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OSWALD #503 Period ending 13 October 2013

Welcome to the Open Source Law Weekly Open Source Digest (OSWALD)

Apparently the Portuguese Government is introducing a requirement for TCO to be calculated for comparison purposes. A lot of single board computer (Raspberry Pi/Arduino) related stories this week as well, including a story about Intel initiative to provide Arduino boards to educational institutions.

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***** Off Topic

Silk Road Dread Pirate Roberts Takedown Not About Internet Privacy

"What cracked the Silk Road case for the FBI was essentially traditional detective work, rather than a fundamental security flaw in Tor."

Snowden Leaks Show NSA Targets Tor

The Tor onion router project is used by countless numbers of users around the world in a bid to protect their privacy and provide a degree of anonymity. According to new revelations published today by the Guardian newspaper from data pilfered by whistleblower Edward Snowden, Tor users have been specifically targeted by the National Security Agency for years.

Google Disses Flash, DRM Comes to HTML & More...

We got news on Wednesday from Boing Boing that the World Wide Web Consortium is going to add DRM to HTML 5. There’s not much information available right now on how this will work or how many browser developers will go along with the program and allow their product to become enforcers for Hollywood and the recording industry.

Internet of Things Could Bring On Attack of the Killer Toaster Botnet

In Barrett's estimation, the logical conclusion to having a lack of security in the Internet of things is that there will be Internet of things botnets. Botnets are large groupings of compromised devices that are controlled by an attacker to attack targets.

***** Government/Policy

French National Police Switch 37,000 Desktop PCs to Linux

The agency claims the total cost of ownership of Linux and open source applications is about 40 percent less than proprietary software from Microsoft, according to an article published on the European Union’s Interoperability Solutions for Public Administrations website.

Portuguese government set on increasing use of open source

The government of Portugal wants to increase its use of open source ICT solutions and open ICT standards, aiming to rationalise its IT and reduce costs, says André Vasconcelos from the Agency for Administrative Modernisation (AMA). "To allow comparing open source and proprietary solutions, we'll make it compulsory to calculate the TCO over 4 years, including for maintenance, licences, migration and productivity."

NHS tears out its Oracle Spine in favour of open source

The upgrade from Spine to Spine2 will see the NHS shift the core of its main secure patient database and messaging platform from Oracle onto a bevy of open source technologies including the Riak datastore, Redis, Nginx, Tornado, and RabbitMQ, along with some proprietary technologies like Splunk. Riak developer Basho announced the plans on Wednesday.

Anger at dropping of open source for matric CAT, IT

The department announced that it would phase out the use of open source software in the CAP and information technology curriculums through to 2016.

***** Applications/Gadgets

Give outlining a try: Now, Fargo is open source

Now, Fargo is open source. Or if you prefer, Concord, the engine and interface behind Fargo, is open source and under the GPL.

Rugged fanless box-PC suits wireless mobile apps

MEN Mikro announced a rugged, Linux-ready box-PC for use on trains, buses, airplanes, and construction and agricultural vehicles.

arkOS: Building the anti-cloud (on a Raspberry Pi)

arkOS is not a solution to the surveillance state, but it does offer an alternative to those who would rather exercise some measure of control over their data and, at the very least, not lock away their information in online services where its retrieval and use is at the whim of a corporation, not the user.

Linux-capable Arduino TRE debuts at Maker Faire Rome

The Arduino TRE features both a 1GHz 32-bit TI Sitara AM335x 32-bit ARM Cortex-A8 processor, for running Linux, and an 8-bit Atmel ATmega microcontroller, for AVR-compatible control of “shield” expansion modules.

Facebook open-source cache squeezes more from flash disks

Recently, Facebook updated its internally developed caching software, called Flashcache, to more efficiently use the thousands of solid-state drives (SSDs) that the social networking giant deploys to store frequently consulted data.

Raspberry Pi and Camera Bundle announced at $40

If you’re looking at the Raspberry Pi and Camera for a project, then good news! A new bundle specifically pairing the two has been released, with the lighter Model A coming with the Pi Camera board.

***** Reports

Red Hat partners Singapore govt to push open source data analytics

Red Hat will be collaborating with BATC in areas of big data, middleware, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), cloud and storage, for the development of current and upcoming analytics projects. The partnership will last one year.

Smart grid data concentrator dev kit runs Linux

Texas Instruments is shipping a development kit for designing data concentrator devices targeting “smart grid” applications.

How to Choose the Best License for Your Open Source Software Project

"If you use the Gnu General Public License (GPL), for example, some people won't touch it as they'll be worried about incorporating GPL code into their product. On the other hand, if you don't use the GPL then some developers simply won't be prepared to contribute, so picking the right license really depends on who you are targeting your software at."

