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Top 4 open source invoicing tools for freelancers and small businesses

18 hours 20 min ago

Small business owners and freelancers put a lot of work into their businesses. They do that not only because they’re passionate about what they do, but they also have the goal of getting paid.


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Open source for slow food and small farms

20 hours 20 min ago

Earlier this summer I visited Funny Girl Farm, a beautiful and productive example of sustainable agriculture in Durham, North Carolina. Founded in 2012, Funny Girl Farm is now producing and selling fresh vegetables, delicious fruit, cut flowers, seasonal mushrooms, and lots of eggs. It is strategically located at the intersection of two major roads between Durham and Chapel Hill, and the roadside farm stand does a brisk business from 3pm-6pm every weekday and 10am-3pm on Saturdays.


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Back to school series features open resources for kids

22 hours 20 min ago

Kids are back to school all over the globe! What better way to help them thrive and get the most out of school than with free and open education resources and tools?


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The software-defined economy, OpenStack's new incubated project, and more

Monday 1st of September 2014 02:00:00 PM

Interested in keeping track of what's happening in the open source cloud? Opensource.com is your source for what's happening right now in OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure project.


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Code for Germany project launches

Monday 1st of September 2014 09:00:00 AM

In July 2014, the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany launched Code for Germany! We presented the project to the media, to our international partners, to friends, city representatives and to members of our Advisory Board in advance of the OK Festival in Berlin. It was a pleasure for us to welcome partners, supporters, and members of the program on stage. Among them were Lynn Fine from Code for America, Gabriella Goméz-Mont from the Laboratorio para la Ciudad, Prof. Dr. Gesche Joost from Digital Champion Germany, and Nicolas Zimmer from Technologiestiftung Berlin.


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A free culture event in Pakistan

Monday 1st of September 2014 07:00:00 AM

Wiki Loves Monuments is one of the most successful free culture events worldwide. A global photo competition organized by local Wikimedia chapters and groups, it has been running since 2010 and has grown larger each year. For 2014, we speak to Saqib Qayyum from Wikimedia Pakistan about how the event will help promote the commons to new communities.


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Top 5 articles of the week: Linux, Hadoop, and NASA

Sunday 31st of August 2014 11:00:00 AM

Every week, I tally the numbers and listen to the buzz to bring you the best of last week's open source news and stories on Opensource.com.

Top 5 articles of the week

#5. Does open source boost mental health?


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Screen cheating's ok, Unity opens up, and more

Saturday 30th of August 2014 11:00:00 AM
Open source games roundup Week of August 24 - 30, 2014

In this week's edition of our open source games news roundup, we take a look at Screencheat for Linux, Script Kiddies' pledge to go open source, and the newly available source to Unity's Test Tools.


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Most popular cloud projects, Walmart's investment in open source, and more

Friday 29th of August 2014 11:00:00 AM
Open source news for your reading pleasure. August 23 - 29, 2014

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at the most popular cloud projects of 2014, how open source aids the Okavanga wildlife project, Walmart's investment in open source, and more!


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What happens when a non-coder tries to learn Linux

Friday 29th of August 2014 09:00:00 AM

I wanted to learn Linux, so here's my account of what I did to achieve that goal.


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A track for everyone at OpenStack Summit

Friday 29th of August 2014 08:00:00 AM

On Tuesday, the OpenStack Foundation released the schedule for the upcoming summit in Paris, France. It's a monster of an agenda, featuring over 150 accepted talks and sessions, out of more than 1,100 proposed and voted on by community members.


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Open source communities start to buzz about edX

Friday 29th of August 2014 07:00:00 AM

Open source software is hugely important to us here at edX, since it's what we do all day, every day. Two weeks ago, the O'Reilly company hosted their annual OSCON convention in Portland, Oregon—a convention focused on open source software. Of course, we had to be there. So, my edX colleague James Tauber and I packed our bags and headed to Oregon for a week of learning and teaching to meet wonderful people, and to get excited about open source. We even gave a presentation about edX!


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Kids aren't the only ones learning to share

Thursday 28th of August 2014 11:00:00 AM

It’s one of the most basic lessons we teach our children when they’re young—the idea of sharing their toys with others. We try to instill in them the values of giving up control and playing alongside others. Of finding joy in a shared toy. We recognize the importance of this idea, and we work hard to impress it on our young kids learning about the world.


