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A fully open source satellite, new resources from the Linux Foundation, and more news

7 hours 19 min ago

In this edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at the first open source satellite, The Linux Foundation's new IoT-focused group, and more.

Open source news roundup for April 15-28, 2017 Launching the first open source satellite

Last week, the first open source satellite made its way into space. The Libre Space Foundation, the organization behind the satellite, is dedicated to developing libre space hardware.

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The event of the year for community managers

7 hours 19 min ago

The Community Leadership Summit is one of my favorite events to attend each year. This annual gathering of community leaders is happening in Austin, Texas, on May 6-7, 2017. If your role or a future role has an inkling of community organizing involved in it, this free event (thank you sponsors) is something you should consider. Did I mention that registration is free?

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Top 5: Learn to code, innovative uses for C#, machine learning, and more

Friday 28th of April 2017 03:15:00 PM

In this week's Top 5, we have a whole heaping bucket of programmery goodness. We're controlling clouds, helping machines learn, using C#, discovering the best route to learning to code in a new language, and figuring out how to get started programming in the first place. It's the week of filling up the space in your braincase!

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6 ways to deal with difficult conversations: Share how you measure success

Friday 28th of April 2017 03:00:00 PM

Help us collect community knowledge by blogging about the weekly community management theme. Blog posts are due the following Thursday after each new theme is announced. Next week's challenge is Measuring Success.

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Creative Commons: 1.2 billion strong and growing

Friday 28th of April 2017 02:55:00 PM

"The state of the commons is strong." The 2016 State of the Commons report, issued by Creative Commons this morning, does not begin with those words, but it could. The report shows an increase in adoption for the suite of licenses, but that is not the whole story.

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4 types of OpenStack Neutron networks you must understand

Friday 28th of April 2017 07:01:00 AM

If your OpenStack hosted virtual instances need network connectivity you’re going to have to create a network. There are multiple kinds of networks and in order to make the right choice you will need to understand at least two very important network attributes: ‘router:external’ and ‘shared.’ Unless you know what these attributes and their combinations mean, it will be difficult to make the optimal network choice.

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Cross-platform development with Python and BeeWare

Friday 28th of April 2017 07:00:00 AM

If you want to develop for Android, you have to use Java. If you want to develop for iOS, you have to use Objective C. And if you want to develop for the web, you have to use JavaScript. Right?

These may be the preferred languages for these platforms, but at the end of the day, mobile phones and web browsers are computing platforms, and with a little work, you can use any language you want. With the BeeWare suite of libraries and bridges, you can use just Python. And, you can use the same code to deploy on all these platforms.

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Testing Linux hardware compatibility with USB sticks

Thursday 27th of April 2017 03:41:00 PM

Like everyone else, those of us who use Linux sometimes need to purchase a new computer. Although the days of poor hardware compatibility are long gone, it is still possible to run into issues. Just going to a local store, like Intrex here in Raleigh, or any of the big box stores, and watching the display models run Windows demo programs does not help my confidence levels about Linux support for all aspects of their hardware.

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3 Linux questions from the community

Thursday 27th of April 2017 07:02:00 AM

In the last The Queue, I flipped the script and asked you questions as opposed to answering them. It was so well received, I'm going to keep it going with three more questions this month. I'll resume answering next month, so don't forget you can fill the queue with your questions about Linux, building and maintaining communities, contributing to an open source project, and anything else you'd like to know.

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Haters gonna hate: 7 ways to deal with criticism

Thursday 27th of April 2017 07:01:00 AM

It's an unfortunate reality of sharing your work: Some people jump in to provide unwanted and unconstructive criticism. As a wise philosopher (OK, it was Taylor Swift) once put it, "Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate."

In healthy communities, constructive feedback (even if it's critical) will vastly outnumber the hate. Yet even in those cases, the "nonconstructive" feedback is often louder and easily gets more attention. Therefore, knowing how to "shake it off, shake it off" (to again draw from Ms. Swift's song) is important.

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3 essential skills for fostering productive debate in your IT team

Thursday 27th of April 2017 07:00:00 AM

Passionate debate fuels many open source communities and open organizations. Open and productive debate helps us refine and improve our ideas—and it ensures that everyone understands why a particular solution or idea is chosen.

Yet this kind of debate seems to be the exception rather than the rule among IT organizations. And that's a shame, because open and candid conversations lead to better and more innovative solutions.

So let's take a look at three ways that you can foster productive debate within your IT team.

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Top 4 CDN services for hosting open source libraries

Wednesday 26th of April 2017 07:02:00 AM

A CDN, or content delivery network, is a network of strategically placed servers located around the world used for the purpose of delivering files faster to users. A traditional CDN will allow you to accelerate your website's images, CSS files, JS files, and any other piece of static content. This allows website owners to accelerate all of their own content as well as provide them with additional features and configuration options. These premium services typically require payment based on the amount of bandwidth a project uses.

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How to get started learning to program

Wednesday 26th of April 2017 07:01:00 AM

There's a lot of buzz lately about learning to program.

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Users stand up, speak out, and deliver data on OpenStack growth

Wednesday 26th of April 2017 07:00:00 AM

Last week, the OpenStack Foundation announced the results of its ninth user survey. OpenStack users responded in record-breaking numbers to participate, and their voices as revealed in the data tell the real story of OpenStack.

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Book review: Hands-On Machine Learning with Scikit-Learn and TensorFlow

Tuesday 25th of April 2017 07:04:00 AM

What is the one thing in common among Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Microsoft Cortana, Apple Siri, or Facebook Messaging M? All of these personal assistants are powered by machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI). According to Glassdoor and, machine learning is an in-demand skill for 2017 and will be for many years.

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How Kubernetes is making contributing easy

Tuesday 25th of April 2017 07:03:00 AM

As the program manager of the Kubernetes community at Google, Sarah Novotny has years of experience in open source communities including MySQL and NGINX. Sarah sat down with me at CloudNativeCon in Berlin at the end of March to discuss both the Kubernetes community and open source communities more broadly.

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A new Android app for teaching kids how to read

Tuesday 25th of April 2017 07:02:00 AM

Have you been looking for software to help your child to read? Well, your quest may be over.

Phoenicia is a new literacy application for Android developed by Michael Hall, an open source software developer, community manager, and technology evangelist currently working at Canonical, maker of Ubuntu. In this interview, he talks about the diagnosis of his oldest child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, his learning curve of Android development, and why user testing matters more than you think.

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How to make branding decisions in an open community

Tuesday 25th of April 2017 07:01:00 AM

On April 18, Docker founder Solomon Hykes made a big announcement via a pull request in the main Docker repo: "Docker is transitioning all of its open source collaborations to the Moby project going forward." The docker/docker repo now redirects to moby/moby, and Solomon's pull request updates the README and logo for the project to match.

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Making open decisions at scale

Tuesday 25th of April 2017 07:00:00 AM

In a start-up organization, anticipating how a decision will impact the people you work with is relatively easy. If you don't know, you just ask them, then make adjustments accordingly. Open conversations like these are an intuitive and expected practice in most start-up environments.

Yet as an organization grows to include more and more people, sustaining that open, flexible, and inclusive culture becomes difficult. Those sorts of practices begin to fade away if you don't deliberately work at cultivating and scaling them.

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Why and how to publish your work and opinions

Monday 24th of April 2017 08:00:00 PM

This free webinar, "Why and How to Publish Your Work and Opinions" will be given by Editor and Community Manager Rikki Endsley and Editor Libby Clark.

Learn how to successfully publish your technical work and viewpoints, as well as how to identify publications to target.
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