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Using the Myers-Briggs personality test for teams

6 hours 45 min ago

Writing about collaborative, peer-to-peer teamwork in The Open Organization, Jim Whitehurst stresses the importance of:

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How to perform a system upgrade with DNF

12 hours 5 min ago

Upgrading any operating system to a new release version can be time-consuming and fraught with problems.

In fact, the term "upgrade" may not even be applicable. Many times in the past it has been necessary for me to perform a complete reinstall because the alleged upgrade path would fail. Having to perform a reinstall is time-consuming when several systems are involved, and I usually have eight to ten at any given time.

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I've been Linuxing since before you were born

12 hours 6 min ago

Once upon a time, there was no Linux. No, really! It did not exist. It was not like today, with Linux everywhere. There were multiple flavors of Unix, there was Apple, and there was Microsoft Windows.

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5 tools to support distributed sysadmin teams

12 hours 7 min ago

Remotely-distributed system administration teams provide around-the-clock coverage without anyone losing sleep, and have the benefit of drawing from a global talent pool. The OpenStack global infrastructure team relies on these five open source tools to communicate, and to coordinate our work.

We also add in a few more provisos:

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Poll: How do you abbreviate system administrator?

Thursday 28th of July 2016 06:00:00 AM

Friends, I have sad news. This week the editors of decided to make a small—yet painful, at least to me—change to our official style guide. Going forward, we will treat "sys admin" as "sysadmin." I'll admit that a little piece of me died as I updated our style guide, reluctantly removing the space between sys and admin. My teammates shook their heads and offered no sympathy.

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Why you should avoid vanity metrics and measure what matters

Wednesday 27th of July 2016 07:03:00 AM

Metrics. Measures. How high? How low? How fast? How slow? Ever since the dawn of humankind, we've had an innate and insatiable desire to measure and compare. We started with the Egyptian cubit and the Mediterranean traders' grain in the 3rd millennium BC. Today we have clicks per second, likes, app downloads, stars, and a zillion other ways to measure what we do.

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Perl tricks for system administrators

Wednesday 27th of July 2016 07:02:00 AM

Did you know that Perl is a great programming language for system administrators? Perl is platform-independent so you can do things on different operating systems without rewriting your scripts. Scripting in Perl is quick and easy, and its portability makes your scripts amazingly useful. Here are a few examples, just to get your creative juices flowing!

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The largest community FOSS conference you never heard of: OpenWest

Wednesday 27th of July 2016 07:01:00 AM

Tucked into a corner of the Salt Lake Valley among the Rocky Mountains hides the largest community-organized free/open source technology conference you've never heard of. Weighing in at an impressive 1500 attendees, OpenWest is perhaps the third largest conference of its type in the United States, coming in behind SCaLE and LinuxFest Northwest.

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Organizing openly for the public good

Wednesday 27th of July 2016 07:00:00 AM

The open organization community at welcomed the second half of 2016 with a Twitter chat discussing "open organizations and non-profits." Voices old and new participated, and our chat was (as always) compelling. Read the recap below as you prepare for the next #OpenOrgChat.

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Avoiding data disasters with Sanoid

Tuesday 26th of July 2016 07:03:00 AM

Sanoid helps to recover from what I like to call "Humpty Level Events." In other words, it can help you put Humpty Dumpty back together again, on ZFS filesystems.

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How to restore older file versions in Git

Tuesday 26th of July 2016 07:02:00 AM


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Open is the solution to improving 21st century education

Tuesday 26th of July 2016 07:01:00 AM

Much of the Internet runs Linux and open source software, yet in most of our schools—whether PK-12 or higher education—Linux and open source software are given short shrift.

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4 keys to developing your mission or values openly

Tuesday 26th of July 2016 07:00:00 AM

This is Part 2 of a four-part series on open and transparent branding processes in organizations. Read Part 1.

Picture this: You're sitting in Yet Another Quarterly Global Company Meeting, listening to the executive team prattle on about its most recent Important Global Initiatives. Next topic on the agenda, says the CEO, is our new company mission.

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5 reasons system administrators should use revision control

Monday 25th of July 2016 07:03:00 AM

Whether you're still using Subversion (SVN), or have moved to a distributed system like Git, revision control has found its place in modern operations infrastructures. If you listen to talks at conferences and see what new companies are doing, it can be easy to assume that everyone is now using revision control, and using it effectively. Unfortunately that's not the case.

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The Open Patient: Advocating for open access to medical data

Monday 25th of July 2016 07:02:00 AM

Steven Keating had always been interested in data and learning about things, which is why he volunteered to do a research scan when he was a student. The scan revealed an abnormality. In 2014, the abnormality had grown into a massive tumor. Soon he learned that there were many barriers keeping him from accessing his own data. "And that's what I've been sharing, which is this question: How come as a patient we're last in line for our own data? How come my doctors and my university researchers can see my tumor genome and I can't?"

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Fluxday: A no-fuss open source productivity tracker

Monday 25th of July 2016 07:01:00 AM

There are only so many hours in the day, so making the most of your time is critical. There are two ways to increase your output: Put in more hours or work smarter. I don't know about you, but I prefer the latter.

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Finding security issues, regional events, and more OpenStack news

Monday 25th of July 2016 05:00:00 AM

Are you interested in keeping track of what is happening in the open source cloud? 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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Splice Machine community edition, European Commission open source audits, and more news

Saturday 23rd of July 2016 07:00:00 AM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at the new community edition of Splice Machine, the European Commission decision to audit two open source applications, an open source cloud monitoring tool, and more.

Open source news roundup for July 17-23, 2016

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Top 5: Review of Dell laptop for Linux, Build your own home, and more

Friday 22nd of July 2016 07:40:00 PM

In this week's Top 5, we highlight a review of the Linux-ready Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition, the Open Building Institute's toolkit for building your own house, an Android app for learning to play an instrument, and a poll asking if you prefer Vim or Emacs as a text editor, and getting started with Vim.

Top 5 articles of the week

5. 5 tricks for getting started with Vim

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How I use Linux for theoretical physics

Friday 22nd of July 2016 07:02:00 AM

In 2008, I started studying physics and got in contact with Linux, since a bunch of people used it for data analysis and simulations. Comprehension came fast and easy with such people around, and I was strongly encouraged to get things done with Linux. I installed Ubuntu on my notebook, and soon got familiar with Bash and the standard tools.

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More in Tux Machines

Proprietary and Microsoft Software

Pithos 1.2

  • New Version of Linux Pandora Client ‘Pithos’ Released
    A new release of open-source Linux Pandora client Pithos is now available for download.
  • Pithos 1.2 Improves The Open-Source/Linux Pandora Desktop Experience
    Chances are if you've ever dealt with Pandora music streaming from the Linux desktop you've encountered Pithos as the main open-source solution that works out quite well. Released today was Pithos 1.2 and it ships with numerous enhancements for this GPLv3-licensed Pandora desktop client. Pithos 1.2 adds a number of new keyboard shortcuts for the main window, initial support for translations, an explicit content filter option, reduced CPU usage with Ubuntu's default theme, redesigned dialogs and other UI elements, and more.

OPNsense 16.7

  • OPNsense 16.7 released
  • pfSense/m0n0wall-Forked OPNsense 16.7 Released
    The latest major release is out of OPNsense, a BSD open-source firewall OS project derived from pfSense and m0n0wall. OPNsense 16.7 brings NetFlow-based reporting and export, trafic shaping support, two-factor authentication, HTTPS and ICAP support in the proxy server, and UEFI boot and installation modes.

New Blackmagic and Wine