The Open Source (R)evolution

    The applications and benefits of open source will continue to evolve and grow. Educators are using open source programming as a way to interest, involve and inspire up and coming technologists. It enables students to learn by doing and to become more engaged. With a next generation of minds focused on next-generation technology challenges, open source will continue to revolutionise the way we overcome obstacles and create new opportunities.

  • Three open source markdown editors put to the test
  • ThoughtWorks Open Sources Go, a CD Tool

    ThoughtWorks has recently open sourced their Continuous Delivery (CD) tool, called Go, having its origins in CruiseControl and providing a pipeline process that covers the entire code development process: continuous integration, testing and deploying.

  • Developers from Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan & Syria can’t contribute to US based open source projects?

    I am aware of situations where Open Source companies based out of US can’t offer free software to those countries which are in US’s embargo list, but something interesting popped out today when FESCo debated the issue whether Fedora should allow ‘contribution’ from such countries. Fedora’s sponsor Red Hat is a US based company and thus has to adhere to US laws so it’s tricky whether they can use the free software contribution from embargoed countries or not.

  • Open Source Vendors Blaze a Trail in Advanced Analytics
  • Cover Oregon should have used open-source software: Guest opinion

    People should be asking why states didn’t partner up on this using an open source model of development. Why do states and cities have to purchase systems for 10s or 100′s of millions of dollars? How many water billing systems are out there in the United States? Can’t we collaborate and come up with a couple good ones? What did Kentucky do right? These are the questions we should be asking.

  • Moving between the stages of open source projects

    The Moodle community has a tool called “code checker” which is packaged as a Moodle plugin, and allows developers to analyse their code to ensure it meets the project’s coding style. This allows them to quickly identify and fix any issues before submission, and allows reviewers to quickly direct them to instructions on how to fix any discrepancies.

  • Vancouver wireless firm to add open source M2M platform
  • Buffalo Intros Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Routers

    This week during Mobile World Congress 2014, Buffalo Americas launched three high speed AirStation Open Source DD-WRT wireless routers: the AirStation AC 1750 WZR-1750DHPD, the AirStation N600 WZR-600DHP2D, and the AirStation N300 WHR-300HP2D. The AC 1750 model is on sale now, while the other two won’t arrive until early March.

  • Cisco open sources corporate firewall software

    Cisco has released open source security software designed for building secure corporate Internet firewalls called OpenAppID.

  • Open source 3D sensing libraries kyboshed, maybe by Apple

    Since the OpenNI work was published as open source, it can still be distributed, and as I Programmer notes the files will also be available on GitHub. It’s also feasible that other backers of the project will revive it in some form.

  • 12 videos to you get started with open source software

    Getting started with new software can be overwhelming. It’s even more frustrating when you transition from one tool to another, because you have to unlearn some habits in order to make room for new ones. But, there are huge benefits to switching from closed software to open source alternatives.

  • Cisco details Sourcefire security threat integration, open source direction

    Having acquired the security firm Sourcefire last October, Cisco is using this week’s RSA Conference as the showcase for how Cisco’s security products are being integrated as well as detailing how it will cut an open-source path for the next-generation application-layer firewall/IPS.

  • Splunk feels the heat from stronger, cheaper open source rivals

    Graylog2, based on Java and Elasticsearch, provides a increasingly useful alternative to commercial log analysis tools

  • OSSEC, the free and open source IDS

    Intrusion detection software is meant to monitor network traffic or host activities for malicious actions, such as successful or unsuccessful intrusion attempts, hostile traffic (i.e., malicious scans and denials of service), unauthorized configuration changes, malware symptoms, and user policy violations. An intrusion detection system (IDS) typically can produce reports describing the details of the potentially hazardous activity which generated alerts. OSSEC is particularly useful in this context for many reasons. First, it is an established, reputable product with a proven track record (OSSEC was first released in 2004 and has been owned by Trend Micro since 2009). Second, it is free and open source. Third, it is compatible with most modern operating systems such as Linux, Windows (Server 2008, Server 2003, 7, Vista, XP, 2000) BSD (Free/Open/Net), Unix (Solaris, HP-UX, AIX), and MacOS.

  • Things newcomers to open source rarely ask but often wonder
  • Open source tools to build your best business

    In January 2013, I started exploring open source solutions to help implement my business idea. I used WordPress, Joomla, and OpenShift to create FilmBoxFestival, a platform for streaming documentary films. Note: It is still in the testing phase.

  • Storage on a budget: GlusterFS shines in open source storage test

    One alternative to buying expensive storage-area networks or other hardware-based dedicated storage is to deploy open source storage software on existing server hardware. For this test, we evaluated three such open source storage products, GlusterFS 3.3, Ceph 0.72 and Apache Hadoop 2.2.0.

  • Imaging and radiology paves the way for industry adoption of open source

    Open source software in healthcare has been instrumental for sharing common tools and increasing adoption of emerging medical information technology (IT) standards. By leading the effort to digitize health data, imaging informatics has set the precedent for the adoption of the technology industry’s best practices and subsequently open source software.

  • Building an open source community
  • Get started in open source online and offline
  • Making the most with Open Source

    What opportunities does Open Source provide if you’re really looking to go big? Aiming to become “the next Red Hat” is an idea flawed from the start, as former XenSource CEO Peter Levine explains in his recent TechCrunch article. So what’s left if business models focussing on selling support and services all have a relatively low limit to their growth?

  • Linux gaming steams ahead, Wikimedia sticks with open formats, and more
  • AlienVault Advances Open-Source SIEM

    Open Source Security Information Management (OSSIM) updates alongside its commercial cousin for better security visibility.

