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Enter to win a Raspberry Pi 3 and other back to school goodies

Monday 8th of August 2016 06:00:00 AM

With the new school year around the corner, Opensource.com wants to send you back in style. That's why we're giving one lucky reader an awesome back to school prize pack that includes:

Not a student? Don't worry! Our contest is open to all eligible readers.


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Summit voting, awards nominations, and more OpenStack news

Monday 8th of August 2016 05:00:00 AM

Are you interested in keeping track of what is happening in the open source cloud? Opensource.com is your source for news in OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure project.

OpenStack around the web

There is a lot of interesting stuff being written about OpenStack. Here's a sampling from some of our favorites:


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A new open source database, open source firmware on TP-Link routers, and more news

Saturday 6th of August 2016 07:01:00 AM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at Attic Labs' new open source database, open source firmware on TP-Link routers, and more.

Open source news roundup for July 31-August 6, 2016


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Classic Disney games, Transport Fever, and more Linux gaming news

Saturday 6th of August 2016 07:00:00 AM

In this week's edition, we take a look at the release of Disney's retro games for Linux, Transport Fever announced for Linux, and more.

Open gaming roundup for July 31-August 6, 2016
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Top 5: Alternatives to Evernote, Revenge of Linux, and more

Friday 5th of August 2016 03:20:00 PM

In this week's Top 5, we highlight open source alternatives to Evernote, a my Linux story from Brazil, thoughts on and a list of graphic design tools, part 5 of Seth Kenlon's Git series, and a guide to bug fixes that goes beyond triage.

Top 5 articles of the week

5. How to fix a bug in open source software


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Creating affordable solutions with open source tools

Friday 5th of August 2016 07:02:00 AM

Open source is often the heart of many civic technology solutions because using open source leverages the minds of many. Small web solution providers, in particular, often turn to open source as a way to deliver services without having to reinvent the wheel. I recently found out about Digital Deployment, a civic web solution provider in Sacramento, that leverages open source, and so I asked them to share their story with me.


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Top 10 and editor's picks: July review

Friday 5th of August 2016 07:00:00 AM

We published 92 articles in July, including two series: Open Source for System Administrators and Texas Linux Fest. We welcomed 15 new authors, and our community moderators contributed 24 articles (26% of our total content).


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The A to Z list of writing topics for Opensource.com

Thursday 4th of August 2016 08:28:00 PM

Would you like to write for us?

Opensource.com is looking for stories, tutorials, and opinion peices on the topics and ideas you see below. From personal experiences in open source and Linux to more technical tutorials on everything from Git to the command line to open hardware, Opensource.com is a home for a wide range of open stories.

To submit your idea or draft for review, contact us


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10 skills to land your open source dream job

Thursday 4th of August 2016 07:03:00 AM

In 2014, my colleague Jason Hibbets wrote up a great article based on an excellent talk from Mark Atwood on the skills necessary to get a job with open source.


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Making the switch to open source as a non-programmer

Thursday 4th of August 2016 07:01:00 AM

"Dad, I killed Windows, but I just realized I still need it. Can you help me?"

"No, you broke it, you fix it."

This was sometime around 2008. I wasn't even 20 years old. I didn't know how to code (apart from basic HTML stuff), nor did I have any particular tech skills. However, I was part of a community radio station that was embedded in an open source culture. After a full year as a member of that community, I decided it was time to fully convert and decided to install a Linux-based OS on my first ever laptop.


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How to keep a meritocracy in check

Thursday 4th of August 2016 07:00:00 AM

Of all the concepts we associate with open organizations today, meritocracy might be the most complicated, complex, and controversial.

I remember vividly a conversation that illustrated this for me. Speaking with someone at a banking conference, I suggested that, in organizations wishing to foster cultures of innovation, the best ideas should always win—and that people with the longest history of concrete, successful contributions to an organization should be the ones to decide which ideas are indeed "best."

That didn't suit my discussion partner.


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The Opensource.com preview for August

Thursday 4th of August 2016 06:01:00 AM

The Opensource.com preview brings you highlights from last month, editorial announcements for coming months, and other tidbits.

Highlights from July

In July, we published 92 articles, including two series: Open Source for System Administrators and Texas Linux Fest.


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Which open source job skill is most in demand?

Thursday 4th of August 2016 06:00:00 AM

It's no secret that open source skills are in hot demand. Whether you're a developer writing the code that will run tomorrow's websites or next hot application, or a system administrator who is helping keep a company's IT infrastructure up and running, chances are you work with open source software along the way.


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How to fix a bug in open source software

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 07:02:00 AM

We're all on the same team, and all working towards the same goal of making our open source software better. Your small contributions make a big impact.


