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“Community Choice” Project of the Month Vote – April 2017

SourceForge.net: Front page news - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 06:00

The vote for April 2017 Community Choice SourceForge Project of the Month is now available, and will run until March 15, 2017 12:00 UTC.


VoIP monitor

VoIPmonitor is open source network packet sniffer with commercial frontend for SIP SKINNY RTP and RTCP VoIP protocols running on linux. VoIPmonitor is designed to analyze quality of VoIP call based on network parameters – delay variation and packet loss according to ITU-T G.107 E-model which predicts quality on MOS scale. Calls with all relevant statistics are saved to MySQL or ODBC database. Optionally each call can be saved to pcap file with either only SIP / SKINNY protocol or SIP/RTP/RTCP/T.38/udptl protocols. VoIPmonitor can also decode audio.
[ Download VoIP monitor ]


arch-openrc

OpenRC, eudev and no-systemd packages for Arch Linux (and, possibly, derivatives). For migrating from existing systemd installations read the guide at http://systemd-free.org, which currently uses the [openrc-eudev] repository and contains both openrc and nosystemd packages. Go to arch-openrc for a clean OpenRC installation with the provided ISO and [arch-openrc] repository. Use the [arch-nosystemd] repository for completely systemd-free installations. Links ~~~~~ Github: https://github.com/cromerc/arch-nosystemd https://github.com/cromerc/arch-openrc Installation guide: http://systemd-free.org/install.php
[ Download arch-openrc ]


Cyberfox

Cyberfox is a Mozilla-based Internet browser designed to take advantage of 64-bit architecture but a 32-bit version is also available. The application provides a higher memory performance when navigating your favorite pages. Compatible Windows Operating Systems: Windows 7/7 SP1 OS x86|x64 Windows 8/8.x OS x86|x64 Windows 10 OS x86|x64 (Windows XP Unsupported, Windows Vista Unsupported) Dedicated support forums. https://8pecxstudios.com/Forums/index.php Dedicated Contact Forms. https://cyberfox.8pecxstudios.com/contact-us Profile Buddy: Transfer your profile from any Mozilla base browser. https://8pecxstudios.com/Forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=350 See notifications for critical release information: https://cyberfox.8pecxstudios.com/notifications Tell us what you think and write a review.
[ Download Cyberfox ]


Manjaro Community Torrents

This project is for download the Manjaro Officials and Community releases using a bittorrent client (console or graphical)
[ Download Manjaro Community Torrents ]


Hydrogen

Hydrogen is an advanced drum machine for GNU/Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. It’s main goal is to bring professional yet simple and intuitive pattern-based drum programming.
[ Download Hydrogen ]


Hibernate

Hibernate is an Object/Relational Mapper tool. It’s very popular among Java applications and implements the Java Persistence API. Hibernate ORM enables developers to more easily write applications whose data outlives the application process. As an Object/Relational Mapping (ORM) framework, Hibernate is concerned with data persistence as it applies to relational databases (via JDBC).
[ Download Hibernate ]


FileBot

FileBot is the ultimate tool for renaming your movies, tv shows or anime and downloading subtitles. It’s smart, streamlined for simplicity and just works. FileBot supports Windows, Linux and Mac, plus there’s a full-featured command-line interface for all sorts of automation.
[ Download FileBot ]


gnuplot

A famous scientific plotting package, features include 2D and 3D plotting, a huge number of output formats, interactive input or script-driven options, and a large set of scripted examples.
[ Download gnuplot ]


Liferay Portal

Liferay Portal is the world’s leading enterprise open source portal framework, offering integrated Web publishing and content management, an enterprise service bus and service-oriented architecture, and compatibility with all major IT infrastructure.
[ Download Liferay Portal ]

Categories: Open Source

Google Code-in 2016: even more young developers

Google Open Source Blog - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 20:04
Google Code-in (GCI), our contest introducing 13-17 year olds to open source software development, wrapped up last month with our largest contest to date: 1,340 students from 62 countries completed an impressive 6,379 tasks! Working with 17 open source organizations, students wrote code, created and edited documentation, designed UI elements and logos, conducted research, developed screencasts and videos teaching others about open source software, and helped find (and fix!) hundreds of bugs.
General statistics
  • 56.4% of students completed three or more tasks (earning themselves a fun Google Code-in 2016 t-shirt)
  • 21% of students were female
  • 30% of the participants from the USA were female
  • This was the first Google Code-in for 1,143 students (85.3%)
Student age2017-02-23_07-48-36.png

