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Open Source Summit: Day 1 in 5 minutes

5 hours 26 min ago

As you can see in the video below, the first day of the Open Source Summit was quite educational. My day was filled with clouds, containers, community building, flavors of Linux, and Linus Torvalds.

Here are the links that go with the video above:


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Innersource: How to leverage open source in the enterprise

13 hours 54 min ago

Companies of varying sizes across many industries are implementing innersource programs to drive greater levels of development collaboration and reuse. They ultimately seek to increase innovation; reduce time to market; grow, retain, and attract talent; and of course, delight their customers.

In this article, I'll introduce innersource and some of its key facets and examine some of the problems that it can help solve. I'll also discuss some components of an innersource program, including metrics.


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How a town uses an open source tool for collaboration and managing large files

13 hours 55 min ago

Like many organizations, governments and townships are confronting challenges that involve collaboration and sharing of large files. In today's age of widespread cloud adoption, public institutions may be tempted to view public cloud storage as a simple, low-cost solution to managing data; however, significant concerns persist around security, data protection liability, control, and platform/vendor lock-in.


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A quick tour of MySQL 8.0 roles

13 hours 56 min ago

This year at the Percona Live Open Source Database Conference in Dublin, I'll be discussing a new feature introduced in MySQL 8.0: roles. This is a new security and administrative feature that allows database administrators to simplify user management and increases the security of multi-user environments.


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The eye-opening power of cultural difference

13 hours 56 min ago

Inclusivity is the quality of an open organization that allows and encourages people to join the organization and feel a connection to it. Practices aimed at enhancing inclusivity are typically those that welcome new participants to the organization and create an environment that makes them want to stay.


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We're giving away a Linux-ready laptop from ZaReason

Monday 18th of September 2017 07:05:00 AM

For the first time ever, Opensource.com is partnering with ZaReason to give away an UltraLap 5330 laptop with Linux pre-installed!

Since 2007, ZaReason has assembled, shipped, and supported hardware specifically designed for Linux, and the UltraLap 5330 is no exception—the 3.6-lb laptop ships with the Linux distribution of your choice and boasts the following hardware specs:


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3 text editor alternatives to Emacs and Vim

Monday 18th of September 2017 07:03:00 AM

Before you start reaching for those implements of mayhem, Emacs and Vim fans, understand that this article isn't about putting the boot to your favorite editor. I'm a professed Emacs guy, but one who also likes Vim. A lot.

That said, I realize that Emacs and Vim aren't for everyone. It might be that the silliness of the so-called Editor war has turned some people off. Or maybe they just want an editor that is less demanding and has a more modern sheen.


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7 tips for Linux cluster admins to help keep auditors happy

Monday 18th of September 2017 07:00:00 AM

The beauty of building extra-large Linux clusters is it's easy. Hadoop, OpenStack, hypervisor, and high-performance computing (HPC) installers enable you to build on commodity hardware and deal with node failure reasonably simply. Learning and managing Linux administration on a small scale involves basic day-to-day tasks; however, when planning and scaling production to several thousand node clusters, it can take over your life, including your weekends and holidays.


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Ansible announces AWX, 13-year-old keynotes on AI for brain wave analysis, and more news

Saturday 16th of September 2017 07:00:00 AM

In this edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at how a 13-year-old is changing the world with open source, a guide to removing old Linux kernels, and more.

Open source news roundup for September 3-16, 2017


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Top 5: Coaching football with AI, a guide to logging in Python, and more

Friday 15th of September 2017 07:05:00 AM

In this week's top 5, we take a look at an AI project used to call football plays, logging in Python, and more.


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Coaching football with AI

Friday 15th of September 2017 07:03:00 AM

I recently decided to revisit Football-o-Genetics, an application I developed in 2013 that attempts to "evolve" near-optimal football offensive play calling strategies.


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How an open source tool is helping hurricane victims

Friday 15th of September 2017 07:02:00 AM

After Hurricane Harvey recently ripped through the Houston area, causing catastrophic flooding and devastation, the Stephen F. Austin Community Health Network (SFA) responded quickly by leveraging open source technology to reach out to patients and victims of the crisis in areas of Texas that are virtually inaccessible.


