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Open source and open data's role in Nepal earthquake relief

Wednesday 8th of June 2016 07:01:00 AM

A devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, 2015, killing more than 9,000 people, injuring thousands more, and leaving an additional 3 million homeless.

Immediately after the earthquake, the government, local and international security forces, and international aid agencies all jumped in to try to help. However, there was a lack of coordination between these groups.


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Students showcase open source creations at Imagine RIT

Wednesday 8th of June 2016 07:00:00 AM

The ninth annual Imagine RIT, the Rochester Institute of Technology's annual innovation and creativity festival, was held on campus May 7. Each year, about 30,000 people arrive on campus to view student, faculty, and staff demonstrations. Visitors experience everything RIT has to offer through interactive presentations, hands-on demonstrations, exhibitions, and research projects set up throughout campus.


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2016 open source summer reading list

Tuesday 7th of June 2016 07:03:00 AM

Can you believe we're already almost half way through 2016? The year is flying by, but not too fast for us to squeeze in a few great books. Once again, we reached out to our friends to find out what they're reading, too, which helped us put together our annual open source summer reading list. This year's collection includes books on open source history, culture, and personalities; leadership and business; analytics; learning and playing with Raspberry Pi; and writing.


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Gathering insights from data: An overview of the Elastic stack

Tuesday 7th of June 2016 07:03:00 AM

The Elastic stack is a versatile collection of open source software tools that make gathering insights from data easier.


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How to choose a PHP framework

Tuesday 7th of June 2016 07:02:00 AM

PHP is one of the most popular programming languages around the world, and the recent PHP 7 release made this server-side programming language better and more stable than ever.


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How to avoid Brandy McBrandface issues when running projects openly

Tuesday 7th of June 2016 07:01:00 AM

One of the most common questions I get from people interested in taking a more open, collaborative approach to building their brand and culture is "Where should we start?"

In our work at New Kind, we often help technology companies open up their brand and culture by including employees, customers, and community members on the journey (In fact, our company purpose reads "We bring people together to share in the adventure of creating the future").


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Using research to engage your community

Tuesday 7th of June 2016 07:00:00 AM

In his book, The Open Organization, Jim Whitehurst explains how the open source way of thinking has the power to influence the way organizations operate, not just how they can develop software.


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Productivity tips for working from home in tech

Monday 6th of June 2016 07:02:00 AM

Dave Stokes is a MySQL Community Manager at Oracle and leads the North Texas MySQL User Group. He'll be speaking at SouthEast LinuxFest in Charlotte, NC this year (June 10-12, 2016) about Working From Home: Tips For Keeping Your Sanity, Productivity, and a Manatee.


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How to build projects using the Raspberry Pi camera

Monday 6th of June 2016 07:02:00 AM

The Raspberry Pi camera module is a great accessory for the Pi—it's great quality, and can capture still photos and record video in full HD (1080p). The original 5-megapixel camera module was released in 2013, and a new 8-megapixel version was released in April this year. Both versions are compatible with all Raspberry Pi models.


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A leader's ability is the bottleneck of any organization

Monday 6th of June 2016 07:01:00 AM

A leader's ability is the bottleneck of any organization.

That's something I learned through years of work for many different types of leaders. So when I founded my own company—Dancer Concrete Design, which specializes in enhancing interior environments through polished concrete floors and epoxy floor coatings—I knew I didn't want to become a bottleneck for innovation and communication.


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Building a cloud career, government adoption, and more OpenStack news

Monday 6th of June 2016 06:59:00 AM

Are you interested in keeping track of what is happening in the open source cloud? Opensource.com 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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What's the most difficult lesson to learn about open culture?

Monday 6th of June 2016 06:00:00 AM

June 2 marked the one-year anniversary of Jim Whitehurst's book, The Open Organization, which explores the ways open source principles are changing the future of management. The open organization community at Opensource.com celebrated in style with a live (and lively!) chat on Twitter. Check out the highlights below—and get set for the next chat.


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FireFox OS for IoT, NextCloud announcement, and more news

Saturday 4th of June 2016 07:02:00 AM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at FireFox OS for IoT, NextCloud announcement, San Francisco open voting system, open scientific research in EU by 2020, and more.

Weekly news roundup for May 29 to June 4, 2016

Open source is IoT backbone

With the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) gaining more traction, developers and service providers are turning to open source software to provide IoT's backbone.


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Opensource.com preview for June

Saturday 4th of June 2016 07:01:00 AM

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


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Tomb Raider's patch to improve gameplay and new games out for Linux

Saturday 4th of June 2016 07:00:00 AM

Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at over half a million Steam controllers sold, Tomb Raider patch to improve gameplay, and new games out for Linux.

Open gaming roundup for May 29 - June 4, 2016


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Top 5: 3D printed violin, Raspberry Pi or Arduino for beginners?, and more

Friday 3rd of June 2016 02:33:00 PM

In this week's Top 5, we highlight an open source 3D printed violin; a poll asking which of these two prominent boards, Raspberry Pi or Arduino, is best for beginners; one grandpa's Raspberry Pi project day with his grandkids; 6 open source architecture projects to check out; and a poll in honor of GIMP's 18 years since the release of version 1.0.


