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4 ways to improve your security online right now

Monday 30th of January 2017 08:01:00 AM

The last few years have seen a massive jump in the frequency of reports about digital security breaches and personal privacy issues, and no doubt this trend will continue. We hear about scammers moving to social media, nations using cyberattacks as part of coordinated offensive strategies, and the rise of companies making millions tracking our online behavior. 

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WOOTConf 2017: Lockpicking, Willie Nelson developers, and more

Monday 30th of January 2017 08:00:00 AM

Do you know that wonderful feeling when a tiny little idea becomes a reality? That's what this year's WOOTConf at 2017 was for me.

It was a full day jam-packed with amazing, deeply technical talks from ten wonderful speakers.

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From hobbyist to professional, new analyst papers, and more OpenStack news

Monday 30th of January 2017 06:00:00 AM

Are you interested in keeping track of what is happening in the open source cloud? is your source for news in OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure project.

OpenStack around the web

From news sites to developer blogs, there's a lot being written about OpenStack every week. Here are a few highlights.

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How communities in India support privacy and software freedom

Saturday 28th of January 2017 08:01:00 AM

The free and open source communities in India, particularly Mozilla and Wikimedia communities, are leading two unique global events for better privacy and in support of free software.

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New Minecraft launcher comes to Linux, Tilt Brush Toolkit, and more open gaming news

Saturday 28th of January 2017 08:00:00 AM

In this bi-weekly open gaming roundup, we take a look at the new Minecraft launcher, Google's Tilt Brush Toolkit, a talk about porting games to Linux, and more.

Open gaming roundup for January 15-28, 2017

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Top 5: Solid state drives in Linux, Brotli compression algorithm, and more

Friday 27th of January 2017 08:00:00 PM

In this week's Top 5, we highlight solid state drives in Linux; a new compression algorithm for faster Internet; Python and successive approximation; rsync to back up your Linux system; the shift method and custom functions for shell scripting.

Top 5 articles of the week

5. Shell scripting: An introduction to the shift method and custom functions

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Data Privacy Day 2017: Solutions for everyday privacy

Friday 27th of January 2017 08:02:00 AM

Privacy, especially online privacy, is hard to define. It's a term that means something slightly different to each person, and each person has a different tolerance level for what's acceptable and what's unacceptable. One thing can generally be said of it, though—in a free society, people ought to be in control of their own privacy.

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How to successfully enter the FOSS emerging market

Friday 27th of January 2017 08:01:00 AM

In business speak, an "emerging market" is a market that is not yet well developed but on the rise and shows strong potential to be as robust as other developed markets. The Wikipedia definition focuses purely on countries, but this is a limited view of the meaning of "market."

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Getting started with my new LulzBot Mini 3D printer

Friday 27th of January 2017 08:00:00 AM

Recently, I won a LulzBot Mini 3D printer in an giveaway. What good fortune! Here's how I got started learning how to use it, and what I made with it.

Spoiler: This printer is a top-quality product, and ready to go out of the box. It is also open hardware and supports a full open source programming chain.

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A 5-step plan to encourage your team to make changes on your project

Thursday 26th of January 2017 01:03:00 PM

Purpose is the first thing to consider when you're assembling any team. If one person could achieve that purpose, then forming the team would be unnecessary. And if there was no main purpose, then you wouldn't need a team at all. But as soon as the task requires more expertise than a single person has, we encounter the issue of collective participation—an issue that, if not handled properly, could derail you.

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Search this database for inactive patents that are now in the public domain

Thursday 26th of January 2017 11:05:00 AM

As anyone trying to innovate in the open source space can tell you, patents are nearly useless. However, Michigan Tech has released a free inactive patent search for finding public domain intellectual property in the hope of fostering innovation in the open source arena.

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Using rsync to back up your Linux system

Thursday 26th of January 2017 10:58:00 AM

Backups are an incredibly important aspect of a system administrator’s job. Without good backups and a well-planned backup policy and process, it is a near certainty that sooner or later some critical data will be irretrievably lost.

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How to join a technical community

Thursday 26th of January 2017 10:54:00 AM

Joining a new community can be a daunting task for a myriad of reasons. The angst can be especially strong when joining a new technical community, some of which have a reputation for being acrimonious and tough on new members.

While it's possible to stumble into a den of iniquity, I think you'll find most technical communities to be fairly reasonable, and following a few simple steps can ease your transition from non-member to member.

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Solid state drives in Linux: Enabling TRIM for SSDs

Wednesday 25th of January 2017 08:02:00 AM

After installing my first solid state drive (SSD) in a computer that was running Linux, I have begun to explore how to take care of them. Solid state drives are different than traditional magnetic drives in the way that they operate, and they require different care from the software side in order to function optimally.

