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04.10.14

Red Hat News: OpenStack Training, Google Deal, Fedora 21

Posted in News Roundup at 4:20 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

OpenStack

Oracle’s Clone

Google

Fedora Web Site

  • Five Things in Fedora This Week (2014-04-08)

    Although she posted it on April 1st, Fedora designer Máirín Duffy’s proposal for Fedora’s website (considering Fedora.next) is no joke. I mentioned this effort last month, but there’s a lot more detail here, with sections on the brochure site, a user support site, and the “community hub”. Worth a read — and we’d love your input, especially on how we might make this idea succeed now when somewhat similar efforts have faltered in the past.

Fedora 21

  • Fedora 21 Might Include GNOME 3.14
  • Fedora 21 Looks To Have A “Playground” Repository

    The Fedora Playground Repository would effectively be a staging area for new packages before they are up to the standards of being added to the main Fedora repository. Fedora Playground packages would be packages destined for inclusion into the main archive along with other packages that are never going to make it there. Stability wouldn’t be guaranteed by this archive and it would continue to meet Fedora’s strict requirements for packages needing to be free software and cannot contain proprietary or patented software.

  • Fedora Linux Plans Changes for Open Source OS

    Fedora Linux, the open source operating system associated with Red Hat (RHT), has major changes on the horizon. That’s the plan, at least, as open source developers discuss revamping the platform through the initiative they’re calling Fedora.next.

CMS News: WordPress, Drupal, and More

Posted in News Roundup at 4:10 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

WordPress

  • WordPress Customers Receive Automatic Security Updates

    WordPress blogs around the world began to receive an automatic security update late on April 8 to fix security vulnerabilities. The WordPress 3.8.2 and 3.7.2 updates each provide five security fixes, as well as multiple non-security bug updates.

  • WordPress 3.8.2 Security Release
  • Open Source WordPress 3.9 Now at Beta 2

    The next major release of the widely deployed open source WordPress blogging and content management system software is continuing to mature. The WordPress 3.9 beta 2 is now available, providing a long list of changes. The WordPress 3.8 release debuted back in December of 2013.

Drupal

  • Angie Byron on Drupal 8 out of the box

    Opensource.com community manager Jason Hibbets interviewed Angie Byron, a Drupal core co-maintainer, about the latest version of this open source content management system.

  • Acquia’s Dries Buytaert: It’s open-source software that’ll eat the world

    Expect a larger portion of software innovation to come from the world of open source in the future, says Dries Buytaert, original creator of Drupal and co-founder of Acquia. While open source once drew its appeal from being free, now it’s the quality of the software projects — which draw on the skills of huge numbers of contributors — that attracts businesses and developers to use it, he said.

Misc.

ODF News: ODF 1.2, European Support for ODF, LibreOffice and More

Posted in News Roundup, Office Suites, OpenDocument at 3:54 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Standard

  • ODF 1.2 Submitted to ISO

    Last Wednesday, March 26th, on Document Freedom Day, OASIS submitted Open Document Format 1.2 standard to the ISO/IEC JTC1 Secretariat for transposition to an International Standard under the Publicly Available Specification (PAS) procedure.

  • ODF vs. OOXML: War of the Words Chapter 5: Open Standards

    Plug.and.socket 142One of the two articles of faith that Eric Kriss and Peter Quinn embraced in drafting their evolving Enterprise Technical Reference Model (ETRM) was this: products built to “open standards” are more desirable than those that aren’t. Superficially, the concept made perfect sense – only buy products that you can mix and match. That way, you can take advantage of both price competition as well as a wide selection of alternative products from multiple vendors, each with its own value-adding features. And if things don’t work out, well, you’re not locked in, and can swap out the loser and shop for a winner.

