Sunday, December 14, 2014

Open source news

Open source news for your reading

Is Google coming back to open document formats in its apps?

For a company that's built on open source, Google sometimes doesn't give the open source world as much love as many people think it should. The company's support, for example, for OpenDocument has been less-than-stellar.

But that could be changing, according to an article from ComputerWorld UK. The article quotes Chris DiBona, Google's head of open source, who said "support for exporting ODS and ODT files in ODF 1.2 format (the one used by all modern suites including MS Office and LibreOffice) is now under development."

A reason for this move could be that more and more governments are adopting OpenDocument and, as the article states, "Google wants to sell Drive and Chromebooks into government-controlled markets and ODF is becoming a gating factor." With support from a company like Google, OpenDocument could make bigger inroads, and not just in government.

U.S. Marine Corps dumps Windows for Linux as the operating system for its new radar system

Many businesses run their mission critical applications on Linux. On the battlefield, "mission critical" takes on an entirely different meaning. That's one of the reasons the United States Marine Corps switched to Linux to run its new radar system. Originally, the system ran on Windows XP, but with XP reaching its end of life, the switch to Linux made sense. According to the article in the Capital Gazette, "Ingrid Vaughan, director of the program, said the change would mean greater compatibility for laptop computers used to control the system in the future."

The European Commission to update its open source policy

It's no secret that Europe is a hotbeds for open source, thanks in part to the European Commission embracing open source. To further the cause of open source, the Commission will be updating its open source policy.

The Commission is doing this to "make it easier for its software developers to submit patches and add new functionalities to open source projects." The policy will "clarify legal aspects, including intellectual property rights, copyright and which author or authors to name when submitting code to the upstream repositories." According to Pierre Damas (Head of Sector at the Directorate General for IT (DIGIT)), the changes to the policy will help the European Commission "to advance the use of open source." Damas added that "the policy can help nudge others to consider open source.”

Mesosphere announces data center operating system

One area in which open source has a deep footprint is in the data center. Mesosphere, a company built on Apache Mesos, is positioning itself to be a major player in that area according to an article by TechCrunch.

Mesosphere has just unveiled a new data center operating system that's built on open source components. According to TechCrunch, the operating system "operates on the scale of the entire data center, which means instead of controlling a single machine, the operating system sits on top of the data center". This operating system, the article continues, is "compatible with several versions of Linux including Red Hat, CentOS, Ubuntu, and CoreOS, as well public cloud infrastructure services from companies like Amazon, Google and Microsoft." Learn more about it at Mesophere.com.

Inspiring the next generation of scientists with open data

Some people wonder what use all of the data collected by the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) is good for. An article by Notre Dame news points out, it can be used to educate and inspire the next generation of scientists.

Notre Dame University has begun a pair of projects that use the data that CERN made available via its Open Data Portal to develop "tools and programs for the early use of this data that could address some of the most fundamental questions about the origin and composition of the universe." In the program, "high school students and teachers unite to become particle physicists for a day, learning some of the basics of particle physics." From there, they use the tools Notre Dame developed to analyze a slice of the data. The article quotes Notre Dame physics professor Mitchell Wayne, who states: "These outreach programs help educate and inspire the next generation of scientists. They demonstrate the interesting and creative ways these data can be used by high school teachers and students."

Friday, December 5, 2014

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Friday, November 21, 2014

After a brief reminder of Agile and open source values. We present a return of experience of managing open source communities (Aimed to produce) by adapting a kind of scrumban process to the community.
The challenge is to find a king of "OpenAgile" business and production model that make the Free (Freedom for customers), Open and agile in the middle of any institution strategy to make a better added value projects. 

[a central possible conflicting issue between Open Source and Agile is the first value Individuals and interactions over processes and tools* (in fact no! it depend by how we consider the tools in agile))]

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Froo is free and open

A new mooc about Free and Open Objectives (http://froo.org)

Froo is Free.

and also
Froo (frü) n. Any item(s) that brings amusement, delight, diversion, pleasure, gratification or worldly enjoyment. <He bought her some froo for her birthday. We picked up a bunch of froo at the craft store.> Also, n. -froo·age.
adj.  Delectable yet intangible expression to describe pleasurable sensory, verbal, emotional and or physical gratification. <The view of the mountains is froo. Satin feels froo against my skin. They were so froo for allowing all of her friends to crash her party. Pier One Imports is a froo place to work.>  Also, adj. -froo·er, -froo·est.
v.  1. To delight and amaze by promoting unintentional pleasure. <My boyfriend frooed me with a new tennis bracelet.> 2. To decorate in such a manner that the entire sensual experience is overwhelmingly pleasurable. <We were frooing the flower arrangement when she walked in. I frooed the curtains by tying some froo bows on them.> Also, v.  froo·ing, frooed.

And that definiton fit well with my vision of "Free Libre Open Source and Agile".

From Values to principles : Ideas about Agile teams and Open Source Communities business and management model.

From Values to principles : Ideas about Agile teams and Open Source Communities business and management model.
After a brief reminder of Agile and open source values. You will see a return of experience of managing open source communities (Aimed to produce) by adapting a scrumban process to the community.
The challenge is to find a king of “OpenAgile” business and production model that make the “Free” (Freedom for customers), Open and agile to make a better added value projects.
INTRO'S AND CASES