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A team of researchers have developed an open-source, clinically validated template for a 3D printed stethoscope for use in areas of the world with limited access to medical supplies - places where a stethoscope could mean the difference between life and death. "As far as we know this is the first ...

At the simplest level, open source programming is merely writing code that other people can freely use and modify. But you've heard the old chestnut about playing Go, right? "So simple it only takes a minute to learn the rules, but so complex it requires a lifetime to master." Writing open source code is a ...
Bierweiler wrote in a GCN guest piece published Tuesday that there are four advantages associated with the adoption of enterprise open source and one of those is choice. An open source community offers more options that could help agencies achieve cost savings, meet system requirements and keep ...
Marsh has announced that it has joined the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), the world's largest open source blockchain initiative with more than 400 member companies. The EEA seeks to create open industry standards and frameworks for blockchain applications based on the core Ethereum platform.
Of all the AI-related features inside the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, the portrait mode is arguably the most impressive -- Google manages to produce dramatic-looking depth-of-field effects without relying on dual cameras or other exotic hardware. And now, it's sharing some of those secrets with the rest of the ...
As part of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, the Defense Department has until June to start moving much of its custom-developed software source code to a central repository and begin managing and licensing it via open source methods. The mandate might prove daunting for an organization in ...
An important aspect of this transformation and modernization is the federal government's embrace of open source, personified by the launch of Code.gov, to support innovation, flexibility and reduce costs. Recently, the Department of Defense unveiled its own new open source software portal -- Code.mil ...
We can all agree that open source revolutionized the software industry. The effect has been profound on every segment from enterprise software to search and social networking. But it wasn't always that way. The late Jim Ready, founding father of embedded open source software, told me once that his ...
Adoption of open source has also grown rapidly with studies showing that 65% of companies are using and contributing to open source. However, many decision makers in those organizations using and contributing to open source do not fully understand how it works. The collaborative development model ...


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The Free Software Directory is a project of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The project was started in September of 1999, and UNESCO joined our effort in April of 2003. We catalog useful free software that runs under free operating systems particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants.
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The case for a developing country to adopt an open source software (OSS) driven Information Technology strategy is a compelling one. In a wider context IT is about the production, flow and control of information in a modern state and the rules which govern such activities are thus fundamental to its economic development. Software is a driver of those rules. OSS under these circumstances cannot be viewed as a mere product choice. It reflects more fundamentally an alternative strategy for building, maintaining and changing the rules that govern information flows in the economy.
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