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The great command line challenge

11 hours 47 min ago

Pipes are extremely important, and even critical to our ability to do amazing things on the command line.

First, it's important to recognize that they were invented by Douglas McIlroy during the early days of Unix. Thanks, Doug! Next, what is a pipe, in this context? Notice the use of pipes in this simple command line program that lists each logged-in user a single time no matter how many logins they have active .

who | awk '{print $1}' | sort | uniq

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Open source event planning is work, fun, and good for business

12 hours 47 min ago

In addition to picking up technical skills, networking, and learning about products and services in the expo, OSCON attendees can learn practical community-building tricks. In this interview, Kara Sowles (community initiatives manager at Puppet Labs) and Francesca Krihely give advice for hosting a community event. They'll be teaching a half-day tutorial on planning and running tech events at OSCON 2015 in Portland.

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Linux provides career transition after military service

13 hours 47 min ago

I was practically born behind a keyboard and grew up during a time when the first computers were first making their way into public schools. I was raised in a small, rural town in Alabama where career options, in general, were limited.

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Should open source leaders go native?

14 hours 47 min ago

Anthropologists who traveled to the jungle to study various tribes would debate (half jokingly) whether to "go native"—that is, whether to adopt the lifestyle of the people they were trying to understand, or to keep their distance (and scientific objectivity). It was a research design choice, but also a fundamental choice about one's identity as a more-than-interested visitor.

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Highlights and editor's picks: July 2015 report

15 hours 47 min ago reached a new milestone in June, with a total of 692,826 page views for the month. In fact, 692,826 is an incredible 62,917 (9%) page view improvement on our previous best of 629,909 back in March. We published 91 articles, including 10 posts in our Open Government and Open Data series, 4 in our DevNation Speaker Interview series, and 11 in our new Open Org channel. We also interviewed the winners of Red Hat's first Women in Open Source Awards, Sarah Sharp and Kesha Shah.

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What's your preferred text editor?

Monday 6th of July 2015 02:14:00 PM

The text editor is a workhorse for many people working in tech.

A few of the most popular options out there today are tried-and-true text editors like vi, Emacs, and gedit. And, a new text editor on the scene that's picking up traction is Atom. All four are open source, so you can get involved in the project and help improve it!

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Python and Raspberry Pi in education

Monday 6th of July 2015 11:00:00 AM

We love Python at the Raspberry Pi Foundation—it's our go-to general purpose programming language for most projects and activities. Our home-brewed, Pi-optimized Linux distribution Raspbian (a Debian variant) ships with a number of different languages and educational tools (Scratch, Ruby, Java, C, Wolfram, Mathematica, and, of course, the numerous others available in Linux), but the one we and many others tend to choose is Python.

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Plant volunteers, grow an organization: an interview with Stormy Peters

Monday 6th of July 2015 09:00:00 AM

Stormy Peters and Avni Khatri will present Grow an organization by planting volunteers at OSCON 2015. Peters is the vice president of technical evangelism at the Cloud Foundry and Khatri is president of Kids on Computers. In this talk, they share their experiences and lessons for growing a healthy garden of volunteers.

As part of our OSCON speaker interview series, Stormy Peters talked to us about the current state of community management and where it's going.

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Student-collaborator rights, Kisumu app, and new Zotero release

Monday 6th of July 2015 08:00:00 AM

In June this year, a few open source projects expanded and several useful resources were published, along with many other developments in the digital humanities. I have highlighted the most interesting of them below. Perhaps one will inspire you in your own digital humanities research, or help you learn about this interesting field of scholarly research.

Every month, I take a look at open source tools you can use in your digital humanities research and some humanities research projects that are using open source tools today. Read more about this series at the end of the article.

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A new book, celebrating five years, and more OpenStack news

Monday 6th of July 2015 07:00:00 AM

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

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Teaching open source communities about conflict resolution

Saturday 4th of July 2015 12:30:00 PM

At OSCON in Portland this year, Donna Benjamin and Gina Likins are combining forces to talk about a topic that is sometimes easily dismissed: conflict resolution. Given the growing need to address conflict in technology, and that even popular projects like the Linux Kernel adopting codes of conduct, it’s no surprise that conferences feature talks on human interaction.

