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08.05.15

Links 5/8/2015: Tanglu 3, Linux Foundation Courses Expand

Posted in News Roundup at 7:26 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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GNU/Linux

Free Software/Open Source

  • Why Open Source Software Growth Is Rising

    GitHub CEO Chris Wanstrath discusses open source software and GitHub’s plan to expand internationally. He speaks with Bloomberg’s Emily Chang on “Bloomberg West.”

  • Hayao Miyazaki CG Tribute Made with Open Source Tools

    Dono produced photorealistic worlds for the memorable stars of Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and many more of Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpieces using a suite of open source tools, including Blender for 3D, Gimp for image editing, and Natron for compositing. The only non-open source software was the rendering engine, Octane.

  • To Expedite Innovation, Give Away Your Code

    Open-source software has been a growing phenomenon for more than two decades, but in recent years it has risen in importance in a whole new way: as a key to rapid innovation for startups and corporate giants alike.

    One example of open-source software being used to increase the velocity of technical innovation can be seen with Airbnb. In early June, Airbnb did something that might sound crazy. It decided to give away a sophisticated software tool it developed called Aerosolve.

    Aerosolve uses machine learning to understand what consumers will pay for a certain kind of room in a certain place — and helps people figure out how to price their Airbnb rentals.

  • Adobe opens legal style guide and encourages clear writing

    Adobe has made its Legal Department Style Guide available to everyone under a Creative Commons license. This shows that open source principles are illuminating even the foggy world of legal writing. I’ve taken a pass through the guide, and can affirm that it’s generally sound and useful. It could help reduce obscurity in legal documents and foster more effective communication.

  • Ada Initiative Closes Up Shop
  • Ada Initiative organization to end, but its work will continue
  • The Ada Initiative Shuts Down, but Its Programs Will Be Open Source

    After four years of working tirelessly to improve diversity in tech, the Ada Initiative is shutting down. As a nonprofit organization, they led unconferences that brought women in tech together to help them find their feminist identities, they led impostor syndrome workshops, and they even had workshops for allies who want to help women in tech. Their programs and camps were one-of-a-kind, and the industry will be sorely missing their presence.

  • Guest View: How open source can help you break free of the storage Matrix

    The world inside the data center has been changing too, and it is changing fast. The large, status quo storage companies are just as nervous. This group of large legacy system companies has ruled the data center for the past 40 years. They’re the ones selling all that pricey systems hardware—especially in storage found in every organization. They are pushing their brand of reality, and when those companies came knocking, you paid, even as you felt something was not right.

  • University of Toronto Runs on Nexenta Open Source-Driven Software-Defined Storage Platform Supporting Key Cloud Services
  • Events

    • A Preview: Oracle Connects the Dots at LinuxCon/CloudOpen/ContainerCon

      I’m really pleased with the lineup of keynote speakers and sessions we have planned for LinuxCon, CloudOpen and ContainerCon taking place in Seattle in just two short weeks. Content is our first priority for these events, and I think developers, SysAdmins and executives will be happy with what they find in the keynote hall, session rooms and workshops.

  • Web Browsers

  • Oracle/Java/LibreOffice

  • Education

    • Teaching students the value of open source

      Open source is not just about making something publicly accessible. It is a set of values—a way of working that practices open collaboration between a community to build or maintain something. On the basis of these values, today we can observe a vibrant and thriving open source community responsible for many of the great successes in many industries.

  • BSD

  • FSF/FSFE/GNU/SFLC

    • developing v8 with guix

      This machine runs Debian. It used to run the testing distribution, but somehow in the past I needed something that wasn’t in testing so it runs unstable. I’ve been using Debian for some 16 years now, though not continuously, so although running unstable can be risky, usually it isn’t, and I’ve unborked it enough times that I felt pretty comfortable.

  • Public Services/Government

    • Slavery “Necessary” Says Education Department Of Extremadura

      When some bureaucrat tells the world that there are no other options than non-free/slavery software for vocational schools, I know they’re lying. It’s just not true. If businesses want school graduates to use non-free software they should do their own training. It’s not up to government to do what they could do for themselves. It’s not government’s job to preserve the Wintel monopoly. That’s not good for the economy and it’s just wrong to indoctrinate citizens into slavery. Extremadura is cranking out graduates who know GNU/Linux and Free Software. Businesses should accept that and use Free Software too. There’s just no reason that businesses or government should throw money to the wind that could be better spent buying machinery or buildings or hiring people locally.

  • Openness/Sharing

    • Open Hardware

      • Design electronic circuits with MeowCAD

        MeowCAD is an online free and open source electronic design application tool. Its focus is on schematic and PCB design for electronic circuits. Since MeowCAD is a completely FOSS SaaS, it circumvents the problems with vendor dependence. For example, one can download and run local copies of MeowCAD, thus giving the designer complete control over their own tools.

Leftovers

  • Security

  • Finance

    • Bernie Sanders is best for America

      Being a single mom has created a desire in me to find more resources for parents, especially those who are under served or low income.

    • Bernie Sanders, Open Borders and a Serious Route to Global Equality

      Some progressives expressed dismay last week to discover that Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Senator and candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, doesn’t favor a policy of open immigration. While such a policy would undoubtedly allow billions of people in the developing world to improve their lives, there are not many people in the United States who relish the idea of the country’s population tripling or quadrupling over the next three or four decades.

  • PR/AstroTurf/Lobbying

  • Privacy

    • Security, Privacy and Standards Loom Large for Internet of Things

      As the Internet of Things (IoT) ramps up, there are more and more calls for proper legislation surrounding it, and proper standards for its advancements. As we recently reported, trade groups are urging the U.S. Congress to be wary of too much government intervetnion in IoT development. There are also some concerns about IoT security and the standards surrounding it.

    • EFF creates ‘stronger’ standard for Do Not Track

      Privacy advocates have long been working toward a coherent Do Not Track standard, and this week a new option is being put on the table. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, along with companies including Medium and DuckDuckGo, have introduced a new Do Not Track standard that they claim to be “stronger” than those currently going around. The standard sticks to Do Not Track’s existing tenets: it should be opt-in, and enabling it should tell websites and advertisers not to store and share information on the person visiting them. Supporting the standard is also voluntary, which is less of a choice and more of an acknowledgement that there’s no legal backing that requires websites not to track anyone.

  • Civil Rights

    • Controlling When the Cameras Record

      Around the U.S., the agents that control the public have been observed to beat up, shoot, kill, and arrest members of the public, with a special focus on protesters, members of minority groups, and people making recordings of the actions of those agents. This is often followed by fabricated accusations against the victim, meant to create false justification for the attack itself.

    • To LA Times, Meth in Skid Row Victim’s Blood More Important Than Gun in His Flesh

      Captured on cellphone video, the incident received attention because we are living in a moment when many people have decided that the state-sanctioned killing of black people by law enforcement is worth our attention—and that’s very uncomfortable for those who want to believe that every police killing must be in some way justified, if we could only see how. So Keunang’s autopsy—five months later—was likely to make some kind of news, but what kind?

    • Reverse this

      Being a cis white man who’s a native English speaker from a fairly well-off background, I’m pretty familiar with privilege. Spending my teenage years as an atheist of Irish Catholic upbringing in a Protestant school in a region of Northern Ireland that made parts of the bible belt look socially progressive, I’m also pretty familiar with the idea that that said privilege doesn’t shield me from everything bad in life. Having privilege isn’t a guarantee that my life will be better, in the same way that avoiding smoking doesn’t mean I won’t die of lung cancer. But there’s an association in both cases, one that’s strong enough to alter the statistical likelihood in meaningful ways.

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