Participating schoolsStudents from 550 schools competed in this year’s contest. While Google Code-in is a program for individuals, every year some schools emerge as hot spots of participation. This year, these five schools had the most students taking part:

School NameCountryNumber of ParticipantsDunman High SchoolSingapore185Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary SchoolIndia29Jayshree Periwal International SchoolIndia26Colegiul National Aurel VlaicuRomania23Ly Tu Trong Specialized High SchoolsVietnam14
CountriesWe are pleased to have a new country participating in GCI this year: Mauritius! The chart below displays the ten countries with the most students completing at least 1 task.




In June we will welcome all 34 grand prize winners (along with a mentor from each participating organization) for a fun-filled trip to the Bay Area. The trip will include meeting with Google engineers to hear about new and exciting projects, tours of the Google campuses and a fun day exploring San Francisco.

Keep an eye on the Google Open Source Blog in coming weeks for more stats on Google Code-in 2016, plus posts from the mentoring organizations describing some of their experiences with the contests and the work done by “their” students.

We are thrilled that Google Code-in was so popular this year. We hope to continue to grow and expand this contest in the future to introduce even more teenagers to the world of open source software development.

By Stephanie Taylor, Google Code-in Program Manager
Categories: Open Source

Performance Comparison: Apache vs. IIS

DevX: Open Source Articles - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 17:09
There has been a lot of discussion regarding which of the two most popular Web servers is better. Take a look at this comparison of their characteristics and performance.
Categories: Open Source

Projects of the Week, February 20, 2017

SourceForge.net: Front page news - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 06:21

Here are the featured projects for the week, which appear on the front page of SourceForge.net:

Manjaro Community Torrents

This project is for download the Manjaro Officials and Community releases using a bittorrent client (console or graphical)
[ Download Manjaro Community Torrents ]


iDempiere

iDempiere = OSGi + ADempiere iDempiere Business Suite ERP/CRM/SCM done the community way. Focus is on the Community that includes Subject Matter Specialists, Implementors and End-Users. iDempiere is based on original Compiere/Adempiere plus a new architecture to use state-of-the-art technologies like OSGi, Buckminster, zk.
[ Download iDempiere ]


BibDesk

BibDesk is a graphical bibTeX bibliography manager for Mac OS X.
[ Download BibDesk ]


wl500g

wl500g is ASUS Oleg’s based custom firmware. It is free with custom firmware features, and supports the following branches and models: 1.9.2.7-rtn (mainstream, 2.6.22 kernel based, supports: > ASUS RT-N16, RT-N15U, RT-N12, RT-N12B1, RT-N10, RT-N10U, RT-N10UB1, WL-500gP, WL-500gPv2, WL-500W); 1.9.2.7-d (stable/suspended, 2.4.37 kernel based, supports: > ASUS WL-500gP, WL-500gPv2, WL-500W, WL-500gX, WL-520gU, WL-550gE, WL-330gE, WL-320gE, WL-320gP).
[ Download wl500g ]


simutrans

Simutrans is a cross-platform simulation game where players try to successfully manage transportation systems between places by land, air, and water for passengers, mail, and goods. Planes, ships, trains, trams, trucks, buses, or monorails are at your disposal, but factories operate based on contracts and passengers can only travel to their set destinations.
[ Download simutrans ]


strace

strace is a diagnostic, debugging and instructional userspace tracer for Linux. It is used to monitor and tamper with interactions between userspace processes and the Linux kernel, which include system calls, signal deliveries, and changes of process state. The operation of strace is made possible by the kernel feature known as ptrace.
[ Download strace ]


gretl

gretl is a cross-platform software package for econometric analysis, written in the C programming language.
[ Download gretl ]


berryboot

Berryboot is a simple operating system installer and boot selection screen for ARM devices such as the Raspberry Pi and Cubieboard. It allows you to put multiple Linux distribution on a single SD card.
[ Download berryboot ]


GeoServer

GeoServer is an open source software server written in Java that allows users to share and edit geospatial data. Designed for interoperability, it publishes data from any major spatial data source using open standards: WMS, WFS, WCS, WPS and REST
[ Download GeoServer ]

Categories: Open Source

JDBC 42.0.0 Released

PostgreSQL News - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 01:00

The JDBC group is proud to release a new version, and in keeping with the version renumbering meme we have released version 42.0.0.

