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A newcomer's guide to navigating OpenStack Infrastructure

Saturday 16th of April 2016 07:03:00 AM

New contributors to OpenStack are welcome, but having a road map for navigating within this maturing, fast-paced open source community doesn't hurt. At OpenStack Summit in Austin, Paul Belanger (Red Hat, Inc.), Elizabeth K.

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3 projects to enhance the experience of reading or writing poems

Saturday 16th of April 2016 07:02:00 AM

April is National Poetry Month in the United States and Canada. During April, individuals and institutions take part by reading, sharing, and writing poetry. You can find National Poetry Month events at your local library, your local bookstore, and at many other places. To give National Poetry Month an open source spin, in this article I'll share three open source projects for reading or writing poetry.

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RetroPie new website and release, four new games out for Linux, and more gaming news

Saturday 16th of April 2016 07:01:00 AM

Hello open gamers! This week we will take a look at the new website for RetroPie, and it's newest release, plus four new games coming out for Linux.

Open gaming roundup for the week of April 11 - 15, 2016

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Easy installation of Arduino on Linux, MediPi open source health kit, and more news

Saturday 16th of April 2016 07:00:00 AM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at easy installation of Arduino on Linux, MediPi open source health kit, O'Reilly Software Development Salary Survey results, and more.

Open source news roundup for April  9 - 15, 2016

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Top 5: Using Docker with project management tools, what's new in MySQL, and more

Friday 15th of April 2016 06:55:00 PM

In this week's Top 5, we highlight an interview with 14 year old Keila Banks on open source for teens, 9 beginner-friendly robotics projects, what's new in MySQL, the innovative Vivaldi browser, and the advantages to using Docker with project management tools.

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A four year, action-packed experience with Wikipedia

Friday 15th of April 2016 07:02:00 AM

I consider myself to be an Odia Wikimedian. I contribute Odia knowledge (the predominant language of the Indian state of Odisha) to many Wikimedia projects, like Wikipedia and Wikisource, by writing articles and correcting mistakes in articles. I also contribute to Hindi and English Wikipedia articles. 

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Organizing the OpenStack community locally and globally

Friday 15th of April 2016 07:00:00 AM

Sharone Zitzman is no stranger to community. As a lead for the Cloudify open source community at GigaSpaces, and an organizer of many local events including OpenStack Israel, DevOps Days Tel Aviv, and the DevOps Israel meetup group, she knows well what it means to be involved with bringing people together for common goals across open source projects.

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9 open source robotics projects

Thursday 14th of April 2016 07:02:00 AM

Open source isn't just changing the way we interact with the world, it's changing the way the world interacts back with us. Case in point: open source robotics.

Robots are playing an increasing role in our world, and while we perhaps haven't reached the utopian future with robotic housekeepers imagined for us in the Jetsons, robotics are making advances in fields that fifty years ago would have been completely unimaginable.

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How to use Darktable as a digital darkroom

Thursday 14th of April 2016 07:02:00 AM

Last month, Jason Baker wrote a great article on alternatives to Picasa. As it happens in open source, the collaboration that followed his article (in this case, in the form of comments by lots and lots of readers) generated a whole new list of great open source photo tools. One that kept popping up was Darktable, which I use on a semi-regular basis, so I thought I'd write up a quick intro to this fine open source, cross-platform application.

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What to expect in Drupal 8

Thursday 14th of April 2016 07:01:00 AM

Max Bronsema is the chief architect and director of web communication technologies for Western Washington University (WWU) in Bellingham, Washington. Previously, he was the lead Drupal architect at the university, leading a small student team developing innovative Drupal solutions for the public-facing sites at WWU.

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Our cloud-based future demands organizational change

Thursday 14th of April 2016 07:00:00 AM

We live in an emerging globalized, mobile world of dispersed cloud workers. More than ever, we see individuals and organizations trading in their traditional offices to work from home, coffee houses, and just about anywhere in the world in which they can connect to the Internet.

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The young Vivaldi browser is taking its cues from the community

Wednesday 13th of April 2016 07:03:00 AM

Vivaldi is a rather new browser, powered by libraries from more than 100 different open source projects, and growing in popularity. I interviewed Ruarí Ødegaard of Vivaldi shortly before Vivaldi 1.0 was released earlier this month.

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5 open source programs for the automated teen's toolbox

Wednesday 13th of April 2016 07:02:00 AM

At OSCON 2016 in Austin, Keila Banks will be giving a talk on The Automated Teen. Because Keila's father, Phillip Banks, has been a long-time organizer and volunteer at SCaLE (Southern California Linux Expo), Keila has been a familiar face at that event over the years, and she started giving talks there when she was 11 years old.

