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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 scientific calculators for the Linux desktop
If you're looking for more than the standard desktop calculator, check out these open source options, plus a couple of other interesting tools.
January 15, 2018
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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 command-line tools for feigning productivity
Sometimes, you need to get busy. Other times, you just need to look like a busy hacker from the movies. There's an open source tool for that.
February 8, 2018
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3 consequences of coding in the open
At Reaction Commerce, absolute transparency has changed the way I work. That's made me more accountable--and more responsive, too.
August 31, 2017
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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 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 flexible tools for managing hotel reservations and more
Whether you're a seasoned hotel manager or you've just entered the hospitality market, these three hotel booking engines can help.
January 5, 2018
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3 free online resources for music research
Whether you're into Afrobeat, experimental music, or spoken language, these three resources let you peruse a seemingly limitless collection of audio treasures from around the world.
November 9, 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 lessons in effective open partnership
Collaboration can be difficult--even in the manufacturing industry. Here's my advice for making it work.
September 5, 2017
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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 new OpenStack guides
Trying to keep up with the latest on OpenStack? Check out these newly published guides and tutorials
August 15, 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 ArcGIS Desktop
Looking to create a great looking map or perform analysis on geospatial data? Look no further than these open source desktop GIS tools.
November 15, 2017
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3 open source alternatives to AutoCAD
Open source computer-aided design software may not have all the functionality of proprietary solutions, but it may have everything you actually need.
November 13, 2017
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3 open source alternatives to MATLAB
If you're looking for scientific computing software, but can't afford the leading proprietary solution, check out these open source options.
November 2, 2017
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3 open source alternatives to Microsoft Publisher
Create great flyers, newsletters, brochures, and more with open source software.
November 27, 2017
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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 Python GUI frameworks
Does your Python program need a graphical user interface? Here are three tools to help you build one.
August 30, 2017
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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 Python web scrapers and crawlers
Check out these great Python tools for crawling and scraping the web, and parsing out the data you need.
September 28, 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 skills a successful business analyst needs
Business analysts are important interfaces between industry and the organization. They do their best work when they operate openly.
January 9, 2018
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3 steps to reduce a project's failure rate
Transparent and inclusive project requirements can reduce your rate of failure. Here's how to gather them collaboratively.
February 8, 2018
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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 tips for transforming into an employee-centered workplace
Employee-centered workplaces are the future. But we won't get there if we aren't open.
August 17, 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 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 ways university classrooms can be more open
An open university class would treat a syllabus like a community document, incorporate student feedback regularly, and take a new approach to failure.
December 5, 2017
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3Scale Developer Portal Docs Per Application
Using this open source platform, we to create a more effective version of your API documentation, allowing devs to only see that docs that are relevant to their work.
January 25, 2018
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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 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 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 notable open source projects at local maker faire
Raspberry Pis, Arduino boards, and open source-powered projects are common at the annual Rochester Mini Maker Faire.
December 19, 2017
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4 open principles for building a better startup
At metasfresh, we've built a professional development program on lessons we've learned from the open source community. Results have been spectacular.
August 22, 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 open source tools that got my startup off the ground
Money-tight new business turned to open source software to get started, then stuck with it even after becoming profitable.
August 11, 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 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 successful open source business models to consider
Software that can be freely accessed, redistributed, and modified can be the basis of a successful business.
December 18, 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 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 engage your organization's various stakeholders
Open organizations are more transparent and accountable to people who they impact--and who impact them in turn.
November 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 website maintenance mistakes to avoid
Keep your website clean, fast, and available with these maintenance must-dos.
October 16, 2017
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5 approaches to learning Python
Whatever your learning style, there's a resource for learning Python designed just for you. Here are five popular options.
November 22, 2017
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5 arcade-style games for Linux
We kick off a new series on open source games for Linux. Next up: board and card games, puzzles, RPGs, and more.
January 8, 2018
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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 best practices for getting started with DevOps
Are you ready to implement DevOps, but don't know where to begin? Try these five best practices.
November 29, 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 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 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 must-read sysadmin articles from 2017
Take a look at Opensource.com's top 5 articles for system administrators from the past year.
December 20, 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 and tutorials for OpenStack
Want to keep up with OpenStack? Here are some great community-created resources to help you out.
December 27, 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 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 personal finance tools for Linux
Looking to get a better handle on your personal finances? These five Linux-friendly open source tools will help you achieve your financial goals.
October 30, 2017
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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 Kubernetes is the real deal
Kubernetes will be at the heart of a large and growing percentage of infrastructure--on premises and in the cloud.
January 8, 2018
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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 Technology Trends That Will Change Enterprise Software in 2018
We've all heard the buzz about the upcoming software trends of 2018. Which ones will take hold in the enterprise? Read on for some insight.
January 24, 2018
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5 tips for getting the biggest bang for your cover letter buck
Avoid being another faceless resume in the stack with a cover letter that shows how you're better than the rest.
October 30, 2017
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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 traits of good systems architecture
If you don't know what data is in your system, you don't know what it does.
October 13, 2017
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5 ways blockchain can accelerate open organizations
Blockchain makes running an organization less costly. In the process, it introduces revolutionary degrees of transparency, inclusivity, and adaptability.
November 7, 2017
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5 ways open source can strengthen your job search
Working on open source projects can give you experience and connections you'd probably never get anywhere else.
January 3, 2018
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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 invigorate education with Raspberry Pi
Raspberry Pi and open source software are great options for teaching computers to students, teachers, and librarians.
October 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 new guides and how-tos for OpenStack
Enjoy these great resources for keeping up with what's going on in the world of OpenStack.
October 10, 2017
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6 open source home automation tools
Build a smarter home with these open source software solutions.
December 13, 2017
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6 pivotal moments in open source history
Here's how open source developed from a printer jam solution at MIT to a major development model in the tech industry today.
February 1, 2018
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6 reasons open source is good for business
Here's why businesses should choose the open source model.
October 13, 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 steps to perfecting an open source product strategy
The future of building great products lies in breaking down the boundaries between business and technical thinking.
September 27, 2017
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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 work with database admins in the DevOps world
Cross-function collaboration among engineering, operations, and DBAs is key to creating stable, scalable, and successful products.
October 12, 2017
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7 awesome new Inkscape features and how to use them
Inkscape got a bunch of new capabilities with its 2017 release. Check out these great video tutorials to learn how to use them.
January 24, 2018
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7 best practices for giving a conference talk
These tips can help you become a great presenter.
September 27, 2017
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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 deadly sins of documentation
Why do so many organizations struggle to create clear, cohesive documentation? Here's how to avoid common documentation mistakes.
October 6, 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 must-have GIMP brushes
Check out these useful and creative add-on brushes to improve image creation in GIMP.
October 4, 2017
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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 open source alternatives to Dreamweaver
Looking for an open source alternative to Dreamweaver or another proprietary HTML/CSS editor? Let's round up some of your options.
October 25, 2017
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7 rules for avoiding documentation pitfalls
We look at best practices for making sure your technical writing is clear enough for international readers to understand.
December 5, 2017
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7 tips for nailing your job interview
Be more prepared, confident, and impressive at your next job interview with these strategies.
November 6, 2017
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7 tools for analyzing performance in Linux with bcc/BPF
Look deeply into your Linux code with these Berkeley Packet Filter (BPF) Compiler Collection (bcc) tools.
November 21, 2017
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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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7-Way Linux Distribution Comparison On The Intel Core i7 8700K
Our latest benchmarking of Intel's 8th Gen Core "Coffee Lake" processors entailed seeing how well the i7-8700K performs on a variety of modern Linux distributions. Tested for this comparison was Ubuntu 17.10, Antergos 17.10, openSUSE Tumbleweed, Clear Linux, Debian Testing, Solus 3, and Fedora 26.
October 12, 2017
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7-Way Linux OS Comparison With KVM
Complementing our recent Amazon EC2 Linux cloud distribution benchmarks, here are some fresh test results when comparing various Linux distributions when benchmarking them as guest VMs with the KVM hypervisor.
December 21, 2017
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8 open source Android apps for education
Turn your Android phone into a learning tool with these apps for students.
August 30, 2017
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8 open source drone projects
Check out what's new in open source drone hardware, software, and related projects.
February 12, 2018
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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 resources for understanding the open source cloud in 2017
2017 was a big year for open source cloud computing tools. Here's a look back at some of the most important things you may have missed.
December 28, 2017
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8 unusual FOSS tools for agile teams
In this list, there are no project management apps, no checklists, and no integrations with GitHub. Just simple ways to organize your thoughts and promote team communication.
January 10, 2018
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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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8-Way Linux Distribution Comparison On A Dual Xeon Scalable Gold Server
While we routinely run various Linux distribution / operating system comparisons at Phoronix, they tend to be done on desktop class hardware and the occasional servers. This is our look at the most interesting enterprise-focused Linux distribution comparison to date as we see how Intel's Xeon Scalable platform compares on different GNU/Linux distributions when using the Tyan GT24E-B7106 paired with two Dual Xeon Gold 6138 processors.
August 29, 2017
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9 open source license management rules for startups
Open source software is free like a puppy is free. Make sure you know the hidden costs and pitfalls before you adopt.
September 28, 2017
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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 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 advantages of open source for the enterprise
Enterprises looking to make smart use of open source software have plenty of great reasons to do so.
August 17, 2017
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10 Best Linux Business Apps
There's no question that the Linux desktop can be a highly effective workhorse. Note, as proof of this, the greater coverage in the media of the best business apps for Linux. Keep reading for the best Linux business apps -- and please add your own favorite in the Comments section below.
December 14, 2017
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10 easy steps from proprietary to open source
This commonwealth does not apply to proprietary software: what stays hidden does not enlighten or enrich the world.
November 16, 2017
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10 Google Docs tips you should know
These savvy, time-saving Google Docs tips will help you get more done when working with documents.
August 23, 2017
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10 layers of Linux container security
Employ these strategies to secure different layers of the container solution stack and different stages of the container lifecycle.
October 9, 2017
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10 must-read DevOps resources
Whether you're building up your DevOps team or just starting your organization's digital transformation, these resources will help guide the way.
December 6, 2017
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10 open source alternatives to Minecraft
Interested in a free Minecraft alternative? Here's a quick look at some clones and derivatives out there that you really ought to check out.
October 12, 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 Technologies You'll Need to Know in 2018
For most enterprise IT departments, using and contributing to open source projects is now a part of everyday life.
January 2, 2018
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10 open source technology trends for 2018
What do you think will be the next open source tech trends? Here are 10 predictions.
November 29, 2017
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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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12 reasons to learn Apple's open-source Swift language
There are lots of reasons why you might want to learn how to build apps using Apple's open-source Swift language, including ease of use, security and speed.
August 25, 2017
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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-Way Radeon AMDGPU-PRO 17.50 versus NVIDIA Linux OpenCL Compute Comparison
Given this week's release of the big AMDGPU-PRO 17.50 Linux driver update, here are some fresh OpenCL GPU benchmarks comparing the performance of AMD's latest Radeon graphics cards on this newest Linux driver to that of the latest NVIDIA GeForce GPUs on their respective newest driver.
December 14, 2017
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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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16 writing ideas for 2018
Our readers like technical and non-technical articles from subject matter users or experts, on a range of topics about open source.
January 24, 2018
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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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18-Way Radeon GPU Benchmarks On Ubuntu 17.10 With Linux 4.14 + Mesa 17.4-dev
Continuing on in our fresh Radeon Linux graphics benchmarks in commemorating 10 years of AMD's open-source driver strategy with already showing how the driver compares to the old Catalyst/fglrx and Ubuntu 14.04 to 17.10 OpenGL tests, up next is an 18 way graphics card comparison of both old and new Radeon graphics cards while using the very latest Linux driver stack.
November 1, 2017
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19-Way CPU Comparison On Ubuntu With Linux 4.15
Following the release of the Linux 4.15 kernel with KPTI and Retpoline introduction, many Phoronix readers were interested in seeing a fresh Linux CPU performance comparison. For those reasons plus in preparing for the Raven Ridge testing, here are benchmarks of 19 different systems when using Ubuntu x86_64 with the Linux 4.15 stable kernel.
February 12, 2018
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20 questions DevOps hiring managers should be prepared to answer
Fostering a diverse, inclusive work environment is more important than ever--especially for DevOps teams, where candidates often call the shots. Here's how one situation went wrong, and some questions to keep your hiring on track.
November 1, 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 More AMDGPU DC Patches, Mostly Focused On Raven DCN
While waiting on David Airlie to send in the AMDGPU DC pull request for Linux 4.15, additional AMDGPU DC material continues building up for what should in turn target Linux 4.16.
November 16, 2017
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27 open solutions to everything in education
Read the best articles published on Opensource.com in 2017 on how openness is improving who we educate and learn.
January 1, 2018
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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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34 More Patches Roll Out For AMDGPU DC With Raven Ridge Fixes Plus Color Management
Open-source AMD Linux driver developers have started off the week by posting 34 more patches for the "DC" display code stack that was mainlined in Linux 4.15 and further improved with Linux 4.16. With these latest patches that begin the queue for Linux 4.17 there are yet more AMDGPU DC improvements and in particular Raven Ridge fixes.
February 12, 2018
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36 companies agree to a Kubernetes certification standard
The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) announced today that 36 members have agreed to a set of certification standards for Kubernetes, the immensely popular open source container orchestration tool. This should make it easy for users to move from one version to another without worry, while ensuring that containers under Kubernetes management will behave in a predictable way.
November 13, 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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64-bit ARM Gets Mitigations For Spectre & Meltdown With Linux 4.16
The 64-bit ARM (ARM64 / AArch64) architecture code changes were mailed in a short time ago for the Linux 4.16 kernel and it includes mitigation work for Spectre and Meltdown CPU vulnerabilities.
January 30, 2018
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78 Open Source Replacements for Expensive Applications
These open source applications replace expensive apps for home and business users, which in some cases can free you from the burden of monthly subscription fees.
August 30, 2017
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2017 -- the year of containers! It wasn't? Oops. Maybe next year
Immature tech still has a bunch of growing up to do
December 19, 2017
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2018: The Year You Will Contribute to Open Source Software
Contributing to open source software is intimidating. The good news is that many projects and organizations constantly make valiant efforts to welcome new contributors. Thanks to various community initiatives, making open source contributions is easier today than ever before. Starting from scratch, you can make your first contribution today.
January 1, 2018
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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 3-step process for making more transparent decisions
Your work as an open leader will be more transparent when you apply this decision-making technique.
September 28, 2017
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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 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 better marketing plan for your open source software project
The history and evolution of marketing in open source demonstrates a need for new approaches.
February 13, 2018
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A checklist for building your enterprise logging layer
As you build infrastructure to collect, unify, and analyze your logs, be sure to check this list to create an invaluable record and tool.
September 6, 2017
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A Closed-Source Apple File-System APFS Driver For Linux Announced
With macOS High Sierra finally ditching the HFS+ file-system and switching all macOS users over to Apple's new file-system, APFS, you may find the need to read a APFS file-system from another non-macOS device. Now it's possible with an APFS Linux file-system driver, but it's closed-source and doesn't yet have write capabilities.
November 30, 2017
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A Closer Look At The AMDVLK versus RADV versus AMDGPU-PRO Vulkan Performance
Back on Christmas Eve I posted our initial AMDVLK Radeon Linux driver benchmarks for this newly open-sourced official Radeon Vulkan driver. Complementing those earlier Vulkan Linux gaming numbers are some more performance metrics for AMDVLK compared to the Mesa-based RADV driver and then the closed-source AMDGPU-PRO Vulkan driver.
December 27, 2017
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A community-powered approach to diversity and inclusion
We took an open approach to publishing our company's diversity statistics. Here's what we learned.
October 26, 2017
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A fast, lightweight and opensource Windows / MacOS desktop program to make HTTP(s) requests
FRequest - A fast, lightweight and opensource desktop application to make HTTP(s) requests
January 26, 2018
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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 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 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 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 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 Look At The New Features For Fedora 27
Fedora 27 is now under its final freeze for release in the next few weeks so here's a recap of the prominent changes coming to this next installment of the Red Hat sponsored Linux distribution.
October 18, 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 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 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 programmer's cleaning guide for messy sensor data
If you have never used Pandas before and know the basics of Python, this tutorial is for you.
September 4, 2017
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A Proposal To Update Ubuntu's Kernel/Mesa/GNOME Components On A Monthly Basis
It's not quite the Ubuntu rolling-release process that some have proposed over the years, but a new proposal is being formulated for shipping updates to key Ubuntu system components on a monthly basis rather than having to wait six months for updates to the Linux kernel, Mesa, etc.
December 28, 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 school in India defies the traditional education model
The Tamarind Tree School uses an open education model to offer collaborative, innovative learning solutions to rural students.
January 5, 2018
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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 step-by-step guide to building open culture
The open organization community's newest volume is a handbook for practicing openness at scale.
December 14, 2017
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A step-by-step guide to Git
Don't be nervous. This beginner's guide will quickly and easily get you started using Git.
January 24, 2018
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A Useful Intel Power Management Feature Has Landed For Linux 4.15
The libata subsystem changes these days tend to not be too interesting, but for Linux 4.15 there is a noteworthy power management change.
November 16, 2017
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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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A Windows 10 alternative: Microsoft should embrace, extend Linux on the desktop
I get it. The PC is too expensive to replace and you don't want Windows 10. Let me suggest another solution.
November 15, 2017
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A ZSTD-Compressed Linux Kernel Could Be Up Next
The Facebook-developed Zstd compression algorithm was added to the Linux 4.14 kernel and hooked up for Btrfs/Squashfs file-system compression. Support is now being worked on so Zstandard can be used for compressing/decompressing the Linux kernel image.
October 11, 2017
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ACPI & Power Management Updates For Linux 4.15
Rafael Wysocki of Intel has mailed in the power management updates for the current Linux 4.15 kernel merge window.
November 14, 2017
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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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Adopt Cloud Tools Only When Your IT Team Is Ready
The title actually seems...pretty straightforward on this one. Keep your teams' adaptability in mind before you make the cloud jump.
February 1, 2018
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Adopting minimalism in your docs
The best technical documentation is in sync with the reader's needs. How can you make that happen?
October 4, 2017
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Adreno A3xx Blobs Added To Linux-Firmware.Git
For those with Qualcomm Adreno A3xx graphics hardware and looking forward to playing with the MSM+Freedreno open-source driver stack, it's one step easier tracking down the right components with the necessary binary-only firmware blobs now living within linux-firmware.git.
September 12, 2017
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Advanced image viewing tricks with ImageMagick
Manage your digital photo collection better with these tips for the ImageMagick command line-driven image editing application.
September 25, 2017
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AF_UNIX comes to Windows
Beginning in Insider Build 17063, you'll be able to use the unix socket (AF_UNIX) address family on Windows to communicate between Win32 processes. Unix sockets allow inter-process communication (IPC) between processes on the same machine.
December 19, 2017
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AFS File-System Driver Overhauled For Linux 4.15
Red Hat developers have been working on an overhaul of the AFS file-system's kernel driver for the just-opened Linux 4.15 kernel merge window.
November 13, 2017
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AI and machine learning bias has dangerous implications
Here's how open source technology can help address the problem.
January 11, 2018
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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'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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Alibaba is leading a $27M investment in open source database startup MariaDB
Alibaba has spent 2017 pushing its cloud computing business and now it is preparing to make its first major investment in a Western startup in the space.
September 29, 2017
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All of the Top 500 Supercomputers Now Run Linux
While it might not be a common operating system among consumers, Linux now dominates among supercomputers. All of those on the TOP500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers use the open-source operating system, and it is that open-source nature that has helped it achieve this milestone. Many supercomputers today are built for specific tasks, and to get the most out of them, customized operating systems are desired. Instead of developing a new OS from scratch, the open-source code of Linux allows the optimizations to be developed and put in place at much lower cost.
November 16, 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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Alpine Linux 3.7 Brings EFI Support, Installer Option For GRUB
Ending out November is a new release of Alpine Linux, the distribution that prides itself as being small, simple, and secure with using the musl libc and Busybox.
November 30, 2017
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Amazon, Clear, Debian, Gentoo, Red Hat, SUSE & Ubuntu Performance On The EC2 Cloud
It's been a few months since last running a Linux distribution / operating system comparison on Amazon's EC2 public cloud, but given the ever-advancing state of Linux, here are some fresh benchmarks when testing the Amazon Linux AMI, Clear Linux, Debian 9.2, Gentoo, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4, SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 SP3, and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.
November 28, 2017
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AMD EPYC 7351P Linux Performance: 16 Core / 32 Thread Server CPU For ~$750
Earlier this week we looked at the EPYC 7251 Linux performance as AMD's lowest-cost server CPU from this latest generation of Zen-based processors.
October 19, 2017
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AMD Navi Found Secretly Hiding in Linux Drivers
We know AMD has been doing a great job keeping the lid on their Navi architecture with information being scarce at the moment. Aside from knowing that Navi is being fabricated on the 7 nm process, it is possible that the microarchitecture will quite possibly support next-generation memory like GDDR6 or HBM3.
December 18, 2017
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AMD Packs In More AMDGPU Features For Linux 4.15
The Linux 4.15 kernel is looking to be a very exciting update for AMDGPU DRM driver users.
October 9, 2017
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AMD Raven Ridge APU Firmware Added To Linux-Firmware.Git
For those who already picked up a Raven Ridge laptop or looking to when more of these Zen+Vega devices surface in the weeks ahead, the Raven Ridge firmware is now living within linux-firmware.git.
December 4, 2017
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AMD Secure Encrypted Virtualization Is Ready To Roll With Linux 4.16
With the Linux 4.16 kernel cycle that is expected to begin immediately following the Linux 4.15 kernel debut on Sunday, AMD's Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV) technology supported by their new EPYC processors will be mainline.
January 19, 2018
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AMD Secure Processor Support In Linux 4.14
The crypto subsystem updates have been pulled in for the Linux 4.14 kernel and it includes more complete AMD Secure Processor support, among other changes.
September 6, 2017
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AMD Stoney Ridge Audio Supported By Linux 4.15
The sound driver changes have been submitted for the Linux 4.15 kernel and includes finally supporting AMD Stoney Ridge hardware.
November 14, 2017
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AMD Submits Initial AMDGPU DRM Updates Slated For Linux 4.15
Alex Deucher has submitted the initial AMD Direct Rendering Manager updates for pulling into DRM-Next that in turn will hit the Linux 4.15 kernel.
September 26, 2017
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AMD's Atomic Patch, Latency Tolerance Reporting & Other PCI Changes For Linux 4.16
The PCI subsystem updates for the Linux 4.16 kernel are a bit livelier than usual with a number of notable additions.
February 5, 2018
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AMD's Open-Source Strategy Is Now Ten Years Old
What an incredible ride it's been over the past ten years of AMD pursuing an open-source Linux graphics driver strategy.
October 30, 2017
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AMD/GPUOpen Compressonator 2.7 Brings Linux Builds, glTF 2.0 Support
AMD's GPUOpen team has announced the release of Compressonator 2.7, the newest version of their tools for dealing with compressed assets and for testing the impact of different compression techniques.
November 27, 2017
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AMDGPU DC Gets More Fixes Ahead Of The 4.15 Pull Request
Alex Deucher of AMD has submitted a set of last minute fixes for the AMDGPU DC code that's expected to be sent this week as a pull request for the Linux 4.15 kernel.
November 15, 2017
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AMDGPU DC Pull Request Submitted For Linux 4.15: Finally The New Display Stack
Christmas looks like it may be coming early this year for Radeon Linux users... The AMDGPU DC pull request is finally out!
September 27, 2017
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AMDGPU Queues Up "More Stuff" For Linux 4.16
AMD has sent in another round of AMDGPU Direct Rendering Manager driver updates to DRM-Next for staging until the Linux 4.16 kernel merge window next month.
December 20, 2017
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AMDGPU versus Radeon DRM Driver Performance On Linux 4.15
For GCN 1.0 "Southern Islands" and GCN 1.1 "Sea Islands" graphics processors from AMD, they are supported both by the Radeon DRM driver (the default) as well as the AMDGPU DRM driver (designed for GCN 1.2+ GPUs). As it's been a while since comparing the performance impact of changing the kernel driver for these older GCN graphics cards, here are some fresh benchmarks using the Linux 4.15 Git kernel with Mesa 17.4-dev using a few GCN 1.0/1.1 cards.
December 21, 2017
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AMDGPU-PRO 17.50 Now Bundles Open-Source Components, Lets You Mix & Match Drivers
There's more Radeon Linux excitement today beyond AMD finally open-sourcing their Vulkan driver. Coming out today is the AMDGPU-PRO 17.50 driver that bundles in the open-source RADV and RadeonSI drivers too, in letting you "mix and match" the driver components you want for your system.
December 12, 2017
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AMDGPU's DC Gets More Cleanups Ahead Of Linux 4.15
It's indeed looking like the AMDGPU DC display code stack will finally be pulled for the Linux 4.15 merge window, assuming Linus Torvalds has no issues with it in a few weeks.
October 6, 2017
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AMDKFD For Linux 4.15 Adding Usermode Events, Dropping Radeon DRM Support
Building off an earlier update in DRM-Next of upstreaming more AMDKFD changes for Linux 4.15, a second batch of feature work was proposed today for merging into DRM-Next.
November 2, 2017
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AMDKFD Preps More Carrizo/Kaveri Code For Linux 4.15 While dGPU Lags
The AMDKFD kernel driver that is a component of HSA support on Linux for Radeon GPUs is seeing more upstreaming work in Linux 4.15, but only for older APUs.
