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Drupal early adoption at Memorial Sloan Kettering

Wednesday 15th of July 2015 09:00:00 AM

At Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK), the world's oldest and largest private cancer center, our researchers and clinicians have pushed boundaries to generate new knowledge in patient care and cancer research for more than 130 years. This culture of innovation allows our scientists to continually develop new methods for treatment and work tirelessly to discover more effective strategies to prevent, control, and ultimately cure cancer.

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SafeStack attacks with a purpose

Wednesday 15th of July 2015 08:00:00 AM

Laura is the founder and lead consultant for SafeStack, a security training, development, and consultancy firm. What does that mean exactly? SafeStack helps organizations choose the right kind of security best practices for them. Then, Laura's team shows them how to implement those new-found security protocols. This usually calls for a strong dose of workplace culture change, which might sound like a tall order, but Laura tells me in this interview "we want security to be any empowering tool for growth rather than a costly hindrance to innovation."

Laura will speak at OSCON this year. Read more about her open source security tool AVA in this interview.

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Building open source e-commerce sites with PrestaShop

Wednesday 15th of July 2015 07:00:00 AM

When I founded PrestaShop seven years ago, I had a singular vision for the company: to create a worldwide community of talented individuals fascinated by e-commerce. By tapping into the power of open source, we would democratize the e-commerce industry. This PrestaShop community would build cutting-edge software that enables everyone to participate in the e-commerce revolution.

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How to win the copyleft fight—without litigation

Tuesday 14th of July 2015 11:00:00 AM

The Software Freedom Conservancy's Bradley Kuhn is probably best known for his work in enforcing the GNU General Public License (GPL). Enforcement-by-litigation might get the headlines, but Kuhn treats the courts as a last resort.

A regular OSCON speaker, he returns this year to share the story of a project that avoided the courtroom. I recently spoke to Kuhn about his talk and the free software landscape at large.

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How to get systems administrators and developers to agree with Docker

Tuesday 14th of July 2015 10:00:00 AM

The use of Docker as an application container management system has become standard practice for developers and systems engineers in the space of just two years. Some like to say that haven’t seen such a technological advance since OpenSSH. Docker is now a major player and is widely used in cloud systems architectures. But more than just that: Docker knows how to win developers over.

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An introduction to big data from

Tuesday 14th of July 2015 09:00:00 AM

Big data. It has certainly been a buzzword in recent years, but what is it really, and how are organizations leveraging open source tools to turn raw data into actionable insights?

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Out with the old code, in with the new

Tuesday 14th of July 2015 08:00:00 AM

Bruce Eckel is the author of Thinking in Java, Thinking in C++, and a number of other books on computer programming. He's been in the computer industry for 30 years and periodically gets frustrated and tries to quit—then something like Scala comes along and offers hope and sucks him back in. He's given hundreds of presentations around the world, and enjoys putting on alternative conferences and events like The Java Posse Roundup.

Bruce is currently studying organizational dynamics, trying to find a new way to organize companies so that working together becomes a joy. His struggles in this arena are at, while his programming work can be found through We caught up with Bruce before he heads to OSCON 2015 to give a talk on creating trust organizations.

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What organizations can learn from open culture and technologies

Tuesday 14th of July 2015 07:00:00 AM

They say life imitates art. But, I believe life imitates technology.

Look at distributed systems, decentralized computing, open source, and lean principles. With these and other technical initiatives, we've pushed boundaries and improved our applications, our networks, our companies, and our lives.

We can develop and deploy new applications in minutes rather than in weeks or months.

We can communicate with strangers and loved ones around the globe in milliseconds.

We can create random crowds of investors, who together can fund a person's dream.

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Minimal object storage with Minio

Monday 13th of July 2015 10:00:00 AM

In 2007, GlusterFS revolutionized the way large, distributed storage solutions were implemented across organizations—anyone could now use commodity hardware to create distributed storage solutions for media streaming, data analysis and other data intensive tasks using GlusterFS. Red Hat acquired GlusterFS in 2011. Recently one of the founders of GlusterFS, Anand Babu Periasamy, announced a new open source project, Minio. Minio is designed to enable application developers to build their own cloud storage. I recently interviewed Anand Babu to learn more about Minio. 

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How to say 'No' to your boss (like a boss)

Monday 13th of July 2015 09:00:00 AM

At OSCON 2013, Deb Nicholson, Community Outreach Director of Open Invention Network, gave a talk on how to delegate, like a boss. She's returning to OSCON 2015 with a follow up talk on how to say no, like a boss. We caught up with Deb to get a preview of her upcoming talk, and we asked for a few tips on how to politely reject offers for additional work. If you have a chance to see her at OSCON, don't miss it—her talks are always a nice mix of entertaining, with a heavy dose of practical advice.

