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25 things to love about Linux

13 hours 29 min ago

Today marks 25 years of Linux, the most successful software ever.

At LinuxCon this week, Jim Zemlin of the Linux Foundation spoke words of admiration, praise, and excitement from the keynote stage, saying "Linux at 25 is a big thing" and "You can better yourself while bettering others at the same time."


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The Queue: How did you discover Linux?

19 hours 29 min ago

Welcome to The Queue, a new Q&A column I'll be writing for Opensource.com. Although typically I will be answering questions from readers, sometimes I'll switch that around and ask readers a question. With Linux turning 25 today, I thought it would be interesting to see how we all discovered the operating system. I'll start.


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4 tips for teaching kids how to build electronics

19 hours 31 min ago

Kids are naturally curious about how things work, and with a new trend in hardware companies creating open source hardware products, it's a great time to teach kids about electronics. But modern technology can seem too complex to even begin to understand. So where do you start?


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How long have you been using Linux?

19 hours 32 min ago

The Linux community is made up people who have been users for days, months, years, and even decades. How long have you been a Linux user?


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Today's #OpenOrgChat: Open organizations' greatest challenges

Thursday 25th of August 2016 06:00:00 AM

Join us later today for an #OpenOrgChat about open organizations' greatest challenges! As usual, we'll gather around the #OpenOrgChat hashtag at 2 p.m. Eastern (14:00 ET/19:00 UTC).

Follow OpenOrgBook and the chat's live stream for updates!


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Stabilizing the world of hot and fast containers

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 07:03:00 AM

Containers are moving targets in multiple ways. With multiple tools, frameworks, implementations, and use cases to accomplish any task, it can be a fast-moving chaotic container world, which is a natural consequence of being young and popular.


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3 open source alternatives to Office 365

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 07:02:00 AM

It can be hard to get away from working and collaborating on the web. Doing that is incredibly convenient: as long as you have an internet connection, you can easily work and share from just about anywhere, on just about any device.

The main problem with most web-based office suites—like Google Drive, Zoho Office, and Office365—is that they're closed source. Your data also exists at the whim of large corporations. I'm sure you've heard numerous stories of, say, Google locking or removing accounts without warning.


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Schools that #GoOpen should #GoOpenSource

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 07:01:00 AM

School administrators know that traditional proprietary textbooks are expensive. Teachers in budget-strapped schools often face shortages of textbooks. Worse, print content is usually out-of-date as soon as the ink dries on the page. There has to be something better than students hauling bulbous backpacks loaded with dead knowledge stamped on dead trees.


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How to measure your community's health

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 07:00:00 AM

How do you measure the health of your community, identify problems, and track progress towards your goals? What should you be measuring?


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First ever FSFE Summit celebrates free software successes

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 06:00:00 AM

Free software community members and luminaries will meet up at the BCC in Berlin, from September 2-4 2016, at the first ever Free Software Foundation Europe Summit.

A summit is long overdue as this year marks the FSFE's 15th anniversary, and in this decade and a half, the FSFE has achieved quite a lot.


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7 resources for open education materials

Tuesday 23rd of August 2016 07:03:00 AM

Shrinking school budgets and growing interest in open content has created an increased demand for open educational resources. According to the FCC, "The U.S. spends more than $7 billion per year on K-12 textbooks, but too many students are still using books that are 7-10 years old, with outdated material." There is an alternative: openly licensed courseware. But where do you find this content and how can you share your own teaching and learning materials?


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Almost open: BIOS and firmware update tips for Linux users

Tuesday 23rd of August 2016 07:02:00 AM

I suppose I'm lucky in that for more than 10 years my primary work environment has been Linux-based, yet all to often I've been forced to dig out a DOS or Windows image because I need to patch some BIOS device firmware. These days I don't own anything that has a valid Windows license, and even my 2008 white MacBook has spent most of its life running either Ubuntu or Fedora. Luckily most hardware manufacturers have started to provide bootable images for patching system firmware, and for enterprise-grade hardware they even provide Linux-ready tools.


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How to organize your scholarly research with Docear

Tuesday 23rd of August 2016 07:01:00 AM

The Docear academic literature suite blends Freeplane and JabRef to make a comprehensive academic paper-writing application, with support for mind-mapping, citations, notes, and many other features.


