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65% of companies are contributing to open source projects

Tuesday 10th of May 2016 07:03:00 AM

This year marks the 10th annual Future of Open Source Survey to examine trends in open source, hosted by Black Duck and North Bridge. The big takeaway from the survey this year centers around the mainstream acceptance of open source today and how much has changed over the last decade.

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Aspiring sys admin works his way up in Linux

Tuesday 10th of May 2016 07:02:00 AM

I first saw Linux in action around 2001 at my first job. I was as an account manager for an Austrian automotive industry supplier and shared an office with our IT guy. He was creating a CD burning station (one of those huge things that can burn and print several CDs simultaneously) so that we could create and send CDs of our car parts catalogue to customers. While the burning station was originally designed for Windows, he just could not get it to work. He eventually gave up on Windows and turned to Linux, and it worked flawlessly.

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Why open data matters today

Tuesday 10th of May 2016 07:01:00 AM

The main factor in any change first begins with observation. The data we collect allows us to analyze complex human patterns and behavior. Without data, there's nothing to be observed.

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Want the best employees? Let them hire themselves

Tuesday 10th of May 2016 07:00:00 AM

In The Open Organization, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst defines an open organization as one that "engages participative communities both inside and out." At Gratipay, we've pursued a similar vision, asking: Can we blur the line between inside and out? What if individuals in an organization could decide for themselves what level of engagement is right for them at any given time? We might unlock even more productive energy, which, as Jim points out, is a key competitive advantage.

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What is an open source program office? And why do you need one?

Monday 9th of May 2016 07:03:00 AM

The open source program office is an essential part of any modern company with a reasonably ambitious plan to influence various sectors of software ecosystems. If a company wants to increase its influence, clarify its open source messaging, maximize the clout of its projects, or increase the efficiency of its product development, a multifaceted approach to open source programs is essential. Having viewed the operations of many such teams, I have summarized six common characteristics of successful open source programs:

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PittMesh routers are owned by individuals

Monday 9th of May 2016 07:02:00 AM

We live in a society where large corporations essentially own two of the major ways we communicate: telephone (mobile and landlines) and the Internet (email, chat, etc). While paying for services to correspond with others over long distances might make sense, modern technology gives us better and more affordable options for communicating with those close to us. If you have wireless networking equipment in your home that is capable of communicating with your neighbor's equipment, why not just communicate directly with them?

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What can you do with open data?

Monday 9th of May 2016 07:01:00 AM

Play a word association game and the word "open" will almost surely be followed by "source." And open source is certainly an important force for preserving user freedoms and access to computing. However, code isn't the only form of openness that's important.

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Roadmaps, reflections, and more OpenStack news

Monday 9th of May 2016 06:59:00 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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Shadow Tactics for Linux, Shadwen release date, and more open gaming news

Saturday 7th of May 2016 07:01:00 AM

Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at Shadow Tactics for Linux, Shadwen release date, and new games out for Linux.

Open gaming roundup for April 30 - May 6, 2016

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6 higher ed schools teach open source, Collaboration Summit remarks, and more news

Saturday 7th of May 2016 07:00:00 AM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at six higher education instructors who are immersing students in open source communities and projects, the co-founder and principal analyst at RedMonk Stephen O'Grady's remarks on the future of open source at the Collaboration Summit in March, and more news.

Open source news roundup for May 1 - 7, 2016

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The preview for May

Saturday 7th of May 2016 06:01:00 AM

The preview brings you highlights from last month, editorial announcements for coming months, and other tidbits.

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Top 10 and editor's picks: April 2016 review

Saturday 7th of May 2016 06:00:00 AM brought in 840,459 page views in April, giving us our second highest traffic month ever. We announced our first Open Source Yearbook print editions, which are available on Lulu. We published 97 articles and 5 series:

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Top 5: My Linux Story from Uganda, Astro Pi flight case, DuckDuckGo's Instant Answers, and more

Friday 6th of May 2016 05:20:00 PM

In this week's Top 5, we highlight a Linux story about becoming a full stack engineer, how to make a Astro Pi flight case, DuckDuckGo on Instant Answers as they compete with search giants, an interview with a DrupalCon speaker about Arduino prototyping, and an interview with a user interface engineer prior to his talk at OSCON 2016.

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Netbeast: A cross-platform tool for the Internet of Things

Friday 6th of May 2016 07:02:00 AM

When smart devices are closed, they're not smart at all.

