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Short Bytes: Technology giant Google has released a new open source website to showcase its open source projects. It’ll contain Google’s software, the supported organizations, a list of open source projects. The company has also released its internal documentation on how it “does” open source. Google has also promised to add more projects to the website in the near future.

The usage of free and open source software by technology giants is becoming more and more common with each passing day.

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Back in December, 2016, Linux boss Linus Torvalds rolled out Linux kernel 4.9. Thanks to tons of code due to Project Ara’s ‘greybus’ and AMD GPU register definition files, it was the biggest ever kernel release in terms of commits. The release also opened the Linux kernel 4.10 merge window. Kernel 4.10 is expected to be released this weekend–most probably on February 19.

Having said that, I know you’re pretty excited about this release and you might be wondering about the new and best features coming to Linux kernel 4.10. So, here they are:

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Wine is well known to Linux and Mac users for opening up the possibility of running Windows software on their preferred operating system. The self-referentially-named software (Wine Is Not an Emulator) is due for a new release in the next few weeks, but the hoped-for Windows-on-Android support is not yet there.

That said, it is in the pipeline. Wine developers are working on integrating the existing CrossOver Android software into the open source Windows API. This will allow for Windows software to run in Android, but it won’t make it into the up-coming Wine 2.0, and there are limitations.

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Chromium is an open-source web browser developed and maintained by The Chromium Project. The git rolling release web browser was first introduced in 2008 and its different parts are released under different free software licenses which include BSD License (for the portion written by Google) and MIT License, LGPL, etc for other portions.

Google Chrome, also released in 2008, is a proprietary web browser developed and maintained by Google.

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Mozilla’s love of open source is nothing new — just look to the Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS) program. Loving a philosophy is one thing, but Mozilla has also put its money where its mouth is.

In the third quarter of this year, MOSS awarded more than $300,000 to four projects which it either already supported, or which were aligned with the organization’s mission. One of the smallest awards — $56,000 — was made to Speech Rule Engine, a text-to-speech style component that makes mathematical and scientific content more accessible.

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George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones (the complete series titled A Song of Ice and Fire) is one of the most popular television shows to have aired in the last decade, and it’s no wonder, it has all the makings of an excellent drama, love, war, betrayal, and vengeance (full disclosure, I haven’t read the books, but I have enjoyed the show).

Although, when you examine things a little more thoroughly, you notice that the notions are not so fantastical at all and the themes are all too familiar.

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Samsung Z2 is the world's first 4G Tizen smartphone

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Android and iOS are the only two mobile operating systems that matter. That’s a problem for consumers. Why? Well, while duopolies at least give them some choice, being limited to just two options isn’t ideal. Sure, there are other options like Ubuntu for phones and Windows 10 Mobile, but neither are lighting the world on fire.

Consumers aside, phone manufacturers don’t have access to Apple’s iOS, leaving Android as the only viable option. In other words, for OEMs, there is almost no choice. Samsung is apparently not satisfied with being limited to Google’s mobile operating system.

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SGX For Linux — Intel Open Sources A Tool To Protect Your Code And Data

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Intel’s SGX technology gives the programmers the power to protect their code and lock the data inside CPU-enforced containers. This allows one to preserve the confidentiality of sensitive information and equips the software makers to deliver applications and updates more safely.

Interestingly, when SGX is running on a machine, code and data are put behind such curtains that can’t be accessed by processors with root permissions.

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Microsoft releases .NET Core 1.0, complete with Red Hat Linux support

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Today at the Red Hat Summit, Microsoft announced the launch of .NET Core 1.0. Continuing the company’s embrace of other platforms, the latest version of the open source .NET runtime platform supports Windows, OS X, iOS, Android and — of course — Linux.

At the summit, Red Hat said that .NET Core 1.0 will be fully supported by Red Hat Enterprise Linux. With Microsoft’s partnership with Red Hat late last year, and the company’s on-going expansion into the cross-platform cloud, Linux support is not entirely surprising. Also announced today was ASP.NET Core 1.0 and Entity Framework 1.0 for developers to get to work with.

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If you think that Microsoft’s love for Linux and open source is selfless, think once more. This self-pronounced love for Linux is helping Redmond earn big bucks in the field of cloud computing.

Recently, Microsoft brought support for Linux-based Docker containers on Windows 10. At DockerCon 2016, Microsoft Azure CTO Mark Russinovich told more about its ongoing adoption of open source technologies and Microsoft’s future plans.

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