Google recently closed the registration for its 3-month Summer of Code and announced that this year’s program brings together the talents of 1125 students who will be given stipends worth $5000 each to contribute to 175 Free and Open Source projects: Mozilla, GNOME, and MySQL, among others. The lucky students will even be allowed to use the work they did during the Summer of Code for course credit in their university classes, and of course they will be given free t-shirts.
If you’re interested in contributing or applying as a mentoring organization, it’s too late this year but try again next year!
With cloud computing growing day by day, the limits are really looking indefinite to its reach and potential. Cloud computing has applications run from the cloud or a collective of computer systems linked such as the internet. The program never resides on one specific system but is rather juggled around in cyberspace used by who ever wishes to or has access to it.
This being said, security is one of the major issues yet to be concretely solved for as secure as most are, applications such as social media(known as one of the most hacked form of application running on the net) are in a constant battle to keep legit users in and others out.
There are two types of software being used: the conventional closed source from software vendors; and the open source, with Linux and MySQL as examples. Both software have managed to be on the same footing and is in existence probably almost at the same time, around the start of the computing world. Recently, customers are expressing disappointment over the closed source protocol software but are not inclined to be completely dependent on the open source programs. They are looking for warranties, agreements and vendor assurance that they have qualified and committed developers. Their areas of concern with open source deal with collaborative source software and license and feedback from it.
Web Services for Remote Portal provides a pattern for the portal application to allocate portlets between portals. It is the facility to produce an interface to useful function that can be used throughout the enterprise with little or no changes to existing code. Almost all of the newest versions of commercial and open space portal products support it. The key procedure is similar to earlier web services – producer provides WSDL that directs the consumer on how to create a SOAP request. SOAP responses are obtained at the presentation level and the consumer then decides where to display them. Being simple, it provides whatever the enterprise needs to reuse portals across the enterprise.
We have already touched on how open source software can be used by businesses for a whole variety of applications, including financial applications. So if open source financial software are secure enough for businesses, then you can bet that there are great open source software you can use to help you with your personal finance.
KMyMoney is one of the best personal finance manager for Linux users, although versions for Mac and Windows users are also available. It is licensed under the GNU General Public License and it is FREE. Unlike many free personal finance software, KMyMoney is not a crippled version and has tons of features and is even often compared to the popular (not free and not open source) personal finance software, Quicken.
KMyMoney has all the bells and whistles of a commercial personal finance software including expense categorization, multiple currency support, intuitive budgeting, credit card and debt tracking, report generation, and even online banking support via QIF, OFX and HBCI. Best of all, it is easy to use, especially if you are already familiar with the usual personal finance apps.
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Paint.NET is an open source raster graphics editing program designed made for Windows and developed on the .NET framework. It was originally programmed using the C# and C++ programming language. Paint.NET was created as a project by a student in Washington State University with the purpose of making a good replacement for the MS Paint program which is being used in Windows. The program includes powerful editing tools with layers, blending, transparency and plugins. Paint.NET has MIT license. To be able to install this free software, it requires Windows XP (or Windows Server 2003), 500 MHz processor, 256 MB of RAM , 1024 x 768 screen resolution and 200+ MB hard drive space.
WordPress, Mozilla Firefox, and Open Office are just some of the most commonly used open source software nowadays. WordPress is considered to be one of the most popular blogging spot catering to hundreds of users. This blog platform is widely used for varying purposes including that of related to business. Online shops are very much evident in WordPress and nonetheless, appear to be an effective means of advertising products and services. On the other hand, Mozilla Firefox is a commonly used web browser involving about 20% of the total users. It is known for not only paving way for convenience in browsing but also, its reach makes it possible for users to attain every detail of information needed. Open Office, as well, is widely used. One can create spreadsheets, documents, and presentations through it. Nonetheless, its usage can now be considered as high quality and great as that of the more popular, Microsoft Office.
The many open-sourced browsers that are wowing users all over the globe are indeed causing shivers down the spine of the much used Internet Explorer from Microsoft. the software giant has suffered blow after blow when it was deemed to be bullying users to use their IE which just happened to be bundled with their Windows OS Read the rest of this entry »
Job hunters everywhere with skills on Linux and other open source everywhere should be glad to know that it’s hiring season right now! Linux skills in general. This is a great news specially since the recession, people have been feeling extra hopeless in landing a good job. Last week, Linux headline was “Top 5 Tech Jobs Point to Opportunity for Linux Pro’s”
Web Developers, Web engineers, data modelers are only just a few positions that are promising. All of which have one thing in common: Understanding and Knowledge in Linux. And it could be argued that a deep competency in Linux could put candidates for these jobs at the top of the list. So 2013 is very promising for Linux pro’s. So if you understand how to develop software collaboratively and participate in an open source community, then it’s time to get serious and start sending out resumes because this job will see the highest salary increase of any sector in the future!
Creativity will never reach its peak without competition. Just like online video companies. And if every tool for videos are not open sourced, free speech will be hindered. Thats why Miro came out to be. It was designed to give more freedom to video producers and its viewers. Miro was designed to work without hitch with numerous video hosting websites and video search engines. It is always best to have competition rather than monopoly. It is always best to have options in choosing a service that would work well for your specific need. What Miro does is it converts a media RSS feed to a channel. RSS is an open source program that works with so many web tools. Blogs benefit so much from RSS feeds.