Category: General

  • 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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  • Open Source Wrap Up: June 27 – July 2, 2015 Linux Foundation Announces R Consortium The Linux Foundation (LF) has announced the launch of the R Consortium, a collaborative project aimed at strengthening the technical and user communities of the R programming language. R is an open source programming language used by statisticians and data scientists to extract value from data, and it is used by millions of researchers around the world. This is the newest collaborative project of the many that have been launched by the LF, which all focus on the promotion and development of their respective communities. To learn more about the R Consortium, visit the project website. Tizen 3.0 Common 2015.Q2 is Released The Tizen community has announced the release of Tizen 3.0 Common 2015.Q2. This release features a number of upgrades and improvements; most notably, major changes have been made to system security. The Crosswalk […]

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  • Open Source Wrap Up June 20 – 26, 2015 The Open Container Project is Launched The Linux Foundation has announced the launch of a new industry partnership called the Open Container Project (OCP). In recent years, Docker has led a rapid expansion of Linux containers with their popular platform that has focused on providing a common platform for an incredible range of IT tools.  OCP will continue to build upon this by using code that has been donated by Docker Inc. to create a platform that adheres to the following guidelines: not be bound to higher level constructs such as a particular client or orchestration stack not be tightly associated with any particular commercial vendor or project and be portable across a wide variety of operating systems, hardware, CPU architectures, public clouds, etc. The goal is to set common, minimal standards around container technology, and the project includes companies that […]

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  • Open Source Wrap Up June 13 – 19, 2015 Let’s Encrypt Announces Launch Schedule Let’s encrypt is a Linux Foundation collaborative project that seeks to provide a free, automated, and open certificate authority to allow anyone to securely encrypt their website using HTTPS. Setting this service up will be as simple as running two commands on the Linux server that runs the site, simplifying the process of generating trusted certificates significantly. The project has announced their launch schedule for early testing of the service as well as general availability. The first certificates will be issued the week of July 27, 2015 and will gradually scale up to a general release the week of September 14, 2015. OIC Plugfest #2 Scheduled for End of June in Redmond, Washington The Open Interconnect Consortium will host its second interoperability plugfest June 23, 24 and 25th at VMC, Inc. in Redmond Washington. This three-day […]

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  • Open Source Wrap Up June 6 – 12, 2015 LinkedIn Releases Pinot: An Open Source, Real-Time, Business Analytics Platform Pinot has been the de-facto analytics program used by LinkedIn for more than two years to provide insight to information like profile views, company follow analytics and A/B testing analytics. The program provides an OLAP datastore that emphasizes scalability, low latency, data freshness, and high availability. It uses data from Hadoop and Kafka, and provides an SQL-like query language that includes functionality such as: filtering, aggregation, group by, order by, and distinct entries. The source code can be acquired on GitHub, and the project wiki has detailed information about why and how you might want to use this software. Read more at the LinkedIn Engineering blog. Wayland Gets a License Fix A problem with Wayland’s license was recently uncovered when a Wikipedia editor pointed out a discrepancy between the license statement […]

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  • Open Source Wrap Up: May 20 – June 5, 2014 Automotive Grade Linux Released Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) is a collaborative environment to bring a Linux software stack to the connected car. The project has released its own open source In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) software that features a dashboard, home screen, navigation map, media playback, audio controls, and more. Each feature also includes detailed design requirement documents with descriptions, use cases, graphical assets, and architecture diagrams, all available on the project wiki. Moving forward, the project will focus on developing standardized instruments clusters in an effort to expand the role of AGL into more aspects of the car ecosystem as a part of the push towards autonomous cars. Read more from the Linux Foundation. Fedora 22 Released Fedora 22, the latest version of a popular Linux distribution that’s backed by Red Hat, has been released. It includes quite a few improvements, […]

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  • Open Source Wrap Up: May 22-29, 2015 Open Source Democratizes Prosthetics Development & Production There have been a number of open source prosthetic projects that have emerged in recent years including the Open Hand Project and The Open Prosthetics Project. e-NABLE is yet another of these projects and includes more than 5,000 3D printing enthusiasts who volunteer their time and equipment to produce low-cost prosthetic arms and hands to people all over the world. These prosthetics are designed mostly as temporary solutions since they are made of plastic and aren’t very durable, but the low cost, adaptable nature has made them ideal for children who will need regular adjustments to the devices as they grow. Recently, volunteer Albert Manero designed and produced an Iron Man-themed prosthetic arm for a young fan of the series and even got Robert Downey Jr involved in presenting the arm to the boy. The e-NABLE […]

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  • May 22, 2015 - Samsung Open Source Group

    Rust Makes Its Official Debut, Looking Towards 2038, and More

    Open Source Wrap Up: May 16 – 22, 2015 Rust 1.0 is Released Rust is a programming language that combines low-level performance control with high-level convenience and safety guarantees.  It’s designed to serve as a “drop-in” replacement for C. The language should appeal to both experienced systems programmers and newcomers alike. The release of version 1.0 marks the community’s commitment to providing a stable language, and the project will adopt a 6-week release cycle moving forward. Read more at the Rust blog. German States Pilot Open Source Patient Portal Three German states, in partnership with the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan area, have launched a pilot program for a new open source medical patient portal that allows patients to control what information is shared with health professionals. The software combines the Liferay open source portal with the open source eHealth integration platform IPF: an extension of the Apache Camel enterprise integration engine. 25 […]

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  • Open Source Weekly Wrap Up: May 9 -15 2015 2015 Future of Open Source Study For the last 15 years, North Bridge and Black Duck Software have joined efforts every year to conduct a survey about the use of open source in modern business. A record 1,300 people responded to the survey this year, up from 822 in 2013. Respondents included software engineers, CIOs, CEOs, educators, analysts, and more. There is little that has changed in open source trends, and this survey demonstrates the continued pervasive expansion of open source. Here are some notable findings from this year’s survey: Enterprise Use/Participation 78% of companies run on open source, and less than 3% don’t use FOSS at all. 64% of respondents said their company currently participates in open source projects, up 14% YOY. 88% expect their companies to increase open source contributions, up from 56% last year. 66% consider OSS to […]

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  • Open Source Weekly Wrap Up: May 2 – 8, 2015 Enlightenment Foundation Libraries 1.14 Released After three months of development, Enlightenment Foundation Libaries (EFL) 1.14 has been released. EFL is a set of free and open source graphics libraries that are used to construct user interfaces for a variety of products, including TV’s, mobile devices, wearable electronics, and desktop systems. In 12 weeks the project had over 1200 commits from 77 authors – nearly double the number from the previous release. This release includes numerous bug fixes, code optimization for better speed with a smaller memory footprint, as well as new features for many of the components including Elementary, Evas, and Emotion. We’ll feature a more detailed post on this development next week. Read More at the EFL Official Announcement Open Source Helps Rebuild Nepal’s Historic Sites The 7.9 magnitude earthquake last week in Nepal has put many of the […]

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