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Rackspace developer advocate on getting started with open source

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There are several reasons. If you have an idea for a utility or framework or whatever, and you would like the support of an entire community of developers, open source is a great way to go. If you want your code "out there" so it can be reviewed and critiqued (which will improve your skills), open source is a good solution. If you are just out of school and want to establish yourself and show off your coding skills, start an open source project. Finally, if you're altruistic and just want to help the software community at large, yes, please, start an open source project.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • OpenStack Summit Tokyo 2015: Presentation
  • Common problems in open source communities (and how to solve them)

    In her Texas Linux Fest keynote, Joan Touzet talked to us about how to improve our open source communities. Joan's talk was a series of stories about communities who have faced a crisis and then rose above it.

  • OpenStack Was Key To Building Servers.Com

    When XBT Holding S.A. decided to simplify how its subsidiaries provided global hosting, network solutions, and web development they turned to the open source cloud infrastructure platform OpenStack. By consolidating the offerings under a single service provider, Servers.com, customers can more easily browse, mix, compare and choose the most suitable services.

  • ZeroStack Comes Out of Stealth, Focused on Private Clouds

    There is another OpenStack-focused startup on the scene, and you have to appreciate its creative name: ZeroStack. The cloud computing company has come out of stealth mode to introduce a private cloud solution that it claims is easier to configure, consume and manage than any other technology on the market.

  • Apache Ignite, a Big Data Tool, Graduates as a Top-Level Project

    Only a few days ago, Apache, which is the steward for and incubates more than 350 Open Source projects, announced that Apache Lens, an open source Big Data and analytics tool, has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP). Now, the ASF has announced that Apache Ignite is to become a top-level project. It's an open source effort to build an in-memory data fabric that was driven by GridGain Systems and WANdisco.

  • Funding the Cloud: Top VCs Aim for the Silver Lining
  • How Apache Spark Is Transforming Big Data Processing, Development
  • PiwigoPress release 2.31

    I just pushed a new release of PiwigoPress (main page, WordPress plugin dir) to the WordPress servers. This release incorporates new features for the sidebar widget, and better interoperability with some Piwigo galleries.

  • How to teach student sys admins

    Students spend the 16-week long course learning practical skills using real tools. To support their systems, students learn about using support tickets and documentation by using RT and MediaWiki. To deploy and maintain their systems, they learn about configuration management using Puppet, system monitoring using Nagios, and backup and recovery using Bacula. But the broad concepts are more important than the specific software packages I just mentioned. The point is to learn, for example, configuration management, not to be trained to use Puppet. The software used by Clark is used because it works for him, but the software is flexible and changeable.

  • ownCloud beefing up security with bounty program

    ownCloud Inc. have announced a partnership with HackerOne to help with the newly created Security Bug Bounty Program in an effort to find vulnerabilities and fix them before they become an issue for users.

  • National Science Foundation Commits $6 Million to Secure IoT
  • Schiphol Airport working on open innovation

    ...open data and an open programming interface...

  • How open film project Cosmos Laundromat made Blender better

    If you're not familiar with the string of open projects that the Blender Institute has kicked out over the years, you might not be familiar with the term "open movie." Simply put, not only is Cosmos Laundromat produced using free and open source tools like Blender, GIMP, Krita, and Inkscape, but the film itself, and all of its assets—models, textures, character rigs, animations, all of it—are available under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license. Want to see what a production character rig looks like? Or know how that giant color tornado was created? How about actually using a character (or just a prop) in your own project? Maybe you even want to redo the entire film to your own tastes. It's an open movie! You can!

  • Making strides in container integration, and more OpenStack news
  • The thin line between good and bad automation

    I don't like automation -- I love it. I whisper sweet nothings, come 'round with flowers, and buy milkshakes for automation. I've even stood outside the window with a boombox for automation. I will go out of my way to automate tasks that, while they are not terribly tedious, I don't want to have to remember exactly how to do them somewhere down the road, when months have gone by since the last time I had to relearn them.

