RIT launches nations first minor in free and open source software and free culture

Rochester, N.Y. (PRWEB) March 07, 2014

Responding to student interest and a growing industry demand for workers with such skills, Rochester Institute of Technology is launching the nations first interdisciplinary minor in free and open source software and free culture.

Starting in Fall 2014, RITs School of Interactive Games and Media will offer the minor in free and open source software (FOSS) and free culture for students who want to develop a deep understanding of the processes, practices, technologies, and financial, legal and societal impacts of the FOSS and free culture movements.

As students progress through the minor, they acquire domain knowledge, hands-on experience and community interaction skills, said Stephen Jacobs, professor of interactive games and media and associate director of RITs Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity (MAGIC). Students can use their new skills to become leaders, as well as contributors.

While propriety softwaresuch as Microsoft Officeis developed, controlled and restricted by organizations, free open source softwaresuch as Libre Officegives users the right and ability to freely use, modify and share the software itself. The free culture movement, exemplified by Creative Commons, allows for the same type of flexible use rights for creative works, such as music or graphics. When companies want to take advantage of the opportunities to modify and/or redistribute FOSS software, which is often more reliable, secure and less expensive, they turn to experts in FOSS culture, process and licenses.

Jacobs designed RITs first FOSS course around student-created games for the One Laptop per Child program in 2008. As their software ran on the laptops, Red Hat Inc., a leading provider of open source software solutions, donated 25 XO laptops for student use in the class. Red Hat has continued to collaborate with FOSS programs at RIT, including sponsoring the humanitarian program in Jacobs FOSSBox Lab.

RIT has long been a strong proponent of open source, not just in technology but also in the free sharing of ideas and knowledge, both of which are key factors in Red Hats involvement with RIT, said Tom Callaway, in charge of University Outreach at Red Hat.

RITs FOSS minor, driven by Professor Jacobs, helps address the role that free and open source software plays in todays world. Nearly every form of technology innovation, from gaming consoles to cloud computing, relies on open source code as a fundamental building block. Open source is helping define the way forward for digital society at large, Callaway said.

RITs 15-credit-hour minor, open to undergraduates across the university, includes three core courses from the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts. Students also select two elective courses that can be chosen from a list of computing and liberal arts courses. Electives from additional disciplines will likely be added over time.

Someone who doesnt know how to code can go all the way through this minor, said Jacobs. In required technical classes, students with different skills will work in teams to build a common project.

All students will take a course in which they develop and contribute to an existing humanitarian FOSS project. They will also take a course on theories of free and open source culture and another on the business and legal aspects of open source. Other electives can be selected based on the expertise of the student.

People are using free culture and its social structure to solve a host of problems, said Amit Ray, a professor in the Department of English. It is important for programmers, business people, scientists and even scholars to understand and be a part of free and open source culture.

Red Hat has supported Jacobs FOSS@MAGIC initiative, which promotes the practice of free and open source software development by connecting students to humanitarian projects, independent studies, co-op opportunities, conference registrations and travel, summer undergraduate research fellowships, faculty and staff professional development opportunities and hackathons.

For more information about the FOSS minor, go to magic.rit.edu/foss/minor.html.







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Build Real-time Multiplayer Games on Android and iOS from Unity Free Using AppWarp


(PRWEB) January 31, 2014

ShepHertz A Cloud Ecosystem provider for Apps (Mobile, Web, Social, Gaming and TV Apps) announces the launch of its new AppWarp Unity SDK, which allows developers to use Unity Free and still build for iOS and Android. Earlier developers required Unity Pro when using AppWarp and targeting builds for iOS and Android. This is achieved through the use of native socket plugins which removes its dependency on the .Net sockets package that is restricted on Unity Free version.

AppWarp is a powerful, yet simple platform for developing multiplayer real-time games and applications. The communication happens using its custom binary protocol and it supports all the popular client platforms such as iOS, Android, WP as well as middle-ware such as Unity, Marmalade, and Corona etc. It is available on the cloud as well as on-premise depending on customer scenarios.

