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Cloudera, Hadoop, Hortonworks, Apache Spark, and OpenShift

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How to manage an open source project

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Put yourself in their shoes - that's the most important thing to remember as the boss of a free software project.

Whether you're handling a code patch from an argumentative contributor or trying to attract users via a release announcement, it's vital to think carefully about how other people will see it.

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Internet Bug Bounty Helps Secure Open Source and the Internet [VIDEO]

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Alex Rice spent five-and-half years working as head of product security at Facebook before he helped found HackerOne, provider of a platform that enables organizations to run bug bounty programs. At HackerOne, Rice has teamed with his former employer as well as Microsoft to help sponsor and operate the Internet Bug Bounty.

Rice explained that the Internet Bug Bounty covers approximately a dozen open source projects that are critical to the functioning of the Internet, including PHP, perl, Python, Ruby, OpenSSH and others. Such projects typically don't have the resources to run their own bug bounty programs, Rice said.

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UK government backs away from Microsoft, moves closer to Open Document Format

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In a further blow to Microsoft's grip on government desktop computing in the UK, the UK government has published 18 guides offering detailed information about the Open Document Format (ODF) standard and how to move organisations to ODF-compliant solutions.

ODF 1.2 was selected last year as the standard for editable office documents to be used across UK government departments, along with HTML5 and PDF, which became the official defaults for static documents that would be viewed, but not edited after they were published. The fact that native Word formats were not included as an alternative option was a major defeat for Microsoft, which had lobbied hard—and until 2014, lobbied successfully—to prevent this high-profile victory for ODF's open standard.

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Also: Munich's Open Source Transformation Has Made it a Top Contributor

How Debian and other open-source projects are making software more trustworthy

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Open-source software is especially trustworthy compared to closed-source software because you can see the source code of the program you’re running.

Or can you?

You probably aren’t compiling all your software from source—you’re getting packages provided by your Linux distribution. But how do you know those binary packages were actually compiled from that source code and weren’t tampered with?

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PostgreSQL: Playing open source catch-up to arrogant Oracle

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Part of why people are choosing PostgreSQL and EnterpriseDB is because users get to see the way the company works.

"Not only can people see how we develop the code but they can see how we deal with bug fixes and things like that, but they can also see how we work. Everything we do is out in the open so you're not hiding behind the PR department."

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5 open source alternatives to Gmail

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But Gmail is far from the only name in the game when it comes to web-based email clients. In fact, there are a number of open source alternatives available for those who want more freedom, and occasionally, a completely different approach to managing their email without relying on a desktop client.

Let's take a look at just a few of the free, open source webmail clients out there available for you to choose from.

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Beware of Open Source Software Zombies

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TL;DR — When putting source code into the open, reserve some time & energy to build a community around it, otherwise: zombie.

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Teaching big data processing with open source software

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The current move towards open data generating massive amounts of data, needs real-time processing needing intelligent solutions to process it. Having more tools which are open source can fuel further open data research impacting not only computing, but social sciences, where economists and governments can make use of big data as well.

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Concurrent launches open-source CDN platform

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Concurrent, a provider of high-performance Linux and storage products, announced a new open-source content delivery network (CDN) platform. Concurrent's new CDN platform combines open-source technologies with the company's enterprise support services to deliver streaming video and other content to consumers on connected devices. Concurrent is leveraging community-driven open-source technologies including Apache Traffic Server for caching and streaming, Traffic Control for request routing, Ceph for storage and its own packaged feature enhancements to create a CDN platform that is well-suited for commercial applications.

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Open Source Software: 10 Go To Solution for Small Businesses

While closed-source operating systems such as Windows and Mac OS may still dominate the OS market, not everyone can afford the high costs that they entail. For small- and medium-sized enterprises where every penny matters, taking advantage of open-source software such as Ubuntu’s Linux is a good bet to boost productivity and cost effectiveness. The fact that open-source softwares have evolved to become somewhat user-friendly and sleek also helps a good deal. Read more

Linux 4.11-rc8

So originally I was just planning on releasing the final 4.11 today, but while we didn't have a *lot* of changes the last week, we had a couple of really annoying ones, so I'm doing another rc release instead. I did get fixes for the issues that popped up, so I could have released 4.11 as-is, but it just doesn't feel right. It's not like another week of letting this release mature will really hurt. The most noticeable of the issues is that we've quirked off some NVMe power management that apparently causes problems on some machines. It's not entirely clear what caused the issue (it wasn't just limited to some NVMe hardware, but also particular platforms), but let's test it. Read more Also: Linux 4.11 delayed for a week by NVMe glitches and 'oops fixes' Linux 4.11 Pushed Back: 4.11-rc8 Released

Themes for Ubuntu

  • Flattiance is a Flat Fork of Ubuntu’s Ambiance Theme
    Flattiance is pitched as a “semi-flat fork” of the Ubuntu Ambiance theme. You know, the one that ships out of the box and by default. On the whole Flattiance keeps to the same color palette, with dark browns and orange accents, but it ditches the gradient in app headers in favour of a solid block.
  • A quick look at some essential GNOME Shell tweaks and extensions
    Now that Ubuntu is moving to GNOME Shell, many people will get a bit of a shock at how different the workflow is from Unity to Shell. Here’s a quick look at some essentials to get you going.