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DIY recycling, UCONN's open source chemistry book, and more news

18 hours 24 min ago

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at a project aimed at academic libraries, a project to develop networking for rural areas, an open source chemistry textbook, and more.

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Top 5: Eclipse data processing tools, the US government's open source policy, and more

Friday 29th of April 2016 05:30:00 PM

In this week's Top 5, we highlight 5 Eclipse scientific workbenches, a hands-on with the Raspberry Pi Sense HAT, open source GIS projects, and more.

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4 keys to leading open source teams

Friday 29th of April 2016 07:02:00 AM

I like to be busy and have a lot of energy to be a part of leadership teams in open source communities, aside from my fulltime job as Developer Evangelist for Cisco in the DevNet.

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Master OpenStack with 5 new tutorials

Friday 29th of April 2016 07:01:00 AM

Returning from OpenStack Summit this week, I am reminded of just how vast the open source cloud ecosystem is and just how many different projects and concepts you need to be familiar with in order to succeed. Although, we're actually quite fortunate with the resources available for keeping up. In addition to the official documentation, many great educational tools are out there, from third party training and certification, to in-person events, and many community-contributed tutorials as well.

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Why and how I became a software engineer

Friday 29th of April 2016 07:00:00 AM

The year was 1989. The city was Kampala, Uganda.

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7 science projects powered by open source GIS

Thursday 28th of April 2016 07:03:00 AM

Next week, FOSS4G North America is coming to Raleigh, NC. FOSS4G is a conference celebrating all of the ways that free and open source software are changing the world of geographic and geospatial information science (GIS).

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Purdue's IronHacks series puts unique spin on hackathons

Thursday 28th of April 2016 07:02:00 AM

Hackathons are well-known as events where developers come together to quickly turn out a piece of software, often competing against each other. But what if they were also a place for learning? The Research Center for Open Digital Innovation at Purdue University is making that happen. The IronHacks series of hackathons is designed to allow participants to learn from judges and Center researchers to learn from the participants.

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A fresh look at the U.S. draft policy on 'federal sourcing'

Thursday 28th of April 2016 07:01:00 AM

In a recent article in Government Computer News, I looked at the challenge of reshaping federal IT with open source without go-it-alone government-off-the-shelf approaches to open source software.

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How new communication technologies are affecting peer-to-peer engagement

Thursday 28th of April 2016 07:00:00 AM

Both The Open Organization and The Open Organization Field Guide discuss ways new communication technologies are changing the nature of both work and management. I've seen these changes firsthand during my nearly three decades working for Japanese corporations. Over time, I've been able to classify and characterize some of the impacts these technologies—particularly new telecommunication technologies and social media—are having on daily life in many organizations. Simply put: They're effecting the way peer-to-peer decision-making practices function in organizations today.

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Measurement Lab explores the current state of the Internet

Wednesday 27th of April 2016 07:02:00 AM

When most people think about science, they see beakers, test tubes, eye droppers, and microscopes. If you're a member of the recent wave of citizen science—which is crowdsourcing data collection by amateur scientists—you might also think about sensors or smartphone-based data collection as part of your toolkit. But the basic scientific process is pretty straightforward: develop a hypothesis, select your methodology, measure and/or observe the thing in question, and analyze and interpret the results. Repeat steps 2-4 as needed.

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Spit-balling creative concepts with open source tools

Wednesday 27th of April 2016 07:01:00 AM

Let's take a few minutes to talk—well, read and write—about one of my favorite parts of the creative process: concept development. You can call it brainstorming, spit-balling, daydreaming, pre-production, or even imagining. (Just don't call it "ideation," please. That word hurts my soul.) It doesn't matter if your project is a painting, a feature film, or a software tool that someone else will use to paint or make a movie. They're all creative processes and they all start with an idea, a concept.

