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27 May 2014
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The true value of open source is people [36638]
By David Hurley

David writes, "Open source is valuable. Very few people would argue that point. There is most definitely a sense of intrinsic worth. But where does this value exist? Is it in the code produced or in something else?

By the very nature of open source (read more about the standard four freedoms here), the ability to view and access the source code is a powerful, driving factor. Because the code is so freely accessible and a prominent focus of open source it can easily be considered to be the value of open source..."
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26 May 2014
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Top 4 open source LDAP implementations [36637]
Emidio Stani

Emidio writes, "When you want to set up an application, most likely you will need to create an administrative account and add users with different privileges. This scenario happens frequently with content management, wiki, file sharing, and mailing lists as well as code versioning and continuous integration tools. When thinking about user and group centralization, you will need to select an application that fits your needs.

If the application can connect to a Single Sign On server, users happy will be happy to remember only one password.

In the proprietary landscape of directory servers, Active Directory is the dominant tool, but there are directory servers that can also satisfy your needs..."
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17 Mar 2014
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Vert.x: A Project to Watch [35062]
For modern mobile, web, and enterprise apps

Vert.x is one of the most popular Java projects on GitHub. Sometimes called "Node.js for the JVM," it is a ployglot event-drive app platform. It is 100% open source, under the Apache Software License 2.0.

Vert.x is designed for modern mobile, web, and enterprise applications. "Modern applications are reactive (event-driven) and must be scalable," says Vert.x creater Tim Fox.
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14 Oct 2013
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The Department of Defense (DoD) and Open Source Software [33287]
September 2013 Whitepaper (19 Pages)

With tight budgets organizations throughout the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) see the appeal of the open source model. Open source software (OSS) includes operating systems, applications, and programs in which the source code is published and made available to the public, enabling anyone to copy, modify and redistribute that code without paying royalties or fees. Open source 'products' typically evolve through community cooperation among individual programmers as well as very large companies. An open source license permits anybody in the community to study, change and distribute the software for free and for any purpose.

This paper seeks to answer two questions: 1. What are the tangible and intangible costs that the government should bear under an open source licensing model? 2. What are the tradeoffs and risks associated with open source licensing models in relation to commercially available software?
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30 Sep 2013
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GNU system, free software celebrate 30 years [33096]
Free Software Foundation (FSF) and Richard Stallman

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) announced plans to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the GNU operating system. The celebratory activities will include a 30th anniversary hackathon at MIT in Cambridge, MA, satellite events around the world, and ways for people to celebrate online.

A Web site has been launched to coordinate the festivities: https://gnu.org/gnu30

Thirty years ago this month, the founding of the GNU system sparked a conversation that has grown into the global free software movement. On September 27, 1983, a computer scientist named Richard Stallman announced the plan to develop a free software Unix-like operating system called GNU, for "GNU is not Unix." GNU is the only operating system developed specifically for the sake of users' freedom. Today, the GNU system includes not only a fully free operating system, but a universe of software that serves a vast array of functions, from word processing to advanced scientific data manipulation, and everything in between.
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17 Sep 2013
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The best open-source application development tools [32938]
Bossie Awards 2013

"Did you notice there's a lot going on with JavaScript? Node.js continues to pop up in more and more places, and then there's the explosion of JavaScript frameworks on the client side. Many of these client-side frameworks are aimed at making Web development more like "real" application development, while others tackle the challenges posed by mobile devices. Still others bring 3D and sophisticated data visualizations to the browser (without plug-ins!).

But JavaScript wasn't the only programming language to have a good year. Among our 30 winners, there are plenty of tools here for those who build real real applications..."

Bootstrap LESS AngularJS Backbone.js Enyo jQuery Ember.js Emscripten D3 X3DOM PhoneGap/Cordova Modo Labs Kurogo Node.js OpenShift Cloud Foundry XAMPP Adobe Brackets Notepad++ Apache Shiro Jenkins Enalean Tuleap Scala Ruby Python Django IPython Raspberry Pi Arduino
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