Notable changes include:

  • Support for PostgreSQL versions below 8.2 was dropped
  • java.util.logging is now used for logging: logging documentation
  • Ensure executeBatch() can be used with pgbouncer. Previously pgjdbc could use server-prepared statements for batch execution even with prepareThreshold=0 (see issue 742)
  • Replication protocol API was added: replication API documentation, PR#550
  • Version bumped to 42.0.0 to avoid version clash with PostgreSQL version
  • Error position is displayed when SQL has unterminated literals, comments, etc (see issue 688)
Categories: Database, Open Source

Eclipse Newsletter - Top Eclipse Marketplace Plugins

Eclipse News - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 17:52
What are the top Eclipse Marketplace plugins? How can you benefit from them? Find out!
Categories: Open Source

Black Duck Hub

Date Created: Fri, 2017-02-17 11:04Date Updated: Thu, 2017-02-23 14:53Black Duck SoftwareSubmitted by: Black Duck Software

Black Duck Hub plugin for Eclipse.

Manage your open source security and license compliance.

Categories: Open Source

Find Which Port Is Being Used by a Process

DevX: Open Source Articles - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 15:33
Language: Enterprise||Expertise: Advanced
Categories: Open Source

Small but Significant Changes to Project Pages

SourceForge.net: Front page news - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 06:03

Continuous improvement is something that drives us here at SourceForge. We’re always looking for ways to improve our site and service in ways both big and small. In the past couple of months, we’ve made a few small but important changes that we think projects can really benefit from. These changes include:

  • HTTPS for git and svn code checkouts – Now all project developers can make use of the more secure https protocol.
  • HTTPS on all our download mirrors
  • High resolution project icons – Large, high resolution icons can now be uploaded to project pages. While these icons may look the same on your desktop, they will appear a lot clearer and better on phone screens and Retina/hi-dpi laptops, and when zooming in on a page.
  • Support for newer, more secure SSH keys – SourceForge now supports the new ed25519 and ecdsa formats.

We hope everyone will find these new enhancements useful and beneficial. Should you have any inquiries or issues regarding these changes, or would like to request other enhancements, please refer to our support page. We’ll do our best to make sure you continue to have a positive experience with SourceForge.

Categories: Open Source

Announcing TensorFlow 1.0

Google Open Source Blog - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 18:34
Originally posted on the Google Developer Blog

In just its first year, TensorFlow has helped researchers, engineers, artists, students, and many others make progress with everything from language translation to early detection of skin cancer and preventing blindness in diabetics. We're excited to see people using TensorFlow in over 6000 open source repositories online.

Today, as part of the first annual TensorFlow Developer Summit, hosted in Mountain View and livestreamed around the world, we're announcing TensorFlow 1.0:

It's faster: TensorFlow 1.0 is incredibly fast! XLA lays the groundwork for even more performance improvements in the future, and tensorflow.org now includes tips & tricksfor tuning your models to achieve maximum speed. We'll soon publish updated implementations of several popular models to show how to take full advantage of TensorFlow 1.0 - including a 7.3x speedup on 8 GPUs for Inception v3 and 58x speedup for distributed Inception v3 training on 64 GPUs!

It's more flexible: TensorFlow 1.0 introduces a high-level API for TensorFlow, with tf.layers, tf.metrics, and tf.losses modules. We've also announced the inclusion of a new tf.keras module that provides full compatibility with Keras, another popular high-level neural networks library.

It's more production-ready than ever: TensorFlow 1.0 promises Python API stability (details here), making it easier to pick up new features without worrying about breaking your existing code.

