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This month, the Obama administration delivered on its promises and launched www.code.gov, which hosts open source software being used and developed by the US federal government.

US Government Opens Access to Federal Source Code with Code.gov

In March of this year, the Obama administration created a draft for Federal Source Code policy to support improved access to custom software code. After soliciting comments from public,  the administration announced the Federal Source Code policy in August. One of the core features of the policy...
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Healthy Open Source

A walkthrough of the Node.js Foundation’s base contribution policy. A lot has changed since io.js and Node.js merged under the Node.js Foundation. The most impressive change, and probably the change that is most relevant to the rest of the community and to open source in general, is the growth in...
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A Policy Statement on Open-Source Software from the White House

The White House has announced a draft policy addressing how the U.S. federal government will share and release custom software. "This policy requires that, among other things: (1) new custom code whose development is paid for by the Federal Government be made available for reuse across Federal...
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When Selling a Site Means Selling a Community

In January, the CEO of ownCloud, Frank Karlitschek, sold his network of more than 30 community sites. The same month, DHI Group, Inc. announced that it completed the sale of its Slashdot and SourceForge community-driven businesses to BIZX, LLC. In both cases, websites weren't the only things...
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It’s Been 20 Years Since This Man Declared Cyberspace Independence

When digital dystopians and critics of Internet libertarians need a rhetorical dart board, they often pull out a document written by John Perry Barlow, co-founder of the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation, a former cattle rancher and Grateful Dead lyricist. On this day in 1996, Barlow sat...
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Has the Linux Foundation Sold Out to VMware? Probably Not

Has the Linux Foundation, the most powerful nonprofit organization in the open source world, sold out to corporate interests? And how committed is it to defending the GPL free software license? Those are questions some critics are asking in the wake of recent changes to the Linux Foundation's by-...
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Are Codes of Conduct Dangerous to Open Source Software Development?

Codes of Conduct have often been pushed to create "safer" environments, while opponents sometimes find such codes repressive and suffocating. But are Codes of Conduct a real danger to the development of open source software? One developer, fearing for the loss of his job, posted his anonymous...
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The Linux Foundation No Longer Allows Community Representation

The Linux Foundation has recently made some changes to its by-laws and excluded individual members from the voting process for board members. The Linux Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to promote and protect Linux and open-source in general. It’s been around for a long time, and...
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​Open Source Encryption? Now Netherlands Votes to Help Fund Security Projects

In what some might see as swimming against the political mainstream, the Netherlands parliament has just decided to back open-source web security with hard cash. While November's Paris attacks prompted US and European governments to revisit the debate over back-door policies to soften data...
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Open Container Initiative Establishes Technical Governance, Announces New Members

The Open Container Initiative (OCI), represented by a broad coalition of industry leaders focused on common standards for software containers, is today announcing its formalized technical governance structure to advance its mission while welcoming founding and new members. The intent to form the...
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