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Hackathons bring open source innovation to humanitarian aid

Friday 3rd of June 2016 07:02:00 AM

Humanitarian and development aid is about helping people suffering from both short-term and long-term problems. These problems can be natural (e.g., droughts, floods, and earthquakes) as well as man-made (e.g., poverty, war, and oppression). A recent example of a humanitarian crisis is the refugee situation in Europe, and the disorder in Syria and its surrounding region.


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5 most-read stories about open organizations over the past year

Friday 3rd of June 2016 07:01:00 AM

130 stories.

130 suggestions, conversations, and provocations. 130 lessons. 130 insights.

That's what we've published on Opensource.com in the past year, when we launched the Open Organization channel as a place for readers, writers, thinkers, and leaders to gather to discuss the future of work, management, and leadership. Today, as we celebrate our community's first anniversary, we revisit the five most-read pieces of the past 12 months.


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8 steps to more open communications

Friday 3rd of June 2016 07:00:00 AM

A basic tenet of open organizations is the open communications model. Open communications embodies trust and transparency in all the organization's relationships. This means individual contributors are engaged and collaborating in organizational decisions, discussions are in the open, and feedback is not just welcomed, but acted upon for the benefit of all. So the question becomes: How do I open up my currently closed communications?


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4 tips for GIMP beginners

Thursday 2nd of June 2016 07:03:00 AM

Everybody is a beginner sometime. And for new users to GIMP, the GNU Image Manipulation Program, starting out with a new interface can be daunting, especially when you downloaded it just because you wanted to make a few simple modifications like cropping or resizing an image. Fortunately, there are lots of resources out there to help you get started.


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OSS in the Back End

  • Open Source NFV Part Four: Open Source MANO
    Defined in ETSI ISG NFV architecture, MANO (Management and Network Orchestration) is a layer — a combination of multiple functional entities — that manages and orchestrates the cloud infrastructure, resources and services. It is comprised of, mainly, three different entities — NFV Orchestrator, VNF Manager and Virtual Infrastructure Manager (VIM). The figure below highlights the MANO part of the ETSI NFV architecture.
  • After the hype: Where containers make sense for IT organizations
    Container software and its related technologies are on fire, winning the hearts and minds of thousands of developers and catching the attention of hundreds of enterprises, as evidenced by the huge number of attendees at this week’s DockerCon 2016 event. The big tech companies are going all in. Google, IBM, Microsoft and many others were out in full force at DockerCon, scrambling to demonstrate how they’re investing in and supporting containers. Recent surveys indicate that container adoption is surging, with legions of users reporting they’re ready to take the next step and move from testing to production. Such is the popularity of containers that SiliconANGLE founder and theCUBE host John Furrier was prompted to proclaim that, thanks to containers, “DevOps is now mainstream.” That will change the game for those who invest in containers while causing “a world of hurt” for those who have yet to adapt, Furrier said.
  • Is Apstra SDN? Same idea, different angle
    The company’s product, called Apstra Operating System (AOS), takes policies based on the enterprise’s intent and automatically translates them into settings on network devices from multiple vendors. When the IT department wants to add a new component to the data center, AOS is designed to figure out what needed changes would flow from that addition and carry them out. The distributed OS is vendor-agnostic. It will work with devices from Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Juniper Networks, Cumulus Networks, the Open Compute Project and others.
  • MapR Launches New Partner Program for Open Source Data Analytics
    Converged data vendor MapR has launched a new global partner program for resellers and distributors to leverage the company's integrated data storage, processing and analytics platform.
  • A Seamless Monitoring System for Apache Mesos Clusters
  • All Marathons Need a Runner. Introducing Pheidippides
    Activision Publishing, a computer games publisher, uses a Mesos-based platform to manage vast quantities of data collected from players to automate much of the gameplay behavior. To address a critical configuration management problem, James Humphrey and John Dennison built a rather elegant solution that puts all configurations in a single place, and named it Pheidippides.
  • New Tools and Techniques for Managing and Monitoring Mesos
    The platform includes a large number of tools including Logstash, Elasticsearch, InfluxDB, and Kibana.
  • BlueData Can Run Hadoop on AWS, Leave Data on Premises
    We've been watching the Big Data space pick up momentum this year, and Big Data as a Service is one of the most interesting new branches of this trend to follow. In a new development in this space, BlueData, provider of a leading Big-Data-as-a-Service software platform, has announced that the enterprise edition of its BlueData EPIC software will run on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other public clouds. Essentially, users can now run their cloud and computing applications and services in an Amazon Web Services (AWS) instance while keeping data on-premises, which is required for some companies in the European Union.

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Industrial SBC builds on Raspberry Pi Compute Module

On Kickstarter, a “MyPi” industrial SBC using the RPi Compute Module offers a mini-PCIe slot, serial port, wide-range power, and modular expansion. You might wonder why in 2016 someone would introduce a sandwich-style single board computer built around the aging, ARM11 based COM version of the original Raspberry Pi, the Raspberry Pi Compute Module. First off, there are still plenty of industrial applications that don’t need much CPU horsepower, and second, the Compute Module is still the only COM based on Raspberry Pi hardware, although the cheaper, somewhat COM-like Raspberry Pi Zero, which has the same 700MHz processor, comes close. Read more