Other highlights from TensorFlow 1.0:
  • Python APIs have been changed to resemble NumPy more closely. For this and other backwards-incompatible changes made to support API stability going forward, please use our handy migration guide and conversion script.
  • Experimental APIs for Javaand Go
  • Higher-level API modules tf.layers, tf.metrics, and tf.losses - brought over from tf.contrib.learnafter incorporating skflowand TF Slim
  • Experimental release of XLA, a domain-specific compiler for TensorFlow graphs, that targets CPUs and GPUs. XLA is rapidly evolving - expect to see more progress in upcoming releases.
  • Introduction of the TensorFlow Debugger (tfdbg), a command-line interface and API for debugging live TensorFlow programs.
  • New Android demos for object detection and localization, and camera-based image stylization.
  • Installation improvements: Python 3 docker images have been added, and TensorFlow's pip packages are now PyPI compliant. This means TensorFlow can now be installed with a simple invocation of pip install tensorflow.
We're thrilled to see the pace of development in the TensorFlow community around the world. To hear more about TensorFlow 1.0 and how it's being used, you can watch the TensorFlow Developer Summit talks on YouTube, covering recent updates from higher-level APIs to TensorFlow on mobile to our new XLA compiler, as well as the exciting ways that TensorFlow is being used:

Click here for a link to the livestream and video playlist
(individual talks will be posted online later in the day).The TensorFlow ecosystem continues to grow with new techniques like Foldfor dynamic batching and tools like the Embedding Projector along with updatesto our existing tools like TensorFlow Serving. We're incredibly grateful to the community of contributors, educators, and researchers who have made advances in deep learning available to everyone. We look forward to working with you on forums like GitHub issues, Stack Overflow, @TensorFlow, the discuss@tensorflow.orggroup, and at future events.
By Amy McDonald Sandjideh, Technical Program Manager, TensorFlow

Categories: Open Source

Eclipse IoT Announces Support for OMA LightweightM2M 1.0 Device Management Standard

Eclipse News - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 15:11
We are pleased to announce the Eclipse Leshan project will support OMA's newly ratified LwM2M 1.0 standard.
Categories: Open Source

JDT Extension

Date Created: Wed, 2017-02-15 02:41Date Updated: Sat, 2017-02-18 03:22Yongqiang LiSubmitted by: Yongqiang Li

The motivation is to extend JDT and make JDT more powerful and easy-to-use.

Here is the function list.
* Guava-based hashCode(), equals() and toString()
* Search with Google, StackOverflow

See more details here (http://bloodlee.github.io/jdt_extension/)

Categories: Open Source

RTC Eclipse Client Add-Ons

Date Created: Tue, 2017-02-14 04:44Date Updated: Tue, 2017-02-14 09:16N/ASubmitted by: Fredrik Attebrant

Add-on to the IBM Rational Team Concert Eclipse client which adds:

- Copy workitem "Summary : ID", e.g. "Adds copy workitem summary followed by id : 12345"
The copied string is truncated to 72 characters making it fit nicely within e.g. a git commit comment.
Really useful when your organization requires the format "Summary : ID" instead of "ID : Summary" which
the RTC client has support for.

Install using update site: https://github.com/fredrikattebrant/se.attebrant.rtc.addons/raw/master/s...

Categories: Open Source

Registrations now open for pgDay Asia 2017

PostgreSQL News - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 01:00

Team pgDay Asia is happy to announce that registrations for the conference are now open. For a limited time, we are offering group discounts for 3+ people. Register yourself by clicking: http://2017.pgday.asia/#registration.

Schedule for the 2-day single-track conference has also been published: http://2017.pgday.asia/#schedule

Please note that the 2nd day of the conference is part of FOSSASIA's dedicated PostgreSQL track. Tickets for FOSSASIA can be purchased separately here: http://2017.fossasia.org/tickets/

A special shout out to all our speakers and sponsors. This event is not possible without your support. For anyone wishing to sponsor, please send an email to pgday-asia@googlegroups.com.

pgDay Asia 2017 is scheduled to be held in Singapore on 17th & 18th of March. More details here: http://2017.pgday.asia/. The conference will be held along with FOSSASIA - one of the largest FOSS conference on the planet. pgDay Asia will be PostgreSQL conference series for all PostgreSQL enthusiasts in the Asia Pacific region.

