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PrimeSense

Open source 3D sensing libraries kiboshed, maybe by Apple

The OpenNI project, which provides middleware libraries and applications for 3D sensing, is closing in April. The project – its name is a contraction of Open Natural Interaction – was led by PrimeSense, whose technology was the basis for Microsoft's Kinect motion sensor. PrimeSense was acquired by Apple in November 2013. That …
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Nvidia slips love letter to open source driver devs

Nvidia is cozying up just a little with the open source community, with it emerging in late January that it's kicked some driver code into the Nouveau open source graphics driver project. The company has previously been the recipient of hate mail from the open source community as being difficult to work with. However, with a new …

Wanna use Bitcoin on your site? BitPay's open-source library wants to help

Bitcoin payment processor BitPay has released the source code to a library aimed at making it easier for developers to build applications that use the virtual currency. "Bitcore is an open source JavaScript library for doing anything you can imagine with the Bitcoin protocol," the company said in a blog post introducing the tool …
Neil McAllister, 15 Feb 2014
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Microsoft in OPEN-SOURCE .Net love-in with new foundation

Microsoft has opened its .Net programming framework to the developer community by releasing the code for a broad range of .Net-related software as open-source projects under the stewardship of a new, dedicated foundation. The surprise announcement came during the Thursday keynote at Redmond's annual Build developer conference, …
Neil McAllister, 04 Apr 2014

Munich signs off on Open Source project

The German city of Munich has declared that its famous move to open source software is over and a success. Munich famously decided to go open source back in 2003, citing a desire to be independent of big, bad, vendor-land and save a few Euros along the way. To that end the city decided to adopt Linux on the desktop and server, …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Dec 2013
Broadcom

Get Quake III running on Raspberry Pi using Broadcom's open-source GPU drivers, earn $10K

Broadcom has released open-source drivers and documentation for the graphics processor that's used in the Raspberry Pi microcomputer, among other devices. "To date, there's been a dearth of documentation and vendor-developed open source drivers for the graphics subsystems of mobile systems-on-a-chip (SoC)," Eben Upton, a …
Neil McAllister, 28 Feb 2014
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Sony's new PlayStation 4 and open source FreeBSD: The TRUTH

Sony has confirmed that its newgasmic game console the PlayStation 4 - on sale today in the US - uses a modified version of the open-source FreeBSD operating system. In a license page on Sony's Japanese site the company lists the software used by the PEW-PEW-PEW machine, and Unix-derivative FreeBSD features prominently. The PS4' …
Jack Clark, 16 Nov 2013

Open ZFS wielders kick off 'truly open source' dev group

A bunch of companies that rely on ZFS to power their products have banded together in a new open source cabal that says it will offer a "truly open source" version of the filesystem. The group revealed itself to the world yesterday, erecting the eponymous open-zfs.org website and announcing an intention to do the following three …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2013
OpenStack's "Dope 'N Stack" campaign

Speaking in Tech: Enterprise bods are hungry for open source

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another episode of El Reg's weekly Wednesday tech podcast, hosted by Ed Saipetch, Greg Knieriemen and Sarah Vela. This week the whole gang is together with special guest Joseph B George, director of cloud and big data solutions at Dell. Joseph talks about his work at …
Team Register, 20 Nov 2013
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Open source project gives cars the Ikea treatment

A successful demo-build video, in which a flat-pack gets turned into a driveable chassis in 41 minutes, has focussed attention on an open-source car project, OSVehicle. The project, which first went public last October, has several aims: vehicle makers could build and ship the kit car as a flat pack with their own individual …

Mozilla CTO Eich: If your browser isn't open source (ahem, ahem, IE, Chrome, Safari), DON'T TRUST IT

Mozilla CTO Brendan Eich has cautioned netizens not to blindly trust software vendors, arguing that only open-source software can be assured to be free from government-mandated surveillance code. "Every major browser today is distributed by an organization within reach of surveillance laws," Eich wrote in a joint blog post with …
Neil McAllister, 14 Jan 2014
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Oracle says open source has no place in military apps

Oracle has popped out a white paper that may well turn some heads, because it contains robust criticism of open source software. Titled “The Department of Defense (DoD) and Open Source Software” and available here as a PDF to those with Oracle accounts or here in Dropbox, the document's premise is that folks in the USA's …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Oct 2013
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Ceph puts on its Red Hat and dances in the open source sun