Europe

  • Galicia recommends use of Open Document Format
  • Call to fix interoperability of office suites

    Last week Monday, five European public administrations published a new call for tender, to further improve interoperability between free and open source office suites and the ubiquitous proprietary alternative. This is the second time that the German cities of Munich, Leipzig and Jena, the Swiss Federal Court and the Swiss Federal IT Steering Unit have issued such a call. ICT specialists have until 30 April to submit proposals.

    The office suites’ interoperability project is again managed by the OSB Alliance, a trade group representing open source service providers from Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

    According the alliance’s press release, one of the main features to be developed concerns change tracking between open source and proprietary office suites. The public administrations issuing the call want to improve the specification of change tracking, and make this part of the Open Document Format ISO standard.

  • South Tyrol governor: ‘EC, use open formats’

    Such a policy would help the South Tyrol government in its new IT approach, increasing its use of ICT solutions based on free and open source, the governor says.

    South Tyrol’s new policy was announced on 11 March. Responding to emailed questions, Governor Kompatscher said that the region is in favour of using free and open source solutions not only for new IT solutions, but also when upgrading existing IT components. “We’ve started to review our license costs. If there are free and open source alternatives, and where the costs and risks of changing are justified, we will switch to these.”

LibreOffice

Misc.

  • New Document Liberation Project aims to free users from vendor lock-in

    The Document Foundation (TDF) has announced the Document Liberation Project, in an effort to empower individuals, organizations, and governments to recover their data from proprietary formats and offer a mechanism to transition that data into open file formats.

  • 4 Spreadsheet Alternatives to MS Excel

    There was a time when office compatibility was a bit of a problem on Linux, but with the latest office suites out there available for Linux, this is not an issue anymore. The applications here mimic MS Excel’s behavior, so switching to one of them should be pretty straightforward. Exporting and importing to and from MS Excel format works as well, and there aren’t many compatibility issues (however, the native format these programs use is the OpenDocument Spreadsheet (ODS) format.

eGov News: Moves to Free/Libre Software

Posted in News Roundup at 3:45 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

UK

HMRC

Continental Europe

  • EU institutions accused of doing nothing to free themselves from dependence on Microsoft

    The European Commission and European Parliament are doing nothing to rid themselves of their dependance on Microsoft, two lobby groups said Wednesday, Document Freedom Day.

    The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) and Open Forum Europe urged EU institutions to support open standards in an open letter to Giancarlo Vilella, president of the European Parliament’s Directorate-General for Innovation and Technological Support. He also chairs the body that coordinates IT activities for government agencies including Parliament, the Commission and the Council of the E.U.

  • A council of hope – the free software column

    For most organisations the primary reason for moving from Windows to Linux is perceived cost savings. The secondary reasons are factors such as interoperability and greater compliance with standards, which themselves bring longer- term cost benefits. Unlocking interfaces and data from vendor lock-ins may be rather time consuming and costly in the short term, but doing so brings considerable cost and efficiency pay-offs in the long term.

    One of the payoffs for the City Council, other German councils, the Linux community and other interested parties, has been the development of LiMux, the German language Linux distribution which has since been approved as an official distribution by the German government. The work of Munich will make it easier for others to follow.

    In an ideal world, LiMux would provide a model that would inspire more government-sponsored IT projects in the UK, which are all too often outsourced to proprietary interests. Whether it does or not, is yet to be seen.

  • Dutch municipality group adopts and fosters open source

    The TYPO3 CMS project has a long history as open source project, with its foundation going back as far as 1997 when it was initially developed by Danish Kasper Skårhøj. Currently, the TYPO3 project has a solid foundation in Europe. Large cooperations like Deutsche Bank, Airbus, Air France, as well as, universities and non-governmental organizations like Food and Agriculture Organization, Greenpeace, and Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons run on the TYPO3 CMS.

National Geospatial Intelligence Agency

  • NGA releases open source code on GitHub

    The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency did a first for a U.S. intelligence agency by opening an account on open source site GitHub earlier this month.

NASA

Misc.