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The revenge of Linux

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 07:01:00 AM

In the beginning of Linux they laughed at it and didn't think it could do anything. Now Linux is everywhere!

I was a junior at college studying Computer Engineering in Brazil, and working at the same time in a global auditing and consulting company as a sysadmin. The company decided to implement some enterprise resource planning (ERP) software with an Oracle database. I got training in Digital UNIX OS (DEC Alpha), and it blew my mind.


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Using strategic design to improve user and developer experiences

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 07:00:00 AM

Your organization probably relies on multiple open source projects. Using strategic design to understand the big picture problems your organization faces may allow you to improve the user experience and design of your IT systems.


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4 open source alternatives to Evernote

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 07:03:00 AM

Information: Whether we realize it or not, we collect a lot of it—interesting snippets, links, research for school or work, recipes, quotes, and a whole lot more.

Millions of people turn to Evernote to organize all that information. There's no denying that Evernote is a useful and powerful tool. But it's also a closed source one.


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3 graphical tools for Git

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 07:02:00 AM

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Govstrap.io enables rapid deployment of UK government websites

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 07:01:00 AM

United Kingdom government websites can now be deployed within minutes by re-using the familiar theme produced by Government Digital Services (GDS) in combination with the Bootstrap framework.


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More in Tux Machines

GNOME News

  • The future is here
    Nautilus from master, updated everyday, parallel installable, in less than 3 minutes. I cannot believe this is possible. Note that due to be sandboxed with no permission handling there are things that are not working, like opening with an application. For someone not aware of the whole platform and the Linux desktop, it’s difficult to see how many implications this bring to us and the changes that will allow in the upcoming months. This truly changes the game for GNOME (and any other desktop) as a project and platform, including 3rd party developers and companies using Linux desktops or that want to support it.
  • GUADEC’16 report
    I got a chance to attend GUADEC’16 which happened in Karlsruhe, Germany from 11 – 17 August. I stayed for the whole duration including Workshop Day, core days and the later BOF days which were very learning. I’m grateful to my mentor David Woodhouse who guided me all the time. I thank GNOME community for giving me the chance to speak at intern lightning talk and i tried my best to present my project in front of those great people. I hope to get a chance someday again to speak up. We have finished our GSoC project so i am free now to wander around to find some more places and tasks in GNOME’s huge shelter. My experience of attending GUADEC was awesome, despite being a less speaker i was very comfortable to talk and interact to people in the community. I made some new friends in the community and i came to know a lot more about it. I loved attending social events after the long day of great and motivating talks. I am thankful to the GUADEC organizers, i didn’t feel any problem for a second staying 6,000 kms away from home.
  • GUADEC 2016
    I came back from Karlsruhe last week, where GUADEC 2016 took place. It was a wonderful event. Even though it was only my second GUADEC, I felt at home in this community, meeting with old and new friends.
  • Summer Talks, PurpleEgg
    The topics were different but related: The Flock talk talked about how to make things better for a developer using Fedora Workstation as their development workstation, while the GUADEC talk was about the work we are doing to move Fedora to a model where the OS is immutable and separate from applications. A shared idea of the two talks is that your workstation is not your development environment environment. Installing development tools, language runtimes, and header files as part of your base operating system implies that every project you are developing wants the same development environment, and that simply is not the case.

Fedora News

  • UDP Failures and RNGs
  • F24-20160823 updated Live isos
    New Kernel means new set of updated lives. I am happy to release the F24-20160823 updated lives isos.
  • Curse you, Jon Masters! Why do you always have to be right!
    Long story short, Fedora 24 came out and I'm given the taste of the same medicine: the video on the ASUS is completely busted. I was able to limp along for now by using the old kernel 4.4.6-301.fc23, but come on, this is clearly a massive regression. Think anyone is there to bisect and find the culprit? Of course not. I have to do it it myself. So, how did F24 ship? Well... I didn't test beta versions, so I don't have much ground to complain.
  • Communication Anti-Patterns
  • Autocloud: What's new?
    Autocloud was released during the Fedora 23 cycle as a part of the Two Week Atomic Process. Previously, it used to listen to fedmsg for successful Koji builds. Whenever, there is a new message the AutocloudConsumer queues these message for processing. The Autocloud job service then listens to the queue, downloads the images and runs the tests using Tunir. A more detailed post about it’s release can be read here. During the Fedora 24 cycle things changed. There was a change on how the Fedora composes are built. Thanks to adamw for writing a detailed blogpost on what, why and how things changed.

NetworkManager 1.4 Adds Support for Setting IPv6 Tokenized Interface Identifiers

Today, August 24, 2016, Lubomir Rintel released the final build of the NetworkManager 1.4 open-source network connection manager software used by default in almost all GNU/Linux distributions. Read more