Inktank has made its all-singing, all-dancing software-defined storage Ceph product play nicer with Red Hat. Ceph is a massively scalable, open source, software-defined storage system. Ceph Enterprise combines Ceph for object and block storage “with a graphical manager, enhanced integration tools, and support services,” …
Chris Mellor, 04 Feb 2014
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Indy devs to AOL: Save Winamp, or at least make it open source

A petition to save the doomed media player Winamp has already garnered more than 15,000 signatures, but the software's parent company has yet to show any signs of reversing its decision. Nullsoft, the AOL subsidiary that has developed Winamp for the last 15 years, announced last week that the software will reach the end of its …
Neil McAllister, 26 Nov 2013

Linux-friendly Munich: Ja, we'll take open source collab cloud

The Linux-friendly burghers of Munich are rolling out their own open-source groupware cloud, bucking the trend for going public. The German city has selected Kolab Desktop Client and Kolab web Client for more than 14,000 Linux PCs, surviving Windows PCs and a generation of mobile devices under a four-year project called MigMak, …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Feb 2014
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Oracle showers gold on OpenStack, dreams of open-source splashback

Oracle has started sponsoring an open-source cloud tech that it already uses within its commercial offerings, as the company tentatively embraces a market it once reckoned inconsequential. The company announced on Tuesday that it had become a "Corporate Sponsor" of the OpenStack Foundation, following El Reg reporting in …
Jack Clark, 11 Dec 2013
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Former! Android! Open! Source! Boss! Takes! Job! At! Yahoo!

The former head of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) at Google has jumped ship to the competition. Jean-Baptiste Quéru announced that he has accepted a job at Yahoo! via his Twitter feed on Tuesday, and the Purple Palace quickly responded with a welcome tweet. Quéru rattled the Android community in August when he made it …
Neil McAllister, 17 Sep 2013

NHS tears out its Oracle Spine in favour of open source

The UK government's quest to get public services to use more open source technologies seems to be taking hold, judging by the revamp of the NHS's very large Spine service. 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 …
Jack Clark, 10 Oct 2013

Zend gifts devs with open source API wrangling kit

PHP specialists Zend have unleashed an open source framework for creating and managing APIs to help developers make their applications interface effectively. The Apigility software was announced at Zendcon in Santa Clara, California on Tuesday, and sees the company try to let devs lasso APIs via an open source software package …
Jack Clark, 08 Oct 2013
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Google shields open source cloud tech from patent trolls

Google has moved to protect developers of data center management software by adding more patents to its Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge. By adding the 79 patents, Google is signalling that it will not prosecute people for making apps that involve these technologies unless they sue Google first, the company said on Thursday. …
Jack Clark, 08 Aug 2013

Smug Red Hat buoyed by UK gov's open-source three-line-whip

The UK government's love affair with open-source technology has given software house Red Hat a shot in the arm, we're told. The company boasted that its government and system integrator business has grown in the "high double-digit rates" over the last three years. Red Hat, which offers various flavours of the open-source …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Apr 2013

Open-source hardware hacking effort 'smacked down' by USB overlords

The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), the organisation that oversees the USB standard, has apparently sent the director of a small British electronics firm away with a flea in his ear for daring to suggest how it could make the lives of open-source hardware developers easier and cheaper. Arachnid Labs’ Nick Johnson decided that …
Tony Smith, 24 Oct 2013
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Azure inhales open source Java implementation

Microsoft and Azul Systems have hoisted the open source Java implementation OpenJDK onto the Redmond's Azure cloud, giving developers access to the language on Azure's Windows-based cloud services. The news was announced by Azul Systems at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland, Oregon, on Wednesday. The OpenJDK for …
Jack Clark, 24 Jul 2013

OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts

Robin Seggelmann, the man who accidentally introduced the password-leaking Heartbleed bug into OpenSSL, says not enough people are scrutinizing the crucial cryptographic library. The Heartbleed flaw, which was revealed on Monday and sent shockwaves through the IT world all week, allows attackers to reach across the internet and …
Chris Williams, 11 Apr 2014
The Register breaking news

Google vows no patent prosecution for open source cloud tech

Google has vowed to not sue users, distributors, or developers of technologies covered by some of its key patents, and has started out by protecting the cloudy Hadoop community. The Open Patent Non-Assertion (OPN) Pledge was announced by Google on Thursday, and will initially see 10 MapReduce patents receive protection from the …
Jack Clark, 28 Mar 2013

