Category Archives for "Blog"

Mrz 29

Google presents its open-source goodies to the world

By Lotte Nielsen | Blog

Google creates a lot of open-source software. Now, they’ve put much of it in one easy-to-find place along with the company’s own open-source philosophy.

Google lives and dies on open-source software. Without Linux, there would be no Google. The company both uses and makes open-source code every day of the year. In 2017 alone, Google has open-sourced Chrome for iOS; Upspin file-sharing; E2EMail, experimental end-to-end email encryption; and the Guetzli JPEG encoder. There’s only one problem. How do you find all these projects? Google finally has given us the answer: Google Open Source Projects.

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Source of this information:
http://www.zdnet.com/article/google-presents-its-open-source-goodies-to-the-world/

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Mrz 28

Linux Foundation ONAP builds on open source ECOMP, Open-O

By Lotte Nielsen | Blog

The Linux Foundation discusses its ONAP Project, which is focused on consolidating efforts around open source orchestration and management.

On this week’s “NFV/SDN Reality Check,” we speak with The Linux Foundation to discuss its recent move to consolidate its open source enhanced control, orchestration, management and policy platform and Open Orchestrator Project into the newly formed Open Network Automation Platform Project.

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Source of this information:
http://www.rcrwireless.com/20170310/telecom-software/linux-foundation-onap-builds-on-open-source-ecomp-open-o-tag2

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Mrz 27

Latest Linux Maker Boards Gamble on Diversity

By Lotte Nielsen | Blog

As usual, last week’s Embedded World show in Nuremberg, Germany was primarily focused on commercial embedded single board computers (SBCs), computer-on-modules, and rugged industrial systems for the OEM market.

Yet, we also saw a growing number of community-backed maker boards, which, like most of the commercial boards, run Linux. The new crop shows the growing diversity of hacker SBCs, which range from completely open source models to proprietary prototyping boards that nevertheless offer low prices and community services such as forums and open source Linux distributions.

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Source of this information:
https://www.linux.com/news/event/open-source-summit-na/2017/3/latest-linux-maker-boards-gamble-diversity

Author: ERIC BROWN

Mrz 23

How open source has taken over our lives

By Lotte Nielsen | Blog

The next time you play Uncharted 4 on PlayStation 4, The Legend of Zelda on Nintendo Switch, or tell Alexa to turn the lights off, bear in mind it’s all running on open source.

Open source is slowly and steadily taking over the world, without us realizing it. Here are some of the most popular consumer products that are running on open source technology.

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Source of this information:
http://www.cio.com/article/3179645/open-source-tools/how-open-source-has-take-over-our-lives.html

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Mrz 22

Daimler joins Linux’s Open Invention Network patent-protection group

By Lotte Nielsen | Blog

Daimler, owner of Mercedes-Benz, has joined the Linux and open-source patent-protection organization.

When you think of Linux and open-source companies, the automobile industry is not the first business to spring to mind. But maybe it should be. Daimler, Mercedes-Benz’s parent company, has joined the Open Invention Network (OIN), the Linux and open-source non-aggression patent consortium.

Earlier in 2017 at CES, Daimler joined the Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) organization. This group’s membership is a who’s who of car manufacturers. Besides Daimler, its membership includes: Mazda. Suzuki, Honda, Nissan, Ford, and the world’s largest automobile company: Toyota. As a global leader in premium automobiles, Daimler, the largest global manufacturer of commercial vehicles and an electric vehicles pioneer, is demonstrating its commitment to open-source software.

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Source of this information:
http://www.zdnet.com/article/daimler-joins-linuxs-open-invention-network-patent-protection-group/

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Mrz 21

Old Linux kernel security bug bites

By Lotte Nielsen | Blog

A Linux developer discovered a serious security hole that’s been hiding for years in an out-of-date driver.

OK, hands up, who knows what High-Level Data Link Control (HDLC) is? It’s an archaic networking data framing protocol that’s used in modems, X.25, frame-relay, ISDN, and other now uncommon networking technologies. I know it because I used to work with them back in the day. You’ll get to know it now because a researcher discovered a security hole hidden within the Linux kernel driver that implements it.

