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  • FR FYI: Mozilla takes a hard left (image.)

    04/11/2017 12:58:42 PM PDT · by golux · 35 replies
    Mozilla | April 11 2017 | Golux
  • Microsoft's Linux love affair leads it to join The Linux Foundation

    11/16/2016 7:18:31 PM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    zd ^ | November 16, 2016 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    You read the title correctly. Microsoft just joined the Linux Foundation. Believe it or not, Microsoft has joined The Linux Foundation as a Platinum member. No, this isn't The Onion and it's not April Fool's Day. Microsoft has joined The Linux Foundation. Microsoft announced that it was joining forces with The Linux Foundation at the Microsoft Connect developer event in New York. Yes, yes I know. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer once said, "Linux is a cancer". Yes, Microsoft still forces Android vendors to pay for its bogus Linux patents. And, yes, Microsoft and its cronies are still scheming to...
  • Open Source Windows May Not Be that Big a Long Shot After All (Microsoft Hearts Linux...)

    08/24/2016 5:42:34 PM PDT · by dayglored · 10 replies
    Fortune ^ | Aug 23, 2016 | Barb Darrow
    How far is Microsoft willing to go on this open-source charm offensive? Here’s a burning question for the tech universe: Could Microsoft, which built its Windows cash cow on proprietary or closed-source software, reverse course and open-source Windows itself? That would be roughly akin to CocaCola posting its top-secret formula online. Crazy, right? Maybe not, although the very notion would have been unthinkable not too long ago. But it is now on the table considering all the things Microsoft has done over the past few years to embrace the open-source community. The most recent example is last week’s news that...
  • 21st-century caveman: Hunter-gatherer, 79, has lived in Argentinian mountain grotto for 40 years

    07/31/2016 2:42:54 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 51 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 31 july 2016 | C Moore
    Pedro Luca has lived in a cave in northern Argentina for 40 years The 79-year-old survives without running water or electricity When he gets hungry he picks up his rifle and goes hunting
  • Robots and Unintended Consequences

    05/27/2016 7:34:53 PM PDT · by huckfillary · 33 replies
    Artful Dilettante ^ | May 27, 2016 | Artful Dilettante
    A predictable consequence of the move to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour will be the hastened transition from human to a more robotic work-force. A photo that went viral this week showed a robot "manning" the take-out window at McDonald's. You can expect to see more of this. Employers will, of course, be pilloried by the usual cast of economically-challenged Marxists in the political and chattering classes as heartless, sexist, homophobic racists, etc., who put profits before people. But the non-economically challenged among us realize that the increased use of robots is a completely rational response of...
  • Telstra buys multi-million-dollar stake in open source developer

    04/22/2016 8:02:49 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 9 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Apr 21 2016 10:39AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    ... Telstra has invested $10.3 million in San Francisco-based open source web developer Nginx, the telco revealed today. Telstra Ventures chief Mark Sherman said the decision to invest was driven by Nginx's increasing global popularity, and technology leadership in the web application delivery and deployment market. Telstra's websites run on Nginx currently. Nginx was developed by Kazakhstan-born, Russian developer Igor Sysoev, and can be used to serve web pages, and act as a reverse proxy and load balancer for sites. The server runs on the Unix, Linux, BSD, Apple OS X, Oracle Solaris, IBM AIX and Microsoft WIndows operating systems.
  • The real reason Microsoft open sourced .NET

    01/28/2016 2:53:37 PM PST · by ShadowAce · 11 replies
    CIO.com ^ | 27 January 2016 | Mary Branscombe
    With its engineers involved in more than 2,000 open source projects, you'd have to agree that open source has more than a foothold at Microsoft these days. Most recently, for example, the browser team made the Chakra JavaScript engine that powers both Edge and Internet Explorer open source, for a very practical reason. Node, the popular JavaScript runtime, currently works only with Google's V8 JavaScript engine. With Chakra now open source, Microsoft can take the fork of Node that it created to run on Chakra and contribute it back to the project -- which means developers who use Node will...
  • Google confirms next Android version will use Oracle’s open-source OpenJDK for Java APIs

