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Enter our Twitter contest, win open leadership books

Monday 25th of January 2016 07:00:00 AM

2016 will be the year you become a more open leader. It's the year you implement new engagement strategies, make more inclusive decisions, and recognize the benefits of your organization's meritocracy.


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Eclipse Phase RPG, Vulkan Developer Day, and more open gaming news

Saturday 23rd of January 2016 08:00:00 AM

Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at Eclipse Phase paper role-playing game, new games out for Linux, Vulkan Developer Day, and more.

Open gaming roundup for January 16 - 22, 2015


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An open letter to GitHub, the new Brave browser, and more news

Saturday 23rd of January 2016 08:00:00 AM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at an open letter to GitHub, the new Brave browser, open source software aids African vaccines, and more!

Open source news roundup for January 16 - 22, 2016


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Top 5: OpenStack for beginners, strace, Kubernetes, Docker, patents, and DevOps at scale

Friday 22nd of January 2016 03:11:00 PM

In this week's Top 5 articles of the week, we highlight five interviews with presenters of this year's Southern California Linux Expo—SCaLE 14x. Of the 19 total interviews and articles published on Opensource.com for this series, the most popular topics were: Kubernetes, Docker, patents, DevOps at scale, strace, and OpenStack for beginners.


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Sink or swim is one way to learn Linux

Friday 22nd of January 2016 08:00:00 AM

The year was 2005: I was just out of high school and living on my own. My sister and her husband came to visit, and on my way out to work one morning while they were in town, my brother-in-law asked me if he could use my computer. I knew he was good with computers, so I didn't mind. Then, he asked me what I use my computer for most of the time. Basic use: World of Warcraft and Firefox.


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Plerd: A Dropbox-friendly Markdown blog platform

Friday 22nd of January 2016 08:00:00 AM

Jason McIntosh had a problem: He'd gotten out of the habit of writing long-form blog posts. A decade before, he'd been a regular on LiveJournal, but that platform is getting a little long in the tooth, and he wanted something that was more in line with his current writing habits. As a fan of Markdown, he wanted something where he could just drop Markdown files in a spot, and the blog would be built from those.


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How getting started in open source can help your career

Friday 22nd of January 2016 08:00:00 AM

When contributing to open source projects and communities, one of the many benefits is that you can improve your tech skills. In this article, hear from three contributors on how their open source helped them get a job or improved their career.


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8 reasons to make the switch to IPv6

Thursday 21st of January 2016 08:00:00 AM

Owen DeLong is a Senior Manager of Network Architecture at Akamai Technologies, a leader in content delivery network (CDN) services that help to make the Internet "fast, reliable, and secure." He will be speaking at SCaLE 14x about IPv6 adoption (because we're out of IPv4!). Owen is also a member of the ARIN Advisory Council—an advisory group to the Board of Trustees on Internet number resource policy and related matters—and is an active member of the systems administration, operations, and Internet Protocol policy communities.

Learn more about him and his work in this interview.


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11 steps to running an online community meeting

Thursday 21st of January 2016 08:00:00 AM

Open organizations explicitly invite participation from external communities, because these organizations know their products and programs are world class only if they include a variety of perspectives at all phases of development. Liaising with and assisting those communities is critical. And community calls are my favorite method for interacting with stakeholders both inside and outside an organization. In this article, I'll share best practices for community calls and talk a little about how they can spur growth.


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Digital Painting with Krita 2.9 provides the missing Krita documentation

Thursday 21st of January 2016 08:00:00 AM

2015 was a big year for the Krita project. They had a successful crowdfunding campaign over the summer, which helped fund the development of an onslaught of features targeted for versions of 2.9 and beyond. With everything from big-time performance jumps when using large brushes, to the addition of support for animating, Krita's growth has spiked and the project continues to get attention and high praise among digital artists.


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Green LAMP: Save energy and the environment by optimizing your website

Thursday 21st of January 2016 08:00:00 AM

Optimized websites are better for the environment. Why? They are significantly faster, more usable, with content that’s optimized for SEO and user experience. This means that both computers and users spend less time waiting for the page to load. 


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How to improve tech skills while contributing to open source projects

Thursday 21st of January 2016 08:00:00 AM

Although some people think open source projects only need programmers—and experienced ones, at that— open source project needs go beyond the ability to write code. They also require testing, technical support, documentation, marketing, and more. And contributing to projects also is a great way to improve technical skills and connect with people who share similar interests. One barrier to participating in open source projects is not knowing how to join and get started. In this article, I'll explain how to start contributing to an open source project.


