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
Open Source Initiative
- Tue, 28 Apr 2015 18:14:25 +0000: OSI Welcomes New Sponsor Deciso – Open Source Initiative blogs
Sponsor of OPNsense, an open source FreeBSD based firewall and routing platform, extends support to broader open source community.
April 28, 2015 – PALO ALTO, Calif. — The Open Source Initiative (OSI), a member-driven and industry-supported non-profit, announced the generous sponsorship of Deciso B.V. Deciso joins existing OSI corporate sponsors Adobe, Craigslist, Engineering Group, IBM, HP, Google, NGINX, Twitter and several others committed to advancing open source software through community-building, education, and public advocacy.
Deciso is a true believer in open source as an enabler for businesses. As a company, Deciso believes sharing knowledge creates better products: the core tenet of open source and the primary driver for its success over the past 15+ years. “We value the work of the OSI, its vital role in promoting awareness in the importance of non-proprietary software, as well as their efforts in maintaining the open source definition and providing approved licenses,” said Robert van Papeveld, Chief Executive Officer of Deciso.
“Deciso’s sponsorship highlights the growing recognition among corporations in the value of open source software and development,” said OSI General Manager Patrick Masson. “Deciso is not only supporting the broad open source movement through their contribution to the OSI, but are also engaging directly with the community through their release of OPNsense.org.” Financial sponsorships to the OSI, and open source projects broadly, are increasing as companies across industries realize open source software’s promise of quality, reliability, flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in. “The OSI relies on our corporate sponsors to ensure not only our continued success, but the open source movement’s as well,” said OSI Treasurer and Board Director, Mike Milinkovich. “We thank Deciso for their contribution and confidence.”
Deciso is a long time supporter of open source initiatives and invested both time and money into well known open source projects such as m0n0wall, ZABBIX and Zen Load Balancer. “Sponsoring the Open Source Initiative can be viewed as a big ‘thank you!’ to everyone who has devoted time and effort to open source software anywhere in the world.” said Jos Schellevis, Chief Technical Officer of Deciso. “To us it also marks a starting point, as we just founded the OPNsense community project.” The OSI approved BSD 2-clause license forms the backbone of the OPNsense project (https://opnsense.org) and ensures its primary goal to keep the project open source and available for all. Deciso encourages all businesses who believe and use open source to support the OSI in their efforts.
Contributions like those from Deciso, allow the OSI to maintain its internationally recognized status as a nexus of trust with a mandate to protect and promote open source. The OSI engages with open source developers, communities of practice, as well as the public and private sectors around the world, furthering open source technologies, licenses, and models of development that can provide economic and strategic advantages.
Deciso B.V. (https://www.deciso.com) is a global manufacturer of networking equipment. The company designs and produces complete products for integrators, OEMs and resellers. Deciso believes in the power of open source and actively contributes to the open source community. The company was founded in 2000 and is located in Middelharnis, the Netherlands
About the Open Source Initiative
Founded in 1998, the Open Source Initiative (http://opensource.org) protects and promotes open source by providing a foundation for community success. It champions open source in society through education, infrastructure and collaboration. As the steward of the Open Source Definition, the OSI is recognized internationally as the sole standards body for certifying open source licenses and preventing abuse of the open source concept by bad actors. The (OSI) is a California public benefit corporation, with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
- Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:26:01 +0000: OpenMRS joins Open Source Initiative as Affiliate Member – Open Source Initiative blogs
Partnership highlights core values of both organizations in ensuring access to all members within communities.
March 30, 2015 – PALO ALTO, Calif. — The Open Source Initiative ® (OSI), recognized globally for their work in promoting and protecting open source software and development communities, announced today the Affiliate Membership of OpenMRS®, a free and open source health IT platform.
The OpenMRS community works around the world to bring high-quality open source healthcare information systems to everyone. It creates both a modular software platform that allows individuals, organizations, and countries to customize the software to their specific needs; mobile applications to interact with the system in rural areas; and reference “distributions” that can be used as starting points to design systems to meet the needs of various types of health care delivery. OpenMRS software is based on the principle that information should be stored in a way which makes it easy to summarize, analyze, and securely share with other Health IT systems.
“We are delighted to have the OpenMRS project join us as an affiliate member,” said Leslie Hawthorn, OSI Board Director. “Their dedication to improving lives through open source medical records software not only supports the mission of the OSI, it makes the world a better place for some of the world’s most vulnerable populations.”
The OSI Affiliate Member Program allows any non-profit community, organization or institution—unequivocally independent groups with a clear commitment to open source—to join the OSI in support of it’s mission to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open source community. The current OSI Affiliate membership is a who’s-who of the world of open source software.
“Over the last decade, the OpenMRS community has become a believer in open source — both its licensing and its collaborative spirit,” said Paul Biondich, OpenMRS Project Leader. “Open source is a way to empower people around the world to make life better for themselves and for their communities. We believe that the poor should have an equal opportunity to live healthy lives, and open source is a way for them to access technology critical to today’s health care systems. For those reasons, we deeply support the mission of the OSI, and are eager to lend our voices to its direction to ensure the long-term success of open source.”