AppWarp cloud is great for building applications whose game play doesnt require server side validation of client data and rely only on exchanging information between clients. Multiplayer games such as side-scrolling, action combat, racing as well as simple real-time turn based games can be developed using the cloud. The cloud saves you from the headache of deploying and managing the server side. You just write client side business logic and utilize the ready-made server side features of rooms, lobby, matchmaking etc.

The on-premise offering AppWarpS2 was recently launched by ShepHertz and allows developers to build games which require hosted AI, server generated characters, server-side anti-cheat logic etc. Casino style card games, MMO, RPG etc. are genres that can be developed using AppWarpS2.

About ShepHertz

ShepHertz Technologies is a cloud ecosystem provider for App and Game Developers which adds value to the complete development life cycle of their Apps and beyond. ShepHertz is an access channel and technology agnostic cloud computing (BaaS/MBaaS, PaaS) service provider. They have taken an ecosystem approach where they want to provide Mobile, Web, Social, SaaS, TV and Gaming App developers a One-Stop-Shop for all their Cloud needs. App42 product line also offers App42 Cloud API Backend as a Service and AppWarp Multiplayer Engine and App42 PaaS – Platform as a Service and BPaaS.

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FortaTrust Announces Free VPS Cloud Servers for Technology Professionals


Doral, FL (PRWEB) July 03, 2012

FortaTrust, a leading provider of dedicated and cloud computing services, has announced its Free VPS Program. This program is designed to provide Technology Professionals with the opportunity to become familiar with our VPS Cloud Servers in a production environment, and have the ability to use them at their discretion for their internal operations, said Octavio Diaz, FortaTrusts Director of Industry Relations.

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Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Achieves Third Consecutive Virus Bulletin VB100 Certification


Orlando, FL (PRWEB) June 05, 2013

Panda Security, The Cloud Security Company, today announced that Panda Cloud Antivirus Free has been awarded VB100 certification after being tested alongside 40 other antivirus solutions in Virus Bulletins April comparative review on Windows XP SP3. This is the third consecutive time that Panda Security has obtained this certification for Windows platforms.

VB100 certification is granted to products that prove a 100% detection rate for malware samples listed as In the Wild by the WildList Organization with zero false positives. The comparative review was conducted on a system running Windows XP SP3. Testing was made up of three main parts: on-demand tests, on-access tests, and false positive tests. Panda Cloud Antivirus Free obtained a 100% perfect result in the on-demand and on-access tests, as well as zero false positives.

Lightweight, Fast Scanning with Minimum Consumption

The tests showed that Panda Cloud Antivirus Free was one of the best-performing free antivirus products available, outperforming other solutions from Avast, AVG and Microsoft. Virus Bulletin also praised the products high scanning speed, and recognized it as the free solution with the lowest CPU and memory consumption and one of the lightest of all tested products.

In addition, Virus Bulletin highlighted the products straightforward interface, the wide variety of features it offers despite being free, and the ease of use provided by its cloud-based technologies.

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Orem, UT (PRWEB) December 10, 2012

This week, 5GBFree.com, one of the webs leading free website hosting providers, announced that through its partnership with NetHosting, a leading provider of Cloud, Dedicated Server, and Virtual Hosting services since 1994, it will make web hosting even more affordable and available to people and businesses worldwide. Together, they have arranged to cut the price of 5GBFree.coms Pro plan from $ 7.95 per month to $ 2.95 per month, making them the providers of the least expensive unlimited hosting in the world.

Powered by CloudLinux, these hosting plans will be stored in a virtual cloud. This means that each virtual server enjoys all the security youd get from having an individual dedicated server, while still benefitting from the low cost of sharing space with other virtual machines.

5GBFree.com still offers free accounts with limited capabilities and features, such as embedded advertisements, capped bandwidth and storage space, and forum-based support. The Pro accounts have no embedded ads, space and bandwidth are unlimited, and users have access to 24/7 technical support from NetHostings own Dedicated Experts.

Regarding this arrangement, Troy Stephens, Technical Services Manager for 5GBFree, said,

This is something that the Internet hasnt seen before. Weve made it affordable for everyone to build and host their own websites for less than the price of popcorn at the movies. And we feel that people are really going to respond.

This new deal is available to both current 5GB Free subscribers and new customers, and can be found at 5GBfree.coms signup page here.