Google to award bounties for fixing non-Google open source code

Google is expanding its bug bounty program to include awards for patches that make material security improvements to open source software - even when the software isn't directly maintained by Google itself. The Chocolate Factory has been rewarding developers for security fixes to its own software since 2010, when it kicked off …
Neil McAllister, 10 Oct 2013

AMD adds open source driver support for next card launch

Ahead of the launch of its Radon HD 8800 graphics cards, AMD has put drivers for the cards into the open source world via the Mesa graphics library. Noticed by Phoronix, the driver is simply described as a candidate for the Mesa 9.1 branch, adding support for Oland chips, and is signed off by AMD’s Alex Deucher. The HD 8800 …
Oliver Twist

Lavabit bloke passes hat for open-source secure email master plan

Ladar Levison, the former operator of the Lavabit secure email service that was once used by NSA leaker Edward Snowden, has launched a Kickstarter project to raise funds to release the site's code as an open source project. Levison shut down Lavabit in August, and while court orders forbid him from discussing details of the …
Neil McAllister, 05 Nov 2013
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Amazon's 'schizophrenic' open source selfishness scares off potential talent, say insiders

Amazon is one of the most technically influential companies operating today – but you wouldn't know it, thanks to a dearth of published research papers and negligible code contributions to the open-source projects it relies on. This, according to multiple insiders, is becoming a problem. The corporation is described as a "black …
Jack Clark, 22 Jan 2014

Cisco: We'll open-source our H.264 video code AND foot licensing bill

Networking titan Cisco Systems says it will open source its implementation of the H.264 video codec and release it as a free binary download. This could make it easier for open-source projects to incorporate real-time streaming video into their software as the company has promised to cover the codec's patent-licensing fees. " …
Neil McAllister, 30 Oct 2013
Ubuntu RHS teaser

Shuttleworth sorry for 'Open source Tea Party' jibe

Ubuntu Daddy Mark Shuttleworth has blogged a pair of apologies for recent transgressions. One of his apologies concerns his recent remarks that those who oppose Mir, the Xwindows replacement oddly omitted from Ubuntu 13.10, are ”the Open Source Tea Party”. Shuttleworth now says it was “unfair” to use the term in reference to “ …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Nov 2013
AllSeen Alliance

Open source bods magic up Qualcomm tech to unlock Internet of Things

The Linux Foundation has established an industry-wide initiative to create an accessible-to-all framework for the Internet of Things - or the “Internet of Everything”, as the Foundation now wants us to call it. Dubbed the AllSeen Alliance - sounds a bit Harry Potter or Terry Pratchett, no? - the organisation will do what no one …
Tony Smith, 10 Dec 2013

Microsoft unveils even more tempting Kinect offering: Open source

First it was developer tools, then Kinect for the PC, now Microsoft's given hackers a shot at the Kinect code under an open-source license. Specifically, Redmond has now released samples of the Kinect code under an Apache license to serve as a template for hackers building apps for the hands-free motion controller that's been …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Mar 2013
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Java open-source frameworks 'pose risk' to biz - report

Open-source programming frameworks revolutionised Java development during the last decade, but not enough people know how to use them properly. That’s according to the CRASH Special Report by CAST that sampled 496 applications with 152 million lines of code and found most apps had been misconfigured. This increased the degree of …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Jan 2013
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Open source cellular targets rural comms

Start-up RangeNetworks is hoping that the combination of low cost and transparent software will allow it to break into the notoriously locked-down cellular network market. Mobile network infrastructure is traditionally the preserve either of either established vendors (think Ericsson or Alcatel-Lucent), or well-backed new …
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Open source 'Cubesat' set to soar

Open source software and hardware are about to take a giant, if futile, leap into space, thanks to two “CubeSats” that ascended into the heavens in the HTV-4 “transfer vehicle” that also carried a humaniform robot to the International Space Station (ISS). The two CubeSats, named because they are cubes ten centimetres on each …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Aug 2013

Introducing the Open Source Rookie of the Year... Whoa, it's Microsoft

It's déjà vu all over again for Microsoft, as Black Duck Software has named Redmond's TypeScript project among its 2012 Open Source Rookies of the Year - despite Microsoft spending nearly a decade trying to figure out this crazy communist software manifesto. Back in 2001, Microsoft labeled open source a "cancer," "un-American," …
Matt Asay, 02 Feb 2013
Ubuntu RHS teaser

Mark Shuttleworth labels Mir opponents 'the Open Source Tea Party'

Ubuntu Daddy Mark Shuttleworth has labelled folks who oppose Mir, the replacement for X Windows dropped from the recently-released Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander, “the Open Source Tea Party”. As our review of Saucy Salamander states, Mir's omission was a surprise inasmuch as its inclusion was flagged last July and the software …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Oct 2013

Who'll do a Red Hat on open-source storage?