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What is a URI? Understanding license terminology for compliance

Wednesday 13th of April 2016 07:01:00 AM

A recent court case illustrates the importance of reading and understanding technical terms used in copyright licenses. In Drauglis v. Kappa Map Group, LLC, 2015 WL 4932305 (D.D.C. Aug. 8, 2015), the plaintiff, Art Drauglis, posted a picture from a photo sharing site under the Creative Commons CC BY-SA- 2.0 license.

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Tarantool: A Lua-based database engine

Wednesday 13th of April 2016 07:00:00 AM

This year at the Percona Live Data Performance Conference, I'll be discussing Tarantool.

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Storming the government castle

Tuesday 12th of April 2016 07:03:00 AM

Open source software seems like a perfect fit for government IT projects. Developers can take advantage of existing code bases and, it's hoped, mold that code to their needs quickly and at less cost than developing code from scratch. Over the last few years, governments in the U.S. and abroad have been more closely embracing open source. However, agencies at all levels of U.S. government are still wary of open source and can be reluctant to adopt it.

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5 reasons to use Docker for productivity software installation

Tuesday 12th of April 2016 07:02:00 AM

When Docker brought new life to Linux containers at the beginning of 2013, the technology quickly gained popularity among software developers. Today Docker has millions of container downloads, thousands of community contributors, and countless third party projects who are using it. What explains this extraordinary popularity? 

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Using behavioral patterns to build awesome communities

Tuesday 12th of April 2016 07:01:00 AM

Human beings are complicated animals. We are packed with ambitions, fears, desires, anxieties, and other nuggets of the human condition. Of course, the extent and manifestation of these different elements varies from person to person, across cultures, and in different environments.

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Is your open team fully awesome, or too cool for school?

Tuesday 12th of April 2016 07:00:00 AM

Whether you're teaching a piece of software or a concept, facilitating a workshop to hack on a project or product, or even organizing a donor night for your local nonprofit, you will have to deal with multiple personality types. And anyone leading an open organization today knows that managing group and team dynamics is an essential part of the job. I teach and facilitate groups of people in all sorts of learning experiences, and over the years I've noticed some repetition in my group dynamics.

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Linux Foundation: Open Source Programming and DevOps Jobs Plentiful

Open source can help you make money, especially if you have skills in programming or DevOps, which is emerging as one of the hottest areas of interest for hiring managers seeking open source admins and developers. That's according to the latest Open Source Jobs Report from the Linux Foundation, which is out this week. Read more Also: The 2016 Open Source Jobs Report: Companies Hungry for Professional Open Source Talent

Basho Open Sources Some Bits

Leftovers: Ubuntu

  • The Simply Ubuntu Desktop
    Over on Flickr, fosco_ submitted this simple Ubuntu desktop, with just a few things tweaked for a cleaner experience. Like we’ve said, sometimes less is more, and this desktop makes good use of a few widgets to make a great UI even better.
  • HP Linux Imaging and Printing 3.16.5 Supports Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Debian 8.4
    The team of developers behind the HPLIP (short for HP Linux Imaging and Printing) project, announced a few moments ago the availability of the fifth maintenance build in the 3.16 stable series of the software. For those of you who are not in the loop, HP Linux Imaging and Printing is an open-source initiative to bring the latest HP (Hewlett-Packard) printer drivers to GNU/Linux operating systems. The software has a pretty active development team working behind it, releasing maintenance builds at least once a month.
  • Convergence delayed: Unity 8 won’t be the default desktop in Ubuntu 16.10
    Canonical’s vision of convergence—a single, highly adaptive environment that spans mobile and desktop uses—has been delayed yet again. The Unity 8 desktop and Mir display server, which are key to that vision, won’t be used by default in Ubuntu 16.10, according to discussion in the Ubuntu Online Summit.
  • Questions and answers: Ubuntu bq tablet
    After Jack Wallen's recent review of the bq Aquaris M10 tablet, he was hit with a number of questions about the tablet. Jack addresses some of those questions to help you decide if the Ubuntu tablet is a worthy investment.

Bufferbloat Is Still Being Fought In Linux Kernel, Another Big Improvement Queued

Bufferbloat is the excess buffering of packets resulting in high latency, jitter, and lower network throughput. There's been efforts to battle bufferbloat within the Linux kernel going back a long time while this week another new patch has surfaced. A Phoronix reader pointed out to us a patch that's now been queued up in net-next for Linux 4.7 and could end up being back-ported to Linux stable releases. Read more Also: Watch why Linus Torvalds says Linux is the best option for career building