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- Easy-IP download version updated
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- Datacentre analysis favours hosted voice PBX
- Mobile handsets to get IPv6 in 2011
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Other Industry News
- Wed, 11 Dec 2013 15:12:40 +0000: Orange helps Renault develop LTE apps for cars – Telecoms.com » News & Analysis
Operator group Orange has embarked on a research project with French car manufacturer Renault to test uses of LTE technology in connected cars.
- Wed, 11 Dec 2013 14:52:49 +0000: Antel brings mobile connectivity to Antarctica – Telecoms.com » News & Analysis
Uruguayan operator Antel has deployed GSM connectivity in Antarctica. The operator teamed up with Ericsson to provide mobile telephony at the Artigas Base scientific research station in the South Shetlands, Antarctica.
- Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:34:13 +0000: Orange to axe almost 3,000 staff in Poland – Telecoms.com » News & Analysis
Operator group Orange has confirmed that it will reduce its workforce in Poland by almost 3,000 over the next two years. The operator’s Telekomunikacja Polska subsidiary has signed an agreement with trade unions in the country, specifying that up to 2,950 staff may voluntarily leave the firm.
- Thu, 12 Dec 2013 02:18:09 +0000: RTextDoc 1.8 – Freecode Releases
RTextDoc is a text editor with proofreading.
It is designed for typesetting professional research papers and manuals using the LaTeX, AsciiDoc, and DocBook
markup languages. It includes on-the-fly spelling and grammar checking, syntax highlighting, bracket matching, folding, a document structure browser for sections and labels, bookmarks, a manager for LaTeX symbols, WYSIWYG equation editor, and integrated BibTex database manager.
Release Notes: This is a maintenance release with small bugfixes. ctags for Windows was added.
Release Tags: Stable
Tags: Editor, grammar, LaTeX, spelling, asciidoc, DocBook
- Wed, 11 Dec 2013 20:42:29 +0000: libdeco-ostc 0.5.0 – Freecode Releases
libdeco-ostc provides a library for dive decompression calculation. The library functions perform dive simulation using OSTC dive computer firmware and return decompression schedule information. The decompression model used is Buhlmann (ZH-L16C) with Gradient Factors. A C API (libdeco library) and Python API (DecoMecha module) are supported.
Release Notes: This release synchronizes libdeco-ostc code with OSTC firmware version 2.80.
Tags: dive, decompression
- Wed, 11 Dec 2013 19:44:04 +0000: wtmpclean 0.8.0 – Freecode Releases
wtmpclean is a tool for Unix (currently tested on
Linux and AIX) which lets users with sufficient
privileges dump wtmp databases and patch or delete
wtmp records that log a user or that were created
at a given date and time.
Release Notes: Adds support for regular expressions in the editing mode.
Release Tags: 0.8.0-stable
Tags: Utilities, Security
Open Source Initiative
- Thu, 21 Nov 2013 20:05:21 +0000: Hello OSI Community Members, – Open Source Initiative blogs
I’m pleased to announce a major step in the development of the OSI. As our new General Manager, I’d like to take a few moments to introduce myself, and also provide a bit more information about both the new GM role itself, as well as some of the new programs identified by the OSI Board of Directors to extend and enable our mission.
First, I must say how honored, humbled and excited I am to join the OSI community in our mission, to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source, and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open source community. While the OSI is recognized around the globe as the stewards of the Open Source Definition and the authority on open source licenses, it is the open source community—all of you—that truly drives development, promotes adoption and encourages participation. It is my sincere desire, and my highest priority, to meaningfully contribute to and promote your efforts in my new role as GM.
I also want to thank the current Board of Directors for their trust in inviting me to join the organization, as well as all of the OSI’s previous Directors who have so passionately contributed ideas and ideals throughout the years—establishing the foundation for the reputation and credibility the OSI enjoys today.
Most importantly, I want to acknowledge the new, and growing, OSI membership—the individuals, affiliates and corporate patrons. It was just in June of last year that the OSI Board of Directors outlined a plan to transition from an all volunteer, to a membership-driven organization: and response from the open source community has been inspiring. As the new GM (and an OSI member myself) one of the most exciting aspects moving forward will be engaging with and working among the membership to: define areas of interest; help direct OSI activities, and; empower working groups to drive development. Indeed, I am hoping the OSI itself can operate like an open source project.
As far as my background, I have spent the past 25 years working in various roles within higher education and technology: first as a Programmer Analyst at UCLA, and most recently, serving as the Chief Technology Officer for UMassOnline within the UMass Office of the President. Throughout my career I have actively promoted the awareness and adoption of, as well as participation in, open source software communities and particularly the values of the Open Source Initiative.
Over the next few months I, with the help of the Board, will be reaching out to the OSI community to not only introduce the various initiatives we feel will increase the OSI’s profile, influence and participation as a membership organization promoting the awareness and adoption of open source, but also increase our members network (i.e. your contacts, collaborations and communities) of like-minded peers to promote their (i.e. your) own interests, projects and activities. These include:
- OSI Working Groups: these special interest groups provide opportunities—and resources—for OSI volunteers and members to self-organize around affinity issues and projects. If you want to do something to help further the OSI mission, we want to help you.
- Extending OSI Membership: broader membership and participation creates a support model to pursue the OSI mission via individual contributions, non-profit affiliations and corporate sponsorships. Broad participation creates a community of interest, not only supporting the OSI’s activities, but also extending support to the members’ themselves around similar, local and/or unique interests. How can we incentivize open source developers, advocates and users to join, collaborate and contribute to a community of practice and specifically open source?