October 18, 2017
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An AIDA64 suite update with a surprise
An update to AIDA's suite of tools was announced today, with several major update to the Extreme software as well as Engineer, Business and Network auditing products as well.
November 27, 2017
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An economically efficient model for open source software license compliance
Using open source the way it was intended benefits your bottom line and the open source ecosystem.
September 1, 2017
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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 introduction to Eclipse MicroProfile
Curious about MicroProfile? Here's a hint: It is not about the IDE with the popular name.
January 5, 2018
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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 Joplin, an open source Evernote alternative
Joplin allows you to store and organize notes, files, and more, without fear of vendor lock-in.
December 14, 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'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 machine-learned ranking in Apache Solr
Learn how to train a machine learning model to rank documents retrieved in the Solr enterprise search platform.
November 21, 2017
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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 mssql-cli, a command-line client for SQL Server
Mssql-cli is a solid, modern, and user-friendly command-line tool released under an open source license.
January 4, 2018
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An introduction to the DomTerm terminal emulator for Linux
Learn about DomTerm, a terminal emulator and multiplexer with HTML graphics and other unusual features.
January 30, 2018
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An introduction to the Web::Simple Perl module, a minimalist web framework
Perl module Web::Simple is easy to learn and packs a big enough punch for a variety of one-offs and smaller services.
January 26, 2018
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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 open source Instagram desktop photo uploader
Need to post images to Instagram from your desktop? Try Ramme.
February 12, 2018
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An Open Source Startup Dies As Mapping Gets Hotter Than Ever
For at least one startup, 2018 opened with a thud. On Tuesday, the open source mapping company Mapzen announced it would shut down at the end of the month, with its hosted APIs and support services going dark on February 1.
January 4, 2018
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An overview of the Perl 5 engine
A developer explains the features that make Perl his language of choice.
January 22, 2018
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An Ubuntu Kernel Spin Of AMDGPU DC "drm-next-4.15-dc"
Yesterday was the very exciting news of the AMDGPU DC code finally being called for pulling to DRM-Next for integration in the Linux 4.15 kernel. So far it's looking like that will indeed happen for Linux 4.15 assuming Linus Torvalds has no objections. If you want to test out this kernel for HDMI/DP audio, Radeon RX Vega display support, atomic mode-setting, or other modern features, here is an Ubuntu kernel spin.
September 28, 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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Analyzing the Linux boot process
Understanding systems that are functioning well is great preparation for dealing with the inevitable failures.
January 16, 2018
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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 Open Jam, a game jam created with open source in mind
Participants will build an open source game in 72 hours or less, play and judge other games, and compete for a chance to have their creation featured at All Things Open.
August 22, 2017
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Announcing the 2018 Opensource.com Community Awards winners
Every year, Opensource.com awards people from our community who have excelled in contributing and sharing stories with our readers. These stories reflect how we use open source in our everyday lives, how it helps us build a better future with open technology, and how openness is changing the world.
February 2, 2018
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Ansible announces AWX open source project
The code behind Ansible Tower, an IT automation engine for cloud provisioning, configuration, deployment, and orchestration, is now open source.
September 12, 2017
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AOMEI PE Builder Free 2.0 released, now supports Windows XP through to Windows 10
Three years ago, AOMEI unveiled the first version of PE Builder. We were thrilled, because it provided a simple -- yet flexible -- way of creating the Windows equivalent of a "live" Linux CD, whereby you can run a graphically friendly operating system direct from CD/DVD or USB flash drive.
October 11, 2017
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Appeals court keeps alive the never-ending Linux case, SCO v. IBM
SCO says IBM released a "sham" version of Monterey OS to prop up AIX for Power.
October 30, 2017
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Apple still wants to teach the world to code (with Swift)
Apple continues to drive forward in its attempt to teach people how to develop with Swift with a massive European expansion of its Everyone Can Code scheme.
January 19, 2018
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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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Are you an open-sorcerer or free software warrior? Let us do battle
Quickly now, before the suits show up
February 12, 2018
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Arch Linux Ends i686 Package Support Today
Following the announcement earlier this year of Arch Linux deprecating i686 support, that 32-bit x86 support ends today.
November 8, 2017
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ASPM Fixes, SR-IOV Improvements & Other PCI Improvements For Linux 4.15
There are a lot of PCI changes that have built up for the Linux 4.15 kernel cycle.
November 16, 2017
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Assemble this game console in four hours
The MakerBUINO kit is a fun way to introduce kids to electronics and coding.
February 5, 2018
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Astroplan Python library makes astronomy research planning easier
Python library enables astronomers to schedule their telescope time around specific objects' visibility above the horizon.
August 22, 2017
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ASUS PRIME Z370-A Running Great On Linux
For those looking at assembling a new system around Intel's 8th Gen Core "Coffee Lake" CPUs, the motherboard I've been conducting most of my Linux tests from has been the ASUS PRIME Z370-A. A few weeks of use with this motherboard, I'm happy with this Intel Z370 motherboard.
October 25, 2017
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Asynchronous decision-making: Helping remote teams succeed
Better communication with fewer meetings isn't a pipe dream. Here's how asynchronous decision-making can make it happen.
December 12, 2017
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AT&T and Tech Mahindra launch open source AI project
While its name still implies a focus on the Linux kernel, the Linux Foundation has long become a service organization that helps other open source groups run their own foundations and projects (think Cloud Foundry, the Cloud Native Compute Foundation, the Node.js Foundation, etc.). Today, the group is adding a new project to its stable: the Acumos project, which was started by AT&T and the Indian outsourcing and consulting firm Tech Mahindra, is now hosted by the Linux Foundation.
October 30, 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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Avast makes 'RetDec' machine-code decompiler open source on GitHub
Open source is the future of computing. Don't believe me? Three of the most important technology companies -- Microsoft, Apple, and Google -- not only license open source software, but they contribute to open source projects too. While closed source will likely never go away, it is becoming less important.
December 13, 2017
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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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AWS and Microsoft announce Gluon, making deep learning accessible to all developers
New open source deep learning interface allows developers to more easily and quickly build machine learning models without compromising training performance. Jointly developed reference specification makes it possible for Gluon to work with any deep learning engine; support for Apache MXNet available today and support for Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit coming soon.
October 12, 2017
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AWS's Linux in the Cloud Goes On-Prem
Amazon Web Services has made its "cloud only" flavor of Linux available to customers to use in their on-premises data centers.
January 10, 2018
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Azure App Service on Linux Goes Live
Microsoft today added infrastructure support for Linux Web and mobile application developers by announcing the "general availability" of the Azure App Service on Linux, alongside container support.
September 6, 2017
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Azure Service Fabric on Linux hits general availability
At the end of March last year, Azure Service Fabric became generally available as a cloud service offering, while Service Fabric for both Windows Server and Linux were made available in preview form for interested developers. Just over a year later, container orchestration for Windows Server finally arrived in official form, bringing with it a raft of features including a DNS service, resource governance, and Hyper-V isolation.
September 26, 2017
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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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Baidu puts open source deep learning into smartphones
Computer vision, deep learning, and the camera in your phone
September 26, 2017
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Barcelona dumping Microsoft in favor of open source software
In a surprise move, authorities in Barcelona, Spain, have announced that they are dumping Microsoft in favor of open source alternatives. The city now plans to invest 70% of its annual software budget to the propagation of open source software in 2018, a move which is slated for completion by spring 2019.
January 16, 2018
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Bash in Azure Cloud Shell Now Commercially Available
Azure Cloud Shell now supports the Linux-based Bash command-line interface (CLI), Microsoft announced this week.
November 16, 2017
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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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BCache Gets New Maintainer, NVMe Improvements & More For Linux 4.15
The changes to the MD RAID and block areas of the Linux kernel have been submitted for the 4.15 cycle.
November 15, 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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Beat the biggest threat to the open organization: Bias
In meritocracies, everyone makes decisions. Use these strategies to keep personal biases at bay.
October 31, 2017
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Beginner's guide to R: Introduction
Get started with this popular programming language.
August 18, 2017
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Benchmarking Clear Linux With KPTI + Retpoline Support
Yesterday Intel landed KPTI page table isolation and Retpoline support in their Clear Linux distribution. Given that one of the pillars of this Intel Open-Source Technology Center platform is on delivering optimal Linux performance, I was curious to see how its performance was impacted.
January 9, 2018
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Benchmarking Linux With The Retpoline Patches For Spectre
While the Kernel Page Table Isolation (KPTI) patches were quick to land in the mainline Linux kernel for addressing the Meltdown CPU vulnerability, the "Retpoline" patches are still being worked on as the leading approach on the Linux side for dealing with the Spectre CPU vulnerability.
January 8, 2018
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BeOS-Inspired Haiku OS Had A Successful GSoC 2017: Swift, Btrfs, Preferences GUI
With Google Summer of Code 2017 now in the books, the final reports on the various projects carried out within the BeOS-inspired Haiku operating system are now available.
August 30, 2017
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Best Lightweight Linux Distros
The best of the lightweight Linux distros, geared for a variety of different user types.
November 6, 2017
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Best Linux Desktops for Business
When choosing a Linux distro for your business, one of the factors you should consider is which desktop environment works best for your company. This can be made more complex when you consider individual workflows. In this article, I'll share some of the best desktop environments for the enterprise environment while addressing different types of workflows.
January 30, 2018
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Best Linux Distros for the Enterprise
The best Linux distros for the enterprise offer business users a remarkable level of functionality and scalability.
September 27, 2017
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Best New Linux Desktop Environments
A look at the fresh crop of Linux desktop environments coming up. Are you ready for a new Linux desktop?
September 5, 2017
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Best of Opensource.com: Open organizational culture
Open organizational culture, design, and leadership generated vibrant discussion in 2017. Here are Opensource.com's most-read articles on the subjects.
December 28, 2017
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Best Open Source Accounting Software
Leading open source accounting software, which provides the level of control and functionality that is so important for business users.
February 12, 2018
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Best open source tutorials in 2017
Opensource.com published a wealth of helpful how-to's for everyone from beginners to experts in 2017. Take a look at the best of the best.
January 2, 2018
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Better Browser-Desktop Integration Coming For KDE Plasma 5.13
One of the new features being worked on by KDE developers in the new year is better desktop integration with web browsers.
January 3, 2018
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Beyond Meltdown and Spectre
To bring some clarity to the Spectre and Meltdown situation, Flexera has compiled, and is making available here (see bottom of page), a rolling list of Secunia Research advisories we have issued related to the three CVE's (CVE-2017-5754, CVE-2017-5753, CVE-2017-5715) affecting chips from e.g. Intel, AMD, ARM, and now NVidia.
January 15, 2018
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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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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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BlackBerry "Krypton" (BBD100-1) receives its Wi-Fi certification
In the waning days of August, we told you that a new BlackBerry with the model number BBD100-1 had received its Bluetooth certification from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. Today, that model number has surfaced on a certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance. Slowly but surely, this new "all touch" BlackBerry Mobile model is being prepped by TCL and could end up a successor to the BlackBerry DTEK60.
September 12, 2017
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Block ads on your network with Raspberry Pi and pi-hole
Hate seeing ads while browsing the web? Check out this tutorial on setting up pi-hole.
February 5, 2018
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Block Updates Land In The Linux 4.16 Kernel
The block subsystem updates have now landed in Linus Torvalds' Git tree during the first full day of the Linux 4.16 kernel merge window.
January 26, 2018
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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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Bloomberg Releases Open Source "PowerfulSeal" Kubernetes-Specific Chaos Testing Tool
At the recent KubeCon North America conference, in Austin, USA, Bloomberg presented their new open source "PowerfulSeal" tool, which enables chaos testing within Kubernetes clusters via the termination of targeted pods and underlying node infrastructure.
January 24, 2018
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BlueZ 5.48 Brings New Features
The BlueZ Linux Bluetooth stack is out with a new feature update before ending out the year.
December 27, 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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BPF Getting Error Injection & More In Linux 4.16
While BPF has been under the spotlight recently in light of Spectre, with the upcoming Linux 4.16 cycle this in-kernel virtual machine and originally packet filter will be picking up new features.
January 16, 2018
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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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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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Btrfs For Linux 4.15 Picks Up Compression Improvements, Continued Optimizations
David Sterba of SUSE has submitted the Btrfs file-system feature changes queued for the Linux 4.15 kernel.
November 13, 2017
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Btrfs Zstd Compression Benchmarks On Linux 4.14
Of the many new features in Linux 4.14, one of the prominent additions is initial support for Zstd compression that is initially wired in for transparent file-system compression with SquashFS and Btrfs. Here are some benchmarks of Zstd Btrfs compression compared to the existing LZO and Zlib compression mount options.
November 13, 2017
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Buh-bye! Linux Mint finally kills its pointless KDE Edition
Linux Mint is a fine Ubuntu-based operating system, although I am not sure it needs to exist anymore. After all, its popularity is largely thanks to the historic disdain for Canonical's Unity desktop environment. With the Unity DE now dead, fewer people will seek out the alternative that is Mint.
October 25, 2017
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Build a game framework with Python using the Pygame module
The first part of this series explored Python by creating a simple dice game. Now it's time to make your own game from scratch.
December 14, 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 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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Building a Linux-based HPC system on the Raspberry Pi with Ansible
Create a high-performance computing cluster with low-cost hardware and open source software.
January 24, 2018
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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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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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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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Calamares 3.2 Upgraded Linux Installer Could Be Here In March
The Calamares project as a reminder aims to be the universal installer framework for Linux systems that is distribution-agnostic and already used by Manjaro and KaOS and OpenMandriva. Calamares 3.2 is being worked on as the installer framework's next major release.
January 3, 2018
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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 anonymity and accountability coexist?
Anonymity might be a boon to more open, meritocratic organizational cultures. But does it conflict with another important value: accountability?
January 24, 2018
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Can you see me now? PhotoLab UWP Sample App
While reading What's New in the Windows Developer Docs in September 2017 I saw that the PhotoLab sample app had been updated. Then I realized that I've never highlighted that sample app, which uses a number of cool UI components which we've previously highlighted (Power Up Your UWP Projects with OSS Telerik UI for UWP Controls, It's Here, UWP Community Toolkit v2.0!), as well as just being a cool UWP sample app...
October 11, 2017
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Cannonlake/Icelake Desktop CPUs Won't Have PKU Memory Protection Support
Support for Memory Protection Keys (a.k.a. PKU / PKEYs) was finished up this year in the Linux kernel, glibc, and related components. This memory protection feature premiered with Intel Xeon Scalable CPUs and is said to be coming to future desktop CPUs, but it doesn't look like that's happening for the Cannonlake or Icelake generations.
December 28, 2017
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Canonical Joins The GNOME Advisory Board
With the switch from Unity back to GNOME as the default desktop environment of Ubuntu, Canonical has joined the GNOME Foundation's Advisory Board.
November 1, 2017
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Canonical joins the GNOME Foundation advisory board
With its latest release of Ubuntu, Canonical decided to ship its operating system using the GNOME desktop environment, dumping Unity after over half a decade. Hot on the heels of that release, the company has decided to join the GNOME Foundation's advisory board, meaning it'll give the GNOME Project funding and expert consultation. Other members of the board include Google, the Linux Foundation, and the Free Software Foundation, among others.
November 1, 2017
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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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Cgroup2 Thread Support Added For Linux 4.14
Notable to the cgroup work for Linux 4.14 is that the thread mode was finally merged for cgroup v2. The kernel documentation explains this threaded mode for cgroup2:
September 5, 2017
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Changing how we use Slack solved our transparency and silo problems
Our recent experience selecting a chat platform help us set priorities: Culture first, process second, tools last.
December 21, 2017
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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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Chrome Apps are dead, as Google shuts down the Chrome Web Store section
Google says Progressive Web Apps are the future of app-like webpages.
December 6, 2017
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Chromium Appears To Be Advancing Their Linux VR State
Google's Chrome has offered virtual reality support for a while and most recently will even let you browse the web in VR while the Linux support has lagged behind.
September 29, 2017
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Clear Linux Can Run On AMD's EPYC Platform With Competitive Performance
As part of our ongoing AMD EPYC Linux benchmarking, I've been working this week on a cross-distribution GNU/Linux comparison followed by some BSD testing... Of course, I couldn't help but to see if Intel's performance-oriented Clear Linux distribution would run on the AMD EPYC server.
September 29, 2017
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Clear Linux Rolls Out KPTI Page Isolation & Retpoline Support
Intel's own Clear Linux distribution has now been updated with protection for addressing the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities disclosed last week.
January 8, 2018
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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 adds native Kubernetes support for running containers
Cloud Foundry, the open-source platform as a service (PaaS) offering, has become somewhat of a de facto standard in the enterprise for building and managing applications in the cloud or in their own data centers. The project, which is supported by the Linux Foundation, is announcing a number of updates at its annual European user conference this week. Among these are support for container workloads and a new marketplace that highlights the growing Cloud Foundry ecosystem.
October 11, 2017
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Cloud Native Infrastructure with Kubicorn
Kris Nova is a Senior Developer Advocate for Microsoft with an emphasis in containers and the Linux operating system. She has a deep technical background in the Go programming language, and has authored many successful tools in Go. She is a Kubernetes maintainer, and the creator of Kubicorn, a successful Kubernetes infrastructure management tool.
January 30, 2018
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CloudBees acquires Codeship as devops consolidates
More consolidation is afoot in the busy world of backend developer tools. Today, CloudBees -- the company closely associated with support and services for the open source Jenkins continuous integration and delivery engine -- has announced that it will acquire Codeship, another startup in the dev-ops space focusing on continuous integration and delivery.
February 6, 2018
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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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Coffee Lake Support Finally Lands In Beignet OpenCL
Intel Coffee Lake CPUs began shipping in October and while their UHD Graphics are effectively re-branded Kabylake graphics, it's taken until today to get mainline support for Coffee Lake OpenCL support on Linux with Beignet.
February 5, 2018
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Coffee Lake, AMD EPYC & AMDGPU Dominated October
During October on Phoronix were 257 original news articles and 33 featured articles / reviews. There was a lot of exciting Linux hardware happenings during October!
November 1, 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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Command Line Heroes, an original podcast
New podcast tells the epic tales of the programmers and open source rebels revolutionizing the technology landscape.
February 2, 2018
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Common approaches to securing Linux servers and what runs on them.
Are we always doing everything that is necessary to secure, and I mean really seriously secure, any valuable server containing sensitive information on the internet? According to Shodan, the answer is no.
February 6, 2018
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Community building with a Q&A versus online forum
Working on building an online community? Here's how to choose the platform that's right for you.
August 23, 2017
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Concerns About Performance Testing and Tuning
In a rather surprising discovery, only 6% are doing continuous performance testing and no one is doing continuous UI testing.
January 26, 2018
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Concerns About the Open Source Ecosystem
Concerns were far-ranging with the most frequent related to obsolescence, overlap, vendor perception, domination by large players, and consumption without contribution.
February 13, 2018
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Configure and Secure Linux Mint
After finishing installing Linux Mint, you might think you're all set and ready to go. And while Linux Mint does have some great software pre-installed, there is still some some things you need to configure and lock down. In this article, I'll share my configuration and security setup that I recommend if you're running Linux Mint.
October 24, 2017
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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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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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Continuous infrastructure: The other CI
Want to boost the efficiency of your DevOps operations? Make infrastructure a first-class citizen of the CI pipeline.
November 8, 2017
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CopperheadOS: Security features, installing apps, and more
Fly your open source flag proudly with Copperhead, a mobile OS that takes its FOSS commitment seriously.
January 26, 2018
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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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CRI-O: All the runtime Kubernetes needs
Learn about CRI-O, a lightweight alternative to using Docker as the runtime for Kubernetes.
December 4, 2017
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Critical vulnerability affects Electron-based Skype, Slack and more on Windows
Electron is a widely used open source framework for developing native applications with web technologies like JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. It is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux, and companies like Microsoft, Facebook, Slack, and others have used it to build lots of apps.
January 25, 2018
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Create custom wallpaper slideshows in GNOME
With simple XML, you can set GNOME to display a custom slideshow instead of its stock options.
December 19, 2017
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Create versatile visualizations with D3 and Angular
Learn how to combine the D3 data visualization tool and the Angular cross-platform application development platform to create interactive visualizations.
August 29, 2017
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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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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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CrossOver 17.0 Released, Lets You Run Microsoft Office 2016 On Linux
CodeWeavers has announced the release of their Wine-based CrossOver 17.0 software for macOS and Linux.
December 5, 2017
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Crowdsourcing the way to a more flexible strategic plan
My team recently gathered more than 100 action items from our community--then completed them all within a year. Here's how we did it.
October 19, 2017
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Crypto Subsystem Sees ARM Improvements With Linux 4.16
Herbert Xu has submitted the crypto subsystem updates for the Linux 4.16 kernel. This time around there are a number of ARM/ARM64 related improvements.
January 30, 2018
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Crunch Texture Compression Showing Off Promising Results For Unity
The Crunch texture compression library developed by former Valve Linux/OpenGL engineer Rich Geldreich who cofounded the Binomial consulting firm is making much progress with showing off impressive compression capabilities for game engines.
November 15, 2017
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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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Darktable 2.4-RC1 Rolls Out With Windows Support, OpenCL Improvements
The open-source Darktable RAW photography software that's long been available for Linux and macOS has finally been ported to Microsoft Windows. But fortunately that's not all to be found in Darktable 2.4.
December 11, 2017
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Dashlane universal password manager comes to Linux, Chromebook and Microsoft Edge
Dashlane, a popular password manager that now reaches 9 million users, is launching today on Linux, Chromebook, and in Microsoft Edge for the first time.
November 2, 2017
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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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Death of a closed-source enterprise software salesman
A light-hearted All Things Open talk explains why close-source enterprise software succeeds despite open source's superiority.
November 27, 2017
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Debian versus Linux Mint: The Winner Is?
A point by point comparison of the Debian and Linux Mint Linux distributions. Which one is best for you?
January 9, 2018
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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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Dell Rolling Out More Developer-Focused Systems Preloaded With Ubuntu
Canonical has announced that Dell is rolling out five new systems pre-installed with Ubuntu Linux. These systems are catering towards developers and come from all-in-one computers to new laptop models.
November 14, 2017
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Deploying new releases: Feature flags or rings?
Use deployment rings to progressively expose a new release, and feature flags to fine-tune each release in production.
February 8, 2018
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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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Designing tabletop games with open source
Create your own game with print-on-demand, open source software, and some creativity.
October 10, 2017
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Develop iOS Apps on Windows With NativeScript Sidekick
In this article, you'll see how you can started creating builds of iOS apps from Windows using NativeScript Sidekick! Sound exciting? Then this post is for you.
January 26, 2018
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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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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 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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DevOps: How to avoid project death by hand-off
Implementing continuous feedback loops can cause a revolution.
November 15, 2017
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Dgraph raises $3M for its open-source distributed graph database, hits 1.0 release
Dgraph is an increasingly popular open-source distributed graph database that uses a version of Facebook's GraphQL as its default query language. Today, the company announced that it has raised $3 million in funding from Bain Capital Ventures, Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes, Blackbird Ventures and AirTree.
December 19, 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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Dirty COW Linux vulnerability reappears as ZNIU malware threat to Android users
It has been quite some time -- nearly a year in fact -- since we were talking about the Dirty COW vulnerability affecting the Linux kernel. Now the vulnerability is back, but this time it is Android users who need to be concerned.
September 26, 2017
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Discovering Linux opened a window to the open source world
For Levi Moore, a "serendipitous" discovery of Linux led to a passion for open source tools.
October 11, 2017
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Diversity and inclusion: Stop talking and do your homework
Mozilla's research uncovers important ways to promote diversity and inclusion in open source projects.
September 1, 2017
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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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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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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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Don't worry about those 40 Linux USB security holes. That's not a typo
Move along. Nothing to see here. By the way, try this flash drive in your laptop, ta
November 7, 2017
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Dr. Lovesource: Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the open
There's a lot more to open source than contributing code.
January 15, 2018
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DragonFlyBSD Lands Fixes For Meltdown Vulnerability
Linux, macOS, and Windows has taken most of the operating system attention when it comes down to the recently-disclosed Meltdown vulnerability but the BSDs too are prone to this CPU issue. DragonFlyBSD lead developer Matthew Dillon has landed his fixes for Meltdown.
January 5, 2018
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DragonFlyBSD Posts Initial Kernel Fix For Spectre
Last week DragonFlyBSD lead developer Matthew Dillon posted initial patches for addressing Meltdown on this popular BSD distribution. Dillon has now posted his initial patch for targeting the Spectre CPU vulnerability.
January 10, 2018
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Drive your career forward by being open about your goals
Anyone working in an open organization should take advantage of opportunities to find their own contexts, tools, and training.
December 12, 2017
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DRM Leasing Support To Land For Linux 4.15
The kernel bits for Keith Packard's work around "DRM leasing" for improving virtual reality (VR) support on Linux will land for Linux 4.15.
October 19, 2017
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DRM Updates Land For Linux 4.15; Torvalds: "There's Something Odd About DRM People"
Overnight the Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) display/graphics driver updates were sent out and ultimately pulled into the mainline kernel for Linux 4.15. This doesn't yet include though the separate AMDGPU DC pull request.
November 16, 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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Early Linux 4.15 AMDGPU Linux Gaming Tests Indicate Some Regressions
Here are some early AMD Radeon Linux gaming benchmarks using the in-development Linux 4.15 kernel. Unfortunately, there are a few performance regressions.
November 21, 2017
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Easily exploitable Apache Struts vulnerability opens businesses to attack
A critical vulnerability in Apache Struts, a popular open source framework for developing web applications, opens any server running an app built using it to remote attackers.