Richard Stallman on the Painful Birth of GNU

But in any case, I saw that LMI was going to be able to do this on its own, and I decided I don't want to just continue punishing Symbolics forever. They destroyed my community, now I want to build something to replace. So I started looking for a way I could do that. This was in 1983, while I was still doing the work to keep the MIT system on a par with the Symbolics system. I could see that I wasn't going to do that indefinitely, and I was looking for what I could do after that, that would build a community to replace the one Symbolics destroyed.

As Google Eyes Android Branding For Smart TV, The Question Is Where Android Won't Be

Google is reportedly in the process of rebranding its Google TV efforts as “Android TV,” according to a new report from GigaOM’s Janko Roettgers. The switch reflects the fact that Google TV is already an Android-based product, and the new name is apparently in use with developer and OEM partners already, pending a formal switch from the old to the new branding.

Intel teams up with Arduino to promote open-source hardware community

Krzanich, speaking at the Maker Faire in Rome, Italy, also introduced the Galileo development board that will become the foundation of open source hardware platforms. Intel is donating 50,000 of the Arduino-compatible Intel Galileo boards to more than 1,000 universities worldwide over the next 18 months. The exploding “maker” community is a do-it-yourself technology movement.

Dries Buytaert Is Building the Next "Red Hat-Like" Open Source Success Story

Acquia empowers enterprises with the open-source web publishing system Drupal. Co-founded by Drupal’s creator in 2007, Acquia helps customers manage their growth and scale their online properties.

HP says open sourcing SDNs is wrong

What Juniper and HP have in common in SDNs is not knowing where, when or why customers would use the OpenDaylight open source SDN controller and framework. Both companies are members of OpenDaylight – Juniper is a highest-ranking Platinum member – but both companies shrug off its potential impact on customer SDN deployments.

Canonical Says It's Not Ignoring Ubuntu Desktop Because of Ubuntu Touch

More precisely, Canonical has been accused of putting more resources into Ubuntu Touch and diverting them from the development of Ubuntu desktop, which would account for the decision to drop XMir for the time being.

Microsoft Reportedly Looking To Put Windows Phone On Android Devices, Starting With HTC

Microsoft has reached out to HTC to see if the company would be interested in adding Windows as a second OS to its Android handsets, a new report by Bloomberg claims.

“Most powerful” Arduino ever has ARM Cortex-A8 chip, runs “full Linux”

We'll show you 11 awesome things hackers and electronics enthusiasts have created with the Arduino.

Tablet baton passes from Apple to Android

Data from the second quarter show the number of Android-powered tablets sold surpassing iPads for the first time, and the share of tablet-related hardware revenues achieving parity.

Jobs Demand Rising for Linux and Open Source Skills

Demand for Linux and open source workers continues to rise.

What is the GNU System?

GNU is a modern, commercial-grade operating system consituted of software components that respect the freedoms of computing device users.

Valve details specs for Linux-based Steam Machine prototype

In terms of graphics, lower-end Steam Machine prototypes will include the Nvidia GeForce GTX 660; others will feature GTX 760 or GTX 780 cards, while the upper echelon systems will come with GeForce GTX Titan monster cards.

SoundCloud open-sources Sketchy to help other big web firms fight spammy behavior

So what the tool does is to detect what might be malicious behavior, then report it to SoundCloud’s human community management team. That team will usually give the user a first warning, and if the user persists in their behavior then Sketchy will “make it so those spammers are shouting into the wind,” as Michaels-Ober put it. The team also feeds back into Sketchy to help adjust the system’s thresholds.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 Beta Debuts with SAP, Precision Timing Support

Ron Pacheco, senior manager, Platform Product Management at Red Hat, explained to ServerWatch that Precision Time Protocol (PTP) is important to customers who require sub-microsecond time stamping of transactions. He noted that customers in the Financial Services Industry can use this very high-precision time stamping for trades.

Fujitsu won't cede the Unix market to IBM

Nonetheless, one of those smaller vendors, Fujitsu, says it's in the Unix market for the long haul. The company is committed to developing its Sparc64 chip for Unix servers in an effort to, among other things, keep IBM from monopolizing the business, says Noriyuki Toyoki, corporate senior vice president and the head of Fujitsu's server division.

Mad Catz M.O.J.O. Is a Pricey Game Console for Android Nerds

The M.O.J.O. is trying to be a deluxe version of the Android game console. Basically, it has the guts of a high-end smartphone, with an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage. Around back, the M.O.J.O. has HDMI output, two USB inputs, Ethernet and a micro-SD card slot. An included controller has a full set of thumbsticks, buttons and triggers, plus a “travel clip” that you can use with a smartphone, turning it into a portable gaming device (similar to the Moga Pro).

Your car is about to go open source

Computerworld - Automakers are working to standardize on a Linux-based operating system for in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems that would make it easier for cars to act more like smartphones.

