BrowserStack Announces Enhanced Open-Source Program, EU’s Web Censorship Plan, Qt for Python Now Available and More

News briefs for June 13, 2018.

BrowserStack this morning announced its enhanced open source
program, which offers free testing of open source software on the BrowserStack
Real Device Cloud. The press release states that “BrowserStack is doubling down on its support for open
source projects with full and unlimited access to the BrowserStack platform
and its capabilities. The goal is to empower open source developers with the
tools and infrastructure necessary to test with speed, accuracy and scale.”
See the BrowserStack blog post “Supporting
Open Source to Drive Community Innovation”
for more on BrowserStack’s
commitment to open source.

Act now to stop the EU’s web censorship plan. The Legal Affairs Committee of
the European Parliament is voting on June 20 on the proposed reform of EU
copyright rules. According to the Creative
Commons story
, “the final copyright directive will have deep and lasting
effects on the ability to create and share, to access and use education and
research, and to support and grow diverse content platforms and information
services. As it stands now, the copyright reform—especially Article
13—is a direct threat to the open web.” If you’re in the EU, you can go
to and ask Members of the European
Parliament to delete Article 13 from the copyright directive.

The first official release of Qt for Python (Pyside2) is now available.
It’s based on Qt 5.11, and the project will follow the general Qt release
schedule and versions. It’s available for open-source and commercial Qt
Development users. See the Qt blog
for more details and links to download packages.

Notepad++ is now available as a Snap package for Linux, It’s FOSS reports. The
package actually runs through Wine, but you don’t need to set up Wine first.
For Ubuntu users, Notepad++ is available in the Software Center.

Facebook has released its Sonar debugging tool to the Open Source
community, ZDNet
. Sonar was developed by Facebook engineers “to help them manage
the social network, including the implementation of new features, bug
hunting, and performance optimization.” By releasing Sonar, the hope is to
give programmers a tool to help accelerate app development
and deployment.

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