September 6, 2017
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Ecere SDK: A cross-platform toolkit for GUIs and graphics
Take a look at the 20-year history of the Ecere software development kit, now powering the GNOSIS GIS mapping software.
September 5, 2017
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Eclipse Foundation Prepares to Open Source Java EE as EE4J
The Eclipse Foundation is ready to take on the challenge of open sourcing Java EE as the Eclipse Enterprise for Java (EE4J) project. Mike Milinkovich, executive director at Eclipse, formally introduced EE4J and described the challenges they face:
October 25, 2017
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EFI In Linux 4.14 Will Better Handle Rebooting Of Buggy Systems
First up, EFI will now fallback to other poweroff methods if the EFI poweroff process fails. If the EFI_RESET_SHUTDOWN returns without powering off the system during this EFI shutdown process, the kernel will fall back to the traditional power-off process.
September 5, 2017
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Election night hackathon supports civic engagement
Rochester Institute of Technology students develop open source community projects as election results come in.
December 11, 2017
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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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EPYC versus Xeon Gold In Nearly 200 Tests With Ubuntu On Linux 4.15
Coming later today is a large Intel/AMD CPU comparison using the latest Linux 4.15 stable kernel that is mitigated for Spectre and Meltdown and using around two dozen tests. For the high-end Xeon Gold and EPYC servers, I ran close to 200 tests on those platforms.
February 12, 2018
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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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Etnaviv DRM Updates Roll Out For Linux 4.16
Lucas Stach has submitted the DRM driver updates for Etnaviv that are requested to be pulled for Linux 4.16.
January 4, 2018
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Etnaviv Gallium3D May Eventually Tackle OpenCL
Two developers from the Pengutronix embedded Linux company out of Germany presented at this week's Embedded Linux Conference in Europe. There they talked about zero-copy video streaming on embedded systems, and as part of that, the Etnaviv open-source graphics driver.
October 26, 2017
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Etnaviv Landing Performance Counters For Linux 4.15
Lucas Stach has sent in the Etnaviv DRM driver changes to DRM-Next for the Linux 4.15 kernel. This is one of the bigger pull requests for this reverse-engineered, open-source Vivante graphics driver.
October 13, 2017
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Europe pledges support for open source government solutions
European Union & EFTA nations recognize open source software as a key driver of government digital transformation.
October 10, 2017
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Everything I know about open source I learned from SpaceX
Five lessons from the spectacular Falcon Heavy launch for people working on open source projects.
February 13, 2018
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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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Experience Google's DeepDream in VR and hallucinate in the name of science
Exploring the complex mechanisms that cause us to hallucinate is an incredibly tricky task. This is largely because hallucinations are usually triggered by psychotic conditions or psychedelic drugs, making it nearly impossible to isolate what really transforms our perception of reality.
November 22, 2017
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Experimental KPTI Support For x86 32-bit Linux
For the Kernel Page Table Isolation (KPTI) support currently within the Linux kernel for addressing the Meltdown CPU vulnerability it's currently limited to 64-bit on the x86 side, but for the unfortunate souls still running x86 32-bit operating systems, SUSE is working on such support.
January 19, 2018
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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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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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EXT4 Has Scalability Improvements For Linux 4.14
The EXT4 changes this time around aren't too exciting but do include some scalability improvements when allocating inodes. There are also some random bug fixes and code clean-ups throughout the driver. But overall it's a quiet cycle with just around 200 lines of code changed.
September 5, 2017
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EXT4 In Linux 4.15 Gets Online Resizing When Using Bigalloc, Corruption Fixes
Ted Ts'o was quick to send in the EXT4 file-system and fscrypt file-system encryption framework changes for the just-opened Linux 4.15 merge window.
November 13, 2017
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Misc. - F

F1 2017 On Linux With 23 Graphics Cards, NVIDIA + AMDGPU-PRO + RADV
Following various F1 2017 Linux gaming benchmarks over the past few days since this game's Linux release this past Thursday with a port to Vulkan, here is a 23-way graphics card comparison for this formula one racing game while having coverage of the NVIDIA, AMDGPU-PRO, and RADV Vulkan drivers atop Ubuntu Linux.
November 6, 2017
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F1 2017 Will Be The First Vulkan-Only Linux Game
After announcing the F1 2017 racing game for Linux last week, Feral Interactive confirmed it will support the Vulkan graphics API while today they confirmed it's going to be a Vulkan-exclusive title on Linux.
October 30, 2017
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F2FS For Linux 4.15 Brings Some Enhancements, Changes For Android
The F2FS file-system changes have been submitted for the Linux 4.15 kernel merge window.
November 16, 2017
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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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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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FAQs: Learn how to assign roles available with Azure, new options for securing Azure services with IaaS services and installing additional Linux distributions with WSL.
Three times a week, John Savill tackles your most pressing IT questions.
November 22, 2017
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Features You Won't Find With The Mainline Linux 4.15 Kernel
While Linux 4.15 is going to be a mega kernel update with its major new features and changes as we have been covering for the past two weeks, there is some functionality that has yet to see the light of day in mainline.
November 28, 2017
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Fedora 27 Debuts With GNOME 3.26 Powered Workstation Spin, Modular Server Coming
It's arriving only two weeks late but today marks the official debut of Fedora 27 as the latest major update for this Red Hat sponsored Linux distribution.
November 14, 2017
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Fedora 27 Linux distribution now available for download
If you want a pure, no-nonsense, Linux-based operating system, look no further than Fedora. It is stable as all hell, while also being fairly bleeding edge with up-to-date packages. Best of all, the distribution focuses heavily on open source ideology, using only truly free software. It is a great way to experience Linux as it should be. Hell, the father of the kernel, Linus Torvalds, uses Fedora -- that's saying something.
November 14, 2017
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Fedora 27 Making It Easy To Deploy Free RHEL7 VMs
For those wanting to use Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 within a GNOME Boxes driven virtual machine, you can do so for free now with Fedora Workstation 27.
October 20, 2017
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Fedora 28 Hopes To Improve Linux Laptop Battery Life
Red Hat's Hans de Goede is spearheading an effort to improve the Fedora battery life of laptops -- and should conserve power too for desktops running Fedora Workstation -- for the current Fedora 28 cycle.
November 16, 2017
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Fedora 28 Toolchain: GCC 8, Binutils 2.29.1, Glibc 2.27
This shouldn't come as much of a surprise as Fedora Linux normally ships with the very latest upstream toolchain components and with Fedora 28 it will be no different.
January 9, 2018
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Fedora Linux Can Finally Offer AAC Audio Codec Support
With Fedora always striving for free software and ensuring its legal state is in order due to Red Hat's control, it was only earlier this year Fedora was legally allowed to begin offering full MP3 support for both decode/encode along with AC3 support while last year it received H.264 support. The latest multimedia expansion for Fedora is now being able to distribute an AAC codec.
October 12, 2017
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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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Fedora, Ubuntu, CentOS, openSUSE, Debian, Clear & Antergos Linux Benchmarks On AMD EPYC
I've just wrapped up trying out nine different Linux distributions on AMD's EPYC in the form of the EPYC 7601 housed in the TYAN Transport SX TN70A-B8026. Like our initial testing with Ubuntu on EPYC, the other modern Linux distributions all played nicely with AMD's re-entry into the server market with their Zen-based offerings.
October 4, 2017
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Feral Announces F1 2017 Linux System Requirements
Feral Interactive has now published the system requirements for their Linux port of F1 2017 with this racing game set to be released on Thursday.
October 31, 2017
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Feral Is Bringing Rise of the Tomb Raider To Linux
Feral Interactive has announced today that they are porting Rise of the Tomb Raider to Linux.
February 13, 2018
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Feral Releases F1 2017 For Linux, More Details On The Vulkan Driver Requirements
Feral Interactive has just made F1 2017 publicly available via Steam on Linux and via the Feral Store for those wanting to try out this racing game that was released for Windows earlier this year.
November 2, 2017
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FFmpeg Continues Working Its "NVDEC" NVIDIA Video Decoding Into Shape
Earlier this month the FFmpeg project landed its initial NVDEC NVIDIA video decoding support after already supporting NVENC for video encoding. These new NVIDIA APIs for encode/decode are part of the company's Video Codec SDK with CUDA and is the successor to the long-used VDPAU video decoding on NVIDIA Linux boxes. That NVDEC support has continued getting into shape.
November 22, 2017
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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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First Batch Of AMDGPU Changes For Linux 4.16: DC Multi-Display Sync, Vega Tuning
Alex Deucher of AMD sent in today their first batch of feature updates for Radeon/AMDGPU/TTM feature code for DRM-Next, which has already been queued, and will in turn land next year with the Linux 4.16 kernel.
December 6, 2017
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Five Linux Server Distributions to Consider in 2018
These five tried-and-tested Linux server distributions top our list for distros to consider for the data center or server room.
January 4, 2018
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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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Flatpak'ed Epiphany Browser Becomes More Useful
Epiphany 3.27.3 was released this morning as the newest release of GNOME's web browser in the road to the GNOME 3.28 stable desktop debut next March.
December 12, 2017
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Flex & Bison Are Now Needed To Build The Linux Kernel; Linux 4.16 Can Also Be Snap'ed
Building the kernel beginning with Linux 4.16 now requires two more dependencies: Bison and Flex.
February 1, 2018
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Flint OS, an operating system for a cloud-first world
This Chromium OS-based operating system is designed for the rapidly emerging era when all apps and services will live in the cloud.
October 20, 2017
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Following RHEL, Oracle Linux 7 Brought To ARM
Following Red Hat promoting Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 for ARM under general availability, Oracle with their RHEL7-derivative, Oracle Linux 7, also now supports ARM.
November 29, 2017
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Font licensing and use: What you need to know
Just because a font is on your system doesn't mean you should use it any way you want.
November 20, 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 Lightroom alternative Darktable is now available on Windows
Free Lightroom alternative Darktable was recently updated to version 2.4.0, an update that is joined by a new milestone for the open source software: for the very first time, it has been ported to Windows. The Windows port is incomplete at the moment, lacking a few features like printing support, but the team said in a blog post that, "we are confident that it's quite usable already and hope you will enjoy it."
December 27, 2017
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FreeBSD Developers Tackle AMD Zen/Ryzen Temperature Monitoring Before Linux
While Linux users of AMD's new Zen-based Ryzen/Threadripper/Epyc processors are still waiting for thermal driver support to hit the mainline Linux kernel, FreeBSD developers have already managed to produce the Zen "Family 17h" CPU thermal monitoring support on their own.
September 12, 2017
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Freedreno's MSM DRM Driver Wires In DEVFREQ Re-Clocking Support
Freedreno open-source Qualcomm Adreno driver creator Rob Clark has sent in the set of updates for the MSM DRM driver targeting the Linux 4.16 kernel.
January 11, 2018
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Fresh bit o' Linux to spruce up that ancient Windows Vista box? Why not, we say...
Q4OS. Oh, gesundheit. Oh, that's the distro, is it...
October 30, 2017
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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 0 to Kubernetes
Clear up your confusion about containers and Kubernetes in this Lightning Talk from All Things Open 2017.
November 29, 2017
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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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FundRequest Uses Blockchain to Incentivize Open Source Contributions
When an open source project is lacking needed contributions, FundRequest will let users offer a cash incentive to inspire the needed code.
November 21, 2017
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Fwupd 1.0.0 Released To Advance Linux Firmware Updating
Richard Hughes has announced the release of fwupd 1.0.0 today, the utility increasingly being used by many vendors for supporting updating of device firmware/microcode on Linux.
October 9, 2017
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Game Porter Feral Interactive Is Up To Around 72 Employees
For those curious about the financial aspect of porting games to Linux and macOS, Feral Interactive has published their 2017 fiscal year results.
January 11, 2018
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GAPID 1.0 Released As Google's Cross-Platform Vulkan Debugger
Back in March we wrote about GAPID as a new Google-developed Vulkan debugger in its early stages. Fast forward to today, GAPID 1.0 has been released for debugging Vulkan apps/games on Linux/Windows/Android as well as OpenGL ES on Android.
December 13, 2017
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GCC 8 & LLVM Clang 6.0 Compiler Performance On AMD EPYC - November 2017
Given the continuously evolving state of open-source code compilers, especially for the newer AMD Zen "znver1" architecture, here is the latest installment of our compiler benchmarks. Tested for this article from and AMD EPYC 7601 processor were GCC 7.2, GCC 8.0.0, LLVM Clang 5.0, and LLVM Clang 6.0 SVN.
November 8, 2017
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GCC & LLVM Clang Compiler Benchmarks On AMD's EPYC 7601
For squeezing maximum performance out of Linux systems with source-based workloads, most of you know there can often be tweaks to be had to the compiler stack for greater performance. As well with the never-ending advancements to the leading open-source code compilers, between releases can be measurable performance benefits but sometimes not without regressions too.
September 26, 2017
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GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Rolls Out To Battle The RX Vega 56, Linux Tests Forthcoming
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti has begun shipping.
November 2, 2017
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General availability of App Service on Linux and Web App for Containers
Applications are changing the pace of business today -- from delivering amazing customer experiences, to transforming internal operations. To keep pace, developers need solutions that help them quickly build, deploy and scale applications without having to maintain the underlying web servers or operating systems.
September 6, 2017
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Get started developing games with Godot
Learn to use Godot Engine, one of the best open source, multi-purpose game engines available.
December 4, 2017
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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 rid of version warnings: an experiment at hacking the Linux/glibc dynamic linker to shut up
If you use a non-Debian/Ubuntu distro (I recently switched to Arch), you've probably had a moment where you downloaded some binaries and tried running them, only to get an error like this:
January 2, 2018
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Getting started with .NET for Linux
Microsoft's decision to make .NET Core open source means it's time for Linux developers to get comfortable and start experimenting.
November 8, 2017
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Getting started with Gnocchi
Gnocchi, which enables storage and indexing of time series data and resources at large scale, is purpose-built for today's huge cloud platforms.
November 7, 2017
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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 ImageMagick
Learn common ways to view and modify images with this lightweight image editor.
August 21, 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 Logstash
No longer a simple log-processing pipeline, Logstash has evolved into a powerful and versatile data processing tool. Here are basics to get you started.
October 19, 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 reinforcement learning
Machine learning isn't always about neural networks. We look at how to get started with reinforcement learning.
November 27, 2017
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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 Notepadqq Linux text editor
Learn about Notepadqq, a Linux text editor that mimics Notepad++.
December 13, 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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Getting started with the RStudio IDE
The R Project for statistical computing is a powerful way to analyze data, and the RStudio IDE makes it easy to use.
February 13, 2018
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Getting started with Turtl, an open source alternative to Evernote
Turtl is a solid note-taking tool for users looking for an alternative to apps like Evernote and Google Keep.
December 6, 2017
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GFS2 To Support Hole-Punching With Linux 4.16
The GFS2 file-system with the upcoming Linux 4.16 kernel cycle will add hole-punching support.
January 22, 2018
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GhostWriter is a gorgeous distraction-free markdown editor for Windows and Linux
Writers are fiercely loyal to the tools they use. For years, I swore by the ultra-slimline markdown editor iA Writer. Sadly, this hugely popular app is a macOS exclusive, and when I ditched my MacBook Pro to join the PC world, I had to leave it behind.
January 4, 2018
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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 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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GitHub starts alerting developers of security vulnerabilities in dependencies
Popular Git repository hosting service GitHub has introduced a new feature to help developers keep their projects safer: security alerts for vulnerabilities in software packages which their projects depend on.
November 20, 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 versus GitHub for Open Source Projects
GitHub has become a wide-reaching community for developers, but isn't open source. Take a look at GitLab and how it compares.
February 1, 2018
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Give old electronics new life with Linux and Raspberry Pi
Convert a Raspberry Pi into a smart remote control for your old A/V equipment using open source ANAVI Infrared pHAT and Linux software.
October 3, 2017
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Giving Open-Source projects life after a developer's death
You've probably never heard of the late Jim Weirich or his software. But you've almost certainly used apps built on his work.
November 6, 2017
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Glibc Rolls Out Support For Memory Protection Keys
While kernel side there's been Memory Protection Keys support since Linux 4.9 and work has already landed in GCC and Clang, the glibc GNU C Library is finally adding support for MPK.
December 5, 2017
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GNOME 3.28 Expected To Ship On Pi Day
The GNOME team has firmed up the release schedule for the in-development GNOME 3.28 desktop environment.
October 12, 2017
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GNOME at 20: Four reasons it's still my favorite GUI
In the 20 years since its initial release, GNOME has continued to innovate and improve.
August 15, 2017
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GNOME desktop environment for Linux and BSD is 20 years old today
When many people think of Linux, they incorrectly assume it is an operating system. Actually, Linux is merely the kernel which many operating systems leverage. An actual operating system is compromised of many things, including a user interface -- after all, users need to interface with their computer!
August 15, 2017
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GNOME versus KDE: Best Desktop?
In the debate about whether GNOME or KDE is the best Linux desktop, factors like workflow, software and user preferences are essential to consider.
October 2, 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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GNU Linux-libre 4.15-gnu Deblobs Two New Drivers, Drops More Upstream References
Once again being punctual with their releases, the GNU Linux-libre volunteers managed to release the GNU Linux-libre 4.15-gnu kernel a short time after Linus Torvalds on Sunday released the official Linux 4.15 kernel.
January 26, 2018
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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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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 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 Cloud and HashiCorp Expand Collaboration
As part of a wider engagement with the open source community, Google have announced increased collaboration with HashiCorp. The result of this is improved Google Cloud Platform (GCP) specific functionality for Terraform, the infrastructure-as-code cloud provisioning tool, and Vault, the secret management tool. Google explain:
September 26, 2017
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Google Code-in 2017 open source mentor organizations revealed, including Ubuntu!
Despite what some naysayers may proclaim, it is imperative that children not only learn to code, but how to work on various aspects of a coding project too. To take it a step further, it is also a good idea for them to understand the virtues of open source ideology. True, sometimes closed source is better from a business perspective, but still, it is important that kids understand both sides.
October 26, 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 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 Abseil, a Collection of C++ and Python Utilities
Google has made available a number of C++ libraries they use internally for many of their projects. Python ones are to follow soon.
September 28, 2017
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Google Proposing HDCP Content Protection Be Added To Intel's Linux Graphics Driver
Sure to ruffle some feathers, a Google/ChromeOS developer is looking for comments on the company's patches to add HDCP - High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection - to Intel's open-source Linux kernel graphics driver.
November 30, 2017
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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 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 Tensor Flow In C On Fedora Linux
Decided to have a look at google tensor flow to see what all the hype is about.
December 28, 2017
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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's Kelsey Hightower talks Kubernetes and community
Google's popular developer advocate shares his thoughts on Kubernetes and why its community is key to its strength.
January 16, 2018
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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, IBM and others launch an open-source API for keeping tabs on software supply chains
Thanks to containers and microservices, the way we are building software is quickly changing. But as with all change, these new models also introduce new problems. You probably still want to know who actually built a given container and what's running in it.
October 12, 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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Graphics and music tools for game development
To build a playable game in just three days, you need good, fast, reliable tools.
January 30, 2018
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GraphLib: An open source Android library for graphs
An easy way to draw graphs and data plots in your Android applications
September 28, 2017
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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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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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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 60th birthday, Fortran
Fortran may be trending down on Google, but its foundational role in scientific applications ensure that it won't be retiring anytime soon.
November 14, 2017
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Happy anniversary, Linux: A look back at where it all began
Installing SLS 1.05 shows just how far the Linux kernel has come in 26 years.
August 25, 2017
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Happy Birthday Opensource.com: Celebrating 8 years
Delivering news, stories, and the best of open source today is our bread and butter.
January 24, 2018
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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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Has Linux's market share really doubled in two months?
Something weird just happened. Linux -- the sprightly insurgent of operating systems -- just saw its market share double. According to NetMarketShare, its share of the desktop jumped from around 2.5 percent in July, to nearly 5 percent in September.
October 2, 2017
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HashiCorp raises $40M for its cloud infrastructure automation services
HashiCorp is probably best known for Terraform, its open-source tool for automatically provisioning infrastructure by describing it as code. But the company also offers a whole range of additional open-source security tools and products that enable multi-cloud deployments, as well as enterprise versions of these tools that add features for larger teams on top of these free versions.
October 24, 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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Hate Slack's new Emoji? Here's how to bring back the old ones
Slack now forces you to use specific emoji depending on your system of choice. Mac and iOS users will still see Apple's emoji, which used to be the default for all users. But now Windows, Android, and Linux users will see Google's very divisive emoji introduced with Android Oreo. In comparison with Apple's emoji, the new ones appear flatter and have a somewhat ugly border around them.
February 9, 2018
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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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Hazelcast Joins Eclipse Foundation to Collaborate on Open Source Enterprise Java
Hazelcast, the leading open source In-Memory Data Grid (IMDG) with tens of thousands of installed clusters and over 39 million server starts per month, today announced it had joined the Eclipse Foundation, bringing extensive Java-driven community experience to a host of open source projects. Working collaboratively with other members of the Eclipse community, Hazelcast's primary focus will be on JCache, the Eclipse MicroProfile and EE4J.
December 6, 2017
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Hazelcast Joins the Eclipse Foundation
Hazelcast, a provider in open source In-Memory Data Grid (IMDG), recently joined the Eclipse Foundation to collaborate with the other members of the Eclipse community. They will mainly focus on JCache (JSR-107), Eclipse MicroProfile, and EE4J. Hazelcast offers a native implementation of JCache based entirely on the JSR-107 specification.
January 9, 2018
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Healthchecks.io: Open Source Alerting For Your Cron Jobs with Pēteris Caune -- Episode 144
Your backups are running every day, right? Are you sure? What about that daily report job? We all have scripts that need to be run on a periodic basis and it is easy to forget about them, assuming that they are working properly. Sometimes they fail and in order to know when that happens you need a tool that will let you know so that you can find and fix the problem. P
January 15, 2018
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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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HITMAN Game of the Year Edition Released For Linux
Feral Interactive has been off to a busy November with last week releasing F1 2017 for Linux and today delivering same-day support for HITMAN Game of the Year Edition on both macOS and Linux.
November 7, 2017
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How a leader can move forward without consensus
Pushing a project ahead without absolute agreement is still possible--maybe even preferable.
August 29, 2017
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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 Microsoft docs team increased openness and improved collaboration
My technical content team at Microsoft needed to change the way it operated. Switching tools was easy. Changing our team culture was much more difficult.
October 10, 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 allowing myself to be vulnerable made me a better leader
Opening up about our insecurities limits their power over us.
January 4, 2018
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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 culture builds DevOps muscle memory
"What does DevOps mean to you?" Our question received colorful responses.
December 19, 2017
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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 an open team can assess threats and opportunities
SWOT analysis can be incredibly useful for your open team. This exercise makes it more accessible to developers.
October 12, 2017
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How becoming open and agile led to customer success
Our customer was frustrated. Our team was stressed. Adopting a more open and agile method for working together changed all that.
November 14, 2017
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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 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 debuggers really work
You've probably used a debugger to check your code, but do you know how they do what they do?
January 15, 2018
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How Dell built a community to prepare for an open future
By supporting its {code} community, Dell can achieve "innovation-through-openness."
December 26, 2017
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How DevOps eliminates development bottlenecks
Embracing DevOps enabled Rangers to become more nimble, fast, and valuable to the developer community.
November 22, 2017
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How do I run Windows software on Linux?
Ready to take the plunge into Linux, but not quite ready to give up your favorite applications? There may be a solution.
August 31, 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 Secure Open Source Software?
Executives and experts advise that develoeprs follow best practices, test, and choose the most recent version of the code.
February 13, 2018
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How Eclipse is advancing IoT development
Open source organization's modular approach to development is a good match for the Internet of Things.
October 20, 2017
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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 Go and Raspberry Pi power piano-playing AI
Learn how a developer used Go and a Raspberry Pi to create AI specifically tuned to his own style.
October 31, 2017
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How governments and citizens used open source to solve human problems in 2017
Articles about how open source is helping solve human problems resonated with Opensource.com readers in 2017.
January 3, 2018
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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 coined the term 'open source'
Christine Peterson finally publishes her account of that fateful day, 20 years ago.
February 1, 2018
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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 inner sourcing saved our IT department
Our IT team combined open organization principles with inner sourcing strategies. The results transformed the way we work--and produced incredible results.
January 11, 2018
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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 Performance Changed In 2017 With Clear Linux & Ubuntu
The latest in our streak of year-end benchmarking is seeing how Linux performance has evolved over the course of 2017. For that we tested Intel's performance-optimized Clear Linux distribution as well as Ubuntu using releases from the start of the year to their current state for seeing how the performance compares using the same system.
December 28, 2017
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How my two-week project turned into a full time open source startup
A small project to automate a web developer's invoicing process morphed into a full-fledged open source gig management system.
August 14, 2017
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How Mycroft used WordPress and GitHub to improve its documentation
Here's how one team integrated WordPress and GitHub to satisfy the documentation needs of Mycroft developers and end users.
January 9, 2018
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How old is your oldest Linux install disk?
Nearly everyone still has a few old install disks sitting around. How old are yours?
November 29, 2017
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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 government is helping with hurricane relief
In the aftermath of a natural disaster, embracing open government principles--such as open data, collaboration between citizens and government, and transparency--can save lives.
October 20, 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 Open Source Will Enable Smart Cities
Developers of smart city technology will have no choice but to turn to open source if they want to keep up with the demand.
November 30, 2017
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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 '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 OpenType font system works
Everyone knows what fonts are, but do you know how they work? Learn the basics of digital typography.
