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Linux Foundation Quietly Drops Community Representation

The Linux Foundation, though it's straightforwardly not a grassroots organization along the lines of the FSF or EFF, has long had a degree of non-corporate involvement by way of community-elected members on its board. Now, writes new submitter Ensign...
by Remote Network on Jan 21, 2016

Developers Frustrated with GitHub Prod For Changes In Bug Reports, Transparency

DeveloperTech reports that a group of GitHub developers have posted an open letter, with nearly 1300 signatures, expressing dissatisfaction with GitHub's processes and policies, and in particular the site's level of transparency. A slice of the lette...
by Remote Network on Jan 21, 2016

Open-Source GPU Used For Research

Theovon writes: For quite some time now, "open hardware" enthusiasts have had access to a number of open source CPUs, including OpenRISC. However, it wasn't until recently that there has been any kind of open source GPU. In 2014, the Vertical Researc...
by Futuristic Car Design on Jan 20, 2016

Fedora Linux Might Drop Incremental Upgrades

prisoninmate writes: As you might know, Fedora and many other GNU/Linux distributions require users to do an incremental upgrade when attempting to move from an older version of the operating system to the most recent one. For example, if you want to...
by Remote Network on Jan 16, 2016

Open Source Could Help Bring Vulkan To More AMD GPUs

An anonymous reader writes: AMD has confirmed that their Vulkan Linux driver will only work with the new AMDGPU kernel driver, meaning that for right now on the desktop, Vulkan will just work on the Radeon R9 285, R9 380, R9 380X and R9 Fury series &...
by Remote Network on Jan 16, 2016

Linux Kernel 4.4 LTS Officially Released

prisoninmate writes: January 10, 2016, will enter in the Linux history books as the day when the Linux kernel 4.4 LTS (Long-Term Support) has been officially released by Linus Torvalds and his team of hard working kernel developers. Prominent feature...
by Remote Network on Jan 10, 2016

Open-Source Firmware For Your Toy Drone

An anonymous reader writes: Since now you're going to either register your drone or have to be flying your [small drone] indoors anyway in the USA, you might as well celebrate the one freedom you still have: the freedom to re-flash the firmware with...
by Futuristic Car Design on Jan 7, 2016

The Empathy Gap and Why Women Are Treated So Badly In Open Source Projects

Bruce Perens writes: There's no shortage of stories of horrible treatment of women in Open Source projects. But how did we get here? How did we ever get a community where a vocal minority of males behave in the most boorish, misogynistic, objectifyin...
by Remote Network on Jan 1, 2016

Open Source Roles: Starters vs. Maintainers

An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla developer James Long has posted a sort of internal monologue on the difficulties of being a hobbyist open source project maintainer. He says, "I hugely admire people who give so much time to OSS projects for free.
by Remote Network on Dec 30, 2015

Improving UI and UX: Changing the "Open Source Is Ugly" Perception

jones_supa writes: For four years, Garth Braithwaite has been working at Adobe on open source projects as a design and code contributor. In addition to his work at the company, he also speaks at conferences about the power of design, improving design...
by Remote Network on Dec 20, 2015

Ask Slashdot: What's the Biggest Open Source Project of 2015?

An anonymous reader writes: Several major tech and open source sites—including Opensource.com and Infoworld—have published lists of the top open source projects of the year. What's your pick for the biggest, best, or most important open s...
by Remote Network on Dec 16, 2015

AMD Goes Open Source, Announces GPUOpen Initiative, Linux Compiler, Drivers

MojoKid writes: AMD announced today that the company is releasing a slew of open-source software and tools to give game developers, heterogeneous applications, and HPC applications deeper access to the GPU and GPU resources. AMD and their Radeon Tech...
by Futuristic Car Design on Dec 15, 2015

Mozilla Hands Out Open Source Awards

An anonymous reader writes: A couple months ago, we discussed news that Mozilla was planning to give back to the open source projects they rely on, to the tune of $1 million. Now, Mozilla has announced the first round of awards, giving out $503,000 i...
by Futuristic Car Design on Dec 11, 2015

IT Leaders Now Expected To Be Open To Open Source

StewBeans writes: Typically it's developers — not senior IT executives — who have been pushing their IT departments to adopt open source software, but the tide is beginning to turn. The Weather Company's CIO, Bryson Koehler, says if IT de...
by Futuristic Car Design on Dec 8, 2015

Microsoft To Open Source Chakra, the JavaScript Engine In Its Edge Browser

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft announced today that it will soon open source the "Chakra" JavaScript engine used inside its Edge browser and Internet Explorer. The company plans to publish the code on its GitHub page in January. "Microsoft is...
by Futuristic Car Design on Dec 5, 2015

Freeciv Founded 20 Years Ago Today

Andreas(R) writes to note that the Freeciv project today turns 20. The GPL'd project "was founded on November 14 1995, by Peter Joachim Unold, Claus Leth Gregersen and Allan Ove Kjeldbjerg. The three Danish students created this open source strategy...
by Remote Network on Nov 14, 2015

The Big Four In Open-Source CMS Development

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by Web App Beans on Nov 13, 2015

Fedora 23 Released

An anonymous reader writes: Today marks the release of Fedora 23 for all three main editions: Workstation, Cloud, and Server. This release brings GNOME 3.18, Libre Office 5.0, and Fedora Spins — alternate desktops that provide a different exper...
by Remote Network on Nov 3, 2015

Busybox Deletes Systemd Support

ewhac writes: On 22 October, in a very terse commit message, Busybox removed its support for the controversial 'systemd' system management framework. The commit was made by Denys Vlasenko, and passed unremarked on the Busybox mailing lists. Judging f...
by Remote Network on Oct 31, 2015

Open Source Code Isn't a Warranty

An anonymous reader writes: Automotive software issues such as the Jeep hack and Volkswagen cheating on emissions tests have made headlines this year, which means the public is thinking about software in cars like never before. Some experts have argu...
by Futuristic Car Design on Oct 27, 2015


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