Category: General

  • Open Source Wrap Up: September 19-25, 2015 Autodesk releases 3D Printer Electronics and Firmware as Open Source Ember is a 3D SLS printer that is being developed by Autodesk. The company released the resin and mechanical designs for the printer under a CC-BY-SA license back in May, and now they’ve given the same treatment to  the electronics and firmware that run the printer. The electronic components are based on the BeagleBone Black, but include a USB hub to support a WiFi adapter, double the flash memory (8GB), and improved power management. It also includes an AVR-based motor controller and a satellite board for the OLED display and ring of LEDs on the front panel. The design files, schematics and PCBs, and bill of materials are all available under a CC-BY-SA license, and the firmware has been released under a GNU GPL license. Their goal with these releases is to get […]

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  • Open Source Wrap Up: September 5 – 11, 2015 QuickQuote: A New Open Source Quote Generation Tool QuickQuote is a new open source tool for generating transcripts and quotes from digital videos. It was built by a developer intern at The Times in London. The application allows users to upload video files. It then creates a transcript of the audio automatically through natural language processing; the user can then click on any of the text and the video will update to the correct location automatically. The application is deisnged to be used by journalists to quickly gather important quotes from videos, something that can take an excessive amount of time without accurate transcripts. QuickQuote also features simple exporting functionality that makes it easy to create embeddable versions of the video that include the selected quote. The code is available on GitHub. Open Source Voice Recognition Coming to Linux Mycroft is […]

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  • Open Source Wrap Up: August 29 – September 4, 2015 Sleepy Puppy: A New Open Source XSS Flaw Detection Tool Netflix has released Sleepy Puppy: a tool for detecting flaws in XSS. The tool has been created in an effort to fight malicious cross-site scripting, which is a type of vulnerability that allows attackers to execute arbitrary scripts in a victim’s browser. XSS vulnerabilities have been one of the leading security vulnerabilities for more than 10 years, with an estimated 47% of all websites containing a vulnerability of this type. Sleepy Puppy helps prevent these attacks by providing an XSS payload management framework that makes it simpler for engineers to capture, manage, and track XSS propagation. Netflix seeks outside involvement in the development of this software, and the code is hosted on their GitHub account. For more information, read the official blog post from Netflix. New Version of Hack: Open […]

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  • Open Source Wrap Up: August 22 – 28, 2015 New Open Source Map to Track US Government Projects As a part of the White House’s efforts to expand the federal government’s involvement in open source technology, the administration has released an open source tool that shows government projects on an interactive map. The source code is hosted on Github, and developers are invited to check out the code and get involved in it’s development. It has been released to the public domain in order to allow anyone to use, modify, and distribute it as they see fit. New Open Source Linux Filesystem A new open source Linux filesystem is now available to the general public. The Bcache File System (Bcachefs) is a Linux kernel block layer cache that aims at offering a faster and more advanced method of storing data on servers. It supports checksumming, compression, caching, and copy-on-write which […]

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  • Open Source Wrap Up: August 8-14, 2015 Google Launches Showcase for Experimental, Open Source Android Apps Google has launched Android Experiments, a site that showcases apps that use cutting edge technology with clean, modern aesthetics and interfaces. All of the apps hosted on Android Experiments are open source, allowing other developers to learn from these examples and use them to build their own software. The mobile app market has been slow to adopt open source, which prevents a lot of newcomers from creating their first app by making it significantly more challenging to start. Google seeks to address this with Android Experiments by allowing anyone to submit apps to be included in the showcase. New Simple, Cheap, Open Source Nitrate Tester Nitrate pollution as a result of agricultural runoff is a major problem for the world’s waterways. Commercial testing of nitrate levels is an expensive process that involves proprietary tools […]

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  • August 12, 2015 - Javier Martinez Canillas and Brian Warner

    The Samsung OSG Keeps Growing.

    The Samsung Open Source Group consists of only about 50 people spread out over the entire world, and in an organization that employs more than 275,000 it can be a challenge for us to make a large impact on the company as a whole. In order to do this, its vital we hire individuals that play key roles in the open source ecosystem  so that we can continue to integrate greater adoption of open source methodology into the company at large. With that said, it’s a pleasure to introduce our two newest members Javier Martinez Canillas, and Brian Warner. Javier Martinez Canillas I’m very happy to announce I’ve joined the Samsung Open Source Group. As people that have been following the Linux Exynos upstream development probably know, I’ve been working on improving the mainline support for the Samsung Exynos5 based Chromebooks and Exynos5 in general over the last year. Now, […]

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  • Open Source Wrap Up: July 25 – 31, 2015 Open Source Continues to be Valuable to Large Enterprises Wipro recently commissioned The Open Source Era: a study from Oxford Economics to provide insight into the future of open source usage in large enterprises. The study surveyed C-level executives and people that report directly to c-level executives from a wide range of industries including financial services, retail and consumer products, healthcare, and government. Here are some notable findings from the study: 52% of respondents say open source is already supporting development of new products and services. 63% of respondents say open source will be critical to agility over the next three years 75% of respondents report problems integrating open source with existing systems. 56% of respondents report problems with a lack of talent for meeting technology goals. These numbers show that despite the widespread success of open source in large enterprises, […]

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  • Open Source Wrap Up: July 18 – 24, 2015 Google Releases Kubernetes 1.0 Google has announced the release of Kubernetes 1.0 at OSCON. Kubernetes is a container deployment and management tool that has been under development by Google for a few years. This program has been the basis for running many of Google’s apps including their search, Gmail, Google Docs, and more. This release is a part of Google’s effort to get support for Kubernetes on more platforms including OpenStack and Microsoft Azure. The project has been Google’s most successful open source project and includes more than 14,000 commits from more than 400 contributors. Read more at ZDNet. IBM Launches developerWorks Open IBM has announced the launch of developerWorks Open, a new program aimed at improving adoption and development of new cloud innovations and mobile technologies. The project seeks to bridge the gap between open source developers and business needs […]

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  • Open Source Wrap Up July 11 – 17, 2015 The NSA Releases an Open Source Infosec Tool The US National Security Agency (NSA) has a long history of releasing open source tools, and they’ve recently released SIMP: a tool to keep networked systems compliant with security standards. This was released as open source primarily for other governmental organizations to use in order to avoid the need to duplicate work that has already been completed. Currently, only Red Hat Enterprise Linux and CentOS  version 6.6 and 7.1 support the software. Read more at IT News Shashlik: Run Android Apps on Linux Shashlik is a new “Android Simulated Environment” that will server as a launcher to run Android applications on conventional Linux distrbutions. It’s a minimal collection of Android systems and frameworks that can be integrated into desktops, laptops, tablets, TVs and more. It’s official release will be on July 26, 2015 […]

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  • Open Source Wrap Up July 4 – 10, 2015 BBC Unveils the Final Micro:Bit Computer Design The BBC has revealed the final design of its Micro:Bit computer during a launch event in London. This device will be given to every child that starts secondary school in the UK and will serve as an introduction to computer science by including Blockly, Python, and TouchDevelop coding environments. The device contains an ARM Cortex M-O processor, accelerometer, magnetometer, 5×5 LED matrix display, and two face buttons. This device was a joint project from companies including Microsoft, Samsung, Freescale, and Nordic Semiconductor, and it is being released under an open source license. Read more at Wired. The Core Infrastructure Initiative Launches Census Project The Core Infrastructure Initiative is a Linux Foundation collaborative project aimed at improving critical open source components of modern IT systems. The project has announced the launch of the Census Project, […]

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