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Cory Doctorow on influencing the future instead of predicting it

Wednesday 20th of January 2016 08:03:00 AM

Cory Doctorow is good with words. He just prefers stringing them into sentences, not subroutines.

"I was a software developer," he says. "I'm much better at writing science fiction novels. Like, seriously."


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The state of container security

Wednesday 20th of January 2016 08:02:00 AM

Chief Architect for the central US at Red Hat, Thomas Cameron, has been in the information technology industry since 1993, and has worked with industries ranging from high tech manufacturing, multinational financial services, information technology services, education, energy production, transportation, and large scale retail services.

Prior to his two presentations at 14th annual Southern Californian Linux Expo (SCaLE 14x) this year—An Introduction to Container Security and Gluster Quickstart—I caught up with Thomas to discuss container security.


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6 non-code contributions you can make to open source

Wednesday 20th of January 2016 08:01:00 AM

Contribute to open source! It’ll look great on your resume! It’s gratifying work!

You may have heard people make these statements, or ones similar to them, numerous times throughout your career. They’re not wrong—contributing to open source is a rewarding endeavor in multiple dimensions—but, when software engineers advise other software engineers to contribute to open source they usually mean code contributions. This is a fair assumption to make, but the reality is that there are numerous opportunities to contribute to open source without writing a single line of code.


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A minimalistic approach to debugging

Wednesday 20th of January 2016 08:00:00 AM

Carl Sagan once said, "We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology." Katrina Hayes is clearly an exception to that—she uses her knowledge and skills to great effect to debug code.

Katrina took time from her busy schedule prior to her presentation, Logging in the debugger's toolkit at the upcoming ScaLE 14X to talk to Opensource.com. She talks to us about her surprisingly minimal use of tools and a bit about her debugging process.


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A first-timer's guide to getting started with open source code and communities

Tuesday 19th of January 2016 08:03:00 AM

So, you want to start using that open source thing...


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How Kubernetes is helping Docker blossom

Tuesday 19th of January 2016 08:02:00 AM

Kubernetes and Docker are the latest buzz words in the IT sector. Businesses and IT enthusiasts alike are clamoring to learn more about containerization.

I managed to grab Red Hat software analyst Jason Brooks, who will be speaking at SCaLE 14x about Kubernetes, to ask him a few questions about the software and container movement.


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Open source software powers NASA's Mars VR project

Tuesday 19th of January 2016 08:01:00 AM

Parker Abercrombie is a software engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he builds software to support Mars science missions. He has a special interest in geographic information systems (GIS) and has worked with teams at NASA and the U.S. Department of Energy on systems for geographic visualization and data management.


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Going open can be a culture shock

Tuesday 19th of January 2016 08:00:00 AM

Several months ago, Red Hatters David Egts and Gunnar Hellekson welcomed Paul Smith, Red Hat Public Sector VP, onto their podcast, The Dave & Gunnar Show, where they discussed Smith's experience in an open organization. The conversation is insightful—and we recommend tuning in.


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More in Tux Machines

Linux Foundation Hirings and Initiatives

Facebook-squishing Indian regulator's next move: Open source code

Fresh from squashing Facebook's effort to grab the enormous India market, the sub-continent's regulator has another goal in mind: open source software. Speaking at the India Digital Summit this week, chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), Ram Sewak Sharma, told attendees: "No service can be hostage to a particular technology." He then went on to explicitly support the broader adoption of open source software, arguing that it would help the booming digital economy in India from being locked into buying from a specific company and enable a broader and more equitable internet for all. "Any technology that is deployed for connectivity must be interoperable and the open standards framework and the principles it entails are extremely important," he argued. Read more

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS to Let Users Change the Visibility of App Menus in Unity Panel

We've already told you that we're running the latest Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system, right? Well, guess what? Earlier today, Canonical pushed a bunch of important updates to the upcoming distribution. Read more

GNOME 3.19.90 beta tarballs due (and more)

Hello all, We would like to inform you about the following: * GNOME 3.19.90 beta tarballs due * API/ABI, UI and Feature Addition Freeze; String Change Announcement Period * New APIs must be fully documented * Writing of release notes begins Tarballs are due on 2016-02-15 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.19.90 beta release, which will be delivered on Wednesday. Modules which were proposed for inclusion should try to follow the unstable schedule so everyone can test them. Please make sure that your tarballs will be uploaded before Monday 23:59 UTC: tarballs uploaded later than that will probably be too late to get in 3.19.90. If you are not able to make a tarball before this deadline or if you think you'll be late, please send a mail to the release team and we'll find someone to roll the tarball for you! Read more