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Win a free mechanical keyboard in our latest giveaway

Tuesday 16th of May 2017 01:15:00 PM

It's official! After months of preparation, orders for InputClub's fully open source K-Type mechanical keyboard launched this week. We want to help celebrate by giving one away to a lucky Opensource.com reader.


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Google software engineer Jessica Frazelle on the life of a large scale open source project

Tuesday 16th of May 2017 07:03:00 AM

Google software engineer Jessica Frazelle is an experienced open source contributor, having participated in Docker, Go, Kubernetes, and the Linux kernel. Over time, she's spotted a number of tools and tips for building and nurturing large open source projects, which she shared in her talk at OSCON 2017, The Life of a Large-Scale Open Source Project.

Here are some of the points she shared.


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8 open source tools for managing macOS

Tuesday 16th of May 2017 07:02:00 AM

A phrase I hear quite a bit these days is, "What a great time to be a Mac admin!" I think there are a lot of factors contributing to that feeling, but the one of the biggest is the explosion of tools developed by the incredible open source community managing macOS. Here are eight of the tools I'm most interested in.


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2 tag management tools for organizing your music library

Tuesday 16th of May 2017 07:01:00 AM

If I am not wrong, one of the variants of Murphy's Law goes something like: "The tags in a music library are never correct." In previous articles, I have looked at ways to manage tags when ripping (before the problems get into the music library) and directly within music playback software. In this article, I'm going to look at some special-purpose tag management tools that can make music listening more enjoyable.


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What's the point of DevOps?

Tuesday 16th of May 2017 07:00:00 AM

Think about the last time you tried to change a personal habit. You likely hit a point where you needed to alter the way you think and make the habit less a part of your identity. This is difficult—and you're only trying to change your own ways of thinking.

So you may have tried to put yourself in new situations. New situations can actually help us create new habits, which in turn lead to new ways of thinking.


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What's the point of DevOps?

Tuesday 16th of May 2017 07:00:00 AM

Think about the last time you tried to change a personal habit. You likely hit a point where you needed to alter the way you think and make the habit less a part of your identity. This is difficult—and you're only trying to change your own ways of thinking.

So you may have tried to put yourself in new situations. New situations can actually help us create new habits, which in turn lead to new ways of thinking.


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How I got started with bash scripting

Monday 15th of May 2017 07:03:00 AM

I wrote a script the other day. For some of you, that sentence sounds like no big deal. For others, and I know you're out there, that sentence is significant. You see, I'm not a programmer. I'm a writer.


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Animation magician: 8 ways to turn cheating into an art form

Monday 15th of May 2017 07:02:00 AM

Animation is hard. Whether you're using Synfig Studio, OpenToonz, StopGo, Krita, or Blender, it's a complex process. You have to write the story, storyboard the action, record the soundtrack, and then you have to actually animate.


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What you need to know about JSON in MySQL

Monday 15th of May 2017 07:01:00 AM

Once upon a time there was one computer. Then someone built a second one and wanted some code off the first computer. That meant we needed a way to move information without dependencies on the underlying hardware. Since then, there have been many character encoding and interchange standards (ASCII, EBCIDIC, SGML, XML, etc.) that have had their time in the spotlight. For the past few years, JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) has been the most popular.


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3 ways to stay technical while becoming business savvy

Monday 15th of May 2017 07:00:00 AM

Last week I was lucky enough to participate in Red Hat Summit 2017. We had tons of meetings and briefings with customers, analysts, and journalists. While walking between meetings and sessions, I started thinking about a challenge that hits a lot of technical people as they advance in their career—how do you stay technical while also becoming more business savvy?


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Bringing together the best minds in open source geospatial technology

Monday 15th of May 2017 05:00:00 AM

With the rapid rise of mobile computing and the Internet of Things, we are increasingly seeking to store and analyze information about the real world. And almost every piece of data about the world around us has a location element, making geospatial technology more important than ever. It’s in our everyday lives all around us: from the use of GPS for travel, to tracking mail, to planning a trip. Geospatial technologies are a huge part of our world.


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Google's Fuchsia OS gets a GUI, the state of open source in Europe, and more news

Saturday 13th of May 2017 07:00:00 AM

In this edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at Google's Fuchsia mobile operating system, open source software in European governments, and more.

Open source news roundup for April 30-May 13, 2017
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Top 5: Building great CLIs, an open source 2D gaming engine, and more

Friday 12th of May 2017 02:40:00 PM

In this week's Top 5, we highlight tools for building great command-line UIs, an open source 2D game engine, mechanical keyboards, and more.

Top 5 articles of the week 5. Mechanical keyboards for programmers and gamers

Input Club's mechanical keyboards aren't just about producing exceptional products. They're also proof that open source can solve any problem.


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How to work with dates and time with Python

Friday 12th of May 2017 07:01:00 AM

When trying to make things work with the datetime module, most Python users have faced a point when we resort to guess-and-check until the errors go away. datetime is one of those APIs that seems easy to use, but requires the developer to have a deep understanding of what a few things actually mean. Otherwise, given the complexity of date- and time-related issues, introducing unexpected bugs is easy.


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A simple command-line tool for recording audio

Friday 12th of May 2017 07:00:00 AM

Machine learning and natural language processing are transforming our relationship with our devices by giving them a human voice. People with visual impairments have especially benefited from these technologies, but those who speak languages like my native Odia have largely been left behind by most voicebanks.