Categories: Database, Open Source

Projects of the Week, February 13, 2017

SourceForge.net: Front page news - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 06:38

Here are the featured projects for the week, which appear on the front page of SourceForge.net:

FileBot

FileBot is the ultimate tool for renaming your movies, tv shows or anime and downloading subtitles. It’s smart, streamlined for simplicity and just works. FileBot supports Windows, Linux and Mac, plus there’s a full-featured command-line interface for all sorts of automation.
[ Download FileBot ]


LibreCAD

LibreCAD is an open-source cross-platform 2D CAD program, which is translated in over 30 languages. http://translate.librecad.org LibreCAD is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 2. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. License: https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html Source: https://github.com/LibreCAD/LibreCAD/releases Track the latest development: https://github.com/LibreCAD/LibreCAD/milestones https://github.com/LibreCAD/LibreCAD/commits/master Create bug reports and feature requests: https://github.com/LibreCAD/LibreCAD/issues Get help: – http://forum.librecad.org – http://wiki.librecad.org
[ Download LibreCAD ]


npackd-logoNpackd

Npackd is a free Windows package manager that also serves as an installer and app store for Windows apps. With Npackd you can find and install software in minutes with absolutely no adware or other distractions. Apart from finding and installing software, it can keep your system updated and uninstall apps when no longer necessary. Installing and uninstalling apps is completely automated (silent or unattended installation and un-installation), making app management a breeze.
[ Download Npackd ]


antergos

The purpose of Antergos is to provide a modern, elegant and powerful operating system based on one of the best Linux distributions out there, Arch Linux. Antergos is easy to use and very customizable It is open source, free and based on the fast and lightweight Arch Linux. Antergos uses the official Arch Linux package repositories and the AUR (user-submitted packages) along with its own software repositories. As with other GNU/Linux systems, Antergos is virtually free of viruses and spyware
[ Download antergos ]


gnuplot

A famous scientific plotting package, features include 2D and 3D plotting, a huge number of output formats, interactive input or script-driven options, and a large set of scripted examples.
[ Download gnuplot ]


ApexDC++

ApexDC™ is an innovative Direct Connect client based on the DC++ and StrongDC++ projects. Direct Connect provides a rare blend of seamless file sharing and community based chat and messaging between users. ApexDC features plugins and scripting through Lua and much more. Both operators and users alike should find it a pleasant experience. Note: as of May 28th 2016 ApexDC is now primarily distributed as two separate installers one targetting 32bit and the other 64bit operating systems. Additionally XP compatible binaries are now only offered as a separate download from the files section.
[ Download ApexDC++ ]


Tcl

Tool Command Language (Tcl) is an interpreted language and very portable interpreter for that language. Tcl is embeddable and extensible, and has been widely used since its creation in 1988 by John Ousterhout. Bug reports to http://core.tcl.tk/tcl/ Follow code development at http://core.tcl.tk/tcl/
[ Download Tcl ]


Super Grub2 Disk

Super GRUB2 Disk helps you to boot into most any Operating System (OS) even if you cannot boot into it by normal means.
[ Download Super Grub2 Disk ]

Categories: Open Source

PostgreSQL@SCaLE15x - March 2-3, 2017, Pasadena Convention Center

PostgreSQL News - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 01:00
Please join us at PostgreSQL@SCaLE15x!

PostgreSQL@SCaLE is an embedded PostgreSQL conference held as part of SCaLE15x on Thursday and Friday, March 2-3, 2017. We will have 24 one-hour PostgreSQL talks -- two rooms for two days. This is by far the best value for your money of any North American PostgreSQL event!

For the talk schedule, please see: We will also have a PostgreSQL community booth in the exhibition hall all weekend.

SCaLE15x (the 15th annual Southern California Linux Expo), taking place on March 2-5, 2017 at the Pasadena Convention Center, is the largest community-run open-source and free software conference in North America. It is held annually in the Los Angeles area. PostgreSQL@SCaLE is always very popular and well attended. Don't miss out!

There is a nominal registration cost, but we have a 50% discount code: PSQL

Please go register here.

PostgreSQL@SCaLE15x is made possible by the United States PostgreSQL Association, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) created to support PostgreSQL in the United States through user group development, conferences, educational initiatives, and fun. There is no way we would be able to produce PostgreSQL@SCaLE15x without the generous support of our sponsors:

2ndQuadrant
Amazon Web Services
Command Prompt
OpenSCG
PostgreSQL Consulting

We hope to see everyone there!

