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Contributor awards, job hunting tips, and more OpenStack news

Monday 3rd of October 2016 05:00:00 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

There is a lot of interesting stuff being written about OpenStack. Here's a sampling from some of our favorites:

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OpenShift Commons Gathering event preview

Saturday 1st of October 2016 07:01:00 AM

We're just two months out from the OpenShift Commons Gathering coming up on November 7, 2016 in Seattle, Washington, co-located with KubeCon and CloudNativeCon.

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A $5 Linux server, open source software in China, and more news

Saturday 1st of October 2016 07:00:00 AM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at a $5 Linux server, China's adoption of open source software, Plasma 5.8, and more.

Open source news roundup for September 18-October 1, 2016
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Top 5: 10 tips for IoT home automation, Configuration management tools, and more

Friday 30th of September 2016 07:28:00 PM

In this week's Top 5, we highlight tips for home-IoT projects, a deep dive into configuration management, tips for getting started with Wordpress development, a successful middle school Linux program, and a brief introduction to animation with CSS and JavaScript.

Top 5 articles of the week

5. Web animation using CSS and JavaScript

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Tools for writing the next best seller

Friday 30th of September 2016 07:02:00 AM

Don't you wish you could write a novel? I always did. It's such a daunting and convoluted undertaking. How can anyone even organize and keep track of all the plots and characters? I have started a few stories, but quickly abandoned them because I just couldn't seem to write anything cohesive that seemed worthy of showing to other people.

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Changing the way we design for the web

Friday 30th of September 2016 07:01:00 AM

Why accountability gets a bad rap

Friday 30th of September 2016 07:00:00 AM

Open organizations demand emphasis on accountability. This month, the open organization community at tackled accountability's finer points during its regular #OpenOrgChat on Twitter. Check out the following recap—and get ready for the next chat.

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What are configuration management tools?

Thursday 29th of September 2016 07:03:00 AM

For most people, computers don't stay the same. Software is added, removed, and updated. Configurations are changed. Think about the changes you've made to your computer since the first time you booted it up. Now imagine making those changes to 10, 100, or 1,000 more computers. Configuration management tools are what make implemententing and enforcing these changes possible.

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Riak TS for time series analysis at scale

Thursday 29th of September 2016 07:02:00 AM

Until recently, doing time series analysis at scale was expensive and almost exclusively the domain of large enterprises. What made time series a hard and expensive problem to tackle? Until the advent of the NoSQL database, scaling up to meet increasing velocity and volumes of data generally meant scaling hardware vertically by adding CPUs, memory, or additional hard drives. When combined with database licensing models that charged per processor core, the cost of scaling was simply out of reach for most.

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5 new OpenStack tutorials and guides

Thursday 29th of September 2016 07:02:00 AM

Every month, the number of things that a developer or system administrator working with cloud technologies is expected to know seems to double. There are just so many promising projects and so little time.

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Real business innovation begins with open practices

Thursday 29th of September 2016 07:00:00 AM

To business leaders, "open source" often sounds too altruistic—and altruism is in short supply on the average balance sheet. But using and contributing to open source makes hard-nosed business sense, particularly as a way of increasing innovation.

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Asian Penguins turn program into a Linux success

Wednesday 28th of September 2016 07:02:00 AM

Stu Keroff will be speaking at All Things Open in Raleigh this year. 

The Community School of Excellence (CSE) Asian Penguins are the world's first and only Linux user group based in a Hmong charter school. A failed Windows laptop program at the school was turned by the Asian Penguins into a Linux success.

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10 tips for DIY IoT home automation

Wednesday 28th of September 2016 07:01:00 AM

We live in an exciting time. Everyday more things become Internet-connected things. They have sensors and can communicate with other things, and help us perform tasks like never before. Especially at home.

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Choosing the right metrics for your project

Wednesday 28th of September 2016 07:00:00 AM

Last month we discussed setting goals for your community metrics program. These goals serve as a constant reminder of what you want to achieve in the program and should be used as metrics themselves when deciding exactly what you are going to measure.

This month we'll document a basic strategy for deciding what to measure, and give examples of specific community metrics we've used in practice. Using our knowledge of our community and the goals we previously came up with, we'll make sure the metrics we choose are relevant.

