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0-day alert: your favorite Linux distro may not be as secure as you think
Popular Linux distros such as Ubuntu and Fedora -- including the newly-released Fedora 25 -- are vulnerable to zero-day exploits, shattering the myth that the open source software is ultra-secure. Vulnerabilities can be exploited that allows an attacker to run any code he wants on a victim's computer -- with potentially devastating consequences.
December 16, 2016
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2 free desktop recording tools to try: SimpleScreenRecorder and Kazam
Desktop recording tools can help you whip up tutorials for the classroom or online demonstrations.
October 26, 2016
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2 new tools for creating more accessible projects
Learn why it's paramount to align development practices with the revised Section 508 Standards.
March 22, 2017
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2 open source Adobe InDesign scripts
Learn about Page Exporter Utility and CalendarWizard. Plus, get a bonus script!
March 31, 2017
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2 tag management tools for organizing your music library
Learn more about EasyTag and ExFalso tag editors to reorganize your audio files and make your music listening sweeter.
May 16, 2017
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2 tools for transforming senior management into open leaders
Follow these steps to locate your "leadership multiplier."
March 30, 2017
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3 alternatives to LibreOffice Writer
Looking for an open source word processor? One of these three options may be just what you need.
June 6, 2017
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3 alternatives to Nero for Linux CD and DVD burning
I haven't had a working computer with an optical media drive in almost a year now, and the truth is, I haven't missed it. Technically I have an external USB CD/DVD device, but I haven't even pulled it out of its box.
September 2, 2016
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3 command-line file conversion tools for Linux
Recently, a friend innocently asked me how many file formats there are. My semi-serious response was, "Think of a soup bowl filled with beach sand."
October 13, 2016
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3 cool machine learning projects using TensorFlow and the Raspberry Pi
TensorFlow and the Raspberry Pi are working together in the city and on the farm. Learn about three recent, innovative projects.
February 27, 2017
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3 copyright tips for students and educators
Copyright is a really complicated topic, and when it comes to online use of creative works, accidentally crossing the line between fair use and a copyright violation is easy. how do you know what is copyrighted? Recently Frederico Morando (Creative Commons, Italy) and I presented a training session on understanding copyright policies at Wikimania 2016, which was originally proposed by Wikipedian User:Jim Carter. we covered topics such as fundamentals of copyright, exclusive rights, Berne convention, copyleft, Creative Commons licenses, Public Domain, fair use, and copyfraud.
August 31, 2016
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3 desktop wikis to help organize information
When you think of the word "wiki," examples like MediaWiki or DokuWiki probably come to mind. They're open source, useful, powerful, and flexible. they can be great tools for collaborating, working on your own, or just organizing the piles of information in your life.
February 2, 2017
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3 Emacs extensions for getting organized
Want to get organized? Look no further than the Emacs text editor with these three helpful modes.
April 20, 2017
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3 essential skills for fostering productive debate in your IT team
Passionate, productive debate is a hallmark of open communities and organizations. Here's how to bring it into your IT team.
April 27, 2017
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3 great reasons to embrace rejection
Don't let your fears stop you from contributing to open source projects.
June 19, 2017
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3 keys to unlocking your 2017 open organization resolutions
Download our community-produced companions to the Open Organization and start your new year in the spirit of openness.
December 27, 2016
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3 lessons in open communication
Being a "good" communicator looks different in an open organization. Learn to adapt.
May 2, 2017
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3 Linux questions from the community
Weigh in with some fun facts about your own Linux implementation.
April 27, 2017
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3 MPD clients for an Armbian music server
Looking for a music playback client that runs in a terminal window? Here are three options to consider.
July 11, 2017
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3 off-the-shelf Linux computers compared
Check out these feature-packed Linux computers from OEMs ZaReason, System76, and Dell.
June 6, 2017
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3 open source alternatives to Office 365
It can be hard to get away from working and collaborating on the web. Doing that is incredibly convenient: as long as you have an internet connection, you can easily work and share from just about anywhere, on just about any device.
August 24, 2016
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3 open source alternatives to PowerPoint
PowerPoint is one of those programs whose use has become so ingrained in the corporate world that it is probably running the risk of becoming completely genericized, in the same way that some people use Kleenex to refer to all tissues, or BAND-AIDs to refer to all bandages.
September 15, 2016
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3 open source boilerplate web design templates
These templates will help you get started designing a modern codebase for your next web project.
April 13, 2017
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3 open source code libraries to handle MARC-formatted records
Developers can use these libraries for Java, C#, and Perl.
April 21, 2017
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3 open source link shorteners
Want to build your own URL shortener? These open source projects make it easy.
March 23, 2017
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3 open source music players: Aqualung, Lollypop, and GogglesMM
Music is a part of life. Wikipedia's article on the history of music contains this great phrase: "Since all people of the world, including the most isolated tribal groups, have a form of music...." Well, we open source folk form a tribe–that's for sure. I propose that our "form of music" includes open music players. Over the past year, I've been taking a look at the various players available; in December 2016 I summarized my ongoing evaluation of open music players using these six criteria:
January 13, 2017
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3 open source password managers
Keep your data and accounts safe by using a secure open source password manager to store unique, complex passwords.
December 1, 2016
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3 open source time management tools
For many people, one of the reasons they cite for using a Linux-based operating system is productivity. If you're a power user who has tweaked your system just to your liking, and particularly if you adept at the command line, chances are you've realized significant gains in productivity.
October 25, 2016
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3 projects successfully using mesh network technology
if you think about it, isn't the Internet just a giant mesh network? If we deviate slightly from the standard definition that requires that all nodes to assist in data distribution, the answer is a resounding yes.
March 2, 2017
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3 security tips for software developers
Don't make these common security mistakes that leave you vulnerable to attack.
June 16, 2017
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3 steps to secure, open source DevOps
The key to secure app development is to "shift left"--move security testing away from late-stage production and back towards design and development.
May 3, 2017
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3 tips for effectively using wikis for documentation
Using a wiki for documentation isn't a new idea. Countless open source projects do. If you're looking for a way to write and publish documentation quickly, a wiki can be a viable alternative to the many technical writing tools out there.
January 1, 2017
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3 tips for helping creative people work openly
Leading offline groups can be challenging. These three tips make it easier.
March 14, 2017
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3 to-do list managers for the Linux command line
Learn to manage your tasks with these simple terminal tools.
January 12, 2017
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3 Twitter clients for the Linux command line
Social media at the terminal? Why not!
October 20, 2016
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3 types of useful Atom text editor packages for writers
The Atom text editor has evolved into a solid tool for writers thanks to the 6,100+ packages that extend its capabilities. Here are nine of them.
May 11, 2017
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3 ways to stay technical while becoming business savvy
Don't let moving up in the ranks dull your technical sharps.
May 15, 2017
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3 web browsers for the Linux command line
Let's take a trip back in time to the early, simpler days of the web. a time when most of us used low-powered PCs or dumb terminals, often over slow dial-up connections. we generally visited web pages using command-line, text-only browsers like the venerable Lynx.
December 14, 2016
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3D design contest for medical tools in Africa
The moment the open source RepRap 3D printer was created, its potential for helping the developing the world was evident.
February 17, 2017
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4 big ways companies benefit from having open source program offices
In the first article in my series on open source program offices, I took a deep dive into what an open source program office is and why your company might need one. Next I looked at how Google created a new kind of open source program office. In this article, I'll explain a few benefits of having an open source program office.
September 13, 2016
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4 command-line graphics tools for Linux
Images and the command line. they seem an unlikely pair, don't they? There are people who'll tell you that the only way you can manipulate and view graphics is with GUI applications like GIMP.
September 23, 2016
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4 cool facts you should know about FreeDOS
23 years later, FreeDOS is in active development and edges out MS-DOS's lifespan by a few years.
June 29, 2017
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4 desktop note-taking applications for getting stuff done
In a previous article, I looked at four web-based alternatives to Evernote. I realize, however, that not everyone wants or needs to have their notes available on the web. Many people just want to do everything locally on their computers.
September 12, 2016
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4 easy Linux projects for newbies and intermediate users
Not going anywhere for the holidays, and want try something new? These projects can be done in a couple hours.
December 22, 2016
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4 easy ways to work toward a zero trust security model
Building toward a zero trust network is a capability most organizations possess. We look at how to get started.
June 28, 2017
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4 fresh OpenStack guides and tutorials
Want to learn more about developing or administering OpenStack? These guides can help.
March 29, 2017
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4 hot skills for Linux pros in 2017
Which in-demand skills are you brushing up on in the new year?
January 3, 2017
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4 lightweight email alternatives to Thunderbird
Looking for a light and fast email app for your Linux desktop? Try these open source alternatives to Mozilla's venerable client.
July 31, 2017
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4 lightweight image viewers for the Linux desktop
When you need more than a basic image viewer but less than a full image editor, check out these apps.
July 11, 2017
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4 must-read books for open source career seekers
Finding a good job can be stressful and finding your dream job even more so. Even in the open source world, with its many opportunities for making a name for yourself by volunteering, it takes effort to make the connection between what you have to offer as a job seeker and what employers are looking for in an employee. One thing that can help set you apart from other applicants is having a solid understanding of yourself and what you bring to the table.
February 9, 2017
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4 new guides and tutorials for OpenStack
Want to get a head start with OpenStack? Check out these new tips and tricks.
May 31, 2017
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4 new guides for OpenStack developers and administrators
One of the biggest challenges for any system administrator or developer is keeping up with the pace of change. Whether you're fresh out of school, or a veteran greybeard with many years of experience under your belt, the same conundrum applies: the skills you had yesterday aren't always an exact match for the solutions you're working on today to solve for the problems of tomorrow.
July 29, 2016
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4 open music players compared: VLC, QMMP, Clementine, and Amarok
In August 2016, I wrote about about why I like the Guayadeque music player, and then I used the six characteristics that seemed most important to me to evaluate other music players: Quod Libet, Gmusicbrowser, DeaDBeeF, Audacious, and Rhythmbox. Kind readers offered quite a few other interesting suggestions. Up for consideration in this installment are VLC, Clementine, QMMP, and Amarok.
October 14, 2016
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4 open source tools for conducting online surveys
Ah, the venerable survey. It can be a fast, simple, cheap, and effective way gather the opinions of friends, family, classmates, co-workers, customers, readers, and others.
February 8, 2017
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4 open source tools for sharing files
Let's look at four open source tools that can meet all of your file sharing needs.
March 2, 2017
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4 Python libraries for building great command-line user interfaces
In the second installment of a two-part series on terminal applications with great command-line UIs, we explore Prompt Toolkit, Click, Pygments, and Fuzzy Finder.
May 9, 2017
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4 questions to answer when choosing community metrics to measure
When evaluating a specific metric that you are considering including in your metrics plan, you should answer four questions.
February 3, 2017
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4 stages of open leadership development
Leaders work differently in open organizations. So how can you cultivate them?
February 28, 2017
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4 terminal applications with great command-line UIs
We look at a few well-designed CLI programs and how they overcome some discoverability problems.
May 8, 2017
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4 tips for creating a Wikipedia article
It is human nature to want to share the enthusiasm you have for a subject or project with others. Wikipedia is a great place for that, where you can record your expertise and create a fact-based touchpoint for your interest.
November 23, 2016
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4 tips for DIY makers
I started learning stencil printing and hand lettering this year, and became quite enthralled with it. These age old techniques really add something special to postcards, which I usually send to myself, my wife, and my friends while traveling.
November 18, 2016
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4 tips for teaching kids how to build electronics
Kids are naturally curious about how things work, and with a new trend in hardware companies creating open source hardware products, it's a great time to teach kids about electronics. But modern technology can seem too complex to even begin to understand. So where do you start?
August 25, 2016
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4 types of OpenStack Neutron networks you must understand
If your OpenStack hosted virtual instances need network connectivity you're going to have to create a network. There are multiple kinds of networks and in order to make the right choice you will need to understand at least two very important network attributes: 'router:external' and 'shared.' Unless you know what these attributes and their combinations mean, it will be difficult to make the optimal network choice.
April 28, 2017
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4 ways to improve your security online right now
The last few years have seen a massive jump in the frequency of reports about digital security breaches and personal privacy issues, and no doubt this trend will continue. we hear about scammers moving to social media, nations using cyberattacks as part of coordinated offensive strategies, and the rise of companies making millions tracking our online behavior.
January 30, 2017
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4 ways to measure success in open source communities
We also answer: was this blogging challenge a success?
May 5, 2017
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4 ways to open up your project's infrastructure
Learn how to build a supporting infrastructure that invites people to contribute.
November 21, 2016
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4 versatile boards for fast, inexpensive IoT development
Want to develop wearable or very compact applications, networked applications, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and prototype your brainstorms quickly and inexpensively? Then this roundup of versatile open source hardware boards is for you. all you need is a few pieces of hardware, basic soldering skills, and some JavaScript know-how.
October 10, 2016
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5 Arduino projects to upgrade your car
The Arduino microcontroller opens doors for auto hobbyists and tinkerers.
May 26, 2017
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5 big ways AI is rapidly invading our lives
Let's look at five real ways we're already surrounded by artificial intelligence.
March 22, 2017
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5 elements for getting teams organized
Late last year, I was meeting with a business owner to whom I've been a trusted advisor for some time. After conducting discovery interviews with his core team to understand their recruiting and staffing processes, I suggested that this leader leverage his core team for input on how to staff projects.
February 7, 2017
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5 great Java performance optimization tricks
Optimizing your Java code requires an understanding of how the different elements in Java interact, and how it interacts with the operating system that is it running on. Use these five tips and resources to start learning how to analyze and optimize your code.
August 31, 2016
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5 great linux.conf.au talks (that aren't about Linux)
linux.conf.au, otherwise known as LCA, is one of the world's longest-running open source events. LCA has been held in a different city around Australia and new Zealand almost every year since 1999. Despite the name, linux.conf.au is a generalist open source conference.
July 29, 2016
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5 great KDE apps to help you study
KDE applications specifically for people who want to learn new skills or cultivate existing ones.
June 7, 2017
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5 initiatives that pushed the free software envelope in Europe in 2016
We look at free software news from Russia, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Germany, and the EU in 2016.
December 19, 2016
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5 laws every aspiring DevOps engineer should know
Good engineers become great engineers when they follow these rules.
May 25, 2017
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5 lessons learned when developing my first web app
Read about lessons learned by one university student when creating his first web app, an online cyber cafe management system.
April 19, 2017
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5 myths busted: Using open source in higher education
How a PhD student finished his degree in fine arts using Linux despite the naysayers.
May 26, 2017
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5 new guides for working with OpenStack
OpenStack experience continues to be among the most in-demand skills in the tech world, with more and more organizations seeking to build and manage their own open source clouds. But OpenStack is a huge domain of knowledge, containing dozen of individual projects that are being actively developed at a rapid pace. Just keeping your skills up to date can be a challenge.
January 31, 2017
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5 new OpenStack guides and walkthroughs
Up your game when it comes to OpenStack development and administration with these handy guides.
February 28, 2017
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5 new OpenStack tutorials and guides
Every month, the number of things that a developer or system administrator working with cloud technologies is expected to know seems to double. There are just so many promising projects and so little time.
September 29, 2016
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5 open source alternatives to Trello
Track your tasks and projects with these open source organization tools.
July 28, 2017
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5 open source dashboard tools for visualizing data
Trying to communicate lots of complex data points quickly?
November 10, 2016
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5 open source gift ideas for non-techies
It's getting down to the wire here for the holidays. you know, that time when we all realize that we've completely neglected to get gifts for people. While reading through our very excellent gift guide, a thought occurred to me: Those unfortunate souls with lives devoid of technological wonder ... they need presents, too.
December 22, 2016
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5 open source RSS feed readers
When Google Reader was discontinued four years ago, many "technology experts" called it the end of RSS feeds.
March 30, 2017
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5 reasons the D programming language is a great choice for development
D's modeling, productivity, readability, and other features make it a good fit for collaborative software development.
May 19, 2017
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5 steps to excellent documentation
A stepwise approach to documentation that hooks people, gets them up and running, and turns them into confident users.
May 22, 2017
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5 sysadmin horror stories
The job ain't easy. There are constantly systems to update, bugs to fix, users to please, and on and on. a sysadmin's job might even entail fixing the printer (sorry). to celebrate the hard work our sysadmins do for us, keeping our machines up and running, we've collected five horror stories that prove just how scary / difficult it can be.
July 29, 2016
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5 terminal commands every Linux newbie should know
Sometimes you'll need to use the terminal, but it's not as scary as you think.
November 7, 2016
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5 totally incorrect ways to exit Vim
The Vim text editor can seem confusing to beginners, but it's worth learning more than just how to exit.
June 14, 2017
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5 trends in open source documentation
Certain trends in tech documentation stand out. we round up five top trends from 2016.
December 14, 2016
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5 ways to expand your project's contributor base
So many free and open source software projects were started to solve a problem, and people began to contribute to them because they too wanted a fix to what they encountered. End users of the project find it useful for their needs, and the project grows. and that shared purpose and focus attracts people to a project's community.
January 20, 2017
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5 ways to motivate technical employees
These five leadership tips can help anyone motivate employees to do their best work.
May 2, 2017
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5 ways to succeed at learning a programming language
A few best practices will help you pick up new programming skills.
April 21, 2017
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5 ways to use Raspberry Pi in the classroom
Learn which type of Raspberry Pi is right for your classroom and projects.
August 3, 2017
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6 Linux clipboard managers to boost your productivity
These handy Linux utilities will keep a history of everything you save to the clipboard.
June 28, 2017
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6 open source tools I use on my Windows machine
In most of the places I have worked there has been a centralized computer and application standard that was more or less mandatory for all employees. There are benefits of such an environment, which I will not go into in this piece, but for me, as an open source and Linux enthusiast, I try to use the tools I'm used to and like.
February 22, 2017
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6 reasons why GNOME is still the best Linux desktop environment
GNOME 3 is a responsive and stable environment that allows the user to focus with minimal distractions.
August 4, 2017
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6 tips for interviewing with open culture companies
For the last several years, I've been studying under an open organization and future of work guru. and for longer than I can remember, I've felt that business should operate differently–really move at the speed their people can innovate rather than standing on who's held office the longest.
August 30, 2016
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6 ways to deal with difficult conversations: Share how you measure success
Be a part of collecting community management knowledge by blogging about the weekly theme.
April 28, 2017
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6 ways to optimize your blog for reader engagement
Try these quick and practical tips to get more people reading the blog content you're creating.
July 7, 2017
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6 ways to use open tools to better support Indian languages
India is a large and a populated country that makes up a large base of Google consumers. So in recent years, Google's widened support of world languages for its various products has been a blessing. It has specifically helped Indian people grow their use of and participation on the Internet.
November 1, 2016
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7 cool KDE tweaks that will change your life
KDE's Plasma desktop offers a ton of options to customize your environment for the way you work. Here are seven to check out.
May 29, 2017
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7 features of QXmlEdit for unusual situations
QXmlEdit's features make complex tasks quicker and easier than your everyday XML editor.
July 10, 2017
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7 great open source tools to power your marketing stack
There's no reason to run your marketing program on proprietary software when open source alternatives like these exist.
June 28, 2017
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7 new guides and tips for OpenStack
Familiarity with OpenStack is likely to continue to be one of the most in-demand job skills in the new year, both for developers and system administrators. But OpenStack is a huge area, encompassing dozens of individual projects with varying degrees of complexity. Building and keeping up your skills can be a challenge.
December 29, 2016
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7 notable legal developments in open source in 2016
We look at a few of the many open source-related legal developments that made headlines in 2016.
January 1, 2017
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7 tech advent calendars for the holiday season
The holiday season is upon us, bringing its special brand of festive chaos to many of our lives. Although this time of year can be a bit busy, many technologists still find the time to hone their skills by participating in a technical advent calendar.
November 30, 2016
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7 things you need to know for WordPress development
WordPress never fails to surprise the web development community. Over time, it has evolved into one of the best Content Management Systems (CMS) out there. and currently, it powers more than 25% of the web. Besides its popularity, WordPress is also known for usability and an easy-to-develop environment.
September 23, 2016
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7 ways to discuss legal matters with an open community
Are your organization's lawyers ready to engage an open community? don't let them make these mistakes.
March 21, 2017
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7 ways to make better user-facing software
Putting users' needs at the center of the open source development conversation is key to creating software they can't live without.
July 4, 2017
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8 best practices for building containerized applications
Containers are a major trend in deploying applications in both public and private clouds. But what exactly are containers, why have they become a popular deployment mechanism, and how will you need to modify your application to optimize it for a containerized environment?
September 12, 2016
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8 fun Raspberry Pi projects to try
We've collected 8 particularly interesting Raspberry Pi projects people were playing with in 2016.
December 23, 2016
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8 Major Advantages of Using MySQL
Long an favorite workhorse, the MySQL open source database offers some clear competitive advantages.
November 16, 2016
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8 open source tools for managing macOS
It's a great time to be a macOS admin thanks to great open source tools like these.
May 16, 2017
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8 reasons to use LXDE
Late last year, an upgrade to Fedora 25 brought issues with the new version of KDE Plasma that were so bad it was difficult to get any work done. I decided to try other Linux desktop environments for two reasons.
March 9, 2017
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8 ways to contribute to open source when you have no time
Find the time in your busy life to give back to the projects you care about.
June 22, 2017
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8 ways to get started with open source hardware
Making your own hardware is easier and less expensive than ever. Here's what you need to design, build, and test your first board.
May 8, 2017
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9 lessons from 25 years of Linux kernel development
Learn about top Linux kernel development best practices.
December 14, 2016
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9 Reasons to Contribute to an Open Source Project
More individuals and organizations than ever before are contributing to open source projects. According to the Black Duck 10th Annual Future of Open Source Survey, "65 percent of companies are contributing to open source projects, up from 63 percent in 2015." In addition, 67 percent of enterprises actively encourage their staff to work on open source projects.
March 6, 2017
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9 relevant topics for community leaders today
In 2009, Jono Bacon brought the first Community Leadership Summit to the free and open source world. Five years later, Donna Benjamin hosted an off-shoot event, CLSx at linux.conf.au in Perth. 2017 marks the third year for CLSxAU at LCA.
February 13, 2017
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9 resources to get started coding with JavaScript
If you're new to JavaScript, check out these resources to get started quickly.
June 9, 2017
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10 Open Source Challenges
For the open source movement, things seem to be going better than ever. Desktop Linux still hasn't caught on the way advocates had hoped, but within the enterprise, open source is becoming the norm.A Black Duck survey found that 65 percent of enterprises increased their use of open source software in 2016, and open source software is dominating in areas like big data analytics, containerization, development tools, cloud infrastructure, the Internet of things (IoT) and others.
February 13, 2017
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10 open source task management and time tracking applications for Android
The demands of modern life can, at times, be overwhelming. Even a super organized person probably needs digital tools to keep track of personal and professional meetings and deadlines. If you were at all Things Open this year, you might have seen Opensource.com's own Jason Baker and Jen Wike Huger talk about open source productivity hacks, which was an excellent primer on open source tools and tips for optimizing your productivity. to add to the conversation Jason and Jen started, I would like to share with you 10 apps for your Android phone that can help you get organized, keep track of the time you have spent on a task, and make sure you meet your deadlines. all of the apps are open source and available from the F-Droid repository, so give them a try and see if any of them meet your needs.
January 5, 2017
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10 Open Source Tools for DevOps
To be sure, the list of open source tools for DevOps is growing. Why? Because DevOps itself is growing, and open source is a natural choice for this development methodology.
September 6, 2016
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10 open source tools for your sysadmin toolbox
We've rounded up a handy list of open source tools for admins.
December 5, 2016
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10 reasons to use Flowblade on Linux as your video editor
The software racket is like anything else: there are loud projects that get a lot of attention but don't actually get much done, there are heavyweights that move in and make sure things get done, and there are the quiet ones that work with their head down, diligently, only to turn up at the finish line with a work of art. In this analogy, Kdenlive is my personal heavyweight, but Flowblade has lingered in the background, developing and improving into a surprisingly effective and efficient video editor for Linux.
September 8, 2016
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10 tips for DIY IoT home automation
We live in an exciting time. Everyday more things become Internet-connected things. they have sensors and can communicate with other things, and help us perform tasks like never before. Especially at home.
September 28, 2016
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10 tips for making your documentation crystal clear
So you've some written excellent documentation. now what? now it's time to go back and edit it. When you first sit down to write your documentation, you want to focus on what you're trying to say instead of how you're saying it, but once that first draft is done it's time to go back and polish it up a little.
November 2, 2016
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10 steps to innersource in your organization in 2017
Is your company planning to implement innersource concepts in 2017? we walk through steps for getting started.
January 5, 2017
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10 ways the GIMP image editor changed my life
On the 19th anniversary of the 1.0 release, let's celebrate some of the many reasons the open source image editor has made a difference.
June 5, 2017
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11 reasons to use the GNOME 3 desktop environment for Linux
The GNOME 3 desktop was designed with the goals of being simple, easy to access, and reliable. GNOME's popularity attests to the achievement of those goals.
May 29, 2017
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11 wisdoms from half a life in open source
A software engineer at Google working on the Go programming language keynotes at OSCON this year.
May 11, 2017
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11 wonderful wearable open source projects
We've rounded up a few of the many cool open source wearables from 2016.
December 1, 2016
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12 open source games for Android
Smartphones put a wealth of games at users' fingertips, but many of the proprietary games are loaded with advertisements, in-app purchases, and other features that create less-than-stellar play experiences.
October 26, 2016
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12 Top Open Source Data Analytics Apps
For many large enterprises, open source big data analytics have become an integral part of daily business. According to a 2016 new Vantage Partners survey of executives at Fortune 1000 companies, 62.5 percent of enterprises are now running at least one big data tool or application in production.
October 17, 2016
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12 ways to maintain your existing community: how you deal with difficult conversations?
Be a part of collecting community management knowledge by blogging about the weekly theme.
April 21, 2017
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12 ways to study a new programming language
You've decided to learn a new programming language. how do you get started?
April 13, 2017
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13 amazing maps to celebrate 13 years of OpenStreetMap
OpenStreetMap, a collaborative community project to map the world, is celebrating thirteen years of helping users find their way.
August 9, 2017
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13 Companies Leading the Way with Containers
As DevOps has grown in popularity, an increasing number of organizations are looking to containerization technology as a way to simplify and streamline application deployment and management. In fact, the RightScale 2017 State of the Cloud Report found that Docker, the leading containerization tool, was the most popular DevOps tool among the companies it surveyed. Forty percent of the enterprises surveyed said that they use Docker, and 30 percent more said they planned to do so in the future.
February 22, 2017
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14 facts about Newton, OpenStack's 14th release
Last week the OpenStack community celebrated its 14th release, Newton. Packed with new features, fixes, and improvements, Newton offers substantial upgrades in a number of areas.
October 14, 2016
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14 ways being a runner is like working in tech
How is running like working in IT? we round up more than a dozen reasons.
March 28, 2017
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15 JavaScript frameworks and libraries
The language is supported by a number of technololgy leaders, one of whom is WordPress's founder Matt Mullenweg, who hinted that WordPress developers should learn it, clearly sending a message to the WordPress community as to it future importance. the mention was well received. the transition to better technology will enable WordPress to keep up with future challenges.
November 28, 2016
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15 Top Open Source Artificial Intelligence Tools
Artificial Intelligence is one of the hottest areas of technology research. Companies like IBM, Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon are investing heavily in their own R&D, as well as buying up startups that have made progress in areas like machine learning, neural networks, natural language and image processing. Given the level of interest, it should come as no surprise that a recent artificial intelligence report from experts at Stanford University concluded that "increasingly useful applications of AI, with potentially profound positive impacts on our society and economy are likely to emerge between now and 2030."
September 12, 2016
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18 open source translation tools to localize your project
Localization plays a key role in adapting projects for users around the world.
June 26, 2017
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24 Pull Requests challenge encourages fruitful contributions
16,720 pull requests were opened. of those, 10,327 were merged and 1,240 were closed.
January 25, 2017
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25 things to love about Linux
Today marks 25 years of Linux, the most successful software ever.
August 25, 2016
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25 years of Linux in 5 minutes
Jeremy Garcia of LinuxQuestions.org and Bad Voltage (a podcast) delivers 25 years of Linux in five minutes: starting with Linux's first steps as "just a hobby" for creator Linus Torvalds, to its staggering popularity today with 135,000 developers from more than 1,300 companies and 22 million lines of code .
November 22, 2016
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30 best practices for software development and testing
These software engineering rules and testing best practices might help save you time and headaches.
May 24, 2017
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50 ways to avoid getting hacked in 2017
Paul Simon outlined "50 Ways to Leave your Lover," whereas we present 50 ways to secure your systems.
January 4, 2017
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2016 Hacktoberfest ignites open source participation
Registration was up more than 97% over 2015.
December 21, 2016
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#MSBuild 2017 Revisited: AI/ML
For the next couple months we're going to revisit Build 2017, each post focusing on different aspects and technologies presented. Not every session will be listed, just a select set, hopefully enough to wet your appetite. All the on-demand sessions can be found and the Channel 9 Build event site.
June 13, 2017
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#MSBuild 2017 Revisited: ALM & DevOps
For the next couple months we're going to revisit Build 2017, each post focusing on different aspects and technologies presented. Not every session will be listed, just a select set, hopefully enough to wet your appetite. All the on-demand sessions can be found and the Channel 9 Build event site.
June 22, 2017
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#MSBuild 2017 Revisited: Azure
For the next couple months we're going to revisit Build 2017, each post focusing on different aspects and technologies presented. Not every session will be listed, just a select set, hopefully enough to wet your appetite. All the on-demand sessions can be found and the Channel 9 Build event site.
June 6, 2017
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#MSBuild 2017 Revisited: Bots
For the next couple months we're going to revisit Build 2017, each post focusing on different aspects and technologies presented. Not every session will be listed, just a select set, hopefully enough to wet your appetite. All the on-demand sessions can be found and the Channel 9 Build event site.
June 15, 2017
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#MSBuild 2017 Revisited: Office
For the next couple months we're going to revisit Build 2017, each post focusing on different aspects and technologies presented. Not every session will be listed, just a select set, hopefully enough to wet your appetite.
June 19, 2017
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#MSBuild 2017 Revisited: Windows 10
For the next couple months we're going to revisit Build 2017, each post focusing on different aspects and technologies presented. Not every session will be listed, just a select set, hopefully enough to wet your appetite. All the on-demand sessions can be found and the Channel 9 Build event site.
June 8, 2017
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Misc. - A

