European Commission Report Declares Open Source Software and Hardware to be a 'Public Good'

Date Published: Thu, 9 Sep 2021 10:38:05 +0200

“The objective of the study was to investigate and quantify the economic impact of OSS and OSH [Open Source Software and Open Source Hardware] on the European economy,” the study’s authors, working for the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology at the European Commission, explain.

“The study also identified strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges of open source in relevant ICT policies, such as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence (AI), digitising European industry, the connected car, high performance computing, big data, distributed ledger technologies, and more.

“The main breakthrough of the study,” its authors note, “is the identification of open source as a public good. This shows a change of paradigm from the previous irreconcilable difference between closed and open source, and points to a new era in which digital businesses are built using open source assets. This information is essential to develop policy actions in the field. The study also values the economic impact of open source commitments on the EU economy.”

See European Commission Report Declares Open Source Software and Hardware to be a "Public Good" - AB Open

#technology #EU #opensource #government #economy

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A team in the Future Networks arm of the European Commission has released a report on the impact of open source software and hardware on a series of areas

3 years, 17 alphas, 2 betas, and over 7,500 commits later, OpenSSL version 3 is here - But it's not fully backward compatible

Date Published: Wed, 8 Sep 2021 23:21:58 +0200

"OpenSSL 3.0 is a major release and not fully backwards compatible with the previous release," explained Matt Caswell of the OpenSSL Management Committee.

FIPS-validated cryptographic algorithms are important to have for users seeking US government work, and its omission from version 1.1.1 of OpenSSL (having been present in 1.0.2) has caused the odd headache.

See 3 years, 17 alphas, 2 betas, and over 7,500 commits later, OpenSSL version 3 is here

#technology #opensource #openssl #security

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What have we learned during that time? Quite a bit, it appears

Best Free and Open Source Alternatives to Microsoft Project

Date Published: Wed, 8 Sep 2021 23:06:33 +0200

OpenProject, MyCollab and ProjectLibre are covered in the article. There are actually many others too, but one of these three should do the trick. One of them is web based, which allows easy access by others too.

See Best Free and Open Source Alternatives to Microsoft Project - LinuxLinks

#technology #alternativeto #projectmanagement #projects #opensource

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Microsoft Project is a project management software product. Here's our recommended free and open source alternatives.

Whoop’s new fitness tracker is better thanks to a battery breakthrough - Sila Nanotechnologies’ silicon anode has finally arrived

Date Published: Wed, 8 Sep 2021 22:56:29 +0200

Fitness company Whoop has a new tracker that squishes five LEDs, four photodiodes, a pulse oximeter, skin temperature sensor, and more into a package that is 33 percent smaller than its predecessor — all while still offering five days of battery life. But a particular change to the tracker’s battery chemistry is one of the biggest reasons Whoop was able to do all this in the first place.

The change was pioneered by a Silicon Valley company called Sila Nanotechnologies, which was co-founded in 2011 by Gene Berdichevsky, one of Tesla’s earliest employees. And it’s one that, if it scales up, could help break some of the biggest limitations currently facing lithium-ion technology.

On paper, it’s a simple change: the battery’s anode is now made of silicon instead of graphite, which allows for greater energy density (up to 20 percent, Sila claims). Greater energy density means device makers can use a smaller battery to accomplish the same tasks — or free up more space to do things they couldn’t before. And it doesn’t require any hardware changes to the cell production process. In fact, that’s one of Sila’s biggest selling points to battery makers: its silicon anode is more or less plug-and-play.

See Whoop’s new fitness tracker is better thanks to a battery breakthrough

#technology #batteries #wearables #energydensity

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A new silicon anode allows far more energy density.

Garuda Linux is a rolling release distro based on Arch Linux with BTRFS as the default filesystem, with easy rollbacks from GRUB

Date Published: Wed, 8 Sep 2021 19:35:55 +0200

Having spent two days exploring the wonderful features of the BTRFS file system (copy-on-write, fast auto snapshots, rollbacks, RAID across different sized drives, etc) and having converted my /home partition to BTRFS, I was exploring possibly doing my / boot partition too, but I see so many people asking how it can be done and is there no distro already doing it. Yes you can set it up yourself, but it is quite a learning curve. Well, Suse does BTRFS by default, but on the Arch side, Manjaro does not.

Now I found Garuda Linux which is essentially as friendly as Manjaro Linux (same installer), with desktop choices for KDE, Xfce, GNOME, LXQt-kwin, Wayfire, Qtile, BSPWM, i3wm and Sway. So that makes it a rolling Arch distro with BTRFS with zstd compression already in place by default, with Timeshift for doing the snapshotting, and it is even configured to have GRUB ready for quick and easy rollbacks if needed.

See Garuda Linux Official website

#technology #linux #opensource #BTRFS #GarudaLinux

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Garuda Linux is an appealing Arch Linux based Distro with BTRFS (modern filesystem), Linux-zen kernel, auto snapshots, gaming edition and a lot more bleeding-edge features.

ChangeDetection.io - Self-hosted open source web page monitoring, notification and change detection

Date Published: Wed, 8 Sep 2021 15:56:13 +0200

Know when web pages change! Stay on top of new information! Live your data-life pro-actively instead of re-actively, do not rely on manipulative social media for consuming important information.

Maybe you need to be notified the moment a government or company web page changes, or possibly you're waiting for an item to go on sale.

This can be installed and run on a Raspberry Pi at home, or installed quickly as a Docker image.

