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3 steps for planning a successful open source meetup

1 hour 36 min ago

I've started a new role at work, and so I'm going to be planning a lot of events in the near future. This is why I decided to attend Karen Vuong's talk at Texas Linux Fest. While Karen did talk about planning large conferences, I was more interested in learning about hosting small local Meetups. If you want to learn more about planning a larger conference, I recommend checking out my summary of a similar talk at OSCON last month.


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5 open source alternatives to Trello

Thursday 27th of August 2015 11:00:00 AM

I have to admit, I've fallen in love with Trello as a productivity tool. If you like keeping lists as a way to organize your work, it's a very good tool. For me, it serves two primary purposes: keeping a GTD framework, and managing certain projects with a kanban-like schedule.


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Why Intel made Stephen Hawking's speech system open source

Thursday 27th of August 2015 10:00:00 AM

Intel has announced the release Stephen Hawking's speech system as open source, encouraging innovation and improvements that could open up the technology to people with physical disabilities throughout the world.


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A simple, scalable solution for storing and serving build artifacts

Thursday 27th of August 2015 09:00:00 AM

At Pinterest, our mission is to help people discover things they love so they can live a more creative and fulfilling life. Pinterest engineering moves amazingly fast, with some of the major services being released twice a day. We strive to build and integrate every commit in our mainline, which translates into tons of build artifacts every day. Storing them reliably and serving them efficiently with consistent performance poses a great challenge to our speed of growth.


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When everything's a request for comments

Thursday 27th of August 2015 08:00:00 AM

The Internet's foundational documents are called "requests for comments" or "RFCs." Published by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the organization whose stated goal is "to make the Internet work better," RFCs define and explain the operational standards by which our worldwide network of networks functions. In other words, they specify the rules everyone should follow when building and implementing new Internet technologies. Engineers working on the Internet discuss potential RFCs, debate their merits, then post their decisions online for anyone to read.


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For UNC scientists, open source is the way forward

Wednesday 26th of August 2015 11:00:00 AM

Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva—more commonly called stone man's syndrome—is the result of a rare mutation, an anomaly in the way certain enzymes called kinases spur protein synthesis. Someone with stone man's syndrome has hyperactive kinases that catalyze more bone production than they should. The body's natural repair mechanisms malfunction, and they replace soft tissue with deposits of solid bone. Joints freeze. The body becomes a prison.


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Adding lower thirds in Kdenlive

Wednesday 26th of August 2015 11:00:00 AM

Motion graphics is the term used for all the snazzy, fancy logos and bars and tickers that stream across screens during the evening news, sporting events, and documentaries. There's a fine art to good motion graphics, and Kdenlive (or any video editing application, for that matter) is not exactly the best place for it. That said, a modern video editor is expected, or has the expectation, that at least simple and functional graphics should be a part of the video editing process.


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Markup lowdown: 4 markup languages every team should know

Wednesday 26th of August 2015 09:00:00 AM

When I ended my Doc Dish article about why you should use a rendered language for documentation, I told you that selecting a language was a matter for another day.

Well another day has finally arrived.


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8 new tutorials for OpenStack users and developers

Wednesday 26th of August 2015 08:00:00 AM

With the large ecosystem around OpenStack, getting started, learning more, or even just finding the solution to your particular problem can be quite an undertaking. Even if you're a regular contributor to the project, it can be hard to keep up with the rapid pace of development. Fortunately, there are a number of resources to help you out: the official documentation, a number of OpenStack training and certification programs, as well as community-authored tutorials.


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Happy 24th birthday, Linux kernel

Tuesday 25th of August 2015 11:00:00 AM

Can you believe Linux is celebrating 24 years already? It was on this day, August 25, back in 1991 when a young Linus Torvalds made his now-legendary announcement on the comp.os.minix newsgroup:

Hello everybody out there using minix -


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The open source movement needs folk songs

Tuesday 25th of August 2015 10:00:00 AM

When I was young child, my family lived in New Delhi, India. My dad worked for UNICEF, and every summer our family would head up to the Himalayan mountains to escape New Delhi's scorching heat. At that higher altitude, in the cool mountain evenings, we'd gather around large bonfires with other expatriates, missionaries, and do-gooders. Assembled together in this way, we'd break out guitars and sing songs from the Civil Rights movement—occurring several thousand miles away. I was four years old at the time (in 1964), but I can remember it as if it were yesterday.