A 5-step plan to encourage your team to make changes on your project
Purpose is the first thing to consider when you're assembling any team. If one person could achieve that purpose, then forming the team would be unnecessary. and if there was no main purpose, then you wouldn't need a team at all.
January 26, 2017
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A 10-step guide to creating an email client with Webix framework
Create user interfaces for web applications with minimal effort.
May 10, 2017
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A behind the scenes look at Exercism for improving coding skills
Since its launch, the community has contributed 70 exercises and 50 programming languages to Exercism.
January 17, 2017
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A beginner's bumpy journey to find a few good bugs
Did you land on this story looking for advice on how to start contributing to open source? There are tons of these stories on the interwebs, aren't there? and I am sure you must have read a lot of them by now, because you've been trying to start contributing for quite some time. Maybe you still feel like you've not progressed at all.
September 19, 2016
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A beginner's guide to collecting and mapping Twitter data using R
Learn to use R's twitteR and leaflet packages, which allow you to map the location of tweets on any topic.
June 19, 2017
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A beginner's guide to Linux syscalls
Over the last couple of years, I've been doing a lot of work with containers. Early on I saw a fascinating talk by Julien Friedman where he wrote a bare-bones container in a few lines of Go. It gave me that "a-ha" moment where I grasped that containers are nothing more than Linux processes with a restricted view of the machine they're running on.
May 4, 2017
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A beginner's guide to microblogging on Mastodon
Meet Mastodon, the open source Twitter alternative that's spreading like wildfire.
April 6, 2017
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A brief history of Drupal from 1.0 to 8.0
Drupal began as a forum for a few friends to monitor their shared Internet connection, which "was expensive and being spliced between them," according to Jared Whitehead's the rise of Drupal and the fall of closed source. Today, it's one of the most popular content management systems out there, competing with powerhouses like WordPress.
September 22, 2016
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A brief intro to building apps with React Native
React Native is a framework for building native apps using React and JavaScript. It allows you to create Android and iOS applications using only one language for both apps.
February 22, 2017
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A business plan for your open source project
Open sourcing your code is only a small part of building a successful open source community. Like any new venture, you need a vision of what you want to achieve and a concrete plan that will take you there. you want to be able to answer questions about your project like:
December 28, 2016
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A closer look at the OpenStack platform
Providing an open source platform for cloud computing, OpenStack allows the use of multi-vendor commodity hardware in a data center to process and store data, and deliver networking resources. it's managed through a dashboard or an API and is used by many major companies around the world to manage their IT infrastructure.
November 9, 2016
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A developer's journey through DevOps
The days of siloed development and operations teams is over.
November 23, 2016
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A free, open resource to solve our third world problems
The Third World Problems project is building a community to apply open source solutions to serious human challenges.
July 12, 2017
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A graduate degree could springboard you into an open source job
Tech companies often prefer hiring those who have open source experience because quite simply open source experience is more valuable. this preference is only growing stronger now that open source software dominates the industry and free and open source hardware is gaining momentum.
February 6, 2017
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A guide to bootstrapping your open source project with GitHub
Try these tips to better organize and manage the progression of a project on GitHub.
June 1, 2017
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A guide to scientific computing system administration
When developing applications for science there are times when you need to move beyond the desktop, but a fast, single node system may also suffice. In my time as a researcher and scientific software developer I have had the opportunity to work on a vast array of different systems, from old systems churning through data to some of the largest supercomputers on the planet.
July 29, 2016
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A introduction to creating documents in LaTeX
Learn to typeset documents in the LaTeX text markup language.
June 23, 2017
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A lesson in accountability from my Uber driver
My 22-minute ride with this entrepreneur taught me a powerful lesson about accountability in open organizations.
March 16, 2017
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A Linux networking guide to CIDR notation and configuration
One of the key concepts in network routing that any Linux professional should be familiar with is network notation. this article was inspired by a request from a reader of my article, An introduction to Linux network routing, to explain more about CIDR notation and how it works. CIDR stands for Classless-Inter Domain Routing; it defines a notation methodology for network addressing that is used to specify the network address.
December 30, 2016
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A Linux user's guide to Logical Volume Management
Managing disk space has always been a significant task for sysadmins. Running out of disk space used to be the start of a long and complex series of tasks to increase the space available to a disk partition. It also required taking the system off-line.
September 22, 2016
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A list of open source tools for college
Learn what hardware and software tools this university student uses every day.
June 2, 2017
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A look at 6 iconic open source brands
Branding is an integral part of marketing. When it's done right and makes an impact, a simple logo (like a Nike swoosh) becomes a powerful advertisement in of itself. Just drive down any interstate in America and you'll see symbols that tell you about a brand. Like, the golden arches.
February 2, 2017
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A Look at the Changes & new Features of GNOME 3.24
With GNOME 3.24 due to be released next week, I've spent some time trying out the latest, near-final packages using Fedora Rawhide. the experience has been good and from my initial impressions it appears to be another reliable update to the GNOME Shell experience. Here are some screenshots and a recap of the new features and changes for this six-month update to this open-source desktop environment.
March 17, 2017
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A maturing OpenStack looks to the future
OpenStack, the open source cloud computing platform that allows enterprises to essentially run their own version of AWS in their data centers, was founded by NASA and Rackspace in 2010. Today, it's being used by the likes of Comcast, PayPal, Volkswagen, CERN, AT&T, China Mobile and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs in the U.K.
October 26, 2016
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A musician's transition from distro to distro
My first encounter with computers was in 1980 when my friend's father borrowed an ABC80 from the school where he was working. It was the coolest thing I had seen, and smelled of warm plastic and mystery.
February 15, 2017
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A new approach to embedded scripting and developing for IoT with mJS
How can you develop without a standard library or glue code?
April 18, 2017
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A new directory of open source technology events
For the past several years, Gabor Szabo has been the owner and primary editor of the Perl Weekly, and the Perl Maven. Never willing to rest on his laurels, he recently started the Code Maven Podcast, and recently, during the last week of October, he spun up his newest site, a listing of open source technology events.
November 2, 2016
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A new kernel on the way, self-taught software engineering, and more open source news
What's happening right now across the globe in open source, both within and beyond technology?
November 14, 2016
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A new kind of match-making: Speed mentoring
The Women of OpenStack introduce groups of newcomers to mentors.
October 18, 2016
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A new perspective on meritocracy
Understanding the role merit plays in open organizations requires more research. this model is a place to start.
February 21, 2017
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A new way forward for power utilities: the Open Smart Grid Platform
After energy balancing software PowerMatcher was released as open source at Alliander in 2014, I was able to convince more of my colleagues to invest in making more technologies open source. I started the conversation with a question about the Open Smart Grid Platform: "How open is open? Where can I find the code?"
December 12, 2016
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A Number Of Improvements Coming To GNOME Builder 3.26
GNOME Builder, the GNOME-focused integrated development environment, will be picking up some more features this cycle.
May 19, 2017
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A peek inside Microsoft Azure's open-source server and rack designs
Project Olympus has been donated to the Open Compute Project
November 1, 2016
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A plan for open source software maintainers
I've been writing open source software for about 15 years now; while I'm still wet behind the ears compared to FreeBSD greybeards like Kirk McKusick and Poul-Henning Kamp, I've been around for long enough to start noticing some patterns. In particular:
May 11, 2017
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A Python script for fixing smart quotes in text
A script for replacing straight quotes with curly quotes in Scribus.
March 27, 2017
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A quick guide to types in functional programming
Clearing up the confusion about union, tagged unions, and algebraic data types in functional programming.
July 31, 2017
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A quick guide to using FFmpeg to convert media files
FFmpeg is a great tool for quickly changing an AV file's format or quality, extracting audio, creating GIFs, and more.
June 5, 2017
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A quick introduction to tmux
Manage application windows in the terminal just like you would in a desktop window manager.
February 16, 2017
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A simple command-line tool for recording audio
Open voice-recording tool makes creating unique voice dictionaries and translations a snap.
May 12, 2017
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A tour of Google's 2016 open source releases
We look at 7 of the exciting open source projects Google rolled out in 2016.
December 9, 2016
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A user's guide to failing faster
5 considerations when encouraging failure
April 20, 2017
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A user's guide to links in the Linux filesystem
Learn how to use links, which make tasks easier by providing access to files from multiple locations in the Linux filesystem directory tree.
June 22, 2017
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Addressing open source's free rider problem
To make open organizations sustainable, we'll need to solve the free rider problem. Here's one place to start.
November 15, 2016
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Adobe partners with Google to launch new open-source pan-CJK font
A few years back, Adobe and Google teamed up to launch a new open-source font for Chinese, Japanese and Korean (CJK) languages. Today, the two companies are expanding on this project with the launch of a serif CJK font. Adobe calls this new font Source Han Serif, while Google calls it Noto Serif CJK.
April 3, 2017
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Agile in the UK Government - An Insider Reveals All
Described as "The Biggest IT failure ever seen", the £12 billion wasted by the UK government on the failed NHS Patient Management System highlights that something is fundamentally broken in UK government IT. that needlessly-wasted £12 billion could have helped fix many problems in society - it could have been used to pay for 1.3 million university tuition fees, build 250 new schools, or purchase 50,000 new ambulances. Unfortunately, it is one of many examples of wasted taxpayer millions in government IT.
September 19, 2016
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Airbnb acquired its React Native partner Deco Software, Deco IDE goes open source
Airbnb -- the peer-to-peer marketplace that started with accommodation rentals but has now expanded to other travel services -- has made an acquisition to expand its platform and how it works with developers to build services on it. It has acquired Deco Software, which had developed an integrated development environment (IDE) to build React Native apps, specifically with the aim of developers working more closely with designers on building native mobile apps for iOS and Android more easily. Prior to this, it was a partner of Airbnb in its own React Native work.
May 2, 2017
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Airbnb open sources data-science-sharing platform
Knowledge Repository aims to bring the discipline of computer-code sharing to data analysis
November 3, 2016
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Airbnb's new open source library lets you design with React and render to Sketch
Today, Airbnb's design team open sourced its internal library for writing React components that easily render directly to Sketch. Instead of trying to get Sketch to export to code, the Airbnb team spent its time on the opposite -- putting the paintbrush in the hands of the engineer.
April 25, 2017
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Akeneo grabs $13 million for its CRM of products
French startup Akeneo just raised a $13 million Series B round led by Partech Ventures, with existing investor Alven Capital also participating. Akeneo is a product information management (PIM) service to manage all information about your products in your stores, online and in your good-old paper catalogs.
March 19, 2017
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All Things Open speaker support 'office hours' start today
Get help with your all Things Open talk proposal. Find us at #opensource.com in Freenode.
March 15, 2017
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AMD releases new Version of ROCm, the Most Versatile Open Source Platform for GPU Computing
Support for new GPU hardware, math libraries and modern programming languages further unlock the power of GPU computing
November 14, 2016
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An easy way to get started with open source in 2017
This week, I kicked off a personal challenge to devote at least 30 minutes to an open source project every day for 30 days (to start). I've chosen to work with matplotlib, a 2D plotting library written in Python. the library, as part of the SciPy stack and the broader Python data ecosystem, was a huge help when I was at Northwestern and is a community staple. Hopefully, my efforts are a net add to their work.
December 29, 2016
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An executive's guide to containers
Discussions with IT leaders about "containers" can often be summarized as this:
January 25, 2017
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An interactive calculator for the Linux command-line
See how a Bash script can turn the terminal into a powerful calculator.
December 6, 2016
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An introduction to GNU Screen
Learn how to use this helpful terminal multiplexer tool to better control your command line.
March 2, 2017
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An introduction to GRUB2 configuration for your Linux machine
Learn how the GRUB boot loader works to prepare your system and launch your operating system kernel.
March 16, 2017
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An introduction to the Linux boot and startup processes
Ever wondered what it takes to get your system ready to run applications? Here's what is going on under the hood.
February 25, 2017
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An introduction to Libral, a systems management library for Linux
Libral provides a uniform management API across system resources and serves as a solid foundation for scripting management tasks and building configuration-management systems.
May 23, 2017
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An introduction to Linux filesystems
This article is intended to be a very high-level discussion of Linux filesystem concepts. It is not intended to be a low-level description of how a particular filesystem type, such as EXT4, works, nor is it intended to be a tutorial of filesystem commands.
October 30, 2016
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An introduction to Linux network routing
In June when I discussed basic network configuration, one thing I did not talk about then is routing. this article provides a very brief introduction to routing for Linux computers, designed for understanding simple environments.
August 31, 2016
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An introduction to Linux's EXT4 filesystem
Take a walk through EXT4's history, features, and optimal use, and learn how it differs from previous iterations of the EXT filesystem.
May 25, 2017
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An introduction to Mozilla's Secure Open Source Fund
A new effort to support security audits and remediation for open source software projects.
October 25, 2016
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An introduction to parameter expansion in Bash
Get started with this quick how-to guide on expansion modifiers that transform Bash variables and other parameters into powerful tools beyond simple value stores.
June 13, 2017
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An introduction to timekeeping in Linux VMs
Let's take a second to get up to speed on timekeeping in Linux VMs.
June 8, 2017
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An under-pressure OpenStack gets support from an (in)famous individual
The strangest of bedfellows. Edward Snowden gives OpenStack some much needed support.
May 17, 2017
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And there she goes, HPE jettisons both OpenStack and Cloud Foundry initiatives
If there was anyone who wasn't previously scratching their head about HPE's strategy, this latest move should be enough...
December 13, 2016
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Android 7.0 Nougat and EMUI 5.0 now rolling out to Honor 8 beta testers
At the start of the month, we mentioned that Honor had partnered with XDA and was looking for beta testers for Android 7.0 Nougat and EMUI 5.0. Those who were lucky enough to get into the beta program and have an Honor 8 smartphone, are now getting the test versions of the new OS.
November 23, 2016
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Android everywhere: If it has a screen, it will probably run Android soon
Kiosks, cars, ATMs–we take a look at the wide world of Android.
December 14, 2016
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Animation magician: 8 ways to turn cheating into an art form
Animation is a labor of love, but sometimes time and money outweigh all that passion, and you just have to get the job done. Here's how to use cheats while preserving your art.
May 15, 2017
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Announcing the 2017 Opensource.com Community Awards winners
Every year, Opensource.com awards people from our community who have excelled in contributing and sharing stories about open source. These stories reflect how we use open source in our everyday lives as well as how it helps us build a better future with open technology.
February 2, 2017
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APIStrat Boston to highlight link between APIs and open source projects
Learn about a few hot topics that will be covered at the API Strategy and Practice event.
October 28, 2016
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Apple begins wrapping up Swift 3 and lays out plans for Swift 4
The language is open source, but Apple is still in the driver's seat.
July 29, 2016
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Approval Testing with TextTest
Approval testing is a test technique which compares the current output of your code with an "approved" version. the approved version is created by initially examining the test output and approving the result. you can revisit the approved version and easily update it when the requirements change. Approval testing is supported by TextTest, an open source tool for text-based functional testing.
February 9, 2017
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Are you a Python coder?
Python is one of the most popular programming languages for beginners and professionals alike. Are you using it?
June 23, 2017
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Arch Linux pulls the plug on 32-bit
It's the beginning of the end for 32-bit Linux in mainstream distributions.
February 8, 2017
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Arduino on Arduino battle ends in reconciliation, merger
Schism in leading open source hardware project heals with new Arduino Foundation.
October 3, 2016
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Asian Penguins turn program into a Linux success
The Community School of Excellence (CSE) Asian Penguins are the world's first and group based in a Hmong charter school. a failed Windows laptop program at the school was turned by the Asian Penguins into a Linux success.
September 28, 2016
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AT&T wants to be the Linus Torvalds of network software
The carrier has released ECOMP, the operating system for its network, as open source
February 2, 2017
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Atom 1.13 Brings Benchmarks, Project History, and Keystroke Resolver API
Version 1.13 of Atom, GitHub's Electron-based open source text editor, adds a host of new features and improvements for users and developers, including a benchmarking tool, a Reopen Project menu option and API, and a custom keystroke resolver to map Chrome keyboard events to Atom-style keystrokes.
January 12, 2017
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Automate podcast publishing with Python
Python can help you skip over the fussy little steps required to publish podcasts. we walk through a custom script for automating the process.
April 17, 2017
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Automatic MySQL schema management with Skeema
Learn about an open source tool that helps make managing database schemas easy and replicable.
April 19, 2017
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Automating repetitive tasks for digital artists with Python
Artists and designers should know how to code. There, I said it.
September 15, 2016
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Avoid echo chambers and make open decisions
Using a framework for open decisions makes my job easier and less stressful.
January 3, 2017
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Avoiding quality assurance disasters with openQA
Proper quality assurance can save lives and money. (Anyone remember the Ariane 5 explosion in 1996?) That's why the openSUSE and Fedora communities heavily rely on openQA, a fully automated and open source test framework. OpenQA is primarily used to test different Linux distributions, but applications can also be installed on top of it to test desktop environments like GNOME and KDE.
October 4, 2016
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AWS Launches Amazon Linux Container Image
AWS recently launched a Docker container image for its Amazon Linux operating system, complementing the EC2 specific Amazon Linux AMI with a versatile deployment option for custom cloud and on-premise environments. the image is available through the Amazon EC2 Container Registry (Amazon ECR), and also as an official repository on Docker Hub.
November 28, 2016
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AWS launches Blox, a collection of open source tools for the EC2 Container Service
With its EC2 Container Service (ECS), Amazon has long offered support for software containers on its AWS cloud computing platform. Today, at its re:Invent developer conference, the company announced a number of updates to how it supports containers, which are quickly becoming the go-to way to operate distributed applications.
December 1, 2016
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Awesome vim plugins for writers
Vim is one of the most popular text editors among programmers, web developers, and power users of GNU/Linux. this is not surprising, because Vim offers high-speed editing, has extensibility, and is pre-installed on most Linux-based distributions.
February 8, 2017
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Azure Service Fabric enters public beta for Linux workloads
It's designed to help companies create microservice-driven applications
September 13, 2016
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Azure Service Fabric SDK Becomes Open Source
Microsoft recently announced it opened the source code of its Azure Service Fabric SDK. Azure Service Fabric is a distributed systems platform to package, deploy, and manage and microservices. the SDK exposes Service Fabric APIs to integrate .NET applications in the Service Fabric platform.
April 12, 2017
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Azure Service Fabric takes first tentative steps toward open source
Service Fabric started as an internal platform for Azure SQL, Cortana, and other services.
March 24, 2017
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Misc. - B

Bash prompt tips and tricks
Here are a few hidden treasures you can use to customize your Bash prompt.
July 7, 2017
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Be the open source supply chain
Learn why you should be a supply chain influencer.
January 31, 2017
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Best Couple of 2016: Display manager and window manager
In the 2015 Open Source Yearbook, ssh and tar received the "Best Couple" honor.
December 13, 2016
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Benchmark your hard drives with Microsoft's open-source Diskspd
Benchmarking your PC's hard drives is easy, at least in theory. Download some freeware, point it at your hardware, and you'll have some vaguely performance-related figures within a very few seconds.
March 8, 2016
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Best Linux Intranet Solutions
The best open source Intranet solutions offer various approaches to networked office communication.
October 17, 2016
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Best of Opensource.com: Art and design
As technology evolves, so do artists. Learn about top open source programs and tools.
December 28, 2016
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Best of Opensource.com: Business
At Opensource.com we compare page views for various topics, which gives us some insight into what people were interested in reading about and talking about this year. In addition to a ton of discussions about tools for automating or customizing your DevOps game, some interesting trends–some perennial, and some not–emerged for people who ponder both the business side and the tech side of things.
December 29, 2016
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Best of Opensource.com: Education
It was an exciting year covering the ways open source software and open educational resources provide an interesting intersection of the maker movement, with the emphasis on coding and creating using open resources and tools. we have even seen activities at the highest level of government in regards to the use of open educational resources.
December 21, 2016
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Best of Opensource.com: Government
The main question before governments today is not whether to use open source, but how.
December 22, 2016
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Best of Opensource.com: Hardware
2016 has proven to be a banner year for open source makers.
December 23, 2016
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Best of Opensource.com: Interviews
Check out our 10 most-read interviews in 2016.
December 27, 2016
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Best of Opensource.com: Law
2016 has been a interesting year for licensing and technology ownership cases.
December 25, 2016
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Best of Opensource.com: Programming
This list of top programming articles from the year on Opensource.com, showcase the depth of the open source community's latest programming interests. If you share my curiosity for even the tiniest steps forward in open source programming tools and tricks, this article's for you.
December 19, 2016
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Best of Opensource.com: Science
Check out the top 10 open science articles of 2016.
December 30, 2016
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Best of Opensource.com: Top 20 articles of the year
Open source alternatives, Raspberry Pi, containers, and programming articles stood out in 2016.
December 20, 2016
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Best Open Source CMS
A survey of the relative strengths of the leading open source CMS platforms.
October 10, 2016
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Best practices for guiding new coders
As the new year progresses, many free and open source projects are turning their attention to various formalized mentoring programs, such as Mozilla's Winter of Security, Outreachy, and (the program with my favorite name) the X.Org Endless Vacation of Code.
February 22, 2017
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BIG open-source love Microsoft and Google? you still won't catch AWS
Code alone won't win the day
March 30, 2017
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Bitcoin in 5 minutes
Blockstream's Eric Martindale opened his five-minute all Things Open lightning talk with a bold claim: "Bitcoin is one on the most significant innovations of our time."
November 28, 2016
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BitKeeper is the original distributed source management system. now available as Open Source under the Apache 2.0 License.
BitKeeper is a fast, enterprise-ready, distributed SCM that scales up to very large projects and down to tiny ones.
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Blender enthusiasts gather for the 15th annual conference
Blender professionals met in the Netherlands to network and share project updates.
November 17, 2016
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Blogging challenge: Share your knowledge about how community works
Posts are due the following Thursday, after each new theme is announced.
April 7, 2017
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Book review: Hands-On Machine Learning with Scikit-Learn and TensorFlow
The book uses production-ready Python frameworks and provides an example end-to-end machine learning project.
April 25, 2017
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Book review: 'OPEN' explores broad cultural implications of openness
In his book, David Price says 'open' isn't just a technological shift, it's "how we'll work, live, and learn in the future."
July 4, 2017
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Book review: Ours to Hack and to Own
It seems like the age of ownership is over, and I'm not just talking about the devices and software that many of us bring into our homes and our lives. I'm also talking about the platforms and services on which those devices and apps rely.
January 31, 2017
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Book review: Up to no good with 'Raspberry Pi for Secret Agents'
Many parents see my daughter's articles on Opensource.com and regularly ask me, "How did you get your daughter started with the Raspberry Pi?"
March 9, 2017
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BOSH - Twenty Years of Deployment Lessons in One Tool
SpringOne Platform brings together the people, process and tools for delivering and operating software services. Learn and share with the startups and enterprises leveraging modern Java with Spring connecting all the pieces of the modern software puzzle from developer, operator, architect, data scientist to executive.
September 8, 2016
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Brewing beer with Linux, Python, and Raspberry Pi
A handy how-to for building a homemade homebrew setup with Python and the Raspberry Pi.
July 3, 2017
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Bringing DevOps to the classroom
Teaching up-and-coming programmers the principles of agile development is one way to avoid "educational malpractice."
November 1, 2016
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Brotli: a new compression algorithm for faster Internet
Brotli is a new open source compression algorithm designed to enable an Internet that's faster for users.
January 24, 2017
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Build a smart garden with these 3 DIY Arduino projects
With warmer weather around the corner here in the US, it's time for gardeners to start making plans for spring and summer. for the more technically minded among us, it's also a good time to start working on DIY projects that can keep things running smoothly.
March 7, 2017
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Build open source clouds with 4 OpenStack guides and tutorials
Every time you turn around, it seems like there's a new open source project which might be of value to a cloud administrator. a huge number of these projects fall under the umbrella of OpenStack, the open source cloud toolkit.
October 27, 2016
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Build your own DNS name server on Linux
Learn how to use BIND to set up your own server for resolving domain names.
April 7, 2017
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Build your own Raspberry Pi tornado warning system
Learn how to make a weather radio with a Raspberry Pi.
October 12, 2016
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Building Puppet's unofficial forge community
They had a simple idea: When modules go unmaintained, adopt it and give merge access to anyone who contributes.
June 30, 2017
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Building your own personal cloud with Cozy
Most everyone I know uses some sort of web-based application for their calendar, emails, file storage, and much more. But what if, like me, you've got concerns about privacy, or just want to simplify your digital life into a place you control? Cozy is a project that is moving in the right direction–toward a robust self-hosted cloud platform. Cozy's source code is available on GitHub, and it is licensed under the AGPL 3.0 license.
February 1, 2017
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Buoyant releases Version 1.0 of Their Service Mesh, Linkerd
Cloud-native software company Buoyant has released version 1.0 of Linkerd (pronounced "linker-DEE'), their open source "service mesh' project for cloud-native microservice-based applications. Buoyant CTO Oliver Gould discussed the significance of the release:
May 2, 2017
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Businesses fail to take full advantage of data science
The benefits of data science are widely recognised according to a new survey, but 22 percent of users are failing to take full advantage of the data available.
February 16, 2017
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By Jove! it's a lightweight alternative to Vim
Some people like Vim as a text editor, and other people like Emacs. Having such different opinions are the way of the UNIX world.
January 4, 2017
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Misc. - C

