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SuperTuxKart release, Linux games, and more open gaming news

Saturday 25th of April 2015 01:00:00 PM

In this week's edition of the open source and Linux gaming news roundup, we take a look at the latest SuperTuxKart release, new Linux games, and more!

Open gaming roundup: April 18 - 25, 2015


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How to simplify Linux chores, a tool to find the right open source library, and more

Friday 24th of April 2015 02:52:00 PM

In this week's Top 5, I cover tools for finding just the right open source library, streamlining and simplifing necessary chores, and more.


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Open mapping for sustainability, 3D printing on the farm, and more open source news

Friday 24th of April 2015 11:00:00 AM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at the new release of Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet, 3D printing on the farm, open mapping for sustainability, and more.

Open source news roundup: April 18 - 24, 2015


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Open source policies show commitment to student data privacy

Friday 24th of April 2015 09:00:00 AM

In the growing hubbub around student data privacy and security, it can be hard for edtech companies to identify concrete steps to demonstrate their commitment to protecting student information. Education tech startup Clever recently made a commitment to transparency by making their privacy policies open source, posting the policy on GitHub so anyone can track changes.


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8 new tutorials for success with OpenStack

Friday 24th of April 2015 07:00:00 AM

OpenStack is undoubtedly a skill in hot demand. Whether you're a seasoned IT pro looking to leverage cloud technology in your organization, or just starting out in your career and hoping to put some experience under your belt, we're here to help.


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How to get involved with the Open Source Hardware Association

Thursday 23rd of April 2015 11:00:00 AM

Back in October of 2014, I was lucky enough to be elected to the Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA) board. Because the association received its nonprofit status, the board is finally able to begin increasing its reach in the community. Many new initiatives are being discussed, and we've been collecting a lot of community input on what is needed in the open source hardware world. One of the main objectives the board has in mind for the next year is to continue building up the community interaction and awareness of the association.


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How to use PressForward for content creation

Thursday 23rd of April 2015 09:00:00 AM

We live in an age of information overload. With all the stories from news, blogs, social media, and other sources, the amount of information about any given subject can be overwhelming. It is hard enough to keep up when you are just a consumer of information, but what about when you need to curate content for a target audience?


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A guide to Apache's Spark Streaming

Thursday 23rd of April 2015 07:00:00 AM

Apache Spark is an open source cluster computing framework. In contrast to Hadoop’s two-stage disk-based MapReduce paradigm, Spark’s in-memory primitives provide performance up to 100 times faster for certain applications.


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Sourcegraph: A free code search tool for open source developers

Wednesday 22nd of April 2015 11:00:00 AM

A goldmine of open source code is available to programmers, but choosing the right library and understanding how to use it can be tricky. Sourcegraph has created a search engine and code browser to help developers find better code and build software faster.


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Busting 6 myths about DevOps

Wednesday 22nd of April 2015 09:00:00 AM

Just as with any transformational and disruptive movement, DevOps can be misunderstood or mischaracterized. Here are some of the top DevOps myths.


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The Fighting Unicorns charge into robotics competition with open source edge

Wednesday 22nd of April 2015 07:00:00 AM

When I think of open source, I think of FIRST.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is training the next generation of open source contributors through a program called FRC, or FIRST Robotics Competition. FRC challenges teams to build a robot in six weeks that can compete in a competition. This year the challenge is called Recycle Rush. The goal is to stack plastic totes and recycling bins on scoring platforms to score points. The team with the higher score wins.

But, FIRST is about more than winning. It's also about more than robots. It's really about friendly competition and learning technical skills.


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8 Linux file managers to try

Tuesday 21st of April 2015 11:00:00 AM

One of the most common administrative tasks that end users and administrators alike need to perform is file management. Managing files can consume a major portion of your time. Locating files, determining which files and folders (directories) are taking the most disk space, deleting files, moving files, and simply opening files for use in an application are some of the most basic—yet frequent—tasks we do as computer users. File management programs are tools that are intended to streamline and simplify those necessary chores.


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Open human augmentation at Penguicon 2015

Tuesday 21st of April 2015 09:00:00 AM

Want to learn and do technical programming the fun way? Penguicon is more than your typical tech conference.


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Automation is the key to the cloud

Tuesday 21st of April 2015 07:00:00 AM

An understanding of IT's past is important to moving forward with the cloud. When James Schweitzer, an IT specialist working in the IBM Watson Solutions Division, looks back on how the work of Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage changed computing, he can't help but get excited about Watson's potential.


