Posts Tagged ‘open’

postheadericon OPEN SOURCE FOCUS: VLC Media Player

As part of our ongoing promotion of open-source pioneers and projects, FlashRouters covers the benefits of the free, open-source, VLC Media Player.

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postheadericon The Importance of Open Source Software

The alternative to proprietary software is open source software. Find out how making the switch to open source can benefit your security and privacy.

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postheadericon How To Get Around Virgin Media Blocks With an Open Source Router

Find out how to access your favorite websites that Virgin Media blocks with the help of a VPN.

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postheadericon How To Stream US Open Tennis 2017 From Anywhere

Looking to stream US Open Tennis? Want to watch Stan Wawrinka defend his title? FlashRouters has a guide for streaming the US Open anywhere.

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postheadericon How To Choose The Best Open Source Routers

Looking for Open Source routers? Want to integrate a VPN on the network level? FlashRouters is here to help with an arsenal of DD-WRT and Tomato routers.

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postheadericon Malware campaign targets open source developers on GitHub

Be on your guard if you’re a developer who uses GitHub – someone could be trying to infect your computer with malware.

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postheadericon Why You Should Use Custom Open Source Firmware on a WiFi Router?

In this day and age, there’s no good reason to count on your router’s stock firmware. FlashRouters explains the necessity of custom firmware.

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postheadericon Microsoft contributes to open ecosystem by joining Linux Foundation and welcoming Google to the .NET community

NEW YORK — Nov. 16, 2016 — On Wednesday, during its annual Connect(); developer event, Microsoft Corp. unveiled a series of products and partnerships that strengthen the company’s Azure cloud platform for building intelligent, cross-platform apps and services. Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Executive Vice President Scott Guthrie detailed significant steps Microsoft is taking to empower the ecosystem by giving developers greater choice in the tools they use — including joining the Linux Foundation as a Platinum Member to better collaborate with the open source community, welcoming Google to the independent .NET Foundation, and working with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. to enable .NET developers to build apps for more than 50 million Samsung devices worldwide.

Guthrie also demonstrated a preview of Visual Studio for Mac, which enables developers to write cloud, mobile and macOS apps on Apple’s Mac operating system using the popular development environment; a preview of the next version of the company’s flagship SQL Server database with support for Linux, Linux-based Docker containers and Windows-based environments; and a preview of Azure App Service on Linux with support for containers.

“We want to help developers achieve more and capitalize on the industry’s shift toward cloud-first and mobile-first experiences using the tools and platforms of their choice,” Guthrie said. “By collaborating with the community to provide open, flexible and intelligent tools and cloud services, we’re helping every developer deliver unprecedented levels of innovation.”

Collaborating with the community

As part of its effort to work more closely with the open source community, Microsoft on Wednesday announced it has joined the Linux Foundation as a Platinum Member. Microsoft’s membership in the Linux Foundation will benefit customers through increased collaboration and innovation among a diverse ecosystem.

“By becoming a Linux Foundation Platinum member, Microsoft is better able to collaborate with the open source community to deliver transformative mobile and cloud experiences to more people,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation. “Microsoft has been a key contributor to many projects, and we see the company intensifying its involvement and commitment to open development.”

Microsoft has become an active member of the open source community in part through the popularity of its open source and cross-platform application framework .NET Core. Wednesday’s addition of Google to the .NET Foundation’s Technical Steering Group further reinforces the vibrancy of the .NET developer community as well as Google’s commitment to fostering an open platform that supports businesses and developers who have standardized on .NET.

Other industry leaders are also betting on .NET Core for their own commercial products. On Wednesday Samsung is releasing a preview of its Visual Studio Tools for Tizen. Developers can use the tools to build .NET apps for the Tizen operating system that runs on millions of Samsung TVs, wearables, mobile devices and many IoT devices around the world.

Tools for any developer on any platform

Microsoft highlighted several announcements Wednesday aimed at helping developers use the tools of their choice to create Android, iOS and Windows apps powered by Linux or Windows Server, including the following:

  • The SQL Server on Linux public preview released Wednesday is the first preview of the next version of SQL Server and brings the power of SQL Server to Linux and Linux-based Docker containers, in addition to Windows.
  • A new Visual Studio for Mac preview provides a macOS-based integrated development environment designed for building mobile, cloud and macOS apps.
  • The availability of Azure App Service on Linux with support for Containers in preview provides native Linux support for Node.js and PHP stacks on Azure App Service and now enables developers to bring their own Docker-formatted container image.

Enabling better apps through the intelligent cloud

Today’s most impactful apps are using data to delight users and drive business outcomes. Microsoft today unveiled unique capabilities and services that make it easier for more developers to turn massive amounts of data into deeply personal, intelligent and predictive applications.

  • SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 1 availability makes database innovations accessible to more applications across product editions.
  • The availability of Azure Data Lake services, Azure Data Lake Analytics and Data Lake Store means developers and data scientists now have the capabilities required to easily store and process data at petabyte size files, with massively parallel analytics and enterprise-grade security for insights on data of any size, shape and speed.

Improving the end-to-end developer experience

Microsoft’s solutions evolve with changing developer needs. Through the Visual Studio family, SQL Server, Windows, Office and Azure, Microsoft is working to provide the most complete platform for application innovation, spanning mobile and cloud.

  • The Visual Studio Mobile Center preview announced Wednesday brings together the cloud and life-cycle services that help developers build, test, distribute and monitor apps built in Objective-C, Swift, Java, Xamarin and React Native for Android-, iOS- and Windows-based devices.
  • The Visual Studio 2017 release candidate released Wednesday includes new capabilities to help any developer be more productive than ever for any application and any platform.
  • Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2017 and Azure Application Insights are now available, providing an enhanced collaboration and DevOps platform for cloud- first, mobile-first scenarios.

“Microsoft is transforming the nature of its appeal to developers by broadening its supported platforms,” said Al Hilwa, research director for Software Development research at IDC. “The new partnerships and commitments allow Microsoft to meet developers where they are and multiply its reach and impact with mobile and cloud developers as well as become established in emerging areas such as IoT, data science and cognitive computing.”

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postheadericon California Transplant Restricts Utah’s Open Carry — And It May Be Against The Law

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — Sea Bears Ogden Fish House relocated to the historic Ogden Union Station outside Salt Lake City. This historic location is home to a number of museums and it is a very scenic destination for visitors and locals alike. Sea Bears has maintained a policy which allows its waiters and waitresses to openly carry firearms on their kilts.

Since the business has been open, this has not been a problem. However, when they relocated to the new historic location, the Executive Director of the Ogden Union Station Foundation has inserted stipulations: no open carry.

If this sounds weird for Utah, you’d be right. But then again, its Executive Director isn’t from Utah. She’s from Orange County, California.

The main curator of Union Station, Dr. Elizabeth Sutton, Ph.D., is from Orange County, California, and relocated to Utah in 2012 to help out at the Museum of Anthropology at Utah State University. She is now the Executive Director of Ogden Union Station Foundation and Museums and it was her call as to whether or not to push the restriction of open carry on the premises of the Sea Bears location.

via KSL

“In this day and age, to see somebody carrying in public, you don’t know right away if it’s friendly or scary,” Sutton said. “So, to make everyone feel safe, we felt that open-carry does not meet our mission and goal.”

Thankfully, according to the Standard Examiner, there’s been a public outcry over this arguably illegal restriction. Dr. Sutton responded by reassuring everyone: we have signs that stop people from carrying guns openly.

“I believe the misinformation came with people believing that we were going to allow open-carry in the Station,” Sutton said. “It is not allowed, and we have not had a problem. I had my staff put up signs today.”

Because, as we all know, putting up signs stops criminals. /s

Located at the Union Station site is a museum dedicated to John M. Browning’s contributions to firearms. The irony was not lost on visitors.

For right now, until this is contested in court, California will have temporarily won its restriction of open carry. Sea Bears waiters and waitresses can carry concealed.

The owners of the Sea Bears location at Union Station enjoy their new location but will not comment on Dr. Sutton’s restrictions on the carrying of firearms. After all, in business, location is everything.

This is a frightening development. As more Californians move away to seek opportunities elsewhere, neighboring states are going to see more and more California-style gun restrictions creep in through the woodwork.

This means more vigilance on the part of locals. There’s nothing wrong with someone coming from California and bringing their expertise with them. When they attempt to institute their own draconian laws in neighboring states, there has to be an upper limit to that.

The best place to start: the wallet.

The Union Station has a very high operating budget in relation to its income. This major historic site offers a lot of great museums and feature locations ideal for visitors and families. The restaurant location is a source of generated income for this foundation. We believe the Sea Bears have a LOT more leverage in this negotiation than they let on but they’re playing it safe.

For visitors who see signs posted at Union Station, make sure to let staff know that their decision to restrict open carry may influence your decision to return. And do try the seafood. We heard from some of our readers that Sea Bears is the best seafood outside Salt Lake City.

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postheadericon Open Source Router Firmware Allowed on TP-Link Routers Thanks to FCC

TP-Link locked open source firmware out of their routers in response to new FCC rules. Now the FCC is telling TP-Link that they must allow open source router firmware.

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