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Open source Python-based Freedom of Information platform

  • (Posted by bob on May 10, 2013 1:15 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Python; Story Type: News Story
I’m happy to announce the Version 3 release of Froide, the open source, Python-based platform for running Freedom of Information portals: allowing you to make requests to public entities by email and track responses, as well as, customize your instance to fit your campaign for government transparency. Froide has been in development for nearly two years. It has powered the FOI portal in Germany for over a year and a half and has recently been used to launch an Austrian FoI site. Full instructions for getting started with Froide can be found here, and the source code is on Github here. This latest release comes with the latest version of the Python web framework Django 1.5 and Bootstrap 2.3. All other dependencies have also been upgraded. Some of the major features include:

Two open data centers at Facebook

  • (Posted by bob on May 10, 2013 10:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Today, the many in the world focus on making things as environmentally-friendly as possible to reduce the negative impact daily life has on the environment to protect it for future generations. This includes major corporations, such as Facebook. Facebook is at the forefront of creating greener ways to operate their servers that contain everything that makes the website run for its millions of users. With their state-of-the-art open source data centers, they are helping companies around the world match their stride.

Ubuntu working on new Linux application installer

Does Linux really need another application packaging and installment system? Ubuntu will be adding another one for its Ubuntu Touch smartphones and tablets.

How do we solve and prevent cyber crimes?

  • (Posted by bob on May 9, 2013 5:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, I cannot help wondering what it is the role open source and open education have in global or national security measures.

Ubuntu dev proposes new package format for mobile apps

Faster, less clunky than old-school Linux installers In a move that could see Ubuntu veer even further away from the Linux mainstream, Canonical has proposed a new software packaging format designed to make it easier for developers to publish apps for Ubuntu's tablet and phone–friendly future incarnations.…

ZigBee-certified software supports Smart Grid devices

  • (Posted by bob on May 9, 2013 4:02 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Grid2Home has announced immediate availability of ZigBee-certified software for integrating mesh-based wireless networking into Smart Grid-aware devices. G2H-ZIP now supports all major CPU architectures and physical layers, including ZigBee, Wi-Fi, and Power Line Communications, and is usable in devices running Linux and various real-time operating systems, says the company. Grid2Home is a VC-funded developer of [...]

Trying to Tame the Tablet

Like many folks, I received a shiny new Nexus 7 tablet for Christmas. This brought me great joy and excitement as I began to plot my future paperless life. For most of the evening and an hour or so the next day, I was sure the new Android tablet would change my life forever. Sadly, it wasn't that easy.

Linaro grows as ARM tightens its hold on devices

In this guest column, Linaro CEO George Grey examines the expanding ARM ecosystem, discusses emerging and “disruptive” market opportunities for ARM technology, and highlights Linaro’s recent ARM Linux software development progress, working group formation, and membership growth. ? Linaro Q1 2013 CEO Notes by George Grey, CEO, Linaro Enterprise Group ? The expanding ARM ecosystem [...]

Samsung Galaxy S4 Costs $237 to Build, Teardown Analysis Shows

A teardown analysis conducted by the market research firm IHS, due to be released tomorrow, has pegged Samsung’s cost of materials and manufacturing to produce the U.S. version of the 32 gigabyte model of the S4 at slightly above $237 per unit.

Openness in the workplace changes everything

  • (Posted by bob on May 9, 2013 9:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I love my job. I don't know a lot of people who can say that, but I really do love my job and I've been thinking about why exactly that is a lot lately.

OLPC OS 13.1.0 Supports The XO-4 Touch Laptop

A new version of the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) operating system has been released. The Fedora-based Linux distribution now supports the forthcoming OLPC XO-4 Touch laptop...

KDE ships May updates

  • - Got the Dot? (Posted by bob on May 7, 2013 6:51 AM EDT)
  • Groups: KDE; Story Type: News Story
Dot Categories: KDE Official NewsKDE has released May updates for its Workspaces, Applications and Development Platform. These are the third monthly stabilization updates to the 4.10 series. The 4.10.3 updates bring bugfixes and translation updates on top of the 4.10 release and are recommended updates for everyone running the 4.10 series. It will be a safe and pleasant update for everyone.

Cinnamon 1.8 Desktop Adds In New Features

Cinnamon, the popular GNOME Shell fork developed by the Linux Mint crew, has released a major update to their software stack...

New Intel Atom CPU boasts 3x performance, 1/5th power

Intel announced its long-awaited Silvermont overhaul of the Intel Atom core, based on 22nm-fabricated, Tri-Gate 3D transistors. Aimed primarily at smartphones and tablets, the Silvermont supports up to eight cores per SOC (system-on-chip) and promises to offer about 3x the peak performance of the current Atoms or up to 5x the power efficiency at the [...]

Android Candy: Outer Space, in Your Pocket

When the Space Shuttle program shut down, I have to admit, it deflated my excitement about space exploration just a bit. Although it's not fair to pin the future of manned missions to space on a fleet of aging crafts built in the 1980s, the Space Shuttle represented the latest step in a process that would get us to other planets.

Module turns Raspberry Pi into robot navigation computer

Roboteq launched a Kickstarter project to build an I/O add-in card for robotics navigation that stacks atop a Linux-based Raspberry Pi board. The RIO (Raspberry IO) is based on a 32-bit STM32 microcontroller, and includes a 3A DC/DC converter, several serial interfaces, a CAN interface, 21 GPIO, and an optional module with an accelerometer, gyroscope, [...]

GLSL 1.30 Support For AMD RadeonSI Driver With LLVM

  • Phoronix (Posted by bob on May 6, 2013 4:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Michel Dänzer of AMD has provided a set of patches that should provide for the necessary patterns and intrinsics for AMD to round out GLSL 1.30 support within their RadeonSI open-source Gallium3D driver for Radeon HD 7000/8000 series graphics cards...

The next generation digital experience is built on open source

  • (Posted by bob on May 6, 2013 12:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Massive disruption is occurring as marketing goes digital. Business is moving steadily towards providing a fully personalized and truly integrated digital experience—building upon recent advances in user experience, analytics, cloud computing and storage, and an omni-channel experience across mobile platforms and social media.

Multi-disk management for IBM Systems Director VMControl: Part 1

  • IBM developerWorks : Linux (Posted by bob on May 6, 2013 11:43 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, Linux; Story Type: News Story
IBM Systems Director is a platform management solution that is used to manage physical and virtual systems. IBM Systems Director provides systems management personnel with a single pane of glass, helping reduce IT management complexity and cost. IBM Systems Director VMControl™ is an advanced plug-in installed on top of IBM Systems Director to provide virtualization capabilities. This tutorial talks about multi-disk management for virtual server using the VMControl Representational State Transfer (REST) application programming interfaces (APIs) and command-line interface (CLI).

Node.js integrates with M: a tutorial, part two

  • (Posted by bob on May 6, 2013 10:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In part one of this tutorial, I introduced the integration between the hierarchical data structures of the M database and the hierarchical structures of the Node.js language. Here, in part two, I focus on the fact that this integration is equivalent to incorporating persistance storage in the Node.js language using a data model similar to JSON structures. This built upon a proven database that is known to deliver high performace for demanding applications.

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