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Open sourcing planet discovery with PANOPTES

Wednesday 27th of April 2016 07:00:00 AM

One of the presentations I'm most looking forward at this year's OSCON is Jennifer Tong and Wilfred Gee's session, PANOPTES: Open source planet discovery.

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We're giving away 10 free copies of our Open Source Yearbook

Wednesday 27th of April 2016 06:00:00 AM

This week we were excited to announce print editions of the 2015 Open Source Yearbook, which are available to order from Lulu:

Open Source Yearbook 2015 paperback: US$ 4.87 (+ shipping & handling)
Open Source Yearbook 2015 hardcover: US$ 23.49 (+ shipping & handling)

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Experimenting with the Raspberry Pi Sense HAT

Tuesday 26th of April 2016 07:02:00 AM

The team has been fascinated by the Raspberry Pi Sense HAT, a low-cost addon for the Raspberry Pi that enables astronauts and citizen scientists alike to easily collect measurements from a variety of sensors to conduct science experiments or just have fun.

So we decided to try one out ourselves. We grabbed a side room at our offices in Red Hat Tower and spent an hour or two learning what it can do.

First step, attaching the device. Easy enough!

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Ask Safia: How do I unite similar open source projects?

Tuesday 26th of April 2016 07:01:00 AM

Ask Safia is the place to go for answers to your open source community-related questions. Whether you are nervous about submitting your first pull request to a project, or wondering how to write effective bug reports, Safia is here to help with practical, detailed, beginner-friendly answers. So what are you waiting for? Ask Safia.


Dear Safia,

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When Main Street opens up

Tuesday 26th of April 2016 07:00:00 AM

Our April 21 Twitter chat explored the implications of open organizational thinking for "Main Street" businesses. More than 40 community members chimed in.

You'll find the highlights below. Read, enjoy, and get ready for the next #OpenOrgChat!

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Long live print! Open Source Yearbook print editions now available

Tuesday 26th of April 2016 06:01:00 AM

Last month we were pleased to announce that the 2015 Open Source Yearbook is available as a free PDF download. Now we're excited to unveil the 2015 Open Source Yearbook print editions, which are available to order on 

Open Source Yearbook 2015 paperback: US$ 4.87 (+ shipping & handling)
Open Source Yearbook 2015 hardcover: US$ 23.49 (+ shipping & handling)

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Which field of research would you like to see more collaboration in?

Tuesday 26th of April 2016 06:00:00 AM

If scientific research, procedures, and data are all publicly available, researchers can work together to verify findings, test hypotheses, and increase the pace of discovery and innovation. That's the dream of the open science movement.

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5 Eclipse tools for processing and visualizing data

Monday 25th of April 2016 07:03:00 AM

Gone are the days of scientists processing data by hand. Scientific tools are rapidly scaling to meet the increasing demands of their users, both in terms of complexity and sheer volumes of data.

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Bulldog: A surprisingly fast GPIO library

Monday 25th of April 2016 07:02:00 AM

One of the most interesting features of computers like the Raspberry Pi is the ability to interact with the physical world via GPIO (general purpose input/output) pins.

GPIO pins can capture inputs from multiple sources—including data from temperature, humidity, or one-axis sensors—and write output, which can anything from turning on an LED to controlling DC motors, LCD displays, or D/A converters.