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What does an adult look like in an open source community?

Monday 20th of April 2015 11:00:00 AM

It's time to begin making plans for the Community Leadership Summit in Portland this summer, just before OSCON. Last year I gave a lightning talk called "What's an adult look like in your community?" It was prompted by a then recent discussion with a 20-year-old who uttered the age-old question: "Why won't anyone treat me like an adult?"


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6 reasons people with disabilities should use Linux

Monday 20th of April 2015 08:00:00 AM

Often, when issues of accessibility and assistive technology are brought up among people with disabilities, the topics center around the usual issues: How can I afford this device? Is it available for me? Will it meet my needs? How will I receive support?


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Vote for OpenStack Superuser awards, breaking contribution records, and more

Monday 20th of April 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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Building a game engine, a twist on classic arcade games, and more gaming news

Saturday 18th of April 2015 12:00:00 PM

Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at the benefits of developing an open source game engine, a new release that combines three arcade classics, and more!

Open gaming roundup: April 11 - 18, 2015


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Top 5: "Kool" DE still worthy of name, Docker, and more

Friday 17th of April 2015 02:00:00 PM

This week I talk about why the K in KDE should still stand for "Kool", modern DevOps with Docker, the future of open hardware, and more.

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  • Android Candy: Intercoms
    Ever since my "tiny $20 tablet" project (see my Open-Source Classroom column in the March 2015 issue), I've been looking for more and more cool things to do with cheap Android devices. Although the few obvious ones like XBMC or Plex remotes work well, I've recently found that having Android devices around the house means I can gain back an old-school ability that went out of style in the late 1980s—namely, an intercom system.
  • There's a wild prank hidden in Google Maps that insults Apple in the most childishly inappropriate way
    Rawalpindi is a vibrant Pakistani city known for its bazaars, ancient ruins, and array of religious shrines. But if you pay it a visit on Google Maps, you're going to notice something very unusual on the outskirts of the city — the Android "droid" mascot urinating on the Apple logo.
  • There's an Android bot peeing on an Apple logo on Google Maps
    Sick of all the Apple Watch news today? You're in luck, because we have something completely different for you. An image of an Android mascot, also known as an Android bot or Bugdroid, peeing on an Apple logo has been discovered on Google Maps.
  • An Android robot is peeing on an Apple logo in Google Maps
  • An Android is urinating on the Apple logo in Google Maps (update)
    Google and Apple have always had their differences, but a new Easter egg inside Google Maps has just taken their rivalry to a whole new level. As spotted by Team Android, if you head to these coordinates with the regular Map view enabled, you'll see Google's iconic Android mascot taking a leak on the Apple logo. At the moment, it's unclear who created this little piece of mischief and whether Google is taking action. But if this hidden message is any indication, it was snuck through by a member of the public using Google's Map Maker service, rather than a Google employee. Regardless, it's a crazy (and pretty hilarious) addition that's sure to rile some of the employees in Cupertino. Shots fired!
  • Sony's Android TV-powered 4K televisions are ridiculously thin
    Four models from Sony’s 2015 Android TV-powered 4K television range are now available for pre-order, with shipping to begin in May. The Japanese electronics giant unveiled its 4K TV lineup for 2015 at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, but kept pricing and release information to itself, only saying the new sets would be available sometime in the spring. Those details are finally here and the TVs themselves aren’t far off.
  • Android Wear v1.1 APK has Apple references in it, but when is iOS support coming?
    That Google is working on iOS support for Android Wear is nearly undeniable at this point, but even more evidence has surfaced in case you aren’t a believer. We peeked inside the latest Android Wear update APK to see what hidden bits were swarming about, and we came across some very interesting references.
  • 5 Things to Expect from the Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 Release
    A few weeks ago, an Android 5.1.1 update mysteriously appeared alongside an update for Google’s Android SDK. Earlier this week, Google finally confirmed the Nexus Android 5.1.1 release with an update for its Nexus Player. With an Android 5.1.1 update now on the minds of Nexus users, particularly Nexus 5 users dealing with Android 5.0 Lollipop problems, we want to take a look at what we expect from the Nexus 5 Android 5.1 release from Google.

The Turing Phone Is Super Durable and Ultra Secure

The device also sports a 13MP/8MP camera combo, 64GB / 128GB of internal storage and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. Read more