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An executive's guide to containers

Wednesday 25th of January 2017 08:01:00 AM

Discussions with IT leaders about "containers" can often be summarized as this:

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24 Pull Requests challenge encourages fruitful contributions

Wednesday 25th of January 2017 08:00:00 AM

In 2012, Andrew Nesbitt was inspired by the 24 Ways to impress your friends advent calendar to start a new project: 24 Pull Requests, an open source contribution event. Participants are challenged to open one pull request for an open source project on GitHub every day from December 1 through December 24.

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Happy birthday to 7 years of open source

Wednesday 25th of January 2017 07:59:00 AM

On our lucky 7th birthday, the team decided to get visual.

First, a big THANK YOU to our entire community of readers, contributors, advisors, moderators, columnists, and more. Without you, none of this would be possible. We are in constant awe of what you share with us, and honored to be a storytelling platform for the open source community. In 2017, we hope to reach even larger, broader audiences with powerful stories of "open."

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Announcing the 2016 Open Source Yearbook: Download now

Wednesday 25th of January 2017 07:00:00 AM

In 2015, published the first Open Source Yearbook, a collaboration with open source communities to collect a diverse range of stories from the year.

Thanks to contributions from more than 25 writers, the 2016 edition is even bigger and highlights more than 100 organizations, projects, technologies, and events.

Get your free PDF download of the 2016 Open Source Yearbook.


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Brotli: A new compression algorithm for faster Internet

Tuesday 24th of January 2017 08:02:00 AM

Brotli is a new open source compression algorithm designed to enable an Internet that's faster for users.

Modern web pages can often be made up of dozens of megabytes of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, and that's before accounting for images, videos, or other large file content, which all makes for hefty downloads. Such loads are why pages are transferred in compressed formats; they significantly reduce the time required between a website visitor requesting a web page and that page appearing fully loaded on the screen and ready for use.

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School systems desperate for standards-aligned curricula find hope

Tuesday 24th of January 2017 08:01:00 AM

Open Up Resources is a nonprofit collaborative formed by 13 U.S. states that creates high-quality, standards-aligned open educational resources (OERs) that are openly licensed under CC BY 4.0.

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Linux Mint 18.1 Is The Best Mint Yet

The hardcore Linux geeks won’t read this article. They’ll skip right past it… They don’t like Linux Mint much. There’s a good reason for them not to; it’s not designed for them. Linux Mint is for folks who want a stable, elegant desktop operating system that they don’t want to have to constantly tinker with. Anyone who is into Linux will find Mint rather boring because it can get as close to the bleeding edge of computer technology. That said, most of those same hardcore geeks will privately tell you that they’ve put Linux Mint on their Mom’s computer and she just loves it. Linux Mint is great for Mom. It’s stable, offers everything she needs and its familiar UI is easy for Windows refugees to figure out. If you think of Arch Linux as a finicky, high-performance sports car then Linux Mint is a reliable station wagon. The kind of car your Mom would drive. Well, I have always liked station wagons myself and if you’ve read this far then I guess you do, too. A ride in a nice station wagon, loaded with creature comforts, cold blowing AC, and a good sound system can be very relaxing, indeed. Read more

Make Gnome 3 more accessible for everyday use

Gnome 3 is a desktop environment that was created to fix a problem that did not exist. Much like PulseAudio, Wayland and Systemd, it's there to give developers a job, while offering no clear benefit over the original problem. The Gnome 2 desktop was fast, lithe, simple, and elegant, and its replacement is none of that. Maybe the presentation layer is a little less busy and you can search a bit more quickly, but that's about as far as the list of advantages goes, which is a pretty grim result for five years of coding. Despite my reservation toward Gnome 3, I still find it to be a little bit more suitable for general consumption than in the past. Some of the silly early decisions have been largely reverted, and a wee bit more sane functionality added. Not enough. Which is why I'd like to take a moment or three to discuss some extra tweaks and changes you should add to this desktop environment to make it palatable. Read more

When to Use Which Debian Linux Repository

Nothing distinguishes the Debian Linux distribution so much as its system of package repositories. Originally organized into Stable, Testing, and Unstable, additional repositories have been added over the years, until today it takes more than a knowledge of a repository's name to understand how to use it efficiently and safely. Debian repositories are installed with a section called main that consists only of free software. However, by editing the file /etc/apt/sources.list, you can add contrib, which contains software that depends on proprietary software, and non-free, which contains proprietary software. Unless you choose to use only free software, contrib and non-free are especially useful for video and wireless drivers. You should also know that the three main repositories are named for characters from the Toy Story movies. Unstable is always called Sid, while the names of Testing and Stable change. When a new version of Debian is released, Testing becomes Stable, and the new version of Testing receives a name. These names are sometimes necessary for enabling a mirror site, but otherwise, ignoring these names gives you one less thing to remember. Read more

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