Open Source Wrap Up: September 12-18, 2015
Let’s Encrypt Issues First SSL/TLS Certificate.
Let’s Encrypt is a Linux Foundation Collaborative project that will serve as a certificate authority that makes SSL/TLS certificate provisioning much simpler. The project will distribute free SSL/TLS certificates, which will simplify the process of setting up encrypted communications over the web; this is something many leading tech companies have been pushing for heavily in recent years. The first certificate has been issued to their own test website; currently it requires visitors to install an ISRG root certificate, but the project is working with IdenTrust, a certificate authority, to cross sign the project’s certificates. Once this process is finished, all certificates issued by Let’s Encrypt will be trusted across the web. The project will gradually roll more certificates out to pre-selected websites in the coming weeks before opening up the process to the general public on November 16, 2015.
Free Software Foundation Seeks Nominations for 18th Free Software Awards
The Free Software Foundation is calling on the free software community to submit nominations for the 18th annual Free Software Awards. The awards will be presented at the LibrePlanet conference next year. They are looking for nominations for the following awards:
- The Advancement of Free Software: This award is presented by Richard Stallman to an individual who has made great progress towards the development of free software.
- Projects of Social Benefit: This award goes to the project or team that has best applied free software to intentionally and significantly benefit society.
More information about this nomination process can be found on the FSF website.
Tizen 3.0 Milestones Released
The Tizen Technical Steering Group has announced the Tizen 3.0 first milestone release for TV and mobile profiles. This provides developers with the Tizen kernel, device drivers, middleware subsystems, and Web/Native APIs necessary to create Tizen Compliant devices. This release includes support for 64bit SoC’s, multi-user architecture, a Wayland display server, a Blink based web engine, IoTivity integration, and more. Currently, the community is working on adding KDBus, Crosswalk, and an IoTCon API.
Italian Military to Switch to LibreOffice and ODF
The Italian military has decided to transisiton to LibreOffice and the Open Document Format (ODF) over the next year-and-a-half. Approximately 150,000 PC workstations will be converted, making it Europe’s second largest LibreOffice implementation. This transition will begin in October, and is the result of a law passed in 2012 that requires free and open source options to be the default choice for the country’s public administrations. While there are many provinces and regions within Italy that have transitioned to LibreOffice, the Ministry of Defense will be the first central government organization in the nation to make this switch.