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03.19.14

Free/Open Source Software News: Beehives, Neuroscience, Video Editing, Events, Services, Databases, CMSs, and Funding

Posted in News Roundup at 3:07 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“Open Source”

  • Qualcomm’s Liat Ben-Zur: Open Source Collaboration Works

    Earlier this year, Qualcomm wowed technology industry executives and analysts with a tour of its smart connected home at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The tour demonstrated how the Linux-based home automation platform AllJoyn connects all of the various in-home devices from appliances and lighting to TVs and talking teddy bears.

    “As they walked through the home, you could see the executives truly understand the power of various devices across brands and verticals and visualize the potential for collaboration,” says Liat Ben-Zur, senior director at Qualcomm Connected Experiences and chairperson of the AllSeen Alliance, in the interview below.

  • Founder Stories: When It Comes To Open-Source Technologies, Reverb’s Tony Tam Has A Word For It

    Have you ever watched a TED talk and thought, “That should be a company!” Well, that’s happened a few times, I’m sure, and one of them is right here in Silicon Valley. Years ago, wordsmith Erin McKean delivered a TED talk on her vision around the lexicography and meaning of words. This particular talk struck a chord with an investor named Roger McNamee, who in turn encouraged the team to build a company around this. Hence, Reverb Technologies was born.

  • This Open Source Coder Wants to be a Congressman

    The patent system. Online privacy law. Bitcoin regulations. Net neutrality rules. In the coming years, policy makers may have as much influence on technology as the world’s hackers do — if not more. So it should come as little surprise that a hacker is running for Congress.

    Twenty-eight-year-old software developer David Cole spent over two years working for the White House as the deputy director of new media, where he helped build the White House website, and now, he wants to make the switch from crafting code for the government to crafting policy. He’s seeking the Democratic nomination for his home district in New Jersey, which includes Atlantic City. If he wins, he’ll challenge the incumbent Republican, Frank LoBiondo, who has represented the district since 1995 — and is not a hacker.

  • Dutch greetings card firm goes open source to cut database licensing cost
  • Measuring Success in an Open Source Project

    Is Linux a success? Certainly. The Apache Web server? You betcha. Firefox, sure. But, what about smaller or newer open source projects? How can you tell if they’re on the right path or if they’re slowly spiraling into failure? This is a subject that was discussed at great length at the recent OpenDaylight Summit in Santa Clara, California.

  • Buffalo Tech: New 802.11ac router with Open Source firmware
  • How you can help encourage open source in the International Game Developers’ Association
  • Open source developers must examine the past to invent the future
  • Consume open source responsibly

    It is also the time when skeptics started sharing their doubts on the success of the open source model, stating that the security vulnerabilities that come from community contributions are a barrier for the project’s reliability. Some were and still are even more pessimistic and claim that financial institutions cannot assume the potential risks that come with adopting an open source solution for critical parts of their business.

Beehive

Neuroscience

Video Editing

Events

  • Open source forum 2014, a first

    The first enterprise forum about open source ever held in Sri Lanka, ‘Open Source Forum Sri Lanka 2014’ took place at Hotel Galadari, Colombo recently. Participants included top executives and corporate leaders from Sri Lanka’s business community and the Government sector. The objective of the event was to maximise the value of big data, cloud computing, virtualization, content management systems and business intelligence through the adaptation of open source. This is aimed at bringing in affordability, control and openness.

  • SpinachCon Wants You: To Help Make Free Software Better

    Do you ever wish the free software was just a little bit better? As a longtime free software advocate, I certainly have had this thought many times. Sometimes nothing can be done because a particular feature is patent-encumbered, but sometimes clear user feedback is all that’s needed. Enter SpinachCon — it’s a hackfest for users. The idea is that sometimes free software “has a little spinach in it’s teeth” and it needs it’s friends to let it know in a friendly way. People try the software, answer a few questions and get a free lunch in return.

Services/Fog Computing

Databases

  • Open source has its place in the enterprise database management systems world
  • NoSQL vendor Basho restaffs executive team
  • How times have changed for PostgreSQL

    When I started teaching PostgreSQL education courses in 2001, PostgreSQL was the ugly one in the data center. Many of the people who were learning how to work with it were doing so grudgingly because of some specific requirement. They had inherited a PostgreSQL database, for example. As a result, many of them tried to learn just enough to do what they needed to do. The other population of students were serious technologists, die-hard open source devotees who wanted to use only open source solutions and were learning PostgreSQL because they needed a relational database for their operations.

  • PostgreSQL Gains Support For Logical Decoding

    PostgreSQL has picked up a new feature of logical decoding.

    This new PostgreSQL database feature adds over ten thousand lines of new code to the open-source server and allows the write-ahead log stream to be decoded into a series of logical changes, per this commit.

  • Bruce Momjian: PostrgreSQL Prefers the Scenic Route

    “Development is slower because we do not take shortcuts, but over the years, we have made a name for the [PostgreSQL] database as a product that is reliable and is backed by communities and companies that felt strongly about the value they were providing its users. … We have played the long game in not taking shortcuts and focusing on making the best database possible.”

  • GoGrid wants to be your open source alternative to Amazon’s cloud databases

    Amazon Web Services is a juggernaut in the infrastructure as a service market, but GoGrid, a midsize IaaS competitor that aims to be the cloud for big data, says it wants to offer an alternative to AWS’s platform. And it’s hoping to do so through open source databases.

  • 2013 LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice Award Winners

    Desktop Distribution of the Year – Ubuntu (23.59%)
    Server Distribution of the Year – Slackware (31.83%)
    Mobile Distribution of the Year – Android (59.15%)
    Database of the Year – MariaDB (36.41%)
    NoSQL Database of the Year – MongoDB (46.15%)
    Office Suite of the Year – LibreOffice (85.50%)
    Browser of the Year – Firefox (63.54%)
    Desktop Environment of the Year – KDE (35.77%)
    Window Manager of the Year – Openbox (18.88%)
    Messaghng Application of the Year – Pidgin (47.83%)
    VoIP Application of the Year – Skype (44.95%)
    Virtualization Product of the Year – VirtualBox (54.38%)

  • VoltDB looks to gain ground in crowded in-memory database market

    The company offers a community edition of VoltDB under the GNU Affero General Public License Version 3, but it omits a number of features found in the commercial version.

  • MariaDB Open-Source Database Gets Enterprise Release

    The open-source MariaDB database has emerged in recent years to be a real competitor to MySQL from which it was forked. Now at long last there is a generally available version of MariaDB Enterprise edition.

Collaboration

  • Zimbra Updates Community Groupware Collaboration Suite

    Zimbra has rolled out a new version of its cloud-friendly groupware collaboration software. Titled Zimbra Community 8.0, the release introduces a free edition of the platform, which the company is offering to businesses and individuals alongside the standard and professional editions it traditionally provided.

  • Why Not Diaspora?

    Diaspora really could be the answer. It’s open source, it’s decentralized and it has Aaron Swartz in its DNA. Its security people are answerable only to the community. Because it’s decentralized, there’s a node or “pod” element. Different servers offer users slightly different experiences, sort of like neighborhoods within a city. This is much different from Facebook where everything is the downtown business district.

Content Management

Funding

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