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Free Software is More Reliable!

Apologists for proprietary software like to say, “free software is a nice dream, but we all know that only the proprietary system can produce reliable products. A bunch of hackers just can’t do this.” Empirical evidence disagrees, however; scientific tests, described below, have found GNU software to be more reliable than comparable proprietary software. This … Read more

The Critical Role of Open Source and Open Standards on the Road to Secure and Robust Healthcare

FIWARE is known for its ability and speed to address urgent challenges and the needs of society, companies, and public administrations. The need for ready-to-use solutions, based on Open Source and open standards principles – to help automate data sharing – continues to grow rapidly. This has, once again, become evident during the current COVID-19 … Read more

Matrix/Element/Jitsi Homeserver Installation at GFOSS

In this article, we will present a guide on how to set up a Matrix, Element and Jitsi Homeserver, as well as why you should want to. But first, let’s see what those are. This article has been based on the experience gained from installing Matrix/Element/Jitsi server for internal use in Open Technologies Alliance (GFOSS). … Read more

EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE NEXT 100 YEARS

We believe quality education requires constant adaptation and collaboration.  To best support this, we want to see a world where education everywhere relies on, and helps to build, an evolving infrastructure of open technology.     Our Mission 1. To be the voice for Open Education Technology as a preferred solution for education As developers … Read more

European Parliament strongly recommends any software developed by and for the EU institutions to be made publicly available under Free and Open Source Software licence

Brussels, 15/5/2020 – Yesterday, in plenary, the European Parliament endorsed a number of budgetary discharge reports, which include Pirate amendmentsurging EU institutions to predominantly use Open Source solutions. This success happened despite the joint effort of the EPP and ECR Groups to strike out these essential parts of the reports. In practice, from now on, all IT solutionsdeveloped by and for the EU institutions willfirst needto beassessed against the possibility of using Open Source solutions. Assessments will then have to be reported back … Read more

PostgreSQL Person of the Week, Jimmy Angelakos

PostgreSQL is the World’s most advanced Open Source Relational Database. The interview series “PostgreSQL Person of the Week” presents the people who make the project what it is today. Read all interviews here. Please tell us about yourself, your hobbies and where you are from. I grew up in Athens, Greece, then went to Scotland … Read more

Python is eating the world

How one developer’s side project became the hottest programming language on the planet Frustrated by programming language shortcomings, Guido van Rossum created Python. With the language now used by millions, Nick Heath talks to van Rossum about Python’s past and explores what’s next. In late 1994, a select group of programmers from across the US … Read more

A Call to Open Budgets, Join us to shape an equitable future

Government decisions about how public money is raised, allocated and spent are moral choices – reflecting a nation’s values and priorities. A nation’s budget determines what services are available and to whom – including schools for children, medicine for the sick and support for the unemployed. To assure that public budgets, and the use of … Read more

Fiscal Transparency in Times of Emergency Response: Reflections for Covid-19

The health emergency we are experiencing at the beginning of 2020 is certainly not the first or last one the world will see. Yet, Covid-19 pushes us to reflect on the preparedness of our fiscal transparency instruments to account for public finance adjustments, as well as to provide useful information in a timely manner—to both … Read more