November 8, 2017
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How The Radeon RX Vega Performance Has Evolved Since Launch
As part of our end-of-year benchmarking, a Phoronix Premium supporter had brought up the idea of seeing how the Radeon RX Vega Linux driver performance has evolved since launch. Ask and you shall receive: here's some numbers showing the state of the Radeon RX Vega 56 and RX Vega 64 performance with the open-source RadeonSI+AMDGPU performance as of this week compared to back on launch-day.
December 19, 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 to add cloud storage services as save locations in Office 2016
Here are the steps to show Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, and multiple OneDrive accounts as save locations in Office 2016.
December 11, 2017
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How to align your team around microservices
These tips will make it easier to get your team on the same page about microservices architecture.
October 20, 2017
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How to avoid leaving money on the table with salary negotiation
Negotiating a job offer is stressful, but these steps could help put more money in your paycheck.
August 14, 2017
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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 custom IoT hardware with Arduino
Come along on a journey to build an open source IoT device, from breadboarding to manufacturing.
January 10, 2018
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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 check spelling at the Linux command line with Aspell
GNU Aspell is a nifty utility that flags spelling errors in plain text files.
February 5, 2018
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How to check your Windows 10 PC for memory problems
When your computer is acting up, it could be a memory problem, and in this guide, we show you how to use Windows 10's built-in memory tool to find out.
September 6, 2017
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How to Choose a Linux Container Image
A comparison of Linux container images talks about the best-practices in choosing an image. Architecture, security and performance are among the factors, while commercial users would also look for support options.
October 20, 2017
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How to Choose Open Source Software Components
In only a decade or so, Open Source Software (OSS) has completely changed how software development is done. Previously, a software development team would make a "build versus buy" decision for any feature, and would weigh the cost of creating a feature from scratch against the cost of paying a commercial software vendor for the needed functionality.
October 4, 2017
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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 clone, modify, add, and delete files in Git
In the second article in our "getting started with Git" series, learn how to perform basic Git operations.
February 13, 2018
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How to convert your DVDs to enjoy on the Huawei Mediapad M3
Rip your own DVDs and you won't have to worry about Wi-Fi or the cloud!
October 10, 2017
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How to create a blog with AsciiDoc
Combining the AsciiDoc markup language with the Hugo publishing platform produces fast, easy-to-maintain websites and blogs.
August 11, 2017
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How to create a free baby monitoring system with Gonimo
Who needs a commercial baby monitor when you can do the same thing for free with a couple of devices, a web browser, and an internet connection?
September 28, 2017
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How to create a Linux virtual machine on Windows 10 using Hyper-V
If you work with Linux, or you just want to test drive the OS, you can use Hyper-V to create a virtual machine with the distro you like alongside Windows 10.
December 11, 2017
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How to create an e-book chapter template in LibreOffice Writer
Creating an e-book is easier when you break it into chapters. Here's a step-by-step guide to setting up templates.
October 18, 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 create better documentation with a kanban board
Card sorting with a kanban board sets up your content to give users the information they're looking for.
November 15, 2017
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How to create mobile-friendly documentation
Help users find the information they need quickly and easily on a smartphone or tablet.
December 21, 2017
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How to create outlines in Linux with TreeLine
Organize your work with TreeLine, a flexible tool for creating outlines on the Linux desktop.
January 18, 2018
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How to create reproducible build environments with Rebuild
Rebuild lets users create and share immutable build environment and adds predictability to software development.
August 30, 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 define a metrics strategy for your community
Measuring data can help open source communities boost efficiency, but designing and implementing a strategy can be a challenge. Here's how to break it down.
October 16, 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 explain OpenStack to a complete newcomer
I still remember when I was a beginner at OpenStack. I was at American Express and was rolling off a five-year data center migration project. I was looking for something else to get into.
November 1, 2017
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How to Game Jam
Plus, a few favorite open source tools for game development.
December 21, 2017
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How to generate webpages using CGI scripts
The Common Gateway Interface provides an easy way to build dynamic websites using any language of your choice.
December 19, 2017
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How to get involved with open source if you're a cat
This article is meant for cats interested in getting involved in open source.
October 31, 2017
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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 started with the Foreman sysadmin tool
Foreman offers a powerful set of system management tools, from process automation to security compliance and more. Here's how to get started.
August 21, 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 handle criticism of your open project
Remaining empathetic when people criticize your project can be difficult. Here's how my team did it recently.
August 23, 2017
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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 install software applications on Linux
Learn the ins and outs of getting good software on your computer.
January 11, 2018
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How to install Ubuntu Linux on a Chromebook: An official Canonical tutorial
Chromebooks run Chrome OS, which is a very secure Linux distribution. While that operating system is very easy to use, it can sometimes be limited by a lack of software. You see, for the most part, these Chromebooks are designed to only run web apps. Thanks to emerging Android support, however, this is slowly changing. Still, a traditional desktop Linux distro can be much more useful.
January 30, 2018
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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 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 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 manage casual contributors to open source projects
Try these strategies to better utilize contributions from your project's episodic volunteers.
October 20, 2017
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How to manage Linux containers with Ansible Container
Ansible Container addresses Dockerfile shortcomings and offers complete management for containerized projects.
October 5, 2017
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How to Monetize an Open Source Project
ITPro talks to entrepreneur Steven Grandchamp about finding success with an open source project.
November 7, 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 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 recover from a git mistake
Don't let an error in a git command wipe out days of work.
August 18, 2017
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How to roll your own backup solution with BorgBackup, Rclone, and Wasabi cloud storage
Protect your data with an automated backup solution built on open source software and inexpensive cloud storage.
October 25, 2017
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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 DOS programs in Linux
QEMU and FreeDOS make it easy to run old DOS programs under Linux.
October 19, 2017
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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 up a Postgres database on a Raspberry Pi
Install and configure the popular open source database system PostgreSQL and use it in your next Raspberry Pi project.
October 11, 2017
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How to set up a Raspberry Pi for retro gaming
Are you nostalgic for the glory days of retro gaming? Learn how to run retro games on the Raspberry Pi.
January 9, 2018
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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 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 start an open source program in your company
With 65% of companies using open source software, it's not just internet-scale companies that can benefit from formal open source programs.
February 6, 2018
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How to start writing macros in LibreOffice Basic
Get descriptions of variables and the rules for using them.
February 8, 2018
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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 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 cron in Linux
No time for commands? Scheduling tasks with cron means programs can run but you don't have to stay up late.
November 6, 2017
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How to use PostgreSQL to streamline Python code
Well-designed PostgreSQL queries can replace many lines of Python code, enabling faster, more efficient development.
December 26, 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 the Parallel Controller in JMeter
In this article we analyze one of Apache JMeter's extensions, the Parallel Controller, developed as a contribution to the open source community.
January 30, 2018
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How to use Twine and SugarCube to create interactive adventure games
Learn how to get started with the open source tool Twine and versatile multimedia library SugarCube.
February 9, 2018
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How to use WeKan to manage your work
WeKan takes the Kanban concept and puts it on the web in an easy-to-use format.
December 11, 2017
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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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How WikiFundi is helping people in Africa contribute to Wikipedia
Florence Devouard, leader of WikiFundi, uses Wikipedia as a platform to bring tech skills to people with low access to broadband.
September 4, 2017
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How working transparently united our engineers
Buffer's passion for transparency is obvious. So why weren't we open sourcing our code? Here's what happened when I asked.
October 24, 2017
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How writing can change your career for the better, even if you don't identify as a writer
Learn about the career-changing magic of writing.
February 9, 2018
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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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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 3 years later: That's the sound of the devs... working on the chain ga-a-ang
But is anyone actually using it?
January 2, 2018
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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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Hyperledger releases Hyperledger Sawtooth 1.0, its second distributed ledger project
Hyperledger, the open source blockchain project from the Linux Foundation, released Hyperledger Sawtooth 1.0, its latest open source digital ledger project. Sawtooth joins its sister project, Hyperledger Fabric which reached 1.0 in July last year.
January 30, 2018
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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 launches container-driven private cloud platform
While public cloud adoption continues to grow, organizations, especially in regulated industries like finance and health care, are continuing to use private clouds to quickly launch and update applications.
November 1, 2017
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IBM's Watson Beat: who owns music made by a machine?
We've seen IBM's Watson politely annihilate humans in Jeopardy, make a movie trailer for Morgan, create never-before-eaten recipes and even understand nuance and tone... to say the least. Now it's moving on to music.
October 20, 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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Image manipulation using ImageMagick and Perl
Learn how to use the PerlMagick module to organize and manipulate multiple images from the command line.
December 20, 2017
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Impostor syndrome and individual competence
Learn how to deal with unnecessary worry in this video from All Things Open's Lightning Talks.
November 16, 2017
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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 a Big Kubernetes Play, Red Hat Gobbles Up CoreOS for $250M
Gains stable of Kubernetes experts, container technologies, influence in upstream Kubernetes community
January 30, 2018
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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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Installing Java 8 on AWS EC2 Amazon Linux instance
Take a quick look at this brief tutorial showing you how to install Java 8 in an Amazon EC2 instance.
January 30, 2018
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Installing RabbitMQ With Erlang on AWS EC2 Amazon Linux Instance
In this article, we're going to see how to combine this suite of popular technologies to create a development environment.
January 30, 2018
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Integrating Presto With CarbonData
Learn how to integrate these two open source technologies in order to get a high-powered way of dealing with bunches of data.
January 30, 2018
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Intel & AMD IOMMU Improvements Slated For Linux 4.16
With the in-development Linux 4.16 kernel there are improvements to note for both AMD and Intel users.
February 8, 2018
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Intel Beignet 1.3.2 OpenCL Released With Some Improvements
A new release is now available of Beignet, Intel's open-source project providing Linux OpenCL compute support for their Iris/HD/UHD Graphics products.
October 26, 2017
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Intel Cache Quality Monitoring Gets Rewritten For Linux 4.14
Intel Cache Quality Monitoring (CQM) has been present in recent Intel Xeon CPUs as a way to allow a process or processes to be tracked for their CPU cache usage. This is part of Intel's modern quality of service (QoS) features for helping developers fully leverage modern Intel CPU architectures. With Linux 4.14, CQM has gone through a rework.
September 6, 2017
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Intel Continues Landing New i915 DRM Features For Linux 4.15
Jani Nikula has sent in another drm-intel-next update for David Airlie's DRM-Next tree. They continue prepping more updates to their Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) for targeting the upcoming Linux 4.15 cycle.
October 20, 2017
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Intel Core i3, i5, i7 With NVIDIA versus AMD Radeon For Linux Gaming
For those wondering which Intel Coffeelake processors would make the most sense for a Linux gaming rig, I took the new Core i3 8100, Core i5 8400, and Core i7 8700K processors and tested them each with two Radeon and two NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards for looking at the overall Linux OpenGL/Vulkan gaming performance.
October 10, 2017
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Intel Documents Point to AVX-512 Support for Cannon Lake Consumer CPUs
A new update to the Intel document for software developers indicates that the company will begin to introduce various AVX-512 instruction set extensions to its consumer CPUs soon. This will start from the codenamed Cannon Lake (CNL) and Ice Lake (ICL) processors, made using 10 nm process technologies.
October 19, 2017
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Intel Has More DRM Code For Testing: Cannonlake Fixes, GuC/HuC'ing
Intel has already landed a lot of new Intel DRM code in DRM-Next for the upcoming Linux 4.15 cycle while one final batch is now ready for testing.
October 20, 2017
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Intel Has More Graphics Feature Code To Test For Linux 4.15
Just ahead of the weekend, Intel has published a new set of patches up for testing that are expected to then be merged to DRM-Next for Linux 4.15.
September 29, 2017
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Intel Is Prepping A Final Batch Of Feature Changes For Linux 4.15 DRM
Intel has been sending in feature updates for their Direct Rendering Manager driver of new material that will debut in Linux 4.15. A third and final feature update is expected next week for DRM-Next.
October 13, 2017
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Intel Lands Support For Vector Neural Network Instructions In LLVM
Intel continues bringing up support for the 2019 Icelake processors within the open-source compiler toolchains.
November 21, 2017
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Intel OpenGL Performance Across 11 Linux Distributions
When carrying out the 11-way Linux distribution boot time tests I also used that as an opportunity for some fresh OpenGL graphics tests with the Intel system on the variety of Linux distributions benchmarked.
November 27, 2017
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Intel Pentium versus AMD Ryzen 3 Performance For Linux Gaming
For those that may be looking to assemble a new low-end Linux gaming system in early 2018, here is a look at the Linux gaming performance of an Intel Pentium (Kabylake) processor to an AMD Ryzen 3 while testing with the GeForce GTX 1050 and Radeon RX 560 graphics cards.
January 26, 2018
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Intel Posts Initial Open-Source Graphics Driver Patches For Icelake "Gen 11" Hardware
While Intel Cannonlake processors aren't out yet with their new "Gen 10" graphics hardware, Intel's Open-Source Technology Center has published their first graphics driver patches for Linux enablement of Icelake "Gen 11" hardware.
January 9, 2018
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Intel Posts Updated Microcode Files For Linux
In the wake of Meltdown and Spectre, Intel yesterday released new microcode binaries for Linux systems.
January 10, 2018
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Intel Sends Out Initial Open-Source Mesa 3D Driver Patches For Ice Lake
One month ago Intel's Open-Source Technology Center began posting the initial Linux driver enablement for Icelake "Gen 11" graphics, the generation succeeding this year's Cannonlake "Gen 10" hardware. That initial work focused on the DRM kernel driver while now they have posted the first Mesa patches.
February 13, 2018
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Intel SGX Driver Updated But Likely Too Late For Linux 4.15
Not to be confused with PowerVR SGX, the Intel SGX driver was revised with new patches published today but it doesn't look like it will land for Linux 4.15.
November 13, 2017
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Intel Stages More DRM Improvements For Linux 4.16
Intel has sent in another round of feature updates of their i915 DRM driver to DRM-Next of new material slated for Linux 4.16.
December 19, 2017
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Intel User-Mode Instruction Prevention Support Revised For The Linux Kernel
An Intel engineer over the weekend sent out the latest patches for implementing the company's User-Mode Instruction Prevention (UMIP) support within the Linux kernel.
November 6, 2017
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Intel Xeon Silver 4108 + Tyan Tempest HX S7100
One of the latest server platforms under our bombardment of Linux benchmarks recently has been the Tyan Tempest HX S7100 (S7100AG2NR) motherboard which at the moment is paired with an Intel Xeon Silver 4108 processor. This ~$430 Xeon Scalable processor has eight cores plus Hyper Threading to yield 16 threads, a low 1.8GHz base frequency but with 3.0GHz turbo, 11MB L3 cache, six-channel memory support, AVX-512 capabilities, and has a 85 Watt TDP.
October 13, 2017
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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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Intel's Clear Containers Leads To OpenStack Kata Containers
Kata Containers is the latest tech in the container space and is an effort hosted by the OpenStack Foundation in conjunction with many participating organizations. The underlying tech for Kata Containers originated from the Intel / Clear Linux Clear Containers project.
December 5, 2017
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Intel's Linux & Open-Source Advancements In 2017
With yesterday having looked at the AMD/Radeon popular Linux/open-source achievements of the year, the tables have turned to now look at the Intel Linux/FLOSS activity.
December 27, 2017
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Intel's Mesa Driver Is OpenGL 4.6 Compliant, But Won't Be Mainline For A While
As noted when covering the news yesterday of Khronos launching the OpenGL 4.6 Adopters Program, the NVIDIA proprietary driver and Intel's open-source Linux driver are the first OpenGL drivers considered 4.6 compliant. But on the Intel Linux side, the OpenGL 4.6 work has yet to be all upstreamed into Mesa.
February 1, 2018
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Interview with Ashley McNamara, Principal Developer Advocate at Microsoft
In this episode of GALs, Golnaz chats with Ashley McNamara, a Principal Developer Advocate at Microsoft. Ashley has been in the tech industry for almost 20 years. But not in the traditional sense. She spent a lot of her time teaching photoshop workshops, doing business mentoring and building websites.
November 13, 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 KSQL: Open Source Streaming SQL for Apache Kafka
I'm really excited to announce KSQL, a streaming SQL engine for Apache Kafka™. KSQL lowers the entry bar to the world of stream processing, providing a simple and completely interactive SQL interface for processing data in Kafka. You no longer need to write code in a programming language such as Java or Python!
August 29, 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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Introducing the Open Organization Workbook
The sixth volume of the Open Organization book series is now available.
December 14, 2017
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Introduction to Apache MXNet
Here is your comprehensive intro to Apache MXNet, as part one of a series of articles about deep learning using Apache's framework.
February 13, 2018
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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 Real Big Data Engineering
Learn about the provenance, ease of use, flexibility, data sources, data sinks, edge computing, deep learning integration, and streaming of Apache NiFi.
January 30, 2018
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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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IoT Tools for Learner, Hobbyist and Professional
Last week we highlighted a great IoT tools Visual Studio Magazine article by Terrence Dorsey in our IoT and Visual Studio post.
September 1, 2017
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Is Batch ETL Dead, and is Apache Kafka the Future of Data Processing?
At QCon San Francisco 2016, Neha Narkhede presented "ETL Is Dead; Long Live Streams" and discussed the changing landscape of enterprise data processing. A core premise of the talk was that the open-source Apache Kafka streaming platform can provide a flexible and uniform framework that supports modern requirements for data transformation and processing.
January 22, 2018
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Is blockchain a security topic?
Yet again, we need to understand how systems and the business work together and be honest about the fit.
December 6, 2017
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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 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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Is the rise of open source connected to a decline in selfishness?
Studies show that the emerging workforce has a renewed focus on purpose. What does that trend mean for open source?
October 9, 2017
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Is WINE Linux Enterprise Friendly?
The WINE software can useful, but faces some key challenges for a long term approach.
January 22, 2018
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'It is time to return to not being evil': Opera and Vivaldi founder accuses Google of 'misuse of power'
The founder of the Opera and Vivaldi web browsers, Jon von Tetzchner, has lashed out at Google in a vitriolic blog post in which he accuses the search giant of a "misuse of power." He says that Opera helped Google to grow and that it didn't take long for the company to expose its dark side.
September 5, 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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It's Been Four Years Since SteamOS Began Shipping With Not Much To Show
It was four years ago this week that Valve began shipping SteamOS, their Debian-based Linux distribution intended for Steam Machines and those wanting a gaming-oriented Linux distribution. While Valve still technically maintains the SteamOS Linux distribution, the outlook at this point is rather bleak.
December 14, 2017
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It's Going To Take More Time To Get Vega Compute Support With The Mainline Kernel
This weekend I wrote how the AMDKFD discrete GPU support should be in place for the next kernel cycle, Linux 4.17. This is going to allow discrete Radeon GPUs to have ROCm working off the mainline kernel for OpenCL/compute support, but for 4.17 it's unlikely RX Vega GPUs will have compute working.
January 26, 2018
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It's Looking Like More Vulkan Linux Games Could Be Landing Soon
There's no announcement to break today, but besides there being an uptick in RADV performance work, there are some whispers and other indications of new Vulkan Linux titles likely dropping soon.
October 10, 2017
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Misc. - J

Jailhouse Guest Support Queued For Linux 4.16
Yet more functionality to find with the upcoming Linux 4.16 kernel is the first bits of Jailhouse hypervisor functionality being mainlined.
January 16, 2018
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Jailhouse Guest Support To Be Included With Linux 4.16
With Linux 4.16 is initial support for the Jailhouse hypervisor to support native Linux guests in non-root cells.
January 26, 2018
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Jailhouse v0.8 Linux Hypervisor Released
The past few years Siemens has been working on Jailhouse as a Linux-based partitioning hypervisor that has aimed to be a lighter alternative to KVM. It's been seven months since the last update, but now Jailhouse 0.8 is now available.
December 28, 2017
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January top articles and what's coming up next
We look at our most popular reads last month and call for new articles.
February 2, 2018
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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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Jolla's CEO Provides An End of Year Update On Sailfish OS
Jolla CEO and co-founder Sami Pienimäki has provided an update about the company's ongoing efforts around their Sailfish OS Linux mobile operating system.
November 30, 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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Jump-start your career with open source skills
College programs don't always teach the real-world skills you need in today's workplace. Here's how to boost your knowledge through internships and open source opportunities.
August 28, 2017
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Just A Few Days Left To The Phoronix Fest Deal
Just a friendly reminder that if you are interested in participating in the Phoronix Oktoberfest 2017 deal to help support all our Linux hardware review / benchmarking / game testing work, only a few days are left to enjoy the deeply discounted deals.
October 11, 2017
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Misc. - K

Kaldi now offers TensorFlow integration
Automatic speech recognition (ASR) has seen widespread adoption due to the recent proliferation of virtual personal assistants and advances in word recognition accuracy from the application of deep learning algorithms. Many speech recognition teams rely on Kaldi, a popular open-source speech recognition toolkit. We're announcing today that Kaldi now offers TensorFlow integration.
August 29, 2017
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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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KAISER Getting Ready To Better Protect The Linux Kernel
Recently a number of patches have been floating around the kernel mailing list for prepping "KAISER" in what will likely be merged come Linux 4.16. KAISER is a new security feature for the Linux kernel.
November 27, 2017
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KDE Plasma 5 Is Almost Ready For FreeBSD Ports
More than three years after the initial release of KDE Plasma 5 for Linux, the support on FreeBSD is getting into shape.
September 27, 2017
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'Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign
Other OSes will need an update, performance hits loom
January 2, 2018
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Khronos Group Launches the Neural Network Exchange Format
Today the Khronos Group, the industry consortium behind OpenGL and Vulkan, released a v1.0 provisional specification for its Neural Network Exchange Format (NNEF). First announced last year, this provisional stage is aimed at getting industry feedback on real-world use.
December 20, 2017
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Kids can't code without computers
FLOSS Desktops for Kids helps students in under-served schools access technology--and the skills to use it--by building their own computers.
September 29, 2017
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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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Knock-out: VMware Workstation 14 needs modern CPUs
VMware has released version 14 of VMware Workstation and VMware Player virtualization software. But there is a bad surprise: The new Workstation 14 requires newer processors.
October 3, 2017
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Knoppix 8.1 Now Available For A Retro Linux Experience In 2017
Knoppix 8.1 is now available although no release announcement has yet to hit the wire. As it's been some years since last trying out Knoppix, I decided to fire up this new release.
September 27, 2017
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Kodi Linux distro LibreELEC gets final Krypton update
LibreELEC is a fantastic open source Linux-based operating system designed to run Kodi. It is particularly well suited for devices like Raspberry Pi. If you want to build your own Kodi box, it's ideal.
November 21, 2017
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Korora 26 'Bloat' Fedora-based Linux distro available for download -- now 64-bit only
Fedora is my favorite Linux distribution, but I don't always use it. Sometimes I opt for an operating system that is based on it depending on my needs at the moment. Called "Korora," it adds tweaks, repositories, codecs, and packages that aren't found in the normal Fedora operating system. As a result, Korora deviates from Red Hat's strict FOSS focus -- one of the most endearing things about Fedora. While you can add all of these things to Fedora manually, Korora can save you time by doing the work for you.
September 14, 2017
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KPTI + Retpoline Linux Benchmarking On Older Clarksfield / Penryn ThinkPads
Over the past week and a half of running many benchmarks looking at the performance impact of the Linux KPTI and Retpoline patches for Spectre and Meltdown mitigation, one of the most common test requests is some thorough benchmarks on older systems.
January 11, 2018
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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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Kubernetes, standardization, and security dominated 2017 Linux container news
We round up our most popular Linux container reads from the past year.
December 26, 2017
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KWin Maintainer On KDE Wayland Remains Uninterested In NVIDIA's Driver
KDE KWin maintainer Martin Flöser remains less than interested in supporting NVIDIA's proprietary Linux graphics driver as long as they continue pursuing the EGLStreams approach until the long talked about new memory allocation API is ready.
October 31, 2017
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Misc. - L

L2 CDP Added To Linux 4.16 For L2 Cache Partitioning On Intel CPUs
L2 Code and Data Prioritization (L2 CDP) is a feature of Intel's Resource Director Technology (RDT) that will now be supported with the Linux 4.16 kernel.
January 26, 2018
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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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Lara Croft explores Windows 10 alternatives -- Rise of the Tomb Raider coming to Linux and macOS
While Windows remains the dominant platform for PC gaming, Microsoft's stranglehold is slowly eroding. True, Linux and macOS won't overtake Windows 10 on the desktop anytime soon, but as developers are learning, you can make money by supporting alternative operating systems. With Linux in particular, users are very loyal -- many won't dual boot with Windows for gaming. The only way to get their dollars is to embrace the penguin.
February 13, 2018
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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 delegate with presidential charisma
We can glean important lessons about responsibility and decision making from Abe Lincoln.
February 6, 2018
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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 how to program in Python by building a simple dice game
Python is a good language for young and old, with or without any programming experience.
October 18, 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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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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Let's dig into how open source could KO the Silicon Valley chat silos
Open Xchange boss maps out IMAP scheme
October 19, 2017
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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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Libre in Las Vegas
As a CES first, LulzBot 3D printers are being manufactured live on the show floor.
January 11, 2018
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Libstorage-NG Landing Soon In openSUSE Tumbleweed For Improving The Installer
Users of the openSUSE rolling-release Linux distribution will soon find an improved installer thanks to Libstorage-NG landing soon and improvements to YaST.
January 9, 2018
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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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Lindows rises from the grave! Freespire 3.0 and Linspire 7.0 Linux distros now available
About 16 years ago, a for-pay Linux distribution caused quite a stir all because of its name -- Lindows. Yes, someone actually thought kicking the billion dollar hornets nest that is Microsoft by playing off of the "Windows" name was a good idea.