Open Source Asterisk 12 Opens Up Communications with REST

Asterisk 12 introduces the Asterisk REST Interface (ARI), which offers the promise of easier access for developers to extend the open source communications platform.

Raspberry Pi slices off sales of 1.75 million

What’s happened to the millionth British Raspberry Pi, you ask? Sony have made us a gold-plated case to keep it in, and we’ll be displaying it proudly here at Pi Towers.

Google will now pay up to $3,133.7 for your open-source software patch

The new program applies to a collection of open-source projects that serve as the Internet's fundamental infrastructure. They include the popular domain name server BIND, the cryptographic library OpenSSL, and the remote login software Open SSH. Google says it expects to expand the program to web and mail servers "in the coming weeks."

Firefox OS Gets Performance Boost, Wider Distribution

Mozilla Foundation is improving the performance of its Firefox OS software for smartphones, and devices running it will soon go on sale in more European and Latin American countries.

OpenStack Foundation Aims to Define the Core Open-Source Cloud

The OpenStack Foundation was officially launched in September 2012 in a bid to provide an open governance model for OpenStack. OpenStack is an open-source cloud platform originally started by Rackspace and NASA in 2010 that has since become a much bigger effort with widespread industry participation.

Open source programs to get more kids to code

At OSCON this year, Regina ten Bruggencate and Kim Spiritus gave a talk called How To Get More Kids To Code. I got in late (I was waiting in line to get a free signed copy of The Art of Community by Jono Bacon) so I missed the beginning of this session, but came in as they were demoing Scratch.

***** Snippets

Red Hat Advances Enterprise Linux 5.10 and Satellite Server Management

Ubuntu 13.10: Meet the Linux distro with a bizarre Britney Spears fixation

New Kernel Vulnerabilities Affect Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

Wine 1.7.3 Brings New Gecko Engine Based on Firefox 24

Ubuntu 13.10 final beta: Ubuntu for smartphones is almost here

Acquia CEO on open innovation and new markets for Drupal

Tales from Linux Kernel 3.11 Development - The Kernel Column

The state of XMir

Google Updates Chrome 30 for 50 Security Flaws

Apache CloudStack 4.2 Advances the Open Source Cloud

Linux is more secure but not invulnerable

Google Chrome 30 Stable Has Been Officially Released

GNU Guix: The most important Free Software project you've never heard of

Raspberry Pi Wireless Inventors Kit Review

Does Open Source's Rise Spell The End Of Traditional Software Vendors?

Linux Kernel 3.11.3 Is Now Available for Download

Red Hat leads way to certify OpenStack pros

GNU Hurd reaches milestone: Version 0.5 released

Open Source Is Good And All, But Proprietary Is Still Winning

Call me GNU: The GNU/Linux naming debate, revisited

Improving tables of contents in LibreOffice

Themer offers a radical new look for your Android phone

Linux 3.12 rc4

Apple iOS gains on Google Android in mobile OS race

Windows XP End of Life: Chromebooks As a Replacement?

Top 5 reasons you should replace Windows and Mac OS X with GNU

Mozilla unmasks security flaw in Persona, warns other OpenID implementers

Would It Be a Disaster If Ubuntu Ceased to Exist?

Oh No, Too Many Distros?

Google's Schmidt: Android more secure than iPhone

Open source is brutal: an interview with Google's Chris DiBona

SC13 supercomputing show must go on, government shutdown or not

KDE vs GNOME: Settings, Apps, Widgets

A taste of Chrome OS in Windows 8.x

Where Is Mirantis Finding Talent to Build the Open-Source OpenStack Cloud?

Today in Open Source: Would Linux survive if Ubuntu died?

Ubuntu 13.10 vs. Ubuntu 13.04: Reasons to Upgrade

SolusOS 2 Will Use a Custom GNOME 3.10 Desktop

Memo to MongoDB: Spend the Venture Capital On Partner Training

Memo to Red Hat (RHT): OpenStack, Not Open Stack

Using RoundCube Webmail With ISPConfig 3 On Debian Wheezy (nginx)

Why I'm excited for Linux Mint 16, even though I don't like Mint

Android 4.4 KitKat: The seven things we know so far

Cinnamon 2.0 Desktop Environment Has Been Released

Mapping Your GIS Data

GNU Make 4.0 released

IT-oLogy: Opening Doors in Raleigh With 'All Things Open'

Samba 4.0.10 Released - Fixes Some Major Bugs

Lies, damned lies, and Android benchmarks

How to set up web-based database management system with Adminer

Canonical's Saucy Salamander gives Ubuntu some speed

The challenges and perks of bringing open source to the enterprise

First Look at Cinnamon 2.0 on Arch Linux

Ubuntu 13.10 Review: A great Linux desktop gets better

Hyper Light Drifter Drifts Zelda-esque Dungeon Crawling Onto Linux
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