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Open education is more than open content

Tuesday 23rd of August 2016 07:00:00 AM

The famous playwright George Bernard Shaw once said: "If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples, then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas."


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What do we mean when we talk about software 'alternatives'?

Monday 22nd of August 2016 07:03:00 AM

The word alternative is one of those shifty terms, with a definition that changes depending on perspective. For instance, something that is alternative to one person is the norm for another. Generally, the term alternative is considered to be defined by the fact that it is not considered to be in the majority or the mainstream.


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How scientists are using digital badges

Monday 22nd of August 2016 07:02:00 AM

The open source world pioneered the use of digital badges to reward skills, achievements, and to signal transparency and openness. Scientific journals should apply open source methods, and use digital badges to encourage transparency and openness in scientific publications.


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5 reasons professors should encourage students to get involved in open source projects

Monday 22nd of August 2016 07:01:00 AM

I've been supporting student participation in humanitarian free and open source software (HFOSS) projects for over a decade. I've seen students get motivated and excited by working in a professional community while they learn and mature professionally. Out of the many reasons for supporting student participation in open source, here are five of the most compelling reasons.


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App development, avoiding pitfalls, and more OpenStack news

Monday 22nd of August 2016 05:00:00 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

There is a lot of interesting stuff being written about OpenStack. Here's a sampling from some of our favorites:


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Google's new OS, Intel's open source VR headset, and more news

Saturday 20th of August 2016 07:00:00 AM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look Google's new open source operating system, Intel's VR HoloLens device, Microsoft open sourcing PowerShell, and more.

Open source news roundup for August 14-20, 2016


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Top 5: What is copyleft? Top 5 (os) web servers, and more

Friday 19th of August 2016 07:15:00 PM

In this week's Top 5, we highlight an introduction to copyleft, the most popular open source web servers, the background story on a Certificate Authority called Let's Encrypt, the state of West Virgina turning to an open source game engine for their new school curriculum, and open source options for disk imaging.


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More in Tux Machines

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 Beta Adds NVDIMM Support, Improves Security

Today, August 25, 2016, Red Hat announced that version 7.3 of its powerful Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system is now in development, and a Beta build is available for download and testing. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 Beta brings lots of improvements and innovations, support for new hardware devices, and improves the overall security of the Linux kernel-based operating system used by some of the biggest enterprises and organizations around the globe. Among some of the major new features implemented in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 release, we can mention important networking improvements, and support for Non-Volatile Dual In-line Memory Modules (NVDIMMs). Read more Also: CentOS 6 Linux OS Receives Important Kernel Security Update from Red Hat Release of Red Hat Virtualization 4 Offers New Functionality for Workloads

Ubuntu 16.10 Beta 1 Released, Available to Download Now

The Ubuntu 16.10 Beta 1 releases are now available to download. You know the drill by now: {num} Ubuntu flavors, some freshly pressed ISOs, plenty of new bugs to find and no guarantees that things won’t go boom. Read more Also: Ubuntu 16.10 Beta Launches for Opt-in Flavors, Adds GCC 6.2 and LibreOffice 5.2

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PC-BSD Becomes TrueOS, FreeBSD 11.0 Reaches RC2

  • More Details On PC-BSD's Rebranding As TrueOS
    Most Phoronix readers know PC-BSD as the BSD operating system derived from FreeBSD that aims to be user-friendly on the desktop side and they've done a fairly good job at that over the years. However, the OS has been in the process of re-branding itself as TrueOS. PC-BSD has been offering "TrueOS Server" for a while now as their FreeBSD-based server offering. But around the upcoming FreeBSD 11.0 release they are looking to re-brand their primary desktop download too now as TrueOS.
  • FreeBSD 11.0-RC2 Arrives With Fixes
    The second release candidate to the upcoming FreeBSD 11 is now available for testing. FreeBSD 11.0-RC2 ships with various bug fixes, several networking related changes, Clang compiler fixes, and other updates. FreeBSD 11.0 is bringing updated KMS drivers, Linux binary compatibility layer improvements, UEFI improvements, Bhyve virtualization improvements, and a plethora of other work. Those not yet familiar with FreeBSD 11 can see the what's new guide.