Latest NewsUganda Adopts Free And Open Source Software For E-GovernanceHillary Muheebwaip-watch.org
December 22, 2014 - The population in Uganda has been growing rapidly. The country now has 35 million people. In order to provide quality services to its citizens and to improve the national competitiveness through administration innovation, the government has adopted free and open source software as the preferred mode of operation for electronic government (e-government) services and platforms. In July 2011, the Uganda cabinet approved the National E-government Policy Framework with the overall objective of improving public service delivery through a systematic transformation from manual to electronic-based systems and practices....In order to achieve solid economic and developmental benefits, the government of Uganda has resolved to adopt free and open source software, as the preferred mode of operation for e-government services and platforms....the adoption of FOSS is expected to achieve main objectives that include promotion of innovation, development of customised e-services, and saving in costs.... ...Full Story
2014: The Open Source Tipping Point jzemlin's picture
Linux Foundation December 22, 2014 - For the last ten years open source has expanded into more and more segments of the computing industry. But as we review 2014, a new story emerges: software development has fundamentally shifted toward an open source model. Especially for the infrastructure software used for scale-out computing, open source is the de facto choice; in fact, it’s virtually impossible to find examples of scale-out infrastructure that is not open source....The economics of creating a new suite of infrastructure to power distributed computing requires shared development and shared investment. While one company could certainly create a new database or operating system or Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), why would they? Instead they build atop the shared research & development (R&D) investment of an entire industry. 2014 saw us reach a tipping point where open source development is now the de facto choice, instead of just a choice....On every layer of the stack a major open source project is defining the segment: Big Data (Hadoop), OS (Linux), IoT (Allseen), SDN (OpenDaylight), IaaS (OpenStack), PaaS (CloudFoundry), database (Mongo, MySQL, etc.), containers (Docker), etc.... ...Full Story
Google's surprise: ODF support launches ahead of schedule
InfoWorld December 22, 2014 - Following the comments by Google's head of open source, Chris DiBona, last week in London, Google has today announced that support for ODF (OpenDocument Format) has now been added to its Google Drive suite of apps. In a post on Google+, the team announced immediate support of ODT (ODF text documents), ODS (spreadsheets) and ODP (presentations), which can now all be imported into Google Docs.Google faces significant pressure securing government business in many countries around the world, especially the U.K. -- including in the health and education sectors -- now that ODF is a requirement in so many procurement policies. Until now, the support for ODF in Google's products has been weak and uneven, with no support at all for presentations....Google, like Microsoft, does not make it easy to use ODF as part of a workflow. Change tracking information, annotations, and other metadata gets lost in the import process and doesn't get exported, so for both companies, ODF is seen as a migration format rather than as a working format....Google wants to sell Drive and Chromebooks into government-controlled markets, and ODF is becoming a gating factor. Perhaps as a result, Google will continue to improve its ODF support as it pushes ahead to capture future business. ...Full Story
California Federal Court Holds that, in Order to Allege Market Power in a Deception Case, Plaintiffs Must Allege that the SSO Would Have Adopted an Alternative Standard
ABA IPI Committee tidBITS December 19, 2014 - A California federal court dismissed, with leave to amend, Cisco’s and HP’s antitrust counterclaims against ChriMar, which were based on allegations that ChriMar knowingly failed to disclose essential patents to the IEEE standard-setting organization (SSO) with the intent to deceive, and then filed a patent infringement suit against Cisco and HP after the standard was adopted. Significantly, the court concluded that (1) Cisco and HP failed to sufficiently allege market power because they failed to clearly allege that IEEE would have adopted an alternative standard had it known about ChriMar’s patents, and (2) the heightened pleading requirements under Rule 9(b) for fraud applies to antitrust claims based on failure to disclose.... ...Full Story
OpenSocial Foundation Moving Standards Work to W3C Social Web Activity
W3C.org December 19, 2014 - Building on the 31 July 2014 announcement of
the W3C Social Web Working Group, the OpenSocial Foundation and
W3C today announce the transfer of OpenSocial specifications and
assets to the W3C. As of 1 January 2015, OpenSocial Foundation
will close and future work will take place within the W3C Social
Web Activity, chartered to make it easier to build and integrate
social applications into the Open Web Platform.... ...Full Story
NIST Issues New Revision of Guide to Assessing Information Security Safeguards
NIST Techbeat December 18, 2014 - NIST has released the final version of the 2014 update to its core guide to assessing the security and privacy safeguards for federal information systems and organizations. The revised guide is one of two basic NIST publications used by government IT security professionals to assess a wide range of software configurations, physical security measures and operating procedures meant to safeguard information systems from both chance failures and hostile attacks.... ...Full Story
Google Promises Better Compatibility with Open Source Documents
VAR Guy December 17, 2014 - Google (GOOG) may soon be taking open OpenDocumentFormat (ODF), the native file format in virtually all modern open source word processors, like LibreOffice and OpenOffice, more seriously. That's according to a statement from Google's open source chief speaking about the future of the company's cloud-based app suite.
Google already supports ODF to a certain, meager extent....Many governments are now requiring ODF as a way to avoid vendor lock-in and other concerns associated with Office Open XML, the file format created by Microsoft (MSFT) for use in current versions of Office and other applications.... ...Full Story
Cloud Foundry Foundation Launch Pushes PaaS Forward
CIO Today December 15, 2014 - It’s official. The Cloud Foundry Foundation has launched as an independent, nonprofit foundation to manage the global open standards for platform-as-a-service (PaaS) technology. The foundation will be managed as a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project and will be governed by a team of open source experts from founding Platinum Members EMC, HP, IBM, Intel Relevant Products/Services, Pivotal, SAP, and VMware Relevant Products/Services.
Cloud Foundry is currently the leading PaaS platform and has seen a 36 percent increase in community contributions over the past year, with more than 1,700 "pull requests" for contributions to the open development project. The Pivotal Cloud Foundry, IBM Bluemix, HP Helion, and Canopy Cloud Fabric are among the most notable deployments, thus far.... ...Full Story
A Ton of Tech Companies Just Came Out Against Net Neutrality
Gizmodo December 15, 2014 - More than 60 huge tech companies including Intel, Qualcomm, Cisco, and IBM have written a letter to leaders in Congress and the FCC opposing net neutrality. The free and open internet isn't going to happen without a fight.
In an effort to implement net neutrality regulations that would stand up to legal scrutiny, President Obama has proposed that broadband internet be classified as a utility under Title II of the telecommunications act. It's a smart proposal that ultimately favors consumers, and it's supported by slews of companies like Google and Facebook. Obviously, the companies that own the infrastructure—Comcast, AT&T, et al—oppose the idea because they want to be able to charge money for internet fast lanes. These companies also wield a lot of influence.... ...Full Story
Target ruling raises stakes for cybersecurity vigilance
Christian Science Monitor December 12, 2014 - A Minnesota court may set a chilling new precedent for retailers with its ruling that Target could be sued for failing to adequately defend against last year's massive data breach.
By rejecting Target's motion last week to dismiss the lawsuit brought by several banks, and allowing the case to proceed, the court held that the retailer’s failure to heed warnings from a security alerting system, and its disabling of certain security features, could be viewed as negligent actions.
Consumers and banks have routinely brought negligence claims against businesses such as Target that have suffered a data breach. However, this is the first time in a data breach case of this magnitude that a court has said a company can be sued for failing to respond to warnings from security software. That decision could set in motion new legal standards for bringing negligence claims against organizations that suffer data breaches.... ...Full Story