About 5GBFree.com

5GBFree.com has provided free, no-obligation website hosting for over five years and was acquired by NetHosting in 2012. Since the acquisition, its services have expanded to include a 5GB Pro package that offers unlimited disk space and bandwidth, as well as live technical support.

Currently, 5GB Pro represents the lowest priced Unlimited Web Hosting on the Internet. Sign up for 5GB of free hosting at http://www.5GBFree.com.

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NetHosting Unveils Online Success Series, Free Educational Program for Website Owners


Orem, UT (PRWEB) November 26, 2012

Cloud hosting, dedicated hosting, and virtual hosting provider, NetHosting, has recently released a series of free guides and simple tools called the Online Success Series. This series is targeted at owners of ecommerce websites and small businesses with the purpose of helping to create or improve cost-efficient marketing campaigns.

These guides focus on what NetHosting CEO Lane Livingston calls the four keys of online success, namely search engine optimization, website hosting, social media, and design. Each guide provides a snapshot of one of the four topics, complete with educational information, a detailed breakdown of available tools and options, and suggestions for immediate implementation.

Without these four pieces, even the best funded marketing strategy is incomplete, stated Mr. Livingston. We hope that the Online Success Series enables the small, one-man operations out there to immediately launch or improve their online marketing campaigns in a clear and simple way, without breaking the bank.

Mr. Livingston summarized the series as a five-email campaign that not only delivers the previously mentioned guides, but walks website owners through the process of website and audience analysis, making the tough decisions, and cost-effective implementation.

Subscription to the Online Success Series is available at no cost. Follow this link for additional information.

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Enterprise Management Associates Announces Free IT Management Webinars for February

Boulder, Colo. (Vocus/PRWEB) February 07, 2011

Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), a leading IT and data management research and consulting firm, today announced it will host a number of free Webinars focused on IT management during the month of February 2011.

The EMA Webinars set for February are:

Thursday, Feb. 10 at 2:00 p.m. EST

Network Management and the Responsible, Virtualized Cloud:

http://www.enterprisemanagement.com/nmrc0211press

If there was a buzzword of the year in 2010 and looking ahead towards 2011, it would be cloud. The growing interest in and adoption of cloud-based approaches to IT services and infrastructure have caught the attention of execs, who see significant advantages in terms of agility and cost advantage. A key enabling technology for cloud – the virtualization of x86 computing – is also growing fast and has quickly moved from emerging to mainstream status. But along with these new technologies come new and interesting challenges for establishing the visibility and control network managers need to assure integrity, performance, and ultimately the quality of IT applications and services that will utilize them. EMA has conducted a major research study to investigate and better understand the challenges that cloud and server virtualization are creating for network managers and determining how to accommodate these highly visible technologies into operational best practices.

EMA Research Director Jim Frey will share the results of this just-completed research in a free Webinar where he will:

>>Share details on current levels of adoption of various cloud service types

>>Identify the impacts that cloud and virtualization are having on standard network management task and tools

>>Reveal strategies for getting ahead of these new challenges

Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 2:00 p.m. EST

Operationalizing Cloud: the Move to a Cross-Domain Service Management Strategy

http://www.enterprisemanagement.com/research/asset.php?id=1918

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During this one-hour Webinar, EMA VP of Research Dennis Drogseth will address brand new data revealing:

>>How IT organizations and IT executives are making changes to more effectively assimilate cloud

>>How cloud initiatives are changing in terms of how they are funded, how they are initiated and how they are being managed and measured

>>How cloud is impacting IT-to-business dynamics

>>How key service management technologies, including CMDB/CMS, user experience management, consolidated service desk, service level management, application dependency mapping, dashboard analytics, usage and chargeback accounting, are impacting the success of cloud-related initiatives

>>What organizational models are most effective in optimizing cloud and why?

>>What to expect in the future as cloud services and virtualization initiatives evolve

About EMA

Founded in 1996, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) is a leading industry analyst firm that provides deep insight across the full spectrum of IT and data management technologies. EMA analysts leverage a unique combination of practical experience, insight into industry best practices, and in-depth knowledge of current and planned vendor solutions to help its clients achieve their goals. Learn more about EMA research, analysis, and consulting services for enterprise line of business users, IT professionals and IT vendors at http://www.enterprisemanagement.com or blogs.enterprisemanagement.com. You can also follow EMA on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ema_research.

