joelsherrill writes: While I personally have nothing against our neighbors to the North, it seems ironic that Healthcare.gov was built by the Canadian firm CGI Corp. Anytime a high profile US government website has problems and it turns out to have been built by non-US companies, it is a recipe for a PR nightmare. Even more ironic is that Canada has a functional national health system but couldn't supply the US with a functional website. Conspiracy theorists wonder if this is a ploy by the Canadians to take over 17% of the US economy (stat from Wikipedia)?
joelsherrill writes: August 8 is the deadline for students to apply to participate in the European Space Agency's Summer of Code In Space (http://sophia.estec.esa.int/socis2013/). This is a great opportunity to contribute to the use of free and open source software in the space community and get paid. Eligible students should look through the list of software projects participating (http://sophia.estec.esa.int/socis2013/?q=node/13) and see what interests them.
As the organization administrator for the RTEMS Project (http://www.rtems.org), I am honored to be participating again and can't wait to see what students propose.
joelsherrill writes: "Twenty FOSS organizations have been selected to participate in the first edition of SOCIS (2011). Each of the twenty organisations have one student slot each. The organizations are Stellarium, BRL-CAD, RTEMS, NASA World Wind, Orekit, Marble, ORSA, Robolab, ORFEO toolbox, Kstars, Helioviewer, FFmpeg/libav, OpenSimKit, Robot Construction Kit (ROCK), BEAM, Opticks, Open Mission Control, Emporda, SunPy, and x264.
joelsherrill writes: RTEMS (http://www.rtems.org) is a free real-time operating system for embedded systems. The project is celebrating the 21st birthday of RTEMS today. RTEMS supports the single process with filesystem POSIX profile on over a dozen processor architectures. To just be entering young adulthood, RTEMS has had a busy life. It has been a Google Summer of Code project twice (Thanks Google!). It has been to Venus on the Venus Express, circles Mars on the Electra radio, powers Herschel and Planck, is on its way to the asteroid belt aboard DAWN, and has been a key part of physics discoveries at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.
joelsherrill writes: The long awaited Thunderbird 3.0 is out. It has many new features and improvements according to the release notes. Personally I have been reasonably happy with the pre-release versions provided with Fedora 11 and 12 except that it periodically uses 100% of the CPU and I have to kill it. I wonder if Fedora issue 493000 is fixed.