Caffe2: a New, Open-Source Deep Learning Framework from Facebook
Facebook just announced Caffe2, a new deep learning framework developed in cooperation with NVIDIA and other vendors.
April 18, 2017
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Can academic faculty members teach with Wikipedia?
Since 2010, 29,000 students have completed the Wiki Ed program. they have added 25 million words to Wikipedia, or the equivalent of 85,000 printed pages of content. this is 66% of the total words in the last print edition of Encyclopedia Britannica. When Wiki Ed students are most active, they are contributing 10% of all the content being added to underdeveloped, academic content areas on Wikipedia.
January 16, 2017
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Can America's two-party system evolve to crowdocracy?
"Crowdocracy" is an idea whose time may have come. Open principles are proof it can work.
November 10, 2016
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Canonical gives Ubuntu Linux 17.04 the name 'Zesty Zapus' (jumping mouse)
Linux distributions and silly names go together like peanut butter and jelly. for whatever reason, the maintainers of these operating systems seem to enjoy having fun with what they call them -- some argue it is childish. Even Google -- a billion dollar company -- uses sugary dessert names for the Linux-based Android operating system.
October 17, 2016
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Canonical needs your help transitioning Ubuntu Linux from Unity to GNOME
Now is a very exciting time to be an Ubuntu user. The upcoming 17.10 version of the Linux-based operating system -- codenamed "Artful Aardvark" -- is coming in October with a new desktop environment -- GNOME. That's right, Canonical has decided to kill the Unity environment, making the new version something very exciting. While some people will mourn Unity, it is the right move.
August 8, 2017
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Celebrating open standards around the world
How important are open standards to your software choices?
October 14, 2016
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Changing the way we design for the web
Keynote speakers for all Things Open have been announced, and we're now just a few weeks out from the big event. Open-minded folks from tech, business, education, and many other fields will convene to hear about the fantastic things happening in the open world, from software to hardware and beyond.
September 30, 2016
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Changing your entrenched processes can increase customer loyalty
How does your team balance doing things for the sake of process and consistency, doing things fast, and doing the right thing for the customer?
May 11, 2017
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ChatOps: what it is and how it's evolving
They're calling 2016 "the year of the chatbot". from diverse sectors such as dining, travel and retail, chatbots are increasingly being used for a variety of different purposes. this is part of a broad shift away from point-and-click based apps to chat-based user interfaces. Software development is no exception to this trend -- GitHub is credited with coining the term "ChatOps" back in 2013 when it created Hubot, its open source chatbot to help with DevOps practices.
December 29, 2016
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Checking in on the Taiga project management tool
Taiga is one of the most popular open source project management tools out there right now. It is known for being usable and having a beautiful interface, and Opensource.com listed it in both the Top 5 open source project management tools in 2015 and the Top 11 project management tools for 2016.
September 21, 2016
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Chew on this: Ubuntu Core Linux comes to the uCRobotics Bubblegum-96 board
Linux and other open source software have been in the news quite a bit lately. as more and more people are seeing, closed sounly way to make money. a company like Red Hat, for instance, is able to be profitable while focusing its business on open source.
July 29, 2016
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ChickTech's mission and 2017 goals
In this lightning talk, Nicole Engard shares her personal journey with ChickTech.
December 14, 2016
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Chile's green energy future is powered by open data analysis
Open source software and open data play key roles in implementing Chile's long-term energy planning, identifying ways to get the maximum value from development, minimizing its impact, and requiring less development overall.
September 13, 2016
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Choosing the right metrics for your project
Last month we discussed setting goals for your community metrics program. These goals serve as a constant reminder of what you want to achieve in the program and should be used as metrics themselves when deciding exactly what you are going to measure.
September 28, 2016
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Clones welcome in scientific hardware
Learn why a firm is open sourcing their testing equipment.
April 5, 2017
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Cloud Foundry launches its new Docker-compatible container management system
Cloud Foundry, the Pivotal- and VMware-incubated open source platform-as-a-service project, is going all in on its new Diego container management system. for a while now, the project used what it called Droplet Execution Agents (DEA) to manage application containers. After running in parallel for a while, though, the team has now decided to go all in on its new so-called "Diego" architecture. Thanks to this, Cloud Foundry says it can now scale to running up to 250,000 containers in a single cluster.
September 19, 2016
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CloudByte chews on Elastistor, sinks teeth into OpenEBS
Startup's internal strategy tensions lead to exec, CEO and board changes
January 5, 2017
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Codenvy and Microsoft streamline the developer workspace
Developers often work on portions of a project in isolation, which can lead to problems when the time comes to put everything together as a whole.
March 8, 2016
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CoderDojo merges with the Raspberry Pi Foundation
This combination has tremendous potential to impact education, the maker movement, and the growth of coding around the world.
July 6, 2017
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Colorful deployments: An introduction to blue-green, canary, and rolling deployments
Learn how to implement three popular deployment strategies --blue-green, canary, and rolling--on the latest installment of OpenShift.
May 2, 2017
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Command-line document conversion tools for writers
Find out how Markdown with Pandoc and Org-mode make writing documents a lot easier.
March 21, 2017
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Compress and decompress EXE's with Free UPX
UPX is a popular open source tool which can pack Windows EXE and other executable formats to reduce their size.
September 30, 2016
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Compute like it's 1989
For many of us, when we look around at the state of computing in 2016, we nod and think, "Yes, today is what I expected when I thought about what the Future would be like." Sure, we haven't got flying cars yet, but today's technology is flashy.
December 12, 2016
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Confluent achieves Holy Grail of 'exactly once' delivery on Kafka messaging service
Confluent, the commercial company behind the open source messaging tool, Apache Kafka, announced a new feature this week that should please Kafka users -- the ability to send a message using Kafka "exactly once."
June 30, 2017
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Confluent Cloud, Apache Kafka as a Service in AWS
Apache Kafka is a distributed, fault-tolerant publish subscribe messaging platform. It was originally developed by LinkedIn, open sourced, incubated in Apache Foundation and is now a top level project. Confluent was formed by former LinkedIn engineers in the Kafka development group and recently announced Confluent Cloud, a fully hosted and managed Apache Kafka as a Service in AWS.
May 18, 2017
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Containing container chaos with Kubernetes
You've made the switch to Linux containers. now you're trying to figure out how to run containers in production, and you're facing a few issues that were not present during development. you need something more than a few well-prepared Dockerfiles to move to production. what you need is something to manage all of your containers: a container orchestration system.
September 21, 2016
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Continuous Delivery the Hard Way with Kubernetes
Luke Marsden assembles a CI/CD pipeline from scratch to Kubernetes using GitLab CE as an example. He looks at open source tools which can facilitate coordinating simultaneously updating configuration and performing releases to Kubernetes, as well as rolling back and pinning releases, and also having different release policies to different environments. The talk is mostly demos.
May 25, 2017
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Coopetition: All's fair in love and open source
Whether your product is open source or "open core," how do you collaborate with competitors, and still stand out from the competition?
December 21, 2016
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CoreOS brings Redspread into its fold to improve its Tectonic container management service
CoreOS today announced that it has hired the founders of Redspread, a Y Combinator-incubated company that helps enterprises deploy their software on Kubernetes container clusters, and that Redspread's open source tools are now part of the CoreOS family.
October 17, 2016
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CoreOS Tectonic shift: now you can run it on Azure and OpenStack
Biz-friendly Kubernetes tool gets a little easier to automate
March 23, 2017
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Couchbase and the future of NoSQL databases
In this interview, Arun Gupta, VP of Developer Advocacy at Couchbase, shares his views on how open source has made an impact on the database industry.
October 12, 2016
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Crash drones over and over again with Microsoft's open source simulator
Microsoft has released a free, open source simulator to help engineers test drones in a photo-realistic environment. the AirSim, as it's called, offers a space for developers to run simulated flights again and again, gathering data and seeing how a drone's onboard perception systems react to a complex environment. Naturally, that's a lot cheaper and less time-consuming than studying repeated real-world drone crashes.
February 17, 2017
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Creating 3D models for printing with Blender: Advanced tips
In Part 1 of my series on getting started with 3D printing in Blender, I covered basic preliminary steps for getting your Blender environment set up for creating your own 3D models, ready to be 3D printed. In Part 2 I examined the process for making those models.
August 1, 2016
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Creating a handbook for achieving openness at scale
We're launching a community book project aimed at collecting the best case studies and exercises that illustrate openness in action.
August 8, 2017
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Creating stop motion animation with StopGo
Last month we looked at digital cell animation with Krita. Cell animation is just one kind of animation, though, so this month we'll take a look at stop motion animation.
November 10, 2016
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Creative Commons: 1.2 billion strong and growing
Creative Commons shares 2016 State of the Commons report, and here are a few highlights.
April 28, 2017
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Cross-platform development with Python and BeeWare
Learn how the BeeWare suite of libraries and bridges will help Python developers deploy code across platforms.
April 28, 2017
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Culture matters for encouraging innovative behaviors
"Organizational culture" didn't seem to concern 20th century managers. Why is it suddenly on everyone's mind?
October 25, 2016
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Dani Traphagen on Next Phase of Distributed Systems with Apache Ignite
Dani Traphagen from GridGain spoke at OSCON 2017 Conference about Apache Ignite platform and the paradigm shift in viewing the disk as a bottleneck & the decreasing costs of memory. She talked about how to optimize toward the cache, leveraging it for microservices architectures with the open source project Apache Ignite.
May 15, 2017
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Data Pipeline goes open, changing business models, and more open source news
A look at what's happening right now across the globe in open source.
November 18, 2016
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Data Privacy day 2017: Solutions for everyday privacy
Privacy, especially online privacy, is hard to define. it's a term that means something slightly different to each person, and each person has a different tolerance level for what's acceptable and what's unacceptable. One thing can generally be said of it, though–in a free society, people ought to be in control of their own privacy.
January 27, 2017
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Dear younger self, here are four tips for reaching your goals
Over the next ten years, you'll find that you love computers, but there's a barrier to you starting a career based on this thing you love. you will trip over an oversupply of information from online publications, e-books, and tutorials promising to teach you X language and Y framework, and falter from a lack of direction. So, here are a few pointers from your future self.
September 20, 2016
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Dedicated engineering team in South Africa deploys open source tools, save lives
In 2006, a groundbreaking TED talk used statistics to reveal surprising insights about the developing world, including how many people in South Africa have HIV despite free and available anti-retroviral drugs.
February 1, 2017
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Deis Helm Major release Improves Kubernetes Usability
InfoQ recently interviewed Jason Hansen, chief architect at Deis, about a recent major release of the Deis Helm product. Deis builds open source tools that make using Kubernetes easier. the banner feature for the release is first-class support to upgrade Kubernetes releases in place. Helm now also provides the ability to define pre and post hooks that are called during install, upgrade, and deletion.
October 27, 2016
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Design and produce 3D printed, custom breast prosthetics
Breast cancer survivors and others can use the Free Open Source 3D Customizer to design and produce breast prosthetics.
July 17, 2017
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Design your life's soundtrack with open source music players
We surround ourselves with our own personal soundtrack. Our music reminds us of the most significant times in our lives and helps us shape how we feel and view ourselves. Having a music player that supports the freedom to choose how our music is delivered to us while not detracting from the playback quality is important, and I've been carefully evaluating open source music players for quite some time.
December 23, 2016
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Developer opportunities to code for good
Benetech talks about open data standards, interoperability, and data collaboration.
March 31, 2017
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Developers Discuss Future of CD/DVD Optical Images for Fedora
With more laptops abandoning DVD drives, USB-based flash drive installers being well supported and widely-used, and CD/DVDs just being far less popular these days, Fedora developers are discussing the future of the official status for optical images in future Fedora releases.
December 6, 2016
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Developers prefer open source tools
New research shows that 98 percent of developers use open source tools at work, with 56 percent revealing that more than half of their development tools are open source, and 18 percent using only open source tools.
November 2, 2016
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Developing open leaders
"Off-the-shelf" leadership training can't sufficiently groom tomorrow's organizational leaders. Here's how we're doing it.
January 31, 2017
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DevOps is a battlefield at the IT shop
Thinking strategically can help IT control the pace of engagements with competitors.
November 3, 2016
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DevOps practices help improve the quality of open source components
The use of open source components can help speed up the software development process, but it comes with a risk if poor quality code leads to vulnerable applications being released.
July 17, 2017
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Digital transformation's people problem
Digital transformation involves technologies and humans. Unfortunately, we tend to ignore the latter when leading change.
July 27, 2017
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Distributing encryption software may break the law
FOSS cryptography is a powerful tool but may carry some risk.
October 22, 2016
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Do you own a Raspberry Pi?
3.14, or Pi, is a mathematical constant celebrated every March 14 by people around the world. Pie makers make special baked goods. Mathematicians rejoice! and at Opensource.com, we celebrate with a series of articles on the Raspberry Pi, a credit card-sized computer originally designed for education and inspired by the 1981 BBC Micro. Learn more about the Raspberry Pi on our resource page.
March 14, 2017
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Do you prefer tabs or spaces?
What might seem like a trivial question to some, to those of us who live in code all day, the choice between tabs and spaces is no small matter.
July 13, 2017
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Do you UWP? Then you'll want this...
If you're a UWP Dev, this is something you'll want to get... now. as in now, now... Go!
August 24, 2016
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Docker 1.13 Released with Improved CLI, Compose-File Support for Swarm Mode, and Secrets API
Docker Inc, has released version 1.13 of its open source Docker container engine project. this release includes significant restructuring of the Docker CLI, the introduction of 'clean-up' commands to reclaim disk space, and the inclusion of several 'experimental' features like image layer squashing and a Prometheus-style endpoint for improved logging.
January 23, 2017
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Docker ditches the beta label for Windows app development tools
Docker, the open source software that helps app developers by offering a way to test and run them in a container system, has announced it has made its Windows version generally available, ditching its previous beta label.
July 29, 2016
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Docker open-sources key tools for running containers
Meet Containerd, an open source container runtime
December 14, 2016
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Docker opens up crucial container plumbing code cunningly disguised as 'boring infrastructure'
Get stuck into a containerization runtime this Xmas. Go on
December 14, 2016
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Docker releases Containerd, for running containers, as open source
Containerd is an open source container runtime
December 14, 2016
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Documentation based on user stories
Documentation can either focus on describing product features and the way they can be used, or it can start with identifying user needs and then explaining how to achieve specific goals.
June 5, 2017
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Does your open source project need a president?
Recently I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the Linux Foundation Open Source Leadership Summit. the event was stacked with many of the people I consider mentors, friends, and definitely leaders in the various open source and free software communities that I participate in.
March 8, 2017
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DronePan: An app that captures panorama views with your aircraft
The age of open source consumer drones is upon us.
January 4, 2017
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Dropbox releases open-source Slack bot
Dropbox is looking to tackle unauthorized access and other security incidents in the workplace with a chatbot. Called Securitybot, it that can automatically grab alerts from security monitoring tools and verify incidents with other employers.
February 24, 2017
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Duo is replacing Hangouts in Google's batch of preinstalled apps
Instead of swapping Hangouts for Allo, Google is apparently more interested in pushing out a better video call experience than a messaging alternative.
October 7, 2016
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Misc. - E

Education management with Moodle: the beginning, middle, and today
There are 80 million registered instances of Moodle worldwide.
November 22, 2016
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Elegant 0-day unicorn underscores "serious concerns" about Linux security
Scriptless exploit bypasses state-of-the-art protections baked into the OS.
November 22, 2016
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Elementary OS Loki 0.4.1 Linux distro now available for download
Despite the death of Unity, there is still no shortage of desktop environments for Ubuntu. In fact, there are some Linux-based operating systems that exist mostly to provide an arguably better environment and experience. Two good examples of this are Linux Mint and elementary OS. While these distros are more than just Ubuntu with an alternative DE, the UI is largely the star of the show. While Mint caters to folks that have trouble moving beyond the interfaces of yesteryear, elementary instead focuses on a forward-looking experience.
May 18, 2017
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Enterprises replacing data centers with hybrid clouds
Larry Ellison, founder of Oracle, summed up on the concept of cloud computing very succinctly. "All it is, is a computer attached to a network." Ellison and Oracle have gone on to embrace both open source and cloud technologies including OpenStack, but the basic premise that it starts with a physical server and a network still holds true.
April 19, 2017
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Erasing complexity, submitting a summit talk, and more OpenStack news
Explore what's happening this week in OpenStack, the open source cloud computing project.
March 13, 2017
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Evolving toward openness: how to change the way you think and work
Every open source journey begins with a few important steps. These were mine.
April 4, 2017
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Expensive tools aren't the only option for graphic design (and never were)
Many graphic designers work with expensive proprietary software because they believe they have to, and it has to be Adobe. But this is not so: There are many fine professional-quality open source graphics applications out there.
August 1, 2016
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Explore climate data with open source tools
You can't look anywhere these days without seeing evidence of the changing weather patterns on the earth. Monthly, we are confronted with facts and figures that point to a warming planet.
January 11, 2017
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Exploring Cantata, a Linux music client that impresses
From setup to playback, MPD client Cantata is like music to the ears.
August 8, 2017
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Exploring cultures of agility and blamelessness
In October, the OpenOrg and DevOps communities joined forces for an #OpenOrgChat.
November 17, 2016
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ExpressionMouse Kinect is now Open Source
Two years ago we highlighted a project from Tom Temme, is that a mouse on your face? Or your face acting as a mouse? Both? FaceMouse
January 26, 2017
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Misc. - F

Facebook and AT&T herald a new day of open networking
Both companies are looking to open source and modularity
November 9, 2016
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Facebook launches new open source account recovery tool: Delegated Recovery
At the USENIX Enigma conference, Facebook unveiled a new way to overcome the problem of forgotten passwords. Known as Delegated Recovery, the mechanism essentially allows two online services a user has accounts with to be used as a form of two-factor authentication.
January 31, 2017
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Facebook Open Sources Yarn, a JavaScript Package Manager
Facebook has open sourced Yarn, a proxy package manager for JavaScript modules stored on npm or Bower registries.
October 12, 2016
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Facebook Open-Sources new Compression Algorithm Outperforming Zlib
The new Zstandard 1.0 compression algorithm, recently open sourced by Facebook, is one of the few compression algorithms that is both faster and more efficient than zlib, the current "reigning standard", write Facebook engineers Yann Collet and Chip Turner. Facebook Zstandard leverages previous work done by Collet, also author of LZ4, who originally released an initial version of his new algorithm in 2015.
September 2, 2016
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Facebook React.js License
I recently reviewed the license documentation applicable to the React JavaScript library. the library provides a web user-interface function allowing views for HTML data. Facebook maintains the library as a project on Github, and it offers licensing documentation for the library on that site.
October 19, 2016
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Faces Of Open Source
Faces of Open Source is an on-going photographic documentation of the people behind the development and advancement of the open source revolution that has transformed the technology industry
August 7, 2017
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Fedora 26 Linux distro available for download
As a Linux workstation user, I have been using Fedora 26 as my main distro for months now -- first the alpha and then the beta. While it is never suggested to use a pre-release operating system for anything other than testing, at no point did I encounter any apparent bugs -- impressive, right?
July 11, 2017
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Fedora project leader Matthew Miller talks world domination on Linux's 25th birthday
The 'world domination' that Linux fans once spoke of in jest has actually come to fruition.
August 25, 2016
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Fedora, Ubuntu, and SuSE Linux Available from Windows Store
That's right, Microsoft could soon distribute Linux. Popular PC Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Fedora, and SuSE, could soon be available through the Windows Store. Microsoft made this startling announcement at its Build 2017 keynote. the idea here is to make Linux distributions available to power-users who want to run the operating systems in virtual machines, or install the OS in a manner that lets you run Linux applications directly on Windows 10.
May 12, 2017
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Feds pin brazen kernel.org intrusion on 27-year-old programmer
Indictment comes five years after mysterious breach of the Linux repository
September 2, 2016
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Find your happy place: Fedora 26 has landed
Nice solar tracking, shame about the Flatpaks
July 24, 2017
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Finding crucial answers requires open decision making
How does an open organization make decisions when stakeholders have contradictory priorities? and what if safety and human life are two of those priorities?
December 1, 2016
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Five rock-solid Linux distros for developers
Developers want power, flexibility, stability, and ease, and these Linux distributions have it all
December 21, 2016
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Five years in the making, the DevOps handbook arrives
Gene Kim says he's astonished at how much he's learned since 2013.
October 27, 2016
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Fixing docs one README at a time
GitHub's recent survey reveals 93% say poor documentation is a problem. Learn how the new project Feedmereadmes can help.
June 29, 2017
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Flexera Software Acquires Open Source Application Security Provider, Palamida
We have some exciting news to announce today. Flexera Software has just acquired Palamida, a major provider of Software Composition Analysis solutions for open source software.
October 27, 2016
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FOSS February: a month to celebrate open source
Open source remains a competitive means of distributionone that delivers exceptional software to new and devoted users. Despite this, open source, its methodologies, practices, code, and the communities behind them, can be overlooked or misunderstood if they are inadequately communicated.
February 10, 2017
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Four major advantages to using open source software in the enterprise
With WordPress, Firefox and Linux now the virtual infrastructure for many millions of Internet users globally, and the likes of Apache and database management system MySQL widely embraced by corporations, open source (OS) software has long since passed a tipping-point moment. Yet despite growing familiarity with what OS means and usage even by the EU and the US government doubts among many businesses about the quality and reliability of OS software persist.
February 14, 2017
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Free and open sewing patterns gain popularity
Makemypattern.com has over 7,500 users today.
November 15, 2016
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Free as in puppy: the hidden costs of free software
We're used to hearing of software being described as "free as in freedom" and "free as in beer." But there's another kind of "free" that doesn't get talked about as much: "free as in puppy." this concept is based around the idea that when someone gives you a free puppy, that puppy isn't really free.
February 13, 2017
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Free computer advice comes with a price
Are friends and family always asking you for computer advice? Here's how to help without damaging relationships.
June 14, 2017
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Free education resources from Curriki and Sankore wikis
From the days of Gutenberg, technology has been linked to education. Curriki and Sankore use open source to bring high-quality education to people who need it, and otherwise cannot access it.
August 29, 2016
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French programmers haul Apple into court over developer rules
Your unfair contract cripples browsers, Nexedi complains
October 7, 2016
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From Alibaba to Apache: RocketMQ's Past, Present, and Future
As the idea of open source prevails these years, the leading technology companies continue to share their own research projects with the open source community. In 2012, Alibaba open-sourced its RocketMQ, a third-generation distributed messaging middleware.
April 21, 2017
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From open-source hater to no. 1 fan: Microsoft now tops Google, Facebook in GitHub contributors
New figures show that Microsoft, which once equated open source with death, has now enthusiastically embraced the software model.
September 16, 2016
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Functional testing Gtk+ applications in C
Learn how to test your application's function with this simple tutorial.
July 11, 2017
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Fundamentals of graph databases with Neo4j
In the first of a three-part series, learn the basics of graph databases, which power some of the largest data pools on the planet.
July 13, 2017
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Misc. - G

Gaming Out in the Open miniconference inspires developers
In 2013, people spent $21.53 billion USD on games and game-related merchandise. and games overtook movies long ago as the most popular form of entertainment. Despite their astonishing popularity, games and game development receive woefully little attention at open source events.
February 6, 2017
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Generate random data for your applications with Elizabeth
No, I've not had my article hijacked by a Lorem ipsum generator. for this month's Nooks & Crannies column, I found an interesting little Python library to help developers generate random data for their applications. it's called Elizabeth.
February 15, 2017
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Georgia state government earns national recognition for web accessibility
The state of Georgia was nationally recognized last month by the National Association of State CIOs for its Accessible Platform Initiative. the initiative is the first step in Georgia's drive to improve access to all its digital properties.
October 30, 2016
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Get started with Dr. Geo for geometry
Dr. Geo II is an open source application that allows users to explore geometry first-hand. Its target audience is school-age children. as school is now in session for many kids, here's a brief tutorial on how to get started with Dr. Geo II.
August 30, 2016
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Get started with machine learning using Python
Machine learning is an in-demand skill to add to your resume. We walk through steps for wading into machine learning with the help of Python.
May 31, 2017
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Get to know Tuleap for project management
Tuleap is being used by the Eclipse Foundation, replacing Bugzilla.
January 19, 2017
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Getting Groovy with data
Learn how to get started with Groovy programming and add it to your data analysis toolkit.
October 28, 2016
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Getting MPDroid working with an Archphile-based box
Learn how to navigate the challenges of this kind of music player set up.
November 11, 2016
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Getting started with Doctor, the CMS for Markdown documents
Markdown is one of most popular document formats among developers and non-developers alike. It is easy to write and understand, but organizing Markdown docs is difficult. In this post I will introduce you to Doctor, a documentation server, that lets you manage your project's documentation with minimum effort.
September 8, 2016
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Getting started with Go
Go is behind some of the web's most critical systems, which makes learning the language one of the best investments a programmer can make.
June 12, 2017
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Getting started with Jekyll, a free and open source static site generator
Find out how to build your first static website with this Jekyll tutorial.
April 12, 2017
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Getting started with my new LulzBot Mini 3D printer
Recently, I won a LulzBot Mini 3D printer in an Opensource.com giveaway. what good fortune! Here's how I got started learning how to use it, and what I made with it.
January 27, 2017
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Getting started with Perl on the Raspberry Pi
When I spoke recently at SVPerl (Silicon Valley Perl) about Perl on the Raspberry Pi, someone asked, "I heard the Raspberry Pi is supposed to use Python. is that right?" I was glad he asked because it's a common misconception. the Raspberry Pi can run any language. Perl, Python, and others are part of the initial installation of Raspbian Linux, the official software for the board.
March 13, 2017
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Getting started with Python scripting in Scribus
Automate repetitive tasks in Scribus with Python.
November 4, 2016
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Getting started with Raspberry Pi
So you have a Raspberry Pi, or you're thinking of getting one, and you want to know how to get started and how to become a master user of one.
December 6, 2016
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Getting started with shell scripting
The world's best conceptual introduction to shell scripting comes from an old AT&T training video. In the video, Brian W. Kernighan and Lorinda L. Cherry demonstrate how one of the founding principles of UNIX was to empower users to leverage existing utilities to create complex and customized tools.
January 16, 2017
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Getting started with the Orx open gaming engine
Occasionally you come across a small project in a quiet corner of the internet that just ticks all the right boxes. the Orx 2D gaming engine is such a project.
May 9, 2017
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Git hooks, a cloud by the numbers, and more OpenStack news
Are you interested in keeping track of what is happening in the open source cloud? Opensource.com is your source for news in OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure project.
August 29, 2016
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GitHub developer petitions for Adobe to open source Flash, "for future generations"
Just days after Adobe announced the end of its Flash player by 2020, an online petition has been started with the aim of saving Flash for archival purposes.
July 31, 2017
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GitHub gets all grown-up with better code review, project management, etc
And look who has the most open source contributors -- it rhymes with Nitro Waft
September 14, 2016
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GitHub Invites Developers to Contribute to the Open Source Guides
GitHub has recently launched its Open Source Guides, a collection of resources addressing the most common scenarios and best practices for both contributors and maintainers of open source projects. the guides themselves are open source and GitHub is actively inviting developers to participate and share their stories.
February 24, 2017
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GitHub Invites Developers to Open Source Friday
GitHub invites developers to contribute to open source software, starting with a couple of hours every Friday.
June 28, 2017
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GitHub launches Open Source Friday
Developers from 24 Pull Requests and GitHub created Open Source Friday as a weekly reminder to give back to the open source projects that power our daily work.
June 27, 2017
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GitLab Aquires Public Chat Software Gitter
GitLab, the open source git solution, has acquired Gitter, a open collaboration-style Slack alternative. While there are no plans to integrate the product, the hope is that GitLab can drive growth by connecting to Gitter's large user base.
March 17, 2017
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GitLab secures $20 million Series B
GitLab, the code collaboration platform for developers based on the open source Git tool, announced a $20 million Series B round today led by August Capital. Existing investors Khosla Ventures and Y Combinator also participated. Today's investment brings the company's total raised to date to over $25 million.
September 13, 2016
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Give back this holiday: Language input needed for literacy project
The Christmas holiday is fast approaching and many of us are thinking about ways we can help others, both near and far. the world certainly needs as much help, kindness, and charity as it can get, and some of us give money, or food, and toys to help out. Whatever we can give out of our own abundance to make things just a little bit brighter for someone else.
December 20, 2016
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Giving proper credit to designers in 3D printing
Have you ever wondered who designs the colorful 3D printed demonstration objects commonly found in social media posts, online videos, hackerspaces, advertisements, websites, and trade show booths? If yes, then you have unknowingly recognized a major problem in the 3D printing community.
September 6, 2016
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Global citizens unite to improve housing with open design and development
Mass-scale collaboration in free and open source software has proven so successful the concept has expanded to free and open source hardware. a strong case can be made that the area of hardware with the most promise for an open source approach is appropriate technology (AT).
September 12, 2016
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Global group communication and culture tips
Probably with a semicolon instead of a comma, but what slogan uses a semicolon? a semicolon is slogan poison. Just like thinking locally is open source poison. the thing is, when you create a tool you need and decide to throw a Creative Commons license on it to allow others to add to it or make fun of your lousy source code, you can't be thinking locally.
September 15, 2016
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GNOME 3.24 Linux desktop environment is here
My absolute favorite desktop environment for Linux is GNOME. Quite frankly, if the DE went away tomorrow, I might have to rethink my use of Linux entirely. Yeah, I am that passionate about it. Environment aside, the GNOME also includes a collection of applications, creating a coherent user experience.
March 22, 2017
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GNOME's Mutter Rolls Out new Monitor Configuration System
GNOME developer Jonas Ĥahl has begun landing his work on a new monitor configuration system in Mutter for the GNOME 3.24 desktop release.
January 25, 2017
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Golang to the rescue: Saving DevOps from TLS turmoil
Find out about a use case that created a need for testing certificate chains, appropriate web server security settings, and the Go code used for testing.
April 5, 2017
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Good things come from projects that fail
Without realizing it, I joined the open source movement in 1999 during the midst of the Kosovo refugee crisis. I was part of a team helping route aid supplies to local humanitarian organizations running transit camps across Albania. These are the camps that refugees often arrived at first before being moved to larger, more formal camps.
September 16, 2016
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Google announces "Draco" for 3D Graphics Compression
Google's Chrome Media team has developed Draco as an open-source compression library designed for 3D graphics.
January 13, 2017
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Google announces 'Fuzz Testing' Project for Open Source Software
Google announced "OSS-Fuzz," a beta project that open source software projects can join to do "fuzz testing." Fuzz testing, or "fuzzing," is an automated testing technique that can uncover memory corruption bugs in software by generating random inputs to a given program.
December 1, 2016
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Google Chrome for Apple iOS is now open source
There is a curious phenomenon on iOS -- Google's apps are often better on Apple's mobile operating system than on Android. It is for this reason that users of the search-giant's services can be perfectly content using an iPhone or iPad.
January 31, 2017
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Google DeepMind open sources Sonnet so you can build neural networks in TensorFlow even quicker
Google's DeepMind announced today that it was open sourcing Sonnet, its object-oriented neural network library. Sonnet doesn't replace TensorFlow, it's simply a higher-level library that meshes well with DeepMind's internal best-practices for research.
April 7, 2017
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Google Guetzli is an open source JPEG encoder that creates 35% smaller files
Google has announced the open source release of Guetzli, a new JPEG encoder able to reduce a JPEG's file size by up to 35%, without any significant loss of quality. Per a study detailing the algorithm, Guetzli 'aims to produce visually indistinguishable images at a lower bit-rate than other common JPEG encoders,' including libjpeg. However, the study goes on to caution that the compression tool is 'currently extremely slow.'
March 17, 2017
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Google launches new open source website
Google is an essential member of the open source community. the search giant contributes some really great projects, offering code to be used many -- it claims more than 2,000 such contributions! Heck, the company even hosts the annual Summer of Code program, where it pairs students with open source projects teams. In other words, Google is helping to get young folks excited about open source.
March 28, 2017
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Google launches new site to showcase its open source projects and processes
Google is launching a new site today that brings all of the company's open source projects under a single umbrella.
March 28, 2017
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Google Machine Learning Models for Image Captioning Ported to TensorFlow and Open-Sourced
Google chronicled their journey over the past few years with their announcement around open-sourcing a TensorFlow model for image captioning, and some of the testing for comparing accuracy and performance benchmarks between the new approach and existing implementations.
October 28, 2016
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Google makes 'Embedding Projector' an open source project
Data can be highly valuable, and no company knows that more than Google. It is constantly collecting a massive amount of it -- it is pretty much how the company butters its bread. Data only has value when it can be used, however, meaning it must ultimately tell a story. In other words, collecting it is only the beginning.
December 12, 2016
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Google must be Beaming as Apache announces its new top-level projects
eBay's Eagle monitoring software also soaring with open-source foundation
January 10, 2017
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Google open sources Embedding Projector to make high-dimensional data more manageable
This morning, Google announced that it was open sourcing its data visualization tool, Embedding Projector. the tool will help machine learning researchers to visualize data without having to install and run TensorFlow.
December 6, 2016
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Google open sources image captioning model in TensorFlow
Pretty much 100 percent of my generation is obsessed with Instagram. Unfortunately, I left the platform (sorry all) back in 2015. Simple reason, I am way too indecisive about which photos to post and what pithy caption to give them.
September 22, 2016
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Google open sources the code that powers its domain registry
Google today released Nomulus, the Java-based registry platform that powers Google's own .google and .foo top level domains (TLDs).
October 19, 2016
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Google Open-Sources ETC2Comp: Super Fast ETC2 Texture Compression
Google's latest open-source project is ETC2Comp and should be quite exciting for game developers and indirectly will benefit gamers too -- especially mobile gamers and those interested in VR.
September 15, 2016
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Google releases 'Draco' 3D graphics open source compression library on GitHub
Google is a significant contributor to the open source community. this is notable, as the company is wildly successful and its products are used by many. It incorporates open source code in its offerings, and then contributes back too. the search giant's visibility lends credibility to open source ideology.
January 13, 2017
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Google releases DIY open source Raspberry Pi 'Voice Kit' hardware -- here's how to get it
Google has long been focused on artificial intelligence. Its Google now and voice assistance projects have used AI to better the lives of users. the Google Home voice-based hardware unit brings its assistant to life, making traditional inputs and displays unnecessary. with just the power of your voice, you can interact with the device -- nothing else is needed.
May 4, 2017
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Google releases open source 'Cartographer'
Machine learning and vision are essential technologies for the advancement of robotics. When sensors come together, they can enable a computer or robot to collect data and images in real-time.
October 5, 2016
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Google releases open source 'Nomulus' TLD registry platform
Google is one of the biggest champions of open source, releasing very useful projects such as Cartographer and Noto. Heck, the company is so proud of its open source efforts, that it graded itself with a public report card.
October 18, 2016
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Google releases open source font Noto to eliminate the tofu problem
You may not have heard of the tofu problem, but you have almost certainly experienced it. If you visit a website or open a document that can't display a particular character, you'll see a white box symbol resembling a cube of tofu. now Google has a solution.
October 10, 2016
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Google Rolls Out OSS-Fuzz to Help Improve Open-Source Software Safety
Google today is rolling out a public beta of OSS-Fuzz, their new program to provide continuous fuzzing of core open-source software code-bases.
December 1, 2016
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Google scales tiny mountain to hunt down crypto bugs
Google says its new set of crypto tests has already discovered real bugs.
December 20, 2016
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Google software engineer Jessica Frazelle on the life of a large scale open source project
Tips and tools for building and nurturing open source contributors, maintainers, and supporters, from someone who's been there.
May 16, 2017
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Google unveils 'Code-in 2016' open source mentor organizations
Open source software and ideology is critical to the future of technology. as more and more people demand transparency in the programs and applications they use, companies will have to take notice.
November 9, 2016
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Google unveils new site to highlight open source projects and processes
Learn about Google's commitment to open source projects and communities.
March 28, 2017
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Google updates AOSP bug tracker to use new in-house solution
Good news for the open source crowd.
April 14, 2017
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Google Working on Open-Source TPM 2.0 Implementation
For future Chromebooks/Chromeboxes, Google appears to be building an open-source TPM 2.0 implementation that's possibly backed by open hardware.
November 2, 2016
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Google's Jigsaw subsidiary is building open-source AI tools to spot trolls
The machine learning software has been trained on 17 million New York Times comments
September 21, 2016
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Google's Key Transparency project aims to ease a tough task in cryptography
Those of us in userland may rarely have to worry about the nuts and bolts of encryption, but they exist nevertheless and must be replaced or updated now and then. Google is taking aim at one particularly stubborn nut, public key verification, with a new open source project called Key Transparency.
January 12, 2017
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Google's new open source hub, an example IP agreement from GitHub, and more news
In this edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at Google's new home for its open source projects, GitHub's sample employee intellectual property agreement, and more.
April 3, 2017
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Google, IBM and Lyft launch Istio, an open-source platform for managing and securing microservices
Microservices, that is, breaking larger applications into small parts that communicate over APIs, is increasingly becoming the architectural style of choice for many developers (especially when coupled with containers). Managing this fleet of services introduces its own set of challenges, though.
May 24, 2017
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Google, Lyft, IBM mix microservices into management mesh
Kubernetes cluster cat herding, brought to you by Istio
May 24, 2017
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Got the writing bug? An introduction to bibisco
A couple of years ago, when I started tinkering with long-form fiction writing, I attended some events for National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. Among the attendees there was a lot of talk of using Scrivener as a tool for organizing your writing, and as a place to keep your details.
September 16, 2016
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Gratipay makes 'love' their most important core value
Openness is not an end in itself. Ellen Marie Dash firmly established this point back in 2014, writing:
September 15, 2016
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Great new technical guides, tutorials, and documentation for OpenStack
The number of tools and projects which fall under the broad heading of "open source cloud" seem to grow every month. Just inside of the OpenStack umbrella, there are dozens of different projects to keep track of, all steaming ahead under a six-month release cycle.
August 26, 2016
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Greybus Subsystem Proposed for Linux 4.9 Kernel
Greg Kroah-Hartman is looking to land the Greybus driver subsystem into the upcoming Linux 4.9 kernel subsystem. Greybus was a central piece to Google's recently cancelled Project Ara modular smartphone.
September 14, 2016
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Grok the GIL: how to write fast and thread-safe Python
We explore Python's global interpreter lock and learn how it affects multithreaded programs.
April 18, 2017
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Misc. - H