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Source of this information:
http://www.zdnet.com/article/old-linux-kernel-security-bug-bites/

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Feb 16

Linux Foundation releases business open source basics ebook

By Lotte Nielsen | Blog

Want to know how your business can get the most from open source? This free ebook can help.

Developers know that open source is great. Even Microsoft is now on the open-source bandwagon. But, outside of the IT department, many companies don’t understand why and how open source can help their businesses. The Linux Foundation has the answers you need in its new free Open Source Software Basics ebook.

„Organizations have begun to realize that as they adopt more open-source software, they need to establish processes for everything from selecting software — to deploying it, to ensuring license compliance,“ said Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin at the Open Source Leadership Summit in Lake Tahoe, Calif. „The benefits of adopting and contributing back to open source are immense, but more education is required to fully realize those advantages.“

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Source of this information:
http://www.zdnet.com/article/linux-foundation-releases-business-open-source-basics-ebook/

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Feb 13

Linux poll results: And the winners are…

By Lotte Nielsen | Blog

The members of LinuxQuestions have spoken about their favorite Linux and open-source programs. Their favorite Linux? Would you believe it’s Slackware?

The votes are in. LinuxQuestions, one of the largest Linux groups with 550,000 members, has just posted the results from its latest poll. The winner for the most popular desktop distribution? Slackware! Slackware!? Yes, one of the oldest of Linux distributions won with just over 16 percent of the vote. If that sounds a little odd, it is. On DistroWatch, a site that covers Linux distributions like paint, the top Linux desktop distros are Mint, Debian, Ubuntu, openSUSE, and Manjaro. Slackware comes in 28th place.

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Source of this information:
http://www.zdnet.com/article/linux-poll-results-and-the-winners-are/

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Feb 07

darktable 2.2.3 Open-Source RAW Image Editor Brings Subtraction of Black Levels

By Lotte Nielsen | Blog

It seems to us that the developers of the darktable open-source and cross-platform RAW image editor are very active lately, and they now announced the availability of the third maintenance update to the major darktable 2.2 stable series of the application.

darktable 2.2.3 comes only two days after the second point release (darktable 2.2.2), which means that it’s a very small update addressing only a handful of issues. For example, it improves subtraction of black levels by making sure the even- or oddness of the RAW crop origin point is respected.

The new darktable 2.2 update also fixes various user interface quirks for the Collection module and patches a fatal crash that occurred when attempting to generate previews for medium megapixel count of approximately 16MP on RAW Bayer images, so updating is recommended for all users.

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Source of this information:
http://linux.softpedia.com/blog/darktable-2-2-3-open-source-raw-image-editor-brings-subtraction-of-black-levels-512499.shtml

Author: Marius Nestor

Feb 06

Bigger, better LibreOffice 5.3 released for the cloud

By Lotte Nielsen | Blog

The latest version of LibreOffice is out now for Linux, macOS, Windows, and, at long last, the cloud.

Almost two years ago, The Document Foundation announced it was going to bring LibreOffice to the cloud. With the release of LibreOffice 5.3, that day has finally come. LibreOffice, the popular open-source office suite, is arguably the best desktop-based office suite. Why? Italo Vignoli, co-founder of The Document Foundation, explains:

1. Independence from a single vendor, who’s interested in locking-in users to secure their bottom line. LibreOffice is free software.

2. The chance to influence LibreOffice’s development — either by contributing directly or by paying contributors for the development of specific features. For a large deployment, the cost is usually lower than the purchase of MS Office licenses.

3. Reduction of interoperability costs. Since its truly open and standard document format, Open Document Format (ODF) is the same across applications and operating systems.

4. Lower document security, thanks to ODF files intrinsically stronger security, compared to Microsoft’s Office’s Open XML (OOXML) since OOXML files often contain binary blobs. This makes it easier to inject them with malware.

5. Lower training costs, as LibreOffice’s user interface is consistent across operating systems.

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Source of this information:
http://www.zdnet.com/article/bigger-better-libreoffice-5-3-released-for-the-cloud/

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