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Open Source Initiative
- Mon, 18 May 2015 19:20:48 +0000: Open Source Wrap Up: May 15, 2015 – Open Source Initiative blogs
By “OpenSourceToday” via Reddit
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=====News from the Samsung Open Source Group Blog=====
2015 Future of Open Source Study
For the last 15 years, North Bridge and Black Duck Software have joined efforts every year to conduct a survey about the use of open source in modern business. A record 1,300 people responded to the survey this year, up from 822 in 2013. Respondents included software engineers, CIOs, CEOs, educators, analysts, and more. There is little that has changed in open source trends, and this survey demonstrates the continued pervasive expansion of open source.
Here are some notable findings from this year’s survey:
- 78% of companies run on open source, and less than 3% don’t use FOSS at all.
- 64% of respondents said their company currently participates in open source projects, up 14% YOY.
- 88% expect their companies to increase open source contributions, up from 56% last year.
- 66% consider OSS to be the default option before proprietary.
The Open Source Advantage
- 50% said open source involvement helps their company recruit top talent.
- 55% said open source delivers better security
- 89% said open source greatly impacts the speed of innovation
- 78% said open source improves margins
What Needs Improvements
- 55% have no policies or procedures for open source compliance.
- 27% have a formal policy for employee contributions to OSS.
- 16% have an automated code approval process.
Samsung Launches ARTIK, a New Platform for IoT
Samsung has announced the release of ARTIK, an open source platform designed for building IoT devices. The goal of ARTIK is to reduce the fragmentation of the IoT market by providing an end-to-end solution for making interconnected applications for everything from low-powered wearables to high-end smart homes. The group behind the product worked with the team from Arduino to fully integrated the Arduino IDE into ARTIK, making it easier for developers to get started. Samsung is currently taking applications until May 31st to receive an alpha developer kit, so if you are interested in building IoT devices, be sure to check this out.
Read More at the Artik Blog.
The Open Source Initiative Elects a New President
Simon Phipps was elected as the President of the Open Source Initiative (OSI) in 2012, and his term ends in April 2016. He recently decided not to pursue a new terms as president of the board, and the board has elected Allison Randal to replace him starting next year. Allison has a long history of working for open source foundations including the Perl Foundation, Parrot Foundation, and Python Software Foundation. She appears to be an ideal candidate to run the organization.
=====News from OpenSource.com=====
Snappy Ubuntu + Robots
Snappy Ubuntu Core is a minimal server image, for clouds and devices. eWeek tells of it’s growing use, and how it’s coming to network swtiches and refrigerators. Ars Technica has an article about the Erle-Copter, a drone that runs Ubuntu Snappy, making it the first drone with apps. “The combination of Snappy Ubuntu and the Robot Operating System is a good example of the power of open systems to work together.”
The Vatican uses FITTS format
The Vatican wants to preserve human history, and it thinks the best way to do so is with open source. The Vatican Library CIO Luciano Ammenti argued his case at the EMC World conference, saying open source will help history be more easily accessible and usable 50 years from now. The Vatican Library digitized 82,000 manuscripts as images instead of text, using the FITTS format—an open source, 64-bit, 3D-ready format.
Get your Open Data Handbook
Open Knowledge has announced that the Open Data Handbook has been updated. The new version has over 80 new terms and concepts with easy to understand definitions. Written by expert members of the open data community, and available in over 18 languages, this handbook targets an audience of civil servants, journalists, activists, developers, and more.
- Thu, 14 May 2015 10:10:46 +0000: Handing On The Baton – Open Source Initiative blogs
I joined in with the Open Source Initiative in 2008, was elected to its Board in 2010 and became its President in 2012. Along with the Board, I’ve pursued a vision of OSI transforming into a membership organisation, serving open source not only as steward of the Open Source Definition and arbiter of which licenses satisfy its requirements and thus deliver software freedom, but also as an enabler for people and organisations that want to make open source better and more popular.
Since we made this change, we’ve made great progress. We have many Affiliates, multiple Corporate Sponsors and a substantial number of individual members. We have been able to hire a full-time General Manager, which has resulted in a steady stream of improvements, most visibly regular newsletters but also to infrastructure, Board facilitation and organisational effectiveness. That’s led to new work, including being able to act as the fiscal sponsor for OpenHatch, backing the development of a higher-education curriculum and hosting a cross-community group to help open source entities gain US non-profit status.
As part of these changes, OSI introduced term limits for Board membership so that vacancies for new Directors would open that could be filled by representatives of the new membership. The people who made this wise and bold decision have mostly left the Board now, and I will leave the Board next April as well. In the light of that and with the support of the Board, I decided not to offer myself for re-election as President this year, so there would be space for a new leader to be appointed while I am still a Director.
As a result, the Board unanimously elected Allison Randal as its new President yesterday. She is a fantastic choice, with long experience at the heart of the free and open source movement as well as in the business use of open source at all scales. She’s been chairing the ongoing in-person Board meeting and continuing the move towards an OSI that enables people to make things better in open source as well as stewarding licenses.
With Allison at the helm, OSI will continue to get better and better and I encourage you to join now as an individual, to affiliate your community and to persuade your company to become a sponsor. The things we have been discussing today at the Board meeting are very exciting and you will want to be part of them!
- 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.
- Fri, 29 May 2015 15:31:06 +0000: ‘Free’ VPN Hola is LITERALLY flogging access to users’ devices – The Register – Networks
Selling something to you, or selling you to something?
The VPN service Hola, which claims to have more than 9.7 million users, is now selling its access to users’ machines as exit-nodes under the Luminati brand.…
- Thu, 28 May 2015 18:32:26 +0000: FCC boss sketches out bargain broadband for hard-up Americans – The Register – Networks
Because being penniless is no excuse to have crappy dialup
Tom Wheeler, chairman of US internet watchdog the FCC, has asked the regulator’s commissioners to offer broadband to poor Americans via the Lifeline program.…
- Thu, 28 May 2015 01:31:38 +0000: Property developers face NBN build sting – The Register – Networks
Non-NBN fibre providers get competition leg-up in new housing
The federal government has moved to mollify the fibre operators left out in the cold by previous national broadband network (NBN) policy, re-writing the rules that apply to new property developments.…
- 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