H5P: a CMS plugin for creating HTML5 interactive content
Many educators want to create interactive content for their classroom or online course. If you're not a HTML5 programmer like most of us, but you have heard HTML5 can simplify your work and provide a great, standard web experience for your students, here's how to get started.
November 30, 2016
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HackerOne offers bug bounty service for free to open-source projects
Open-source projects will get free access to the professional version of the HackerOne platform to run their own security programs
March 3, 2017
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HackerOne offers bug bounty service for free to open-source projects
Open-source projects will get free access to the professional version of the HackerOne platform to run their own security programs
March 3, 2017
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HackMii
Notes from inside your Wii
November 23, 2016
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Half of the world's languages are dying. Should we save them?
What are the implications of a language falling out of use every two weeks?
July 13, 2017
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Happy IDEs of March: Which code editor do you prefer?
Welcome to the Ides of March, or as we'd like to call it, the IDEs of March. to celebrate, we're asking our readers to let us know which code editing tool they prefer, whether a full-fledged integrated development environment or a simple text editor. Fortunately, there are tons of open source options out there for you to choose from. Which one is your favorite?
March 15, 2017
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Hard to communicate with other teams? Check out these tips
Working across departments goes much more smoothly with these processes in place.
July 18, 2017
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HashiCorp release Terraform 0.8, Including an Interactive Console, and Vault and Nomad Providers
HashiCorp has released v0.8 of Terraform, an open source tool that enables the building, combining and launching of programmable infrastructure via providers such as Amazon Web Services, VMware vSphere, and UltraDNS. Major new functionality includes an interactive console, conditional values, and HashiCorp Vault and Nomad providers.
January 4, 2017
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Hatchit: An open source game engine
More students are learning about the world of open source through video games. Open source games like FreeCiv and Minetest invite young gamers to dig into the source code, while projects like SpigotMC empower them to write plugins to extend their favorite games.
November 2, 2016
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Haters gonna hate: 7 ways to deal with criticism
Learn how to handle the haters in a way that fits your personal needs, the communie specifics of the situation.
April 27, 2017
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Hell freezes over as Microsoft joins the Linux Foundation
Fifteen years ago, Steve Ballmer memorably declared Linux was a cancer. Now, Microsoft announced it was joining the Linux Foundation. That's not a completely unprecedented move, given that Microsoft has been getting steadily chummier with open source software over the last few years.
November 17, 2016
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Help us write the next IT culture book
Find out how you can contribute to the next volume in the Open Organization series.
March 22, 2017
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Heptio launches two new open source projects that make using Kubernetes easier
Heptio, the Seattle-based company recently launched by Kubernetes co-founders Craig McLuckie and Joe Beda, wants to make it easier for businesses to use Kubernetes in production. Since its launch in late 2016, the well-funded company has remained pretty quiet about its products, but today, the team released two open source projects into the wild: Ark and Sonobuoy.
August 3, 2017
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Hot programming trends in 2016
Take a look at the year's hottest languages for AI projects and containers, new languages, and more programming trends.
December 30, 2016
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How 30,000 people helped pick the new Bash logo
At GitHub Universe 2016 in San Francisco, Gregor Martynus of Hood.ie said: "Code collaboration is no longer the problem."
December 13, 2016
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How a healthy developer conference budget can provide a big ROI for organizations
Emily Hugenbruch explains the benefits of sending developers to conferences, and what to expect in the transition to an open source development environment.
October 17, 2016
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How a lifecycle management tool uses metrics
Foreman is a lifecycle management tool for physical and virtual servers.
March 29, 2017
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How a proxy is bringing banned Wikipedia to Turkey
A Wikipedia editor shares how he used open source tools to build a proxy site for Turkish Wikipedia users.
July 10, 2017
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How an amateur opera singer uses MuseScore
Alison Armstrong is a singer and high school music teacher at an international school in Laos, a developing country just between Thailand and Vietnam. Alison's main passion is providing her students with opportunities to compose new music and explore their identity through music. It shows, too, because she's been doing amazing work with her students.
March 8, 2017
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How an open leader achieves work/life balance
Open leaders trust the systems that surround them when seeking balance in their busy lives.
December 13, 2016
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How an open source board game is saving the planet
Students learn how to solve environmental problems while having a good time and contributing to the maker community.
July 28, 2017
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How Apache Kafka is powering a real-time data revolution
35% of the Fortune 500 companies use Apache Kafka.
October 19, 2016
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How buying a 3D printer can save you money
Obliterate the cost of consumer products with open hardware.
March 17, 2017
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How Canonical approaches the IoT market with Ubuntu Core
The Internet of Things has enjoyed major growth in recent years, as more and more of the world around us gets smarter and more connected.
July 3, 2017
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How Capital One is embracing open source
After years of proprietary and closed source solutions, organizations in the financial sector are coming around to open source software in a big way.
November 14, 2016
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How companies can help employees contribute to open source
I'm a part of the Drupal community, which has more than 100,000 active contributors worldwide. and among them is a growing group of employees who are encouraged by their employers to contribute to open source.
January 13, 2017
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How containers and DevOps transformed Duke University's IT department
When Duke started looking into taming its VM sprawl, it became obvious that not just its infrastructure but its entire culture would need to change.
June 16, 2017
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How do we fix the state of technical documentation?
It's not any harder to write code than documentation, it's just a different skill set.
July 18, 2017
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How do you get programmers to join your project?
How can I get programmers to join our project?
September 22, 2016
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How embedded Linux accelerates IoT development
You'll find that the quickest way to build components of an IoT ecosystem is to use embedded Linux, whether you're augmenting existing devices or designing a new device or system from the beginning. Embedded Linux shares the same source code base as desktop Linux, but it is coupled with different user interface tools and other high-level components. the base of the system is essentially the same.
March 1, 2017
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How game design can help you build better software
Even small changes can make a big difference in your ability to craft software that has an extremely powerful and positive impact on people's lives.
May 5, 2017
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How GitHub Designed its new Load Balancer
GitHub has been at work for the last year to develop a new load balancer, the GitHub Load Balancer (GLB), aimed to be able to scale to billions of connections per day running on commodity hardware. GitHub engineers Joe Williams and Theo Julienne explained how GLB was designed.
September 26, 2016
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How Google created a new kind of open source program office
In my previous article, what is an open source program office? and why do you need one?, I introduced the idea of an open source program office (OSPO) and discussed what they do, why a company would want to create one, and how to optimize them. In that article I focused on technology vendors and for a good reason–they were the first to embrace open source program offices strategically.
September 6, 2016
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How Google Does Open Source
Google is a leading contributor to open source today, but the search giant doesn't like all open source licenses.
August 26, 2016
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How Gratipay helps solve the 'free rider' problem
There is a way to help companies pay for open source software.
December 9, 2016
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How I became a project team leader in open source
2017 marks two decades since I was first introduced to the concept of "open source" (though the term wasn't coined until later), and a decade since I made my first open source documentation contribution. Each year since has marked another milestone on that journey: new projects, new toolchains, becoming a core contributor, new languages, and becoming a Program Technical Lead (PTL).
February 10, 2017
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How I became a webcomic artist in less than a month with open source tools
Why the world needs free and open source tools to help produce quality web comics.
April 24, 2017
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How I got started with bash scripting
With a few simple Google searches, a programming novice learned to write code that automates a previously tedious and time-consuming task.
May 15, 2017
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How I got started with Linux
From physics student to the founder of FreeDOS, Jim Hall tells us how it all started with a hobby Linux install in 1993.
May 4, 2017
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How I used open source tools to build a theater lighting system
Open source software was the star of the show for a local production of Les Mis.
May 24, 2017
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How IBM wants to bring blockchain from Bitcoin to your data center
IBM debuts open source, cloud-based blockchain services
March 19, 2017
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How Kubernetes is making contributing easy
Easy on-ramps for contributors are something that Novotny refers to as "mean time to dopamine."
April 25, 2017
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How Linux and makerspaces can strengthen our social fabric
Makerspaces aren't just a place to learn and build. More importantly, they remind us what community fellowship is all about.
June 26, 2017
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How Linux containers have evolved
Containers have come a long way in the past few years. We walk through the timeline.
July 10, 2017
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How Linux got to be Linux: Test driving 1993-2003 distros
Enjoy a trip down Linux memory lane as we take early distros for a spin.
December 20, 2016
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How long have you been using Linux?
The Linux community is made up people who have been users for days, months, years, and even decades. how long have you been a Linux user?
August 25, 2016
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How maker communities align with open source
More than 135 million American adults consider themselves makers.
November 14, 2016
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How Microsoft Measures Open Source Success
Wim Coekaerts, VP of Enterprise Open Source at Microsoft, discusses some of the metrics behind Microsoft's open source strategy.
September 23, 2016
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How Minecraft got me involved in the open source community
When people first think of "open source," their mind probably first goes to code–something technical that requires an intermediate understanding of computers or programming languages. But open source is a broad concept that goes beyond binary bits and bytes.
October 10, 2016
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How open access content helps fuel growth in Indian-language Wikipedias
Mobile Internet connectivity is growing rapidly in rural India, and because most Internet users are more comfortable in their native languages, websites producing content in Indian languages are going to drive this growth.
October 22, 2016
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How open courses are slashing the cost of higher education
Saylor Academy builds its college credit-eligible courses on openly licensed content, making higher education accessible to more people.
July 31, 2017
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How open source is advancing the Semantic Web
Sir Tim Berners-Lee's vision of the Semantic Web is becoming clearer through open source contributions.
June 9, 2017
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How OpenStack keeps its summits safe and welcoming
The great promise of a global open source software project like OpenStack is that it can bring together the best and the brightest from all around the world to together create something far greater than any one person, company, or nation could do on its own.
October 19, 2016
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How OpenStack mentoring breaks down cultural barriers
Victoria Martinez de la Cruz is no stranger to OpenStack's mentorship opportunities. it's how she got her own start in OpenStack, and now a few years later is helping to coordinate many of these opportunities herself.
October 22, 2016
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How OpenStack releases get their names
From a to Z, learn where the names for upstream code releases come from and what they mean.
April 12, 2017
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How Operation Code helps veterans learn programming skills
Operation Code helps enable new career paths in software development for military veterans and their families.
April 24, 2017
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How Socrates taught me to talk to developers
A structured series of probing questions can uncover your team's guiding cultural assumptions.
May 18, 2017
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How the Apache Way has Influenced Open Source
Brian Behlendorf, co-founder of the Apache Software Foundation, discusses the enduring role that the Apache Way plays in software development.
November 1, 2016
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How the 'itch-to-scratch model' can solve our UX woes
"Every good work of software starts by scratching a developer's personal itch."
April 20, 2017
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How the open source model will soar above the rest
Learn how to balance scope, schedule, and resources.
April 10, 2017
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How the TensorFlow team handles open source support
Improving software with the help of a community takes patience and organization.
May 11, 2017
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How the University of Hawaii is solving today's higher ed problems
Openness invites greater participation and it takes advantage of the shared energy of collaborators. the strength of openly created educational resources comes paradoxically from the vulnerability of the shared experience of that creation process.
February 3, 2017
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How to ask technical questions to get quality answers
Well-crafted questions receive better, faster answers.
October 27, 2016
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How to ask why at work without upsetting anyone
In open organizations, asking "why" isn't unusual. But you should avoid hurt feelings when you do it.
October 13, 2016
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How to avoid open-splaining and find open allies quickly
Thanks to the tireless efforts of open organizations and contributors everywhere, "openness" is something that more and more people are starting to understand. and as the ideas behind working openly have spread, the types of people embracing this way of working and organizing has broadened. T
September 6, 2016
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How to build a Raspberry Pi home dashboard
I was lucky enough to get a Raspberry Pi 2B with a 7-inch display for Christmas last year. I immediately had a plan for how to us it: I would make a home dashboard to show some useful information that is readable from around the living room.
March 8, 2017
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How to build a smog sensor with a ESP8266 microcontroller
A city in Germany is developing their own IoT sensors to measure air quality to help combat the smog problem.
March 28, 2017
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How to build cross-platform console apps with .NET Core
Now you can write your C#/.NET code once, on any platform, and run it on Windows, Linux, and macOS.
May 5, 2017
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How to Build Open Source Communities
Seeing programming as a social activity changes how we build communities around programming. We should focus on building a community, and not on building a codebase, argued Ash Furrow at Craft. He suggested using a code of conduct, moving long or heated discussions into a Skype call or Google Hangout, avoiding fixing easy issues yourself, and distributing power and responsibilities.
June 8, 2017
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How to care for the community over the code
This is a recap of a talk given at all Things Open 2016.
December 2, 2016
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How to champion your committers
A number of companies today proudly wear the open source badge to show their dedication to various projects, particular communities, or simply the idea of free software licensing. Many have gone down the Red Hat business route, creating a revenue model based on support and services, while others have built their business around proprietary features and add-ons to open source projects.
October 5, 2016
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How to choose your first programming language
The reasons for learning to program are as a varied as the people who want to learn. you might have a program you want to make, or maybe you just want to jump in. So, before choosing your first programming language, ask yourself: Where do you want that program to run? what do you want that program to do?
January 11, 2017
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How to create an Internet-in-a-Box on a Raspberry Pi
Learn about this inexpensive device for students with restricted internet access and people in remote areas of the world not served by broadband.
May 22, 2017
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How to deal with leaving an open source project
Leaving an open source project differs from regular job turnover.
April 18, 2017
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How to deploy Kubernetes on the Raspberry Pi
In a few steps, set up your Raspberry Pi with Kubernetes using Weave Net.
March 21, 2017
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How to find Android apps that respect user privacy
Have you ever downloaded an Android app only to find that it wants access to all your phone's features and all of your data? this experience, while not ubiquitous, is frustratingly common. Even applications in the F-Droid repository are not immune to requesting permission to access things they should not even need to access. for example, there is a Minesweeper application in F-Droid that wants to be able to record audio and video.
December 21, 2016
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How to get started as an open source programmer
Looking out at the world of technology is exciting. It has a lot of moving parts, and it seems the further you dig into it, the deeper it gets, and then it's turtles all the way down. for that very reason, technology is also overwhelming. Where do you start if you're keen to join in and help shape the way the modern world functions? What's the first step? What's the twentieth step?
January 9, 2017
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How to get started contributing to Mozilla
Open source participation offers a sea of benefits that can fine-tune and speed up your career in the tech, including but not limited to real-world technical experience and expanding your professional network. There are a lot of open source projects out there you can contribute to–of small, medium, and large size, as well as unknown and popular. In this article we'll focus on how to contribute to one of the largest and most popular open source projects on the web: Mozilla.
January 19, 2017
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How to get started into open source in 5 steps
This post somehow depicts my journey on getting my first 800 stars on GitHub in less than one year.
July 28, 2017
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How to get started learning to program
Ever wondered, "How can I learn to program?" we provide guidance to help you find the approach that best suits your needs and situation.
April 26, 2017
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How to get the next generation coding early
Everything I've been able to do in my professional life I can trace back to my mom giving me the chance to learn to code.
August 2, 2017
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How to get up and running with sweet Orange Pi
As open source-powered hardware like Arduino and Raspberry Pi becomes more and more mainstream, its cost keeps dropping, which opens the door to new and innovative IoT and STEM applications.
January 30, 2017
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How to grow healthy open source project infrastructures
In 2013 I joined the OpenStack Infrastructure team. In the four years I spent with the team, I learned a considerable amount about the value of hosting an infrastructure for an open source project in the open itself.
March 13, 2017
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How to help developers help themselves
Developers need help. It comes with the territory for software companies employing thousands of developers, many who live and work in remote locations all over the world. at Red Hat, Rafael Benevides doles out lots of help.
September 14, 2016
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How to incorporate open source into computer science classes
Four computer science instructors–all women–tell you how it's done.
October 20, 2016
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How to install and use MuseScore to create your own music
MuseScore is a stable, long-lived application.
April 13, 2017
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How to install and use ZNC bouncer for IRC
You'll never have to leave an IRC channel again with this chat bouncer.
April 4, 2017
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How to install Asterisk on the Raspberry Pi
Are you looking for a phone system for your small business or home office?
April 10, 2017
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How to install Fedora 25 on your Raspberry Pi
Check out this step-by-step tutorial.
March 10, 2017
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How to install Kodi on a Raspberry Pi
Kodi and a Raspberry Pi makes for one of the easiest and best media centers you can make yourself.
January 6, 2017
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How to join a technical community
Following a few simple steps can ease your transition into a community.
January 26, 2017
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How to make a low-cost guitar amp with Linux
With just a guitar, a cable, and open source software, you've no need to "Gimmie Some Money" to take your home recording studio to 11.
August 9, 2017
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How to make animated videos with Krita
Animation isn't easy, but the good news is that open source supplies plenty of high-quality animation tools.
October 13, 2016
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How to make branding decisions in an open community
Docker's recent rebranding efforts offer a lesson in public decision-making.
April 25, 2017
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How to master feedback loops and excel in the workplace
Valuable information for working smarter and faster is all around you. Just learn to listen.
June 6, 2017
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How to nail a tech writer job interview
What are hiring managers looking for?
May 8, 2017
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How to make pixel art and animated GIFs with mtPaint
If there's one thing that indie games like Mr. Rescue and don't be Patchman (the world's first and only SteamOS exclusive) demonstrate, it's that retro is hot. Specifically, pixel art is hot.
February 9, 2017
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How to make release notes count
Congratulations! You're ready to ship the latest release of your software package. now you need to make sure your release notes are in order. Sure, you could just slap "bug fixes and performance improvements" on the box and call it a day, but that doesn't really tell your users anything.
March 7, 2017
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How to make Vim user-friendly with Cream
The Cream add-on makes the Vim text editor easier to use by putting a more familiar face on its functionality.
May 18, 2017
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How to make your own 'unexpected' number generator
It sometimes surprises people that random number generation is a classically famous problem in computer science, because it seems like it should be so easy; just pick a number. and yet it's hard to get a computer to be random. Many Linux users have some awareness of the /dev/random and /dev/urandom devices, and most have some awareness that technically, the numbers generated there are not truly, scientifically random.
November 16, 2016
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How to measure your community's health
How do you measure the health of your community, identify problems, and track progress towards your goals? what should you be measuring?
August 24, 2016
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How to monitor SNMP traffic on Ubuntu for free with MRTG
If you're looking for a free, reliable way to monitor SNMP traffic on your network, see how to get Multi Router Traffic Grabber up and running on a Ubuntu Server.
November 18, 2016
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How to partner with external marketing agencies
A community-powered approach to working with the broad ecosystem of marketing agencies–to which more and more firms are turning these days–can produce new and inspiring results.
September 20, 2016
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How to prevent coworker competition from ruining company culture
During the humid summer months of 1954, twenty-two 11 and 12-year-old boys were randomly split into two groups and taken to a 200-acre Boy Scouts of America camp in Robbers Cave State Park, Oklahoma.
October 4, 2016
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How to program games with the LÖVE gaming engine on the Raspberry Pi
What's the next step after you've outgrown drag-and-drop programming? we explain how to get started with the LÖVE game engine, which uses the scripting language Lua.
April 11, 2017
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How to recognize an open leader when you see one
These are three common practices of an open leader.
October 11, 2016
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How to run a Raspberry Pi meetup
If you've ever considered hosting a Raspberry Jam to bring Pi fans together, a new official Guidebook and these step-by-step instructions will make it easy.
May 3, 2017
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How to run commands at shutdown on Linux
Linux and Unix systems have long made it pretty easy to run a command on boot. Just add your command to /etc/rc.local and away you go. But as it turns out, running a command on shutdown is a little more complicated.
November 1, 2016
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How to save keystrokes at the command line with alias
Save some hassle by setting up aliases for the commands you often use.
May 25, 2017
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How to say "no" for the sake of your customers
The key to saying "no" in an open organization? Be prepared to explain why.
May 23, 2017
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How to secure your Raspberry Pi
Find out what sensible steps you can take to protect your Raspberry Pi and other IoT devices.
March 19, 2017
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How to set up a personal web server with a Raspberry Pi
A personal web server is "the cloud," except you own and control it as opposed to a large corporation.
March 7, 2017
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How to set your $PATH variable in Linux
Telling your Linux shell where to look for executable files is easy, and something everyone should be able to do.
June 15, 2017
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How to share a mouse and keyboard across multiple computers
Synergy is an open source software alternative for a physical KVM switch.
November 10, 2016
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How to speed up your MySQL queries 300 times
Before you can profile slow queries, you need to find them.
May 1, 2017
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How to strengthen your agile heartbeat with powerful retrospectives
If you work in an open organization for any length of time, you're likely to hear someone mention "sprints" or "heartbeats" at some point. Understanding these terms is simple: Take a big goal, then break it into small pieces that help you get there.
November 22, 2016
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How to succeed as a remote documentation contributor in OpenStack
A preview of Alexandra Settle's upcoming talk at OpenStack Summit Barcelona
October 11, 2016
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How to successfully enter the FOSS emerging market
In business speak, an "emerging market" is a market that is not yet well developed but on the rise and shows strong potential to be as robust as other developed markets. the Wikipedia definition focuses purely on countries, but this is a limited view of the meaning of "market."
January 27, 2017
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How to throw a tarball over the wall
It costs a lot of money to open source a mature piece of commercial software, even if all you are doing is "throwing a tarball over the wall." That's why companies abandoning software they no longer care about so rarely make it open source, and those abandoning open source projects rarely move them to new homes that benefit others.
September 23, 2016
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How to unzip a tar.gz file
In this tutorial, learn how to compress, create, and extract tar files.
July 3, 2017
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How to upgrade your system BIOS using FreeDOS
Upgrading your BIOS can seem tricky for free software users, but it doesn't have to be.
June 8, 2017
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How to use a man page: Faster than a Google search
Linux manual pages are easier to use than you think and hold a wealth of information.
July 12, 2017
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How to use Ansible to manage PostgreSQL
Ansible, an open source automation tool, can make complex configuration and management tasks in Postgres simple.
June 19, 2017
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How to use Ansible to set up a Git server over SSH
Git is the most widely deployed version-control system in the open source community. Part 2 of this series looks at using Ansible to set up Git on your LAN.
August 8, 2017
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How to use Pulse to manage sound on Linux
It happens to everyone, and usually only when it matters the most. you might be gearing up for a family Christmas video chat, settling in for a movie night on your big screen TV, or getting ready to record a tune that popped into your head and needs freeing. at some point, if you use a computer, sound is going to need to be routed.
January 12, 2017
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How to use Sphinx to give an old book new life
The Internet Archive, Project Gutenberg, and Google Books are wonderful sources of historical books, but the finished products of their digitization efforts, while thorough and functional, lack that last bit of polish.
November 21, 2016
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How to work with dates and time with Python
Get a better understanding of datetime in Python with this primer.
May 12, 2017
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How to write a web service using Python Flask
What if you could write your own web services? Get started with this tutorial.
March 23, 2017
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How to write SD cards for the Raspberry Pi
Writing SD cards for the Raspberry Pi is something that every member of the Pi community has attempted. some are old hats and tackle the task with aplomb, but for some it strikes fear into their hearts.
March 15, 2017
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How to write web apps in R with Shiny
Happy new year! I'm in the thick of working on a couple of larger articles this month, so look for those in the coming weeks. for this month's Nooks and Crannies, I want to point out briefly a great R library I've been playing with for my own self-education.
January 20, 2017
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How we brought the internet to Standing Rock
Learn how an open source tech nonprofit saved oil pipeline protesters a 10-mile journey to their closest internet connection.
June 1, 2017
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How WebAssembly can transform how we use apps and the web
Or: Why your OS will matter less in the future.
March 17, 2017
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How will OpenStack find the next generation of leaders?
Even in a healthy open source community, it's important to take the time to assess where you are and where you're headed next.
May 3, 2017
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HP Enterprise, Mirantis sack couple of hundred OpenStack engineers
Still super committed, though, we're told
November 1, 2016
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HPE gears its updated Helion OpenStack distribution toward telcos
HPE is in an interesting position. now that it has shut down its Helion puess, its main focus is on its private and managed cloud services, which center around the open source OpenStack cloud platform that's pretty much the de facto standard for building private clouds now.
October 27, 2016
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Huawei to OpenStackers: don't try to chase Amazon, Microsoft and Google
Strike out on your own instead of playing catch-up
October 26, 2016
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Hugo versus Jekyll: Comparing the leading static website generators
If you're building a new website, a static site generator may be the right platform for you.
May 18, 2017
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Hunt for your Libs Here, at Awesome.NET!
How had I never heard of Awesome.NET?
August 29, 2016
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Hwmon Updates Submitted For Linux 4.13, Still No Ryzen/Epyc Temp Support
The hwmon (hardware monitoring) subsystem updates have been submitted for Linux 4.13 and what's sad about the pull request is what isn't present.
July 3, 2017
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Hyperledger Fabric releases version 1.0 of open source distributed ledger
Hyperledger Fabric, the open source distributed ledger project from Hyperledger, reached a significant milestone today when it released version 1.0.
July 11, 2017
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Misc. - I