  • The new IT is all about the customer

    Open source code. GitHub and other cloud repositories enable developers to share and consume code for almost any purpose imaginable. This reflects today's practical, non-ideological open source culture: Why code it yourself if someone else is offering it free under the most liberal license imaginable?

OpenSSL Security: A Year in Review

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Over the last 10 years, OpenSSL has published advisories on over 100 vulnerabilities. Many more were likely silently fixed in the early days, but in the past year our goal has been to establish a clear public record.

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Also: Tuesday's security advisories

Linux Foundation publishes best practices for secure workstations

Openwashing (Fake FOSS)

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Accelerating Scientific Analysis with the SciDB Open Source Database System

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Science is swimming in data. And, the already daunting task of managing and analyzing this information will only become more difficult as scientific instruments — especially those capable of delivering more than a petabyte (that’s a quadrillion bytes) of information per day — come online.

Tackling these extreme data challenges will require a system that is easy enough for any scientist to use, that can effectively harness the power of ever-more-powerful supercomputers, and that is unified and extendable. This is where the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center’s (NERSC’s) implementation of SciDB comes in.

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OpenStack and Servers

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  • User Data Manifesto 2.0 launched

    In October 2012 I announced the first version of the User Data Manifesto during the Latinoware Keynote in Brazil. The idea was to define some basic right that all users should have in the digital age. This was still before the Snowden revelations. But it was already very clear that the privacy and security is at risk by cloud services and SaaS solutions that totally ignore the rights and interests of their users. So the idea was to try to define what this rights should be in the internet age.

  • OpenStack Continues to Push Cloud Integration Vision

    At the OpenStack Silicon Valley event, the head of the OpenStack Foundation announces new nonprofit status and developer initiatives.
    OpenStack continues to move forward, even as new technologies like containers enter the cloud virtualization landscape. At the OpenStack Silicon Valley event on Aug. 26, OpenStack supporters discussed why the open-source cloud platform is thriving and detailed new efforts to keep momentum moving forward.

  • Making strides in container integration, and more OpenStack news
  • Blue Box OpenStack Lands on IBM Softlayer Servers

    IBM is moving quickly to integrate technology from the recently acquired Blue Box cloud into its Softlayer cloud services. IBM announced the acquisition of Blue Box on June 3.

  • OpenStack makes some important friends
  • Intel reveals big data's dirty little secret

    Companies are spending billions on tools and engineering to analyse big data, though many are hampered by one little problem: they still don't know what to do with all the data they collect.

    "This is the dirty little secret about big data: No one actually knows what to do with it," Jason Waxman, an Intel vice president and general manager of the company's cloud platforms group, said Thursday in a webcast for investors.

    "They think they know what to do with it, and they know they have to collect it, because you have to have a big data strategy. But deriving the insights from big data is a little harder to do," he said.

  • Apache Advances Open Source Lens Big Data Platform

    The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has advanced the open source Lens project for unified Big Data analytics, providing a single view of multiple tiered data sources.

  • Community App Catalog is a Big Priority for the OpenStack Foundation

Back to school: 5 open source programs for students and teachers

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In September 2013, Opensource.com featured a selection of top-shelf software to help students and teachers ease back into the classroom. Like our students, open source learning software has grown up since that time. Let's take a look at a few affordable and stress-free open source software tools to help students and teachers make learning fun and stress-free... the commercial software bullies will be running off the playground in no time.

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Boffins unveil open source GPU

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It's a kitten rather than a roar right now, but if the MIAOW project unveiled at last week's Hot Chips conference can get legs, the next year could see the launch of the world's first “open GPU”.

The result of 36 months' development (so far) by a team of 12 developers, MIAOW – the Many-core Integrated Accelerator of Wisconsin – is based on AMD's Southern Islands GPU ISA.

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The Price of Open-source Software – a Joint Response

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We advocate that software developed with public funds should be released as open-source by default...

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