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11 wisdoms from half a life in open source

Thursday 11th of May 2017 03:40:00 PM

Brad Fitzpatrick, a software engineer at Google working on the Go programming language, is a life-long nerd.


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Netflix's Spinnaker tale

Thursday 11th of May 2017 12:55:00 PM

In Dianne Marsh's keynote at OSCON, one of the biggest open source conferences in the US each year, the Director of Engineering at Netflix explained a tale of two systems.

At Netflix, the Asgard continuous delivery platform was developed internally, then shared openly. Did this cause headaches? Yes.


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3 types of useful Atom text editor packages for writers

Thursday 11th of May 2017 07:02:00 AM

Text editors aren't just something developers use to crank out code. Writers use them, too. A good text editor enables writers to focus on their words, but also packs other features that help them craft and publish their work more efficiently.

While popular among the techies, GitHub's Atom text editor has evolved into a solid editor for writers, too. That's thanks to Atom's 6,100+ packages, which greatly extend the editor's capabilities.


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Mechanical keyboards for programmers and gamers

Thursday 11th of May 2017 07:01:00 AM

Keyboards are how we connect to our computers and very often to the rest of the world. The layout of keys is a physical representation of the languages we speak, and this simple tool gives us a limitless ability to communicate. A keyboard is a collection of mechanical and electrical relays that convert touch into digital signals. This allows it to exist both in our world of real objects and in the digital world of computers.


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Changing your entrenched processes can increase customer loyalty

Thursday 11th of May 2017 07:00:00 AM

Traditionally, IT has been intensely process-oriented. I imagine that's because IT organizations are usually tasked with saving the world on a budget that's only big enough for them to keep the lights on and the water running. When your team bears that kind of weighty responsibility for organizational success or failure, following tried-and-true procedures is important. Doing things "the right way"—strictly according to defined processes—can be critical.


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Security Leftovers

  • Security updates for Wednesday
  • Microsoft says its best not to fiddle with its Windows 10 group policies (that don't work)

    On Monday, we revealed that a security researcher had used a packet sniffer to show that many settings designed to prevent access to the internet were being ignored with connections to a range of third party servers including advertising hubs.

  • What's got a vast attack surface and runs on Linux? Windows Defender, of course
    Google Project Zero's Windows bug-hunter and fuzz-boffin Tavis Ormandy has given the world an insight into how he works so fast: he works on Linux, and with the release of a personal project on GitHub, others can too. Ormandy's project is to port Windows DLLs to Linux for his vuln tests (“So that's how he works so fast!” Penguinistas around the world are saying). Typically self-effacing, Ormandy made this simple announcement on Twitter (to a reception mixing admiration, humour, and horror):
  • Hacked in Translation – from Subtitles to Complete Takeover
    Check Point researchers revealed a new attack vector which threatens millions of users worldwide – attack by subtitles. By crafting malicious subtitle files, which are then downloaded by a victim’s media player, attackers can take complete control over any type of device via vulnerabilities found in many popular streaming platforms, including VLC, Kodi (XBMC), Popcorn-Time and strem.io. We estimate there are approximately 200 million video players and streamers that currently run the vulnerable software, making this one of the most widespread, easily accessed and zero-resistance vulnerability reported in recent years.
  • A Samba remote code execution vulnerability
    Distributors are already shipping the fix; there's also a workaround in the advisory for those who cannot update immediately.

KDE, Qt, GTK and GNOME News

  • KDE Plasma 5.8.7 LTS Desktop Environment Released with over 60 Improvements
    KDE has announced today the release and immediate availability of the seventh maintenance update to the long-term supported KDE Plasma 5.8 desktop environment. KDE Plasma 5.8.7 LTS is now considered the latest stable and most advanced version of the KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS (Long Term Support) desktop environment, which some of you out there are probably using on your favorite GNU/Linux distributions instead of a short-lived branch like KDE Plasma 5.9 or the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.10 release.
  • Summer of Coding!
    After a month of dread and panicking about the fact that Google Summer of Code results are announced in the middle of exam season... I'm happy to say I'll be doing the Rust plugin for KDevelop!
  • Qt 5.9 Release Candidate Available For Testing
  • Qt 5.9.0 RC released
    We have released Qt 5.9.0 RC today. You can update it at the top of your Qt 5.9 beta(4) online installation or do clean installation by using qt online installer. Detailed instructions here: https://wiki.qt.io/How_to_get_snapshot_via_online_installer .
  • The Road to GTK+ 4 Continues, New Milestone Adds Initial OS X and Meson Support
    A new milestone was released recently, GTK+ 3.91.0, which adds quite a bunch of improvements and bug fixes, but also some new APIs and compatibility with other supported operating systems besides those based on the Linux kernel. For example, GTK+ 3.91.0 implements initial support for Apple's macOS platform, which will make it possible to run apps written in GTK+ 4 on OS X.
  • Epiphany Browser Updated for GNOME 3.25.2 with New Shortcuts for Switching Tabs
    Ahead of today's GNOME 3.25.2 desktop environment development release, the team of developers behind the Epiphany web browser have released the second milestone towards the Epiphany 3.26 stable series, due out later this year.