    12/30/2015 7:38:50 PM PST · by Utilizer · 3 replies
    VentureBeat ^ | December 29, 2015 1:31 PM | Emil Protalinski
    Google is replacing its implementation of the Java application programming interfaces (APIs) in Android with OpenJDK, the open source version of Oracle’s Java Development Kit (JDK). The news first came by a “mysterious Android codebase commit” from last month submitted to Hacker News. Google confirmed to VentureBeat that Android N will rely on an OpenJDK implementation, rather Android’s own implementation of the Java APIs. “As an open-source platform, Android is built upon the collaboration of the open-source community,” a Google spokesperson told VentureBeat. “In our upcoming release of Android, we plan to move Android’s Java language libraries to an OpenJDK-based...
  • Debian founder and Docker employee Ian Murdock has died at 42

    12/30/2015 3:33:56 PM PST · by pluvmantelo · 34 replies
    venturebeat.comem ^ | DECEMBER 30, 2015 | JORDAN NOVET
    Docker today announced that Ian Murdock, a member of the startup's technical staff and a former Sun and Salesforce employee known for founding the Debian Linux operating system, has passed away. He was 42. A cause of death was not provided in the blog post announcing the news. Docker declined to comment. The San Francisco Police Department did not immediately have information on Murdock's cause of death.
  • Apple’s Swift programming language is now open source

    12/04/2015 2:50:36 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 27 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | December 4, 2015 | By Benjamin Mayo
    As promised earlier in the year, Apple’s Swift team has now posted source code for the Swift compiler and standard library functions and objects. Open-sourcing Swift is a big win for the developer community as it means Swift can now be setup to run on a server and many other use cases, bringing Apple programming talent and expertise beyond ‘just’ making apps iOS devices and Macs.Making Swift open-source also gives the developer community as a whole more confidence in the language. Theoretically, if Apple ever decided to move away from Swift (which is unlikely), the language could be picked up...
  • Heat your home with your neighbor's computing power

    11/19/2015 12:34:49 PM PST · by ShadowAce · 16 replies
    opensource.com ^ | 19 November 2015 | Jason van Gumster Feed
    This year's Blender Conference was filled with all kinds of interesting talks about interesting uses of Blender and open source technology. A particularly novel one that caught my eye was nestled neatly within the art and pipeline presentation for the Blender Institute's open movie, Cosmos Laundromat. In that talk, Paul BenoĂŽt of Qarnot Computing spoke about his company's very unique render farm. It's common knowledge that high-performance computing (HPC) generates a lot of heat. At HPC datacenters, a lot of time and energy is spent figuring out how to cool these powerful computers. Not only does this have a significant...
  • Microsoft to world: We've got open source Machine Learning too (Artificial Intelligence)

    11/17/2015 10:35:27 PM PST · by dayglored · 6 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 17, 2015 | Richard Chirgwin
    Help teach Cortana to say 'Sorry, Dave' Microsoft's decided that it, too, wants to open source some of its machine learning space, publishing its Distributed Machine Learning Toolkit (DMTK) on Github. Google released some of its code last week. Redmond's (co-incidental?) response is pretty basic: there's a framework, and two algorithms, but Microsoft Research promises it will get extended in the future. The DMTK Framework is front-and-centre, since that's where both extensions will happen. It's a two-piece critter, consisting of a parameter server and a client SDK. The parameter server has "separate data structures for high- and low-frequency parameters", Microsoft...
  • Anniversary of First Linux Kernel Release: A Look at Collaborative Value

    10/05/2015 5:27:24 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 22 replies
    Linux.com ^ | 02 October 2015 | Jennifer Cloer
    Linus Torvalds The Linux community often recognizes two anniversaries for Linux: August 25th is the day Linus Torvalds first posted that he was working on Linux and said “Hello, everybody out there…” and October 5th is the day he released the first kernel.To mark the anniversary of the first kernel release in 1991, we look at some facts and consider the progress that has been made since that early version. Version 0.01 of the Linux kernel had 10,239 lines of code (source: Wikipedia). Version 4.1, released in July 2015, has more than 19 million lines of code (source: Phoronix). ...
  • Microsoft preps Azure data lake flood gates for readiness (open source-friendly cloud services)

