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Tips for instance configuration, creating a new project, and more OpenStack news

Monday 23rd of January 2017 06:00:00 AM

Are you interested in keeping track of what is happening in the open source cloud? Opensource.com is your source for news in OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure project.

OpenStack around the web

From news sites to developer blogs, there's a lot being written about OpenStack every week. Here are a few highlights.


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The new Raspberry Pi Compute Module, FSF's 2017 priorities, and more open source news

Saturday 21st of January 2017 08:00:00 AM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at the new Raspberry Pi compute module, the FSF's 2017 priorities, a new open data portal, and more.

Open source news roundup for January 8-21, 2017
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5 ways to expand your project's contributor base

Friday 20th of January 2017 12:00:00 PM

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.

Like anything with a lifespan, growth is both a sign of and the source of a project's viability. So how do project leads and maintainers encourage the growth of the contributor base? Here are five ways.


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How to write web apps in R with Shiny

Friday 20th of January 2017 10:00:00 AM

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.


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Top 5: Shell scripting, the Cinnamon Linux desktop environment, and more

Friday 20th of January 2017 08:00:00 AM

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.

Top 5 articles of the week

5. How to get started contributing to Mozilla by Moin Shaikh


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How is your community promoting diversity?

Friday 20th of January 2017 07:00:00 AM

Open source software is a great enabler for technology innovation. Diversity unlocks innovation and drives market growth. Open source and diversity seem like the ultimate winning combination, yet ironically open source communities are among the least diverse tech communities. This is especially true when it comes to inherent diversity: traits such as gender, age, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.


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Get to know Tuleap for project management

Thursday 19th of January 2017 12:00:00 PM

Tuleap is a unique open source project management tool with great momentum right now, every month they have one major release. It's also been listed it in both the Top 5 open source project management tools in 2015 and the Top 11 project management tools for 2016.


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How to get started contributing to Mozilla

Thursday 19th of January 2017 10:00:00 AM

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. —Lao Tzu

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.


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Be a force for good in your community

Thursday 19th of January 2017 07:00:00 AM

Passionate debate is among the hallmark traits of open source communities and open organizations. On our best days, these debates are energetic and constructive. They are heated, yet moderated with humor and goodwill. All parties remain focused on facts, on the shared purpose of collaborative problem-solving, and driving continuous improvement. And for many of us, they're just plain fun.


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Do I need to provide access to source code under the AGPLv3 license?

Wednesday 18th of January 2017 12:00:00 PM

The GNU Affero General Public License version 3 (AGPLv3) is a copyleft license nearly identical to the GPLv3. Both licenses have the same copyleft scope, but materially differ in one important way. The AGPLv3's Section 13 states an additional condition not present in GPLv2 or GPLv3:


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10 reasons to use Cinnamon as your Linux desktop environment

Wednesday 18th of January 2017 10:00:00 AM

Recently I installed Fedora 25, and found that the current version of KDE Plasma was unstable for me; it crashed several times a day before I decided to try to try something different. After installing a number of alternative desktops and trying them all for a couple hours each, I finally settled on using Cinnamon until Plasma is patched and stable. Here's what I found.


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How to gain confidence to participate in open source

Wednesday 18th of January 2017 07:00:00 AM

As your brain develops, you learn about what you can and should do in the world, and what you can't and shouldn't. Your actions are influenced by surroundings and norms, and many times what keeps you from participating is a lack of self-confidence.


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A behind the scenes look at Exercism for improving coding skills

Tuesday 17th of January 2017 02:00:00 PM

In our recent article, we talked about Exercism, an open source project to help people level up in their programming skills with exercises for dozens of different programming languages. Practitioners complete each exercise and then receive feedback on their response, enabling them to learn from their peer group's experience.


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What is your favorite Linux distribution?

Tuesday 17th of January 2017 12:00:00 PM

Of all the many questions you might ask an open source enthusiast, none may evoke quite the passionate response as asking which distribution they prefer.

