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Ada Initiative organization to end, but its work will continue

6 hours 27 min ago

Today the Ada Initiative announced that the nonprofit will be shutting down in mid-October. Founded in 2011, the Ada Initiative is a nonprofit feminist organization created to help improve open source culture and build a more inviting, productive, safe environment for women. In this interview, the co-founders, Mary Gardiner and Valerie Aurora, look back at the organization's successes, and the work that still needs to be done.


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Have you revised your goals lately?

7 hours 27 min ago

Pablo Picasso, one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, once said, "Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success." It's true: today, having a goal strategy is one of the most important leadership tools you have for achieving professional success.


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Raspberry Jams bring Pi enthusiasts together

9 hours 27 min ago

When the first Raspberry Pi came out in 2012, it was no surprise when people in the tech community started to organize events focused around using the device. Software developers, hardware engineers, makers, teachers, children, and parents alike started to come together to learn about the Pi and what they could do with it. These events became known as Raspberry Jams, and they've inspired makers and educators around the world.


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Adobe opens legal style guide and encourages clear writing

10 hours 27 min ago

Adobe has made its Legal Department Style Guide available to everyone under a Creative Commons license. This shows that open source principles are illuminating even the foggy world of legal writing. I've taken a pass through the guide, and can affirm that it's generally sound and useful. It could help reduce obscurity in legal documents and foster more effective communication.


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Internship shatters silver screen expectations

11 hours 27 min ago

I have to admit, I was really nervous before starting my internship at Red Hat. My only knowledge of corporate jobs was what I'd learned from movies like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, where the boss repeatedly calls protagonist Clark Griswold by the wrong name, and really doesn’t seem to care what Clark's name actually is. When Clark tries to ask his boss a question, he finds him behind a closed door, sitting in an enormous office at the head of a really long table. He barely gives Clark the time of day. Based on what I'd heard about Red Hat, I figured that was not how my summer would go. Still, I did not know what to expect.


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Torvalds 2.0: Patricia Torvalds on computing, college, feminism, and increasing diversity in tech

Monday 3rd of August 2015 11:00:00 AM

Patricia Torvalds isn't the Torvalds name that pops up in Linux and open source circles. Yet.

At 18, Patricia is a feminist with a growing list of tech achievements, open source industry experience, and her sights set on diving into her freshman year of college at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering. She works for Puppet Labs in Portland, Oregon, as an intern, but soon she'll head to Durham, North Carolina, to start the fall semester of college.

In this exclusive interview, Patricia explains what got her interested in computer science and engineering (spoiler alert: it wasn't her father), what her high school did "right" with teaching tech, the important role feminism plays in her life, and her thoughts on the lack of diversity in technology.


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A call to policy makers: Open source is where innovation is happening

Monday 3rd of August 2015 10:00:00 AM

The impact of technology on society and the economy continues to excite and challenge all of us. Policy makers are no exception. Their objective—writ large—is to put in place policies that encourage the development and deployment of beneficial technologies in order to drive growth, prosperity, and the general welfare of their citizens. Where should policy makers focus? The best place is where the future is happening. In other words, the best place is where innovation is happening.


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Common values unite journalism and open source

Monday 3rd of August 2015 09:00:00 AM

My internship at Red Hat began one week after I graduated from the University of North Carolina's School of Journalism and Mass Communication. I was nervous because I wasn't sure if my journalism skills would be a good fit for a technology company. The extent of my software knowledge came from a class I took one semester in which we learned the basics of HTML. Little did I know, however, that studying journalism was a great way to prepare me for working in an open organization.

Throughout my time at Red Hat, I have seen how the journalistic best practices I learned in school—like sharing my work, participating in conversation, and listening to the best ideas—also happened to be principles of the open source way.


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Do you know the Digital Humanities? 3 easy ways to learn more

Monday 3rd of August 2015 08:00:00 AM

Open source software is changing academic research, enabling new discoveries and innovation in ways that were previously impossible. In academia, scholars in the humanites are using technology to conduct research that would have been an extremely laborious undertaking before the advent of computers. This meeting of technology and the humanities is called the digital humanities. In my final monthly Digital Humanities column, I share three resources that will help you learn about this exciting and interesting field.


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Summit voting by the numbers, technical committee highlights, and more OpenStack news

Monday 3rd of August 2015 07:00:00 AM

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


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Razer acquires OUYA, Steam security breach, and more open gaming news

Saturday 1st of August 2015 12:00:00 PM

Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at Razer and OUYA, security vulnerabilities on Steam, and more.

Open gaming roundup for July 25 - August 1, 2015


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Top 5: Why it's failing, Fav desktop enviro, Code gamers review, and more

Friday 31st of July 2015 03:14:00 PM

This week, our best articles include a review of two code gamer platforms, 6 continous integration tools, why eat your own open source dog food, your favorite desktop environment, and why your open source project is failing.