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Generative art: How to hack a painting

Thursday 14th of September 2017 07:04:00 AM

The world is fundamentally generative, as it is created by physical, biological, and chemical processes. But it isn't comprised of clean mathematical lines; rather, it is a struggle between mathematical patterns and entropy. Generative art reflects both aspects of reality, offering a unique perspective on the world.


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An introduction to DocBook, a flexible markup language worth learning

Thursday 14th of September 2017 07:02:00 AM

Computers were first invented to do math, and they do it really well. But it didn't take long for users to repurpose their futuristic calculators into fancy, dynamic typewriters. Now human-readable text drives computing, so it's important to choose the right format for the text you write.


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Growing your team's open culture, one buddy at a time

Thursday 14th of September 2017 07:01:00 AM

We've all been there. You're starting a new job, and you don't even know where the bathroom is, much less all the tools and processes necessary to get that job done. Onboarding in an open organization can be even trickier because of its unstructured environment and open culture. It may be up to you to define your role, and priorities can change quickly. Finding an "onboarding buddy" (or "onboarding peer") can make the transition into your job much less painful.


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A guide to logging in Python

Wednesday 13th of September 2017 07:02:00 AM

There is little worse as a developer than trying to figure out why an application is not working if you don't know what is going on inside it. Sometimes you can't even tell whether the system is working as designed at all.

When applications are running in production, they become black boxes that need to be traced and monitored. One of the simplest, yet most important ways to do so is by logging. Logging allows us—at the time we develop our software—to instruct the program to emit information while the system is running that will be useful for us and our sysadmins.


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How to become a data scientist

Wednesday 13th of September 2017 07:01:00 AM

Once upon a time, I wanted to be an evolutionary biologist. To make a long story short, I had a change of heart and dropped out of my PhD program to pursue a career in computer science. I'm now a senior software engineer at Red Hat, where I work on a variety of machine learning and data science projects (you can read more about my journey on my blog).


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Essential open source software for running your small business

Wednesday 13th of September 2017 07:00:00 AM

You've decided to follow your passion and start your own business. Great! As you've probably figured out, there's a lot more to running a business than passion and doing the work that you love.

Aside from the tools of whatever trade you're plying, you'll also need other tools to keep your business humming along. Let's look at some open source software that can help you do just that.


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5 great new OpenStack tips and guides

Wednesday 13th of September 2017 07:00:00 AM

Keeping up with new technology can be a challenge. There may be no place where this is truer than in the world of enterprise cloud software. It seems every day that passes introduces a new tool or application that could soon be a part of your organization's technology stack.


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An introduction to representation learning

Tuesday 12th of September 2017 07:02:00 AM

Although many companies today possess massive amounts of data, the vast majority of that data is often unstructured and unlabeled. In fact, the amount of data that is appropriately labeled for a specific business need is typically quite small (possibly even zero), and acquiring new labels is usually a slow, expensive endeavor. As a result, algorithms that can extract features from unlabeled data to improve the performance of data-limited tasks are quite valuable.


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More in Tux Machines

Red Hat and Fedora: AnsibleFest SF 2017, So-called 'Open Organisation', and Pipewire

  • AnsibleFest SF 2017
    AnsibleFest was amazing, it always is. This has been my Third one and it's always one that I look forward to attending. The Ansible Events Team does an absolutely stellar job of putting things together and I'm extremely happy I was not only able to attend but that I was accepted as a speaker.
  • The eye-opening power of cultural difference
    Inclusivity is the quality of an open organization that allows and encourages people to join the organization and feel a connection to it. Practices aimed at enhancing inclusivity are typically those that welcome new participants to the organization and create an environment that makes them want to stay. When we talk about inclusivity, we should clarify something: Being "inclusive" is not the same as being "diverse." Diversity is a product of inclusivity; you need to create an inclusive community in order to become a diverse one, not the other way around. The degree to which your open organization is inclusive determines how it adapts to, responds to, and embraces diversity in order to improve itself. Interestingly enough, the best way to know which organizational changes will make your group more inclusive is to interact with the people you want to join your community.
  • Red Hat (RHT) PT Raised to $120 at Barclays Into Q2 Print
  • Barclays Holds To Rating And Raises Price Target On Red Hat, Inc. (RHT)
  • Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT) Volatility in Focus
  • Share Activity Lifted for Red Hat Inc (RHT) in Session
  • Red Hat Formally Rolls Out Pipewire For Being The "Video Equivalent of PulseAudio"
    Red Hat has quietly been working on PipeWire for years that is like the "video equivalent of PulseAudio" while now it's ready to make its initial debut in Fedora 27 and the project now has an official website. Pipewire has been talked about a few times in recent months while Red Hat's Christian Schaller wrote a blog post today about Launching Pipewire!