Are we heading for a Linux moment in the storage world where an open-source "product" truly breaks out and causes the major vendors a headache? I’ve had this conversation a few times recently with both vendors and end users - and the general feeling is that we are pretty close to it. What is needed is for someone to do a Red Hat …
StorageBod, 26 Feb 2013
Cyanogen

Open source Android fork Cyanogen becomes $7m company

Independent Android firmware project CyanogenMod has become a company, thanks to a $7m Series A financing round led by Silicon Valley venture firms Benchmark Capital and Redpoint Ventures. The new company, Cyanogen, will be based in Seattle and led by chief exec Kirt McMaster, described as "a Canadian-Californian technology …
Neil McAllister, 18 Sep 2013

When open-source eats itself, we win

For years the headlines have been about open source cannibalising proprietary software. But what happens when open source starts to cannibalise itself? In some markets, open source rules the roost. For example, Drupal, Joomla, my old company Alfresco and other open-source content management systems regularly duke it out for …
Matt Asay, 06 Feb 2013
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Kickstarter project says open source can blast Death Star costs

Barack Obama's deluded decision to deny a petition asking the USA to build a Death Star has been challenged by the wisdom of the crowd, in the form of a Kickstarter project seeking £543 quadrillion ($US850qn) to design and build the planet-destroying artificial moonlet. $US850qn is the price tag for a Death Star mentioned in the …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Feb 2013
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Help a US gov't agency switch to open source, win $3 million

The US Department of Veterans Affairs is looking to upgrade the 25-year-old software that powers its nationwide health care system, and it's betting real money that open source is the way to do it. To that end, the agency is sponsoring a contest in which three entrants will be awarded prizes of up to $3m each, provided they can …
Neil McAllister, 11 Jan 2013
The Register breaking news

Get your very own open source nematode

A project to create a complete computer simulation of a nematode called Caenorhabditis elegans has taken a small step forward, releasing a model showing the operation of a group of the worm's muscles. The OpenWorm project has been working on its virtual nematode since December 2011, with the ambitious aim of modelling the entire …
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Raspberry Pi SoC drivers now fully open source

The Raspberry Pi is now host to the “first ARM-based multimedia SoC with fully-functional, vendor-provided fully open-source drivers”, the organisation behind the credit-card sized computer said today. The little PC uses the Broadcom BCM2835 SoC and the RaspberryPi Foundation’s lead Linux developer, Alex Bradbury, praised the …
Tony Smith, 24 Oct 2012

Elon Musk to release open source Hyperloop plans in August

Elon Musk has been dropping hints about a revolutionary form of transport called Hyperloop for over a year, and on Monday he said that the full details will be released on August 12, and that the system's key technologies will be open sourced. "I really hate patents unless critical to company survival. Will publish Hyperloop as …
Iain Thomson, 16 Jul 2013
Buzz Lightyear

Disney sitcom says open source is insecure

Shake it Up, a Disney sitcom that screens on The Disney Channel around the world, has slipped in an insult to open source software. The show, which tracks the activities of a group of aspiring dancers on a TV show called "Shake it Up, Chicago", appears to be aimed at tweens. We make that assertion based on the age of comments on …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Aug 2012

Where are all the open-source mobile projects?

Open source used to be about copycatting popular proprietary products. In today's emerging markets of Big Data and cloud computing, however, open source drives innovation while proprietary products play catch-up. It is surprising, then, that the industry's other major market, mobile, is a comparative wasteland for open source. …
Matt Asay, 02 Nov 2012

Open-sourcer Nexenta fires up V4 storage OS

Open source storage software supplier Nexenta has revved its NexentaStor OS to version 4.0, making it more enterprise-worthy by delivering more scalability, performance and reliability. But this is not the Edge unified file, block and object storage product discussed in January. The software-defined storage supplier clearly …
Chris Mellor, 08 Apr 2014
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Microsoft asks pals to help KILL UK gov's Open Document Format dream

The UK Cabinet Office is close to adopting Open Document Format (ODF) as the official standard for government documents, but it hasn't happened yet – and it won't, if Microsoft has anything to say about it. The software giant has issued an open letter to its partners in the UK, urging them to submit comments on the Cabinet …
Neil McAllister, 22 Feb 2014