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Docs or it didn't happen

Tuesday 25th of August 2015 09:00:00 AM

Like open source software, a book is more than its content

Tuesday 25th of August 2015 08:00:00 AM

Since launching the The Open Organization in June, I've received questions about why we chose to distribute the book via a traditional publisher. Some have wondered why we didn't release the book with a Creative Commons license so people could remix, redistribute, and even translate the book as they wanted. Others wondered why we didn't crowdfund it so its audience could be more tied to its success. Several have asked why we didn't simply release the book online as a free download.


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Open source for products in four rules (and 10 slides)

Monday 24th of August 2015 11:00:00 AM

There are four rules to understand when building products out of open source software. A product team (engineering, product management, marketing) needs to understand these rules to participate best in an open source project community and deliver products and services to their customers at the same time. These four rules are the start of all other discussions about the open source product space.


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Outreachy and the road toward diversity

Monday 24th of August 2015 10:00:00 AM

Diversity has a new full-time ally. Marina Zhurakhinskaya (zhoo-ra-HEEN-ska-ya) recently won an O'Reilly award for her work in diversity for free and open source software (FOSS), and she just successfully created a new position for diversity at Red Hat. Oh, and, she's a new mom.

Marina is always happy to share details about her work, so you can be sure to get a lot out of her responses to the questions I asked her about her new award, her role at Red Hat, and her work with Outreachy, a program to help underrepresented groups get involved in FOSS. For instance, she explains how she and her husband managed a new baby at OSCON this year, where she received her award.


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Reports from mid-cycle meetups, NFV at scale, and more OpenStack news

Monday 24th of August 2015 09:00:00 AM

Interested in keeping track of what's happening in the open source cloud? Opensource.com is your source for news in OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure project.


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Read along and participate in The Open Organization book club

Monday 24th of August 2015 08:00:00 AM

I'd like to invite you to join us for a virtual book club to discuss open leadership, organizational management, and other ideas from The Open Organization: Igniting Passion and Performance by Jim Whitehurst. Starting on August 31, we'll discuss the book chapter by chapter, for seven weeks, one chapter per week.


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OSVR, Intel, and Xilinx! 1400 Linux ready games, and more open gaming news

Saturday 22nd of August 2015 01:00:00 PM

Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at OSVR partnering with Intel and selecting Xilinx to enable its headset, 1400 Linux ready games, and more!

Open gaming roundup for August 16 - 21, 2015


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Firefox goes stealthy, Linux on mainframes, new Linux Foundation projects, and more news

Saturday 22nd of August 2015 12:00:00 PM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at Firefox's new stealth mode, mainframes powered by Linux, new projects from the Linux Foundation, and more!

Open source news for your reading pleasure. August 26 - 22, 2015


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Top 5: Linux command-line email clients, HTTPS, and more

Friday 21st of August 2015 04:31:00 PM

In this week's Top 5, we highlight the best from the past week on topics like command-line email clients, Turtle graphics, a new My Linux Story, switching to HTTPS, and Imposter Syndrome.

Top 5 articles of the week

5. Be an inspiration, not an impostor


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Ubuntu Archive Still Free Software

In conclusion there is nothing which restricts people making derivatives of Ubuntu except the trademark, and removing branding is easy. (Even that is unnecessary unless you’re trading which most derivatives don’t, but it’s a sign of good faith to remove it anyway.) Which is why Mark Shuttleworth says “you are fully entitled and encouraged to redistribute .debs and .iso’s”. Lovely. Read more

Xubuntu 15.10 Beta 1 Drops Gnumeric and Abiword in Favor of LibreOffice Writer and Calc

Canonical has announced the release of the first Beta build for Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) opt-in flavors, which include the well-known Xubuntu distribution built around the lightweight Xfce desktop environment. Read more

Technology, the law and you: Open-source software

But “free as in beer” isn’t really the point – huge numbers of corporate open-source users opt for paid commercial versions of open-source projects, for simplicity and support. And then there are all those various licenses that protect the openness of the software – GPL, Apache, Eclipse. But the good news is that, with very few exceptions, there aren’t many legal issues for the average company to worry about. Read more

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