The PostgreSQL@SCaLE15x Committee Joe, Jim, and Gabrielle

Categories: Database, Open Source

Open-sourcing Google Earth Enterprise

Google Open Source Blog - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 21:09
(originally posted on the Geo Developers blog)

We are excited to announce that we are open-sourcing Google Earth Enterprise (GEE), the enterprise product that allows developers to build and host their own private maps and 3D globes. With this release, GEE Fusion, GEE Server, and GEE Portable Server source code (all 470,000+ lines!) will be published on GitHub under the Apache2 license in March.
Screen Shot 2017-01-26 at 2.51.24 PM.pngOriginally launched in 2006, Google Earth Enterprise provides customers the ability to build and host private, on-premise versions of Google Earth and Google Maps. In March 2015, we announced the deprecation of the product and the end of all sales. To provide ample time for customers to transition, we have provided a two year maintenance period ending on March 22, 2017. During this maintenance period, product updates have been regularly shipped and technical support has been available to licensed customers.

Feedback is important to us and we’ve heard from our customers that GEE remains in-use in mission-critical applications. Many customers have not transitioned to other technologies. Open-sourcing GEE allows our customer community to continue to improve and evolve the project in perpetuity. Note that the implementations for Google Earth Enterprise Client, Google Maps JavaScript® API V3 and Google Earth API will not be open sourced. The Enterprise Client will continue to be made available and updated. However, since GEE Fusion and GEE Server are being open-sourced, the imagery and terrain quadtree implementations used in these products will allow third-party developers to build viewers that can consume GEE Server Databases.

We’re thankful for the help of our GEE partners in preparing the codebase to be migrated to GitHub. It’s a lot of work and we cannot do it without them. It is our hope that their passion for GEE and GEE customers will serve to lead the project into its next chapter.

Looking forward, GEE customers can use Google Cloud Platform (GCP) instead of legacy on-premises enterprise servers to run their GEE instances. For many customers, GCP provides a scalable and affordable infrastructure as a service where they can securely run GEE. Other GEE customers will be able to continue to operate the software in disconnected environments. However, we believe that the advantages of incorporating even some of the workloads on GCP will become apparent (such as processing large imagery or terrain assets on GCP that can be downloaded and brought to internal networks, or standing up user-facing Portable Globe Factories).

Moreover, GCP is increasingly used as a source for geospatial data. Google’s Earth Engine has made available over a petabyte of raster datasets which are readily accessible and available to the public on Google Cloud Storage. Additionally, Google uses Cloud Storage to provide data to customers who purchase Google Imagery today. Having access to massive amounts of geospatial data, on the same platform as your flexible compute and storage, makes generating high quality Google Earth Enterprise Databases and Portables easier and faster than ever.

We will be sharing a series of white papers and other technical resources to make it as frictionless as possible to get open source GEE up and running on Google Cloud Platform. We are excited about the possibilities that open-sourcing enables, and we trust this is good news for our community. We will be sharing more information when we launch the code in March on GitHub. For general product information, visit the Google Earth Enterprise Help Center. Review the essential and advanced training for how to use Google Earth Enterprise, or learn more about the benefits of Google Cloud Platform.

Posted by Avnish Bhatnagar, Senior Technical Solutions Engineer, Google Cloud
Categories: Open Source

ArchiMate for Papyrus

Date Created: Fri, 2017-02-10 07:15Date Updated: Fri, 2017-02-10 09:53Adocus ABSubmitted by: Thomas Wiman

The ArchiMate add-in is an open-source initiative founded by Adocus. The add-in enables you to model enterprise architecture models based upon the well recognized and popular ArchiMate® 2.1 notation by The Open Group.
The ArchiMate notation offers strategic modeling with motivation for the planned architecture initiative, identification of affected architectures such as business architecture, application architecture and technical architecture. ArchiMate does also support modeling of the implementation and migration between the current architecture state (plateau) to the next.
Key Features

  • Support for ArchiMate 2.1 in Papyrus 2.0.0
  • Presentation of both rectangular and symbol presentation of ArchiMate elements
  • Palettes (toolboxes) for accelerated modeling
  • Possibility for mixing ArchiMate and UML models to establish traceability between strategic and realization models
  • Model templates, one for a clean/empty model offering structure and one model with the ArchiSurance example from The Open Group
  • Graphic support for differentiation of the different extensions/layers in ArchiMate
  • Help pages
Categories: Open Source

Common Causes of Open Source Project Failure and How to Avoid Them

SourceForge.net: Front page news - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 06:20

One thing about open source is that even the failures contribute to the next thing that comes up. Unlike a company that could spend a million dollars in two years and fail and there’s nothing really to show for it, if you spend a million dollars on open source, you probably have something amazing that other people can build on. –Matt Mullenweg

In open source software development, one man’s failed project can be another man’s next successful project. As Matt Mullenweg has pointed out, failed projects can be the basis upon which other, more successful projects can be founded and developed.

