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Why I code and don't get paid for it

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An Australian high school graduate today has experience with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint, and not much else. They are ready for your Windows-centered workplace, Mr. Employer!

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  • Promoting the creation of open-source software in your business

    Furthermore, the influence of a Github portfolio should not be underestimated. This may seem skin-deep, but importance lies in the fact that a high-quality Github portfolio reflects time and energy spent curating one’s projects. For instance, a good Github project is well-documented, contains a well-written README (or overview) and is well-marketed online so as to gain approval throughout the community (via stars – similar to “likes” on Facebook). The skills required to create and maintain a high-quality project speak loudly.

  • RCom, Sistema Shyam take to open source software to cut costs

    Reliance Communications (RCOM) and Sistema Shyam Teleservices, also known as MTS India, are increasingly adopting open source software as it helps them significantly cut costs.

  • Reliance Communications, Sistema Shyam Teleservices adopting open source softwares to cut costs
  • Making better decisions in tech

    Michelle Brush will talk at OSCON this year about how engineers and architects in tech can make better decisions by understanding their environment. How? Through behavioral economics, a discipline that, in her words, straddles psychology and economics.

  • 5 lessons from the Open Help doc sprints

    Sprints are one of the most effective tools for building momentum and community around an open source documentation project. For the past four years, the Open Help Conference & Sprints has hosted doc sprints for a number of prominent open source projects, and often has been the first sprint venue for a project. Open Help celebrates its fifth year in 2015 with a venue upgrade and space for six doc sprints.

  • The magic at work in an open organization

    I suppose it's rather fitting that I'm mentioned twice in the book, because that's how many times I've worked at Red Hat: initially from 2005 to 2007 (my first "real" job after college) and again from 2012 to the present. In the interim, I happened to write an article for Opensource.com, which ultimately ended up quoted in the book (on page 94).

  • Mirantis Taps Partner Expertise for OpenStack Hardware Appliances

    Mirantis, which has emerged in recent years as a leading vendor in OpenStack software and services, is helping enable cloud hardware though the launch of its new Mirantis Unlocked Appliances program.

  • OpenStack Meiji Rescinded, New Names up for Vote

    The OpenStack Foundation has a problem - its' community voted on the name 'Meiji' for its post-Liberty release, but apparently there are some historical challenges with the name.

  • Digital Ocean Grabs $83 Million in Funding, Focusing on the Cloud

    As evidence of how hot the cloud computing space remains, the company has just announced that it has raised $83 million in new funding.

  • Cloudera, Teradata Deliver Integrated Appliance for Ready-to-Deploy Hadoop
  • PF for Solaris

    This blog is dedicated to the Solaris Firewall. The current firewall bundled with Solaris is IPF version 4.1.9. It has been introduced in Solaris 10u3.

  • OpenSSH to Replace SunSSH

    This is one more data point among several that major players in the proprietary part of the IT landscape find real value in the technology coming out of OpenBSD, and that tracking the source closely helps their own innovation. Another recent case in point is the news of Solaris moving to PF instead of IPF, reported here recently.

  • RESTfm Goes Open Source - RESTful Web Services for FileMaker Server

    Previously a paid product, RESTfm is now free and open source, with a paid support model so everyone has the ability to try it and see the benefits for themselves. The RESTfm source code is now available under an MIT licence from GitHub.

  • New SmartBear Software Offers Open Source API Testing for IoT
  • 10 organizations that open sourced (at least a part of) their platforms

    There’s the cathedral — where an exclusive team of developers build and produce a product that is later released with the source code, which is top-down and closed. Then there’s the bazaar — where the software is developed online and amongst numerous developers with different agendas and approaches, which is bottom-up and open.

  • HashiCorp launches its open-core DevOps toolchain into general availability

    The one-stop-shop value proposition has been around as long as the data center itself, but few vendors are able to deliver upon the promise nowadays due to the sheer scope of work involved in delivering applications at scale. One of the few exceptions to the rule is HashiCorp Inc., which officially launched its first commercial solution this morning to tackle the fragmentation of DevOps.

  • HashiCorp Publicly Release Atlas, a Version Control System for Infrastructure
  • British Airways cracks open its API doors for developers

    British Airways is giving developers tentative access to small amounts of its data, launching a scheme to open up some of its APIs.

  • The Nonprofit Case for an Common Data Standard

    In order to shift American culture and win our campaigns for social, environmental, and racial justice, we must have the best, latest tools available, and they need to be able to sync-up. As a communications professional who often gets roped into fundraising, website design, and other various aspects of nonprofit work, I've been searching for over a decade for the perfect set of tools to handle communications, marketing, and fundraising. It doesn't exist.