- Membership elections: OSI’s individual and affiliate members can nominate and vote for OSI Board Directors. If you want to take on a leadership role, the OSI wants you to too!
- Updating the OSI communication channels: Where are our constituents (online and across the globe)… what are they doing… how can we help? From our website, our blog and email lists—to conferences and user groups, it’s time to invest a bit in how we reach out and, critically, learn from the open source community.
Of course, I have much, much to learn about not only the OSI’s current interests and activities, but most importantly, the dedicated community of practice who makes everything we do possible, and without whom the OSI could not be, or continue on as, the globally recognized and respected institution it is in defining technology development and use.
Again, I am thrilled and thankful to take on this new role and I sincerely thank you for your ongoing interest in, and participation with, the OSI—I look forward to working with you. Please feel free to contact me directly, I am very interested to hear your thoughts and ideas.
General Manager, Director & Secretary of the Board
- Tue, 22 Oct 2013 01:01:43 +0000: OSI Names New General Manager – Open Source Initiative blogs
Newly Appointed General Manager Patrick Masson Joins OSI from University of Massachusetts
The Open Source Initiative (OSI) announced today that it has appointed Patrick Masson as General Manager effective November 8, 2013. Masson is the organization’s first full-time management appointment in its fifteen year history. His hiring will support and supplement the organization’s volunteer community.
“Patrick’s accomplishments within the educational tech community, organizational experience and passion for advocacy of open source make him a solid match for the job” said Deborah Bryant, OSI board director who led the board’s search to fill the position. “The hiring of a general manager signals the board’s deep commitment carrying out the non-profit’s mission”.
Patrick Masson joins the Open Source Initiative after working for twenty years within higher education, most recently serving as the chief technology officer for the University of Massachusetts’ online learning provider, UMassOnline.
“I am very excited—and quite humbled—to join the Open Source Initiative as its general manager” said Masson. “The OSI has been fundamental in, not only the advocation and defense of open source as a development and licensing model, but also its adoption by both software communities and end-users. I am very excited, and feel quite fortunate, to come on board at a time of renewed focus within the organization, helping to extend the OSI’s value proposition, while increasing opportunities for participation across the open source community for both individual participants as well as the organizations we serve.”
Masson has also held positions as chief information officer at The State University of New York, College of Technology at Delhi, director of technology for the SUNY Learning Network, and director of the UCLA Media Lab. He has worked in various roles to raise the awareness and adoption of open source across the higher education sector, including as a board member of the Jasig Foundation; Project Incubation Committee Member for the Apereo Foundation; co-chair of EDUCAUSE’s Openness Constituent Group; founder of the 2-3-98 Project, and; “SIG Master” for NERCOMP’s Open Source in Higher Education Special Interest Group.
About OSI: The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a California public benefit corporation, with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, founded in 1998. OSI is the steward of the Open Source Definition (OSD) and the community-recognized body for reviewing and approving open source licenses. OSI’s mission is global in scope, and was formed to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open source community. More information can be found on OSI’s web site at opensource.org.
- Fri, 02 Aug 2013 15:23:12 +0000: OSI Director Receives Open Source Award – Open Source Initiative blogs
Congratulations to OSI Director Martin Michlmayr, who was one of the recipients of an O’Reilly Open Source Award at OSCON in Portland, OR last week. He was recognised for his long-standing contributions to the Debian project, where he has served two years in the demanding role of Debian Project Lead and remains an active contributor after ten years. Richly deserved recognition for a quiet and effective contributor who just gets stuff done – bravo, Martin!
- Wed, 11 Dec 2013 23:00:15 +0000: New York City plans massive free Wi-Fi zone – The Register – Networks
Harlem to get 95 blocks of wireless coverage
New York is poised to set up a huge free Wi-Fi program that could reach 80,000 people.…
- Wed, 11 Dec 2013 19:42:48 +0000: Sky broadband goes TITSUP ALL DAY, thwarts Brits’ Xmas web shopping – The Register – Networks
Ho ho h– Connection reset by peer
BSkyB’s broadband internet and phone service Sky Talk have been down for at least a day in London – and may not be fixed any time soon.…
- Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:43:10 +0000: Drooping smartphone sales mean hard times ahead for Brit chipmaker – The Register – Networks
Imagination Tech says Big Two mobemakers shipping fewer units in Q2
British chip firm Imagination Technologies has said that a slowdown in the top end of the smartphone market, where Apple and Samsung dominate, will hit the number of chips it ships in the second half of the year.…
- Fri, 06 Sep 2013 16:24:32 +0000: Two Drafts in Last Call: N-Triples, N-Quads – W3C News
The RDF Working Group has published two Last Call Working Drafts:
- N-Triples. N-Triples is a line-based, plain text format for encoding an RDF graph. Comments are welcome through 14 October.
- N-Quads. N-Quads is a line-based, plain text format for encoding an RDF dataset. Comments are welcome through 14 October.
Learn more about the Semantic Web Activity.
- Thu, 05 Sep 2013 20:26:31 +0000: Updated Techniques for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and Understanding WCAG 2.0 – W3C News
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group today published updates of two Notes that accompany WCAG 2.0: Techniques for WCAG 2.0 and Understanding WCAG 2.0. (This is not an update to WCAG 2.0, which is a stable document.) For background, important information about techniques, and opportunities to contribute to future updates, please see the Understanding Techniques for WCAG Success Criteria e-mail. Read about the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).
- Thu, 05 Sep 2013 20:16:36 +0000: Last Call: Media Source Extensions – W3C News