It's the ecosystem, stupid
With so much innovation happening in open source projects, why not take advantage of it across your product and supply chain?
June 12, 2017
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IBM and Lightbend collaborate on AI platform
IBM is announcing a collaborative development initiative with Lightbend, the provider of the world's leading Reactive Application Development Platform, to help advance the development of artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive solutions in the enterprise.
June 28, 2017
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IBM announces Kitura 1.0 and Bluemix Runtime for Swift 3
Just a few days after Swift 3 official announcement, IBM has released version 1.0 of its open source, server-side Kitura framework along with the IBM Bluemix Runtime for Swift 3. InfoQ has spoken with IBM's Chris Bailey about the status of Swift on the server.
October 4, 2016
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If you need an in-mem analytics cruncher and, hey, who doesn't? Microsoft Graph Engine is now open source
Data wrangler with MIT license
February 13, 2017
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If you were on a desert island, which license would you take with you?
Open source licenses give the permission necessary to remove the restrictions created by copyright law.
July 19, 2017
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Improve your DevOps security game with Ansible Vault
You may have your DevOps efforts orchestration nailed down, but you should make improving the operational maturity of such implementations an ongoing effort. One tool I use is Red Hat's Ansible, which is fantastic for orchestration and configuration management. the low barrier to entry and simplicity of Ansible are why so many people that start using it learn to love it.
December 25, 2016
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Improve your programming skills with Exercism
33 programming languages are currently supported by these exercises.
January 10, 2017
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In an effort to get its house in order, Docker containerizes and ships out its CEO
Big changes for Docker Inc. What's behind them, and what does it mean?
May 2, 2017
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Indian language localization community meets in new Delhi
Localization is one of the less glamorous aspects of computing. Despite the fact that less than 6% of the world speaks English as a first language, a majority of projects don't feel inclined to accommodate the rest of the population. One of the primary reasons for sticking to English is the steep learning curve and the lack of standardization in various aspects of the localization process.
October 3, 2016
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IndieWeb: Make your social media posts open first
Where do your witty Tweets end up? what about the rest of the content you create inside walled platforms like Facebook, Swarm, and Instagram*?
November 3, 2016
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Intel's Beignet Lands LLVM 4.0 Backend Support
While Intel's Beignet is a terrific project especially when it comes to being a leading open-source OpenCL implementation that works with OpenCL 2.0 on GPUs (something that can't be said for Radeon with its open-source OpenCL stack consistently lacking and Nouveau not really being usable either), the sad part of it is that Beignet is consistently slow in supporting new versions of LLVM.
April 13, 2017
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Internet Archive turns 20, gives birthday gifts to the world
On May 12, 1996, like a benevolent mad scientist, Brewster Kahle brought the Internet Archive to life. the World Wide Web was in its infancy and the Archive was there to capture its growing pains. Inspired by and emulating the Library at Alexandria, the Internet Archive began its mission to preserve and provide universal access to all knowledge.
November 3, 2016
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Internet-based and open source: how e-voting works around the globe
E-voting is on the decline in the US, but it's going strong in other countries.
November 3, 2016
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Internet-enable your microcontroller projects for under $6 with ESP8266
To get started with IoT (the Internet of Things), your device needs, well, an Internet connection. Base Arduino microcontrollers don't have Internet connectivity by default, so you either need to add Ethernet, Wi-Fi shields, or adapters to them, or buy an Arduino that has built-in Internet connectivity.
February 21, 2017
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Introducing Flashback, an Internet mocking tool
Flashback is designed to mock HTTP and HTTPS resources, like web services and REST APIs, for testing purposes.
April 3, 2017
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Introducing Portable PDB
In order to debug compiled applications, it is necessary to match-up the IL or machine code in the binary with the original lines of source code. While this data could be embedded in the application itself, that would significantly increase the size of the EXE or DLL file. Instead, a separate "symbols" file is usually used. on the Windows platform, this is known as a PDB or "program database".
February 6, 2017
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Introducing Reladomo - Enterprise Open Source Java ORM, Batteries Included!
Way back in 2004 we faced a difficult challenge. we needed a way to abstract out the database interaction in our Java applications, and it didn't fit into any existing frameworks. the application had the following needs that were outside the customary solutions:
March 28, 2017
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Introducing the Forum at OpenStack Summit Boston
​Where in the world is the Design Summit? OpenStack Summit Boston introduces a new 'forum' for users and developers.
May 1, 2017
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Introduction to Eclipse Che, a next-generation, web-based IDE
Correctly installing and configuring an integrated development environment, workspace, and build tools in order to contribute to a project can be a daunting or time consuming task, even for experienced developers.
November 14, 2016
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Introduction to functional programming
We explain what functional programming is, explore its benefits, and look at resources for learning functional programming.
April 3, 2017
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Introduction to the Domain Name System (DNS)
Learn how the global DNS system makes it possible for us to assign memorable names to the worldwide network of machines we connect to every day.
April 6, 2017
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Is being open worth the effort?
Becoming (or remaining) an open organization is challenging. this month, the open organization community at Opensource.com discussed those challenges–and so much more–during our #OpenOrgChat on Twitter. If you missed it, check out the recap below as you prepare for our next chat.
September 8, 2016
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Is it the end of the traditional resume?
for the past five years, I've been unreasonably excited about a metadata standard known as Open Badges. In October 2016, as part of Mozilla Foundation's plans to transition the maintenance of the standard to the non-profit IMS Global Consortium, the Open Badges website was relaunched with perhaps the most concise definition I've seen: "Connected, verifiable credentials represented in portable image files."
March 1, 2017
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Is Open Source Good for Business?
Should you bet your business on software that doesn't have a billion dollar company behind it?
November 30, 2016
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Is Scratch today like the Logo of the '80s for teaching kids to code?
Teach your kids or students about programming with the turtle and the cat.
March 29, 2017
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It wasn't the money: Wozniak on robots, design and Apple's origins
The Apple co-founder has a lot to say about technology's past and future
March 23, 2017
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It wasn't the money: Wozniak on robots, design, and Apple's origins
The Apple cofounder has a lot to say about technology's past and future
March 23, 2017
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'It's easier than Linux, so what's the problem?'
Sysadmin pilot fish is working for a big defense contractor, and when it comes to Unix and Linux, he's got decades of experience.
May 25, 2017
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Misc. - J

Jenkins Gets a Facelift with release of Blue Ocean 1.0
Jenkins, the popular open source automation server that is used by development teams worldwide for continuous integration and continuous delivery pipelines, has recently announced the general availability of Blue Ocean 1.0.
April 25, 2017
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JS package catalog npm frees its team software for open source devs
With commercial success, npm can afford to be magnanimous
March 22, 2017
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Jump into May: Python, open hardware, editorial chats, and more
The Opensource.com preview for May 2017
May 1, 2017
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Misc. - K

Kali Linux certification, first official Kali book on the horizon
The Kali Linux distribution celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. the hugely popular open source project, maintained by Offensive Security, announced today that its new Kali Linux Certified Professional (KLCP) will debut in Black Hat USA 2017. the KLCP is the first and only official certification program that validates one's proficiency with the Kali Linux distribution.
January 19, 2017
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KDE Connect links your Android phone with your Linux desktop
Receive your Android phone's notifications and reply to SMS messages from any Linux PC.
September 1, 2016
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KDE Introduces An Advisory Board
A KDE Advisory Board has been formed by KDE e.V. to provide greater insight and cooperation around this free software desktop environment.
September 26, 2016
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KDE3-Forked Desktop Updated with Partial FreeBSD Support, Compatibility for GCC 6
For those still preferring KDE3 to what's offered by KDE4 or KDE5, the Trinity Desktop Environment continues living on as a fork of the KDE3 code-base but with support for making use of modern components.
November 9, 2016
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Keeping DOS alive and kicking with open source
DOS: the Disk Operating System. for many of us whose computer coming-of-age story spanned across the 80s and 90s, we remember it, fondly or not, as the gateway into our computers. But somewhere along the way, DOS gave way to graphical environments, and some of us opted to move to open source alternatives.
September 8, 2016
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Keeping Linux containers safe and secure
Linux containers are helping to change the way that IT operates. In place of large, monolithic virtual machines, organizations are finding effective ways to deploy their applications inside Linux containers, providing for faster speeds, greater density, and increased agility in their operations.
October 4, 2016
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Keeping up the fight for free software
The Free Software Foundation's John Sullivan reflects on 13 years of fighting for software freedom.
October 25, 2016
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Kicking the tires on Korora, a novice-friendly Linux distro
Korora is Linux distribution that aims to make it easier to install and use for new Linux users, while still providing power-users with the tools and openness that they want. Originally, Korora was built on Gentoo, but in 2010, the team redid the whole thing as a Fedora Remix, with the goal of making the system "just work," from first boot.
March 18, 2016
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Kids on Computers establishes computer labs in five countries
Linux and open source software are not just fueling charities, they are gifting the freedom of education and knowledge to the people the charities are helping because of the low cost, yes, but also the exceptional technology. this sentiment is proven when you look at the work the Linux Foundation does supporting a variety of community initiatives and organizations that are using Linux and open source software.
December 27, 2016
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Kill Google AMP before it KILLS the web
Trust, independence, credibility -- we've heard of those
May 19, 2017
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Krampus adopts one free software tool for each month in 2017
Curious how Krampus is doing this year? Well, as the recently hired manager of Krampus's open source programs office, I'm excited to tell you that we have an ambitious plan to adopt one free software tool during each month of the coming year.
December 25, 2016
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Kubernetes: Why does it matter?
The Kubernetes platform for running containerized workloads takes on some of the heavy lifting when developing and deploying cloud-native applications.
June 29, 2017
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Misc. - L

LanguageTool is an open-source proof reader for 25+ languages
LanguageTool is an open-source spelling and grammar checker for Chrome, Firefox, the desktop (via Java) and more.
May 15, 2017
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Last Minute Wayland Fixes for GNOME 3.22
It looks like running the GNOME desktop environment natively on Wayland should be in pretty good shape after a round of last-minute improvements.
September 13, 2016
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Lay down some audio tracks with Qtractor
Record, mix, and export your own tunes with Qtractor, an open source audio software setup that would set you back thousands of dollars in the pro audio world.
June 12, 2017
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Leaders are more powerful than they think
Humility is fine--but managers shouldn't sell themselves short.
June 19, 2017
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Learn how to fix a Django bug from beginning to end
Contributing to the Django framework is easier than you think.
May 3, 2017
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Learn IRC commands with new cheat sheet
Download the cheat sheet, then practice your fresh chat skills by connecting with one of your favorite open source communities in IRC.
July 19, 2017
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Learn Perl with this temperature-conversion script
Over the years I've learned a number of programming languages on my own, including Perl. One learning tool I figured out is to use some sort of language reference to avoid the frustration of working through several chapters in a manual just to figure out a starting point.
November 21, 2016
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LEGO Mindstorms programming with ev3dev
I was introduced to LEGO Mindstorms eighteen months ago while applying for a STEM grant at a local library. LEGO Mindstorms are kits to create customizable, programmable robots.
September 7, 2016
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Lessons from a brief career in open source
I don't think many people answer the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" with "I want to work in open source."
February 10, 2017
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Lessons in OpenStack: New tutorials and how-tos
Are you a developer or system administrator who wants to learn more about OpenStack?
July 18, 2017
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Lessons learned as an OpenStack day organizer
While the twice-a-year OpenStack Summit is undoubtedly the place to be for those interested in OpenStack, it can also be prohibitively expensive and time consuming for many people who would otherwise be interested in participating in the OpenStack community to attend.
October 13, 2016
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Libraries.io Releases Data on Over 25m Open Source Software Repositories
Today's software relies on a core set of of free, openly licensed components, frameworks and systems. But our shared, digital infrastructure is under threat. It's overburdened and under-supported.
June 15, 2017
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Linaro Still Working on TEE for the Linux Kernel, the Trusted Execution Environment
Besides the Greybus subsystem being right around the corner for the mainline Linux kernel, it might not be too much longer before the TEE subsystem is ready. TEE is now up to its 12th patch revision and is about trusted computing.
September 16, 2016
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LinchPin: A simplified cloud orchestration tool using Ansible
Launched in late 2016, LinchPin now has a Python API and a growing community.
June 30, 2017
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LineageOS already supports almost 70 builds with SU options
They're back, and they're running strong.
January 26, 2017
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LinkArchiver automatically submits links to the Internet Archive
Links shared on Twitter can be preserved in perpetuity with no effort on the user's part.
July 14, 2017
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LinkedIn open sources Flashback, a tool for mocking internet traffic
LinkedIn, the social network for professionals that is now owned by Microsoft, is making one of the tools that it has developed in-house for its own work open for use by others. the company today announced that it would be open sourcing Flashback, a tool for mocking internet traffic for developer tests, under a BSD two-clause license.
March 17, 2017
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Linux celebrates its 25th birthday today! But can it survive another 25 years?
Today, Linux celebrates its 25th birthday. this is certainly cause for celebration in the open source community. Surprisingly, however, after all this time, many people don't understand that Linux is simply a kernel, and not an operating system. Yes, it is used as a component of operating systems, such as Ubuntu, Fedora, Android, Tizen, and more, but a kernel alone does not an OS make.
August 25, 2016
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Linux Foundation and NCWIT release free Inclusive Speaker Orientation course
At the Open Source Leadership Summit in Tahoe today, the Linux Foundation and the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) announced a free new online course for event speakers.
February 15, 2017
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Linux Foundation to develop tool for building blockchain business networks
The open-source project would enable smart contracts to be developed for any number of industries
May 8, 2017
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Linux hardware support, Creative Commons translation, and more open source news
A look at what's happening right now across the globe in open source.
November 15, 2016
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Linux helped me grow as a musician
In the early days of Linux it was possible to do high-quality audio recording, but it was often difficult to set up. Then Ubuntu Studio made it a lot easier.
September 14, 2016
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Linux in 2016 catches up to Solaris from 2004
Veteran dev says timed sampling's arrival in Berkeley Packet Filter makes Linux 4.9 a match for Solaris' DTrace
November 1, 2016
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Linux kernel hardeners Grsecurity sue open source's Bruce Perens
Our customer contract doesn't violate GPLv2, biz insists in defamation lawsuit
August 3, 2017
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Linux kernel security gurus Grsecurity oust freeloaders from castle
No more test patches without a subscription
April 26, 2017
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Linux Mint 18.2 'Sonya' BETA Ubuntu-based operating system now available for download
With the future of Ubuntu uncertain, and with Canonical abandoning the Unity desktop environment, now is a great time to try Linux Mint. Since it has Ubuntu as a base, but instead uses Mate or Cinnamon -- environments with a future -- it should be an easy transition for users of Canonical's Linux-based operating system.
June 6, 2017
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Linux Mint 18.2 'Sonya' Ubuntu-based distro is here with Cinnamon, Mate, KDE, and Xfce
Another day, another distro! Today, Linux Mint 18.2 achieves stable release. While the usual desktop environments, Cinnamon and Mate, are available immediately, so too are both KDE and Xfce. It is nice to see all four of these flavors released at once, as sometimes the Mint Team opts to stagger them.
July 3, 2017
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Linux on Windows 10: will penguin treats in Creators Update be enough to lure you?
Ubuntu on Win 10 more useful... but does Microsoft really love Linux
February 27, 2017
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Linux to the rescue: How I introduced my organization to Linux
After a very public early failure, a large university's IT team finds switching its web registration system to Linux nearly triples user capacity.
July 14, 2017
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Linux's brilliant 25-year history, in pictures
A momentous milestone
August 25, 2016
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Linux's brilliant career, in pictures
Aug. 25 marks the 25th anniversary of Linux, the free and open source operating system that's used around the globe in smarphones, tablets, desktop PCs, servers, supercomputers, and more.
August 25, 2016
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Local government migrates to open source cloud
Tirana, Albania, cites security, performance, and cost as driving forces in selecting Nextcloud for its government operations.
August 9, 2017
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Looking for a job? 6 questions to ask your recruiter
In my past as a recruiter, I have learned there are certain questions a candidate and avid open source contributor should ask. on occasion, the potential employer may be unprepared to answer, but if he or she is competent, your answers will be forthcoming quickly.
February 8, 2017
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Love the Amazon Echo? Meet these 3 open source projects
The past few years have seen a huge surge in the number of consumer devices with voice control features that have hit the market.
November 24, 2016
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Luna brings visual development to functional programming
Luna's creators argue for a more intuitive approach to programming
July 6, 2017
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LXQt 0.11 Released, Improves the User Experience
It has been nearly one year since the LXQt 0.10 release while today it was succeeded by LXQt v0.11, the newest version of this lightweight, Qt-powered desktop environment.
September 23, 2016
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LXQt Spin Proposed for Fedora 26
A new spin/flavor has been proposed for Fedora 26, one integrating the LXQt desktop environment.
January 16, 2017
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MailKit Officially Replaces .NET's SmtpClient
MailKit and MimeKit were created by Jeffrey Stedfast, whom we interviewed in 2014. Even back then they were considered to be the most comprehensive MIME and email libraries for .NET.
April 14, 2017
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Male allies: The tech industry needs you
A Twitter account teaches potential allies skills for helping create a more inclusive tech industry.
June 13, 2017
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Make Open Source your 2017 Resolution
Over the last year, we launched an app to help professional developers learn something new every day. we ended our beta and launched properly this summer, and over 200,000 developers joined us. Towards the end of the year we started to add help for newer developers, too.
December 29, 2016
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Make your own Twitter bot with Python and Raspberry Pi
Automate your tweets with some simple Python code running on a Raspberry Pi.
August 7, 2017
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Making open decisions at scale
Two compelling case studies demonstrate the benefits of open decision-making.
April 25, 2017
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Making your first open source contribution
Puppet Labs software engineer shares how to become a contributor to open source projects.
May 17, 2017
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Managing creative assets with Planter
Planter is a simple Python 3 application that makes it easy to manage and organize your project files.
July 12, 2017
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Managing data with Groovy: Lookups and accumulators
In my first article on getting started with the Groovy programming language, I left off with an example of reading a CSV file in Groovy. In this article, I'm going to move to a more idiomatic Groovy style (make it groovier, as some would say), cover the use of Groovy maps as lookup tables, and finish up by using maps to calculate some results.
December 9, 2016
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Managing devices in Linux
Explore how the /dev directory gives you direct access to your devices in Linux.
November 28, 2016
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Many business apps with open source code have unpatched vulnerabilities and license conflicts
Apps that come with open-source code are putting organizations at risk, according to a new report by Black Duck. as you might imagine, many companies are using apps with open-source code.
April 25, 2017
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Matt Mitchell of CryptoHarlem is building an open source tool to help organizations prepare for data breaches
This morning on the stage of TC Sessions: Justice, Matt Mitchell of CryptoHarlem discussed his views on the link between surveillance and minority oppression and the importance of taking a preventative approach to security and privacy. Mitchell, a specialist in digital safety and encryption, is dedicating time to creating Protect Your Org, a free, open source, tool for all organizations to prepare for inevitable data breaches.
June 6, 2017
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Mechanical keyboards for programmers and gamers
Input Club's mechanical keyboards aren't just about producing exceptional products. They're also proof that open source can solve any problem.
May 11, 2017
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Meet Hubot: the DevOps chat bot
Have you been told that your company is moving to a more DevOps development culture, but you have no idea what that really means? Hubot and ChatOps are tools that can help you understand more about DevOps and learn to use it in your organization. I'll summarize some clear steps and initiatives to do that.
October 17, 2016
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Meet Opensource.com writers, moderators, and interviewees at all Things Open
We've rounded up a list of ATO talks to help you meet Opensource.com contributors.
October 22, 2016
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Microsoft Adding Agility to Datacenter Hardware with Open Source 'Project Olympus'
Microsoft is planning to speed up datacenter hardware contributions to the Open Compute Project (OCP) with a new "Project Olympus" effort.
October 30, 2016
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Microsoft adds Kubernetes support to Azure Container Service
Google's open-source container orchestration software joins DC/OS and Docker Swarm
November 7, 2016
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Microsoft and Tuxera strengthen partnership through Tuxera SMB Server
On Wednesday, Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC and Tuxera Inc. announced they have expanded their collaboration to Server Message Block (SMB) technology, fueling innovation in a range of fields and enhancing business solutions for customers around the globe. the collaboration comes as Tuxera launches its new Tuxera SMB as a drop-in replacement for the open-source Samba and other alternative SMB/Common Internet File System (CIFS) servers, ideally suited for embedded platforms.
September 14, 2016
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Microsoft Buying Deis to Facilitate Kubernetes on Azure
Microsoft announced plans today to acquire Deis, a startup company that offers open source tools and training to facilitate Kubernetes use.
April 10, 2017
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Microsoft continues open source love fest, announces SQL Server on Linux
Microsoft recently announced it will be releasing SQL Server on Linux, which has major implications for the company's business strategy.
March 8, 2016
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Microsoft contributes to open ecosystem by joining Linux Foundation and welcoming Google to the .NET community
announces several new tools to help any developer create intelligent cloud and mobile apps.
November 16, 2016
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Microsoft doubles down on Linux love, joins foundation
SQL Server for Linux hits public beta, and Azure App Service now supports Linux
November 16, 2016
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Microsoft has the most open source contributors on GitHub
GitHub has published the state of the Octoverse 2016, a very interesting report that offers an insight into how its 14 million users leveraged the hugely popular repository this year. Among them is a list of organizations with the most open source contributors, most popular coding languages, most used emoji reactions, new user interactions and much more.
September 15, 2016
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Microsoft hosts the Windows source in a monstrous 300GB Git repository
Virtualized file system approach makes Git work better for huge repositories.
February 6, 2017
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Microsoft is now a Linux Foundation Platinum Member
The year 2016 has been very weird. I mean, hell, a reality TV star is the president-elect of the USA -- it doesn't get more odd than that.
November 16, 2016
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Microsoft Issues Azure Container Service Engine as Open Source Code
Microsoft today released the source code for its Azure Container Service (ACS) Engine as open source code, and also added support for Kubernetes 1.4 and DC/OS 1.8.4.
November 7, 2016
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Microsoft joins the Linux Foundation, a new Firefox release, and more open source news
A look at what's happening right now across the globe in open source.
November 16, 2016
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Microsoft joins the Linux Foundation, welcomes Google to .NET community
Alongside a number of big Visual Studio announcements at its Connect 2016 developer conference, Microsoft also took the stage to announce that it is further embracing the open source community by joining the Linux Foundation as a platinum member. In addition, Microsoft also revealed that Google has joined on with the independent .NET Foundation.
November 16, 2016
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Microsoft joins the open source Cloud Foundry Foundation
Microsoft today announced that it is joining the Cloud Foundry Foundation, the non-profit behind the open source Cloud Foundry platform-as-a-service project that's currently in use by about half of the Fortune 500 companies.
June 13, 2017
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Microsoft makes Cloud-Based Biological Research Tool Open Source
Bio Model Analyzer, a Microsoft cloud-based tool that biologists can use to model cell interactions and communications, is now available as open-source on GitHub under a MIT license.
February 21, 2017
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Microsoft makes Visual Studio Code Extension for Arduino open source
Does Microsoft support open source? Absolutely. The company has released many open source projects, and believe it or not, its has the most open source contributors on GitHub. With that said, Microsoft stops short of being a complete open source proponent. After all, the company makes a lot of money from two of its closed source golden geese -- Windows and Office.
July 6, 2017
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Microsoft offers open source designs to Open Compute Project
This marks the first time Microsoft makes a contribution in the early stage of development.
November 2, 2016
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Microsoft open sources a simulator for training drones, self-driving cars and more
Microsoft has made available a beta version of an advanced virtual world for training autonomous drones, as well as other gadgets that move on their own. the software, which is available on GitHub, recreates conditions like shadows, reflections and other potentially confusing real-world conditions in a highly detailed, highly realistic virtual environment — without the risk of the real thing.
February 15, 2017
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Microsoft open sources its Azure Container Service engine
Microsoft is making its Azure Container Service engine available as open source on GitHub, and is releasing a preview of Kubernetes on ACS.
November 7, 2016
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Microsoft really does love Linux
Redmond has truly embraced the open source community
September 15, 2016
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Microsoft really has changed, Linux Foundation chief says
Jim Zemlin welcomes Microsoft to the open-source consortium
November 17, 2016
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Microsoft releases open source toolkit used to build human-level speech recognition
Microsoft wants to put machine learning everywhere.
October 25, 2016
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Microsoft releases SQL Server Preview for Ubuntu and Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Microsoft is a big proponent of open source, something highlighted by its becoming a Linux Foundation Platinum Member earlier today. the company has been contributing to multiple projects, and back in March, it even announced it was bringing SQL Server to Linux-based operating systems.
November 16, 2016
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Microsoft shares open source tools for creation of safer, more aware drones, robots
Whether you're using drones as a hobby, to make deliveries, perform network maintenance, or simply to carry some crystal meth over the border, you're currently limited by the UAS' (Unmanned Aerial System) awareness of the environment. this can lead to negative interactions with other flying vehicles, damages to property or even people getting injured.
February 15, 2017
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Microsoft Solitaire Collection from Windows 10 now available for Android and iOS
Back in the the mid-1990's, everyone thought they needed a computer. After all, Windows 95 made using one particularly easy, and the internet was a very attractive thing.
November 23, 2016
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Microsoft Teams can be Extended via Tabs, Bots and Connectors
Microsoft has announced Teams, a group collaboration workspace based on chats and integrated with Office 365. Developers have the opportunity to extend Teams with Tabs, Bots and Connectors.
November 3, 2016
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Microsoft to release version 2 of its Open Compute Project server design
Microsoft's Project Olympus is its updated datacenter server design that the company will contribute as open source to the Open Compute Project.
October 30, 2016
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Microsoft ups the Kubernetes ante
Microsoft is the metaphorical leopard that has changed its spots. Its embracing of the Kubernetes initiative shows that
November 7, 2016
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Microsoft VR Platform Could be Open Source; Vive and Rift Compatibility
I highly recommend that you do not take the title of this post to heart as this is speculation on my part. I believe that the Microsoft VR Platform could go open source. Look at the fact that we have to work with. we have the play Anywhere feature that allows players to game cross-platform between the PC and the Xbox One. Titles that were Xbox exclusives are now making their way to the PC.
October 28, 2016
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Microsoft will soon end Office 2013 distribution through Office 365
Office 365 admins soon won't be able to download the client apps for the aging software
January 20, 2017
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Microsoft's chums Dell, HPE and Lenovo give Azure Stack a shout-out
Mover over, devs, and bring me a chequebook
September 29, 2016
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Microsoft's open source love fest continues as it joins Linux Foundation
SQL Server for Linux hits public beta, and Azure App Service now supports Linux.
November 16, 2016
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Microsoft's renewed embrace of developers, developers, developers, developers
The software giant is reaching out to communities that it used to ignore.
May 19, 2017
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Microsoft–yes, Microsoft–joins the Linux Foundation
Google joins the .NET Foundation; the first preview of SQL Server for Linux is out.
November 16, 2016
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Mir 0.26.3 Released
With Canonical divesting in Mir from the desktop and abandoning their mobile phone/tablet ambitions, we might not see Mir v1.0 ever reached as was anticipated to happen for the Ubuntu 17.10 cycle. However, Mir is still being maintained for IoT use-cases and today is a new point release.
June 15, 2017
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Moby and LinuxKit Open Source from Docker
At the recent DockerCon event in Austin, Docker Inc announced two significant open source projects, Moby and LinuxKit. Moby essentially marks the split of Docker, the open source project from Docker Inc the company, with the docker/docker GitHub repo moved to moby/moby. LinuxKit provides a set of tools to build 'custom Linux subsystems that only include exactly the components the runtime platform requires'.
May 19, 2017
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MOD Duo: Building an open source guitar stomp box
It runs Linux, uses JACK, and the plugin standard used is LV2.
October 11, 2016
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More than just apps: 5 innovative uses for C#
We look at how scriptcs, Cake, ConfigR, Wyam, and Scripty are putting C# to innovative and unconventional uses.
April 24, 2017
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Mozilla awards $300,000 to four open source projects
Mozilla's love of open source is nothing new -- just look to the Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS) program. Loving a philosophy is one thing, but Mozilla has also put its money where its mouth is.
October 4, 2016
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Mozilla Firefox web browser may no longer be supported on your Linux computer
Firefox is a wonderful open source web browser. as a result, it comes pre-loaded on many Linux-based operating systems, such as Ubuntu and Fedora. Yeah, some people choose to install Chromium or Chrome instead, but Mozilla's offering remains a staple in the Linux community.
April 20, 2017
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Mozilla gives up on last vestiges of Firefox OS, lays off 50
Browsers remain the only area in which the nonprofit has had much market success.
February 2, 2017
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Much ado about communication
One of an open source project's first challenges is determining the best way for contributors to collaborate.
May 9, 2017
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Munich mulls dropping Linux, returning to Windows 10
Administrative committee claims that using Windows is necessary for compatibility reasons.
February 13, 2017
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Music tagging with open audio players
A look at the tag management capabilities of a few open source music players.
March 10, 2017
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My first three contributions to open source
Getting started with an open source project can be intimidating. I wanted to contribute to open source projects, but struggled with where to start. When the time came and I finally took the shot, I ended up having an excellent learning experience. Here is my experience with my first three open source contributions.
January 12, 2017
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MySQL 8 is coming
...and it's going to be a big change.
February 28, 2017
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Navigating the challenges of international teamwork
I started my open source work from Oregon, USA working on a project in the "Republic" of Texas. While that, at first glance, does not sound international in nature, I can assure you that Oregon and Texas might as well be different countries.
September 14, 2016
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Neo4j and graph databases: Getting started
In the second of a three-part series, install Neo4j and start using the web client to insert and query data in the graph.
July 17, 2017
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Neo4j in your own software: Very basic Perl hacking
In this final article in a three-part series, learn to write some Perl code to query your graph database.
July 19, 2017
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Netdata 1.5 Released with FreeBSD Support, new Plugins
Netdata, for the uninitiated, is a distributed real-time performance and health monitoring suite. Netdata can be used for monitoring server performance/health as well as VMs, IoT devices, and more in a "fast and efficient" manner. Netdata 1.5 has been released as a big update to this open-source tool.
January 24, 2017
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Netflix's Spinnaker tale
How did Netflix's in-house engineers adapt to the sea change inherent in open source collaboration?
May 11, 2017
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Netrunner Rolling Arch/Manjaro-based KDE Plasma Linux distro gets refreshed ISO
While GNOME is my favorite desktop environment, I don't hate KDE. Actually, I rather love Plasma when it is done right. Case in point, I absolutely adore Netrunner -- the best KDE-focused Linux-based operating system. Technically, there are two versions of the OS -- the "regular" variant based on Debian and a rolling release based on Arch/Manjaro.
July 18, 2017
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New design brings an improved reader experience to Opensource.com
The Opensource.com team has been working diligently with our development team at Bluespark to complete a site redesign with three big goals in mind. Before we deploy these changes next week, here's a look at what we've been working on.
October 7, 2016
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New open source database designed for enterprise users
Businesses are looking for database technology that increases their agility, scalability, security, and supports a range of different use cases, at the same time keeping down costs.
May 23, 2017
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New report highlights OpenStack's gender diversity and retention
OpenStack report recommends ways to increase women's contributions to open source development.
August 7, 2017
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New security solution protects Office 365 customers
More and more companies are moving their office applications to the cloud and Microsoft Office 365 is one of the most popular options with around 85 million subscribers.
November 15, 2016
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New tech event, Abstractions is forward-thinking
The folks at Code & Supply put on a fantastic inaugural event in Pittsburgh this year. they sold 1500 tickets, their maximum, a few weeks before the event took place in downtown Pittsburgh at the Westin Conference Center. Pittsburgh is a walkable city with beautiful soaring art-deco buildings and approachable eateries.
September 6, 2016
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New to Programming? Check Out These Outstanding Open Source Programming Books
Computer programming offers a fascinating career path. it's full of challenges, a great way of collaborating, teaches you how to think, and most importantly offers a way to improve your life. Become more productive, efficient, and effective in life by learning the discipline of coding.
January 26, 2017
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News in Graphics: Xamarin Kimono, Google Guetzli and Draco
Xamarin has open sourced a tool for editing SkiaSharp objects, while Google has reduced the size taken by 2D JPEG and 3D graphics.
March 17, 2017
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NGINX Plus R12 Brings Master-Peer Configuration Sharing, Improved Scripting, and More
Nginx has announced release 12 of NGINX Plus, the paid version of the popular NGINX open source web server. NGINX Plus R12 brings a new configuration-sharing feature aimed to simplify clustering, official support for the nginScript language, and improvements in monitoring and instrumentation, caching, and reliability.
March 19, 2017
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No coding required: Node-RED on a Raspberry Pi
Check out this tutorial to see how easy it is to set up hardware flows with Node-RED's drag-and-drop interface.
July 4, 2017
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Node.js: a project for casual contributors
Tools can help shape the environments in which they are used.
March 3, 2017
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Nomulus: Google's Open-Source TLD Registry Platform
In mid-October, Google open-sourced the core software behind their TLD registry: Nomulus. this software allows creation and management of new top-level domains (TLDs) in the cloud, enabling current businesses in the Internet real-estate market to expand into the new, rapidly growing generic TLD (gTLD) space, as well as reducing the technological barrier for prospective newcomers.
November 28, 2016
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Not playing around: Lessons from indie game developers
There's a lot open source communities can learn from their long-lost cousins in indie games.
May 2, 2017
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NVIDIA Proposes "DeepColor Visual" Extension For X.Org Server, For HDR On Linux
Since last year NVIDIA has been working on HDR support for the Linux desktop. They've worked on support for their driver, but with the Linux infrastructure for High Dynamic Range monitors lacking, they've been working on lower-level Linux improvements to allow for a HDR Linux desktop ecosystem with this next-generation of displays.
July 18, 2017
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NY bill would provide tax credit for open source contributors
For many years, the open source software community has made the distinction between "free as in freedom" (the software can be used or modified as the user sees fit) and "free as in beer" (the software is available at no cost). some have added a third type of free: "free as in puppy". Like a puppy, adopting open source software has ongoing cost.
March 18, 2016
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Office 365 deployments don't secure themselves?
Find out how to resolve that at 11am GMT today
December 1, 2016
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Office 365 users seeing warnings that their OneDrive storage will be cut to 1TB on March 1
Back in late October of 2014, Microsoft made a bold promise. the company said that all Office 365 subscribers would have unlimited OneDrive storage bundled into their subscriptions. After rolling out unlimited storage to some users and expanded storage to others, the firm announced in November 2015 that it would be breaking that promise, citing users that "abused" their unlimited storage... by using it for unlimited storage.
December 1, 2016
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One entertaining series, two special anniversaries, and more in June
The Opensource.com preview for June
June 1, 2017
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Open Chemistry project raises up the next generation of researchers
In 2007 I took part in Google Summer of Code (GSoC) developing the Avogadro application. as we were developing Avogadro, we founded the Open Chemistry project as an umbrella project to develop related tools for chemistry and materials science. Our goal is to bring high quality open source tools to research communities working in these areas, and to develop other tools to complement the Avogadro molecular editor.
October 28, 2016
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Open data as a game
Government agencies have collections of data on everything from census demographics to toilet locations.
October 17, 2016
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Open education is about improving lives, not taking tests
Open and participatory models for organizing have deep implications for education.
December 20, 2016
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Open hardware groups spread across the globe
Check out some of the great maker hardware projects popping up in Central and South America.
June 7, 2017
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Open Hardware Monitor: it's still alive!
After almost two update-free years, the Open Hardware Monitor project has jumped back to life with the release of version 0.8.
November 7, 2016
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Open Labs leads 48-hour hackathon for good
This successful civic hackathon focused on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
March 23, 2017
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Open medical records community supports new system in Mozambique
The southern African country of Mozambique suffers under the most extreme challenges for resource-poor countries: economic instability, political strife, civil unrest, corruption and crime, unreliable infrastructure (such as transportation and telecommunications), and a large-scale HIV epidemic that has yet to be declared under control.
January 10, 2017
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Opposing net neutrality threatens the viability of open source communities
The good news is that the open source community can support net neutrality and alternate options for accessing the internet.
August 3, 2017
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Open project collaboration from elementary to university classrooms
Learn about OSPRI, a new Duke University-Red Hat partnership project, and a Scratch-based maker club at an elementary school.
March 19, 2017
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Open Sorcerers: can you rid us of Emperor Zuck?
Looking for lessons for FOSS from OX
October 14, 2016
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Open source 25-core chip can grow into a 200,000-core computer
Researchers at Princeton University have built a 25-core chip that can scaled easily to create a 200,000-core computer
August 24, 2016
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Open Source and Cloud Computing: Friends or Foes?
Today's cloud runs on open source software, and many open source companies rely on the cloud to monetize their offerings. But is the situation really a win-win?
March 13, 2017
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Open source and coopetition are the new normal
You cannot minimize just how at odds these announcements are with what has been the reality of the tech industry over the last 20 years. These are organizations that have battled one other in a bitter war of words and technology visions. the idea that they would someday be working together was a highly unlikely outcome.
November 17, 2016
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Open source champion Google becomes Cloud Foundry Foundation gold member
Say what you want about Google, but the company is clearly a major proponent of open source ideology. some people criticize the search giant for making billions on the back of open source (such as with Android), but Google is a code contributor too. you know what? If a company can have success using open source code, that is a good thing -- as long as it is properly licensed, of course.
December 16, 2016
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Open Source Computer Club: Out of the trash, into the classroom
While many agree on the importance of extending resources to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curricula within K-12 education, there isn't always alignment on the best tools or techniques to, as the U.S. Department of Education explains, equip students with the "knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information", or schools and districts with the resources and expertise to "improve the delivery, impact, and visibility of STEM efforts."
September 2, 2016
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Open source CyanogenMod is shutting down... but forked Lineage will rise from its ashes
For Android hackers and tweakers, CyanogenMod represents mobile OS nirvana -- an open source alternative to Google's official Android, complete with frequent updates. the bad news for fans is that Cyanogen, the company behind the operating system, is closing down operations: with virtually no warning.
December 25, 2016
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Open source dependency management is a balancing act
During my career I have spent a lot of time packaging other people's code, writing my own, and working on large software frameworks. I have seen projects that still haven't released a stable version, never quite hitting 1.0, while others made 1.0 releases within months of beginning development, and then quickly moving on to 2.0, 3.0, etc.
November 30, 2016
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Open Source Development at the UK Government
New code developed for the UK government is open by default. Coding in the open enables reuse and increases transparency, which results in better digital services, said Anna Shipman, technical architect at Government Digital Service (GDS). She spoke about open sourcing government at GOTO Berlin 2016.
November 17, 2016
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Open source diversity efforts gain momentum in 2016
Efforts to increase diversity in open source aren't new, but they are starting to show positive results. we look at the 2016 landscape.
December 16, 2016
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Open source drives companies to change hiring and development
"Do I want to play with this open source thing?" this was the question most people asked 20 years ago when I started reviewing PostgreSQL bug fixes and assembling like-minded database colleagues to help start the PostgreSQL Global Development Group.
October 3, 2016
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Open source Elastic analytics snaps into Google's Cloud Platform
"Openness a driving force" says Google
April 7, 2017
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Open Source First: a manifesto for private companies
This is a manifesto that any private organization can use to frame their collaboration transformation. Take a read and let me know what you think.
February 16, 2017
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Open source FIWARE platform creates new IoT business opportunities
Find out how the European-funded IoT open source platform is being used by companies.
November 9, 2016
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Open source focused Google Summer of Code 2017 student applications now being accepted
Today is the first official day of spring. with that said, Google wants us to look towards the following season -- summer. you see, starting today, application entries are being accepted for Google Summer of Code 2017.
March 19, 2017
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Open Source for Business: Pros and Cons
For many businesses, open source software has become an integral part of doing business. In fact, according to the Zenoss 2016 State of Open Source Software report, 91 percent of companies of all sizes use open source software. Similarly, the Black Duck 2016 Future of Open Source Survey revealed that 67 percent of organizations actively encourage their developers to contribute to open source projects, and 65 percent of organizations increased their use of open source in 2016.
October 3, 2016
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Open Source Ideas Initiative
Open Source is not just about disclosing source code. It is about a collective community coming together to solve problems and to push the industry forward.
October 17, 2016
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Open source in death and beyond
Benjamin Franklin was known to say, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." There are open source solutions for completing your taxes, such as Open Tax Solver, but what about the other side of that quote? what does open source have to do with death? it's quite a lively subject, it seems. I know you are just dying to know, so let's dig in.
March 14, 2017
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'Open source' is not 'free software'
Conflating 'open source' and 'free software' undermines free software.
November 7, 2016
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Open source job opportunities grow at crisis groups
Learn how you can use your open source skills to make a difference in the world.
March 24, 2017
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Open Source License Business Perception Report
the pain and confusion of common open licenses, roughly quantified
March 30, 2017
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Open source licenses are shared resources
One can easily see examples of software as a shared resource, whether shared by a few people or a few million people. of course, these shared resources are not always as fully appreciated as they should be. they can pass underappreciated until drama such as a security vulnerability draws attention and illuminates the importance of what is being shared.
November 15, 2016
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Open Source Linkerd Project Celebrates First Anniversary in Quest to Become TCP/IP of Microservices
Buoyant, a cloud-native services company, announced the one-year anniversary of Linkerd (pronounced "linker-DEE'), an open source "service mesh" project for cloud-native microservices-based applications. as stated in the announcement:
March 13, 2017
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Open source mapping project preserves cultural heritage
The Philippine Heritage Map is documenting the country's at-risk historical sites and structures to digitally preserve valuable data and imagery.
August 1, 2017
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Open source Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit democratizes AI and deep learning
Like many technology companies, Microsoft is pinning a lot on AI -- including the areas of speech and image recognition. to help speed up development, and to enable others to start working on their own projects, the company has released an updated, open source version of the Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit.
October 26, 2016
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Open source 'Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit' for deep learning reaches version 2.0
Last year, Microsoft released an open source project called "Cognitive Toolkit." This toolkit was designed with a focus on deep learning and artificial intelligence.
June 1, 2017
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Open source organizations can now apply for Google Summer of Code 2017
Open source ideology is changing the world. what was once (wrongfully) viewed as something just for hobbyists, is now a billion dollar industry. In other words, closed source is not the only way to make profits. Open source code is found in many places, including mainstream consumer electronics -- look no further than Android smartphones.
January 19, 2017
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Open source project management can be risky business
Learn how open source code is a huge factor in mitigating risk.
March 10, 2017
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Open source virtual reality, a new board for electronics testing, Fedora 25, and more news
In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at open source virtual reality, a new board for electronics testing, Fedora 25, and more.
November 28, 2016
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Open technology for land rights documentation
One-third of people on the planet don't have documented rights to the land on which they rely.
January 9, 2017
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Open-source BeagleBone Blue board aims for robots, drones
BeagleBone Blue has all the components needed to build a robot on a credit-card sized board
March 14, 2017
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Open-source distributed ledger Hyperledger Fabric reaches version 1.0
Hyperledger Fabric, the open-source blockchain-based distributed ledger that was created by the Linux Foundation, has reached version 1.0. The project intends to advance cross-industry collaboration on the development of blockchain and distributed ledger technology, with a focus on performance and reliability. The project targets a variety of use cases like global supply chain managing, financial transactions, asset ledgers and decentralized social networking, but has no intention to build its own cryptocurrency.
July 11, 2017
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Open-source hardware makers unite to start certifying products
The Open Source Hardware Association certification could help buyers hack into and copy products
November 22, 2016
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Open-source hardware makers unite to start certifying products
The Open Source Hardware Association certification could help buyers hack into and copy products
November 22, 2016
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Open-source world resurrects Oracle-free Solaris project OmniOS
People power!
July 13, 2017
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OpenAI, DeepMind release Software Platforms to Train AI to Simulate Human Skills
OpenAI was created to democratize and decentralize artificial intelligence. the nonprofit came closer to that goal with the release of Universe, a platform that will allow anyone to create advanced AI agents as part of the group's ongoing research to make AI more human-like. Alphabet's DeepMind also released its own open source 3D virtual lab to help researchers train AI agents in real world-like environments.
December 5, 2016
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OpenBSD Founder Calling for LLVM to Face a Cataclysm Over Its Re-Licensing
For over one year there's been talk of LLVM pursuing a mass relicensing from its University of Illinois/NCSA Open Source License, which is similar to the three-clause BSD license, to the Apache 2.0 license with explicit mention of GPLv2 compatibility. as mentioned in that aforelinked article, this re-licensing is moving ahead. OpenBSD leader Theo de Raadt is predicting this could cause a major problem and is in fact hoping for it.
September 28, 2016
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Openness is key to working with Gen Z
Members of Generation Z operate openly by default. Are you ready to work with them?
April 13, 2017
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OpenOffice, after years of neglect, could shut down
As LibreOffice soars, OpenOffice management considers retiring the project.
September 2, 2016
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OpenShot 2.3 ships with real-time video transforms
Open source video editor OpenShot has just hit version 2.3 in what the developer calls "one of the biggest updates ever."
March 31, 2017
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OpenSSH Windows Nearing Completion
Microsoft announced today that efforts to integrate the open source Secure Shell (OpenSSH) protocol with Windows (Win32) are nearing completion.
May 1, 2017
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OpenStack Summit: a changing of the guard?
Did last week's OpenStack Summit in Barcelona mark a turning point for the project?
November 2, 2016
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OpenStreetView? you are no longer hostage to Google's car-driven vision
Deja vu for mapping nerds
December 14, 2016
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OpenToonz: Making high-end animation software accessible
Kostanstin Dmitriev is one of the pioneers making professional animation tools available for Linux users. His primary focus over the years has been the ongoing development of Synfig Studio, a 2D animation program. Konstantin has proven Synfig's power with the completion of his short film, "The Beautiful Queen Marya Morevna: Demo."
February 7, 2017
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OpenVPN 2.4 Released: Adds LZ4 Compression, Android Platform Support
A new version of the open-source OpenVPN virtual private network software stack is now available.
December 27, 2016
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Ops: It's everyone's job now
The last decade was all about teaching sysadmins to write code. The next challenge will be teaching operations to software developers.
July 28, 2017
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Oracle Might be Canning Solaris
Oracle might be pulling the plug on the Solaris operating system, at least according to some new rumors.
December 1, 2016
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Oracle Releases Open Source Container Utilities, Including A New Container Runtime Written in Rust
Oracle has released three open source container utilities including Smith, an Open Container Initiative (OCI) image-compliant container builder that creates "microcontainers" with a single executable and its dependencies; Crashcart, a microcontainer debugging tool that allows operators to sideload an image with Linux binaries into an existing container; and Railcar, a Rust-based alternative container runtime that implements the OCI-runtime specification.
July 10, 2017
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Organizing your music: Tagging as you rip
I think that I've always hated filing and organizing stuff. Equally, I always hate it when I can't find something because I haven't filed or organized it well. When it comes to enjoying my music, these two contradicting tendencies tend to show up when I try a new music player that can't figure out how my cover art is stored, can't find the correct cover image online because the album is unusual, or the version I have isn't correctly named.
February 15, 2017
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Overcoming language and distance barriers in open source projects
Open source communities were among the first to use the Internet to make the physical distance between people irrelevant. the Internet is a great tool, since it helps us collaborate wherever we are. It doesn't matter if you're having lunch at the Eiffel Tower or waking up in sunny San Francisco, the Internet has helped us connect people on deeper levels.
September 19, 2016
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Misc. - P