    09/28/2015 7:45:33 PM PDT · by dayglored · 18 replies
    The Register ^ | Sep 28, 2015 | Gavin Clarke
    Microsoft will later this year release its open-source friendly lake for big-data analytics in the cloud. Azure Data Lake Store – announced at Build in April – will be released as a preview, Microsoft said Monday. The store will be built on Apache YARN for developers and data scientists, to analyse information, and will use Azure HDInsight – a managed service for Hadoop, Spark, Storm and Hbase. HDInsight was developed by Microsoft working with Ubuntu-shop Canonical and Hadoop spinner Hortonworks, Microsoft and Canonical said. In preparation for the preview Microsoft Monday threw the doors open on managed Linux clusters. Microsoft’s...
  • America's crackdown on open-source Wi-Fi router firmware – THE TRUTH (new FCC regulations)

    09/06/2015 3:39:00 PM PDT · by dayglored · 32 replies
    The Register ^ | Sep 5, 2015 | Kieren McCarthy
    Analysis America's broadband watchdog is suffering a backlash over plans to control software updates to Wi-Fi routers, smartphones, and even laptops. In a proposed update [PDF] to the regulator's rules over radiofrequency equipment, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would oblige manufacturers to "specify which parties will be authorized to make software changes." In addition, it proposes that "modifications by third parties should not be permitted unless the third party receives its own certification." While the intent is to make the FCC's certification of the next generation of wireless equipment faster and more flexible, open source advocates were quick to notice...
  • Mono 4 Released, First Version To Adopt Microsoft Code (Windows .NET for Linux)

    04/05/2015 8:26:58 AM PDT · by dayglored · 8 replies
    Slashdot ^ | April 5, 2015 | jones_supa
    Version 4.0.0 of Mono, the FOSS implementation of the .NET Framework, has been released. This is the first release of Mono that replaces various components of Mono with code that was released by Microsoft under the MIT license. Microsoft itself is working towards .NET Core: a redistributable and re-imagined version of .NET, which has two code drops: CoreFX and CoreCLR. Mono at this point continues to provide an API that tracks the .NET desktop/server version. This means that most of the Mono code that has been integrated from Microsoft comes from the ReferenceSource code drop. ...
  • Building a Homemade Spacecraft

    04/05/2015 6:47:41 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 27 replies
    YouTube ^ | Dec 18, 2012 | VICE
    [VIDEO] Anyone with some brains and lots of courage can build their own space rocket using everyday, off-the-shelf products. We recently flew to Denmark to meet the founders of Copenhagen Suborbitals, a non-profit open-source D.I.Y. space endeavor.
  • Windows goes open source? Microsoft plays coy

    04/02/2015 2:41:35 PM PDT · by dayglored · 24 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | April 2, 2015 | (none)
    Could Microsoft's open source advocacy ever result in the company offering its cash cow Windows OS up to open source? It's possible, according to one Microsoft official, though his comments Wednesday should perhaps be taken with a grain of salt. During a technology panel session in Silicon Valley, Microsoft's Mark Russinovich, CTO for the company's Azure cloud platform, did what Microsoft officials have been prone to doing in recent years: Preach Microsoft's conversion from open source skeptic to proponent. Open source, Russinovich said at the Chef Conf 2015 conference, was "no longer taboo" at the commercial software giant, pointing to...
  • It's Not Your Daddy's Microsoft Anymore: Open Sourcing Software to Linux, OS X, and others

    11/14/2014 2:10:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Tech Zone 360 ^ | 11/14/2014 | Doug Mohney
    Don't blink. Microsoft is starting to pick up speed as it starts to implement drastic changes in the way it does business. Open sourcing of server software with ports to other operating systems, increasingly aggressive service bundling, support for WebRTC, and free Windows for mobile devices are evidence that cloud first and mobile first aren't just hot air. CEO Satya Nadella is shaking up Microsoft in a way that would have given Steve Ballmer a heart attack. Announcing open sourcing of the .NET core framework with distributions for Linux and Microsoft OS X, as was done this week, would have...
  • Microsoft to open source more of .NET, and bring it to Linux, Mac OS X

    11/13/2014 7:36:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 11/13/2014 | By Mary Jo Foley
    Microsoft is planning to open source the full server-side .NET core stack and to take that open-sourced .NET core to Linux and Mac OS X, alongside Windows.Microsoft officials announced the company's latest .NET programming-model plans on the opening day of the Connect(); developer-focused event on November 12.In April 2014, Microsoft announced plans to open source a number of its developer technologies, including ASP.NET, the Roslyn .NET compiler platform, the .NET Micro Framework, .NET Rx and the VB and C# programming languages. Microsoft officials said they planned to make these technologies available via a newly created .Net Foundation.Today, the company is adding...