People choose a distribution for many reasons, from look and feel to stability, from speed to how it runs on older machines, from the pace of updates to simply which offers the packages they need. Whatever the reason, with so many distributions available, asking which one you use can be seen as a proxy for asking how you choose to interact with your computer.


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Why events matter and how to do them right

Tuesday 17th of January 2017 10:00:00 AM

Marina Paych was a newcomer to open source software when she left a non-governmental organization for a new start in the IT sector—on her birthday, no less. But the real surprise turned out to be open source. Fast forward two years and this head of organizational development runs an entire department, complete with a promotional staff that strategically markets her employer's open source web development services on a worldwide scale.


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5 resolutions to become a more open leader in 2017

Tuesday 17th of January 2017 07:00:00 AM

I'm always looking for ways to help people understand the power of open. And this year, I'm even more committed to showing others how a culture of openness can reinvigorate an organization and generate new opportunities for innovation, whether in the area of software development or beyond.

Here are five resolutions we can all make if we want to become more open leaders in 2017.


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Cast your vote: 2017 Reader's Choice and Best Interview Awards

Monday 16th of January 2017 05:00:00 PM

In 2016, Opensource.com published more than 1,000 articles and welcomed more than 200 first-time contributors to our community. This wouldn't be possible without a fantastic community of contributors, readers, and sharers. Join us in celebration of our 7 year anniversary on January 25 by voting today in our 2017 Opensource.com Community Awards.

Two awards are up for voting from January 16 - 25:


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Can academic faculty members teach with Wikipedia?

Monday 16th of January 2017 02:00:00 PM

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.

Eager to learn more I contacted LiAnna Davis, director of Programs for Wiki Ed, who enthusiastically agreed to answer my questions.


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Why every business should consider an open source point of sale system

Monday 16th of January 2017 12:00:00 PM

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.


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Getting started with shell scripting

Monday 16th of January 2017 10:00:00 AM

The world's best conceptual introduction to shell scripting comes from an old AT&T training video. In the video, Brian W. Kernighan (the "K" in awk) and Lorinda L. Cherry (co-author of bc) demonstrate how one of the founding principles of UNIX was to empower users to leverage existing utilities to create complex and customized tools.


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More in Tux Machines

Applications 16.12.1 and Frameworks 5.30.0 by KDE available in Chakra

The latest updates for KDE's Applications and Frameworks series are now available to all Chakra users, together with some other package upgrades. Applications 16.12.1 include more than 40 recorded bugfixes and improvements, including a data loss bug in iCal resource for kdepim-runtime. kdelibs got updated to 4.14.28. Frameworks 5.30.0 ship with the usual bugfixes and improvements, mostly found in breeze icons, kio and plasma-framework. Read more

Linux 4.10-rc5

Things seem to be calming down a bit, and everything looks nominal. There's only been about 250 changes (not counting merges) in the last week, and the diffstat touches less than 300 files (with drivers and architecture updates being the bulk, but there's tooling, networking and filesystems in there too). Read more Also: Linus Torvalds Announces Fifth Linux 4.10 Kernel RC, Everything Looks Nominal Linux 4.10-rc5 Released, Now Codenamed "Anniversary Edition"

Fedora 26 Linux to Enable TRIM for Better Performance of Encrypted SSD Disks

According to the Fedora 26 release schedule, the upcoming operating system is approaching an important milestone, namely the proposal submission deadline for system-wide changes, which is currently set for January 31. Read more Also: Fedora 26 Planning To Enable TRIM/Discard On Encrypted Disks

New CloudLinux 7 and CloudLinux 6 Linux Kernel Security Updates Pushed Into Beta

CloudLinux's Mykola Naugolnyi is informing users of the CloudLinux 7 and CloudLinux 6 enterprise-ready operating systems to upgrade their kernel packages immediately if they are using the Beta channel. Read more