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ByWater Solutions empowers use of open source in libraries

Monday 11th of May 2015 09:00:00 AM

Koha is a concept from Maori culture that can be translated as gift, present, offering, donation, or contribution. And, isn't that concept the ethos of open source culture?

Koha is also the name of an open source integrated library system (ILS). There are at least 40 vendors worldwide that provide support for Koha, and one of them is ByWater Solutions. After talking with CRO Nathan Curulla, I found out what sets them apart, and more about their partnership with Ebsco that made recent headlines.

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Open source, beyond technology

Monday 11th of May 2015 09:00:00 AM

Here at, the staff, community moderators, and contributors strive to show how the ideas underpinning open source go beyond technology and apply to all aspects of life and society. Imagine organizing a conference around that idea.

That happened on April 16 and 17, 2015 at the Open Source Open Society event. The event brought almost 400 people together for two days in Wellington, New Zealand. I flew down for it and was treated to one of the most unique open source events I’ve attended.

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User stories at Summit and more OpenStack news

Monday 11th of May 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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Highlights and editor's picks: May 2015 report

Monday 11th of May 2015 06:00:00 AM closed out the month of April with a total of 612,553 page views and set a new page views per day record of 20,418. Also, our team published 79 articles including 14 posts in our ApacheCon, OpenStack Live, and POSSCON speaker interview series.

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GOG Galaxy beta, KADE miniConsole+ for retro games, and more gaming news

Saturday 9th of May 2015 12:00:00 PM

Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at the GOG Galaxy beta gaming platform, the KADE miniConsole+ for retro games, new Yooka-Laylee game backed at 1.5M, and more!

Open gaming roundup for May 2 - 9, 2015

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Top 5 articles of the week: Raspberry Pi + Minecraft, lessons from Willie Nelson, and more

Friday 8th of May 2015 02:28:00 PM

This week I talk about our best articles from May 4 - 8, 2015 on

Topics include: Open source content management, lessons for developers from Willie Nelson, Linux for the visually impaired, the state of Drupal security, and Raspberry Pi + Minecraft.

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Google backs Rocket, Netflix and EMC release tools, and more news

Friday 8th of May 2015 11:00:00 AM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at Google's support of rival to Docker, the release of source code for tools from Netflix and EMC, and more!

Open source news: May 2 - 8, 2015

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How to orchestrate containers in OpenStack

Friday 8th of May 2015 09:00:00 AM

Containers are a hot topic in computing right now. They are an effective and efficient method for deploying applications. However, things can get a little complicated when complex applications are split between multiple containers. When that happens, containers need to be able to work together effectively, which is where container orchestration comes in. Orchestrators facilitate the management of containers and make sure they they can connect and collaborate in the manner they need to in order to properly function.

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3 tips for writing copy for your website

Friday 8th of May 2015 07:00:00 AM

Shannon O'Malley will give a talk at DrupalCon 2015 called: Making Content Strategic before "Content Strategy" Happens.

If you've ever used Drupal for creating content, you may understand that coming up with compelling messaging and writing it all down in a format that someone else wants to read is... well, challenging. For some, it can come naturally, especially given time and experience. For others, it's a bother, a bore, and downright irriatating.

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What I learned managing an open source CMS project

Thursday 7th of May 2015 11:00:00 AM

My favorite part about our open source project, PencilBlue, is that I get to interact with people from all over the world. When we first started, there were just two of us, but as the months progressed we saw our contributors begin to grow. It got me thinking about what it takes to be a good maintainer and how my team will make sure the project continues to run smoothly for years to come.

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How OpenStack gets translated

Thursday 7th of May 2015 09:00:00 AM

In order for an open source project to have a truly global reach, it must reach its users in their native tongue. OpenStack is no different. In order to bring open source cloud computing to countries around the world, a dedicated team of individuals helps translate both the project itself and its documentation into the native language of numerous peoples.

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The Weather Company relies on Drupal to manage content

Thursday 7th of May 2015 08:00:00 AM

After helping to put the dot in .com by building and configuring enterprise class solutions with WorldCom as a Sun hardware and software engineer, Jason Smith went on to AAAS (The American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the publishers of the journal Science) to direct the technical needs of the education directorate.

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Bitnami: An app store for server software

Thursday 7th of May 2015 07:00:00 AM

Over the years I've had the opportunity to meet many wonderful individuals at conferences. A conference is a unique setting that lends itself to quick exchanges and brief meetings. Every once in a while, however, there's a connection made that instantly turns into a great friendship.

