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The Software Freedom Conservancy has a plan to help all non-profit
organizations (NPOs) by creating an Open Source and Free Software accounting
system usable by non-technical bookkeepers, accountants, and non-profit
managers. You can help them do it by donating now.
To keep their books and produce annual government filings, most NPOs rely on
proprietary software, paying expensive licensing fees. This is fundamentally
at cross purposes with their underlying missions of charity, equality,
democracy, and sharing.
You can help Conservancy fix this problem by donating now. They seek to raise
$75,000 to employ a developer for one year to make substantial progress on
this project. Sounds like a good deal.
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Today the Linux Foundation announced their newest collaborative project, the
Open Daylight Project. “Daylight” is an open source project formed by
industry leaders and others under the Linux Foundation with the mutual goal
of furthering the adoption and innovation of Software Defined Networking
(SDN) through the creation of a common vendor supported
framework. OpenDaylight unites technology industry leaders to establish the
largest SDN open source project to date, with the goal of a common and open
SDN platform for developers to utilize, contribute to and build commercial
This June 23-25 the CloudStack Community is holding their second open source
cloud computing users conference in Santa Clara, CA. The conference is also
your opportunity to share ideas, discuss plans for Apache CloudStack, and
conduct workshops and sprints. There will be a hacker space where you can put
ideas into practice assisted by members of the CloudStack development team.
Here are some videos of last years conference featuring speakers from Apache
CloudStack, Citrix Enstratius, RedMonk, Basho, Nicira, Disney, Jenkins,
Jclouds, Hortonworks, Sunguard, Xen and many, many more.... (more)
This weekend I was at LinuxFest Northwest in Bellingham, Wa. I had the
opportunity to see a lot of interesting talks. Here’s the talk I
gave LinuxFest NW 2013: Hitchhiker’s Guide to Open Source Cloud
Abstract: Imagine it’s eight o’clock on a Thursday morning and you awake
to see a bulldozer out your window ready to plow over your data center.
Normally you may wish to consult the Encyclopedia Galáctica to discern the
best course of action but your copy is likely out of date. And while the
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (HHGTTG) is a wholly remarkable book it
Mark R. Hinkle: "Linux is ready for the desktop"
In my view, Linux on the desktop is a viable operating system.
It offers many features that are more innovative than commercial solutions.
Virtual consoles, secure remote access solutions, true multi-tasking, and the
ability to use robust journaling file systems all come to mind. Despite these
advanced features, I have also noticed some parallels between Linux and some
earlier versions of Windows. Let’s term these similarities as “growing
I do feel that there are many cases today where Linux is an inadequate
solution, speci... (more)