Ubuntu: Applications Survey, Mir support for Wayland, Canonical OpenStack Pike and Bright Computing

  • Results of the Ubuntu Desktop Applications Survey
    I had the distinct honor to deliver the closing keynote of the UbuCon Europe conference in Paris a few weeks ago. First off -- what a beautiful conference and venue! Kudos to the organizers who really put together a truly remarkable event. And many thanks to the gentleman (Elias?) who brought me a bottle of his family's favorite champagne, as a gift on Day 2 :-) I should give more talks in France!
  • Mir support for Wayland
    I’ve seen some confusion about how Mir is supporting Wayland clients on the Phoronix forums . What we are doing is teaching the Mir server library to talk Wayland in addition to its original client-server protocol. That’s analogous to me learning to speak another language (such as Dutch). This is not anything like XMir or XWayland. Those are both implementations of an X11 server as a client of a Mir or Wayland. (Xmir is a client of a Mir server or and XWayland is a client of a Wayland server.) They both introduce a third process that acts as a “translator” between the client and server.
  • Mir 1.0 Still Planned For Ubuntu 17.10, Wayland Support Focus
    Following our reporting of Mir picking up initial support for Wayland clients, Mir developer Alan Griffiths at Canonical has further clarified the Wayland client support. It also appears they are still planning to get Mir 1.0 released in time for Ubuntu 17.10.
  • Webinar: OpenStack Pike is here, what’s new?
    Sign up for our new webinar about the Canonical OpenStack Pike release. Join us to learn about the new features and how to upgrade from Ocata to Pike using OpenStack Charms.
  • Bright Computing Announces Support for Ubuntu
    right Computing, a global leader in cluster and cloud infrastructure automation software, today announced the general availability of Bright Cluster Manager 8.0 with Ubuntu. With this integration, organizations can run Bright Cluster Manager Version 8.0 on top of Ubuntu, to easily build, provision, monitor and manage Ubuntu high performance clusters from a single point of control, in both on-premises and cloud-based environments.

Linux Foundation Courses and Events

  • Linux Foundation LFCE Georgi Yadkov Shares His Certification Journey
    The Linux Foundation offers many resources for developers, users, and administrators of Linux systems. One of the most important offerings is its Linux Certification Program. The program is designed to give you a way to differentiate yourself in a job market that's hungry for your skills. How well does the certification prepare you for the real world? To illustrate that, The Linux Foundation is highlighting some of those who have recently passed the certification examinations. These testimonials should help you decide if either the Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator or the Linux Foundation Certified Engineer certification is right for you. In this article, recently certified engineer Georgi Yadkov shares his experience.
  • Diversity Empowerment Summit Features Stories from Individual Persistence to Industry-wide Change
    Last week at The Linux Foundation’s first Diversity Empowerment Summit we heard from so many amazing speakers about how they are working to improve diversity in the tech industry. Leaders from companies including Comcast, DreamWorks, IBM, Rancher Labs, Red Hat and many others recounted their own personal struggles to fit in and advance as women and minorities in tech. And they gave us sage advice and practical tips on what women, minorities, and their allies can do to facilitate inclusion and culture change in open source and the broader tech community.
  • Open Source Summit: Day 1 in 5 minutes
    As you can see in the video below, the first day of the Open Source Summit was quite educational. My day was filled with clouds, containers, community building, flavors of Linux, and Linus Torvalds.

Early Linux 4.14 Kernel Benchmarks Are Looking Promising

I've begun running some Linux 4.14-rc1 kernel benchmarks and in some areas there appears to be nice gains with this in-development kernel. If you are behind on your Phoronix reading and don't know about all of the changes coming for this next kernel release -- which will also be an LTS kernel -- see our Linux 4.14 feature overview that was published this past weekend. Here are just some very early benchmarks while more are on the way. Read more