There’s a new fundraising platform focused on crowdsourcing funds for open source projects, Google is partnering with IBM and others to form the OpenPOWER Consortium and the Open Source Digital Voting Foundation finally got its nonprofit status from the IRS! Read ahead to find out more on these stories and if you’ll be able to work from a solar-powered Linux laptop in the near future:
- On NetworkWorld, Byan Lunduke shared details around the new fundraising platform aimed at supporting open source projects, Bountysource: “Open Source Gets its Own Crowd-Funding Site, with Bounties Included.”
- Amanda McPherson shared how plans for the OpenPOWER Consortium is another example of collaborate development taking over the world in the Linux.com article, “Google and IBM Team Up to Work On Next Generation Data Center Technology.”
- Wired’s Robert McMillan reported on BOLOs the IRS have placed on open source projects seeking nonprofit tax status and how the Open Source Digital Voting Foundation finally made it through the system and are now free to help revolutionize the voting process: “Open Source Voting Machine Reborn After 6-Year War With IRS”
- “Is This Finally the Year of Open Source…in China?” This was the question Glyn Moody prompted in his ComputerWorldUK blog, citing awards and sessions at the 8th Open Source China – Open Source World Summit conference as indicators that open source is becoming the norm in the world’s second largest economy.
- Sean Michael Kerner reported on Apache’s Flex 4.10.0 update now including Linux support in the eWeek article, “Open-Source Apache Flex Finally Comes to Linux.”
- Nick Heath’s ZDNet article, “Building the Open Source Laptop: How One Engineer Turned the Geek Fantasy to Reality,” told the story of Andrew ‘Bunnie’ Huang who built his own laptop using open hardware and designs.
- From building your own laptop, to a fully solar (and Linux) powered laptop, ZDNet also published Stevn J. Vaughan-Nichols’s article, “First Solar-Powered Linux Laptop.”
- In the opensource.com article “Say Something to the Youth of America About Open Source,” Jen Wike interviewed Selena Deckelmann, who runs the Postgres Open community conference series, on a recent speech she gave around ways open source communities can help teachers and their students.
- On OStatic, Sam Dean shared Mozilla’s announcement that Bango’s Payments Platform will be integrated with its Firefox Marketplace, allowing FireFox OS mobile users to pay for apps directly through their phone bills: “Mozilla and Bango Bring Phone Bill-based Payments to Firefox OS Users.”
Although Bloomberg pledged $80k to the Ubuntu Edge indiegogo campaign, Canonical still needs to raise over $23 million to reach its goal of $32 million before the campaign ends in two week. Do you think Ubuntu Edge will make its goal by August 21st?