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What is good reference management software on Linux

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Have you ever written a paper so long that you thought you would never see the end of it? If so, you know that the worst part is not dedicating hours on it, but rather that once you are done, you still have to order and format your references into a structured convention-following bibliography. Hopefully for you, Linux has the solution: bibliography/reference management tools. Using the power of BibTex, these programs can help you import your citation sources, and spit out a structured bibliography. Here is a non-exhaustive list of open-source reference management software on Linux.

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How To Get Started In Open Source

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Gordon-McKeon is program director at OpenHatch, a nonprofit group dedicated to open source education. She regularly visits universities and technology conferences geared towards women to promote more female participation in open source software.

And her first piece of advice for the uncertain is simple: Don't stick around if the first project you try isn't welcoming.

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Open-Source Projects Need More Than Good Code—They Need Marketing

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While it's a convenient fiction to believe that open source is a meritocracy where the best code wins, it's just that: fiction. As Apache Storm founder Nathan Marz writes in a recent blog post, solving an important project with useful code is only half the battle. It's equally important—and sometimes more so—"to convince a significant number of people that your project is the best solution to their problem."

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Tah: an Open Source BLE Arduino-compatible Board

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Crowdsupply is generally a good place to spot cool open source projects looking for funding: Tah is an Open source, Arduino-compatible Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) platform for use as a beacon, microcontroller, and HID device.

With the power and flexibility of Tah, it’s now easier than ever to connect your smart devices to everything around you!

Tah is an open source development board that helps you create your own projects that can connect to your smart phone, laptop, or desktop via Bluetooth low energy. Its frugal power requirements and onboard USB open up a wide array of applications that weren’t previously possible.

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Open source interest at Pinterest

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As I looked around the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing career fair (PDF) floor, I stopped by the Pinterest booth and learned that open source software plays a big role at the company. And even better, Pinterest now plays a big role in the world of open source software, too.

After the career fair, I followed up with the technical lead on the Pinterest Growth engineering team, Ludo Antonov. Ludo says that the Growth team builds the features, core products, and systems that directly help sustainably grow Pinterest to billions of users worldwide. In this interview, he explains the roles open source software plays at the company.

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It's not just Munich: Open source gains new ground in Germany

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While Munich city council's decision to replace Microsoft software with open-source alternatives made headlines, it is one of a number of municipalities across Germany to make such a move.

Across Germany at the national and local level authorities are running Linux and open-source software. The German federal employment office has migrated 13,000 public workstations from Windows NT to OpenSuse, and a number of German ubran areas are using or in the process of switching to open-source software on the desktop, including Isernhagen, Leipzig, Schwäbisch Hall and Treuchtlingen.

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Commentary: 8 reasons why government contractors should embrace open source software

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Government contractors have traditionally been slow to embrace open source software. There’s a handful of reasons why that’s the case, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s why government contractors are embracing open source with increasing frequency...

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Keys to turn your open source project into a business

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Broadly speaking, there are two types of open source software. The free software, which has a reciprocity requirement in it. Open source software which doesn't.

We can have debates about the merits of those two groups for the whole evening. I think both of them are needed and it depends on the usage and the purpose of your project.

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OpenStack Juno Races to Completion as RC2s are Released

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The open-source OpenStack cloud platform is *almost* at its next major release, known as Juno — but first there all the release candidates.

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Advice for front-end developers from Adrian Pomilio of Teradata

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Prior to the All Things Open conference in Raleigh this year, I asked Adrian Pomilio, UI developer at Teradata, a few questions about the session he'll deliver, his favorite open source tools, and recent trends in UI/UX technology relevant to open source world.

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Ubuntu 14.10 Linux 32-bit vs. 64-bit Performance

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