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How much do you comment your source code?

Thursday 26th of October 2017 07:00:00 AM

While it may be true that the best code is self-documenting, even the clearest written source code requires adequate documentation in order to be quickly parsed and understood by human readers.


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7 open source alternatives to Dreamweaver

Wednesday 25th of October 2017 07:03:00 AM

Editor's note: This article was originally published in March 2016, and has been updated to reflect changes in several of the originally recommended tools.

Not all that many years ago, pretty much every webpage on the Internet was, at some level, designed painstakingly by hand. It was tough, and before CSS really took hold and became well supported across most common browsers, it often involved hacking a layout together by using HTML tables in a way they were never really envisioned to support.


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How to roll your own backup solution with BorgBackup, Rclone, and Wasabi cloud storage

Wednesday 25th of October 2017 07:02:00 AM

For several years, I used CrashPlan to back up my family's computers, including machines belonging to my wife and siblings. The fact that CrashPlan was essentially "always on" and doing frequent backups without ever having to think about it was fantastic. Additionally, the ability to do point-in-time restores came in handy on several occasions. Because I'm generally the IT person for the family, I loved that the user interface was so easy to use that family members could recover their data without my help.


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What's your DevOps problem?

Wednesday 25th of October 2017 07:01:00 AM

Dear DevOps,

I can't seem to get my DevOps inspired ideas off the ground in my organization. What am I doing wrong?

Chances are you're not doing anything wrong per se, you haven't found enough allies.


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Top 5 Linux pain points in 2017

Tuesday 24th of October 2017 07:03:00 AM

As I discussed in my 2016 Open Source Yearbook article on troubleshooting tips for the 5 most common Linux issues, Linux installs and operates as expected for most users, but some inevitably run into problems. How have things changed over the past year in this regard? Once again, I posted the question to LinuxQuestions.org and on social media, and analyzed LQ posting patterns. Here are the updated results.


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Quit making these 10 common resume mistakes

Tuesday 24th of October 2017 07:02:00 AM

I've been a hiring manager in the tech industry for more than 10 years. In that time, I've looked at thousands of resumes from candidates applying for many types of positions. Although the positions may differ, most of the resumes share the same quality: They stink.


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How working transparently united our engineers

Tuesday 24th of October 2017 07:00:00 AM

It's incredible to think about how much has changed for technology companies in the last decade. Start ups pop up seemingly by the hour. The most financially successful company on earth freely shared an entire programming language. And the open source community is thriving in ways we didn't think possible.

In short, transparency seems to be spreading in many different forms.


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Win a Raspberry Pi 3 and some great Opensource.com swag

Monday 23rd of October 2017 07:10:00 AM

It's a big week for the Opensource.com team as we welcome more than 3,000 open source enthusiasts to this year's All Things Open conference in Raleigh, N.C. To celebrate, we want to give back to you, our community, with another giveaway.

Enter our October Prize Pack Giveaway for a chance to win a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, Eben Upton's "Raspberry Pi User Guide," and this great Opensource.com swag:


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How to manage casual contributors to open source projects

Monday 23rd of October 2017 07:03:00 AM

Increasingly, people want to contribute to projects casually—when they want to, rather than adhering to a schedule. This is part of a broader trend of "episodic volunteering" noted by a wide range of volunteer organizations and governments. This has been attributed not only to changes in the workforce, which leave fewer people able to volunteer with less spare time to share, but also to changes in how people perceive the act of volunteering. It is no longer seen as a communal obligation, rather as a conditional activity in which the volunteer also receives benefits.


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How open government is helping with hurricane relief

Monday 23rd of October 2017 07:01:00 AM

Just weeks after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, two more "unprecedented" hurricanes made their way to the southeastern United States. Although changes in Hurricane Irma's path spared Florida from the bulk of the damage, both Irma and Maria directly hit Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Hurricane Maria was particularly devastating for the more than 3.5 million American citizens living in these U.S. Caribbean territories.


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5 ways to invigorate education with Raspberry Pi

Monday 23rd of October 2017 07:00:00 AM

A couple of years ago, I was talking to PayPal senior director of software development Harper Reed at All Things Open in Raleigh, N.C., when he suggested that the best way to invigorate education would be to purchase Raspberry Pis en masse and put them in public libraries.


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More in Tux Machines

today's leftovers

'Turbo Boost Max 3.0' and Mesa 17.2.4

  • Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Support For Skylake Fixed With Linux 4.15
    The platform-drivers-x86 updates have been sent in for Linux 4.15 and include a range of improvements for Intel hardware support. One of the bigger items is support for Skylake CPUs with Turbo Boost Max 3.0.
  • Mesa 17.2.4 Graphics Stack Lands for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 17.10 Gamers
    Canonical's Timo Aaltonen reports on the availability of the Mesa 17.2.4 open-source graphics drivers stack on the X-SWAT updates PPA for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 17.10 systems. Ubuntu systems have always lagged behind the development of the Mesa 3D Graphics Library, the Linux graphics stack containing open-source drivers for Intel, AMD Radeon, and Nvidia GPUs, but they usually catch up with it through a specially crafted PPA (Personal Package Archive) repository that can be easily installed by users.

OSS Leftovers

  • The Future of Marketing Technology Is Headed for an Open-Source Revolution
  • Edging Closer – ODS Sydney
    Despite the fact that OpenStack’s mission statement has not fundamentally changed since the inception of the project in 2010, we have found many different interpretations of the technology through the years. One of them was that OpenStack would be an all-inclusive anything-as-a-service, in a striking parallel to the many different definitions the “cloud” assumed at the time. At the OpenStack Developer Summit in Sydney, we found a project that is returning to its roots: scalable Infrastructure-as-a-Service. It turns out, that resonates well with its user base.
  • Firefox Quantum Now Available on openSUSE Tumbleweed, Linux 4.14 Coming Soon
    Users of the openSUSE Tumbleweed rolling operating system can now update their computers to the latest and greatest Firefox Quantum web browser.
  • Short Delay with WordPress 4.9
    You may have heard WordPress 4.9 is out. While this seems a good improvement over 4.8, it has a new editor that uses codemirror.  So what’s the problem? Well, inside codemirror is jshint and this has that idiotic no evil license. I think this was added in by WordPress, not codemirror itself. So basically WordPress 4.9 has a file, or actually a tiny part of a file that is non-free.  I’ll now have to delay the update of WordPress to hack that piece out, which probably means removing the javascript linter. Not ideal but that’s the way things go.

Red Hat and Fedora Leftovers