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8 ways developers can be more like Willie Nelson

Wednesday 6th of May 2015 11:00:00 AM

I cringe when I see job listings searching for "rock star developers." What does that even mean? Developers who take all the credit, while the band, agent, road crew, and sound engineers do the heavy lifting?

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Getting started with Minecraft Pi

Wednesday 6th of May 2015 09:00:00 AM

Minecraft is a hugely popular game that runs on PC, Xbox, PlayStation, and even smartphones. It's the best-selling PC game of all time and has become a worldwide sensation with obsessive players around the world, a large online community, and a vast array of merchandise. Many people enjoy building complicated structures and even creating their own interactive systems using only the mechanics of the game.

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The unofficial guide to OpenStack Summit Vancouver

Wednesday 6th of May 2015 08:00:00 AM

The 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, British Columbia is just a few short weeks away. The event will run for a full week from May 18 through May 22. will be attending and helping connect you to some of the sessions and what's new in the open source cloud ecosystem. Whether you're planning on attending in person, or just curious about what's happening, we've assembled a few resources we hope you'll find valuable.

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An introduction to Linux from

Wednesday 6th of May 2015 07:00:00 AM

What is Linux? For many this seems like a question with an obvious answer, but the truth is there are a large number of people who would shrug their shoulders. Many have never heard of Linux (gasp!) or aren't confident in their answer.

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Biicode goes open source early after outpouring of community support

Tuesday 5th of May 2015 11:00:00 AM

In my last article, I wrote about biicode's decision to go open source once we reached 10,000 users.

After the announcement, our community growth skyrocketed. Our investors were so impressed by the welcoming of our open source announcement that they let us go ahead with open sourcing biicode early. We worked hard to release most of it in biicode 3.0.

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New tutorials, developments in open digital humanities

Tuesday 5th of May 2015 09:00:00 AM

Welcome to the third installment of my monthly column, where I explore how open source software and the open source way are used in the digital humanities. Every month I take a look at open source tools you can use in your digital humanities researc, as well as, a few humanities research projects that are using open source tools today. I will also cover news about how transparency and open exchange, and principles of the open source way, being applied to the humanities.

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IBIS: A powerful, Drupal-based info gathering tool

Tuesday 5th of May 2015 08:00:00 AM

I'm very excited about Joshua Lee's talk on the Drupal-powered International Biosecurity Intelligence System (IBIS) at DrupalCon 2015. Though I'm no biosecurity expert, the aggregation methods and process workflow for gathering biosecurity information is relevant to many industries. In his talk, the technology for creating this data aggregation system will be covered, as well as how the Drupal community can both benefit and contribute to this project.

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More in Tux Machines

Conservancy Seeks Your Questions on GPL Enforcement

Historically, Conservancy has published extensive materials about enforcement of the GPL, including blog posts, announcements regarding compliance actions, many sections appearing in the definitive Copyleft Guide (a joint initiative with the Free Software Foundation). After Conservancy's recent announcement of its funding of Christoph Hellwig's lawsuit against VMware, Conservancy has sought to answer as many questions as possible about GPL enforcement. Read more

SourceForge locked in projects of fleeing users, cashed in on malvertising [Updated]

The takeover of the SourceForge account for the Windows version of the open-source GIMP image editing tool reported by Ars last week is hardly the first case of the once-pioneering software repository attempting to cash in on open-source projects that have gone inactive or have actually attempted to shut down their SourceForge accounts. Over the past few years, SourceForge (launched by VA Linux Systems in 1999 and now owned by the tech job site company previously known as Dice) has made it a business practice to turn abandoned or inactive projects into platforms for distribution of "bundle-ware" installers. Despite promises to avoid deceptive advertisements that trick site visitors into downloading unwanted software and malware onto their computers, these malicious ads are legion on projects that have been taken over by SourceForge's anonymous editorial staff. SourceForge's search engine ranking for these projects often makes the site the first link provided to people seeking downloads for code on Google and Bing search results. And because of SourceForge's policies, it's nearly impossible for open-source projects to get their code removed from the site. SourceForge is, in essence, the Hotel California of code repositories: you can check your project out any time you want, but you can never leave. Read more [Ed: Why am I not surprised?]

ASUS announces ZenPad tablets with Android Lollipop and Intel circuitry

ASUS brought in a big bag of gadgets to present at Computex 2015 in Taipei, and the latest composites of circuitry, metal, glass, and black magic to emerge from it are named the ZenPad 8 & ZenPad S 8. As made apparent by their names, this is a duo of tablets that we're talking about, and the slates are made special by the fact that they are the first to carry the Zen brand. Oh, and they also have some interesting Intel hardware inside! Read more

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