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Mid-cycle meetups for OpenStack developers and users

Thursday 28th of August 2014 09:00:00 AM

Taking place twice a year, OpenStack's summits provide a great deal of the face-to-face interaction between developers, vendors, and users. But what about the rest of the year? Many projects opt to host mid-cycle meetups to bridge the gap to collaborate, make plans for the future, and knock out major tasks.


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4 things you didn't know about civic crowdfunding

Thursday 28th of August 2014 07:00:00 AM

Crowdfunding is everywhere. People are using it to fund watches, comic books, even famous film directors are doing it. In what is now a $6 billion industry globally, I think the most interesting, disruptive, and exciting work that's happening is in donation-based crowdfunding.


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Optimize your Linux rig for top-notch writing

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 11:00:00 AM

I'm a big fan of Scott Nesbitt's writing, which has a technological bent, but is usually more about working effectively, rather than how tools can make you effective, which is a key distinction. Scott's setup reflects his focus on production rather than tweaking. He has his work tools and everything else is pretty much white noise—which is why LXDE/Lubuntu probably makes a lot of sense for his workflow.


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Shortlist of open source software used at NASA lab

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 10:00:00 AM

The offer was too good to be true. Three whole weeks at the NASA Glenn Research Center and an invitation to come back. I could scarcely believe it when I read the email. I immediately forwarded it to my parents with an addition of around 200 exclamation points. They were all for it, so I responded to my contact, Herb Schilling, with a resounding “YES!”


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New wiki to help you grow a better garden

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 08:00:00 AM

Have you ever tried to grow your favorite summer vegetable or garden herb and something went wrong? Maybe it was poor planting, a disease, or a pesky insect. Likely, you searched the Internet and found some answers, but millions of pages of information remains unviewed and unread on the subject. Maybe you need to troubleshoot problems or want definitive answers to questions like when to plant for your area or exactly when to fertilize.

This is how the idea for OpenFarm sprouted. The knowledge for all these answers is out there, it's just not in one place.


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Back to school! 5 excellent open education resources

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 07:00:00 AM

It's back to school for many kids in the United States, and soon to be so for many others around the world. While open source software and hardware are used less often to teach kids in grade school about the world, open principles are. They are what you might think of as the most natural methods of teaching. And, they are what we call the open source way.


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Patent trolls and open document formats with open source thought leaders

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 11:00:00 AM

Over on Gordon Haff's blog, Connections, the senior cloud evangelist for Red Hat talked with Simon Phipps, the president of the Open Source Initiative about U.S. software patent cases and the United Kingdom's decision to make ODF its official document format.

Lucky for us, they recorded their chat. Download it here and listen later. Or, keep reading, we have the transcript.


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What makes your developers stick around?

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 09:00:00 AM

Community is a big part of the open source way. An open source project is nothing without a vibrant community of users and contributors. And participant satisfaction is a major factor in having a vibrant community. So, what are the factors that contribute to participant satisfaction with open source projects?


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Do kids learn about open source in school?

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 08:00:00 AM

If you answered Yes!, were you thinking of the principles of the open source way? Sharing, collaboration, transparency, and failing faster are all methods many teachers across grade school classrooms use to teach kids and help them learn about the world.

Some more than others, perhaps? Or, do you know kids who learn about open source software or hardware in grade level school? Our readers could learn something from you. Share it in the comments.


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An introduction to Apache Hadoop for big data

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 07:00:00 AM

Apache Hadoop is an open source software framework for storage and large scale processing of data-sets on clusters of commodity hardware. Hadoop is an Apache top-level project being built and used by a global community of contributors and users. It is licensed under the Apache License 2.0.


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The push for interoperability, an OpenStack card deck, and more

Monday 25th of August 2014 03:00:00 PM

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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What does an open design studio look like?

Monday 25th of August 2014 11:00:00 AM

I thought I'd write a quick post trying to explain why I have set up Sparkwood and 21 as an open source creative studio and what this means to me.


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5 ways to boost community engagement

Monday 25th of August 2014 09:00:00 AM

The room was packed with almost 30 community managers from around the world. We were attending the Community Leadership Summit in Portland, Oregon and I was leading a session called Building programs and other ways to engage your community. During the session, I shared a few of the programs that we’ve implemented here on Opensource.com to foster community engagement. But the session wasn’t just about our community, it was an opportunity to hear from other community managers in open source out there in the trenches.


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Does open source boost mental health?

Monday 25th of August 2014 07:00:00 AM

Open source is as much a philosophy of living as it is a method of creating software. Part of this philosophy is that everything designed by the human mind is improvable.


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Top 5 articles of the week: Clocker, Docker, and Raspberry Pi

Sunday 24th of August 2014 02:00:00 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.


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More in Tux Machines

During Akademy 2014

This year there were lot of fast track (10 minutes) talks on different areas around KDE. All of them were quite interesting, some of them are: Bruno Coudoin talked about how and why GCompris moved to QtQuick with the support of KDE. What all challenges project faced while moving from GTK to Qt. Daniel Vrátil talked about his one year journey with Akonadi Martin Gräßlin gave an overview of current state of Kwin in adding Wayland support and future plans. Kevin Ottens talked about KDE craftsmen where analysis was on the way we handle our software production, how can we make our software even better. Kai Uwe Broulik talked about current status of Qt port on Android and iOS. Currently, 3 iOS apps in Apple store and 8 Android apps in Google play since December 2013. Read more

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