  • French robot company raising money for open source companion robot “BUDDY”

    Jean-Michel Mourier, CTO of Blue Frog Robotics, wrote in an email to SD Times that, “About 80% of BUDDY will be open source. Today, all of the major components are open source: the brain of the robot, which controls navigation, facial expressions, object and voice recognition, interfaces that control interactions, learning, making connections as well as domotics. In addition, elements of BUDDY’s mechanics are open so that developers can build accessories.”

  • The Next Big Thing in Open-Source May Be Housing

    The open source essence of Beveridge’s idea is not unprecedented. In 2011, London design practice ‘00’ initiated WikiHouse, an open source project for designing and building houses that offers users the opportunity to download customizable Creative Commons-licensed plans. Using a method that has drawn comparisons to Ikea furniture, the building pieces are then cut from plywood by CNC routers and snapped together with wedge and peg connections, to be assembled onsite in less than a day.

Oracle’s Falling New License Revenue Implies Open Source Success

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CII and OpenSSL

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UC Berkeley, Cal Poly Receive $6 Million for Open Source Project

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Project Jupyter, an open-source software project led by Fernando Perez of University of California, Berkeley and Brian Granger of California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo has been granted $6 million over the next three years. The grant will help expand Project Jupyter to support scientific computing and data science applications in more than 40 programming languages.

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The truth is just a download away: Why we need open source more than ever

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This is why we need open source more than ever, particularly in the underlying data infrastructure that undergirds the modern enterprise. You don't need to take my word for it. You can download it. You can trust the code and your own experience.

While the cardinal virtue of open source may be that anyone is free to modify/fork the code, the reality is that few actually do. But the first virtue—free and unfettered access to code—is powerfully important, too, and it's the right that most people associate with open source.

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Five lightweight Linux desktop worlds for extreme open-sourcers

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Luckily, there's a whole other world of Linux. There are dozens of smaller distros that specialize in lightweight desktops that do the basics – manage windows, and offer file browsers, launchers and sometimes a menu bar of some sort – but otherwise stay out of the way. The point, after all, is the applications. Why waste RAM running a fancy desktop when all you want to do in interact with the apps you're running? If you have the RAM to spare, well, sure, why not? But not all of us do.

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Another day, another OpenSSL patch

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The latest OpenSSL security hole isn't a bad one as these things go. It's no Heartbleed, Freak, or Logjam. But it's serious enough that, if you're running alpha or beta operating systems, you shouldn't delay patching it.

Fortunately, the affected OpenSSL versions are not commonly used in enterprise operating systems. For example, it doesn't impact shipping and supported versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) or Ubuntu. In the case of Ubuntu, it does affect the 15.10 development release, but the patch is already available.

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5 open source alternatives to Google Docs

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The simplest way to work on your documents simultaneously with others is using online document editors like Google Docs and MS Office 365. Both allow you to co-edit documents in real time and store them on centralized servers. While these are both popular options, there are several open source alternatives. In this post, we'll take a look at five open source collaborative text editors available to anyone.

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The Next Big Thing in Open-Source May Be Housing

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The open source essence of Beveridge’s idea is not unprecedented. In 2011, London design practice ‘00’ initiated WikiHouse, an open source project for designing and building houses that offers users the opportunity to download customizable Creative Commons-licensed plans. Using a method that has drawn comparisons to Ikea furniture, the building pieces are then cut from plywood by CNC routers and snapped together with wedge and peg connections, to be assembled onsite in less than a day.

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  • Akademy Day 4
    For most of the year, KDE—one of the largest free and open software communities in the world—works online by email, IRC, forums and mailing lists. Akademy provides all KDE contributors the opportunity to meet in person to foster social bonds, work on concrete technology issues, consider new ideas, and reinforce the innovative, dynamic culture of KDE. Akademy brings together artists, designers, developers, translators, users, writers, sponsors and many other types of KDE contributors to celebrate the achievements of the past year and help determine the direction for the next year. Hands-on sessions offer the opportunity for intense work bringing those plans to reality. The KDE Community welcomes companies building on KDE technology, and those that are looking for opportunities.
  • KDE Reveals Plasma Mobile
    There are a lot of interesting developments occurring in the field of Linux smartphones right now. With so many different options popping up, fragmentation is a risk, as apps built on one platform fail to migrate to another. KDE's new offering may help to make those apps available to a broader audience.
  • PSA: Plasma Mobile forums have moved