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More in Tux Machines

OpenStack Roundup

  • OpenStack Summit Returns to Austin With Much Fanfare
    Back in July 2010, 75 developers gathered at the Omni hotel here for the very first OpenStack Summit. At the time, OpenStack was in the earliest stages of development. In April 2016, OpenStack returned to Austin in triumph as the de facto standard for private cloud deployment and the platform of choice for a significant share of the Fortune 100 companies. About 7,500 people from companies of all sizes from all over the world attended the 2016 OpenStack Summit in Austin from April 25 to April 29. In 2010, there were no users, because there wasn't much code running, but in 2016, that has changed. Among the many OpenStack users speaking at the summit were executives from Verizon and Volkswagen Group. While the genesis of OpenStack was a joint effort between NASA and Rackspace, the 2016 summit was sponsored by some of the biggest names in technology today—including IBM, Cisco, Dell, EMC and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at some highlights of the 2016 OpenStack Summit.
  • A Look Into IBM's OpenStack Meritocracy
    Angel Diaz, IBM vice president of Cloud Architecture and Technology, discusses how Big Blue has earned its place in the OpenStack community.
  • OpenStack cloud’s “killer use case”: Telcos and NFV
    Today, 114 petabytes of data traverse AT&T's network daily, and the carrier predicts a 10x increase in traffic by 2020. To help manage this, AT&T is transitioning from purpose-built appliances to white boxes running open source software. And according to AT&T Senior Vice President of Software Development and Engineering Sarabh Saxena, OpenStack has been a key part of this shift.

Ubuntu 16.04 vs. vs. Clear Linux vs. openSUSE vs. Scientific Linux 7

Here are some extra Linux distribution benchmarks for your viewing pleasure this weekend. Following the release of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS last week, I was running another fresh performance comparison of various Linux distributions on my powerful Xeon E3-1270 v5 Skylake system. I made it a few Linux distributions in before the motherboard faced an untimely death. Not sure of the cause yet, but the motherboard is kaput and thus the testing was ended prematurely. Read more

GhostBSD 10.3 ALPHA1 is now ready for Testing

Yes we skip 10.2 for 10.3 since was FreeBSD 10.3 was coming we thought we should wait for 10.3. This is the first ALPHA development release for testing and debugging for GhostBSD 10.3, only as MATE been released yet which is available on SourceForge and for the amd64 and i386 architectures. Read more

Leftovers: Ubuntu

  • Ubuntu-based Smartphones And Tablets Sound Good, On Paper, But...Do They Make Any Sense?
    As I previously stated in a recent article, I'm a huge fan of Ubuntu as a desktop operating system. It's friendly, reliable, consumes little resources and is largely virus-free.
  • Elementary OS 0.4 ‘Loki’ expected to be based on Ubuntu 16.04
    Elementary OS 0.4 ‘Loki’ coming soon, to be based on Ubuntu 16.04 and have plenty of new features
  • BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet - The heat is on
    Some investments are financial. Some are emotional. When it comes to Linux on tablets, my motives are mostly of the latter kind. I was super-excited to learn BQ was launching a tablet with Ubuntu, something that I have been waiting for a good solid three years now. We had the phone released last spring, and now there's a tablet. The cycle is almost complete. Now, as you know, I was only mildly pleased with the Ubuntu phone. It is a very neat product, but it is not yet as good as the competitors, across all shades of the usability spectrum. But this tablet promises a lot. Full HD, desktop-touch continuum, seamless usage model, and more. Let us have a look.
  • Kubuntu-16.04 — a review
    The kubuntu implementation of Plasma 5 seems to work quite well. It’s close to what I am seeing in other implementations. It includes the Libre Office software, rather than the KDE office suite. But most users will prefer that anyway. I’m not a big fan of the default menu. But the menu can easily be switched to one of the alternative forms. I’ve already done that, and am preferring the “launcher based on cascading popup menus”. If you are trying kubuntu, I suggest you experiment with the alternative formats to see which you prefer.
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Review: Very Stable & Improved, Buggy Software Center, Though
    In almost all the occasions that I tested Ubuntu LTS releases, quite rightly so, they’ve always worked better than the non-LTS releases. And this Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, the 6th of such release is no exception. This one actually is even more impressive than the others because it has addressed some security related issues and even although not critical, subtle issues that I mentioned in the review. As far as the performance was concerned, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS was only largely outperformed by the memory usage where there is a large increase in memory usage. Other than that, those numbers look pretty good to me. That ‘.deb’ file issues with the Software Center is the only major concern that I can come up with. But I’m sure it’ll be fixed very soon.