A New Foundation, Video Hardware Improvements for Linux, and Open Source in Government in This Week’s Wrap Up

Open Source Wrap Up: June 27 – July 2, 2015

Linux Foundation Announces R Consortium

The Linux Foundation (LF) has announced the launch of the R Consortium, a collaborative project aimed at strengthening the technical and user communities of the R programming language. R is an open source programming language used by statisticians and data scientists to extract value from data, and it is used by millions of researchers around the world. This is the newest collaborative project of the many that have been launched by the LF, which all focus on the promotion and development of their respective communities.

To learn more about the R Consortium, visit the project website.

Tizen 3.0 Common 2015.Q2 is Released

The Tizen community has announced the release of Tizen 3.0 Common 2015.Q2. This release features a number of upgrades and improvements; most notably, major changes have been made to system security. The Crosswalk shared mode has been removed from Tizen in favor of Cynara, which should fix problems associated with the cumbersome set of Smack policies that were previously required to control privileges in Tizen. The new version also includes ports of many of the Tizen 2.x APIs to Tizen 3.0, though many are still works-in-progress. Finally, many major components have been updated, including Wayland, EFL, Elementary, Gstreamer and more.

Video Hardware Handling Improvements in the Works for Fedora Workstation

In the same way that PulseAudio improved audio hardware support on Linux, Pinos is a new open source project aimed at improving video hardware support. Pinos provides an API that allows multiple applications to control a single video device, and improves the ability of a single application to control multiple video devices. Pinos will support multiple video input formats, integrate Gstreamer, and include audio support. The goal of this project is to provide users with more options for screen capturing in addition to better video support for desktop sandboxes.

Read more at the blog of Christian Schaller.

The US House of Representatives Opens Up to Open Source

Up to this point, members of the US House of Representatives have been required to choose from a small selection of proprietary applications and services when choosing technologies to run their offices and manage their web presence. This is about to change as part of an effort by the Sunlight Foundation, OpenGov Foundation and the Congressional Data Coalition, with support from a growing number of lawmakers. Members will now be able to choose from open source alternatives in addition to standard proprietary software and this effort is likely to receive an additional boost once the new Open Source Caucus is launched.

Read more from the Sunlight Foundation.

Author: Ben Lloyd Pearson

Ben is an open source technologist experienced in a wide array of modern IT tools. He's done a bit of everything, from web development, to systems administration, web publishing, and beyond.