One of the most important activities of the OSI is as an internationally recognized standards body, maintaining the Open Source Definition for the good of the community. The Open Source Initiative Approved License trademark and program creates a nexus of trust around which developers, users, corporations and governments can organize open source cooperation. The growing number of Affiliate Members highlight both the value of the OSI’s work and acknowledgement of the OSI’s authority in open source licensing.
OpenMRS started in 2004 as a open source medical record system for developing countries. A volunteer organization, its community nurtures a growing worldwide network of individuals and organizations all focused on creating medical record systems and an implementation network to allow system development self reliance within resource constrained environments. Since launching in a single clinic in Kenya, OpenMRS has been implemented throughout the world, including places like South Africa, Philippines, Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, and many more. For more information, visit http://openmrs.org/.
About the Open Source Initiative
Founded in 1998, the Open Source Initiative protects and promotes open source by providing a foundation for community success. It champions open source in society through education, infrastructure and collaboration. The (OSI) is a California public benefit corporation, with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. For more information about the OSI, or to learn how to become an affiliate, please visit: opensource.org/affiliates.
- Fri, 20 Mar 2015 22:03:47 +0000: California Association of Voting Officials, Latest to Join Open Source Initiative – Open Source Initiative blogs
Organizations aligned in goals of raising awareness and adoption of open source in government and elections.
PALO ALTO, Calif. — The Open Source Initiative ® (OSI), the premiere organization that promotes and protects open source, announced today that the California Association of Voting Officials (CAVO) has joined the OSI as an Affiliate Member. CAVO is dedicated to the development of open source voting systems for use in public elections, and provides training, education and management best practices to election officials for the effective employment of technologies. OSI Affiliate Members are organizations committed to public support for open source software and the role the OSI plays therein. The current Affiliate membership is a who’s-who in the world of open source software.
CAVO and OSI recognize that advances in open source development can provide citizens and governments the opportunity to ensure that everyone’s vote is counted accurately and securely without being held hostage to private vendors nor aging, outdated infrastructure. Innovation through open source development will provide communities the capacity and certainty to administer elections for this century and keep the promise of democracy, namely that your vote will always count.
“CAVO’s Affiliate Membership not only exemplifies the increasing awareness and adoption of open source software beyond the technology sector, but their work also highlights the alignment in values and benefits among community-based development projects in support of public services like voting,” said Patrick Masson, General Manager of the OSI. “CAVO, like the OSI and many of our other Affiliate Members, has worked with local and national government, advocating for open source software and practices. We’re very excited to learn from—and share—their experience and success with the broader open source community.”
One of the most important activities of the OSI is as an internationally recognized standards body, maintaining the Open Source Definition for the good of the community. The Open Source Initiative Approved License trademark and program creates a nexus of trust around which developers, users, corporations and governments can organize open source cooperation.
“We are excited to be an Affiliate Member with the Open Source Initiative. This relationship will be instrumental in our civil rights effort toward transparency in public elections,” said CAVO Secretary Brent Turner. CAVO President, Timothy B Mayer added, “The OSI provides a foundation to our election reform efforts. We proudly support them and are honored to be members.”
About The California Association of Voting Officials
Formed in December of 2013, the California Association of Voting Officials (CAVO) is a California nonprofit non-stock mutual benefit corporation designed to create new voting systems utilizing free open source software and inexpensive commodity components. CAVO’s scope includes technical support, professional development and advocacy for the effective employment of open source technologies and management practices. You can learn more about CAVO at: www.cavo-us.org/
About the Open Source Initiative
Founded in 1998, the Open Source Initiative protects and promotes open source by providing a foundation for community success. It champions open source in society through education, infrastructure and collaboration. The (OSI) is a California public benefit corporation, with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. For more information about the OSI, or to learn how to become an affiliate, please visit: http://opensource.org/
- Wed, 06 May 2015 22:19:15 +0000: Australian Labor Party toys with a return to fibre, sometime, somewhere – The Register – Networks
Opposition party looks under lounge, finds dusty piece of its geek cred
The Australian Labor Party is considering whether it might be able to revive some kind of fibre-to-the-premises policy to take to the 2016 election.…
- Wed, 06 May 2015 07:23:06 +0000: Snowden scandal latest: NSA, GCHQ lingo-spies replaced by unstoppable RHINEHART robots – The Register – Networks
If you lost your job to software, you can sympathize
The NSA has been using software to convert intercepted phone calls into transcripts stored in searchable databases, it is claimed. It is also entirely believable: Dragon Dictate isn’t exactly top secret, is it?…
- Wed, 06 May 2015 07:01:03 +0000: Great, we all want 5G mobile broadband. Now just how are we gonna wire it all up? – The Register – Networks
Asking for a friend (the UN’s standards bods at the ITU)
The UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has set up a new focus group to look at how today’s landline networks can be adapted to provide the backhaul for 5G. In other words, how to use today’s cabling to link high-speed 5G phone masts to carrier networks and the wider internet.…
- 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