January 2, 2018
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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 announces open source tool to keep Kafka clusters running
Today at The Kafka Summit in San Francisco, LinkedIn announced a new load balancing tool called Cruise Control, which has been developed to help keep Kafka clusters up and running.
August 28, 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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Linspire Is Back From The Dead In 2018
Remember Linspire? The Linux distribution formerly known as "Lindows" is back from the dead...
January 2, 2018
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Linus Torvalds calls Intel's Meltdown and Spectre patches 'garbage'
If it wasn't clear the last time he tore into Intel over the company's patches for the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, the father of Linux is at it again, referring to the patches as 'garbage' and claiming they do 'insane things'.
January 22, 2018
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Linus Torvalds declares Intel fix for Meltdown/Spectre 'COMPLETE AND UTTER GARBAGE'
The always outspoken Linus Torvalds, best known for his continuing work on the innermost code of Linux systems, has harsh words to say and accusations to level against Intel. His evaluation of Intel's latest proposed fix for the Meltdown/Spectre issue: "the patches are COMPLETE AND UTTER GARBAGE." As a potential line of inquiry, he suggests: "Has anybody talked to them and told them they are f*cking insane?" (Asterisk his.)
January 22, 2018
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Linus Torvalds lauds fuzzing for improving Linux security
But he's not at all keen on Santa Claus or fairies
October 16, 2017
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Linux 3.17 To 4.15 Kernel Benchmarks On Intel Gulftown & Haswell
Here is a look at how the Linux kernel performance has evolved since the release of Linux 3.17 in October 2014. With all the major kernel releases over the past 3+ years, here is how the performance compares using two very different Intel Gulftown and Haswell systems.
January 26, 2018
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Linux 4.10 To Linux 4.15 Kernel Benchmarks
The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has been enjoying its time on Linux 4.15. In addition to the recent boot time tests and kernel power comparison, here are some raw performance benchmarks looking at the speed from Linux 4.10 through Linux 4.15 Git.
November 22, 2017
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Linux 4.15 Is Off To A Busy Start
As expected, the Linux 4.15 merge window is proving to be very action-packed with a lot of new code being queued for this next kernel release and we are less than 48 hours into this two week cycle.
November 14, 2017
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Linux 4.15 Will Have A Scheduler Change To Benefit AMD EPYC
Linux 4.15 will be exciting for AMD Zen systems not only for working temperature reporting (finally) being in place for Ryzen/EPYC, but AMD EPYC CPUs should also benefit from a scheduler topology improvement.
November 2, 2017
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Linux 4.15 Will Finally Graduate Intel "Coffee Lake" Graphics Out Of Alpha Support
Another set of Intel Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) driver updates were mailed in to DRM-Next today for the eventual Linux 4.15 kernel cycle.
October 11, 2017
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Linux 4.15, Distro Performance & Open-Source Radeon Excitement Ends November
Ending out November were 301 original news articles and 32 featured articles/reviews with most of the excitement pertaining to the Linux 4.14 kernel release, early excitement around the Linux 4.15 kernel, Linux distribution performance, and the continued advancements of the open-source AMD driver.
November 30, 2017
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Linux 4.16 Gets Three New Driver Subsystems Plus VirtualBox Guest Driver
Greg Kroah-Hartman's pull request of the char/misc driver work usually isn't too exciting each kernel cycle, but for Linux 4.16 it's definitely on the heavier side with introducing three new subsystems for different hardware busses.
February 1, 2018
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Linux 4.16 Getting Tweak For Smarter Task Migration, Yielding Better Scalability
Ingo Molnar began sending in his various Git pull requests this morning for targeting the Linux 4.16 kernel merge window, including the scheduler updates.
January 26, 2018
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Linux 4.16 Is Off To A Busy Start With Big New Features
We are less than half-way into the Linux 4.16 kernel merge window and it's already proven to be a very busy cycle with significant additions to the Linux code-base.
February 1, 2018
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Linux 4.16 Is Tightening Up Access To /dev/mem By Default
One of the security improvements to Linux 4.16 is improving the default behavior for restricted access to /dev/mem for x86/x86_64 and ARM64 systems.
January 26, 2018
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Linux 4.16 Picking Up Another SMP Optimization
Last week Ingo Molnar sent in the main batch of scheduler updates for the Linux 4.16 kernel merge window, which included smarter task migration to try to yield better scalability, while today a second set of updates were sent in with an additional SMP optimization.
February 6, 2018
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Linux 4.17 To Likely Include Intel DRM Driver's HDCP Support
Back in November a Google developer proposed HDCP content protection support for the Intel Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) Linux driver that is based upon their code from Chrome OS / Chromium OS. It looks like that High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection support in the i915 DRM driver will come for Linux 4.17.
January 8, 2018
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Linux containers in 500 lines of code
I've used Linux containers directly and indirectly for years, but I wanted to become more familiar with them. So I wrote some code. This used to be 500 lines of code, I swear, but I've revised it some since publishing; I've ended up with about 70 lines more.
November 2, 2017
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Linux Containers versus Virtual Machines
Among the many distinctions between containers and virtual machines is that one is used for applications and the other is designed for entire operating systems.
November 20, 2017
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Linux data-sharing licences: So, will big data hogs take the plunge?
Experts weigh in
October 25, 2017
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Linux Easter Egg--Hidden Dates in the Linux Kernel
called inadvertently, you must pass it a pair of magic values in the first two parameters. The first magic value is 0xfee1dead.
October 5, 2017
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Linux Foundation Announces "LinuxBoot" To Replace Some Firmware With Linux Code
Not to be confused with Coreboot or its former name of LinuxBIOS, the Linux Foundation today announced LinuxBoot as a new initiative for replacing system firmware with the Linux kernel/drivers.
January 24, 2018
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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 Foundation wants to do to data what it's done for software
Penguins and machine learning. It could happen!
October 20, 2017
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Linux Gaming For Older/Lower-End Graphics Cards In 2018
A request came in this week to look at how low-end and older graphics cards are performing with current generation Linux games on OpenGL and Vulkan. With ten older/lower-end NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics cards, here is a look at their performance with a variety of native Linux games atop Ubuntu using the latest Radeon and NVIDIA drivers.
January 19, 2018
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Linux To Get "Extended LTS" Releases, Kernel Support For Six Years
Linux right now offers a "Long Term Support" release where support for the kernel branch is maintained for two years, which is nice compared to kernel releases usually dropping maintenance around N+1.1 after the release. But moving forward, Linux LTS releases will now be maintained for six years.
September 29, 2017
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Linux kernel coding style
This is a short document describing the preferred coding style for the linux kernel. Coding style is very personal, and I won't force my views on anybody, but this is what goes for anything that I have to be able to maintain, and I'd prefer it for most other things too. Please at least consider the points made here.
September 12, 2017
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Linux Kernel Gets An "Enforcement Statement" To Deal With Copyright Trolls
Greg Kroah-Hartman on the behalf of the Linux Foundation Technical Advisory Board has today announced the Linux Kernel Community Enforcement Statement. This statement is designed to better fend off copyright trolls.
October 16, 2017
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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 Microsoft Office Alternatives
There are a wide array of Linux alternatives to Microsoft Office, including options available with varied levels of docx support.
January 16, 2018
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Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon and MATE editions released
Clement Lefebvre, head of the Linux Mint project has announced the general availability of Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon and MATE editions and stated that the Xfce and KDE versions will come later in the year. Aside from releasing ISO images for 18.3 "Sylvia", the team also made a blog post detailing how to upgrade your existing 18.0, 18.1, or 18.2 systems to Sylvia.
November 27, 2017
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Linux Mint 18.3 'Sylvia' is here -- replace Windows 10 with the Ubuntu-based operating system now!
Linux Mint is a great operating system. For those that want an alternative to Windows 10, it is a wonderful choice for two specific reasons. For one, it has a superior user interface.
November 27, 2017
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Linux Mint 18.3 will be the last to include KDE spin
Clem Lefebvre, head of the Linux Mint project, has authored a new blog post detailing plans about the project's future. He said the Linux Mint 19 will only be available in Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce flavours and that the KDE spin will be discontinued. Mint 18.3 will still be available with KDE out of the box.
October 26, 2017
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Linux Mint 18.3 will come with Flatpak and Redshift
With November fast approaching, the Linux Mint team is getting ready to push out version 18.3, the final release before Linux Mint 19. For a point release, it's got some pretty nice changes included with it like support for Flatpak, and a better Private Internet Access client in the Software Manager to improve the experience for customers of that VPN service.
October 26, 2017
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Linux Mint 18.3: A breath of fresh air? Well, it's a step into the unGNOME
No bearded desktops with pointy hats to be seen here
January 4, 2018
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Linux Mint 19 named 'Tara'
Unfortunately, 2017 was not the much-fabled year of the Linux desktop. Hell, that might not ever happen. With Windows 10 being such a disappointment for many, however, it is definitely a possibility. Maybe 2018 will be the year...
January 3, 2018
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Linux Mint project advises on Meltdown and Spectre
The Linux Mint project has released a guide to address the Meltdown and Spectre bugs offering instructions for users on how they should mitigate the holes in their systems. It explains how to tighten up your web browsers and driver software, as well as providing a status update on when we can expect a patch to the kernel.
January 9, 2018
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Linux Mint project sheds light on next big update
With the recent release of Linux Mint 18.3, attention has now shifted to the Linux Mint 19.x series which will represent the biggest update the Linux distribution will have seen since 2016. The first of the four releases of the new series, simply known as Linux Mint 19, will be dubbed Tara and all subsequent releases of the series should also begin with the letter T with the second letter going further through the alphabet for each release, for example, the Linux Mint 18 releases were called Sarah, Serena, Sonya, and Sylvia.
January 3, 2018
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Linux Mint Will Discontinue Its KDE Edition
The Linux Mint crew has confirmed today they will be discontinuing future releases of their KDE spin following next month's Linux Mint 18.3 release.
October 25, 2017
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Linux Mint: Inside the Top Linux Distro
The Linux Mint distro is considered the top distro by many. Here's a guide to Linux Mint's software, history of development, and a look at why it's so popular.
October 9, 2017
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Linux Monitoring Tool Detects Meltdown Attacks
The security company SentinelOne has released a free-to-use monitoring tool that will alert when attackers attempt to exploit the Meltdown vulnerability.
January 26, 2018
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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 Shared Libraries
While writing applications in linux , the developer can use tons of libraries. Each library can packs functions, classes and variables and it is very important to understand how to create and work with it.
January 15, 2018
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Linux Successes (And Failures) in 2017
Some of Linux's challenges are legacy, while Linux's successes tend to be in newer, emerging sectors.
November 28, 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 users can now get Slack as a snap package
Canonical has announced the general availability of the collaboration platform Slack, as a snap package. The move will allow Linux users to get setup with the platform and begin collaborating on their work more easily. Any Linux distribution with snap support can head over to the snapcraft website, download the package, and begin using it.
January 18, 2018
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Linux Will End Up Disabling x86 PTI For AMD Processors
While at the moment with the mainline Linux kernel Git tree AMD CPUs enable x86 PTI and are treated as "insecure" CPUs, the AMD patch for not setting X86_BUG_CPU_INSECURE will end up being honored.
January 3, 2018
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Linux.Conf.Au 2018 Videos Now Available
Taking place this week in Sydney, Australia is the 2018 Linux.Conf.Au conference. For those that can't make the event, there's a livestream, but if the time difference impacts you, the recordings are now beginning to trickle in via YouTube.
January 24, 2018
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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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Local Virtual GPU Display Support Is About Ready For Intel Linux Systems
Many of you have expressed interest in Intel's virtual GPU pass-through support "GVT" and with Linux 4.16 the kernel-side bits have come together for local vGPU display support.
February 13, 2018
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Longtime GNOME Contributor & Oracle Principal UX Designer Leaves The Company
The latest talent to have departed Oracle is a longtime GNOME contributor who has at Oracle/Sun Microsystems for nearly the past two decades.
November 6, 2017
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Looking Ahead To AMD Ryzen Mobile On Linux
Following AMD on Twitter teasing new Ryzen announcements the past few days, today is expected to be the launch day for the new Ryzen Mobile hardware up to now known as "Raven Ridge".
October 26, 2017
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Loop-AES Updated For Linux 4.14~4.15 Kernel Compatibility
It's been a while since last having anything to report on with Loop-AES as a long-standing means for offering transparent data encryption in the form of a loopback device. The project is now out with a new release providing out-of-tree compatibility with Linux 4.14/4.15 kernels.
December 5, 2017
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LVFS makes Linux firmware updates easier
The Linux Vendor Firmware Service serves as a link between hardware vendors who release updates and end users who need to install them.
November 20, 2017
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LXC 2.1 Linux Containers Released
LXC 2.1 is now available as the latest version of Linux Containers for OS-level virtualization in allowing multiple Linux containers to run simultaneously off the mainline Linux kernel.
September 6, 2017
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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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Misc. - M

macOS 10.13 High Sierra versus Ubuntu Linux Performance
Apple this week released macOS 10.13 "High Sierra" as the latest version of its operating system. Of course, curiosity got the best of me so here are benchmarks of macOS 10.12.6, macOS 10.13, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 17.10 from a MacBook Air to see how the performance compares.
September 27, 2017
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macOS' APFS File-System Performing Much Better Than The Dated HFS+
I'm currently running some macOS 10.13 versus Linux benchmarks for publishing within the next day or two on Phoronix. But so far in my macOS 10.12 Sierra versus macOS 10.13 High Sierra benchmarks, what has stood out the most is the file-system performance due to HFS+ file-systems automatically being converted to the Apple File-System (APFS).
September 26, 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 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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MakerBot attempts to embrace the open-source community with its new Labs platform
The topic of open source has been a touchy one for MakerBot over the past decade. The one-time 3D-printing darling was the subject of some serious smack talk among the maker community when it stopped disclosing machine design in 2012 -- a departure from the company's roots as in the open-source Rep-Rap community.
October 18, 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 open source evergreen
Open source advocate Danese Cooper issues a call to arms in her Lightning Talk from All Things Open 2017.
November 30, 2017
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Making the open organization work(book)
What's your 2018 open organization resolution? Community members shared theirs at last month's #OpenOrgChat on Twitter.
February 1, 2018
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Making transparency work for Harvard's Dataverse Project
Making research data open and available is easier when we all work transparently.
November 2, 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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Manage your finances with LibreOffice Calc
Do you wonder where all your money goes? This well-designed spreadsheet can answer that question at a glance.
August 21, 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 tabular data in Groovy using Tika
Tika's Parser is great for picking things apart, but it takes finagling to consistently put it back together in a useful way.
August 23, 2017
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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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MapStruct Mapper Injection in OSGi Blueprint
In this article, we look at these two open source technologies, and how they can help developers working on integration projects.
January 26, 2018
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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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Maven Build Local Project With Docker: Why?
Build your local Maven project on a Mac with Docker so that you can do the build with Linux and all it provides.
January 22, 2018
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Measuring SLA Performance Is Still Largely Do-It-Yourself
You may be on your own when it comes to keeping track of the performance of your ISP. On the bright side, you could get a $1 million credit.
February 6, 2018
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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 Bill Pollock, founder of No Starch Press
Learn more about No Starch, a publisher that celebrates geek culture and entertainment.
October 18, 2017
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Meet 'Sawtooth,' a new modular platform for building enterprise blockchains
Hyperledger, an open-source community hosted by the Linux Foundation that develops blockchain technology for enterprise use, has unveiled its second modular platform.
January 30, 2018
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"Meltdown" and "Spectre": Every modern processor has unfixable security flaws
Immediate concern is for Intel chips, but everyone is at risk.
January 3, 2018
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Mentoring: Your path to immortality
Secure your open source project's survival with these four tips for encouraging strong, active contributors.
August 30, 2017
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MenuLibre 2.1.5 Menu Editor Adds Budgie & KDE Plasma Support
MenuLibre is the menu editor program supporting FreeDesktop.org's Desktop Entry Specification and supports most desktop environments out there for customizations of their menus.
February 6, 2018
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Mesa 17.3 Features - Vulkan Updates, Better Performance
Mesa 17.3 is due out in the days ahead as the Q4'2017 installment of Mesa 3D for delivering the updated open-source OpenGL and Vulkan driver stacks for Linux and other platforms. As usual, this quarterly update to Mesa introduces a ton of new features, performance improvements, and other enhancements.
November 6, 2017
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Mesa Is Up To About 8,000 Commits This Year, 2.2 Million Lines
Now being into Q4, I've been meaning to run some fresh Mesa Git development statistics to see how this year is pacing for this important piece of the open-source graphics ecosystem and Linux desktop.
October 10, 2017
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Microsoft and AWS could be the strangest cloud bedfellows yet
Today hell did not freeze over, but something remarkable happened: Microsoft and AWS announced they are working on a project together.
October 12, 2017
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Microsoft and GitHub team up to take Git virtual file system to macOS, Linux
Microsoft isn't the only company that's interested in scaling Git.
November 16, 2017
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Microsoft and Open Source - A 'Brave New World'
Matt Warren is a C# dev who has worked with Azure, ASP.NET MVC and WinForms on projects such as a web-site for storing government weather data, medical monitoring devices and an inspection systems. He's an open source contributor to BenchmarkDotNet and RavenDB. Matt currently works on the C# production profiler at ca (ca.com/apm).
November 29, 2017
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Microsoft Announces General Availability of PowerShell Core 6.0
Microsoft has announced the general availability of PowerShell Core 6.0, a new edition of PowerShell. Version 6.0 supports various platforms (Windows, macOS, and Linux), is open-sourced, and built for heterogeneous environments and the hybrid cloud.
January 19, 2018
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Microsoft Becomes A "Premium Sponsor" To The Open Source Initiative
This shouldn't come as a big surprise given Microsoft's Linux/open-source moves in the past couple of years, including joining the Linux Foundation and more, but their latest sponsorship comes down to joining the Open Source Initiative.
September 26, 2017
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Microsoft becomes a sponsor of the Open Source Initiative
Microsoft today announced that it has joined the Open Source Initiative (OSI) as a Premium Sponsor. The OSI, which launched in 1998, takes a relatively pragmatic approach to open source and advocates for open source in business and government. The OSI also reviews open source licenses, which are often vendor specific, to ensure that they conform to "community norms and expectations."
September 27, 2017
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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 changes support policy for recent versions of Windows 10, Office 365
Today, Microsoft announced some changes to its support policy for both Windows and Office. The company is granting an extension of Windows 10 support for the most recent three versions of the OS, as long as you're running the Education or Enterprise flavors.
February 1, 2018
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Microsoft delivers PowerShell Core for Windows, Linux, macOS
Microsoft is making generally available PowerShell Core 6.0, a version of PowerShell built on .NET Core that runs not just on Windows, but also macOS and Linux. But beware breaking changes.
January 11, 2018
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Microsoft Hyper-V Guests Get PCID Support With Linux 4.16
With the in-development Linux 4.16 kernel there is now support for PCID with Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization guests.
January 30, 2018
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Microsoft Joins the Open Source Initiative
Microsoft this week announced that the company has joined the Open Source Initiative (OSI).
September 28, 2017
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Microsoft joins the Open Source Initiative as a corporate sponsor
Founded in 1998, the Open Source Initiative is one of the most effective advocates for open source software, emphasising education, collaboration, and "preventing abuse of the ideals and ethos inherent to the open source movement."
September 26, 2017
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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 releases Skype as a Snap for Linux
While Microsoft has long been viewed as an enemy of the Linux community -- and it still is by some -- the company has actually transformed into an open source champion. Not only does Microsoft release software for Linux, such as PowerShell Core 6.0, but it is even serving distros in its software store for Windows. Let's not forget that Microsoft even offers Linux virtual machines in Azure.
February 1, 2018
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Microsoft Rolls Out A Preview Of The New Skype For Linux
Adding to the list of Microsoft's Linux actions in 2017 comes a new preview version of the "next-generation" Skype for Linux.
September 29, 2017
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Microsoft says 40 percent of all VMs in Azure now are running Linux
A year ago, Microsoft officials said nearly a third of all the VMs on Azure were running Linux. Now it's 40 percent.
October 31, 2017
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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: 40 percent of VMs hosted on Azure are powered by Linux
Microsoft has increased its commitment to open-source technologies recently and has a wide variety of Linux virtual machines (VMs) available for Azure users to deploy. In September, the company revealed that it was working with Canonical for a custom Linux kernel for Ubuntu VMs on Azure.
October 31, 2017
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Microsoft's Azure App Service developer platform now available on Linux
Microsoft's Azure App Service for building and hosting cloud apps for the web and mobile clients, is generally available on Linux.
September 6, 2017
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Microsoft's Linux / Open-Source Actions Of 2017
It's been another interesting year of Microsoft open-source/Linux announcements.
December 5, 2017
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Microsoft's Linux love deepens: It's now one of Open Source Initiative's big backers
Microsoft takes its next step towards embracing the open-source movement.
September 27, 2017
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Microsoft's Open-Source / Linux Announcements So Far In 2017
We are just hitting the end of Q3, but already this calendar year Microsoft has continued their trend of the past few years of engaging with open-source and Linux in different aspects.
September 28, 2017
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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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Mining cryptocurrency with Raspberry Pi and Storj
Storj uses a proof-of-retrievability system allowing users "rent out" spare disk space and get paid monthly in Storj coin.
December 12, 2017
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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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Mir Moves From Bzr/Launchpad To GitHub, Hopes For More Community Contributions
Not only are the Canonical developers that are left working on the Mir display server trying to make it easier to run Mir on other Linux distributions, but they have now punted the project to GitHub.
November 2, 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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Modular documentation: How to make both writers and users happy
Learn about a new approach to modular documentation based on user stories, and how it can make life easier for writers and improve user experience.
September 27, 2017
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Monitoring Linux performance with Grafana
Collect stats on your network with a basic install that incorporates collectd, InfluxDB, and Grafana on the same host.
August 28, 2017
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More AMD EPYC Processors Arrive For Linux Performance Testing
Yesterday a new batch of AMD EPYC processors arrived for testing at Phoronix.
October 10, 2017
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More AMDGPU Changes Queue For Linux 4.15
Adding to the excitement of Linux 4.15, AMD has queued some more changes that were sent in today for DRM-Next.
October 19, 2017
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More AMDGPU DC Fixes Are Being Queued For Linux 4.15
A few of you within the forums have talked of regressions and other bugs when trying out the new AMDGPU DC display stack in the Linux 4.15 kernel, particularly on pre-Vega GPUs where it's disabled by default. The good news is that more fixes are on the way.
November 28, 2017
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More Linux Kernel & GCC Patches Come Out In The Wake Of Spectre+Meltdown
Besides the already-merged Kernel Page Table Isolation (KPTI) patches, other Linux kernel patches are coming out now in light of the recent Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities.
January 4, 2018
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More RADV Radeon Vulkan Optimizations Are In The Works
We are just one week into November and already there are a number of patches volleyed onto the mailing list for continuing to optimize the RADV open-source Radeon Vulkan driver.
November 8, 2017
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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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More Than One Dozen USB Vulnerabilities Published For The Linux Kernel
Made public on Monday were details on 14 known security vulnerabilities within the Linux kernel's USB subsystem while there is also known to be more similar bugs that are yet to be resolved.
November 7, 2017
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Most Popular Open Source Language Versions Used in Commercial Projects in 2017
Over the past 3 years, we've been publishing reports that reveal which versions of a certain open source language developers use in real-world commercial applications on the Semaphore blog.
December 28, 2017
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Moving to Linux from dated Windows machines
A tale about the decision to adopt Linux when the older Windows machines started falling behind.
January 23, 2018
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Mozilla Firefox Finally Fixes An Awkward, 11 Year Old Linux Bug
It's taken more than a decade, but after enough user complaints, there is finally a patch queued for Firefox 57 to fix an arguably annoying default behavior of Firefox on Linux/Unix systems.
September 5, 2017
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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 funds open source projects with half a million in grants
Mozilla has announced the latest recipients of its Open Source Support grants, totaling $539,000. The web tech company regularly helps out smaller projects, and this round in particular favored ones aimed at safety and security.
October 3, 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 council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020
Never go full Windows
November 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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MX Linux 17: An upgraded distro made for beginners
This powerful operating system's efficient performance, intuitive interface, and exceptional collection of apps make it a top choice for all users.
February 12, 2018
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My DeLorean runs Perl
After people get over seeing a DeLorean driving down the street, their next surprise is that it has an in-dash computer written in Perl.
January 22, 2018
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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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My Linux story: Coding not required
How an educator built a successful career teaching open source.
January 19, 2018
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MySQL 8 is coming
...and it's going to be a big change.
February 28, 2017
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MythTV 29.1 Released
Last July marked the release of MythTV 29 as the latest release of this once super popular Linux DVR/PVR software. Today marks the availability of MythTV 29.1.
February 1, 2018
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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 cloud platform offers faster app development
Open source web portal company Liferay is launching a cloud platform that gives developers the infrastructure, services and hosting capabilities they need to quickly build, launch and scale their applications.
October 9, 2017
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New Coreboot Frame-Buffer Driver For The Linux Kernel
A new Coreboot frame-buffer driver has been published for the Linux kernel that allows reusing of the frame-buffer setup by Coreboot during the hardware initialization process.
January 24, 2018
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New Kubernetes certification program helps deliver consistency in the cloud
Over the last three years open source container platform, Kubernetes has been adopted by a diverse community of providers including some of the biggest names in the cloud.
November 13, 2017
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New Intel DRM Code For Testing, Material For Linux 4.15
Intel developers have published a new round of drm-intel-testing updates for those developers or enthusiasts wishing to begin testing this in-progress code for the Intel Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) driver with this code eventually being queued for the Linux 4.15 cycle.
