Beautiful design can drive user adoption of open source software
Open source software always has the advantage of offering a free alternative to mainstream solutions, but it doesn’t guarantee user adoption. Your end user – whether an individual or a business – will care about two main points: 1. Does the product do what it is supposed to do to make our life/business efficient/productive/easy/connected/fun etc.? 2. Does it feel right to use it?
The FLOSS 2013 survey
In 2002, the first FLOSS survey was launched. With over 2500 participants, it was the first large survey of Free/Libre/Open Source developers around the world. This survey had major impact in the community, academia and politics. 10 years later we would like to replicate the survey in order to see how the community has changed.
An open source, infinitely scalable RDBMS
InfiniSQL is a massively scalable relational database system (RDBMS), composed entirely from scratch (not built upon some other technology). There is reproducible benchmark data described on InfiniSQL's blog proving that it can perform over 500,000 complex, multi-node transactions per second with over 100,000 simultaneous transactions—all on only 12 small server nodes.
Free software and comparative evaluation in the Italian Public Administration
The on-going debate regarding the use of free and open source software in the Italian Public Administration (PA) seems to be coming to a satisfactory conclusion. Italian public administrations are now obliged to give priority to free and open source software. This preference, however, cannot be given without a "comparative assessment". One of the tasks of the Agency is indeed to establish procedures and criteria that will help to justify their choices in the acquisition of computer programs.
Cisco Unlocks H.264 Codec
Cisco and Mozilla have delivered an announcement that will greatly broaden the influence of the already popular H.264 video codec. Specifically, Cisco plans to open source the H.264 codec, and Mozilla plans to bake it into the Firefox browser for WebRTC use. The problem with H.264 until now is that using it in products has required royalty payments to MPEG LA, keeping it out of integration into most open source projects. In open sourcing its H.264 codec under the BSD License and making it a free binary module, Cisco will help bypass the licensing costs and broaden H.264's horizons.
The Centre for Open Software Innovation (COSI) was established in 2009, as the University of Waikato's leading research centre on computer science theory and practice. It is the purpose of COSI to:
- Inspire and extend open development practice in computer science;
- Innovate (open) systems, theories and tools to improve processes and products;
- Excel at core computer science theory and practice as the foundation for innovation;
- Be community leaders at the local, national and international levels through effective communication and openness.