Password management made easy as news of CloudFlare leak surfaces
In the last 24 hours, news broke that a serious Cloudflare bug has been causing sensitive data leaks since September, exposing 5.5 million users across thousands of websites. In addition to login data cached by Google and other search engines, it is possible that some iOS applications have been affected as well. with the scale of this leak, the best course of action is to update every password for every site you have an account for. If there was ever a good time to modernize your password practices, this is it.
February 24, 2017
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Peering into complex, tiny structures with 3D analysis tool tomviz
The future of technology is being built at the tiniest scales and now demands tools for 3D design and analysis.
March 30, 2017
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Performance made easy with Linux containers
Performance for an application determines how quickly your software can complete the intended task. It answers questions about the application, such as:
February 1, 2017
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Perl and the birth of the dynamic web
The fascinating story of Perl's role in the dynamic web spans newsgroups and mailing lists, computer science labs, and continents.
November 3, 2016
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Perl might be old school, but it continues to attract new users
A contribution-based network helps keep Perl fresh and relevant.
October 30, 2016
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Phoronix Test Suite 6.6 Officially Released for Open-Source Cross-Platform Benchmarking
Phoronix Test Suite 6.6.0-Loppa is now officially available as the latest quarterly update to our open-source benchmarking software for Linux, BSD, Solaris, Windows, OS X, and Hurd platforms.
September 6, 2016
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Python scripts to automatically replace text in Scribus
Need to swap out text in Scribus? These scripts may help.
May 17, 2017
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Pi Zero Wireless out now for $10
Today, on the fifth anniversary of the release of the original Raspberry Pi, the Foundation has released Pi Zero W, a Pi Zero with built-in WiFi and Bluetooth, for $10.
February 28, 2017
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Platform9 Introduce 'Kube2Go' Alongside Managed Kubernetes and 'Fission' Serverless Framework
Platform9 have released 'Kube2Go', a web-UI driven Kubernetes cluster deployment service, which complements their recently launched multi-cloud managed Kubernetes offering and 'Fission' open source serverless framework that runs on top of Kubernetes.
March 21, 2017
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Popular Windows development UI library goes open source
User interface controls are important to creating applications for use across different devices as they need to retain the native look and feel of the OS.
February 9, 2017
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Post Unity 8 Ubuntu shock? Relax, Linux has been here before
Shaping up for a Red Hat or SUSE future
May 2, 2017
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Power Up your UWP Projects with OSS Telerik UI for UWP Controls
Looking for some great UWP controls for your next project? some LOB (Line of Business) controls like charts, grids, gauges, radial menus and more? Want it cheap? don't mind not having access to "Commercial support?" Oh, and you want the source too?
February 15, 2017
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PowerShell and Python Interoperability
PowerShell and Python Interoperability demo by Jeffrey Snover, Technical Fellow and Bruce Payette, Principal Software Engineer
August 25, 2016
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Preserving languages and cultures in India: the birth of the Tulu Wikipedia
After eight years of effort and outreach, the Tulu language Wikipedia has gone live. Wikimedia contributors play a key role in preserving languages and cultures, and tools like the Wikimedia Incubator help new projects like the Tulu Wikipedia get started.
August 26, 2016
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Proceed with caution when rolling back programs like work-from-home
Removing programs designed to foster openness can be tricky--even destructive.
May 9, 2017
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Productivity hacks: Optimizing your workflow with open source
Opensource.com editors share some of their favorite productivity tools and tips to get stuff done.
November 28, 2016
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Program LEGO Mindstorms robots over WiFi with BrickPi
For the past year, I've been teaching students how to build and program robots using the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 platform. from the outset, I wanted to find a way to use Scratch and other open source programming languages to extend the capabilities of the platform.
March 3, 2017
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Proof that openness scales
Lessons from Slalom Consulting's successful growth prove that openness scales.
January 12, 2017
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Publisher's picks: Top 2016 open source books
What were your favorite tech books of 2016? we round up a few hot releases.
January 6, 2017
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Put Firefox DE and Chromium in blender. Devs... is it pure Blisk?
Depends who you're asking
November 1, 2016
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Putting the Hurt on Legacy Data Infrastructure
Emerging cloud-based technology, enhanced by open source, is offering a powerful challenge to legacy systems.
July 18, 2017
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Python and successive approximation
Learn how to do successive approximation in Python with this example script.
January 23, 2017
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Python file-management tricks for digital artists
Part 2: Python tricks for artists series
October 26, 2016
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Python scripting in Scribus: Making pie charts
Scribus is a robust open source page layout application developed with and relied upon by the open source community since 2001. According to the project's website, Scribus is built for Linux, FreeBSD, PC-BSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, and the program offers CMYK colors, spot colors, ICC color management and PDF creation.
December 12, 2016
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Python tricks for artists: how to add interactivity to any Python script
Catch up on the series, Python tricks for artists:
March 16, 2017
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Python versus C/C++ in embedded systems
The C/C++ programming languages dominate embedded systems programming, though they have a number of disadvantages. Python, on the other hand, has many strengths that make it a great language for embedded systems. Let's look at the pros and cons of each, and why you should consider Python for embedded programming.
August 29, 2016
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Python versus R for machine learning and data analysis
Machine learning and data analysis are two areas where open source has become almost the de facto license for innovative new tools. Both the Python and R languages have developed robust ecosystems of open source tools and libraries that help data scientists of any skill level more easily perform analytical work.
November 22, 2016
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Python versus Ruby: Which is best for web development?
These two are similar in some ways but are worlds apart in their approach to solving problems.
April 11, 2017
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Q&A with Greg Kurtzer from the GPU Technology Conference
NVIDIA made a number of announcements at the recently concluded GPU Tech Conference. In his keynote address Jensen Huang, the CEO of NVIDIA, talked about the rebirth of AI, Deep Learning, and of course the next generation GPU codenamed Volta, and how that would address some of the pain points in training Machine Learning algorithms.
June 6, 2017
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Q&A with Microsoft Azure Lead Architect John Gossman Regarding Joining the Linux Foundation
Microsoft joined the Linux Foundation as a Platinum member continuing its foray into open source.
January 10, 2017
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Qt versus Wx: how do two of the most popular Python frameworks compare?
Which Python GUI should you choose for your project?
April 4, 2017
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Misc. - R