See GitHub - dgtlmoon/changedetection.io: changedetection.io - The best and simplest self-hosted open source website change detection monitoring and notification service. An alternative to Visualping, Watchtower etc. Designed for simplicity - the main goal is to simply monitor which websites had a text change. Open source web page change detection - Now also includes JSON API change detection and monitoring support!

#technology #opensource #selfhosted #changedetection #monitoring

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changedetection.io - The best and simplest self-hosted open source website change detection monitoring and notification service. An alternative to Visualping, Watchtower etc. Designed for simplicit...

Meet the Self-Hosters - Tired of Big Tech monopolies, a community of hobbyists is taking their digital lives off the cloud and onto DIY hardware that they control

Date Published: Tue, 7 Sep 2021 22:31:57 +0200

It's no secret that a small handful of enormous companies dominate the internet as we know it. But the internet didn't always have services with a billion users and quasi-monopolistic control over search or shopping. It was once a loose collection of individuals, research labs, and small companies, each making their own home on the burgeoning world wide web.

“Self-hosting” is a practice that pretty much describes itself: running your own internet services, typically on hardware you own and have at home. This contrasts with relying on products from large tech companies, which the user has no direct involvement in. A self-hoster controls it all, from the hardware used to the configuration of the software.

It's not just for file sharing or backup, or hosting photo services, but many are now self-hosting decentralised instances of social networks too. The reasons are also not just about Big Tech surveillance and data mining, but often also for economic reasons (costs a lot to host large amounts of data), and the freedom to DIY and experiment with the source code.

See Meet the Self-Hosters, Taking Back the Internet One Server at a Time

#technology #selfhosting #decentralisation #privacy #BigTech

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Tired of Big Tech monopolies, a community of hobbyists is taking their digital lives off the cloud and onto DIY hardware that they control.

Clonezilla - open source software for disk cloning and imaging

Date Published: Mon, 6 Sep 2021 16:50:29 +0200

This is an interesting video to watch how you can use Clonezilla to boot up your computer and make a full image copy of any hard drive. That image can be used to fully restore the bootable drive. It will not only backup the drive to another local drive (as an image file inside a directory), but even via SSH or a Windows share on the network.

A feature I was quite intrigued by, was the ability to create a self booting backup image, where it includes the Clonezilla boot files into the destination image. In other words, you could flash that backed up image to another external drive, and actually boot it and start a restore. I however did not see that option when I created my backup so maybe the options have changed. My 128 GB SSD though only took a few minutes to backup, which was quite impressive.

Watch at Cloning/Imaging Hard Disks with Clonezilla Live

#technology #opensource #clonezilla #backups

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Clonezilla Live is a fantastic tool for cloning hard disks for backup or redeployment. In this video, I show off the process of taking an image of a Windows ...

UK Energy Regulator Supports Vehicle-To-Grid Proposal - UK could avoid investing in new power plants with the equivalent generation capacity of up to 10 large nuclear power stations

Date Published: Mon, 6 Sep 2021 15:47:24 +0200

Ofgem is the independent energy regulator for the UK. Working with government, industry, and consumer groups, it strives to deliver a net-zero energy economy at the lowest cost to consumers while promoting competition and innovation. Recently, it has unveiled a proposed new policy that would expand the availability of vehicle-to-grid technology in the UK so that EV drivers can sell the energy stored in their car batteries back to power grid. It’s all part of a plan to make the switch away from fossil fuel cars more affordable for consumers.

In its purest form, V2G technology allows local utilities to draw power from the batteries of electric cars when demand peaks. That, in turn, allows them to avoid powering up so-called “peaker plants,” which are typically gas-fired thermal generating stations that sit idle until needed. Bringing them online is quite expensive. The dirty little secret of peaker plants is that they tend to emit large amounts of carbon dioxide during the start-up phase and are exempt from normal emissions rules during that time.

According to The Guardian, if enough drivers take advantage of the opportunity to make money from their car batteries by using vehicle-to-grid technology, the UK could avoid investing in new power plants with the equivalent generation capacity of up to 10 large nuclear power stations. That could help keep energy bills lower for all households in Great Britain, even those that do not have an electric vehicle parked in the driveway. An additional benefit is that tapping into a large number of vehicle batteries will allow utility companies to avoid some of the cost of installing grid scale battery storage facilities.

See UK Energy Regulator Supports Vehicle-To-Grid Proposal

#environment #EV #gridstorage #V2G #UK

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The UK electricity regulator is proposing a new V2G initiative for the nation.

CrowPi2 - All in One Raspberry Pi Laptop and STEM Learning Platform Featuring 22 kinds of common sensors and modules, and independently developed software

Date Published: Mon, 6 Sep 2021 15:29:25 +0200

This is an incredibly compact package that functions as a working laptop, and underneath the removable Bluetooth keyboard are 22+ types of sensors and modules that can be used in combination with the software to learning about programming, DIY electronics, gaming, face and voice recognition, AI, RFID, etc.

With a Raspberry Pi 4 and up to 8GB of RAM, you can do quite a bit with this device. It's the ideal type of gift for a young child who may be into electronics, programming, etc. Back in my day, I was really excited to get an electronic kit, and back then there were no computers to go with it.

See Learn everything about computers with this Raspberry Pi kit

#technology #raspberrypi #electronics #DIY #learning

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I like history, and I like computers, so I enjoy hearing stories about computing before computers were an everyday household appliance, much less a personal accessory. One tale I hear often is about how the computers of long ago (in computer years, anyway) were pleasantly basic. They were so basic, in fact, that it was relatively trivial for a curious user to figure out how to program one.

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