Skyrack News and Announcements
- Easy-IP download version updated
- VOIP is everywhere, but not all VOIP is good VOIP
- Datacentre analysis favours hosted voice PBX
- Mobile handsets to get IPv6 in 2011
- Premier content sites getting serious about IPv6
- Internet down to last remaining IPv4 addresses
- Getting started with IP address management and Easy-IP
- Skyrack opens new Leeds office
- Skyrack at Techmesh conference
- Skyrack launches new portal
Other Industry News
- Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:29:15 +0000: Telecom Italia to double peak data with HSUPA – Telecoms.com » News & Analysis
Telecom Italia has found it can double its network’s peak data rate, and vastly increase network capacity using High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) technology from infrastructure vendor NSN.
- Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:31:20 +0000: Telstra rapped for leaking 16,000 customers’ details – Telecoms.com » News & Analysis
Australian operator Telstra has been penalised by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) and telecoms regulator the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for breaching privacy laws.
- Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:53:35 +0000: Tele2 doubles 2.1GHz spectrum holding in Estonia – Telecoms.com » News & Analysis
European operator group Tele2’s Estonian subsidiary has acquired a second 2.1GHz spectrum licence from operator PGH Raadiovõrk OÜ. Tele2 said that it has doubled its 3G mobile capacity in many areas of the country as a result of the deal.
- Tue, 11 Mar 2014 09:28:54 +0000: PAC 126.96.36.199 – Freecode Releases
PAC provides a GUI to configure SSH and Telnet connections, including usernames, passwords, EXPECT regular expressions, and macros. It is similar in function to SecureCRT or Putty. It is intended for people who connect to many servers through SSH. It can automate logins and command executions.
Release Notes: This release features minor GUI changes, a code revision, code cleanup, some minor bugfixes, and little improvements.
Release Tags: Code cleanup, bug fix and enhancement
Tags: Perl, GTK+, SSH, Telnet, GNOME, Ubuntu, Expect
- Tue, 11 Mar 2014 08:57:55 +0000: Antivirus Live CD 8.1-0.98.1 DB – Freecode Releases
Antivirus Live CD is a 4MLinux fork including the ClamAV scanner. It’s designed for system admins who need a lightweight live CD with an antivirus scanner. Both Ethernet (including Wi-Fi) and dial-up (including fast USB modems) Internet connections are supported, to enable automatic updates of the virus signature database. All partitions are mounted automatically during boot so they can be scanned by ClamAV (the supported filesystems are: btrfs, ext2, ext3, ext4, FAT, HFS, HFS+, jfs, Minix, NTFS, ReiserFS, and XFS). Antivirus Live CD image is fully compatible with UNetbootin, which can be used to create an easy-to-use Antivirus Live USB.
Release Notes: This release includes virus signature databases (dated 2014-03-10), so it can be used without an Internet connection.
Tags: Antivirus, clamav, 4mlinux
- Tue, 11 Mar 2014 08:54:22 +0000: ImgView 20140312 – Freecode Releases
ImgView is a simple image viewer for Unix-like systems. It is free from menus and other GUI gadgets, and controlled primarily by the keyboard. It supports the following image file formats: XBM, PBM/PGM/PPM, GIF, JPEG, TIFF, PNG, and PCX. It supports RGB, Gray, and CMYK ICC profiles in JPEG, and RGB and Gray ICC profiles in TIFF and PNG.
Release Notes: It is now possible to define a default RGB, Gray, and CMYK profile for images without an embedded ICC profile.
Tags: Graphics, image viewer
Open Source Initiative
- Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:55:46 +0000: OSI joins FSF in amicus brief in Alice v. CLS Bank – Open Source Initiative blogs
Yesterday, the Open Source Initiative, alongside the Free Software Foundation, filed a “friend of the court” brief in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, a case currently being considered by the United States Supreme Court. (pdf, html) In this case, the Court has asked, in essence, under what conditions (if any) software is “patent-eligible subject matter” under Section 101 of the US patent statute.
Drafted by the Software Freedom Law Center, the OSI-FSF brief argues that the “machine or transformation” test is the correct, and exclusive, bright line test for patent eligibility of computer-implemented inventions. In particular, the brief argues that this test is in keeping with the Supreme Court’s existing patent jurisprudence, including the recent Bilski v. Kappos case; and that this position is also consistent with freedom of speech and the First Amendment (a position also supported by the ACLU in this case). Most current software patents would not be able to meet the requirements of this test.
OSI joined this brief because of OSI’s overall position on software patents: that they do more harm than good to the software industry, and that they are particularly damaging to free and open source development, which depends on the unencumbered exchange of ideas between community members. Beyond the legal arguments already mentioned, the brief seeks to educate the Court about the recent history of software innovation, and free and open source software’s role in that history, to show that following the Court’s rulings in cases like Gottschalk v. Benson would help, not hinder, innovation in the industry. (EFF also focused on this argument in their brief.) We hope the Court will find this persuasive and lift this onerous burden, so that the entire industry – and open source in particular – can focus our resources on creating software that enriches all of us, instead of on legal battles over the ownership of abstract ideas.
- 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.
- Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:34:01 +0000: Twittapocalypse! Twitter implodes, locked out tweeps around the world – The Register – Networks
Website falls over, mobile and desktop apps knackered in major outage
Updated Twitter has suffered a site-wide outage that stopped users from logging into their accounts and blocked access to all public profiles.…
- Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:02:03 +0000: AT&T waves its magic wand, turns that $30,000 Audi into a Wi-Fi hotspot – The Register – Networks
Stream flash video to your flash ride in a flash over LTE
AT&T will provide high-speed mobile internet to Audi’s LTE-equipped A3 line of cars in the US.…
- Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:41:12 +0000: Plusnet shunts blame for dodgy DNS traffic onto customers’ routers – The Register – Networks
Hapless users say they were redirected to phishing sites
BT-owned telco Plusnet has blamed subscribers who use third-party routers for a rise in hostile DNS traffic that has been crashing its way through the ISP’s system.…
- 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