  • May open source be with you

    My introduction to open source software began when I was sitting on a server room floor, with my head in my hands, completely frustrated with a Windows 2000 server. Every night there were some services that would crash. Every morning I would get yelled at by my over-bearing boss. I was new to the company, it was my first IT job fresh out of Network Admin college, where I graduated at the top of my class, but I couldn’t fix this problem because it was a “known Microsoft issue,” and I just had to wait for the update.

  • Wanted – Free Software Enthusiasts in Puerto Rico

    Imagine what Puerto Rico would be like, if free software could become a movement for social justice on the island. Well, on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014, the Institute for a Free Puerto Rico planted the seed for this movement. In honor of Aaron Swartz, and in conjunction with the world-wide campaign to end mass surveillance, the Institute is happy to announce the creation of the Libre Planet Puerto Rico team.

  • Facebook Boosts Its Open Source Mojo With New Project

    Facebook looks and feels like a single application, like Microsoft Word or Adobe Photoshop. But behind the scenes, in the company’s data centers, you’ll find that the world’s most popular social network is really a multitude of different applications working in concert.

  • Open source: A fad no more

    A few years ago, a global analyst firm went so far as to describe open source as the ‘hype du jour’ and some people even labelled it as something destined for the student and hobbyist market.

  • Gavin Andresen To Bitcoin Companies: Support Open Source

    Lead developer Gavin Andresen chided the commercial bitcoin community for not getting involved enough in core bitcoin development and testing this week. In a mail to the bitcoin developers list updating the community on some bug fixes in the code, he called companies out for not giving back.

  • Five Key Features of a Project Designed for Open Collaboration

    There are many open source software projects out there today and any list of open source licenses alone shows you how much project diversity is out there. Just take a look at Github, Apache, Eclipse or The Linux Foundation and you’ll find thousands of developers collaborating on the software that literally runs the world.

Weekend News: Surveillance, Drones, CIA, and Ukraine

Posted in News Roundup at 4:29 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: More weekend news (plus early Monday news) about issues scarcely covered in the wider media/press

NSA/Surveillance

Drones

  • Controversy Brews Over Role Of ‘Killer Robots’ In Theater of War

    The idea of a killer robot, as a coalition of international human rights groups has dubbed the autonomous machines, conjures a humanoid Terminator-style robot. The humanoid robots Google recently bought are neat, but most machines being used or tested by national militaries are, for now, more like robotic weapons than robotic soldiers. Still, the line between useful weapons with some automated features and robot soldiers ready to kill can be disturbingly blurry.

  • Will We Ever Get Over 9/11?

    Will we rescue our character, our culture, and our Constitution from a sort of 9/11 P.T.S.D?

  • How Obama Became a Publicist for His Presidency (Rather Than the President)

    As an adapter to the thinking of men of power, Obama was a quick study. It took him less than half a year as president to subscribe to Dick Cheney’s view on the need for the constant surveillance of all Americans. This had to be done for the sake of our own safety in a war without a visible end. The leading consideration here is that Obama, quite as much as George W. Bush, wants to be seen as having done everything possible to avoid the “next 9/11.” He cares far less about doing everything possible to uphold the Constitution (a word that seldom occurs in his speeches or writings). Nevertheless, if you ask him, he will be happy to declare his preference for a return to the state of civil liberties we enjoyed in the pre-2001 era. In the same way, he will order drone killings in secret and then give a speech in which he informs us that eventually this kind of killing must stop.

  • China & US to enhance military exchanges

CIA

Ukraine

  • As China and India Back Russia, Ukraine Crisis Is Over

    Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchysta on March 8th said the Ukraine is ready to negotiate with Russia “at any level” over the Crimea issue, the move followed announcements by India and China that they were officially backing Russia’ right to intervene in the Crimea. Deshchysta added that international mediation efforts over the issue have made some small steps forward, including progress in efforts to establish a contact group. He also said the mediation group membership had yet to be settled, and progress is fragile. But with over a third of the world’s population backing Russia, the Ukrainian Crisis is over.

  • The hypocrisy of some nations

    Double standards are on display as Western leaders attack Russia regarding Ukraine, while they themselves commit or endorse worse aggression on other countries.

  • Radio Free Russia

    In her March, 2011 testimony before Congress, Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, lamented that the US propaganda mill was losing ground to its rivals for lack of funding. In an informal interview she went further, stating that when abroad she got her news from RT, since CNN had become obsessed with celebrity trials and failed to cover international developments. So the US Secretary of State declared publicly that her most trusted news source was….(drum roll ) Russia Today .

  • Is the U.S. Backing Neo-Nazis in Ukraine? [a little old]

    As the Euromaidan protests in the Ukrainian capitol of Kiev culminated this week, displays of open fascism and neo-Nazi extremism became too glaring to ignore. Since demonstrators filled the downtown square to battle Ukrainian riot police and demand the ouster of the corruption-stained, pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovich, it has been filled with far-right streetfighting men pledging to defend their country’s ethnic purity.

  • Ukraine: No easy answers

    The Russian invasion of Crimea occurred in a place little known to Americans, for reasons rooted in a tangled and bloody history. The showdown between President Vladimir Putin and the new Ukrainian government is a fight about tangible matters of intense mutual interest.

    But many Americans can’t address international crises without sounding like a Toby Keith song: “I Wanna Talk About Me.”

  • Ukraine Ethnic Purity Extremists [Neo Nazis] threaten Russians, Jews, non-whites

Richard Stallman on Storing Files Online

Posted in TechBytes Video at 3:23 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

TechBytes with Stallman

Direct download as Ogg

Summary: Dr. Richard Stallman, the Free Software Foundation’s founder, talks about storage in so-called “clouds”


Pardon the error (I made an error by referring to ownCloud as “myCloud”).

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