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Google and Microsoft finance open source security campaign

A new initiative by the Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF) should improve the security of open source applications, German news site heise reports. The campaign, called the Alpha-Omega Project, is the result of negotiations at the White House between representatives of technology companies, US authorities and non-profit organisations. The initial funding of $5 mn. is …

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Digital Markets Act: Device Neutrality finally becomes a reality

After many iterations and amendments, the European Parliament adopted the Digital Markets Act (DMA) by 642 votes in favour, 8 votes against and 46 abstentions, the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) reports. The Act introduced the principle of Device Neutrality. At the same time, the Parliament missed the chance to introduce strict interoperability requirements based …

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EU Commission wants to release its software as open source

The European Commission announced today that it has adopted new rules on Open Source Software that will enable its software solutions to be publicly accessible whenever there are potential benefits for citizens, companies or other public services. The Commission’s recent studyon the impact of Open Source Software and Hardware on technological independence, competitiveness and innovation …

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EUPL now a “legal licence” in France

On 3rd December, French Décret no. 2021-1559 of 1st December 2021 was published in the Official Gazette, Joinup, the EU’s public sector news site reports. This decree makes the European Union Public Licence (EUPL) a “Legal Licence” for use by public sector organisations in France. Before the approval of this decree, French public sector organisations …

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LibreOffice 2021 Conference details announced

Italo Vignoli has posted details of the 2021 LibreOffice Conference (which will take place online. Ed.) on the Document Foundation’s blog. This year’s LibreOffice Conference will open at noon CEST on 23rd September and will conclude at 5:30p.m. CEST on 25th September. The conference schedule has been finalised and is now available. Of course, there …

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