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6 open source fitness apps for Android

Tuesday 27th of September 2016 07:03:00 AM

A key part of developing a good fitness routine is creating a solid workout plan and tracking your progress. Mobile apps can help by providing readily accessible programs specifically designed to support the user's fitness goals. In a world of fitness wearable devices like FitBit, there are plenty of proprietary apps designed to work with those specific devices. These apps certainly provide a lot of detailed tracking information, but they are not open source, and as such, do not necessarily respect the user's privacy and freedom to use their own data as they wish.

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Web animation using CSS and JavaScript

Tuesday 27th of September 2016 07:02:00 AM

At DrupalCon Dublin 2016, Nikhil Sukul and Vidit Anjaria will discuss animation with Drupal.

Basics of animation History

The first hints of 'animation' come from a pottery bowl in Iran, around 5000 years ago. Skip ahead to the 1500s, Leonardo Da Vinci had a few drawings depicting animations. And today, you might think of Walt Disney as the modern animation master.

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A quick introduction to Audacity for teachers

Tuesday 27th of September 2016 07:01:00 AM

School's back in session, and kids love the creative arts. One of my favorite open source creative tools is Audacity, the open source audio recorder and editor. Students love manipulating digital sound with Audacity: making podcasts, learning languages, recording interviews, and recording and mixing music.

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What does it mean to change company culture?

Tuesday 27th of September 2016 07:00:00 AM

How to throw a tarball over the wall

Monday 26th of September 2016 07:03:00 AM

It costs a lot of money to open source a mature piece of commercial software, even if all you are doing is "throwing a tarball over the wall." That's why companies abandoning software they no longer care about so rarely make it open source, and those abandoning open source projects rarely move them to new homes that benefit others.

If all you have thought about is the eventual outcome, you may be surprised how expensive it is to get there.

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The best way to develop software with effective security

Monday 26th of September 2016 07:02:00 AM

Casey will be speaking at LinuxCon Berlin on October 4.

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KDE Leftovers

  • Choose Your Own Experience in Plasma 5.8 and beyond
    One of the key points of Plasma is while giving a simple default desktop experience, not limiting the user to that single, pre-packed one size fits all UI.
  • KDevelop 5.0.2 released for Windows and Linux
    Four weeks after the release of KDevelop 5.0.1, we are happy to announce the availability of KDevelop 5.0.2, a second stabilization release in the 5.0 series. We highly recommend to update to version 5.0.2 if you are currently using version 5.0.1 or 5.0.0.
  • Wayland improvements since Plasma 5.8 release
    Two weeks have passed since the Plasma 5.8 release and our Wayland efforts have seen quite some improvements. Some changes went into Plasma 5.8 as bug fixes, some changes are only available in master for the next release. With this blog post I want to highlight what we have improved since Plasma 5.8.
  • Wayland For KDE Plasma 5.9 Should Shape Up Quite Nicely
    Plasma 5.8 was only released at the beginning of October but already there has been a number of Wayland improvements queuing up for the next milestone, Plasma 5.9. KWin maintainer Martin Gräßlin wrote a blog post yesterday about some of the early Wayland changes coming for Plasma 5.9. Some of this early work for the next KDE Plasma 5 release includes resize-only borders, global shortcut handling, support for keyboard LEDs via libinput, relative pointer support, the color scheme syncing to the window decoration, window icon improvements, multi-screen improvements, panel imporvements, and more.
  • Autumn Sale in the Krita Shop
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Linux/FOSS Events

  • FOSDEM Desktops DevRoom 2016 all for Participation
    FOSDEM is one of the largest (5,000+ hackers!) gatherings of Free Software contributors in the world and happens each February in Brussels (Belgium, Europe). Once again, one of the tracks will be the Desktops DevRoom (formerly known as “CrossDesktop DevRoom”), which will host Desktop-related talks. We are now inviting proposals for talks about Free/Libre/Open-source Software on the topics of Desktop development, Desktop applications and interoperability amongst Desktop Environments. This is a unique opportunity to show novel ideas and developments to a wide technical audience.
  • LatinoWare
    Yesterday, Wednesday 19 oct, was the first day of LatinoWare thirteen edition hosted in the city of Foz do Iguaçu in Parana state with presence of 5155 participants and temperature of 36ºC. Currently this is the biggest event of free software in Brazil.
  • Attending a FUDcon LATAM 2016
    From my experience I will share my days at FUDcon 2016 held on Puno last week. There were 3 core days, and 2 more days to visit around.

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