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Best of Opensource.com 2017: Top 27 articles and resources

Monday 1st of January 2018 08:03:00 AM

In 2017, Opensource.com published more than 1,000 articles and welcomed more than 200 new writers. Let's look back at some reader-favorites from 2017. I've picked the top 22 articles and selected the top five resources we've added to the site this year.


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Using Audacity to digitize LP records

Monday 1st of January 2018 08:02:00 AM

November rains have given way to December sunshine, Pacific Northwest-style—fog, that is. Fog so wet it drips, so a newcomer could be forgiven for thinking it’s raining.


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27 open solutions to everything in education

Monday 1st of January 2018 08:00:00 AM

Openness (from open source software, to open hardware, to open principles) is changing the paradigm of education. So, to celebrate all that's gone on this year, I collected 27 of the best articles published on Opensource.com in 2017 on the subject. I divided them into broad themes, rather than ordering them by popularity.


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Top open source solutions for designers and artists from 2017

Friday 29th of December 2017 08:03:00 AM

Sometimes it seems no one will take you seriously in the art world should you dare deviate from the prescribed toolset of a "real artist," but they used to say the same thing about Linux in the server room, on phones, and on laptops, and here we are today running the internet, Android, and Chromebooks on Linux.


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9 must-read gaming stories of 2017

Friday 29th of December 2017 08:01:00 AM

If you—like most people into open source—are interested in gaming, there was a lot of great news in 2017. We saw a lot of new games on Linux, plenty of updates for old favorites, new hardware, and new ways of gaming on older open source platforms, including the Raspberry Pi.


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The source code is the license

Friday 29th of December 2017 08:00:00 AM

You can find the license information for open source software by looking at the source code. Different views, or reports, of that license information can be generated to address differing needs.


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8 resources for understanding the open source cloud in 2017

Thursday 28th of December 2017 08:04:00 AM

Looking back will always cause you to reflect upon the change you've seen, and this is certainly the case with this year in open source cloud and enterprise infrastructure software. When many of us first became aware of OpenStack, we saw it largely as just a new way to deploy and manage virtual machines. It was interesting, but it was a natural progression from the tools that came before it. But its potential would be much, much more.


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Tips and resources for learning Kubernetes

Thursday 28th of December 2017 08:03:00 AM

If you read Kubernetes' description—"an open source system for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications" —you may think that getting started with Kubernetes is quite a daunting feat. But there are a number of great resources out there that make it easier to learn this container orchestration system.


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Best of Opensource.com: Open organizational culture

Thursday 28th of December 2017 08:00:00 AM

Opensource.com published more than 100 stories about open organizational culture, design, and leadership in 2017—and the conversation was as vibrant as ever. As the year comes to a close, we're reflecting on the most-read open organization articles of the year.

5. What your code repository says about you


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The interesting and complex legal issues of 2017

Wednesday 27th of December 2017 08:01:00 AM

In 2017, Opensource.com authors addressed the changing legal landscape in several intellectual property areas, including trademarks, open source licensing, and compliance. And copyright trolling continues to be of concern to many, so it's no surprise that our most-read article answered some questions about Patrick McHardy and copyright profiteering.


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5 new guides and tutorials for OpenStack

Wednesday 27th of December 2017 08:00:00 AM

Will 2018 be the year when you take your skills for cloud operations and development to the next level? If you're interested in excelling in your career, or perhaps finding a new one, and your work involves private or hybrid cloud infrastructure, teaching yourself a thing or two about OpenStack is never a bad choice.


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Top 5 DevOps articles from 2017

Wednesday 27th of December 2017 08:00:00 AM

One of the big projects I was involved with in 2017 was to help plan and organize The Guide to IT Culture Change, the fifth volume in The Open Organization book series. Our team opened up the process and made the book completely in the open.


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More in Tux Machines

Mozilla Firefox 58

  • Latest Firefox Quantum release available with faster, always-on privacy with opt-in Tracking Protection and new features
    We accept things in the online world that we wouldn’t accept in the physical one. For instance, how would you feel if you popped your head in a store and that store now had the ability to keep sending you flyers even if you didn’t buy anything? Online, we often visit sites that track us, but it isn’t clear when this is happening or how the information is being used. Adding insult to injury, this often invisible tracking actually slows down web pages.
  • Firefox 58 Arrives With Continued Speed Optimizations
    Mozilla has set free Firefox 58.0 today as their latest "Firefox Quantum" release that continues work on being a performant web browser.
  • Firefox Quantum 58 builds on performance gains, improves screenshots tool
    Mozilla is rolling out Firefox Quantum 58.0 for desktop, along with Firefox for Android 58.0. It arrives over two months after the landmark release of Firefox Quantum 57.0. The latest build focuses on performance and security, while an update to Firefox’s user profile feature means it’s no longer backwards compatible with previous versions. Android users also gain the ability to pin favorite websites to their home screen for use like native apps.
  • Firefox 58 Released for Linux, Mac, and Windows
    The Mozilla Foundation has made Firefox 58 files available for download on its official FTP servers. An official announcement will be made later today when the organization will also release the final changelog.
  • Browse without baggage in Firefox: Set Tracking Protection to always on
    We just can’t stop making Firefox faster — and with our most recent release, we also made it easier for you to control how much you’re tracked.
  • Firefox 58: The Quantum Era Continues
    2017 was a big year for Mozilla, culminating in the release of Firefox Quantum, a massive multi-year re-tooling of the browser focused on speed, and laying the groundwork for the years to come. In 2018, we’ll build on that incredible foundation, and in that spirit our next several releases will continue to bear the Quantum moniker. Let’s take a look at some of the new goodies that Firefox 58 brings.

LibreOffice 6.0 Will Launch with Many Design Improvements, Use Elementary Icons

The major LibreOffice 6.0 release is coming next week, and The Document Foundation's Mike Saunders talked with members of the community to get their perspectives on LibreOffice's new design. While it won't bring a massive redesign, as most users may have expected, LibreOffice 6.0 will include a few noteworthy design changes, including new table styles, new gradients, updated motif/splash screen, improved Notebookbars, menu and toolbar improvements, and the Elementary icons. Read more

Linux Foundation introduces the LF Networking Fund, harmonizes​ open source, open standards

The Linux Foundation is taking the first step to bring some commonality across its myriad network efforts by creating the LF Networking Fund (LFN). By creating a combined administrative structure, Linux Foundation said LFN will provide a platform for cross-project collaboration. LFN will form the foundation for collaboration across the network stack: the data plane into the control plane, to orchestration, automation and testing. Read more

Openwashing Surveillance

  • Facebook Open Sources Detectron Object Detection
    The way big companies are open sourcing significant AI is both gratifying and slightly worrying. AI is the biggest revolution since we discovered fire and started making tools. FaceBook AI Research has added to the list of what is available by open sourcing its Detectron project.
  • Facebook open-sources object detection research
    Facebook's artificial intelligence research (FAIR) team today announced it would open-source its object detection platform Detectron, as well as the research the team has done on it.
  • Facebook open-sources object detection work: Watch out, Google CAPTCHA
    acebook has brought us one step closer to a Skynet future made a commitment to computer vision boffinry by open-sourcing its codebase for object detection, Detectron. Written in Python and powered by the Caffe2 deep learning framework, the codebase – which implements object-sniffing algos such as Mask R-CNN and RetinaNet – is available under the Apache 2.0 licence.