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Mid-cycle meetups for OpenStack developers and users

Thursday 28th of August 2014 09:00:00 AM

Taking place twice a year, OpenStack's summits provide a great deal of the face-to-face interaction between developers, vendors, and users. But what about the rest of the year? Many projects opt to host mid-cycle meetups to bridge the gap to collaborate, make plans for the future, and knock out major tasks.


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4 things you didn't know about civic crowdfunding

Thursday 28th of August 2014 07:00:00 AM

Crowdfunding is everywhere. People are using it to fund watches, comic books, even famous film directors are doing it. In what is now a $6 billion industry globally, I think the most interesting, disruptive, and exciting work that's happening is in donation-based crowdfunding.


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Optimize your Linux rig for top-notch writing

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 11:00:00 AM

I'm a big fan of Scott Nesbitt's writing, which has a technological bent, but is usually more about working effectively, rather than how tools can make you effective, which is a key distinction. Scott's setup reflects his focus on production rather than tweaking. He has his work tools and everything else is pretty much white noise—which is why LXDE/Lubuntu probably makes a lot of sense for his workflow.


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Shortlist of open source software used at NASA lab

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 10:00:00 AM

The offer was too good to be true. Three whole weeks at the NASA Glenn Research Center and an invitation to come back. I could scarcely believe it when I read the email. I immediately forwarded it to my parents with an addition of around 200 exclamation points. They were all for it, so I responded to my contact, Herb Schilling, with a resounding “YES!”


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New wiki to help you grow a better garden

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 08:00:00 AM

Have you ever tried to grow your favorite summer vegetable or garden herb and something went wrong? Maybe it was poor planting, a disease, or a pesky insect. Likely, you searched the Internet and found some answers, but millions of pages of information remains unviewed and unread on the subject. Maybe you need to troubleshoot problems or want definitive answers to questions like when to plant for your area or exactly when to fertilize.

This is how the idea for OpenFarm sprouted. The knowledge for all these answers is out there, it's just not in one place.


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Back to school! 5 excellent open education resources

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 07:00:00 AM

It's back to school for many kids in the United States, and soon to be so for many others around the world. While open source software and hardware are used less often to teach kids in grade school about the world, open principles are. They are what you might think of as the most natural methods of teaching. And, they are what we call the open source way.


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Patent trolls and open document formats with open source thought leaders

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 11:00:00 AM

Over on Gordon Haff's blog, Connections, the senior cloud evangelist for Red Hat talked with Simon Phipps, the president of the Open Source Initiative about U.S. software patent cases and the United Kingdom's decision to make ODF its official document format.

Lucky for us, they recorded their chat. Download it here and listen later. Or, keep reading, we have the transcript.


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More in Tux Machines

[GNU IceCat] browser is (finally) on Fedora

GNU Icecat will be available on Fedora updates-testing repositories for some days. That’s right time to test harshly this new web browser (really it’s not so new considering it’s a fork of Firefox) and leave a positive/negative karma or open a bug. Read more

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Leftovers: Gaming

  • Ryan Icculus Gordon On The Linux Action Show
    Ryan Icculus Gordon has just recently been on a guest on the excellent Linux Action Show to talk about Linux gaming. Ryan Icculus Gordon is the name behind a number of big ports, and you can see here just what he has done. Hint: It's a lot.
  • Empire: Total War Looks Close To A Linux Version, Pokes Fun At Linux Gamers
    We already knew that Total War: Rome II would come to Linux which sadly didn't come out when expected early this year, but now it looks like the original Empire: Total War will come to Linux too.
  • Another (Linux) game added to the Humble Jumbo Bundle 2
    - Legend of Grimrock: Old school and modern gaming combines in this thrilling dungeon crawler RPG from Almost Human Games. A group of prisoners are sentenced to certain death by exile to the secluded Mount Grimrock for vile crimes they may or may not have committed. Unbeknownst to their captors, the mountain is riddled with ancient tunnels, dungeons, and tombs built by crumbled civilizations long perished now. If they ever wish to see daylight again and reclaim their freedom, the ragtag group of prisoners must form a team and descend through the mountain, level by level.