Raspberry Pi continues to blaze new trails
This month's column comes from Raleigh, North Carolina where I attended all Things Open 2016! this post consists of the highlights of the lightning talk I gave at the conference, which covered the mission and purpose of Raspberry Pi, and our programs and outreach including Code Club for kids, Raspberry Jams, and Picademy.
November 7, 2016
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Raspberry Pi Foundation's Code Club teaches kids skills to compete in our digital world
In a post-Brexit Britain, Code Club hopes to help provide more opportunities for children and young people to develop the skills that will help them compete in an increasingly digital world.
August 26, 2016
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Raspberry Pi Zero W fixes networking omission
Low-cost, DIY computer corrects first-gen problem by putting WiFi and Bluetooth onboard.
May 10, 2017
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Real business innovation begins with open practices
To business leaders, "open source" often sounds too altruistic–and altruism is in short supply on the average balance sheet. But using and contributing to open source makes hard-nosed business sense, particularly as a way of increasing innovation.
September 29, 2016
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Recognizing active user contributors to OpenStack
Learn how the OpenStack community is working to find better ways to recognize those users who give back in ways other than code.
October 12, 2016
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.4 Beta is here
There is a common misconception that companies can't make money from open source solutions, such as Linux. While a company like Canonical -- maker of Ubuntu -- is in a state of confusion, Red Hat continues to see success in the enterprise. The company is quite profitable with is popular Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) operating system, serving as a great example for the open source community.
May 23, 2017
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 is here
Red Hat, Inc is a wonderful example of how a company can be successful with open source solutions. There is this misguided stereotype that Linux and open source are just hobbies and that contributors are typically anti-social misfits coding in mom's basement. If you believe such foolishness, I feel bad for you. Actually, Red Hat, Inc has made billions with open source, and its RHEL distribution is an excellent choice for the enterprise.
August 1, 2017
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Red Hat eye from the Ubuntu guy: Fedora -- how you doin'?
More than a mere RHEL release testbed
October 19, 2016
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Red Hat releases Next Generation of OpenShift Online
Red Hat has announced the initial availability of the next generation of OpenShift Online, the PaaS cloud application platform. this next edition is re-engineered to be built on top of OpenShift container platform, powered by open source tools such as Docker and Kubernetes.
May 11, 2017
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Red Hat tosses Ansible Galaxy into the open source gale
Take it, DevOps with it, bring it back -- if you want
October 12, 2016
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Red Hat updates OpenShift container platform with new service catalog
Red Hat issued its quarterly update to the OpenShift platform today, adding among other things, a Service Catalog that enables IT or third-party vendors to create connections to internal or external services.
August 9, 2017
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Releasing squbs 0.9.0
squbs (pronounced "sqewbs" and rhymes with "cubes") has already made past headlines (details) for its great performance and scalability. squbs 0.9 is the biggest update to squbs yet. It paves the road towards squbs 1.0. The updates in squbs 0.9 covers the following areas:
June 15, 2017
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Renault goes open source with next-gen electric buggy you might generously call 'a car'
while Google pushes its onboard sensor package
January 9, 2017
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Resolving to be more open in 2017
In its final #OpenOrgChat of 2016, the open organization community looked to the future.
December 22, 2016
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Resources for getting started with Python and machine learning
Advance from building a first program to building a neural network.
June 19, 2017
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Review: Ansible beefs up IT automation
Ansible 2 eases configuration management, while boosting playbooks, modules, and Windows support
October 12, 2016
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Review: GitLab rocks version control
Thanks to a solid foundation and delightful extras, this open source, version-control system is a serious contender
November 30, 2016
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Review: TensorFlow shines a light on deep learning
Google's open-source framework for machine learning and neural networks is fast and flexible, rich in models, and easy to run on CPUs or GPUs
October 5, 2016
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Review: the best frameworks for machine learning and deep learning
TensorFlow, Spark MLlib, Scikit-learn, MXNet, Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit, and Caffe do the math
February 3, 2017
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Revisit Colossal Cave with Open Adventure
Groundbreaking 1970s interactive fiction game Adventure gets new life--and new contributors--with an open source license.
June 21, 2017
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Rewriting the history of free software and computer graphics
Do you remember those days in the early nineties when most screensavers were showing flying 3D metallic logotypes? Did you have one?
February 21, 2017
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RC for the 21st Century: Introducing Riot
Learn how to get started with Riot, a multi-platform client that overcomes several of IRC's usability problems.
May 19, 2017
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Riak TS for time series analysis at scale
Until recently, doing time series analysis at scale was expensive and almost exclusively the domain of large enterprises. what made time series a hard and expensive problem to tackle? Until the advent of the NoSQL database, scaling up to meet increasing velocity and volumes of data generally meant scaling hardware vertically by adding CPUs, memory, or additional hard drives. When combined with database licensing models that charged per processor core, the cost of scaling was simply out of reach for most.
September 29, 2016
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Riot wants to be like Slack, but with the flexibility of an underlying open source platform
In the 'old days' there were plenty of messaging apps and aggregators, but they survived in an open source world. Today, business models dictate that platforms like Slack must keep their messages to themselves.
September 19, 2016
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Running Linux on your Chromebook with GalliumOS
A look at how to use GalliumOS to "penguinize" a Chromebook.
April 12, 2017
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Samsung Galaxy S7 Android 7.0 Nougat release date: When to expect the GS7's biggest software upgrade
It's possible – but by no means guaranteed – that updates for some models could arrive by the end of the year.
November 23, 2016
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Samsung Electronics Reinforces Powerful Tizen 3.0 SMART Signage Display Portfolio
Samsung Electronics today announced at InfoComm 2017 that its full SMART Signage lineup will be powered by the Tizen 3.0 operating system, the latest version of Samsung's cross-architecture open source software platform. Samsung will introduce its first Tizen 3.0 displays at the InfoComm 2017 tradeshow, beginning today.
June 14, 2017
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SAP buys big data startup Altiscale
SAP has officially announced that it has acquired the startup Altiscale, which offers cloud based versions of the Hadoop and Spark open source software for storing, processing and analyzing many different kinds of data.
September 29, 2016
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SAS: Open source software comes with hidden costs and problems
Open source technologies are great for organizations, but they're far from perfect. as a matter of fact, many of the open source technologies in use today come with hidden costs and problems. this is according to a new report by SAS, which was created on a poll of 300 executives across the UK and Ireland.
March 19, 2017
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Scaling an open culture and getting it right
Your organization's culture can create a strategic advantage. Scale it carefully.
May 30, 2017
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School systems desperate for standards-aligned curricula find hope
More than supplemental, Open Up Resources takes OERs to the next level.
January 24, 2017
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Schools that #GoOpen should #GoOpenSource
School administrators know that traditional proprietary textbooks are expensive. Teachers in budget-strapped schools often face shortages of textbooks. Worse, print content is usually out-of-date as soon as the ink dries on the page. There has to be something better than students hauling bulbous backpacks loaded with dead knowledge stamped on dead trees.
August 24, 2016
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Scott Hanselman Kicks Off the DEVintersection & anglebrackets Fall CountDown Show #1
Scott Hanselman and Richard Campbell discuss Microsoft's gradual embrace of open source, the intersection of technologies and how cool the DEVintersection & anglebrackets conference will be this fall Oct 25 - 29 in Las Vegas. Scott's opening keynote along with Microsoft Exec VP Scott Guthrie, Corp VP Stephen Guggenheimer, Corp VP Brad Andersen, Technical Fellow Jeffrey Snover and Google's Brad Green will excite the audience and keep them on the cutting edge.
September 8, 2016
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Search this database for inactive patents that are now in the public domain
In the U.S. patent system, if maintenance fees are not paid, an issued patent goes into the public domain. Find out how to search the database.
January 26, 2017
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Secured DevOps for microservices
What are some of the new security challenges, and what can you do about them?
November 4, 2016
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Security B-Sides conferences attract growing information security crowd
Learn more in this interview with Alex Norman, the co-director of Security B-Sides DC.
November 15, 2016
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Security-hardened Android, bounties for Tcl coders, and more open source news
A look at what's happening right now across the globe in open source.
November 17, 2016
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Selling open source the smart way
Open source software is experiencing huge growth, with a staggering 64% of companies currently participating in open source projects. But you probably know that already. What's more interesting to look at is how to sell it, and with a little luck, make some money to help support the people who develop your software and sustain your project.
August 1, 2016
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SharePoint Online Getting Enhanced Team Sites Capability this Month
Microsoft has completed its integration of SharePoint Team Sites with Office 365 Groups, and this new feature is expected to reach all SharePoint Online subscribers by the end of this month.
January 9, 2017
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Sharing America's code
White House senior advisor Alvand Salehi explains at OSCON why the federal government's support of open source is "here to stay."
May 18, 2017
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Shell scripting: An introduction to the shift method and custom functions
In Getting started with shell scripting, I covered the basics of shell scripting by creating a pretty handy "despacer" script to remove bothersome spaces from file names. now I'll expand that idea to an application that can swap out other characters, too. this introduces the shift method of parsing options as well as creating custom functions.
January 23, 2017
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Should GNOME Begin Replacing More C Code with Rust?
There's talk of potentially using more Rust code within the GNOME desktop environment as opposed to C/Vala code.
October 30, 2016
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Simplify expense reports with Smart Receipts
Open source mobile app helps you track and submit business expenses and offers white-label customization options.
May 17, 2017
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Snapdeal gives OpenStack a much-needed pre-summit fillip
A much-needed story of broad OpenStack adoption
September 7, 2016
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Solid state drives in Linux: Enabling TRIM for SSDs
After installing my first solid state drive (SSD) in a computer that was running Linux, I have begun to explore how to take care of them. Solid state drives are different than traditional magnetic drives in the way that they operate, and they require different care from the software side in order to function optimally.
January 25, 2017
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Solving the Linux kernel code reviewer shortage
Operating system security is top of mind right now, and Linux is a big part of that discussion. One of the questions to be solved is: how do we ensure that patches going upstream are properly reviewed?
October 5, 2016
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Sparking change with less pain: An open approach
Digital transformation demands a new approach to change management. Openness provides it.
August 3, 2017
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SparkyLinux 5.0 'Nibiru' Debian-based rolling release open source distro is here
There are a lot of Linux-based operating systems in the wild, and I suggest trying as many as you can. Think of it like fruit -- apples are great, but you shouldn't stop after just tasting it. The world is full of different choices, such as mangoes, bananas, and oranges. The more you try, the more your knowledge expands. The same can be said of Linux -- even if you really like, say, Ubuntu, you should also test Fedora, Mageia, and more. Expand your mind!
July 17, 2017
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Squeeze Pi: Adventures in home audio
Using an old Raspberry Pi and open source Logitech software, an audiophile creates a streaming music system for the home office.
May 22, 2017
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SSM Uses Red Hat Technology to Modernize IT Infrastructure
Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that it has been selected by SSM (Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia) to support the development of a new and advanced gateway for the registration of companies and businesses in Malaysia. Mesiniaga Berhad, a systems integrator with 35 years of experience, is the primary implementer for this initiative.
March 1, 2017
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Stabilizing the world of hot and fast containers
Containers are moving targets in multiple ways. with multiple tools, frameworks, implementations, and use cases to accomplish any task, it can be a fast-moving chaotic container world, which is a natural consequence of being young and popular.
August 24, 2016
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Standing in the Shadow of Giants
The narrative fallacy is that past events prefigure the future. It is especially common in biographies, where the subject's early life is reduced down to a collection of events that suggest that their future path was obvious, if you only knew how to look. It ignores all the other people who did almost the same thing, and ended up somewhere else entirely.
December 23, 2016
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Star Trek: inspiring people and their tech since 1964
Star Trek has inspired fans, technologies, and careers ever since its creation in 1964 and debut in 1966.
September 20, 2016
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Stateful containerized applications with Kubernetes
To date, almost all of the talk about containers and microservices has been about "stateless" applications. this is entirely understandable because stateless applications are simply easier.
February 27, 2017
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Still reeling, SourceForge looks to the future
This is Part 2 in a two-part series about when selling a site means selling a community. (Read Part 1: When selling a site means selling a community.)
March 8, 2016
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Stop searching for projects and start searching for bugs
When you're new to open source, you'll find yourself asking:
November 7, 2016
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Student's open source project takes him around the world
I discovered open source software while I was a student at the University of Lome in Togo in 2004. from that very first day, I was in love with the philosophy and knew this would be a big part of my life.
September 7, 2016
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Students and professors work across the aisle during Election Night Hackathon
Election night for the US presidential election as come and gone, but the memory of our hackathon lives on.
December 14, 2016
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Survey seeks to discover the motivations behind open source contributions
This anonymous survey takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete.
March 28, 2017
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SUSE buys HPE's Cloud Foundry and OpenStack assets
SUSE has announced that it will acquire OpenStack and Cloud Foundry from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) in a move to accelerate the company's growth and entry into new markets.
December 1, 2016
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Swift is now open source!
We are excited by this new chapter in the story of Swift. After Apple unveiled the Swift programming language, it quickly became one of the fastest growing languages in history.
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Sysadmin tips, home automation projects, and more in July
The Opensource.com preview for July
July 3, 2017
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Tapitoo OpenCart: An open source e-commerce mobile app
Tapitoo OpenCart is an open source online store app designed to help online stores increase their visibility and make a greater impact in their most competitive markets. we decided to develop and app that can make the integration with the biggest e-commerce backend solutions, as well as with custom stores, as seamless as possible.
January 3, 2017
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Technical documentation doesn't have to be dull
Earlier this year, I described three important characteristics of good documentation: concise, consistent, and simple. Good word choice, I wrote, is important for understanding and translation. But that doesn't mean it has to be dry and boring.
August 30, 2016
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TEE Proposed for Merging In Linux 4.12: "Trusted" Execution Environment
The ARM folks have requested that the TEE subsystem and OP-TEE drivers be included in Linux 4.12, the Trusted Execution Environment.
May 10, 2017
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Testing Linux hardware compatibility with USB sticks
Want to select hardware that works with your favorite Linux distribution? Try it out first with USB stick in the store.
April 27, 2017
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The 4 components of a great decision
What makes a "good" open decision? this checklist offers some answers.
March 28, 2017
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The 5 most common support issues for open source developers
67% of developers in this survey say they are expected to be responsible for support.
October 11, 2016
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The answer to Internet of Things madness? Open source, of course!
We chat with hub makers WigWag
October 17, 2016
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The Architecture of Open Source Applications
Architects look at thousands of buildings during their training, and study critiques of those buildings written by masters. In contrast, most software developers only ever get to know a handful of large programs well–usually programs they wrote themselves–and never study the great programs of history. as a result, they repeat one another's mistakes rather than building on one another's successes.
February 2, 2017
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The benefits of tracking issues publicly
In open organizations, tracking to-do items online can turn customers into colleagues.
February 9, 2017
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The best minds in open source gather at OpenStack Summit Boston
We're in this together, and together we can blow some minds with the power of collaboration.
April 19, 2017
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The best way to develop software with effective security
Regardless of the level at which you're doing your programming, security is going to get in the way. No amount of application abstraction or modern development process seems capable of shielding developers from the barriers raised by security.
September 23, 2016
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The Blog of Safia Abdalla
I tweet a lot about the actions that open source maintainers and contributors can take in order to make their open source projects more inclusive, welcoming, and healthy.
December 5, 2016
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The changing face of the hybrid cloud
Terms and concepts around cloud computing are still new, but evolving.
July 7, 2017
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The decline of GPL?
A little while ago I saw an interesting tweet from Stephen O'Grady at RedMonk on the state of open source licensing, including this graph.
February 13, 2017
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The development of Ziltag, an open source image annotation tool
Ziltag is an open source image annotation tool that allows you to tag and comment directly on any web images. Ziltag is an easy to use web plugin to discuss, collaborate, showcase, and explore on images and it consists of an API server, an UI server, and a JavaScript plugin.
May 10, 2017
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The difference between development and deployment
for many years, I was a Smalltalk programmer, and that experience gives me a different viewpoint from which to observe ideas in the programming world. for example, the idea that source code should be stored in text files took some getting used to.
January 11, 2017
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The evolution of OpenStack
Learn how the OpenStack community is adapting to meet the changing needs of open source cloud computing users.
May 5, 2017
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The first open source 3D printer filament
IC3D's new open source plastic filament for 3D printers means libre options for the entire 3D tool chain.
May 31, 2017
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The iconic text editor Vim celebrates 25 years
Turn back the dial of time a bit. No, keep turning... a little more... there! Over 25 years ago, when some of your professional colleagues were still toddlers, Bram Moolenaar started working on a text editor for his Amiga.
November 4, 2016
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The impact GitHub is having on your software career
Over the next 12 to 24 months (in other words, between 2018 and 2019), how people hire software developers will change radically.
March 9, 2017
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The IRS spaffed $12m on Office 365 subscription IT NEVER USED
Taxman can audit all your accounts, but can't tell cloud from on-premises
October 14, 2016
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The Linux Foundation launches IoT-focused open source EdgeX Foundry, Ubuntu-maker Canonical joins
The Internet of Things is gaining in popularity just as many pundits have predicted for years. Having a connected home is easy and cost effective, thanks to devices like Amazon Echo, WeMo lights, and Nest thermostats. It really is an exciting time to be a tech-enthusiast consumer.
April 24, 2017
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The must-have features for Perl 6
Perl 6 came out in general release around Christmas 2015, and since then I've heard a lot of questions about it, both from people in and out of the Perl community. Jeff Goff is a longtime member of the Perl community and a good friend who's been heavily involved in Perl 6 development, so I asked him a few of the questions from what I've been hearing others ponder.
September 23, 2016
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The next big challenge for open source: rich collaboration software
There's a lot of room for improvement in file sync and share, and the open source community is in the ideal position to add the killer features we're all waiting for.
May 1, 2017
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The new replication features in MySQL 8
The new replication features in MySQL 8.0 make operations easier and help users to better observe what is happening inside the replication pipeline.
April 21, 2017
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The Open Source Duty
I would like to vent out some grievances against large corporations (including personally me), mostly IT giants, whose entire lines of businesses are dependent on open source software. Most of these corporations use FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) for almost everything Engineering related. They do not spend a dime on the languages, tools and frameworks that create the applications for their clients whom they charge exorbitantly.
July 26, 2017
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The open-source BeagleBone Blue board can be the brain inside robots and drones
BeagleBone Blue has all the components needed to on a build a robot on a credit-card sized board.
March 14, 2017
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The physical computing capabilities of the Raspberry Pi
While the Raspberry Pi is an excellent and affordable mini Linux computer with a stylish and functional desktop user interface, it has plenty of scope beyond that of a regular PC. Here's an overview of the physical computing capabilities of the Pi.
March 14, 2017
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The power of open source is customer freedom
The open source community is a diverse and fractious collection of individuals and organizations. In its infancy, in many ways it could be compared to the hippie movements of the '60s: a lot of passion, a lot of fun, a lot of weirdness, and not a lot of organization. Over the last decade or so, it has evolved into a respected software development force that relies on the support of its members.
October 10, 2016
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The power of open, inclusive decisions
On March 30, 2017, the open organization community gathered on Twitter to discuss open decision making.
April 7, 2017
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The Power of Participation at Red Hat Forum 2016
Red Hat just held their 6th Red Hat Forum here in Kuala Lumpur on the 6th of October 2016. the theme at Red Hat Forum 2016 was "Power of Participation", building on Red Hat's vision of enterprises transforming themselves and/or creating new innovations by participating in and collaborating on open source software.
October 7, 2016
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The problem with software before standards
Open source projects need to get serious about including standards in their deliverables.
July 4, 2017
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The quest for a great text editor: a brief intro to Notepad++
The real power of Notepad++ starts to show up when you want to edit code.
December 16, 2016
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The Queue: how did you discover Linux?
Welcome to the Queue, a new Q&A column I'll be writing for Opensource.com. Although typically I will be answering questions from readers, sometimes I'll switch that around and ask readers a question. with Linux turning 25 today, I thought it would be interesting to see how we all discovered the operating system. I'll start.
August 25, 2016
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The Red Hat Mobile Application Platform Revealed!
Red Hat is the world's leading provider of open source solutions to major enterprises worldwide. But one thing people may not be aware of is that they also provide a mobile application platform. the Red Hat Mobile Application Platform is open source, of course, in keeping with the Red Hat philosophy.
April 24, 2017
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The siren song of Hadoop
Hadoop provides power and versatility for data scientists, at the cost of complexity.
May 23, 2017
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The story behind Kiwix, an offline content provider
Kiwix powers offline Wikipedia and provides other content to users, like all of the Stack Exchange websites.
June 29, 2017
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These 3 practices revolutionized Penn Manor's school culture
Learn how to gather feedback in the round, delete sit-and-get training, and take student feedback brick-by-brick.
July 27, 2017
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Think open organizations are chaotic? Think again
There is and always shall be order in the universe. all things have order of some form.
March 8, 2016
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This is how you OpenStack: 6 new guides and tutorials
Want to learn more about the ins and outs of OpenStack? These free resources could be just what you need.
June 29, 2017
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TIDAL Shuts Down TIDAL Downloader Tool
Just days after its official release, the TIDAL downloading tool "TiDown" is already in trouble. the music streaming service wasted no time and quickly pulled it offline, with help from GitHub. the developer doesn't plan to fight the takedown request, but it will be very hard to prevent the open source code from spreading.
September 2, 2016
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Tilix brings powerful terminal emulation to Fedora
One of the top new features in Fedora 26, Tilix is a powerful, flexible, and easy to use terminal emulator.
July 27, 2017
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Tips and top presentations from Write the Docs Portland 2017
Three tips for writing better documentation and four recommended talks from the conference.
July 14, 2017
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Tips for building your own maker workspace
I firmly believe that in the absence of any intentional organizational strategy a person's workspace becomes a reflection of their mind. Like bits of knowledge stored in the brain, tools and assets instinctively find themselves organized in a way that feels right to the individual.
October 7, 2016
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Tips for contributing to a complex and large project like OpenStack
Emily Wilson, a QA Engineer, talks about her first year working in the OpenStack community.
October 20, 2016
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Tips for non-native English speakers working on open source projects
The primary language of most open source projects is English, but open source users and contributors span the globe. Non-native speakers face many communication and cultural challenges when participating in the ecosystem.
January 13, 2017
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Tips from a software engineer for a balanced life
Kent Dodds is a busy, busy guy. He's a full stack JavaScript engineer at PayPal, hosts JavaScript Air, co-hosts React30, is an instructor on Egghead.io, is a Google Developer Expert, and spends a lot of time on Twitter and GitHub.
October 5, 2016
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To build or buy software: Ask these 5 questions first
Whether to build versus buy software is a common question, especially for CTOs, CIOs and technical leads working on high-tech products and services.
October 17, 2016
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To compete or to collaborate? 4 criteria for making the call
Find out why different situations call for different approaches.
June 22, 2017
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To gamify or not to gamify community
Human beings are inherently playful creatures. from birth, play has an important function in our lives–from skills acquisition, to competition and beyond. we continue this love affair with play throughout sports, video games, and even catching animated animals in Pokemon Go.
September 13, 2016
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Today's #OpenOrgChat: Open organizations and DevOps
Join us at 2 p.m. Eastern for a live chat on Twitter.
October 20, 2016
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Tools for collecting and analyzing community metrics
Thus far, we've discussed the importance of setting goals to guide the metrics process, avoiding vanity metrics, and outlined the general types of metrics that are useful for studying your community.
November 23, 2016
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Tools for writing the next best seller
Don't you wish you could write a novel? I always did. it's such a daunting and convoluted undertaking. how can anyone even organize and keep track of all the plots and characters? I have started a few stories, but quickly abandoned them because I just couldn't seem to write anything cohesive that seemed worthy of showing to other people.
September 30, 2016
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Top 3 machine learning libraries for Python
Learn about three of the most popular machine learning libraries for Python.
February 24, 2017
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Top 3 questions job seekers ask in open source
As a recruiter working in the open source world, I love that I interact every day with some of the smartest people around. I get to hear about the cool projects they're working on and what they think about the industry, and when they are ready for a new challenge. I get to connect them to companies that are quietly changing the world.
November 9, 2016
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Top 4 CDN services for hosting open source libraries
Content delivery networks accelerate your website's images, CSS files, JS files, and other static content.
April 26, 2017
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Top 4 JavaScipt code editors
JavaScript is everywhere, and its ubiquitous presence on the web is undeniable. Every app uses it in one form or another. and any developer who is serious about the web should learn JavaScript. If you already know it, be sure to continue learning new frameworks, libraries, and tools, because JavaScript is a living, evolving language.
March 6, 2017
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Top 4 reasons I use dwm for my Linux window manager
A window manager handles the sizing and arrangement of the windows you open, among other things.
July 18, 2017
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Top 5 programming languages for DevOps
We round up five of the top programming languages for DevOps and a few handy learning resources for each.
April 10, 2017
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Top 5: 4 reasons to create an open source program office, Linux for musicians, and more
In this week's Top 5, we highlight four reasons to create an open source program office, why using open document formats could create a domino effect, a musician's My Linux Story, Jono Bacon on how gamification can help onboard new contributors, and three open source alternatives to PowerPoint.
September 16, 2016
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Top 5: 10 tips for IoT home automation, Configuration management tools, and more
In this week's Top 5, we highlight tips for home-IoT projects, a deep dive into configuration management, tips for getting started with Wordpress development, a successful middle school Linux program, and a brief introduction to animation with CSS and JavaScript.
September 30, 2016
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Top 5: 20 Linux commands, Raspberry Pi clock, and more
In this week's top 5, we highlight sysadmins, Raspberry Pi clocks, and more.
July 28, 2017
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Top 5: Alternatives to Office 365, Why do you love Linux?, and more
In this week's Top 5, we highlight Docear for researchers, one Linux user's journey in keeping modern firmwares current, 25 reasons our readers love Linux, three command-line music players, and open source web-based office suite alternatives.
August 26, 2016
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Top 5: Amazon Echo alternatives, a tutorial on the /dev directory on Linux, and more
In this week's Top 5, we highlight open source alternatives to the Amazon Echo, a tutorial on the /dev directory for your devices in Linux, our annual holiday gift guide for open source enthusiasts, 15 JavaScript frameworks and libraries to try, and open source alternatives to LastPass.
December 2, 2016
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Top 5: Brewing beer, home automation basics, and more
In this week's Top 5, we highlight brewing beer, home automation basics, software standards, Node-RED on a Raspberry Pi, and LinchPin for the cloud.
July 7, 2017
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Top 5: Building great CLIs, an open source 2D gaming engine, and more
In this week's Top 5, we highlight tools for building great command-line UIs, an open source 2D game engine, mechanical keyboards, and more.
May 12, 2017
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Top 5: Disk space management on Linux, Container orchestration with Kubernetes, and more
In this week's top 5, we highlight a guide to Logical Volume Management on Linux, container orchestration systems, successful project manager tips, writing with bibisco, and a new My Linux Story.
September 23, 2016
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Top 5: Dropping GPL license usage, a quick intro to tmux, and more
In this week's Top 5, I highlight dropping GPL license usage, sample data for apps with the tool Elizabeth, a tale of a brief career in open source, a muscian's journey from distro to distro, and a quick intro to tmux.
February 17, 2017
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Top 5: Eclipse Che, open source at Capital One, and more
In this week's Top 5, we highlight an introduction to Eclipse Che, this year's open source initiatives from Capital One, one way to address open source's free rider problem, and nine rules for caring for open source communities.
November 18, 2016
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Top 5: Five incorrect ways to exit Vim, Getting started with Go, and more
In this week's Top 5, we're learning to talk, learning new languages, and learning to quit.
June 16, 2017
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Top 5: Four calendar tools, Linux frontier for young developer, and more
This week, we highlight four open source calendar tools, last week's open source news roundup, a My Linux Story, tools for writing a novel, and tips for a balanced life in tech.
October 7, 2016
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Top 5: Functional programming, Python frameworks, and more
In this week's Top 5, we highlight mocking web APIs with Flashback, the secret (or not so secret) role of sustainers in open source, validating certificates with Golang, building GUIs with Python frameworks, and a fly-by introduction to functional programming.
April 7, 2017
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Top 5: Getting started with Python, Ansible to manage PostgreSQL, and more
In this week's Top 5, we highlight machine learning, games, DevOps, and more!
June 23, 2017
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Top 5: Hot programming trends, how Linux got to be Linux, and more
I took a break in December from the Top 5 to refresh and reflect. It was great, but I'm excited to be back with you. So, in this week's edition, the first of 2017, I bring you the 5 articles from the past three weeks (December 16 - January 6) that have topped the charts with readers.
January 6, 2017
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Top 5: how to speed up your MySQL queries, 4 types of OpenStack Neutron networks, and more
In this week's Top 5, we highlight articles on how to speed up your MySQL queries, four types of OpenStack Neutron networks, a guide to Linux syscalls, cross-platform development with Python, and how Jim Hall of FreeDOS got started with Linux.
May 5, 2017
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Top 5: Interactive calculator for the Linux command-line, ten tools for sysadmins, and more
In this week's Top 5, we highlight why the operating system matters, getting started with Raspberry Pi, seven projects you might have missed in 2016, ten tools for sysadmins, and an interactive calculator for the Linux command-line.
December 9, 2016
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Top 5: Internet-in-a-Box on the Raspberry Pi, strengths of the D programming language, and more
In this week's Top 5, we highlight internet access with the Internet-in-a-Box on the Raspberry Pi, the features of the D programming language that makes it great for collaborative software development, how to use the SquuezePi to create a streaming music system for the home office, a longtime Python developer's software engineering rules and testing best practices, and an introduction to the IRC client, Riot.
May 26, 2017
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Top 5: Intro to the Linux boot, a primer on the ESP8266 board, and more
In this week's top 5, I highlight an intro to the Linux boot, a primer on the ESP8266 board, Linux command-line tools for data analysis, a Python script to find corrupted images, and open source applications for a Windows machine.
February 24, 2017
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Top 5: Kubernetes on the Raspberry Pi, Securing your Raspberry Pi, and more
In this week's Top 5, we highlight Kubernetes on the Raspberry Pi, securing your Raspberry Pi, services for securing your email, making things cheaper with your 3D printer, and why users choose Linux and open source software.
March 24, 2017
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Top 5: Learn to code, innovative uses for C#, machine learning, and more
In this week's Top 5, we have a whole heaping bucket of programmery goodness. We're controlling clouds, helping machines learn, using C#, discovering the best route to learning to code in a new language, and figuring out how to get started programming in the first place. it's the week of filling up the space in your braincase!
April 28, 2017
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Top 5: Lightweight email clients, Raspberry Pi in education, net neutrality, and more
In this week's top 5, we come to you from PyCon AU in Melbourne, Australia!
August 4, 2017
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Top 5: Linux containers evolution, Bash prompt tips, and more
In this week's Top 5, we highlight the evolution of Linux containers evolution, Bash prompt tips, how to use a man page, Linux image viewers, and how to manage creative assets with Planter.
July 14, 2017
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Top 5: Linux filesystems, your favorite "old" programming language, and more
In this week's Top 5, we highlight Linux filesystems, your favorite "old" programming language, running commands at shutdown on Linux, and Perl's new school users and old school history.
November 4, 2016
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Top 5: Linux hardware, open source tools for college, and more
In this week's Top 5, we highlight education, Linux-friendly hardware, and more.
June 9, 2017
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Top 5: Machine learning with Python, Arduino upgrades for your car, and more
In this week's Top 5, we highlight machines, machine learning, and learning. Plus there's a look at two of the most popular Linux desktop environments.
June 2, 2017
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Top 5: Most common Linux issues, Exercism for programming skills, and more
In this week's Top 5, we highlight common Linux issues, Exercism to improve your programming skills, how to get started as an open source programmer, a few to-do list managers, and Clang-format for clean code.
January 13, 2017
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Top 5: No-nos for JavaScript frameworks and Python coding, and more
In this week's Top 5, we highlight Python, JavaScript, and more.
June 30, 2017
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Top 5: Orange Pi tiny computer, Cozy for personal clouds, and more
In this week's Top 5, we highlight a review of the Orange Pi tiny computer; Cozy for personal clouds; how to improve your online security; staying organized with a desktop wiki; and Linux containers and performance.
February 3, 2017
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Top 5: Picking the new Bash logo, 9 lessons from Linux kernel development, and more
In this week's Top 5, we highlight a story of how the new Bash logo was picked; 9 lessons from Greg Kroah-Hartman, a Linux kernel maintainer; a look back at computing in 1989; 7 Google open source releases in 2016; and, 3 web browsers for the Linux command line.
December 16, 2016
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Top 5: Projects for Raspberry Pi at home, how to write fast Python, and more
In this week's top 5, we highlight projects for Raspberry Pi at home, how to write fast and thread-safe Python, 12 ways to study a new programming language, a Linux-friendly amplifier for listening to music, and 3 open source boilerplate web design templates.
April 21, 2017
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Top 5: Python versus C/C++ for embedded systems, an introduction to Linux network routing, and more
In this week's Top 5, I highlight a comparison of Python and C/C++ for embedded systems, an introduction to Linux network routing, a chat with Automotive Grade Linux, a look at FarmBot for your small farming needs, and Ben Cotton's take on how to write documentation.
September 2, 2016
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Top 5: Raspberry Pi and Arduino projects, JavaScript editors, and more
In this week's Top 5, we highlight terminal multiplexers, gardening, JavaScript editors, and a couple of Raspberry Pi projects.
March 10, 2017
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Top 5: Raspberry Pi physical computing, Fedora 25 install, and more
In this week's Top 5, we highlight articles from our Raspberry Pi series to celebrate Pi Day, the IDEs of March, and Python scripts.
March 17, 2017
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Top 5: Raspberry Pi tornado warning system, 4 open boards for IoT development, and more
In this week's Top 5, we highlight a tornado warning system built with a Raspberry Pi, 4 open hardware boards for IoT development, public libraries and open source, tips for creating your own maker workspace, and three attributes of an open leader you should know.
October 14, 2016
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Top 5: Raspberry Pi Week, 15 podcasts for FOSS fans, and more
In this week's Top 5, we highlight... well, a lot of Raspberry Pi! Pi day was on Monday this week, and we made it a week-long series, publishing a new Raspberry Pi project everyday. we also have an honorable mention this week because Jason van Gumster's list of favorite FOSS-related podcasts also hit it big with readers during our Pi Week.
March 18, 2016
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Top 5: Shell scripting, the Cinnamon Linux desktop environment, and more
In this week's Top 5, we highlight how to get started with shell scripting, open leadership, the Cinnamon Linux desktop environment, contributing to the Mozilla project, and writing web apps with R using Shiny.
January 20, 2017
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Top 5: Solid state drives in Linux, Brotli compression algorithm, and more
In this week's Top 5, we highlight solid state drives in Linux; a new compression algorithm for faster Internet; Python and successive approximation; rsync to back up your Linux system; the shift method and custom functions for shell scripting.
January 27, 2017
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Top 5: Sysadmin and Linux stories, Perl tricks, and more
In this week's Top 5, we highlight two Linux stories, one of theoritical physics and another of the olden days of Linux; and three articles that are part of this week's sysadmin series celebrating System Administration Apprecaition day (Perl tricks, revision control, and horror stories).
July 29, 2016
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Top 5: Time management tools, FOSS cryptography, and more
In this week's Top 5, we highlight time management tools; thoughts on FOSS cryptography; tips and resources for MySQL beginners; Python file-management tricks for digital artists; and 12 open source games for Android.
October 28, 2016
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Top 5: Vi-mode in your shell, Scratch and Logo, and more
In this week's Top 5, we highlight vi-mode editing, teaching programming with Scratch, command shells, DIY smog sensors in Germany, and how to harness open source powers for humanitarian efforts.
March 31, 2017
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Top 5: Vim plugins for writers, Raspberry Pi's PIXEL OS, and more
In this week's Top 5, I highlight favorite vim plugins, Getting started with PIXEL OS, OpenToonz for Linux users, GNOME 3 extensions, and careers in open source.
February 10, 2017
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Top 7 Linux games of 2016
What were the hot Linux games of the year? we pick a few favorites.
December 29, 2016
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Top 9 GNOME shell extensions to customize your desktop Linux experience
Optimize your Linux desktop to better meet your needs with these must-have GNOME 3 shell extensions.
February 9, 2017
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Top 10 and editor's picks: December review
We look back at popular articles, must-reads, and highlights from December.
January 6, 2017
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Top 10 and editor's picks: November review
Opensource.com brought in 646,540 unique visitors, an all-time record, who generated 1,044,509 page views in November. we published 94 articles, including a DIY series. we also started our annual Open Source Yearbook series.
December 5, 2016
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Top 10 and editor's picks: October review
We look back at October's most popular articles and editor's picks.
November 7, 2016
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Top 10 and editor's picks: September review
In September Opensource.com published 87 articles, including 2 series: DrupalCon Dublin and Open Source Worldwide. we also started our all Things Open 2016 series, which will run through October. we welcomed 21 new authors, and our community moderators contributed 21 articles.
October 7, 2016
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Top 10 and highlights: April review
Let's look back at a few of the highlights from the past month.
May 4, 2017
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Top 10 and highlights: May review
Opensource.com welcomed 27 new authors in May and set a new page view record.
June 9, 2017
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Top 10 FOSS legal stories in 2016
The year 2016 resulted in several important developments that affect the FOSS ecosystem. While they are not strictly "legal developments" they are important for the community.
February 16, 2017
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Top 10 Linux news stories of 2016
The past year was packed with Linux anniversaries and announcements. Which ones made our top 10 list? Read on to find out.
December 27, 2016
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Top 10 open source projects of 2016
In our annual list of the year's top open source projects, we look back at popular projects our writers covered in 2016, plus favorites our Community Moderators picked.
December 25, 2016
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Top open source conference picks for 2017
Many of you reading this will be fans of open source who would love to get out and meet open source leaders, companies, and users at conferences. with most of us having to prioritize conferences either due to budgetary or family reasons (or both), knowing which events we should prioritize can be difficult.
December 13, 2016
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Top open source creative tools in 2016
Whether you want to manipulate images, edit audio, or animate stories, there's a free and open source tool to do the trick.
December 22, 2016
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Top open source projects to watch in 2017
No one has a crystal ball to see the future of technology. Even for projects developed out in the open, code alone can't tell us whether or not a project is destined for success–but there are hints along the way. for example, perhaps it's not unreasonable to assume that the projects that will help shape our future are those projects that have first seen rapid growth and popularity among the developer community.
December 28, 2016
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Top Seven Features of ECMAScript 6 (ES 6)
The first edition of ECMAScript was brought to life approximately twenty years ago in 1997, but the first successful edition of it–ECMAScript 3 (ES 3)–was released two years later. ES 3 introduced a number of features that turned into part and parcel of the language, namely regular expressions, new control statements, better string handling, and so forth.
October 10, 2016
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Traditional marketing is dead
The power of partners is incalculable. Again and again, open source communities prove that to all of us at Red Hat. the more smart people you assemble as you undertake an important endeavor, the more effective, flexible, and innovative the solutions you'll discover.
September 13, 2016
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TravelSpirit aims to deliver 'Mobility as a Service' for the community
TravelSpirit is a new enterprise that is fusing together disparate open source community projects linked to new Mobility Services (NMS), Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), Personal Data Stores (PDS), and public transit into a global architecture and commons of OSI-approved licensed code. by deploying the code, TravelSpirit's goal is to create a new cooperative platform that will provide the public a "lifestyle enabler" called Mobility as a Service.
September 2, 2016
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Troubleshooting tips for the 5 most common Linux issues
Learn how to tackle the most common challenges Linux desktop users encounter.
January 9, 2017
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Try Raspberry Pi's PIXEL OS on your PC
Over the last four years, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has put a great deal of effort into optimizing Raspbian, its port of Debian, for Pi hardware, including creating new educational software, programming tools, and a nicer looking desktop.
February 6, 2017
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Twitter Open Sources Stream Processing Engine Heron
Twitter announced the open sourcing of Heron, a stream-processing engine that is a successor to Apache Storm. Heron is backwards compatible with Apache Storm, which eases its adoption amongst developers. Heron has replaced Apache Storm as the stream data processing engine inside Twitter due to its scalability, debug-ability, ability to work in a shared cluster infrastructure and better performance.
September 29, 2016
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Two great uses for the cp command
Linux's copy command makes quick work of making specialized backups.
July 4, 2017
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Two open source secure email services
Keep your email private with the help of these two open source services for securing your email
March 22, 2017
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Tying together the many open source projects in networking
The Open Platform for Network Functions Virtualization (OPNFV) is driven more by iterative code releases than by heavyweight up-front standardization efforts.
February 24, 2017
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Misc. - U

