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Linux-ready SBC debuts tiny stackable PCIe bus

Diamond Systems has launched “Atlas,” a rugged PCI/104-Express SBC with an Atom N2800 SoC and expansion connectors for stackable PCI- and PCIe-based modules. Proposals for stackable PCI-Express (PCIe) modules emerged in 2008, and resulted later that year in the PC/104 Consortium’s PCIe/104 standard. Customized implementations can be found, for example on the recent ADL Embedded […]

Richard Stallman Calls LLVM A "Terrible Setback"

  • Phoronix (Posted by bob on Jan 24, 2014 5:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In the days since Eric S. Raymond had some choice words about GCC vs. Clang, the bickering and fighting over GCC vs. Clang compilers has continued. Richard M. Stallman has come out this morning on the Free Software Foundation's mailing list with his views to reiterate...

Women in Open Source Week

  • (Posted by bob on Jan 24, 2014 12:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Welcome to's Women in Open Source Week will highlight the efforts of women in open source from January 27 through February 7. We will be focusing some of our content specifically on women working in free and open source software fields and collaborating on projects ranging from open knowledge to open hardware. welcomes new moderators and updates program

Last year, we announced the Community Moderator program. It's been a huge success. We've learned a lot from our moderators and have recently made updates as we continually improve the program. The purpose of the Community Moderator program is to identify key contributors and advocates and to provide them with guidelines and a framework for how they can best participate, including advising our team on future decisions regarding the site and community.

NSA Surveillance Sparks Talk of National Internets

  • IEEE Spectrum; By John Blau (Posted by bob on Jan 23, 2014 4:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story, Security
Just imagine the “network of all networks,” the globe-spanning Internet, becoming a loose web of tightly guarded, nearly impermeable regional or even national networks. It seems antithetical to the mythology surrounding the Internet’s power and purpose. But ongoing revelations about the extensive surveillance activities of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) are pushing countries like Germany and Brazil to take concrete steps in that direction.

Linux Foundation takes one giant step forward with the AllSeen Alliance and the Internet of Things

  • (Posted by bob on Jan 21, 2014 2:04 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
If you read the technology press lately, odds are you already know about the launching of the AllSeen Alliance (a Google News search I just did produced 412 results in a wide range of languages). That's not a surprise, because this is an important and ambitious project. But there's a story behind the story that likely won't get the attention that it deserves, and that's what this blog post is about. (Disclosure: the AllSeen Alliance is a Linux Collaboration Project—the 11th so far—and I assisted in its structuring and launch.)

An open source policy that works in practice

  • (Posted by bob on Jan 21, 2014 10:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
True story. A project team was in need of an open source tool. Following their company's policy, the team requested their Information Systems (IS) department download the tool. They were soon bombarded with a host of questions and a form that needed to be filled out, which they complied with. Not satisfied with the information provided and unable to take a decision, the IS department then forwarded the request to the Legal department. After due diligence, the Legal department allowed the use of the tool, provided that the team obtain an approval from their customer (read: the customer takes all responsibility and liability). The tool in question? The humble, unix2dos!

MATE Is Now Officially Available In Arch Linux

The GNOME2-forked MATE desktop is now officially available from the Arch Linux package repository...

Five ways to bring a more social, open development environment to your company

Based on the success and effectiveness of the open source community, development organizations are taking a close look at the methods used within the open source world to understand how they can apply internal development to further increase creativity and accelerate development. To facilitate widespread, collaborative development, the open source world depends on a core infrastructure that enables individual developers to create, contribute and comment on the works of others. This infrastructure, combined with a widely adopted set of operating norms, enables developers to find and engage with projects that focus on common areas of interest and expertise. It also allows developers to connect with and share their skills and knowledge with other developers, bringing their specialized talents together to solve big problems.

Call for participation "FLOSS village at Med-e-Tel 2014"

  • GNU/Linux And Open Source Medical Software News (Posted by bob on Jan 20, 2014 7:00 PM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU, Linux; Story Type: News Story
This is an invitation to demonstrate your Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) project or organization within a dedicated village at the Med-e-Tel 2014 conference (9-11 April, Luxembourg). Either join us in Luxembourg to represent your project/organization in person or otherwise you are welcome to send in an overview in the form of a poster that will be shown at the FLOSS village.