Top 5 articles of the week

5. Teach coding with games: a review of Codewars and CodeCombat


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30 sys admins to follow on SysAdmin Day

Friday 31st of July 2015 10:00:00 AM

Systems administrators: They keep our high-tech world up and running. From capacity planning, to 3 a.m. phone calls, to retiring that 10-year-old server that uses more power than your whole house, sys admins do it all. Open source communities would not be able to thrive without the networks, services, and tools that allow for communication and collaboration, and sys admins are the ones who work thanklessly year-round to keep them going.


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An open source mapping primer

Friday 31st of July 2015 09:00:00 AM

As you've surfed the web, you've surely come across many sites using embedded maps to display data. Humans are visual creatures, so presenting temperatures, crime statistics, or population densities on a map often makes quickly discerning patterns and spatial relationships easier than presenting the same facts as a boring table. Visualizations based on maps can be quite sophisticated and even show patterns across time as well as space; Maps Mania is one blog showcasing many great examples of online maps.


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KDE Plasma Mobile, NPR's newsroom tool, and more news

Friday 31st of July 2015 08:00:00 AM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at KDE Plasma Mobile, a secure video conferencing platform, open source tools for newsrooms, and more.

Open source news for your reading pleasure. July 25 - 31, 2015


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9 stories of science evolving with open source

Friday 31st of July 2015 07:00:00 AM

Science might be looking a lot more like open source these days.

Researchers and scientists around the world are calling for freely-licensed data sets; open-access publishing conditions; and collaborative, transparent peer review. They're seeking ways open source principles might enhance centuries-old practices of knowledge production in the digital age.

It's becoming a movement: open science. In this year's series, learn more about how science is evolving through open source:


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Dummy projects for new Drupal hires

Thursday 30th of July 2015 11:00:00 AM

When you're the CEO and president of a year-old web startup, having systems experience that dates back to Unix makes for a peerless foundation for growth. Salim Lakhani of devPanel is that luminary.

Lakhani's current role involves promoting the use of applications like Drupal, WordPress, Magento, and Redline through free tools and services. But, this Denver-based executive's experience shows most in forming the global, distributed team of developers and support staff inherent to success.


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What value do you bring to your company?

Thursday 30th of July 2015 10:00:00 AM

Imagine you're caught in the elevator with the Chief Financial Officer or CEO of your company. They look at you and ask, "So, what value do you bring to this company?" Hopefully the senior leaders of your company don't enjoy asking intimidating questions in the elevator, but this question, I think, is completely fair; everyone should be able to answer it confidently.


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Teach coding with games: a review of Codewars and CodeCombat

Thursday 30th of July 2015 09:00:00 AM

I recently stumbled upon two websites for learning coding and programming skills: CodeCombat and Codewars. Both use a free software philosophy (all code examples are open source licensed and/or available GitHub) and help teach different computer programming languages. I tested CodeCombat and Codewars out when some of my students were seeking to learn the Python programming language.


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The best new OpenStack tips and tricks

Thursday 30th of July 2015 08:00:00 AM

OpenStack is a big project, and keeping it all running smoothly (or just learning what how to get started) can be a big undertaking. Even if you're a contributor to the project, there's a lot to keep track of, especially with the projects you might be less familiar with. Of course, the official documentation as well as a number of OpenStack training and certification programs can be a big help with learning more, but community-authored tutorials are a great supplement.


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More in Tux Machines

Canonical Publishes Impressive Roadmap for All of Their Ubuntu Products

Canonical is working on multiple projects at the same time, and it's often difficult to understand their plans, but Director of Product Strategy Engineering Olli Ries has shed some light on how their inner workings are structured and how things are evolving, from the inside out. Read more

Making the Case for Koha: Why Libraries Should Consider an Open Source ILS

When Engard educates people on what open source is, what it means to use open source software, what types of software are available, which companies use it, and who trusts it, they see that their fears are unfounded, she says. To back up her discussions with facts, she maintains bibliographies on open source and open source security. She also has a set of bookmarks on Delicious, and she wrote a book, Practical Open Source Software for Libraries. “[W]hen people come to me and say open source is too risky … I have facts and figures, just what librarians want, to say no, all software has potential risk associated with it. You have to evaluate software side by side, and look at it, and really take the time to compare it. … I know you’re going to pick the open source solution over the proprietary because it is so quickly developed, so quickly fixed, so ahead of the curve as far as technology is concerned.” Read more

Review of Ubuntu Phone – A Work Still Under Progress

However, what one must remember is that the Ubuntu Phone is still a work in progress. The company is issuing updates every month and is relying on its current user base regarding the feedback and ideas. Right now, only three Ubuntu phones are present in the market ranging from $186 to $328 roughly. Ubuntu has been in hibernation mode for the development of this OS for a long time and it looked like they might be consumer ready now, however, after seeing the Ubuntu Phone it looks like they might be far from that scenario right now. Read more

Android M news: Release date delayed, to come out in September or October?

Google reveals that the newest Android operating system initially codenamed as "Android M" will be delaying the release of Android M Developer Preview 3 for selected Nexus devices. The information was shared by the company's employee and moderator Wojtek Kaliciński on the Developer community page in Google+. Read more