Netbeast is an open source platform for developing Internet of Things (IoT) applications for appliances and other devices. It's an environment-agnostic platform that allows users to ignore details like wireless protocols, brand-specific public APIs, or device detection. One of Netbeast's main goals is to help foster and develop an open source community in IoT.

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A step ahead on Drupal 8 with easy accessibility design

Friday 6th of May 2016 07:01:00 AM

I've got quite the treat for you today: an interview with experience analyst Catharine McNally and experience strategist David Spira, who work at Phase2 and are passionate about accessibility on the web—in particular, the part of the web that involves Drupal.

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2016 Open Source Jobs Report: Developers, DevOps, and certifications wanted

Friday 6th of May 2016 07:00:00 AM

The Linux Foundation and partnered to survey almost 5,000 open source professionals, and this week they unveiled the 2016 Open Source Jobs Report. The 2016 survey includes responses from more than 400 hiring managers and 4,500 open source professionals worldwide.

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Confessions of a cross-platform developer

Thursday 5th of May 2016 07:03:00 AM

Andreia Gaita is giving a talk at this year's OSCON, titled Confessions of a cross-platform developer. She's a long-time open source and Mono contributor, and develops primarily in C#/C++. Andreia works at GitHub, where she's focused on building the GitHub Extension manager for Visual Studio.

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A daughter of Silicon Valley shares her 'nerd' story

Thursday 5th of May 2016 07:02:00 AM

Back in 2014, my colleague Crystal Beasley started a thread of women in tech/hackers posting their "nerd stories" in response to some comments out there on the Internet about the lack of women in tech. This is my nerd story, shared with you because I do believe in role models, and I do believe that there are many paths one can take to a satisfying challenging career and a life that helps one fulfill their goals.

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Drupal developer on how to make your website more accessible

Thursday 5th of May 2016 07:01:00 AM

For open source developer Mike Gifford, founder and president of OpenConcept Consulting Inc., any mention of Drupal accessibility after his name is redundant. He has spent the better part of 10 years improving and cementing accessibility in Drupal, enough to earn the role of official core accessibility maintainer for the project.

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Why wasn't I invited to the meeting?

Thursday 5th of May 2016 07:00:00 AM

"I'm disappointed."

These were the first words to come from Damien in a recent one-to-one conversation we had.

"I feel like the team doesn't respect my position," he told me. "I'm trying to engage with them, but they aren't reciprocating."

Damien was clearly frustrated.

"They had a meeting last week, for example, and I really should have been there. But they didn't invite me," he continued, offering several examples of ways the team was excluding him and, he felt, making it difficult for him to do his job.

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DisplayLink USB 3.0 Driver Now Available for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Fedora Linux

DisplayLink has recently updated their DisplayLink USB 3.0 driver for the latest Ubuntu Linux operating system launched by Canonical in the last week of April 2016, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. Read more

Next Generation Gear Fit 2 to run Tizen Operating System, Leaked Images

The first Gear Fit product by Samsung ran a Real Time Operating System (RTOS) and this seems to have been a good decision for them for the first generation Gear Fit. Now, as the Gear Fit 2 is on the horizon, it looks like Samsung are ready to use the Tizen Operating System in this wearable device as well. According to industry sources Samsung will introduce the Gear Fit 2 next month in Korea running Tizen. The move to use Tizen extensively in its current and future wearable products demonstrates the commitment Samsung has to the OS in this space, as we now have a smartband as well as smartwatches !!! Another future wearable product that will be using Tizen, according to Industry watchers, is tentatively called “Activity Tracker”, which would suggest a low end fitness device. Read more

Sabayon ARM Project Brings the Gentoo-Based Distro to Raspberry Pi 3 and 2 SBCs

The developers of the Gentoo-based Sabayon GNU/Linux operating system have announced a new project, called Sabayon ARM, which aims to bring the distro to Raspberry Pi devices. Read more

Ubuntu BQ Aquaris M10 Review – Part 1: Hardware

The mobile market today has practically been what former Microsoft-then-Nokia-then-Microsoft-again exec Stephen Elop loved to refer to as a two-horse race. Android and iOS have been butting heads quarter after quarter, year after year. Despite their popularity and ubiquity, neither is truly perfect and neither can really meet everyone's needs and preferences. Which leaves a little wiggle room for other platforms (that includes Windows 10) to try and fill in the gaps. This time around we are going to take a closer look at one the newer challengers, Ubuntu Touch, as it is embodied in the recent bq Aquaris M10 tablet. How does it fare against the bevy of Android, iOS, and even Windows tablets scattered throughout the market? And does it have what it takes to not only stand tall and proud but also to survive? Read on to find our verdict. Read more