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Open Source

Submission + - MySQL's creator on why the future belongs to MariaDB (

angry tapir writes: "When Oracle purchased Sun, many in the open source community were bleak about the future of MySQL. According to MySQL co-creator Michael "Monty" Widenius, these fears have been proven by Oracle's attitude to MySQL and its community. In the wake of the Sun takeover, Monty forked MySQL to create MariaDB, which has picked up momentum (being included by default in Fedora, Open SUSE and, most recently, Slackware). I recently interviewed Monty about what he learned from the MySQL experience and the current state of MariaDB."

Submission + - Open sourcing the Internet of Things (

angry tapir writes: "Thingsquare, a company founded by Contiki OS creator Adam Dunkels, today released the code for its wireless IoT networking system, Mist, which is designed to make it easy to connect low-power devices to the Internet. The company has posted the source code (.zip) for the Thingsquare Mist firmware, which lets wireless-capable microcontrollers connect directly to the Internet. Thingsquare partnered with chip makers Text Instruments and STMicroelectronics for the launch."
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Submission + - Drupal's creator aims for world domination (

angry tapir writes: "Open-source content management system Drupal has come a long way since it was initially released in 2001. Drupal now runs 2% of the world's websites — but Drupal's creator Dries Buytaert thinks that this could easily grow to 10%. I caught up with Dries to talk about Drupal's evolution from a pure CMS to a Web platform, cracking the enterprise market, and the upcoming release of Drupal 8, which features significant architectural changes — incorporating elements of the Symfony2 Web framework to replace Drupal's aging architecture."

Submission + - Life after MS-DOS: FreeDOS keeps on kicking (

angry tapir writes: "FreeDOS — the drop-in, open source replacement for MS-DOS — was started after Microsoft announced that starting from Windows 95, DOS would play a background role at best for users. Almost two decades later, FreeDOS has survived and, as its creator explains in this interview, is still being actively developed, despite achieving its initial aim of an MS-DOS compatible OS, which quite frankly is somewhat amazing."
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Submission + - OS developer interview: Contiki and the 'Internet of Things' (

angry tapir writes: "Contiki is a lightweight open source operating system designed for the 'Internet of Things': Networked, low-power embedded devices. It's been used for smart grids, smart streetlights, badger tracking systems and connecting a Gameboy to the Internet. I recently caught up with its creator, Adam Dunkels, to talk about the system's history and future plans, as well as a new company he's founded, Thingsqure, which hopes to make creating applications for the Internet of Things as easy as creating apps for smartphones."
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Submission + - Building a six-legged, open source giant robot (

angry tapir writes: "Identifying a gap in the market has been the key to many successful open source projects. In the case of the participants in Project Hexapod, a group of robotics enthusiasts based at the Artisan Asylum makerspace in Massachusetts, they identified a clear lack of six-legged, rideable robots. Members of Project Hexapod, which comprises three instructors, one teaching assistant, and 15 students, are building a robot dubbed ‘Stompy’: A arachnid-esque, six-legged, 1800kg hydraulic robot. Stompy will be 18 feet wide and will seat two people and have a ground clearance of six feet. The project has a Kickstarter page to raise funds. Project Hexapod will be “releasing our plans, our CAD, our diagrams, the presentations from all the lectures we gave in class, our lists of materials and parts” under an open source licence."

Submission + - Dev interview: How Haiku is building a better BeOS (

angry tapir writes: "BeOS may be dead, but over a decade after its lamentable demise the open source Haiku project keeps its legacy alive. Haiku is an attempt to build a drop-in, binary compatible replacement for BeOS, as well as extending the defunct OS's functionality and support for modern hardware. At least, that's the short-term goal — eventually, Haiku is intended significantly enhance BeOS while maintaining the same philosophy of simplicity and transparency, and without being weighed down with the legacy code of many other contemporary operating systems. I recently caught up with Stephan Aßmus, who has been a key contributor to the project for seven years to talk about BeOS, the current state of Haiku and the project's future plans."

Submission + - How Icaros Desktop brings the Amiga experience to x86 PCs (

angry tapir writes: "Icaros Desktop is an effort to build a modern Amiga-compatible operating system to standard x86 hardware. It's a distribution built atop AROS, which is an open source effort to create a system compatible at the API level with the AmigaOS 3.x series. I recently had a chat to the creator of Icaros, Paolo Besser, about the creation of the OS and why Amiga continues to inspire people today."
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Submission + - Interview: New version of Syllable OS released (

angry tapir writes: "The developers of the open source, Amiga-inspired Syllable operating system have chalked up a new release, releasing version 0.6.7. I caught up with lead developer Kaj de Vos for a chat about what's new and the team's future plans. (Last year I conducted a much longer interview with him about the background of the project that was featured on Slashdot.)"

Submission + - Replicant dev interview: Building a truly free Android (

angry tapir writes: "While Android is open source, it won't work on a phone without software that generally isn't open source. The Replicant project is an attempt to build a version of Android that doesn't rely on binary blobs for which the source code isn't available to end users, and the software currently works on a handful of handsets. I caught up with the project's lead developer to talk about their efforts to make a completely open source version of Android."
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Submission + - Rockbox dev interview: Open source firmware (

angry tapir writes: "I recently caught up with some of the key developers of Rockbox: An open source firmware replacement for the stock firmware shipped on MP3 players. The project, which has been active for over a decade, currently supports products from more than half a dozen manufacturers, including Apple, Arhcos, iRiver and Toshiba. It involves extensive reverse engineering to figure out how the devices' stock firmwares operate, as well as the challenge of developing for greatly varied targets. You can read the interview here (or the full Q&As with the project's founder and some of the developers involved in it)."
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Submission + - Tackling open source's gender issues (

angry tapir writes: "Women's participation in open source development is at a far lower level than women's participation in proprietary software development. One of the groups that aims to change this is the Ada Initiative: A non-profit organisation formed last year. I recently caught up with its two founders, Linux kernel developer Valerie Aurora and comp sci PhD student Mary Gardiner, to discuss the project."
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Submission + - Open Source Ecology: Can open source save the plan (

angry tapir writes: "The Open Source Ecology project is an attempt to apply the principles of open source to building sustainable communities through the creation of open source tools. The focus of the project is the development of 'Global Village Construction Set': A set of 50 open source tools, ranging from tractors to a laser cutter to a 3D scanner, designed to act as a 'civilisation starter kit' for building eco-friendly communities, with a focus on low-cost, DIY, use of recycled materials and closed-loop manufacturing."
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Submission + - Adobe donates Flex to Apache (

angry tapir writes: "In a move that appears to be another step away from its Flash platform, Adobe has submitted the code for its Flash-based Flex framework to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) to be managed as an independent project. While the company pledged its continued support for Flex — along with its underlying Flash technology — Adobe also suggested that Web application developers in the future would be using HTML5 rather than Flash."
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Submission + - OpenStack spun out from Rackspace control (

angry tapir writes: "Responding to the rapid adoption of their software, the folks behind the OpenStack cloud software are planning to form a stand-alone nonprofit foundation to steward future development of the open-source software suite. They will formally announce the foundation at the OpenStack conference, being held this week in Boston. Hosting provider Rackspace, which currently owns the OpenStack trademark and copyrights, plans to transfer ownership of these resources to the not-for-profit foundation once it is operational."

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