September 12, 2017
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New Media Drivers Ready For The Linux 4.14 Kernel
Mauro Carvalho Chehab has sent in a big pull request of the media subsystem updates for the Linux 4.14 kernel. This time around there are multiple new drivers yielding around a net addition of around 30k lines to the Linux kernel.
September 12, 2017
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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 open source platform offers secure, self-hosted collaboration
As businesses are keen to embrace flexible working and digital transformation, there's increased focus on collaboration and sharing of information.
February 6, 2018
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New Open Source Project Takes Aim at XenServer
An initial Kickstarter campaign to raise $7,500 to begin development of a XenServer clone has already pulled in over $32,000.
February 5, 2018
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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 Ryzen Is Running Solid Under Linux, No Compiler Segmentation Fault Issue
As a quick update to the AMD Linux "Performance Marginality Problem" affecting some early Ryzen processors under heavy load, today I received a new Ryzen 7 processor and indeed it's been running strong now for the past few hours under demanding load and has yet to hit the compiler segmentation fault bug.
August 23, 2017
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New Sound Drivers Coming In Linux 4.16 Kernel
Due to longtime SUSE developer Takashi Iwai going on holiday the next few weeks, he has already sent in the sound driver feature updates targeting the upcoming Linux 4.16 kernel cycle.
January 19, 2018
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New tech for Ops crew: Scanning containers for open-source vulns
Pushed out by newly acquired Black Duck
November 9, 2017
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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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New Touchpad & Touchscreen Support, Better Dell Canvas Support In Linux 4.15
The HID and input pull requests have been submitted for the Linux 4.15 kernel merge window.
November 15, 2017
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New update schedule for Linux build images
Starting December 11, 2017 we start supporting a new set of group attributes for selecting build images, and the existing ones will be deprecated. By default, the value will be travis_lts which means that you won't see any drastic changes to your current projects. If you're looking for more frequent, regular updates, travis_latest will be available.
December 4, 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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NHS: Thanks for the free work, Linux nerds, now face our trademark cops
Devs quit, suggest Britain's health service bosses used them to bag Microsoft deal
January 18, 2018
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NixOS 17.09 Released With GNOME 3.24, Various Low-Level Improvements
Version 17.09 of the NixOS Linux distribution built around the Nix package manager is out with a new release.
October 2, 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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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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Nouveau DRM Changes Being Worked On For Linux 4.16
Ben Skeggs of Red Hat has been working on a few Nouveau DRM changes for the next kernel cycle.
December 26, 2017
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Nouveau Updates Submitted For Linux 4.16, Bringing GP108 & Kepler Clock Gating
Last week the big DRM feature update for Linux 4.16 was sent in that included many AMDGPU updates, AMDKFD HSA updates, better Intel Cannonlake graphics support, Jetson TX2 display support, MSM DEVFREQ handling, and much more. But missing were any open-source NVIDIA "Nouveau" driver changes. There is now a secondary DRM pull request with Nouveau updates.
February 9, 2018
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November top 10 articles and Opensource.com community update
Here are a few highlights from last month.
December 5, 2017
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NVIDIA 387.22 Linux Driver Released With GTX 1070 Ti Support
The NVIDIA 387.22 Linux driver builds off their recent 387.12 beta driver. That earlier beta release introduced a number of Vulkan updates, including full-screen flipping using X11 swapchains for possible performance improvements. That beta had the Vulkan updates and mostly an assortment of bug fixes.
October 30, 2017
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NVIDIA 384.98 Linux Driver Update Adds New Teslas, Bug Fixes
Besides the NVIDIA 387.22 Linux driver update released earlier this week, today they are issuing the 384.98 update in their long-lived driver branch.
November 2, 2017
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NVIDIA Confirms Linux Driver Performance Regression, To Be Fixed In 390 Series
If you think recent NVIDIA Linux driver releases have been slowing down your games, you are not alone, especially if you are running with a GeForce graphics card having a more conservative vRAM capacity by today's standards.
November 30, 2017
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, Takes On The Radeon RX Vega 64 Under Linux
Last week NVIDIA began shipping the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti graphics card as an offering at the $449 USD price point to undercut the Radeon RX Vega 56. Here are some benchmarks of the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti under Linux with the latest OpenGL/Vulkan drivers compared to Radeon RX Vega, the rest of the Pascal GPUs, and other graphics cards under a variety of different Linux gaming benchmarks with 12 cards in total being tested this round.
November 7, 2017
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NVIDIA Mainlining Tegra186 DRM Support For Linux 4.16
Nearly one year after rolling out the Jetson TX2 developer board with the "Tegra186" SoC, the Tegra DRM driver in Linux 4.16 will finally be offering basic display support with this open-source driver.
January 5, 2018
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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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NVIDIA Sends Out Signed Firmware Images For GP108 Pascal GPUs
It looks like NVIDIA is trying to end out 2017 on a high note for Linux customers. After yesterday posting their open-source experimental allocator for Nouveau, today they landed the long sought after GP108 signed firmware files.
December 21, 2017
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NVIDIA's Binary Driver Doesn't Yet Play Nicely With Linux 4.15
If you are using the NVIDIA proprietary graphics driver and anxious to try out the Linux 4.15 kernel for its many new features/improvements, unfortunately you will need to wait a few days as the current public driver is broken against this latest code.
November 21, 2017
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Observer Is Aspyr Media's Latest Linux Game Release, No Radeon GPU Support
Aspyr Media has released Observer for Linux and macOS as their newest game port.
October 24, 2017
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October top articles and community update
Opensource.com welcomed 711,196 unique visitors in October, a new all-time record.
November 9, 2017
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Oculus Open Sources DK2 HMD Designs
On the eve of Oculus's annual Oculus Connect developer conference, the company threw a bone to the open-source hardware community by releasing documentation for the Rift Development Kit 2 (DK2) headset.
October 10, 2017
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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 core, open perimeter, and the future of enterprise software
The rise of APIs and cloud-based solutions are turning the commercial open source vendor model on its head.
August 17, 2017
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Open education: How students save money by creating open textbooks
Dr. Robin DeRosa, a pioneer in the open educational resource movement, discusses how an open approach can make higher education more affordable and enrich student learning.
November 22, 2017
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Open educational resources movement gains speed
OER champion Alexis Clifton discusses the state of open education and how N.Y.'s $8 million investment will spur growth.
October 2, 2017
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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 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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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 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 database startup MariaDB confirms $27M investment led by Alibaba
Open source database startup MariaDB has announced a new $27 million round of funding led by Alibaba, confirming the news that TechCrunch reported in September.
November 2, 2017
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Open source developers make progress in adopting secure practices
Secure software development practices are increasingly being adopted by open source software (OSS), and are underscoring the importance of managing OSS risk.
October 31, 2017
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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 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 HDCP Support Gets Extended To More Platforms
With the Linux 4.17 kernel (not the upcoming 4.16 cycle) there is likely to be added initial HDCP support to Intel's Direct Rendering Manager driver. Ahead of that this High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection support continues getting improved upon.
January 18, 2018
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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 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 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' 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 sets sights on killing WhatsApp and Slack
See this IMAP, Zuck? It's pointing right at you
October 12, 2017
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Open Source Software Is a 2017 Success Story
As 2017 draws to a close, we look at some of the reasons why the use of open source software is growing and will continue to grow in the year ahead.
December 18, 2017
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Open Source Software: Here's What They're Not Telling You
The subject of "open source vs closed source" incites a passion in even the most introverted of technologists - both sides are un-wielding in their opinions, however, such debates are insignificant without a context for comparison.
August 23, 2017
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Open source success starts at zero
Always give 110%? Maybe not. Here's why "aiming to be a zero" may be a better strategy for success
August 28, 2017
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Open Source Turns 20, Powers Computing as We Know It Today
On Feb. 3, 1998, a group of people met to discuss the need for a term that would help explain the concept of free software to businesses and individuals who didn't understand what "free software" was.
February 6, 2018
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Open source, says me: Alibaba chucks MariaDB a $27m funding round
Chinese biz links up database tech with cloud platform
November 1, 2017
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Open Sourcing Vespa, Yahoo's Big Data Processing and Serving Engine
Ever since we open sourced Hadoop in 2006, Yahoo -- and now, Oath -- has been committed to opening up its big data infrastructure to the larger developer community. Today, we are taking another major step in this direction by making Vespa, Yahoo's big data processing and serving engine, available as open source on GitHub.
September 27, 2017
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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 ZFS File-System Running On Windows
At the OpenZFS Developer Summit today besides an Oracle engineer talked of hope for upstreaming ZFS in Linux, another interesting session was showcasing Open ZFS running under Windows.
October 24, 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 Collaboration Using Git and GitHub
You've come across a project on GitHub you want to contribute to. Great! That seems easy enough. But working on a global, open-source project can be quite intimidating for first-timers.
January 26, 2018
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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 world resurrects Oracle-free Solaris project OmniOS
People power!
July 13, 2017
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OpenChrome DRM Continues To Be Developed, But It Didn't Make It Mainline This Year
The OpenChrome DRM driver continues to largely be developed by one community contributor left standing for supporting VIA x86 graphics on the Linux desktop. These VIA graphics chipsets haven't been too common in about a decade, but OpenChrome continues persevering with working to deliver a full-functioning, open-source driver that VIA itself was never able to produce.
December 26, 2017
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OpenGarages encourages open innovation for automobiles
Initiative aims to bring open source methodologies to car security and usability.
August 25, 2017
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OpenIndiana Hipster 2017.10 Released With MATE 1.18 Desktop
OpenIndiana "Hipster" 2017.10 is now available as the OpenSolaris-derived operating system using the Illumos kernel build.
October 31, 2017
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OpenIO Secures $5 Million in VC Funding
The company's lightweight storage software enables organizations to create scalable object storage environments using a mix of old and new hardware.
October 24, 2017
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OpenMandriva Is Going To Do Away With 32-bit Support
Following in the steps of Ubuntu 17.10 dropping 32-bit desktop images and other Linux distributions also lessening their focus on 32-bit support, OpenMandriva has issued its final i586 release.
November 22, 2017
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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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OpenRISC SMP Support Is Getting Into Shape
While the OpenRISC architecture has been supported by the mainline Linux kernel, it hasn't supported symmetric multi-processing (SMP) for multi-core designs, but that is in the process of being changed.
October 30, 2017
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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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Opensource.com CFP and September preview
We're looking for machine learning, AI, big data, HPC, and supercomputing articles for upcoming themes, and we're working on the 2017 Open Source Yearbook.
September 1, 2017
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Opensource.com Lightning Talks at All Things Open 2017
Don't miss these five-minute talks at All Things Open about DevOps, Kubernetes, wearables, cloud, and more.
October 16, 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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openSUSE Tumbleweed Rolls To Mesa 17.3, Linux 4.14.13
OpenSUSE has continued rolling in the new year with several key package updates in January.
January 19, 2018
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OpenWall unveils kernel protection project
Guarding the kernel against unauthorised changes
February 5, 2018
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OpenWRT + LEDE Move Ahead With Their Re-Merge
Last summer the embedded Linux OpenWRT and LEDE projects voted in favor of re-merging their efforts while now in 2018 that effort is coming back together now that the logistics have been addressed.
January 3, 2018
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OpenWRT-Based LEDE 17.01.3 Released
LEDE 17.01.3 is the newest release of the Linux Embedded Development Environment that is derived from OpenWRT and intended as a complete firmware replacement for various routers and other devices.
October 4, 2017
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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 Could Still Make ZFS A First-Class Upstream Linux File-System
For many years Linux storage enthusiasts have dreamed of having the ZFS file-system part of the mainline Linux kernel. But since Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems that outlook has looked much more bleak that they would re-license the ZFS kernel code under a license compatible with the upstream GPLv2 Linux kernel. But an Oracle engineer presented today that the ZFS Linux dream might still come true.
October 24, 2017
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Oracle DAX Driver Landing In Linux 4.16 For SPARC Co-Processor
After sending in the many networking subsystem updates yesterday, veteran kernel developer David Miller today sent in the SPARC architecture updates for Linux 4.16 that includes a new Oracle DAX driver.
February 1, 2018
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Oracle Linux Security Developer To AMD: "Smatch" Your Driver
Dan Carpenter of Oracle who is responsible for security audits of the Linux kernel is not happy with the current state of the AMDGPU DRM code-base.
November 6, 2017
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Oracle Looking to Move Java EE to Open Source Foundation
Oracle is planning to move leadership and ongoing development of the Java EE platform to an open source foundation. The move will follow the next release, JEE 8, which is due out this summer. The company says they will continue to support Weblogic Server, which is built on JEE standards.
August 22, 2017
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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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Oracle Still Working On DTrace For Linux In 2018
A decade ago Linux users were clamoring for Sun Microsystems to bring Solaris' DTrace and ZFS to Linux. While there are still petitions for Oracle to more liberally license ZFS so it could see mainline Linux support, it's been years since hearing much interest in DTrace for Linux.
February 12, 2018
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Oracle's Fn Serverless Platform Adds Prometheus Support and Helm Chart Installation for Kubernetes
At the recent KubeCon NA conference that was held in Austin, USA, InfoQ sat down and discussed Oracle's Function-as-a-Service (FaaS) "serverless" Fn Project with Bob Quillin, vice president of Oracle Container Group. Fn has evolved rapidly since its launch in October 2017, and new additions to the project include: support for Prometheus monitoring; the implementation of Fn Flow high-availability clustering; a new Hybrid Architecture; and an open source Helm Chart Fn installer.
February 9, 2018
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OverlayFS Adds NFS Export Support In Linux 4.16
The OverlayFS union mount file-system of the Linux kernel gains a big new feature in Linux 4.16.
February 5, 2018
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P-State Continues Evolving, More Power Management Changes For Linux 4.14
Rafael Wysocki of Intel submitted the power management updates on Monday for continuing to improve this area of the Linux kernel. This time around there was a lot of focus as usual on bettering the Intel P-State driver as well as improving system suspend for some hardware.
September 5, 2017
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Packet radio lives on through open source software
Linux packet stations can be used for mail, chat, and even sending messages long distances via the International Space Station.
September 25, 2017
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Parsing HTML with Python
With a little scripting, cleaning up documentation and other large sets of HTML files can be easy. But first you need to parse them.
January 26, 2018
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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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Patch alert! Easy-to-exploit flaw in Linux kernel rated 'high risk'
Urgent security triage needed
September 28, 2017
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Patrick McHardy and copyright profiteering
Many developers in the Linux community have concerns about the activities of Patrick McHardy. Here are answers to common questions.
August 23, 2017
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PDP Xbox One Controllers Should Now Work With The Linux 4.15 Kernel
One of the last minute changes sneaking into the Linux 4.15 kernel is support for PDP Xbox One controllers.
January 26, 2018
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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 turns 30 and its community continues to thrive
Created for utility and known for its dedicated users, Perl has proven staying power. Here's a brief history of the language and a look at some top user groups.
October 11, 2017
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Perma.cc stops scholarly link rot
The transient nature of information on the web means academic citations are at high risk of disappearing or changing. Perma.cc is aiming to change that.
September 29, 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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PipeWire Is Making Progress But Still Needs More Time To Mature
PipeWire was announced last year as a new Red Hat projects with aspirations to be to video as PulseAudio is to audio on the Linux desktop. Other PipeWire goals include professional audio support equal to or better than JACK, full Wayland/Flatpak support, and more. Red Hat is making a lot of progress on PipeWire, but it's not yet ready to be the default on the Linux desktop.
January 26, 2018
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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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Platform9's Fission Workflows makes it easier to write complex serverless applications
Platform9's new Fission Workflows brings together all the buzzwords you love: Kubernetes, Docker containers and serverless computing. In many ways, it's the logical next step for these technologies.
October 3, 2017
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POP!_OS is a developer-focused minimalist Linux distro from System 76
There aren't that many Linux hardware manufacturers around. Of the few that exist, System 76 is amongst the most well-known. It offers a slew of laptops and desktops, all shipping with the popular Ubuntu distro pre-installed, saving customers hours of wasted time dealing with driver hell.
September 28, 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 Brings Memory Protection Keys, OCXL OpenCAPI Driver To Linux 4.16
The POWER architecture code updates were sent in this Friday for the Linux 4.16 kernel and brings a few goodies if you happen to be using any modern PPC hardware.
February 2, 2018
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PowerPC Memory Protection Keys In For Linux 4.16, Power Has Meltdown Mitigation In 4.15
Linux's POWER code with the upcoming Linux 4.16 cycle will introduce support for PowerPC Memory Protection Keys. With the current Linux 4.15 cycle is also initial Meltdown mitigation for these CPUs too.
January 22, 2018
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Power(Shell) to the people
Type less, write cleaner scripts, run consistently across platforms, and other reasons why Linux and OS X users can fall in love with PowerShell.
February 6, 2018
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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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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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Projects You Can Help With For Advancing Open-Source NVIDIA "Nouveau" Graphics
Longtime Nouveau contributor Karol Herbst has been working on an updated list of project ideas for new contributors or those that may be wanting to participate in an Endless Vacation of Code / Google Summer of Code.
October 16, 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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Purism Eyeing The i.MX8M For The Librem 5 Smartphone, Issues First Status Update
If you have been curious about the state of Purism's Librem 5 smartphone project since its successful crowdfunding last year and expedited plans to begin shipping this Linux smartphone in early 2019, the company has issued their first status update.
January 16, 2018
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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 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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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 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. Why's Oracle so two-faced over open source? A. Moolah, wonga, dosh
And lobbying US government against it is NOT modernising IT
October 12, 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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QEMU 2.11-RC1 Released: Drops IA64, Adds OpenRISC SMP & More
QEMU 2.11-RC1 is available for this important piece of the open-source Linux virtualization stack.
November 15, 2017
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Quit making these 10 common resume mistakes
You have 30 seconds to make a good impression. Here's how to make your open source resume stand out.
October 24, 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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R600 Gallium3D Gets More Fixes, Experimental SB Tessellation Support
If you are still running with a pre-GCN AMD graphics card, a number of R600 Gallium3D commits landed in Mesa Git over night as well as an interesting patch series on the Mesa mailing list.
January 10, 2018
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R600g "Soft" FP64 Shows Signs Of Life, Enabling Older GPUs To Have OpenGL 4 In 2018
Most pre-GCN AMD graphics cards are still limited to OpenGL 3.3 support at this time due to not supporting FP64. Only the HD 5800/6900 series on R600g currently have real double-precision floating-point support working right now so at present they are on OpenGL 4.3 rather than 3.3, but those other generations may be catching up soon thanks to the "soft" FP64 code.
January 19, 2018
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R600g/RadeonSI Gallium3D Performance At The End Of 2017
One of the common test requests to come in for our end-of-year benchmarking has been a fresh look at the Radeon GPU performance incorporating some both old and new GPUs to see the current state of the open-source driver stack. Tests were done from a Radeon HD 5830 on the Radeon+R600g driver stack to the RX Vega 64 on AMDGPU+RadeonSI, while using the Linux 4.15-rc5 kernel paired with Mesa 17.4-dev.
December 26, 2017
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Radeon GPU Profiler Updated For Better Profiling Of Vulkan Games
Following yesterday's excitement around the Radeon Software Adrenalin Driver as well as word of AMD open-sourcing their Linux driver and making other Linux driver changes, AMD's GPUOpen team has announced the release of a new version of Radeon GPU Profiler.
December 13, 2017
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RadeonSI Gallium3D Made Impressive Performance Gains In 2017
Yesterday I provided some benchmarks showing how the Radeon RX Vega performance has evolved since launch but if looking more broadly at how the open-source RadeonSI Gallium3D Linux gaming performance has advanced over the course of 2017, the gains become much more profound.
December 20, 2017
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Raspberry Pi 7" Touch Panel, SiI9234 To Be Supported By Linux 4.15
This latest batch of miscellaneous Direct Rendering Manager updates include continued core work around atomic mode-setting, HDMI CEC control support for the adv7511 driver, remote control support for the sii8620 driver, improved HDMI and A31 chip support in the Sun4i DRM driver, and some new driver activity too.
October 12, 2017
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Raspberry Pi and MoodleBox make an accessible e-learning platform pair
Raspberry Pi + Moodle = a powerful, accessible open source e-learning platform. Here's how to get started.
November 13, 2017
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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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Recording live presentations, Part 1: Choosing your equipment
In the first installment in a three-part series, learn about the hardware you need to record or live stream speakers at meetings and conferences.
September 6, 2017
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Recording live presentations, Part 2: Software setup
In the second of a three-part series, learn to use Open Broadcaster Software and Inkscape to record or live stream speakers' presentations.
September 12, 2017
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Red Hat acquires CoreOS for $250 million in Kubernetes expansion
Red Hat, a company best known for its enterprise Linux products, has been making a big play for Kubernetes and containerization in recent years with its OpenShift Kubernetes product. Today the company decided to expand on that by acquiring CoreOS, a container management startup, for $250 million.
January 30, 2018
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Red Hat and Microsoft simplify containers for the enterprise
Microsoft Corp. and Red Hat Inc. today announced an expansion of the two companies' alliance with new initiatives aimed at enabling enterprises to more easily adopt containers. This includes native support for Windows Server containers on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated on Microsoft Azure, and SQL Server on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and OpenShift.
August 22, 2017
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Red Hat Developer Manages Full Clock-Gating For Kepler With Nouveau
In improving the power-savings of NVIDIA GeForce 600/700 "Kepler" GPUs running on the open-source NVIDIA "Nouveau" driver, Red Hat developer Lyude Paul has published a set of patches allowing for full clock-gating with these older graphics cards.
January 15, 2018
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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 Enterprise Linux for ARM Hits General Availability
Red Hat now considers their ARM support on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL7) to be supported under general availability "GA" terms.
mNovember 13, 2017
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux gets ARM server support
While ARM has been slowly making inroads in the server market, it still has a long way to go before it can truly challenge the x86 architecture. Today, it makes a big step in the right direction thanks to Red Hat.
November 13, 2017
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Red Hat opens its ARMs to Enterprise Linux... er, wait, perhaps it's the other way round
RHEL now ready for power-efficient server-grade chips
November 13, 2017
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Red Hat OpenShift To Support Windows Containers in 2018
Microsoft and Red Hat are continuing their integration and support efforts for running Red Hat open source technologies on Microsoft Azure virtual machine infrastructure, with a number of announcements today.
August 22, 2017
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Red Hat Planning For A Wayland Tech Preview In RHEL 7.5
The next update to RHEL, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5, is expected to include a Wayland technical preview within its GNOME Shell session.
September 29, 2017
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Red Hat Plans To Deploy Next-Gen Stratis Storage For Fedora 28
When we heard of RHEL deprecating Btrfs with Red Hat losing hope in this feature-focused Linux file-system, we were relayed word that Red Hat was planning for their own Stratis project for next-gen Linux storage. Stratis is now expected to ship in preview form for Fedora 28.
December 6, 2017
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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 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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Red Hat's Latest Project: "Bolt" To Deal With Linux Thunderbolt Security
"Bolt" is a new project by Red Hat / GNOME developers in dealing with Thunderbolt 3 security levels on Linux.
December 14, 2017
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Reddit is killing off access to its main source code, because open source is bad for competition
Nine years after going open source, Reddit is archiving the source code for its website and mobile apps. The source code will still be accessible, but will no longer be updated -- Reddit cites concerns about competition as one of the reasons for the change in direction.
September 4, 2017
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Reflections on the 20th Anniversary of Open Source Technology
Exactly twenty years ago in February 1998, the term "open source" software came into existence -- a month later, the Open Source Initiative (OSI) was founded. Today, it's difficult to remember a day where open source software didn't power the world around us. Modern technology companies we know today, Facebook, Google, and Amazon, are powered by open source components too numerous to count. Open source projects big and small impact startups, midsize companies, and enterprises around the globe.
February 5, 2018
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Refreshing old computers with Linux
A middle school's Tech Stewardship program is now an elective class for science and technology students.
January 30, 2018
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Reiser4 Updated For Linux 4.14 & Introduces Zstd Compression Support
The out-of-tree Reiser4 file-system driver has been updated with compatibility for the latest Linux 4.14 stable series. Besides reworking the code to run on Linux 4.14, this controversial file-system has also added support for Zstd file-system compression.
November 27, 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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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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Retpoline Backported To Linux 4.9, Linux 4.14 Kernels
Retpoline support for mitigating the Spectre vulnerabilities will soon be present in the Linux 4.9 and 4.14 stable kernels.
January 15, 2018
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Retpoline Is Still Being Improved Upon For Intel Skylake/Kabylake
While initial support for Retpoline was merged into the Linux 4.15 Git kernel last week and is now being backported to some supported Linux kernel series, there is still additional work ongoing for properly mitigating Spectre v2 on Intel Skylake CPUs and newer.
January 15, 2018
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Reveal.js presentation hacks
Watch this All Things Open 2017 Lightning Talk for tips and tricks for using the Reveal.js presentation framework.
November 20, 2017
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Review by many eyes does not always prevent buggy code
There is a view that because open source software is subject to review by many eyes, all the bugs will be ironed out of it. This is a myth.
October 6, 2017
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Review of Countly -- Open Source Analytics Platform
The open-source review series aims to give you a deep-dive into various open-source platforms. review they can do and why you may want to use them.
December 6, 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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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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Rich Geldreich On The Concerns Of Open-Sourcing In The Game Industry
Former Valve developer Rich Geldreich who was responsible for a lot of the Linux/OpenGL work at Valve in the earlier days of Linux gaming and who has also spent time at Unity, Microsoft, and other companies before starting his own consulting firm, has second thoughts about open-sourcing in the game industry.
