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5 community managers give their biggest tip for 2015

15 hours 27 min ago

I've grown a lot as a community manager this past year. Much of that growth was focused on learning and listening. Throughout my travels to various events and conferences this year I've seen a few themes come through that I think are important—they are: inclusiveness, diversity, and empathy. So, when I started to think about what to share with you this year from what I've learned, I decided to amplify some of what others have learned too that reinforce these themes.


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How strong is peer review in open source?

17 hours 27 min ago

While code review is commonplace amongst proprietary software development firms, the nature of open source software development often makes standardized code appraisal difficult to achieve. As such, successful industry leaders or project managers in the open source community frequently employ peer review techniques as a criteria for quality control in their development cycle.


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My life in open source, and the mentors who led the way

19 hours 27 min ago

I have been working on the Apache http server for almost 20 years now. I've written 9 books about httpd, and spoken at more than fifty conferences. I'm a member of the Apache Software Foundation, where I serve as a board member and as Executive Vice President. I am responsible for putting on ApacheCon, both in North America and Europe, which is the official conference of the ASF.

Each of these things, I do because someone encouraged me to do something that I knew, deep down, I was incapable of doing, and then cheered me on as I did it.


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Top 10 open source projects of 2014

Tuesday 16th of December 2014 12:00:00 PM

Every year we collect the best of the best open source projects covered on Opensource.com. Last year's list of 10 projects guided people working and interested in tech throughout 2014. Now, we're setting you up for 2015 with a brand new list of accomplished open source projects.

Some faces are new. Some have been around and just keep rocking it. Let's dive in!


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National Geographic takes open source to the wilderness

Tuesday 16th of December 2014 10:00:00 AM

At Opensource.com we look and spread stories about open source applied to better the world. This is such a story!

A team of National Geographic Explorers set out to the Okavango Delta in the African wilderness to measure water quality, wildlife sightings, and more using open hardware and the Raspberry Pi as well as open source software. They created a portal to share data openly, preserving a piece of African wilderness with the help of open source.

I had the opportunity to catch up with Shah Selbe, an explorer by heart, and for National Geographic. I asked him about how he got into this kind of conservation work, how he learned about open source and came to use it, and how he applied open source methods to his work on the Okavango Wilderness Project.


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Literary works given new life in public domain

Tuesday 16th of December 2014 08:00:00 AM

The public domain. Creating legacy and enabling creativity, one literary work at a time.

Works in the public domain belong to everyone. Anyone can use public domain works in any manner they wish. They can republish the work as is, or they can use a public domain work as the inspiration and groundwork to create something new and exciting. However, the length of time before a creative works enters the public domain has grown longer and longer in recent decades. In the United States, the Copyright Act of 1976 and the Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998 greatly increased the length of time before a work would enter the public domain. The situation is very similar in other parts of the world.


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Best open source tutorials of 2014

Monday 15th of December 2014 12:30:00 PM

How did you learn how to use open source software? Chances are, you grabbed a Linux live CD or live USB. Maybe you got your hands on the installation package for an interesting piece of software. Then you experimented. You reveled in making mistakes, learned from them, and then repeated the cycle again.

That doesn’t work for everyone. And no matter who you are, a tutorial or how-to that walks you through a more challenging task is a boon. Let's take a look back at some of the best guides that appeared on Opensource.com in 2014.


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GPLv2 goes to court: More decisions from the Versata tarpit

Monday 15th of December 2014 12:00:00 PM

The GNU General Public License Version 2 (GPLv2) continues to be the most widely used and most important license for free and open source software. Black Duck Software estimates that 16 billion lines of code are licensed under GPLv2. Despite its importance, the GPLv2 has been the subject of very few court decisions, and virtually all of the most important terms of the GPLv2 have not been interpreted by courts.


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The global "open" pulse from the 2014 Open Data Index

Monday 15th of December 2014 10:00:00 AM

Open Knowledge's recent publication of the 2014 Open Data Index shows slow progress by governments in opening up key data. Overall the level of "open" is down to 11% from 15% a year ago.


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10,000 OpenStack questions, debunking myths, and more

Monday 15th of December 2014 08:00:00 AM

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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Top 5 articles of the week: Raspberry Pi A+, Ansible, and Jen's Linux journey

Saturday 13th of December 2014 01:30:00 PM

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. This week: December 8 - 12, 2014.


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Havoc game engine, HTML5 games on Fire TV, and more

Saturday 13th of December 2014 01:00:00 PM

Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at Havoc (a new open source RPG game engine), publishing HTML5 games on the Amazon Fire TV, new Linux releases, and more.

Open source and Linux games roundup Week of December 6 - 12, 2014


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Google embraces open doc formats, U.S. Marines choose Linux, and more

Friday 12th of December 2014 12:00:00 PM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at Google (again) embracing open document formats, the Marines going Linux, the European Commission updating its open source policy, and more!