But no matter how much of a boon one failed project may provide another, it’s still a loss for at least one person- the founder of the failed project. Between the person who spends a million dollars and fails and the person who spends the same and succeeds, you definitely don’t want to be the former! And the best way to avoid such failure is to see it coming.

Identifying the Common Causes of Failure

To see failure coming is to spot the causes. There are various causes of project failure, the most common being:

  • The developer loses interest. This loss of interest can stem from a number of things- the developer may have already stagnated with the project, is tired of the users’ demands, or is looking to focus on other opportunities. And without a maintainer to follow him, the project will inevitably be abandoned.
  • Lack of resources. Despite the “free” label, open source software development can take up a lot of resources: manpower, time and money. If there aren’t enough of these resources to support the project, abandonment will be likely.
  • Misunderstandings within the project team. If the project is worked on by people who disagree on a number of things, there is a high possibility of division among team members and the project being forked. If however the team is too fragmented and the misunderstanding too great, the project may not continue at all.
  • The project lagging behind. This could be in terms of technology, competition, or both. Technology is constantly evolving and with it, users’ expectations and demands. If a project doesn’t keep up or falls behind its competitors, it will eventually become obsolete.
  • The project becoming too big. Another possible cause of project failure is when it gets too big for the current developers and no one else steps in to help.
  • No standards or quality control. Be it in documentation, execution or support.
  • Legal problems. Very few open source projects can survive legal challenges, especially against large companies.

How to Avoid Them?

Sometimes, there’s just no avoiding the disintegration of a good project. When you see the causes coming however, there are still some things you can do to save the project at the most, and soften the blow of the loss at the very least.

  1. Ask for help. Asking for help from your community can solve a lot of project problems. When you start having difficulty managing the project on your own, you can ask the community for help maintaining it or ask them to fork it. If there’s a roadblock you can’t solve on your own, present it to the community and see if they can come up with a solution. If you need resources, the community can help you there too. Of course, this will require a great deal of humility and willingness to ask for assistance on your part.
  2. Innovate. If your project is stagnating, do what you need to do in order to keep it moving and keep the software improving. This may require additional work, research, learning new technologies and asking for help or input from other developers.
  3. Communicate. Miscommunication is a leading cause of misunderstanding, which in turn causes a host of problems for projects. Make sure you are able to openly exchange ideas with your team and listen to and share with your community as well.
  4. Always be aware. There may be more than one reason why your project is failing. Always be aware of the major factors affecting your project, and learn to accept when things are no longer within your control. Accepting that you may no longer be interested in a project or that it is becoming too big for you for instance, will allow you to seek help sooner and increase the chances of saving the project.
Categories: Open Source

Engage BlackVault Code Signing and Certification Authority Appliance

Date Created: Wed, 2017-02-08 19:11Date Updated: Thu, 2017-02-09 09:16EngageSubmitted by: Tim Dyck

Engage BlackVault cryptographic appliances make code signing and certification authority
operations secure.
Protect Cryptographic Keys and Operations
Perform Crypto Operations in Tamper Reactive Hardware

• Private / Public key pair generation, storage and backup
• Code Signing
• Certification Authority X.509 certificate generation, distribution and management
• FIPS 140 Level 3 Hardware Security Module ( HSM )
Due to continuously evolving threats (viruses, ransomware, Trojans, etc.), data security best practices dictate private keys used for code signing and certificates should never be “in the clear”. Unfortunately, too often these keys are stored on servers with weak password protection, and used in the clear by a server’s OS. This creates high risk for key theft or misuse, often resulting in disruption and financial harm to an organization.
Signing your Eclipse project code prior to publishing is a critical step in the DevOps process. With signed code users, can authenticate the author and verify the code wasn’t tampered with. Just as critical is keeping the private crypto keys and the operations they perform secure. The BlackVault makes this possible.
BlackVault

• Easily integrates with the Eclipse IDE
• Touch screen display for simple setup and use
• Zeroize (erases) keys when tampered with
• Online and Offline operation
• Code signing and certification authority applications
• Smart card Quorum for multi-department approvals

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