In this interview, Donna and Gina answer hard questions on what conflict resolution looks like in the open source community, how to engage with the engineering community on the topic, and how to encourage communities to focus on respect and compassion as a basis for resolution.

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Unity Editor and DirectX 11 for Linux, and more gaming news

Saturday 4th of July 2015 12:00:00 PM

Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at Unity Editor and DirectX 11 for Linux, and more gaming news.

Open gaming roundup for June 27 - July 4, 2015

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Top 5: Linux lifestyle, Netflix big data, Etsy, OpenStack and more

Friday 3rd of July 2015 02:04:00 PM

This week, began two new series. A couple from our OSCON speaker interview series made it into the Top 5 this week, but none quite hit the mark from our Mid-Year series. The Mid-Year series is comprised of some fun roundups, so here's the full collection for your reading pleasure. Bookmark these for later! You won't want to miss them.

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What to know before transitioning your team to Git

Friday 3rd of July 2015 10:00:00 AM

When Emma Jane Hogbin Westby is into something, she's all in, and then she shares what she learns. For example, she doesn't just use Drupal, she wrote a couple of books about learning Drupal, and she created—and shared—a knitting pattern for Drupal socks. Using Drupal is how Emma Jane got started using Git.

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Where are they now? 5 open source projects

Friday 3rd of July 2015 09:00:00 AM

Last year named the Top 10 open source projects of 2014. And, six months later, we wonder where they are today?

From the articles written by our authors and published on, we have an update about five of the projects from our Top 10 list. Do you have something to share about one of the other five? Let us know. You can also share with us in the comments below, or on Twitter @opensourceway.

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Atom 1.0 from GitHub, the new R consortium, and more news

Friday 3rd of July 2015 08:00:00 AM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at Atom 1.0 from GitHub, the new R consortium, and more!

Open source news: June 27 - July 3, 2015

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7 stories that make you feel good about open source in 2015 (so far)

Thursday 2nd of July 2015 11:00:00 AM

One of the great things about open source is its reach beyond just the software we use. Open source isn’t just about taking principled stands, it's about making things better for the world around us. It helps spread new ideas by letting anyone with an interest modify and replicate those ideas in their own communities.

In this collection, let’s take a look back at some of the best articles we’ve shared this year about the ways that open source is making an impact on communities and improving the lives of people across the world.

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Troll repellent: fighting online harassment with open source

Thursday 2nd of July 2015 09:00:00 AM

Randi Harper has been a FreeBSD src committer, a DevOps engineer, and a FLOSS Weekly co-host. Recently, she's taken on a new role: target of sustained harassment. Randi met the harassment head-on and began developing tools to make the Internet a less hostile place. Her new organization, the Online Abuse Prevention Initiative, seeks to reduce online abuse through analysis, tools, and cooperative efforts.

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Open organizations don't need to serve Kool-Aid

Thursday 2nd of July 2015 08:00:00 AM

Red Hatters tend to be enthusiastic about the company and our projects, so I occasionally run into somewhat-snarky comments about us "drinking the Kool-Aid," as if we're members of a cult, repeating what we've been told to say. The truth is that any open organization fosters this kind of enthusiasm. The ideas Jim Whitehurst shares in The Open Organization aren't new to me—Red Hat isn't the first "open org" I've worked in—but Jim does a great job of explaining this business model to anyone who hasn't yet benefited from it.

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Nominate a free software community contributor in Cascadia

Thursday 2nd of July 2015 07:00:00 AM

As the Seattle GNU/Linux conference enters its third year, we decided we could do more to highlight the amazing community in Cascadia (a region on the west coast of North America that includes Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and Idaho). This area, especially in Washington, may seem like a haven for proprietary software, but when you take a closer look, you realize people are doing the hard work of helping friends, colleagues, and students embrace free software everywhere.

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Leftovers: OSS

EC publishes open source code of legislation editor

The European Commission is about to make available as open source a prototype of LEOS, a software solution for drafting and automatic processing of legal texts. The software currently supports legal texts issued by the EC, yet can be extended to support other legislative processes. Read more

Lenovo ThinkPad L450 comes with Ubuntu

Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, has announced that Lenovo will start shipping Ubuntu preloaded devices starting with ThinkPad L450 laptop series this month. The laptops will be on sale at selected commercial resellers and distributors at Rs 40,000. Read more

Leftovers: Kernel