I love creating and working on different FOSS projects; but, with my job and all, it seems I never really have the time--something I think most people can relate to. Instead of doing something I am passionate about, my skills are spent working on someone else's dream--a vision I don't even really agree with. What I'd love to do is sit with other people, working on software, shooting ideas back and forth, etc. I'd really love if I could do this in place of ever having to work again. Something like what Socrates had back in Athens.
A long time ago, when I was younger and less apathetic, I naively believed I could change the world. For some reason, I really liked the word revolution--though if it did ever happen, not really sure what I'd do afterwards, you know, with 300 million people and all (United States). I've been apathetic for years, but a few weeks ago it dawned on me: I don't need some OWS movement; I don't need to reject society and move to a cabin in Alaska or be homeless; I can work with others and start something different, something better. Why not?
Anyway, my idea is basically this: A crowdfunded commune where people can come together to work on things, free & open source. I don't just mean software, I mean everything (e.g., medicine, software, nuclear physics, etc). For those who don't want to live at the commune, there could be events, kind of like hack-a-thons. Basically, my vision is a community owned by the community with a goal of making the world a better place. Creating things owned by the people, not corporations.
By the way, I do actually have some land, and it has a natural spring among other things. I'd need solar power, maybe 40 acres for crops, not really sure... I'm not a farmer. Quite obviously, with the very short amount I have written here, this is something that would need to be thought out, thus part of the reason I am looking for input in these infancy stages.
Any thoughts? Is this already being done somewhere?
EDIT: I just want to say, I was also thinking something like a business incubator as well. Basically, you go, work with others and if you start a business with your software making money, a certain percent up to a certain amount goes back into the community. I am no lawyer, so I don't know the legal aspects.
Also, I wanted to say that I think it would be awesome to be able to talk about ideas without worrying other people are going to hear them, steal them, make money off them.
Finally, I know this is not completely Linux related, but I did not want to post it in /r/showerthoughts and I could think of no better a place to post it. It relates in that it's many of the ideas behind Linux (free, open source), but applied to a community.submitted by danielamaya1982
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I'm a college student that wants a laptop that can run Ubuntu and use it for basic programming, word processing, Youtube, and Netflix. I really would like to get one either refurbished or just cheap that's in the $200-$300 range. Could someone give me a recommendation or post a Newegg link to one that you've had good experience with?submitted by DEATHmagic
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eWEEK: The latest version of open-source content management system provides user enhancements and tightens SSL security.
As dramatic as it sounds I'm simply curious how much Linux kernel would suffer if Linus Torvalds would for example die in car accident or went into a coma or anything of that nature?
As far as I know he's the guy who supervises the kernel git repo, so would Linux Foundation simply take over or what?
Just in case - this question is only theoretical motivated by curiosity, I have no plans of killing Linus Torvalds, kidnapping his dog, cat, hamster, setting up a bomb inside his toilet and I do not work for MS nor do I work for Apple.submitted by real_agent_smith
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As we were going to press, Linus Torvalds announced the 3.16 Linux kernel, saying “So nothing particularly exciting happened this week [since the final 3.16 Release Candidate 7 from a week prior], and 3.16 is out there.” In his announcement email, Linus noted that the timing of 3.16 was, perhaps, a little unfortunate for the impact upon the merge widow for 3.17. The “merge window” is the period of time early in a (roughly) two month kernel development cycle during which disruptive kernel changes are allowed to take place. Typically, the merge window is capped at a couple of weeks, and it immediately follows a final release (from the previous kernel development cycle). Therefore, the merge for 3.17 is open just as Linus (and others) are preparing to head to Chicago for the 2014 Kernel Summit (and LinuxCon conference). Linus says, “So we’ll see how the next merge window goes, but I’m not going to worry about it overmuch. If I end up not having time to do all the merges, I might delay things into the week of the Kernel Summit, but I’ll hope to get most of the big merging done this upcoming week before any travel takes place.”
The move follows Linode's announcement earlier this summer that it would slash cloud-hosting prices and introduce high-end hardware to its storage and computing infrastructure, which transformed the company from a cloud host focused on providing Linux-based infrastructure that would appeal to a technically savvy crowd committed to open source hardware, to one that now offers broader hosting options and is seeking to stand out from the crowd through high-end infrastructure and sophisticated support solutions.
To avoid writing my thesis, I started cleaning my computer. Now I arrived to the passwords step. I listed all the passwords that I need:
- hard drive encryption
- ten or fifteen sites
- two accounts
- ssh key
- gpg key
- the bank
So I have more than 20 passwords to memorize. For now, I rely on my brain to remember them. Ok I also use the password managers of firefox and thunderbird, but still, I have more than 10 passwords to remember!!
The perfect solution would be the one that make me remember only one password, but I don't think that it is possible (because of the bios and the hard drive).
So what is your overall strategy to minimize the number of passwords that you have to remember?submitted by shilluc
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