  • Pursuing adoption of free and open source software in governments

    LibrePlanet examines our modern technological society and finds much to criticize. But it is not a crabfest for frustrated policy wonks: these people are making new tools in hardware, software, and networking — tools that may well become as mainstream as GNU/Linux is already in data centers, cell phones, and stand-alone computer systems.

04.09.14

Programming News: Python, Java, LLVM and More

Posted in News Roundup at 2:28 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Python

Java

DevOps

  • You can’t have DevOps without open source

    You probably think I’m going to talk about all the reasons why you should use open source tooling as the foundation for an effective DevOps culture in your organization, but that’s not what this is about. Not to marginalize the complexity of the challenges faced by the team I work with, but I have confidence that the engineers are going to figure the tooling part out. Believe it or not, the daunting part is wrapped in cultural change.

  • DevOps is a real job, it’s official

    The ‘developer’ and ‘operations’ DevOps role is now an official part of the tech industry nomenclature.

    The number of permanent and officially recognised DevOps Engineer posts in the UK has jumped 347% in the past two years.

LLVM

  • [LLVMdev] 3.4.1 Release Plans (BSD Development)
  • LLVM Spun Off Into Its Own Independent, Non-Profit

    Chris Lattner has announced the LLVM Foundation this morning as “The LLVM umbrella project has grown over the years into a vibrant community made up of many sub-projects, with hundreds of contributors. The results of this project are used by millions of people every day. Today, I’m happy to announce that we are taking the next big step, and forming a new, independent non-profit to represent the community interest.”

  • Fake MSAA Support Added To LLVMpipe, Yields OpenGL 3.0/3.2

    Months ago there was work on advancing Gallium3D’s LLVMpipe software-based driver with its OpenGL 3.x support, including work-in-progress patches, but nothing was merged at the time. With that said, it was a surprise to see fake MSAA support added tonight for Gallium3D and used by the LLVMpipe driver so it fakes OpenGL 3.0 compliance and forces the necessary extensions for handling OpenGL 3.2.

Leftovers

GNU News: New Releases, Coreboot Milestone, GNU Linux-libre, MediaGoblin, and Compilers

Posted in News Roundup at 2:12 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Misc. GNU Packages

GNUnet

Kernel

  • Coreboot Adds Support For The Lenovo ThinkPad T530
  • The GNU Linux-libre 3.14-gnu Ultra-Free Kernel Released

    Following last night’s release of the Linux 3.14 kernel, the GNU folks are out with their Linux-based “Freedom Pi” kernel.

    The GNU Linux-libre 3.14-gnu kernel is the upstream Linux 3.14.0 kernel but is “100% free” and removes non-free components from the kernel source tree like firmware blobs and “[code] disguised as source code." The libre kernel flavor also disables run-time requests for non-free kernel components.

MediaGoblin

  • Meet MediaGoblin, a Decentralized Alternative to YouTube and Flickr

    Running on GNU, MediaGoblin allows user to upload videos, images, audio, and other types of digital media. But, unlike YouTube, Flickr, and Soundcloud, users control their own servers. And, if Webber, Nicholson, and the rest of the MediaGoblin community have their way, each users' media will be stored on Tahoe-LAFS, an encrypted server that does not know what data it stores.

Compiler

GMP

Philosophy

  • To Hell With Non-Free Software

    It’s clear that a lot of IT hardware is being supplied to consumers and organizations with built-in malware, stuff that spies on us and supplies people like NSA with information we don’t want them to have. Ironically, we actually subsidize this activity with our money either by taxation or the purchase-price.

  • Richard Stallman to speak at TedxGeneva2014

    Richard Stallman will be speaking as part of TedxGeneva. His speech will be nontechnical and the public is encouraged to attend.

  • Introducing Jaewoo, the Licensing Team's spring intern

    Jaewoo Cho recently started working at the FSF as a licensing intern. In this post, he writes about his experience with free software and his goals for the internship.

Links 9/4/2014: Games

Posted in News Roundup at 2:06 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Links 9/4/2014: Applications

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