November 30, 2017
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RISC-V Continues Prepping For Mainline Linux Kernel
Not only is AMDGPU DC finally aligning for Linux 4.15, but the RISC-V Linux kernel port might also be merged for this next kernel cycle.
September 27, 2017
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RoboVM MVP for Windows and Linux
Three month project is over and I can share the result. I built all missing components to make it able to develop iOS projects using Windows and Linux host.
December 13, 2017
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Running a Python application on Kubernetes
This step-by-step tutorial takes you through the process of deploying a simple Python application on Kubernetes.
January 26, 2018
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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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Running OpenCL With Intel UHD Graphics On Coffeelake Under Ubuntu Linux
After running some basic OpenCL/Vulkan UHD Graphics tests yesterday using the brand new Core i7 8700K "Coffee Lake" processor, I next ventured into OpenCL computing with the UHD Graphics using Intel's open-source Beignet CL implementation.
October 6, 2017
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Running Radeon RX Vega On Linux 4.15, NVIDIA/Radeon Benchmarks
With AMDGPU DC having been merged a few days ago for the Linux 4.15 merge window, it's now possible to run the Radeon RX Vega graphics cards with display support using the mainline kernel without having to resort to using a patched/third-party kernel build or using the AMDGPU-PRO hybrid driver. Here are some tests I have carried out with the Radeon RX Vega 56, RX Vega 64, and other graphics cards from Linux 4.15 Git compared to a few NVIDIA GPUs.
November 22, 2017
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Running storage services on Kubernetes
Learn how containers are changing the way software-defined storage is managed in the cloud.
December 6, 2017
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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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Samsung Joins Linux Foundation Networking Fund as Platinum Member
Samsung contributes to open source to accelerate virtualized network platforms
January 23, 2018
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Samsung selects Ubuntu 16.04 as primary Linux distro for some ARTIK IoT modules
Next month, Ubuntu 17.10 will be released. Even after that release, version 16.04 will remain the most recent LTS version. If you aren't familiar, LTS stands for "Long Term Support," which quite literally means it is supported by Canonical for a longer period of time. For instance, Ubuntu 16.04 will be supported until 2021, while the newer 17.04 is only supported until 2018.
September 28, 2017
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Samsung unveils 'Linux on Galaxy' for DeX -- run Fedora and Ubuntu on your Note8?
For whatever reason, people seem to forget that Android is Linux. Remember, folks, Linux is just a kernel -- not an operating system. Actually, Android is the world's most popular such distribution. Even the father of Windows, Mr. Bill Gates, now runs his life from Linux by way of Android.
October 18, 2017
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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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Saturday Morning RPG coming to Switch this spring
Limited Run Games to sell physical edition.
January 15, 2018
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Save time with Ansible without writing a line of code
Learning Ansible? Don't be too quick to download a playbook. Its ad hoc mode may be all you need.
October 4, 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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Schaller On Why The "Year Of The Linux Desktop" Hasn't Happened
Longtime Fedora/GNOME developer Christian Schaller who leads the desktop engineering team at Red Hat recently commented on some bold Linux/tech predictions for 2018. He's now also shared his personal opinion on why "the year of the Linux desktop" has yet to materialize.
December 19, 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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SCO versus IBM case over who owns Linux comes back to life. Again
SCO wins a round: Court of Appeal sends one aspect of case back to lower court
November 2, 2017
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Scrot: Linux command-line screen grabs made simple
Scrot is a basic, flexible tool that offers a number of handy options for taking screen captures from the Linux command line.
November 30, 2017
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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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Securing the Linux filesystem with Tripwire
Linux integrity checker notifies you if malware or other events make changes to your filesystem.
January 18, 2018
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Serverless computing with AWS Lambda, Part 1
Get an overview of AWS Lambda's nanoservices architecture and execution model, then build your first Lambda function in Java
January 11, 2018
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Serverless with Fn Project on Kubernetes for Docker
Last week, the author deployed Fn Project on Kubernetes as a quick smoke test. See how to do it yourself in this helpful tutorial.
January 26, 2018
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Set Up an API Endpoint Distributed Over Multiple Servers Using NGINX Upstreams
In this post, we'll learn how to set up a simple API endpoint on your application using the open source NGINX proxy server.
February 6, 2018
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Seven Key Benefits of Open Source Software
Open source software has been around as long as computers have existed. Modern sites like GitHub and other online communities mean that even more people can contribute to open source projects today. That improves maintainability, discoverability, reach, and quality.
August 30, 2017
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Seven Linux apps that will change how you work
Here are seven killer Linux office productivity apps you may not know about -- everything from GnuCash for accounting to GIMP for image editing to GnoTime for time management.
November 21, 2017
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Several ARM64 Changes Queued For Linux 4.14, VMAP_STACK Support
There are a few noteworthy ARM64 (64-bit ARM) architecture updates worth noting for the ongoing Linux 4.14 merge window.
September 5, 2017
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Several New ARM Devices Supported By The Linux 4.16 Kernel
Arnd Bergmann sent in his several pull requests on Thursday providing new ARM SoC platform support, driver updates, and DeviceTree bits for bringing up some new ARM hardware support within the mainline Linux kernel.
February 2, 2018
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SGL: Mapping the open-source genome for fun and profit
For a long-time we have known that the current state-of-the-art of vulnerability research in open-source code does not scale. That current state-of-art involves individual security researchers looking at specific bits of code and then reporting potential issues found to a central vulnerability database in the form of textual descriptions. If accepted (after some basic validation) the report is re-published to the world as a CVE.
August 29, 2017
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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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Shedding light on foggy GPL licenses
Clarity is key to avoid licensing ambiguity.
November 6, 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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Shippable opens up OS support for DevOps teams
Most CI and DevOps vendors are focused on Linux-based applications, which means supporting Windows or iOS requires multiple platforms, or managing their own instances of Jenkins. This can lead to an inefficient, expensive and inconsistent experience.
January 24, 2018
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Should You Use Linux Mint's Debian or Standard Edition?
Linux Mint's Debian and Standard Edition are clearly different. One or the other may be a far better choice for you, based on your workflow and preferences.
October 24, 2017
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Should your open source project report its social benefits?
There's a link between coding and social responsibility: Organizations producing free and open source software generate a public good. Should they report it?
January 23, 2018
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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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Skype is now available as a snap for Linux users
Canonical has announced that the popular VoIP client, Skype, is now available as a snap, making it much easier to install in popular Linux distributions such as Ubuntu and Linux Mint, and keep it updated. The Skype client joins a growing number of snap packages; Spotify was released not long ago in the package format too.
February 1, 2018
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SkyWalking Accepted by Apache Software Foundation as an Incubator Project
SkyWalking's proposal into the Incubator has been voted on and accepted by Apache Software Foundation(ASF) IPMC.
December 20, 2017
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Slack co-founder Cal Henderson to talk on Slack's progress at Disrupt Berlin
While Yammer (launched at TechCrunch Disrupt, BTW) might have pioneered what was, at the time, dubbed "Twitter for work", it wasn't until Slack came along that people started to realise just how powerful this method of communication could be.
October 19, 2017
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Slack comes to Linux as a snap
Slack's ambition to become the default, go-to place for employees chat to each other and link into hundreds of other applications to get work done is getting one more step up today by becoming available on a new platform. From today, Slack will be available as a Snap, an application package that's available across a range of open-source-based Linux environments.
January 18, 2018
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So the 'Year of Linux' never happened. When is it Chrome OS's turn?
Seeing that the Pixelbook costs $999, don't hold your breath
October 18, 2017
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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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Solus 3 Linux Distribution Released For Enthusiasts
Today marks the third iteration of the rolling-release Solus Linux distribution project that has become increasingly popular with enthusiasts and is also aligned with their own Budgie Desktop Environment.
August 15, 2017
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Solus 4 Is Working On Restoring Wayland Support, NVIDIA Improvements
The Solus Linux distribution project has shared some of the work they are currently pursuing for their Solus 4 operating system update.
November 1, 2017
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Solus Experimenting With Qt Wayland Compositor, NVIDIA EGLStreams Support
Solus taking a break from their Steam Linux integration improvements and their other open-source desktop innovations has been experimenting with their own Qt Wayland compositor over the holiday period.
January 4, 2018
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Solus Releases Updated Linux Steam Integration With Snapd Support
One of several side projects by the Solus Linux distribution project has been linux-steam-integration as a means of a helper package to improve the integration of the Steam client and Steam games running on Linux. LSI applies workarounds and other optimizations to get Steam games running better on Linux.
December 20, 2017
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Some Basic macOS 10.13 versus Ubuntu 17.10 OpenGL Gaming Tests
Following last week's F1 2017 launch for Linux which is making use of the Vulkan graphics API on Linux and Metal API on macOS, originally I set out to compare the macOS versus Linux performance, but that didn't go quite as planned due to MacBook Pro woes. But here are some other OpenGL game tests between macOS and Ubuntu 17.10 Linux.
November 9, 2017
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Some Fresh Intel Core, AMD Ryzen Benchmarks On Ubuntu 17.10 + Linux 4.13
For those wanting to see some fresh Linux CPU benchmarks with various AMD Ryzen and Intel Core processors, here are some benchmarks with Ubuntu 17.10 paired with its Linux 4.13 kernel build.
October 4, 2017
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Some Of The Other Changes Slated For Linux 4.16
There's still a week and a half to go until the Linux 4.15.0 stable kernel release is expected and that rings in the Linux 4.16 merge window. On top of various Linux 4.16 changes already talked about, here's a look at some of the other kernel features/additions expected for this next release cycle.
January 10, 2018
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Sound Classification With TensorFlow
This article describes the tools we chose, the challenges we faced, how we trained the model for TensorFlow, and how to run our open-source sound classification project.
January 25, 2018
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Sound Updates Ready To Be Heard On Linux 4.14
Takashi Iwai of SUSE has mailed in his sound driver updates for the Linux 4.14 kernel. This time around there isn't too many speaker-shattering changes, but a wide range of fixes and a few notable changes.
September 6, 2017
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SpamAssassin, MIMEDefang, and Procmail: Best Trio of 2017
Our annual "Best Couple" award has expanded to a trio of applications that combine to manage server-side email sorting beautifully.
November 1, 2017
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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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Spectre / Meltdown Code Gets Cleaned Up, Improvements For Linux 4.16
After the page table isolation (K)PTI support was added late in the Linux 4.15 kernel cycle in light of the Meltdown CPU vulnerability, improvements to this code are on the way with Linux 4.16.
January 26, 2018
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Spectre V1 Mitigation & Other Spectre/Meltdown Updates For 64-bit ARM On Linux 4.16
Last week was the updates providing initial Spectre Variant Two and Meltdown mitigation for 64-bit ARM hardware on the Linux 4.16 kernel. This week as the Linux 4.16 merge window nears the end, Spectre Variant One mitigation has come for ARM64 as well as other Spectre V2 / Meltdown updates.
February 8, 2018
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Spotify gives Linux users an early Christmas present: a new desktop client
Linux-loving users of Spotify have had it rough for the past few years. Spotify stopped active development on its desktop client back in 2016. This left users with an unenviable choice between a visibly outdated desktop client, or using the web app.
December 20, 2017
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Spotify now available as a Snap for Linux
If you are a user of Linux on the desktop, you know it can be quite annoying when you can't use a popular app or service that is available on other platforms. While Windows and Mac certainly have more access to premium apps, Linux is no slouch.
December 20, 2017
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SQL Server 2017 on Windows Linux and Docker is now generally available
Today, October 2nd, we are excited to announce that SQL Server 2017 is generally available for purchase and download! The new release is available right now for evaluation or purchase through the Microsoft Store, and will be available to Volume Licensing customers later today.
October 2, 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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Squeezing in little Quake between builds? Not any more: Facebook Bucks up Java compile tool
Open-source offering faster, shorter bottlenecks
November 9, 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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Staging Changes Land In Linux 4.14 With New Realtek WiFi Driver
Along with the other subsystems managed by Greg Kroah-Hartman, the staging tree was pulled today into the mainline Linux kernel Git for the 4.14 merge window.
September 5, 2017
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Staging Updates Submitted For Linux 4.16
Greg Kroah-Hartman sent in pull requests this morning for the various subsystems he oversees for the mainline Linux kernel, including the staging area.
February 1, 2018
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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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Steam Client Update Fixes Linux Shortcuts, Adds Vulkan Pre-Compiled Shaders
Five years and one day after Steam for Linux going public, there's a notable Steam client beta update coming down the wire.
November 7, 2017
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Steam On Linux Ended 2017 With A Slight Increase In Marketshare
With PUBG popularity appearing to decline a bit during December, the Steam Survey results for December 2017 show an increase in the Linux percentage,
January 1, 2018
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Steam On Linux Starts 2018 With A Slight Increase In Gamers
At least on a percentage basis, the Steam Linux marketshare grew slightly for January 2018.
February 1, 2018
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Steam UI Finally Has A Scaling Mode For HiDPI Monitors
At the same time as adding HiDPI monitor support for Windows 10, Valve has added a "2X-scaling mode" for the Steam client to satisfy modern high resolution monitors.
January 26, 2018
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Steam VR Marketshare Already Larger Than Steam Linux Marketshare
Valve developer Pierre-Loup Griffais‏ who is heavily involved in their Linux efforts as well as those around virtual reality has commented the VR market-share is already larger than the entire Steam Linux market-share.
October 25, 2017
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SteamVR On Linux Is Still In Frustratingly Rough Shape
If you are exclusively using Linux for gaming, hopefully you aren't hoping for an HTC Vive this Christmas as the SteamVR support on Linux still leaves a lot to be desired. At the start of the year Valve finally put out their first SteamVR developer build for Linux and now nearly one year later, it still feels like a very rough beta.
December 18, 2017
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Step-by-Step Load Testing Guide: Selenium
This step-by-step guide will show you the basics of getting started with load testing using the popular open source testing tool Selenium.
February 13, 2018
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Supposed Code for Navi GPU in AMD Linux Driver Busted
Not too long ago there were some claims around the Internet that the next generation of GPUs from AMD, based on the Navi architecture, already had code in the AMD Linux driver. The folks at Phoronix, who specialize in covering Linux, have also taken a look at the code and explained the reference to GFX10 is not Navi, or any specific GPU for that matter.
December 21, 2017
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Suppressing The Concerns Over HDCP Content Protection For Intel's Linux DRM Driver
Last week I wrote about a Google engineer working on HDCP content protection support for Intel's Direct Rendering Manager driver on Linux that is also obviously open-source. Understandably, that raised concerns by free software purists not wanting to potentially lock-down their system in any manner to playback protected content on their systems.
December 4, 2017
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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 Has Been Working On An In-Kernel Boot Splash Screen For Linux
While Plymouth has become widely-used as a bootsplash screen on most Linux systems these days and is much better off than the RHGB days, SUSE has sent out initial patches as part of their proposal for having a new in-kernel bootsplash system.
October 25, 2017
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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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Sylabs launches Singularity Pro, a container platform for high-performance computing
Sylabs, the commercial company behind the open source Singularity container engine, announced its first commercial product today, Singularity Pro.
February 8, 2018
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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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System76 Pop!_OS Beta Ubuntu-based Linux distribution now available to download
Next month, a new era of Ubuntu begins. Unity is dead, and GNOME 3 takes over as the default desktop environment. While this change was for the best, it was still shocking for many. For a company like System76, for instance, that sells computers pre-loaded with Ubuntu, this was problematic. Why? Well, the company essentially lost control of the overall user experience by relying on vanilla Ubuntu. It was being forced to follow Canonical's path.
September 28, 2017
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System76 Puts Pop!_OS Into Beta
System76 is today announcing the beta release of their Ubuntu-derived Pop!_OS Linux operating system.
September 28, 2017
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System76 Will Begin Disabling Intel ME In Their Linux Laptops
Following the recent Intel Management Engine (ME) vulnerabilities combined with some engineering work the past few months on their end, System76 will begin disabling ME on their laptops.
November 30, 2017
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systemd's "All Systems Go" 2017 Conference Videos Now Available
The annual systemd conference, All Systems Go!, that is also about other user-space Linux technologies, has wrapped up in Berlin.
October 20, 2017
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Syzbot: Google Continuously Fuzzing The Linux Kernel
On the Linux kernel mailing list over the past week has been a discussion about Syzbot, an effort by Google for continuously fuzzing the mainline Linux kernel and its branches with automatic bug reporting.
December 28, 2017
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Misc. - T

Tails 3.2 released with several changes and Linux 4.12
Whenever Mozilla pushes out a new version of its Firefox web browser, you can always guarantee that an update to the Tor Browser and the Tails operating system will be close behind, alas, with Firefox 56 being released on Thursday, Tails 3.2 followed close behind. The release ships with Linux Kernel 4.12.12 which should improve hardware support if you've been having any issues, the NVIDIA Maxwell graphics card is a notable bit of kit supported by the new kernel.
September 28, 2017
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Taking steps toward greater inclusivity
This exercise helps your team members become aware of the various privileges they might possess--a great way to begin dialog about diversity and inclusion.
November 9, 2017
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Talking to normal people about security
Normal people generally just want things to work.
February 5, 2018
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Tap the power of community with organized chaos
Unconferences are sites of intense collaboration, creativity, and innovation. Here's how you can run your next internal project like one.
November 30, 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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Teaching open source graphic design is a learning experience
First-time instructor learns overcoming obstacles is the hardest part of teaching high schoolers.
January 2, 2018
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TeamViewer 13 Now Available For Linux As A Native 64-bit Port
The latest version of the TeamViewer remote control / desktop sharing / web conferencing software is now available for Linux with a number of improvements.
December 4, 2017
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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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Tegra CEC Support & Other Media Updates For Linux 4.15
The media subsystem updates have been submitted for Linux 4.15 and continues the recent theme of HDMI CEC "Consumer Electronics Control" upbringing within the mainline kernel.
November 16, 2017
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TensorFlow brings machine learning to the masses
Google's open source machine learning library makes deep learning available to everyone.
September 6, 2017
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TensorFlow Lite Supports On-Device Conversational Modeling
TensorFlow Lite, the light-weight solution of open source deep learning framework TensorFlow, supports on-device conversation modeling to plugin the conversational intelligence features into chat applications. The TensorFlow team recently announced the developer preview of TensorFlow Lite, which can be used in mobile and embedded devices.
November 29, 2017
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Testing in production: Yes, you can (and should)
Why does testing in production get such a bad rap when we all do it? The key is to do it right.
August 15, 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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Tests show how much Meltdown fixes will hit Linux system performance
Now that the initial shock about the Spectre and Meltdown chip vulnerabilities has died down, the focus is very much on getting the problems sorted. As has been noted already, there has been concern about the impact on performance that the bug fixes will bring.
February 12, 2018
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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 best Linux distros for the enterprise: Red Hat, Ubuntu, Linux Mint and more
A variety of high-quality Linux distributions allow you to expand your Linux OS deployments beyond the data center. Here are five that fit the bill.
January 9, 2018
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The 7 Best Linux Terminal Emulators
If you run Linux for any length of time, eventually you're going to figure out that doing some things from the terminal is not only fast but often easier than trying to do the same task from a GUI. This article will provide you with some of the best Linux terminal emulators for those of you needing reliable options for business environments.
February 6, 2018
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The 7 stages of becoming a Go programmer
Whether you're new to Go or a seasoned Gopher, you may recognize these steps on the path to Go enlightenment.
September 26, 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 Big DRM Update Lands In Linux 4.16: DC Multi-Display Sync, More Cannonlake
Adding to the list of big feature additions for Linux 4.16 is the Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) pull request that has already been honored by Linus Torvalds.
February 2, 2018
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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 Cloud Native Computing Foundation adds two security projects to its open source stable
The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) is probably best known for being the home of the Kubernetes container orchestration project, but there plenty of other projects that now fall under the organization's umbrella. All of them focus on bringing the kind of modern cloud-native tooling that companies like Google, Microsoft, Facebook and others take for granted to a wider range of users.
October 24, 2017
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The Combined Impact Of Retpoline + KPTI On Ubuntu Linux
Over the past week I have posted many KPTI and Retpoline benchmarks for showing the performance impact of these patches to combat the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities. But with my testing so far I haven't done any showing the combined impact of KPTI+Retpoline on Ubuntu versus a completely unpatched system. Here are some of those results.
January 9, 2018
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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 Evolution of the accessors Library
Ronny Spiegel is a developer at Funkwerk AG, a German company whose passenger information system is developed in D and was recently highlighted on this blog. In this post, Ronny tells the story of the company's open source accessors library, which provides a mechanism for users to automatically generate property getters and setters using D's robust compile-time features.
September 6, 2017
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The Fastest Linux Distribution For Ryzen: A 10-Way Linux OS Comparison On Ryzen 7 & Threadripper
While we frequently do Linux OS/distribution performance comparisons on the latest Intel desktop and server hardware, some requests came in recently about looking closer at the fastest Linux distribution(s) when running on AMD's Ryzen desktop processors. Here are benchmarks of ten popular Linux distributions tested out-of-the-box on Ryzen 7 1800X and Threadripper 1950X systems.
January 24, 2018
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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 future of DevOps is mastery of multi-cloud environments
DevOps is set to move from a merged focus to a single focus in multi-cloud environments. Here's what you need to know, and how to prepare.
January 3, 2018
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The Future of Open Source Is So Bright...
... that it needs to wear shades. Let's take a look at the companies and trends that have elevated open source to the heights it maintains today.
February 13, 2018
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The illustrated Open Organization is now available
Get your copy of the full-color Open Organization Definition book.
October 5, 2017
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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 interesting and complex legal issues of 2017
This year's top articles focused on trademarks, open source licensing, and compliance. And, of course, copyright trolling.
December 27, 2017
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The Interesting Banshee Game Engine Now Officially Supports Linux
We previously covered Banshee as one of the interesting Vulkan-based projects with this open-source game engine supporting OpenGL / Direct3D 11 and as of January added Vulkan support. They had been planning to firm up Linux support for Q4 and they have managed to strike that goal.
November 1, 2017
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The Linux Foundation launches 'Administering Linux on Azure' training course
Linux is very much mainstream nowadays. What was once viewed as a hobby and niche project, is transforming the world. Many of the world's servers are running Linux-based operating systems. Hell, the most popular mobile operating system on the planet, Android, is Linux-based. Even closed-source champion Microsoft is embracing Linux by integrating it into Windows 10 and offering it on its Azure platform.
January 11, 2018
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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 Linux Kernel Gained 2.5 Million Lines Of Code, 71k Commits In 2017
Here are some numbers on the Linux kernel development trends for 2017.
January 1, 2018
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The Linux versus Meltdown and Spectre battle continues
Fixing Meltdown and Spectre will take Linux -- and all other operating systems -- programmers a long, long time. Here's where the Linux developers are now.
January 9, 2018
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The Many Open-Source Radeon Linux Driver Advancements Of 2017
There were many sizable open-source Radeon Linux driver accomplishments this year. It was this year in which the RadeonSI OpenGL driver matured enough to compete with -- and sometimes surpass -- the Radeon Windows driver when talking raw OpenGL performance, RadeonSI can also outperform the AMDGPU-PRO OpenGL hybrid driver in many Linux gaming tests, the RADV Vulkan driver matured a lot, and many other milestones were reached.
November 30, 2017
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The Modern Application Security Portfolio
Ninety percent of your applications code is open source. Are you using SCA instead of traditional static analysis to manage these components? Perhaps you should!
February 12, 2018
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The most popular Linux desktop programs are...
The most recent Linux Questions poll results are in, and the the winners of this popular desktop Linux survey have been revealed, with many expected winners and at least one big Microsoft surprise.
February 12, 2018
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The mysterious case of the Linux Page Table Isolation patches
tl;dr: there is presently an embargoed security bug impacting apparently all contemporary CPU architectures that implement virtual memory, requiring hardware changes to fully resolve. Urgent development of a software mitigation is being done in the open and recently landed in the Linux kernel, and a similar mitigation began appearing in NT kernels in November. I
January 1, 2018
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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 NVIDIA 390 Driver Is Playing Nicely With Linux 4.15 Kernel
For those NVIDIA Linux users reliant upon the proprietary driver and wanting to upgrade to the Linux 4.15 kernel that will be officially released within the next two weeks, the 390.12 driver is playing nicely.
January 10, 2018
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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 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 Funding Conundrum in 2018
Amid the attitude of "open source means no cost," how can open source applications that lack enterprise support pay their bills?
December 18, 2017
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The Open Sourcerer's Magic Spell Book
I'll ask you, do you want to go on a journey with me? It will take us back 15 years into the dark past of the internet.
January 26, 2018
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The Pentagon is set to make a big push toward open source software next year
The Pentagon is a software-intensive workplace
November 14, 2017
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The pervasive risk of vulnerable open source components
Veracode announced findings from the 2017 State of Software Security Report, a comprehensive review of application security testing data from scans conducted by a base of more than 1,400 customers.
October 18, 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 politics of the Linux desktop
If you're working in open source, why would you use anything but Linux as your main desktop?
November 28, 2017
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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 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 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 State Of Intel's GPU Virtualization Pass-Through On Linux
Wrapping up our XDC2017 coverage for this annual X.Org developer event that took place this past week in Mountain View, Zhenyu Wang of Intel presented on their ongoing work for mediated GPU virtualization pass-through support on Linux, Intel GVT.
September 14, 2017
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The Steam Linux Client Celebrates Its Fifth Public Birthday
Besides AMD's open-source strategy marking its tenth anniversary recently, longtime Linux gamers/enthusiasts may be celebrating today another milestone: five years ago today is when the public Steam period began for Linux.