Top events ahead in 2014 for abusive patent litigation

  • (Posted by bob on Jan 20, 2014 5:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It’s a new year and all indications are that it will be a busy one for reform of abusive patent litigation. What are some of the top events ahead in 2014?

Romanian Bitcoin baron 'stumps up $20k to keep OpenBSD's lights on'

  • The Register (Posted by bob on Jan 20, 2014 3:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
No word on whether he's paying their server 'leccy bill forever and ever, though A mysterious Bitcoin-powered white knight is reported to have come to the rescue of the struggling OpenBSD Foundation.…

3D printing could herald the Age of Open Source Stuff

  • (Posted by bob on Jan 20, 2014 10:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
3D printing is set to disrupt multiple industries thanks to its unique position at the intersection of three important trends in technology: the Internet of Things, our growing desire to personalize our things, and the coming revolution in the way things get delivered to us. Operating at this unique trifecta, 3D printing promises to democratize the design and build process, allowing consumers to create their own stuff from scratch and take the concept of mass customization to an entirely new level. As modern consumers have come to expect very custom experiences, it’s no longer enough for manufacturers and merchants to offer products in a wide range of colors and styles. The ability to customize nearly everything is now commonplace, even expected, in products ranging from T-shirts to tennis shoes and iPods to M&Ms. 3D printing delivers the ability to customize quickly and inexpensively without worrying about minimum production runs.

NTT DoCoMo backs away from early 2014 Tizen release

NTT DoCoMo says it has scratched plans for a March launch of Samsung’s first Tizen smartphone, and the Japanese carrier offered no revised timetable. Japan’s largest mobile carrier and one of the most devoted backers of the mobile Linux OS Tizen said on Jan. 17 that it has postponed a planned March released of the […]

Rarin' to buy an Ubuntu phone? Maybe not until 2015, Canonical man says

'Long road' ahead before they'll be sold in carriers' stores Commercial smartphones running the mobile version of the Ubuntu Linux distro probably won't be available through carriers until 2015 at the earliest, a Canonical spokesman has revealed.…

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How computer science teachers can better reach their students

Imagine being a high school freshman walking down the halls of your new school on the very first day. You somehow make it to first period without becoming epically lost in the unfamiliar halls. Finally, the bell rings, signaling that you've officially made it through your first high school class. Taking a look at your schedule, you see your next class is Exploring Computer Science. You think: "Wow, computers! This should be fun!"

Four projects for parents to teach their kids about open hardware and electronics

Kids are quick learners and have great imaginations. When pursuing an electronic or hardware project with a kid, the most important thing to keep in mind is: keep things playful. As long as their hands are in gunk and they are taking things apart, or there's the possibility of blowing something up, kids will stay interested. As soon as the activity starts to seem like work, they switch off. Here are four fun and easy projects for teaching kids more about electronics and hardware in a couple hours or an afternoon. Then, they may be on to the Arduino board or Raspberry Pi before you know it! Note: For kids between 4 - 8 years old, more adult supervision may be required. First, I'll share with you three excellent businesses where you can purchase open hardware tools, kits, and electronics for these projects and more.

What open source means to a young programmer

  • (Posted by bob on Jan 15, 2014 4:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I’m a 15 year old programmer. I started at nine and by now have written a lot of code. To me, programming is creating, and I've created many projects—from a pure Java 3D projection engine to a web spider. Today, I'm sharing my story with you for's Youth in Open Source Week.

The Digital Girl of the Year dreams of dancing with robots

  • (Posted by bob on Jan 15, 2014 11:58 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Games; Story Type: Interview
Lune van Ewijk is ten years old and already a role model for kids and adults alike. Last year, she won the Digital Girl of the Year 2013 award from the European Commision, who had this to say about her: Lune develops her own games and interactive movies, designs robots, and dreams of becoming an engineer. At ten years of age, she is already a true digital visionary and already has a track-record of getting girls her age excited about digital endeavour. Her message to the world: be you and don't give up. Lune is part of CoderDojo Belgium, where she has learned and practiced a variety of open source digital skills like programming in Scratch. In this interview find out more about CoderDojos, the work she's done, the award she's won, and what she sees in her future.

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