Open source news roundup for February 13 - 19, 2016

Android ROM goes open source, new IoT app, and more news

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In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at IBM's Quarks IoT development tool, the rise of open source textbooks, open source release of Google's TensorFlow Serving, and more.

Open source news roundup for February 13 - 19, 2016

Maru OS becomes open source

The Var Guy took a look at Maru OS, a custom Android ROM that includes a full Debian desktop experience. Recently open sourced, Maru OS seeks to make a user's Android mobile phone capable of functioning as a fully functional desktop computer. In many ways, it is similar to the no longer maintained Ubuntu for Android project. While there is not much on the project's website yet, a blog post announcing that the project is now open source provides some details about the project's intentions.

IBM releases Quarks open source development tool for Internet of Things apps

Quarks, a new tool from IBM, is designed to help developers build Internet of Things apps. Based on IBM's proprietary Streams project, Quarks is an open source solution designed to help developers deal with real-time data from wearable devices and other IoT-related systems. Read TechCrunch's coverage of the release for more details.

Google's TensorFlow Serving released as open source

Google's TensorFlow Serving, part of its Tensorflow family of projects, is now available as open source. According to the blog post announcing the release of Tensorflow Serving, the project "is a high performance, open source serving system for machine learning models, designed for production environments and optimized for TensorFlow." The core TensorFlow project is designed for "[c]omputation using data flow graphs for scalable machine learning." TensorFlow Serving is released under an Apache 2.0 license and can be clone from the TensorFlow Serving GitHub repository.

Open source textbooks reduce costs for students

College textbooks are expensive. Michael Melia examined efforts to create open source textbooks for college courses in this excellent Associated Press article posted on Phys.org. Melia looked at efforts at the University of Connecticut and Tidewater Community College in Norfolk, Virginia, and spoke with the executive director for higher education at the Association of American Publishers, in order to provide a fair and nuanced look at the growth of open source textbooks in higher education.

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Joshua Allen Holm

Joshua Allen Holm is a Grand Rapids, Michigan, based writer and technology consultant. As one of Opensource.com's community moderators, he writes articles about open access, open education, and open source software. You can find Joshua on GitHub and Zotero, or email him at: holmja@opensource.com.