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Atlantic.Net Offers Free Cloud Services to Those Affected by Data Center Issues in Northeastern US


Orlando, Florida (PRWEB) November 03, 2012

Atlantic.Net (http://www.atlantic.net/), a privately-held leading hosting solutions provider announced today that they will be offering relief to those affected by the Northeastern US data center outages caused by Hurricane Sandy. Atlantic.Net is offering free cloud server hosting services to businesses that rely on data centers currently experiencing issues due to the storm.

Atlantic.Net is offering free cloud server hosting to allow businesses to get back on their feet until they can establish a more permanent solution for their business hosting needs, said Marty Puranik, President and CEO of Atlantic.Net. “With the free service, businesses can use our cloud service for a couple of days or a couple of months with no strings attached. We’re trying to be helpful during this catastrophic event,” said Mr. Puranik.

While the aftermath of the storm continues to affect many businesses in and around the Northeastern US, Atlantic.Net’s world-class infrastructure allows for cloud servers to be provisioned in a matter of minutes, enabling businesses to get back online in no time.

With Atlantic.Net’s offer, there is no required contract and no payment. In order to expedite recovery because each business has different needs, Atlantic.Net is requesting that those affected send an e-mail outlining the services they need to the email address, sandyrescue(at)atlantic(dot)net, which has been set up specifically for this offer.

About Atlantic.Net

Atlantic.Net is a market-leading Cloud Hosting Solutions Provider recognized for providing exceptional business hosting service, simplifying complex technologies, and building a brand that businesses trust since 1994. Atlantic.Net specializes in providing Cloud Servers, Colocation, Dedicated Servers and Virtualization Hosting Services. Atlantic.Net owns and operates a SSAE 16 (SOC 1) TYPE II (Formerly SAS 70) audited and certified data center infrastructure and is dedicated to implementing tailored hosting solutions that enable clients to enjoy the benefits of cost savings.

Atlantic.Net Media Contact: M. Adnan Raja, Media Relations pr(at)atlantic(dot)net (321) 206-1371







COMODO Internet Security Named Best Free AV Security in Face-Off in CNET Poll Featured on Download.com

Jersey City, NJ (Vocus/PRWEB) March 13, 2011

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“Not only are we good,” said Melih Abdulhayoglu, Comodo CEO and chief security architect, “But we’re the best at protecting the computer from viruses and malware and it’s free, according to this latest customer vote.”

Comodo Internet Security 2011 is the free, multi-layered, security application that offers complete protection from viruses, Trojans, worms, buffer overflows, zero-day attacks, spyware and hackers. Built from the ground upwards with your security in mind, Comodo Internet Security combines powerful Antivirus protection, an enterprise class packet filtering firewall, advanced host intrusion prevention, application control and anti-spyware in one supremely powerful application.

The latest version sees a major leap forward in security and usability with the addition of cloud based virus-scanning and behavior analysis of unrecognized files – making CIS 2011 unbeatable at detecting zero-day attacks. Under default settings, unknown and untrusted files are automatically scanned by our cloud-based virus scanners then, while the file undergoes behavior analysis on our cloud server, it is run in a sandbox on your local machine so that it cannot modify or affect data on your ‘real’ system.

What’s new in this version: Version 5.3 features: full IPv6 Support in firewall, Rootkit Scanner – Hidden registry keys, files and folders are detected, 5 skins from COMODO, including a native windows skin.

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Mr Mail.com Adds ‘Think Free’ Web Office Suite to Cloud Hosting Service Packages


(PRWEB UK) 15 October 2012

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Operating a company today requires maintaining an Internet presence. While the website itself can be developed from several different applications, the planning and organization begins with documentation prepared on personal computers. Currently many companies are utilising Google Docs for its capability to work with Microsoft Office products, but the result has been less than ideal. Including the Think Free Web Office applications addresses the shortcomings of Google Docs and bridges the gap between document creation and business hosting. Now members of an organisation can access documents via mobile devices as well as laptop, desktop and their personal cloud. The incorporation of these applications smooth the path to managing, operating and producing goods and services enabling companies to keep pace with marketplace demands.

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About Mr Mail

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