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A developer replete with Drupal vim and vigor

Monday 13th of July 2015 08:00:00 AM

Web architect Cleaver Barnes makes websites do interesting and useful things, which is to say he focuses on the code more than the visuals. His first major use of open source was Linux in the mid-'90s. It allowed him to do things that weren't possible in Windows at the time. Since then he has worked building web apps with Java J2EE and other technologies.

In 2007, he started working with Drupal. Three years later he started Verge Interactive to focus on it. I had the chance to get Cleaver's take on Drupal and development tools shortly after he returned home to Toronto from DrupalCon Los Angeles.

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Docker Machine with OpenStack, Cinder's incremental backup explained, and more OpenStack news

Monday 13th 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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How frequently do you meet with your manager or team to review goals?

Monday 13th of July 2015 06:00:00 AM

In "Catalyzing Direction," the seventh chapter of The Open Organization, Jim Whitehurst discusses leaders' need to establish the right amount of structure for their teams:

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Linux a viable gaming platform? Project Ascension user interface, and more open gaming news

Saturday 11th of July 2015 12:00:00 PM

Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at Project Ascension's new user interface, new games out for Linux, and more.

Open gaming roundup for July 4 - 11, 2015

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Advanced analytics for the Internet of Things

Saturday 11th of July 2015 11:00:00 AM

I had the pleasure of interviewing Rosaria Silipo about her upcoming talk at OSCON: Advanced analytics for the Internet of Things. I recently taught a group of librarians about Internet of Things and how we can use it to provide better services to our patrons, so when I saw Rosaria's talk summary I thought it was right up my alley.

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Top 5: Linux in the military, tools for documents and text, and more

Friday 10th of July 2015 04:23:00 PM

This week's Top 5 looks at Linux in the military, text editors, text tools, document tools, and Python and Raspberry Pi for education.

Top 5 articles of the week

5. What's your preferred text editor?

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Why I code and don't get paid for it

Friday 10th of July 2015 10:00:00 AM

I turn 70 on my next birthday, and it's well known that people my age aren't computerate, at least here in Australia.

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Open source licensing at GitHub

Friday 10th of July 2015 09:00:00 AM

Ben Balter is the Government Evangelist at GitHub—he's encouraging the use of open source philosophies in government entities. Prior to joining GitHub, he was a fellow in the Office of the U.S. Chief Information Officer within the executive office of the President, where he was instrumental in drafting the President's Digital Strategy and Open Data Policy, on the SoftWare Automation and Technology (SWAT) Team (the White House's first and only agile development team), and as a New Media Fellow in the Federal Communications Commission's Office of the Managing Director, where he played a central role in shaping the agency's reimagined web presence.

He's giving a talk at this year's OSCON called Open source licensing on GitHub by the numbers with his colleague Tal Niv. We reached out to him to give you a sneak peak of what his talk is about.

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Linux's million lines of code, a new tiny computer, and more from Google and Microsoft

Friday 10th of July 2015 08:00:00 AM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at a million lines of code for Linux, more open source software from Google and Microsoft, a new tiny computer for education, and more!

Open source news: July 4 to July 10, 2015

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5 open source alternatives to Google Docs

Thursday 9th of July 2015 11:00:00 AM

When you deal with a lot of documents every day, whatever you write—whitepapers, manuals, presentations, different marketing materials, contracts, etc.—at a certain point (most commonly, at the final stage) you have to interact with different people, specifying and discussing details, proofreading and approving them.

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today's leftovers

Leftovers: Software

  • Ocs-server 0.1 Technology Preview released! (with cats!)
    Finally, after many iterations, we have something that works! The ocs-server team (Claudio Desideri and Francesco Wofford) is therefore announcing the first release of ocs-server 0.1 technology preview.
  • 5 Less known Linux Admin Tools
  • dmMediaConverter Review - Converting Videos Has Never Been Easier
    dmMediaConverter is described by its developer as an FFmpeg frontend (GUI), but regular users only need to know that it's an application that allows them to quickly convert files from one format to another, in a simple and intuitive way. It's not the best looking out there, but it gets the job done.
  • Goggles Music Manager 1.0.7 Adds Support for Ratings and Tags to Filters, More
    On July 30, the developers of the Goggles Music Manager software, an open-source music collection manager and player that supports some of the most popular audio file formats, announced the release of version 1.0.7.
  • Semi-Official Google Drive Support For Linux Arrives, What's Next?
    Three years ago, when a user would attempt to download the Google Drive Sync Client, Google would bring them to the appropriate download page, which of course, is based off of the operating system that user is running on. If a user would attempt to download the Google Drive Sync Client while running on Linux, they’d land on a page where the message reads: “Not (yet) supported for Linux.” So, what’s the deal with Google not developing a sync client for Linux users, seeing as to how they build a lot of their things using Linux? There’s one simple answer to that, unfortunately. Windows is mainstream, so a lot of their focus is put on what a majority of people use. The bigger the market, the more money in their pockets, of course. But don’t fear, change is near!

today's howtos

Leftovers: Gaming