Uber's open source data visualization tool now goes beyond maps
You may not be aware, but Uber offers an open source version of the data visualization framework it uses internally, called deck.gl. the tool was made available to anyone via open source license last November, and now it's getting some key updates that should help make it more useful to external teams and individuals looking for interesting ways to take their data and turn it into compelling visual representations.
April 6, 2017
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Ubuntu 17.10 Proceeding With Transition From LightDM To GDM
As part of the switch over to the GNOME Shell desktop environment by default for Ubuntu 17.10, they are also abandoning the LightDM display/log-in manager in favor of GNOME's GDM.
June 22, 2017
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Ubuntu joins the Windows Store Linux party
It has been well-established that Microsoft is a friend of open source. The company releases many projects on GitHub, and recently, the Windows-maker became a Cloud Foundry Foundation Gold Member. During Build 2017, the company even shocked the world by announcing it was bringing Linux distributions to the Windows Store.
July 10, 2017
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Ubuntu Linux 17.10 'Artful Aardvark' Alpha 2 is ready for testing
Ubuntu is one of the best Linux distributions around. What? You thought it became insanely popular by accident? Actually, its success is bred from being stable, easy to use, and having a really great community for beginners. Not to mention, it has many different "flavors" (desktop environments), allowing the user to find the best experience based on their preferences.
July 28, 2017
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Ubuntu Linux uncertainty continues as Canonical CEO walks away
Ubuntu is in a very weird and uncertain place right now. If you have been following the Linux distribution lately, you would know that Canonical dropped some bombshell news that it was killing the Unity desktop environment, along with its tablet, phone, and convergence plans. this was shocking, as the company sunk a lot of resources into these things, and now it looks like all that time and money was wasted.
April 12, 2017
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Ubuntu Linux-maker Canonical wins award for convergence efforts
In computing, convergence -- having a single device to serve many roles -- is a popular idea. Using the power of a smartphone to serve as a desktop, for instance, is a great way to save money and reduce waste. Unfortunately, there really have not been any successful convergence devices in practice. Microsoft famously tried with Windows 10 Mobile, but consumers didn't seem to care about Continuum.
February 28, 2017
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Ubuntu Mate, Windows 10 and macOS Sierra: a marriage of 3 OSs
Why limit yourself to just one desktop OS?
November 18, 2016
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Ubuntu OTA-14 Released, Fixes a Number of Bugs
It is arriving a few weeks late, but the latest over-the-air update to Ubuntu Touch is now available for the select Ubuntu phones and tablets this holiday season.
December 6, 2016
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Ubuntu tees up OpenStack on IBM's iron
Server union for open source floaters
September 20, 2016
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Ubuntu versus Fedora versus openSUSE versus Clear Linux on Intel Kabylake
After running my initial Intel Kaby Lake Linux tests last week using a Core i5 MSI Cubi 2 with new "KBL" processor, which was done under Ubuntu 16.10, I turned my focus to testing a few other distributions with this newest-generation Intel processor.
November 14, 2016
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Udacity open sources an additional 183GB of driving data
To get there, Udacity has created a series of challenges to leverage the power of community to build the safest car possible – meaning anyone and everyone is welcome to become a part of the open-sourced project. Challenge one was all about building a 3D model for a camera mount, but challenge two has brought deep learning into the mix.
October 5, 2016
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Udacity plans to build its own open-source self-driving car
Sebastian Thrun's online education startup Udacity recently created a self-driving car engineering nanodegree, and on stage at Disrupt today Thrun revealed that the company intends to build its own self-driving car as part of the program, and that it also intends to open source the technology that results, so that "anyone" can try to build their own self-driving vehicle, according to Thrun.
September 13, 2016
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Uncle Sam launches open source trove of government code
Code.gov is live and Gitting
November 3, 2016
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Unity 5.5 on Linux, Halcyon 6, and more gaming news
In this month's open gaming roundup, we take a look at the Unity 5.5 Linux beta and some exciting new releases for Linux and SteamOS.
September 23, 2016
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Unleashed: Open source tech for pets and animals
I was discussing open source technology with my cat this morning and he brought up a good point: "Why don't you do an article on open source tech for animals?"
February 14, 2017
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Unpicking the community leader
Today is Community Manager Appreciation Day. Now, I have to admit, I don't usually partake in the day all that much. the skeptic in me thinks doing so could be a little self-indulgent and the optimist thinks that we should appreciate great community leaders every day, not merely one day a year. Regardless, in respect of the occasion, I want to delve a little into why I think this work is so important, particularly in the way it empowers people from all walks of life.
January 23, 2017
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Ura Design donates great UX to open source projects
Firm improves project design to draw in more users and contributors.
June 16, 2017
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Urgent: Upgrade to Tails 3.1 ASAP! Serious security holes found in the Linux distro
Apple recently removed some VPN clients from the App Store in China at the request of the Chinese Government. Why? That country is largely anti-privacy, and it does not want its citizens bypassing its censorship of the web. If you live in China, the government can decide what you can and can't view online. If you get caught circumventing these controls, the government can harshly punish you. Sad, right? This is why it is imperative that Linux-based privacy-centric open source operating systems such as Tails continue their development -- you never know when it might be needed (including in the USA).
August 9, 2017
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Users stand up, speak out, and deliver data on OpenStack growth
Results of ninth user survey offer compelling evidence on the growth and diversity in OpenStack community.
April 26, 2017
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Using Blender and Python to 3D print a dress
The opening ceremony at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio featured snowboarder Amy Purdy wearing a 3D printed dress, wearing prosthetics printed from the same material as the dress, and dancing with a Kuka robotic arm.
December 19, 2016
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Using Clang-format to ensure clean, consistent code
Too often programmers underestimate the importance a consistent coding style can have on the success of a project. It makes the code base easier to read, reduces nonfunctional changes to fix inconsistent style, and outlines expectations for code submissions.
January 6, 2017
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Using feedback loops for greater work satisfaction
In August I wrote about using feedback loops in your personal life to get unstuck from unproductive habits. this month I'll talk about some new helpful feedback loops for your workplace. I'm going to make this easy for you: Here are my top three, and they're always good ones to start with.
October 18, 2016
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Using impact mapping to help your team experiment
This simple technique helps teams map the effects of their work to an organization's broader processes and outcomes.
June 15, 2017
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Using Kdump for examining Linux Kernel crashes
Let's examine the basics of kdump usage and look at the internals of kdump/kexec kernel implementation.
June 21, 2017
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Using open source APM software: InspectIT
In modern days, software systems are continuously becoming more complex. at the same time customer's expectations regarding, for example, response times and availability are higher than ever before. as you know, services that perform poorly could drive customers to your competitors' offerings.
March 3, 2017
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Using open source tools to play Dungeons and Dragons
How a Dungeon Master generates ideas, makes maps, and more for this face-to-face game.
June 19, 2017
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Using proprietary services to develop open source software
It is now pretty well accepted that open source is a superior way of producing software. Almost everyone is doing open source these days. In particular, the ability for users to look under the hood and make changes results in tools that are better adapted to their workflows.
March 6, 2017
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Using Python to find corrupted images
if you're working with images on a computer, you're bound to eventually run into corrupted files that ruin your day. I run into this with animation renders. However, animation and visual effects are not the only places where you see image corruption. you can just as easily run into this in other fields. Perhaps you're a photographer and you've shot a bunch of brackets HDRI tone mapping and something glitches when transferring files from your camera.
February 17, 2017
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Using rsync to back up your Linux system
Find out how to use rsync in a backup scenario.
January 26, 2017
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Using the command-line calendar and date functions in Linux
I have always interested in historical dates and determining what actual day of the week an event occurred on. what day of the week was the Declaration of Independence signed? what day of the week was I born on? what day of the week did the 4th of July in 1876 occur on? I know that you can use search engines to answer many of these questions. But, did you know that the Linux command line can supply those answers too?
December 16, 2016
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Using vi-mode in your shell
Get an introduction to using vi-mode for line editing at the command line.
March 27, 2017
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Vault 7 fallout: Linux Foundation says it's "not surprising" Linux is targeted
In the wake of WikiLeaks' Vault 7 CIA leaks, Apple has been quick to point out that vulnerabilities mentioned in the documents have already been addressed. Microsoft and Samsung have said they are "looking into" things, and now the Linux Foundation has spoken out.
March 8, 2017
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Version control for your Linux /etc/ directory
One of the many advantages of Linux, UNIX, and similar operating systems is that everything is a file and that most of your configuration is done via text files, allowing you to easily read and write to them with any tool you choose.
March 1, 2017
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WalmartLabs open sources the application platform that powers Walmart.com
Walmart probably isn't the first company that comes to mind when you think about open-source software (or the second or third, really), but WalmartLabs, Walmart's innovation-focused tech division, has already launched a number of open-source projects into the wild. the most interesting of these so far was OneOps, its DevOps platform, but today it is launching a similarly ambitious project.
October 3, 2016
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Want to be a great leader? Assume positive intent
Open source communities can teach us how to expect the best from one another.
February 16, 2017
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Watch now: 5 minute videos on Linux and more
Watch 7 short videos on open source topics, from Linux to Raspberry Pi, and more.
November 21, 2016
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We don't make software for free, we make it for freedom
Trying to be a successful open source vendor is not for the faint of heart.
August 1, 2017
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Web comic adapted to animation thanks to open license
"Pepper & Carrot" is one of the few substantial adaptations of a work licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.
June 30, 2017
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Web-friendly Smalltalk gets some JavaScript upgrades
The open source Amber derivative bridges Smalltalk syntax to JavaScript code
December 14, 2016
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What a lack of trust can do to a team
Lincoln Loop has proven that a more trusting workplace is a happier and more productive workplace.
July 6, 2017
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What are configuration management tools?
For most people, computers don't stay the same. Software is added, removed, and updated. Configurations are changed. Think about the changes you've made to your computer since the first time you booted it up. now imagine making those changes to 10, 100, or 1,000 more computers. Configuration management tools are what make implemententing and enforcing these changes possible.
September 29, 2016
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What determines how collaborative you'll be?
These four scenarios illustrate the factors influencing your level of openness.
July 13, 2017
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What does an ad agency's source code look like?
The first truly open ad agency won't just leverage crowdsourced solutions or freely licensed materials. It'll reinvent its business model.
March 23, 2017
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What does cross stitch have to do with programming? More than you think
Arts and crafts. Creativity and diligence. Taking the mundane and adding that touch of genius and individuality. a needleworker spends hours creating artwork with simple threads of many colors, and programming is the same–words and numbers woven over hours to create something with a purpose.
January 3, 2017
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What does it mean to have an open mindset?
Here are four ways that thinking openly can help us curb bureaucracy.
July 11, 2017
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What does SVG have to do with teaching kids to code?
An engineer turns his retirement years into an educational initiative to teach children about coding and math through art.
May 10, 2017
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What engineers and marketers can learn from each other
Marketers think engineering is all math; engineers think marketing is all fluff. They're both wrong.
January 10, 2017
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What happens when we just assume positive intent?
Here's a new Year's resolution that's perfect for open leaders everywhere.
February 14, 2017
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What is deep learning, and why should you care about it?
Dig into deep learning in this interview with the authors of the recently released O'Reilly book Deep Learning: a Practitioner's Approach.
October 19, 2016
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What is hackathon culture?
"It is not who you are nor what you are, but what you do."
November 11, 2016
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What is IT culture? Today's leaders need to know
"Culture" is an ambiguous concept--but the teams that understand its intricacies are poised for success.
June 13, 2017
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What living off the grid taught me about openness
The Terra Perma community is one big, open-air experiment. Open principles are constantly under construction.
April 6, 2017
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What science fiction technology should be open source?
Science fiction ranges from complete fabrications to some surprisingly accurate visions for the future. what tool, device, object, or other item from your science fiction library do you hope, or even expect, to one day find an open source version of?
March 18, 2016
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What software documentation can learn from tabletop gaming
Do you remember Monopoly and Life and Clue, and all those old classic board games you played as a kid because sometimes you were just that bored? Do you recall ever reading the instructions? Probably not, because nobody reads the instructions for those games.
November 1, 2016
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What storytellers can teach open leaders
Learning from great storytellers makes us better open leaders–as long as we understand what these roles have in common.
January 5, 2017
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What the history of open source teaches us about strategic advantage
Open source visionary Bob Young recalls his early insights into open source–and explains what they can teach open organizations today.
October 18, 2016
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What to do when you're feeling underutilized
Members of your open organization need to feel challenged and stretched. Listen to them when they ask to make bigger impacts.
April 18, 2017
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What to do when your open source hobby becomes a project
Many software developers have their own side projects, which are often open source projects. When those open source hobbies grow too big, how do developers manage them?
April 11, 2017
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What to do when your open team has impostor syndrome
Want to overcome your team's feelings of inadequacy? Start by making different language choices.
May 4, 2017
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What to know before jumping into a career as an open source lawyer
You enjoy thinking about free software licenses, you're angry about the latest patent troll, and you've said IANAL so many times that you've considering becoming an open source lawyer. what now?
February 7, 2017
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What to know before you open source your project
Before your company makes a project open source, make sure you're ready for all your new responsibilities to the community that forms around it.
June 21, 2017
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What we (think we) know about meritocracies
Thinking more deliberately about organizational governance can help us make a better case for openness.
February 21, 2017
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What will we do when everything is automated?
When near total automation means there is no longer any work for most people to do, we need to come up with other means of survival.
February 25, 2017
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What you need to know about Hadoop
Unless you've been hiding away from the world of computing for the last few years, you'll have come across Hadoop.
November 14, 2016
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What you need to know about hybrid cloud
Learn the ins and outs of hybrid cloud, including what it is and how to use it.
July 25, 2017
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What you need to know about JSON in MySQL
MySQL's addition of a JSON data type makes the relational database easier to use and blurs the lines between SQL and NoSQL databases.
May 15, 2017
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What your code repository says about you
What stories do you want you repositories to tell about your project?
January 24, 2017
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What's important in open source today
A recap of keynotes from day 1 of all Things Open 2016
November 16, 2016
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What's new in OpenStack Ocata
Take a look at some of the main changes that came out in the latest upstream release of OpenStack.
April 21, 2017
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What's the hardest part about microservices? Your data
We explore the challenge of dealing with data when creating and developing microservices.
May 30, 2017
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What's the point of DevOps?
True organizational culture change helps you bridge the gaps you thought were uncrossable.
May 16, 2017
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What's your favorite open source animal?
Open source brands and logos often feature animals. In the image above you might be able to think of one or a few open source projects those animals might represent.
February 14, 2017
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When not to use a JavaScript framework
Helpful hints on where frameworks make sense, and where they don't.
June 26, 2017
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When selling a site means selling a community
In January, the CTO of ownCloud, Frank Karlitschek, sold his network of more than 30 community sites. the same month, DHI Group, Inc. announced that it completed the sale of its Slashdot and SourceForge community-driven businesses to BIZX, LLC.
March 8, 2016
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When the hacker ethic meets old ideas about brand
The hacker ethic says we should value solving problems more than preserving institutions. But what happens to organizational identity when we do that?
July 25, 2017
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Where Are the World's best Open Device Labs?
Every developer knows that just because a website looks like and does what it's meant to on the latest iPhone, doesn't mean it will work across every mobile device. In this article, we'll highlight some of the many open device labs out there – fantastic and helpful initiatives by the community that deserve support and attention.
November 11, 2016
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Which is the best programming language for beginners?
What is the best language for a budding programmer to get their start with? There are probably as many opinions about which language is best for beginners as there are languages to choose from. and the options change all of the time. When we asked this question two years ago, Python came out on top as the clear winner. But is it still the best choice today?
February 24, 2017
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Which Linux command shell do you prefer?
When we asked this question a year ago as a part of our article on open source shell options, over six thousand of you responded, and Bash was the overwhelming winner that time around. But preferences change over time, and we thought it was high time to ask again. Which shell do you use, and why?
March 24, 2017
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Which Raspberry Pi should you choose for your project?
There are a number of different models and versions of the Raspberry Pi computer. But which one is best for your project?
October 3, 2016
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Which technologies are poised to take over in open source?
These technologies are quickly gaining ground on open source stalwarts, creating opportunities for people who become proficient in them.
May 24, 2017
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Why accountability gets a bad rap
Open organizations demand emphasis on accountability. this month, the open organization community at Opensource.com tackled accountability's finer points during its regular #OpenOrgChat on Twitter. Check out the following recap–and get ready for the next chat.
September 30, 2016
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Why and how to handle exceptions in Python Flask
In my last Python Flask article, I walked you through the building of a simple application to take in a Threat Stack webhook and archive the alert to AWS S3. In this post, I'll dive into Python exception handling and how to do it in a secure manner.
March 30, 2017
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Why aren't more researchers using open source?
Academic researchers would benefit by ditching their expensive, slow, and non-specific commercial software for open source versions.
June 21, 2017
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Why can't we have the Internet of Nice Things? A home automation primer
Open source home automation hub Home Assistant solves many of the aggravating problems in today's connected homes.
July 4, 2017
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Why design and marketing matter and what to do about it
Check out our recap of keynotes from day 2 of all Things Open 2016.
November 16, 2016
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Why do you use Linux and open source software?
LinuxQuestions.org readers share reasons they use Linux and open source technologies. how will Opensource.com readers respond?
March 17, 2017
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Why events matter and how to do them right
Drupal events in Siberia feature bingo and prizes.
January 17, 2017
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Why every business should consider an open source point of sale system
Point of sale (POS) systems have come a long way from the days of simple cash registers that rang up purchases. Today, POS systems can be all-in-one solutions that include payment processing, inventory management, marketing tools, and more. Retailers can receive daily reports on their cash flow and labor costs, often from a mobile device.
January 16, 2017
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Why I love these markup languages
Around this time last year, I wrote a brief introduction to various markup languages for this column. the topic of language selection has come up several times recently, so I thought it might be time to revisit the subject with my biases more overt. I'm here to explain why I prefer the languages I do, not to prescribe anything for you. After all, I'm no doc-tor.
September 7, 2016
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Why I launched a consulting agency on open principles
Open principles are the best way to lead a workforce composed of four different generations.
March 9, 2017
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Why I Run Fedora Linux on My Main Production System
With the Linux benchmarks at Phoronix there is a wide-range of Linux distributions (as well as BSDs, macOS, and the occasional Solaris and Windows) tested, but the operating system I end up running on my most-important production system is still Fedora Workstation. Recently I was interviewed by Fedora Magazine about my thoughts on the Red Hat backed distribution and more.
February 6, 2017
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Why is openness so difficult?
Building an open organization takes time, effort, clear communication, and concerted culture change--but the payoffs are worth the effort.
June 8, 2017
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Why keep Open States going?
After the closure of Sunlight Labs, the Open States project is heading in a new direction.
November 9, 2016
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Why Linux Mint Won
Larger trends affecting open source mean that now is the time for Linux Mint to take the spotlight.
July 10, 2017
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Why OpenStack is living on the edge
The OpenStack Summit shows how open source clouds can do more and cost less while bringing us to new computing frontiers.
May 9, 2017
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Why productivity shouldn't be the key measure of agile transformation
By asking teams to assess how aligned they are to the agile principles, we unlocked their ability to improve and grow.
May 23, 2017
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Why project managers need to lose control
Being accountable for the planning, execution, and delivery of a project is demanding. Managing people, facilitating communication, resolving conflict, and mitigating risk are prerequisites to completing on schedule, and within an agreed budget. Add to this the often unpredictable nature of these factors and it's little wonder that project managers feel a great burden of responsibility.
September 21, 2016
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Why public libraries need to support open source
People turn to public libraries for answers, and a lot of times libraries are superb at providing them. But when it comes to providing answers about open source, libraries have an uneven track record.
October 7, 2016
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Why Red Hat takes an 'upstream first' approach
In this five-minute lightning talk, Thomas Cameron highlights the company's work on open source projects other than Linux.
December 5, 2016
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Why the future of advertising is open
The marketing industry is at a crossroads. But a truly open model for creative work at a global scale can ensure a prosperous future.
March 2, 2017
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Why we need an open model to design and evaluate public policy
Imagine an app that allows citizens to test drive proposed policies.
January 10, 2017
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Why we need open leaders more than ever
Changing social and cultural conditions are giving rise to open leadership.
February 2, 2017
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Why you should always do documentation before development
Doc-driven development focuses your code toward a specific blueprint of how an application is meant to work.
August 7, 2017
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Why you should be a sysadmin
Network and system administration jobs are well-paying and plentiful.
July 17, 2017
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Why you should become an open source sustainer
The year was 1999. My father had just built me a computer with a 500MHz AMD Athlon processor, a 2GB HDD, 32MB of RAM and Windows 98. I was in heaven. Then, a friend of mine wanted to introduce me to Linux and asked if he could partition my hard drive in half so he could install Debian 2.1 (Slink)
April 5, 2017
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Why you should try Linux today: 6 compelling reasons
There's never been a better time to give Linux a try.
October 13, 2016
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Win-win: Open-source .Net pays off for devs
By open-sourcing .Net Core, Microsoft is reaping the rewards -- as are the developers
December 14, 2016
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Wintel part deux? Microsoft Azure first for Intel Clear Linux
Stateless Linux data center released into the wilds
January 19, 2017
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Wind River uses virtualization to turn M2M into IoT
Wind River Titanium Control is an on-premises cloud platform to help companies migrate from legacy M2M systems
March 14, 2017
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Windows 10 is making too many PCs obsolete
Windows 10 will be supported until Oct. 14, 2025 -- unless your computer has a Clover Trail CPU. Then, you're out of luck.
July 24, 2017
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Windows Subsystem for Linux: Windows and Ubuntu Interoperability
The Windows Subsystem for Linux was announced as a beta feature at //Build 2016. Since then, we have explored an architectural overview, how Pico Processes work, System Calls redirection and File System support.
October 19, 2016
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Windows switch to Git almost complete: 8,500 commits and 1,760 builds each day
The Windows team's migration to Git is almost complete.
May 24, 2017
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Wix gets caught "stealing" GPL code from WordPress
In which Wix forgets what happens when you add GPL code to your closed-source app.
November 1, 2016
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WOOTConf 2017: Lockpicking, Willie Nelson developers, and more
Do you know that wonderful feeling when a tiny little idea becomes a reality? That's what this year's WOOTConf at linux.conf.au 2017 was for me.
January 30, 2017
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Working for a mission, not a boss
Big data founder explains the value of embracing "stupidity."
March 7, 2017
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Misc. - Y

Yahoo open sources its porn-detecting neural network
Ever wonder how things get marked NSFW on the internet? it's Yahoo. Yahoo does it – with their special-made, smut-trained, porn-detecting neural network. and now you can, too, because the team behind the system has made it open source. I guess you could say they're down to fork.
September 30, 2016
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Yahoo Open Sources TensorFlowOnSpark
Yahoo open sourced TensorFlowOnSpark so data scientists and engineers can do distributed training and model-serving on CPU/GPU architectures directly running Spark or Hadoop. the library reportedly allows porting existing TensorFlow programs to the new APIs and achieves reported training and model-serving performance improvements.
March 19, 2017
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Yelp Open-Sources Latest in Data Pipeline Project, Data Pipeline Client Library
Late last year Yelp open-sourced their Python and Apache Kafka-based data pipeline client library that provides an interface to publish and consume data pipeline topics. the earlier discussion covers Yelp's data pipeline components and challenges with data integration coming from distributed services, namely the N+1 problem and Metcalfe's Law.
January 6, 2017
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You don't need a green thumb with this farming robot
FarmBot is a robotic open hardware system that assists anyone with a small plot of land and a desire to grow food with planting, watering, soil testing, and weeding. It uses a Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and other awesome components, including weather-resistant materials.
August 29, 2016
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Young programmer turns love of gaming into a Google Summer of Code project
Rudra Nil Basu has several educational games in development on the GCompris software platform.
June 14, 2017
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Your guide to a better IT culture
The Open Organization Guide to IT Culture Change is available now.
June 2, 2017
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Your guide to open decisions
We're introducing our latest community resource for open-minded leaders everywhere.
November 17, 2016
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Your team's differentiator isn't its tech
A simple mind-mapping exercise can reveal your organization's competitive advantage.
June 1, 2017
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Misc. - Z

Zeppelin: a Secure Smart Contracts Open-Source Framework for Blockchain Applications
On September 15, the roadmap proposal for Zeppelin, a MIT licensed open source framework for building secure smart contracts, was published. this comes at an appropriate time as evidenced by the number of talks and discussions at DevCon2 surrounding formal verification of smart contracts.
October 3, 2016
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Zorin OS 12.1 Ubuntu-based Linux distro is here for Microsoft Windows 10 switchers
While Windows 10 is a great operating system, it isn't perfect for everyone. In fact, Microsoft's offering is viewed by some to be bloated and complicated. Depending on your needs, yeah, I suppose I understand that. After all, if you live in the web browser, and don't need Windows programs, a Linux-based desktop OS could be a better choice, as it might perform better on lesser hardware.
February 27, 2017
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Zulip Server 1.6 released
We're excited to announce the release of Zulip Server 1.6.0, containing hundreds of new features and bug fixes.
June 7, 2017
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