Open source news for your reading pleasure. December 8 - 12, 2014


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Containers, microservices, and orchestrating the whole symphony

Friday 12th of December 2014 10:00:00 AM

The microservices architecture is far from a new trend; it's generally accepted as a better way to build apps these days. The common way to build apps was, until a few years ago, the monolithic approach—which was, if you look at it from a functional perspective, basically one deployment unit that does everything. Monolithic apps are good for small scale teams and projects, but when you need something that has a larger scale and involves many teams, it starts to become problematic. It's much harder to make changes, as the code base becomes bigger and more people make changes to it.


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European Commission updates its open source policy

Friday 12th of December 2014 08:00:00 AM

The European Commission (EC) wants to make it easier for its software developers to submit patches and add new functionalities to open source projects. Contributing to open source communities will be made central to the EC’s new open source policy, expects Pierre Damas, Head of Sector at the Directorate General for IT (DIGIT). “We use a lot of open source components that we adapt and integrate, and it is time that we contribute back.”


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Should marketing professionals learn how to code?

Thursday 11th of December 2014 12:00:00 PM

Elaine Marino says that she's a reformed "Ad-girl." Today, she's a still a marketer but has added developer to her skillset. Why?

While a Marketing Manager for a start-up built on .Net, she realized she couldn't help them if she couldn't understand them. She was left out of the conversation. So, she picked up coding. Specifically, Ruby on Rails. By adding coding to her skillset, her passion changed and thus, so did the course of her professional career. She started LadyCoders Productions, a job that combines her coding skills with her marketing communications, event planning, and project management skills.

Elaine tells me in this interview why some marketers should learn to code. Should you?


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The truth about the thick skin of a community manager

Thursday 11th of December 2014 10:00:00 AM

I met up with Jono Bacon at LinuxCon Europe on October 16 this year where he gave a keynote and presented a full day workshop on community management.

Jono previously spent 7 years as a community manager at Canonical. Today, he is the senior director of community at XPRIZE: an organization that creates big prizes for teams to help them reach their goals. They believe that facilitating competition, and rewarding it, can change the world.


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What OpenStack women are saying about the community

Thursday 11th of December 2014 08:00:00 AM

It's a problem that the tech industry struggles with in general, and OpenStack is no different: How do we create an environment that is open, inviting, and friendly to women, and how do we get more women involved?


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Hour of Code aims for 100 million students this year

Wednesday 10th of December 2014 12:00:00 PM

Next week, Code.org is putting on the Hour of Code for Computer Science Education Week, and it's going to be epic.

Last year, Hour of Code tried to introduce ten million students to coding in one week, but actually they got fifteen million. This year, they're going extra global and shooting for a hundred million students.


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Making your IT infrastructure boring with Ansible

Wednesday 10th of December 2014 10:00:00 AM

Michael DeHaan is the guy who created, in his own words, "that Ansible thing." A lot of the things the system administrator do on a regular basis aren't that interesting. DeHaan wants people in these positions to be able to spend more time on doing things that are creative and interesting, and created Ansible to help with IT automation to free up administrators' time.


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KDE Applications 14.12 - New Features, Frameworks Ports

Today KDE released KDE Applications 14.12, delivering new features and bug fixes to more than a hundred applications. Most of these applications are based on KDE Development Platform 4 but the first applications have been ported to KDE Frameworks 5. Frameworks is a set of modularized libraries providing additional functionality for Qt5, the latest version of the popular Qt cross-platform application framework. KDE app dragons This release marks the beginning of a new style of releases replacing the threesome of KDE Workspaces, Platform and Applications in the 4 series which ended with the latest KDE Applications update last month. Read more

What To Expect In 2015: Robots Join The Open-Source Revolution

The number of downloads doubled in 2014, to 3.5 million, and Gerkey expects adoption to spike again with the release of ROS 2.0 this summer. The upgrade will coordinate swarms, improve walking, and support smart sensors—basically, assimilate the world’s robots. Read more

New Input Drivers Coming For Linux 3.19 Kernel

One of the latest pull requests for the Linux 3.19 kernel is the input driver subsystem pull, which includes numerous updates along with a few new drivers. The new drivers will benefit some Google Chromebooks in running the latest upstream kernel. Read more

Docker and the Linux container ecosystem

Linux container technology is experiencing tremendous momentum in 2014. The ability to create multiple lightweight, self-contained execution environments on the same Linux host simplifies application deployment and management. By improving collaboration between developers and system administrators, container technology encourages a DevOps culture of continuous deployment and hyperscale, which is essential to meet current user demands for mobility, application availability, and performance. Read more