November 6, 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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The Usual Assortment Of HID Updates For Linux 4.14: Wacom, Multitouch, Etc
HID work this time around includes the seemingly never-ending work on the Wacom driver as well as support for the ASUS T100 Touchpad, support for batteries driven by HID input reports, support for Microsoft Windows 8 Wireless Radio Controls extensions, and various other fixes and device ID additions.
September 6, 2017
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There's Now A Patch Adding Ryzen / AMD Zen Temperature Support On Linux
Linux hwmon developer Guenter Roeck has posted a patch adding support for Family 17h (Ryzen/Threadripper/Epyc) temperature monitoring support to the existing k10temp Linux kernel driver.
September 12, 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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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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Thunderbolt Networking Driver Lands In Linux 4.15
The networking feature updates have landed for the Linux 4.15 merge window.
November 15, 2017
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Thunderbolt Networking Support For Linux Still Being Worked On
Among the many features of Thunderbolt is the ability to support networking over the Thunderbolt cable. The Linux kernel, however, has yet to properly support this functionality. Mika Westerberg and others at Intel have been working to add this support.
October 2, 2017
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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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Tim O'Reilly on why the future probably won't be all that terrible
Economies as AI, humans as gut bacteria for tech, and how the Luddites got it wrong.
October 10, 2017
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Tips and resources for learning Kubernetes
Regardless of how you decide to begin, it's time to start learning Kubernetes.
December 28, 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 finding partners open enough to work with you
Great collaborations always involve these three stages.
August 15, 2017
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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 for success when getting started with Ansible
Key information for automating your data center with Ansible.
February 2, 2018
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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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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 open source Python IDEs
When it comes to Python programming, you have many options for great integrated development environments.
August 23, 2017
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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 open source alternatives to Google Analytics
These four versatile web analytics tools provide valuable insights on your customers and site visitors while keeping you in control.
January 23, 2018
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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 DevOps articles from 2017
Take a look back at the most compelling DevOps articles Opensource.com published in 2017.
December 27, 2017
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Top 5 Linux pain points in 2017
Poor documentation heads the list of Linux user woes to date. Here a few other common problem areas.
October 24, 2017
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Top 5 Open Source Firewalls for Business
Whether it be for home or for your workplace, chances are you've encountered an open source firewall. And if you haven't, you really should check out what these open source firewalls have to offer. In this article, I'll share the open source firewalls I've admired, used in the past and heard good things about.
January 9, 2018
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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: 6 desktop email clients, the cp command, a DeLorean that runs Perl, and more
Take a look back at a few of the week's top articles.
January 26, 2018
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Top 5: 13 years of OpenStreetMap, Linux-powered guitar amps, and more
We round up five of the week's most popular articles.
August 11, 2017
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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: A powerful sysadmin tool, deploying serverless apps with Ansible, and more
We round up five of the week's most popular articles.
August 25, 2017
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Top 5: Arduino and Raspberry Pi-powered wall art, Linux terminal emulators, and more
Take a look back at the week's top articles.
October 20, 2017
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Top 5: Becoming a Go programmer, naming colors with AI, and more
Take a look back at the week's most popular articles.
September 29, 2017
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Top 5: Best of 2017, the future of DevOps, and more
Take a look back at the week's best articles.
January 5, 2018
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Top 5: Block ads with Raspberry Pi, an intro to Powershell, and more
Take a quick look back at this week's highlights.
February 9, 2018
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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: 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: 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: 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 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: Open source Gmail alternatives, managing containers with Ansible, and more
Take a look back at the week's most popular articles.
October 6, 2017
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Top 5: Open source Minecraft alternatives, Perl at 30, container security, and more
Plus: New OpenStack guides and how-tos and setting up a Postgres database on Raspberry Pi.
October 13, 2017
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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: 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: Saving old computers with Linux, an open source history lesson, and more
Take a quick look back at our favorite articles from this week.
February 2, 2018
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Top 5: Securing Linux filesystems, a closer look at Pop!_OS, and more
Take a look back at a few of the week's top articles.
January 19, 2018
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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: Testing in production, browser hacks, salary negotiation, and more
We round up five of the week's most popular articles.
August 18, 2017
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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: Your first programming language, running Windows apps on Linux, and more
We round up five of the week's most popular articles.
September 1, 2017
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Top 7 open source project management tools for agile teams
In this roundup of open source project management tools, we look at software that helps support Scrum, Kanban, and other agile methods.
February 1, 2018
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Top 7 open source terminal emulators for Linux
Do you spend a good amount of your time at the command line? These terminal emulators will help make it a better experience.
October 19, 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 highlights: September review
Opensource.com welcomed nearly two-dozen new writers in September and featured articles on machine learning.
October 5, 2017
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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 GitHub Open Source iOS Libraries
The iOS is one of the most popular operating systems in the world today. This means that developers need to build applications to serve the needs of users of devices that rely on the iOS. However, development could become a Herculean task the moment you try doing everything from scratch. Why reinvent the wheel?
December 28, 2017
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Top 10 Linux Tools
One of the benefits to using Linux on the desktop is that there's no shortage of tools available for it. To further illustrate this point, I'm going to share what I consider to be the top 10 Linux tools.
November 14, 2017
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Top 10 Open Source AI Projects in 2018
These days, it's hard to escape the hype surround artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. According to a September 2017 forecast from IDC, worldwide spending on cognitive and AI solutions was around $12.0 billion in 2017. That total is likely to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 50.1 percent through 2021, when the market will hit a whopping $57.6 billion.
February 1, 2018
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Top 20 Open Source Development Tools
By most accounts, developer interest in open source technology is thriving. According to a 2017 Black Duck Survey, 90 percent of IT workloads running today use open source code. In addition, 86 percent of organizations surveyed said their use of open source is either growing or remaining constant, and 48 percent said the number of developers they have contributing to open source projects is increasing.
October 13, 2017
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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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Truly open education will require sweeping changes
For too long, we've relied on standardization to produce results. An open education system would make us think differently.
January 30, 2018
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Trying Out DRM-Next For Linux 4.16 With AMDGPU On Polaris & Vega
I have spent some time this weekend trying out the DRM-Next code slated for inclusion in Linux 4.16 when its merge window opens next week. The DRM-Next state of the AMDGPU driver appears to be in good shape, at least for the RX 580 and RX Vega cards used for my initial testing.
January 22, 2018
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Trying Out DRM-Next For Linux 4.16 With AMDGPU On Polaris & Vega
I have spent some time this weekend trying out the DRM-Next code slated for inclusion in Linux 4.16 when its merge window opens next week. The DRM-Next state of the AMDGPU driver appears to be in good shape, at least for the RX 580 and RX Vega cards used for my initial testing.
January 22, 2018
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Trying Out FreeBSD/TrueOS On The Xeon Scalable + Tyan GT24E-B7106 Platform
While we have tested a number of Linux distributions on Intel's new Xeon Scalable platform, here are some initial BSD tests using two Xeon Gold 6138 processors with the Tyan GT24E-B7106 1U barebones server.
September 6, 2017
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Trying Out System76's Pop!_OS Ubuntu-Based Operating System
Besides Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" launching tomorrow, System76 is also expected to issue their first official release of the Ubuntu-derived Pop!_OS operating system they plan to begin shipping on their laptops/desktops. Curious about their modifications to Ubuntu 17.10, I decided to give the latest snapshot of it a ride.
October 18, 2017
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Trying Out The BSDs & OpenIndiana On AMD EPYC + Tyan 2U Server
We have begun in delivering many Linux benchmarks of AMD EPYC, but for those of you interested in the BSD operating systems or even the "open-source Solaris" Illumos/OpenIndiana, I have run some basic tests the past few days using the high-end EPYC 7601 64-thread processor on the TYAN Transport SX TN70A-B8026.
October 10, 2017
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Tuhi Is A New Project To Support Wacom SmartPads On Linux
Tuhi is a new open-source project started by Red Hat's Peter Hutterer and Benjamin Tissoires to support Wacom SmartPad devices on Linux.
January 30, 2018
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Two Google alums just raised $60M to rethink documents
When you open a Google doc or a spreadsheet, you get a blank spreadsheet and some documentation as to what you can do with it -- and that's pretty much where we've been for quite some time.
October 19, 2017
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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 great uses for the cp command: Bash shortcuts
Here's how to streamline the backup and synchronize functions of the cp command.
January 19, 2018
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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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Tyk Management API: OAuth2 Client Credentials Flow
Tyk is a lightweight, open source API Gateway and Management Platform enables you to control who accesses your API, when they access it and how they access it.
January 22, 2018
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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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Ubisoft makes World in Conflict multiplayer backend open source
The Massive Entertainment developed RTS title, World in Conflict, was back in the spotlight ten years after its launch when Ubisoft began giving the game away for free earlier this month. However, while the single-player portion is entirely functional, the game's official multiplayer servers were shut down back in 2015.
December 21, 2017
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Ubuntu 18.04 Minimal Spin Down To ~30MB Compressed / ~81MB On Disk
For those using Ubuntu Minimal images for containers/Docker, assembling your own base distribution, setting up an embedded Linux environment, or related use-cases, the minimal images for the upcoming Ubuntu 18.04 LTS release will be even smaller.
February 2, 2018
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Ubuntu Boot Times From Linux 4.6 To 4.15 Kernels
It's been a while since last doing any Linux boot speed comparisons while this morning I have some numbers to share when looking at the boot performance from the Linux 4.6 kernel through Linux 4.15 Git to see how it's changed over time,
November 21, 2017
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Ubuntu Developers Working Towards The Eventual Demotion Of GTK2
Not only are Ubuntu developers working towards demoting Python 2 on their Linux distribution but they are also working on being able to demote the GTK2 tool-kit from the main archive to universe followed by its eventual removal in the future.
December 13, 2017
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Ubuntu History: Linux Evolves
For many Linux users, it's easy to forget what the Linux landscape looked like before Ubuntu. Back then, newbie centric distros didn't have Ubuntu as their core. Instead, they relied exclusively on Debian, with the exception of Mandriva (Mandrake).
December 6, 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 18.04 'Bionic Beaver' LTS will default to Xorg
The introduction of Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" saw the Linux-based distribution switching to Wayland as the default display server. However, when the next LTS release arrives this year, Canonical will offer something else instead.
January 26, 2018
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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 joins GNOME Foundation advisory board
Ubuntu is a great operating system, and this year it has gotten even better. Why? The maker of the distribution, Canonical, ditched the much-maligned Unity desktop environment. Instead, the latest version of the distro uses the far-better GNOME.
November 1, 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 systems also having boot-up issues due to Meltdown and Spectre patches
Earlier this week, Microsoft had to temporarily pause the rollout of select security updates to AMD systems due to boot-up issues arising from incompatibilities with the security patches released following the Meltdown and Spectre revelations.
January 10, 2018
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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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Unreal Engine 4.18 Released With Volumetric Lightmaps, New Audio Engine On Linux
Epic Games has today released Unreal Engine 4.18 as the newest version of their cross-platform game engine.
October 24, 2017
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Until last week, you could pwn KDE Linux desktop with a USB stick
Tweak VFAT volume to execute arbitrary code
February 12, 2018
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UPower 0.99.7 Brings Bluetooth LE Device Battery Support
The UPower power management abstraction layer for Linux systems is out with another pre-1.0 release.
November 28, 2017
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UQDS: A software-development process that puts quality first
Ultimate Quality Development System is key to software project Twisted's ability to release stable, reliable code.
February 6, 2018
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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 data corruption issue' destroys filesystems in Linux 4.14
Using bcache to speed Linux 4.14? Stop if you want your data to live
November 22, 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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US intelligence blabs classified Linux VM to world via leaky S3 silo
Gigabytes of Army, NSA files found out in the open online
November 28, 2017
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USB Type-C Port Manager Promoted Out Of Staging For Linux 4.15
The USB Type-C port manager that originally premiered in Linux 4.12 will be promoted out of staging with the Linux 4.15 kernel.
November 13, 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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Userspace RCU Will Be Much Faster For Its Next Release Paired With Linux 4.14+
The liburcu Userspace RCU data synchronization library should be significantly faster when built with a modern Linux kernel release.
January 22, 2018
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Using Ansible for deploying serverless applications
Serverless is another step in the direction of managed services and plays nice with Ansible's agentless architecture.
August 23, 2017
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Using Audacity to digitize LP records
Here's how to clean your records, set up your connections, and start recording your favorite old tunes with Audacity.
January 1, 2018
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Using Camel-Undertow Component for Supporting an http2 Connection
In this article, and integration developers gives some help on how to configure http2 protocol support for the camel-undertow component.
January 26, 2018
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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 Dual 4K Monitors Stacked With GNOME
The past month or so on my main production workstation I have been using two 28-inch 4K displays in a stacked configuration rather than side-by-side. The workflow has been working out nicely and I just wanted to relay some thoughts.
January 23, 2018
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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 machine learning to name colors
Word embeddings allow a neural network model to learn some pretty interesting relationships between colors and language.
September 25, 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 Pygame to move your game character around
In the fourth part of this series, learn how to code the controls needed to move a game character.
December 18, 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 sudo to delegate permissions in Linux
Learn how to assign authority for managing network functions or specific services to trusted users while protecting the security of the root password.
December 5, 2017
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Using the Alpine Linux email client to access messages from any network
The retro Alpine email client provides a workaround to ISPs spam-fighting efforts that can also block legitimate messaging while traveling.
October 2, 2017
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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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Vulkan Continues To Show Its Gaming Strength On Low-End Hardware
As we have shown in past benchmarks, while current generation Linux games with current Linux GPU drivers using the Vulkan API rather than OpenGL may not be significantly faster with higher-end hardware right now, the impact of this newer Khronos graphics API tends to be more profound on lower-end hardware, especially when it comes to lightening the load on the CPU.
January 26, 2018
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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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Valve Has Hired Another Open-Source Linux GPU Driver Developer
Valve has onboarded another open-source Linux graphics driver developer.
February 8, 2018
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VC4 & VC5 Drivers Get More Fixes Ahead Of The Holidays
Eric Anholt at Broadcom has continued his spree of bringing up the next-gen VC5 Linux graphics driver stack while also continuing to maintain and improve upon the VC4 driver most commonly associated as being the open-source GPU driver option for the Raspberry Pi.
November 15, 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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VirtualBox DDX Released As xf86-video-vboxvideo 1.0
As part of the push for upstreaming VirtualBox guest driver support in Linux, not only are kernel drivers being upstreamed driver-by-driver, but their DDX driver has now done its official X.Org christening.
November 29, 2017
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VirtualBox Guest Driver Being Mainlined With Linux 4.16
The upcoming Linux 4.16 kernel cycle will be mainlining the VirtualBox Guest "vboxguest" kernel driver.
January 15, 2018
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VMware releases Workstation 14 and Fusion 10
We wouldn't define ourselves as "Mac users", although we do use a Mac, quickly switching between OS X and Windows 10. It's been this way for nearly 20 years, although 20 years ago, emulating Windows on a PPC Mac was far from a pleasant experience.
September 27, 2017
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Walmart Labs open sources its tool for bringing React Native to existing mobile apps
Walmart is placing a big bet on React Native. With Electrode, the company's Walmart Labs division open sourced the React-based framework that powers Walmart.com's frontend and today the same group is also launching Electrode Native, its tool for bringing React Native to existing native apps on iOS and Android.
September 29, 2017
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Watch Out Upgrading To Linux 4.14 If You Use AppArmor
Just a quick public service announcement if you rely upon AppArmor for security on your Linux distribution like Ubuntu/Debian and plan to soon upgrade to the Linux 4.14 kernel...
October 18, 2017
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Wayland Had An Impressive 2017 With KDE Support Maturing, Mir Switching Focus
Wayland had a very eventful year with it conquering more Linux desktops now since the switch to using GNOME Shell on Wayland with Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu's Mir compositor still being around but having switched to adding Wayland protocol support, KDE's Wayland support becoming day-to-day usable, and much more.
December 13, 2017
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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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What cryptographic key generation needs is a good source of entropy
... algorithms, we know, are not always correctly implemented ...
January 8, 2018
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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 Do You Use Open Source to Accomplish?
We spoke with 31 executives about what their companies use open-source software to accomplish. Here's what they told us.
February 9, 2018
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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 'Grey's Anatomy' taught me about open scientific research
Shifting from proprietary to open source thinking in scientific research harnesses our collective intelligence for the benefit of humankind.
November 27, 2017
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What is edge computing?
Edge computing is poised to boost the next generation of IoT technology into the mainstream. Here's how it works with the cloud to benefit business operations in all industries
September 5, 2017
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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 is the TensorFlow machine intelligence platform?
Learn about the Google-developed open source library for machine learning and deep neural networks research.
November 9, 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 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 data says about how Linux kernel developers collaborate
Breaking down research findings about the values and traits of Linux kernel developers.
October 9, 2017
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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 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 you didn't know about Creative Commons
Creative Commons provides artists with access and raw materials. Big companies benefit too.
January 4, 2018
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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 you should know about CephFS
Ceph's developers have made improvements to the CephFS distributed file system, now in stable release.
August 29, 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 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 current state of Linux distros for kids?
We round up which distros are still supported, and fondly remember those that aren't.
September 4, 2017
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What's the difference between a fork and clone?
Hint: It has to do with which community you're contributing to. Here's a full explanation.
December 4, 2017
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What's the difference between open source software and free software?
Free software, open source software, FOSS, FLOSS. Are they the same? Different? Does it matter?
November 7, 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 DevOps problem?
Announcing Dear DevOps and a focus on the intersection of open source and the DevOps community
October 25, 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 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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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 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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Who drives culture in DevOps?
Culture change can be driven from the top down or the bottom up, but one is more effective than the other.
December 20, 2017
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Why an involved user community makes for better software
Healthy interaction between the open source development and user community should be a high priority.
February 9, 2018
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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 and how you should switch to Linux
It's time for a change.
October 20, 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 auditing your documentation is a must
Think you don't need or can't afford a doc audit? Think again. You probably can't afford not to.
October 2, 2017
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Why building a community is worth the extra effort
Building the NethServer community was risky. But we've learned so much about the power of working with passionate people.
January 16, 2018
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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 containers are the best way to test software performance
Containers can simulate real-life workloads for enterprise applications without the high cost of other solutions.
August 14, 2017
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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 Go is skyrocketing in popularity
In only two years, Golang leaped from the 65th most popular programming language to #17. Here's what's behind its rapid growth.
November 2, 2017
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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 love technical debt
If technical debt can be named, it can be documented.
October 30, 2017
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Why is collaboration so difficult?
"Collaboration" means more than simply "working together." What's its role in open organizations?
November 16, 2017
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Why is Kubernetes so popular?
The Google-developed container management system has quickly become one of the biggest success stories in open source history.
October 26, 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 isn't open source hot among computer science students?
High school and college students may fear participation in open source projects due to these preconceptions.
January 10, 2018
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Why Linux is better than Windows or macOS for security
Decisions made years ago about which operating system to roll out can affect corporate security today. Of the big three in widespread use, one can credibly be called the most secure.
February 6, 2018
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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 Linux Works
Amid the big cash and fierce corporate jockeying around Linux, it's the developers who truly give the operating system its vitality.
October 11, 2017
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Why open source should be the first choice for cloud-native environments
For the same reasons Linux beat out proprietary software, open source should be the first choice for cloud-native environments.
August 23, 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 pair writing helps improve documentation
You may have heard of pair programming, but what about pair writing? Here's how a partner can help make your documents shine.
November 14, 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 Python and Pygame are a great pair for beginning programmers
We look at three reasons Pygame is a good choice for learning to program.
November 28, 2017
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Why the Adoption of Kubernetes Will Explode in 2018
Here are just a few reasons that Google's Kubernetes platform will only continue being the top dog in cloud deployment in 2018.
February 6, 2018
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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 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 the open source community needs a diverse supply chain
When source code is your supply chain, community inclusivity is absolutely imperative. Here's why.
November 21, 2017
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Will DevOps steal my job?
Are you worried automation will replace people in the workplace? You may be right, but here's why that's not a bad thing.
December 13, 2017
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Wine 2.0.4 Released While Wine 3.0 Is Just Around The Corner
While Wine 3.0 is expected to be released later this month, Wine 2.0.4 is available right now as the current stable release for running Windows programs on Linux.
January 2, 2018
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Wine 2.19 Released With Various Improvements
Wine 2.19 is available as the project's latest bi-weekly development release for running Windows games/programs on Linux and other operating systems.
October 13, 2017
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Wine Performance May Be Impacted By Linux KPTI Patches
Besides VM performance and databases and heavy I/O taking a performance hit in the "Kernel Page Table Isolation" patches in the wake of the Spectre and Meltdown attack, it looks like Wine's performance may also be impaired.
January 5, 2018
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Wine Takes Minor Performance Hit Running Windows Programs On Linux With KPTI
With word this morning that Wine performance may be impacted by the Linux KPTI patches stealing the spotlight this week, I ran some basic benchmarks of Wine in different configurations looking at the performance impact of the kernel page table isolation patches.
January 5, 2018
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Wine-Staging 2.18 Fixes CEF Issue With Origin / UPlay/Battle.net
Building off last week's Wine 2.18 release is the newest Wine-Staging build with various extra patches added in, including work that benefits those running Windows games on Linux.
October 4, 2017
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Wine-Vulkan Is Making Progress For Windows Vulkan Programs On Linux
Free software developer Roderick Colenbrander has made public his Wine-Vulkan repository that he is using to stage his work around better Vulkan support within Wine.
November 22, 2017
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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 Home in S Mode is a thing, according to a Feedback Hub Quest
Today is the first day of the first Bug Bash for the next feature update to Windows 10, codenamed Redstone 4. This means that Insiders will have a chance to complete Quests and submit feedback based on their experiences. One of the Quests had to do with converting a PC to Windows 10 in S Mode, and it works with Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Enterprise.
February 2, 2018
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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 10 versus Linux - Intel UHD Graphics OpenGL Performance
Over the past week I have carried out some Radeon and NVIDIA Windows 10 versus Ubuntu Linux benchmarks. While not quite as interesting as those discrete GPU comparisons, while having the Windows 10 Pro x64 Fall Creator's Update around and testing from the Core i7 8700K, I also ran some Windows versus Linux tests for the integrated UHD Graphics.
December 5, 2017
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Windows apps on Linux: Wine 3.0 is out now with Direct3D 10, 11 support
The latest version of the Wine compatibility layer for Windows on Linux is available for download.
January 19, 2018
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Windows Server containers get native support on Red Hat OpenShift
Microsoft and Red Hat have a longstanding enterprise cloud partnership, and today the two tech giants reveal an expansion which sees Windows Server containers receiving native support on the OpenShift platform.
August 22, 2017
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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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Windows versus Linux: Open source beats Microsoft to win Barcelona's backing
No more Microsoft, says Barcelona City Council, in pursuit of "full technological sovereignty".
January 16, 2018
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Windows versus Ubuntu: A Look Before You Switch
If you're considering switching from Windows to Ubuntu, here are some factors to consider as you explore the Linux operating system.
August 14, 2017
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Wine 3.0 is here to run Windows software on your Linux box
When people make the switch from Windows to Linux, they often experiment with Wine. If you aren't familiar, it is a compatibility layer that can sometimes get Windows software to run on Linux and BSD. I say "sometimes" because it isn't a flawless experience. In fact, it can be quite frustrating to use. I suggest using native Linux software as an alternative, but understandably, that isn't always possible.
January 19, 2018
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Wine 3.0 Released With Initial Direct3D 11 Support, D3D Command Stream
The Wine camp has officially released Wine 3.0 as their annual feature update to this program for running Windows games/applications on Linux and other operating systems.
January 18, 2018
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WireGuard Could Soon Be On Its Way To The Linux Kernel
Announced last summer by Jason Donenfeld was the "WireGuard" project as a next-generation secure network tunnel for the Linux kernel. It's looking like this network addition could soon be reaching the mainline Linux kernel.
November 2, 2017
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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. - X

X-Plane Reports 1.4% Of Their Customers Are Linux Users
For those wanting more usage statistics about Linux, the X-Plane flight simulator reports 1.4% of their users are currently running Linux.
November 8, 2017
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X.Org Server Finally Adapted To Better Deal With 16:9 & 16:10 Displays
While 16:9 has been the most common aspect ratios for TVs and monitors for about the past decade and 16:10 ratio displays were popular in the early 2000's, the X.Org Server is finally being adapted in moving past the time of being focused on supporting 4:3 aspect ratio CRT monitors.
January 18, 2018
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XFS Feature Used For Online Fsck Graduates From Experimental
Last week the main pull request of XFS file-system driver updates for the Linux 4.16 was sent in and referred to by XFS maintainer Darrick Wong as having great scads of new stuff. The Oracle engineer has now sent in a secondary pull request of XFS for Linux 4.16.
February 6, 2018
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Misc. - Y

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 GNOME it: Windows and Apple devs get a compelling reason to turn to Linux
Add in Flatpak/Snap and it could be a revolution
January 8, 2018
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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 step-by-step guide to more effective documentation
Want to write better project documentation? This guide helps you level up.
October 3, 2017
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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

ZFS On Linux 0.7.6 Brings Linux 4.15 Support, Fixes
ZFS On Linux 0.7.6 was released overnight as the latest release for these out-of-tree modules supporting the ZFS file-system natively on the Linux kernel via the OpenZFS code-base.
February 6, 2018
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ZGC - Oracle's Large-Heap Garbage Collector
Oracle has announced its intention to make Z Garbage Collector (ZGC) open source. Per Liden, creator of ZGC at Oracle and member of Hotspot (and formerly JRockit) project, has proposed a new project in OpenJDK community to make ZGC open source.
November 14, 2017
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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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