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How open courses are slashing the cost of higher education

Monday 31st of July 2017 07:00:00 AM

The rising cost of traditional textbooks, along with an increased demand for high-quality, low-cost alternatives, has fueled the growth of open educational resources in higher education. One of the leaders in this burgeoning sector of academia is Saylor Academy. Here's what Saylor's director of education, Devon Ritter, told me recently how the organization is using open educational resources to level the playing field in higher education.


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Top 5: 20 Linux commands, Raspberry Pi clock, and more

Friday 28th of July 2017 03:15:00 PM

In this week's top 5, we highlight sysadmins, Raspberry Pi clocks, and more.

Top 5 articles of the week

5. How to use Libraries.io data from millions of open source projects

Benjamin Nickolls shares a project that has metadata on over 25 million open source projects.


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5 open source alternatives to Trello

Friday 28th of July 2017 11:00:00 AM

I have to admit, I've fallen in love with Trello as a productivity tool. If you like keeping lists as a way to organize your work, it's a very good tool. For me, it serves two primary purposes: keeping a GTD framework, and managing certain projects with a kanban-like schedule.


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Ops: It's everyone's job now

Friday 28th of July 2017 07:01:00 AM

Today is Sysadmin Appreciation Day. Turn to your nearest and dearest systems administrator and be sure to thank them for the work they do.

"Ops is over."
"Sysadmins? That's so old school."
"All the good engineering teams are automating operations out of existence."


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How an open source board game is saving the planet

Friday 28th of July 2017 07:00:00 AM

Learning is supposed to be fun, and incorporating games into education is a great way for teachers to help kids have fun while they're learning. There are many free online games that are appropriate for the classroom and there are also board games, including Save the Planet, a board game that teaches kids concrete solutions to environmental problems.


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Tilix brings powerful terminal emulation to Fedora

Thursday 27th of July 2017 07:02:00 AM

A couple of days after Fedora 26 was released on July 11, I began installing it on my herd of computers. Many of the improvements that Fedora 26 brings to the table are under the covers, such as improvements to the kernel and glibc. However, I noticed two updates right away.


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These 3 practices revolutionized Penn Manor's school culture

Thursday 27th of July 2017 07:01:00 AM

Free and open source software is the catalyst for Penn Manor School District's award-winning student learning programs. For one, they save the school district more than a million dollars on its technology budget. Besides fiscal savings are the open leadership principles that foster innovation among teachers and students, help to better engage the community, and create a more vibrant and inclusive learning community.


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Digital transformation's people problem

Thursday 27th of July 2017 07:00:00 AM

"Digital transformation," while not a new term, is still a burning issue for business leaders. As digital technologies become more sophisticated, as organizations continue to adapt to shifting market needs, and as social trends demand new ways of doing work, we are faced with an ever-increasing need to transform our organization and cultural norms.


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How to livestream games like the pros with OBS

Wednesday 26th of July 2017 07:02:00 AM

OBS Studio (formerly Open Broadcaster Software) is now available in version 19.0.3, with installer downloads available for Mac and Windows, and repositories available for a variety of Linux flavors. The free, open source software for video recording and live streaming lets users record multiple sources simultaneously, including webcams, the desktop, and even individual windows.


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20 Linux commands every sysadmin should know

Wednesday 26th of July 2017 07:01:00 AM

In a world bursting with new tools and diverse development environments, it's practically a necessity for any developer or engineer to learn some basic sysadmin commands. Specific commands and packages can help developers organize, troubleshoot, and optimize their applications and—when things go wrong—provide valuable triage information to operators and sysadmins.


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How to improve your networking monitoring with chat alerts

Wednesday 26th of July 2017 07:00:00 AM

The point of a network monitoring solution is, of course, to tell you when something malfunctions on your network, but the effectiveness of a solution is directly related to how noticeable and timely its alerts are.


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  • Bookworm – A Simple Focused Ebook Reader for Linux
    Bookworm is a simple eBook reader created with an emphasis on a distraction-free mode. It was developed by Siddhartha Das to be able to open a variety of file formats including epub, pdf, Mobi, and CBR, among others. Bookworm also serves as an e-book manager since it lets you organize, sort and edit your .epub, PDF, .cbr/CBS and .mobi collection all from inside the same app. This version supports EPUB, PDF, and Comics (CBR and CBZ) formats with support for more formats to follow soon.
  • MellowPlayer is a Cross-Platform Qt Cloud Music App
    Never heard of it? I can’t say I had, either. But a reader of this site, and a fan of MellowPlayer, asked if I could write a few lines about its latest release.
  • Google Unveils the Android 8.0 "Oreo" Mobile Operating System, Here's What's New
  • Rugged, fanless box-PC runs Linux on G-Series, offers real-time Ethernet
    MEN Micro’s rugged, fanless “BC50F” box-PC runs Linux on AMD G-Series SoCs, and offers dual HD graphics, GbE, “real-time Ethernet,” mini-PCIe, and more. Nuremberg, Germany-based MEN Micro (aka MEN Mikro) has for many years designed and manufactured rugged embedded PCs targeting applications such as industrial control and public transport. In addition to rugged board-level products, such this FPGA-enabled COM and this i.MX6-based touchscreen controller, the company offers an broad line of rugged box-PCs, including the Intel-based BL70S and BL70W, the AMD-based BL50W and circa-2011 BC1, and the ARM-based BE10A.
  • Just finished, almost done.
    It is with great pleasure that I announce my first involvement with the flock-2017 in Hyannis, Massachusetts, also as speaker.

Server: Serverless, Containers, and SysAdmin Careers

  • This Week in Numbers: Serverless Adoption on Par with Containers
    Serverless technologies like functions as a service (FaaS) are in use by 43 percent of enterprises that both have a significant number of strategic workloads running in the public cloud workloads and the ability to dynamically manage them. Without those qualifications, it is easy to misinterpret the findings from New Relic’s survey-based ebook “Achieving Serverless Success with Dynamic Cloud and DevOps.” After digging in, we found that the survey says 70 percent of enterprises have migrated a significant number of workloads to the public cloud. Among this group, 39 percent of using serverless, 40 percent are using containers and 34 percent are using container orchestration.
  • Future Proof Your SysAdmin Career: Configuration and Automation
    System administrators looking to differentiate themselves from the pack are increasingly getting cloud computing certification or picking up skills with configuration management tools. From Puppet, to Chef to Ansible, powerful configuration management tools can arm sysadmins with new skills such as cloud provisioning, application monitoring and management, and countless types of automation. Configuration management platforms and tools have converged directly with the world of open source. In fact, several of the best tools are fully free and open source. From server orchestration to securely delivering high-availability applications, open source tools such as Chef and Puppet can bring organizations enormous efficiency boosts.

Linux: Landlock Linux Security Module (LSM) and AMDKF