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Top 5 articles: Linux for your food, Tips for Docker users, and more

8 hours 51 min ago

The race for Top 5 was tight this week on Opensource.com. Here's the best of the best from the site: November 17 - 21, 2014.

Top 5 articles of the week


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Pie Noon by Google, Super Smash Bros on your TI-83, and more

8 hours 52 min ago
Open gaming roundup Week of November 15 - 21, 2014

Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at Google's release of open source Pie Noon, an update of the Steam Client, Super Smash Bros on calculaters, and more!


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Web inventor predicts cultural shift, Apache powers half the Internet, and more

Friday 21st of November 2014 12:00:00 PM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at an interview with Sir Tim Berners-Lee on a cultural shift thanks to open data, the UK's open contracting data standard, Apache Software Foundation celebrates their 15th anniversary, and more!

Open source news for your reading pleasure. November 15 - 21, 2014


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Lessons from the OpenStack user survey

Friday 21st of November 2014 10:00:00 AM

Every six months, the OpenStack Foundation reports on the results from its user survey. The results for the most recent iteration were released earlier this month on the OpenStack Superuser blog. Let's take a look and see what's new.


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Mix it up with this Life is Beautiful cocktail recipe

Friday 21st of November 2014 08:00:00 AM

In celebration of Open Food Week, we share a cocktail recipe with readers from Opensource.com contributor, frequent traveler, and OpenNMS CEO Tarus Balog. Stay tuned next week for more from Open Food Week as we cover open source in our food and on the farm.

We often say that open source is like a recipe. The source code, or "code recipe," is available for others to go by, modify, and change to their liking and to fit their preferences.


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4,100 new jobs through wildly successful NC farm grant program

Thursday 20th of November 2014 12:00:00 PM

For the past six years, I’ve been privileged to work among people who have dedicated their personal and professional lives to advancing the causes of fair, local, organic, and sustainable agriculture at the Rural Advancement Foundation International, a nonprofit organization based in Pittsboro, North Carolina. While my colleagues and I care deeply about how our food is grown, we care just as much about those who grow our food.

Our mission is to cultivate markets, policies, and communities that sustain thriving, socially just, and environmentally sound family farms. We directly assist individual farmers who rely on our staff of experienced farm advocates, and we work at the local, national, and international levels for a more just and sustainable food system for all.


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Do I need OpenStack if I use Docker?

Thursday 20th of November 2014 10:00:00 AM

Docker has broken a record in the speed in which it moved from being a disruptive technology to a commodity. The speed of adoption and popularity of Docker brings with it lots of confusion.

In this post I wanted to focus on a trend of commentary that has been gaining popularity that I’ve started to hear more often recently from users who just started using Docker: whether it makes sense to use OpenStack if they’ve already chosen to use Docker.


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The digital open source library of tomorrow

Thursday 20th of November 2014 08:00:00 AM

Phil Shapiro, one of my fellow Opensource.com Community Moderators, gave a talk at All Things Open 2014 about open source and libraries. This is a recap of that talk.


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Microsoft gets on board with open source

Wednesday 19th of November 2014 12:00:00 PM

Last Wednesday Microsoft announced they are transitioning the server side of their .NET platform to open source. As stated on their website:

Microsoft is providing the full .NET server stack in open source, including ASP.NET, the .NET compiler, the .NET Core Runtime, Framework and Libraries, enabling developers to build with .NET across Windows, Mac or Linux.


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5 open source projects making the world better you should know

Wednesday 19th of November 2014 08:00:00 AM

One of the strengths of the open source community has been its ability to bring concentrated effort to bear on big problems. When tragedy strikes, or a pressing need arises, there are groups of people who gather together to attempt to solve the problems as a community.

You may not have heard of these five open source projects, but they are attacking some of the world's biggest problems and making a true impact in people's lives.


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How to channel the spirit of farming into your open food code

Wednesday 19th of November 2014 08:00:00 AM

Roy Guisinger is the developer of Open Food Source: open source software for running your own local food co-op. It is an end-to-end solution with support for online ordering, product management, delivery coordination, and even newsletters. Today, Roy talks about the origins of the project, its plans for the future, and the spirit of open source in farming.

Open Food Source: From orphan to federation

In the local food movement, open source principles are very much like the open pollinated seeds that farmers keep to grow next year’s crops. When farmers use their own seeds, they are in control of breeding and conserving for the future. In contrast, closed source and software as a service (SaaS) providers are more like the companies with patented seeds who exert control over farmers by requiring them to purchase new seeds each year, sometimes even controlling the sale of the harvested crops.

Open Food Source (OFS) might be the longest running open source food hub software available today.


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14 fabulous open source gifts for the holidays

Tuesday 18th of November 2014 12:00:00 PM
Opensource.com 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

The annual Opensource.com gift guide serves up open source gadgets and gifts that kids, adults, hobbiests, and beginners are sure to love and appreciate. Get someone started tinkering with SparkFun's WeevilEye beginner soldering kit. Show your niece how cool programming can be with Adafruit's wearable bracelet. And, don't we all have at least one homebrewer in our lives? For them, check out the BrewPi temperature controller. And that's just to name a few! See the full list of our 14 best gifts for the holidays this year in the article.


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Can India break the pattern and do open source right?

Tuesday 18th of November 2014 10:00:00 AM

The government of India has recently announced a big push into open source as a part of its Digital Initiative. For a country of more than a billion people and thousands of government organizations, I see this as a long overdue move that will hopefully boost the faltering free and open source software communities in India.


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How do you envision better food in your neighborhood?

Tuesday 18th of November 2014 08:00:00 AM

As a society, we are far removed from our food sources and even further from understanding how they work. Most of us interact with the food system as unconscious consumers, wandering supermarket aisles or restaurant menus with little thought about where the food comes from, how it will affect us, or the consequences of how it was raised or produced. As such, we are in no position to make change for the better.

As it so happens, our food system desperately needs change for the better.


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3 classic computer games are back (plus, a snack!)

Monday 17th of November 2014 12:00:00 PM

The holiday season is upon us and that means family, friends, fond memories, and food. I thought I would reminisce and revisit of some classic computer adventure games that I played with family and friends when I was younger. These classic games are playable on modern operating systems, including Linux, by using open source tools: DOSBox, ResidualVM, and ScummVM.

And since it is Open Food Week here on Opensource.com, I will be pairing each game with a recipe from Mystery Manor, a site that covers computer adventure games! It's been a family favorite for many years.


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Linux for lettuce

Monday 17th of November 2014 10:00:00 AM

Revolutionizing American agribusiness from the ground up, one seed at a time.


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Finding the sweet spot for data between privacy and open

Monday 17th of November 2014 09:00:00 AM

Every municipality should have an open data champion. The City of Raleigh, the capital city of North Carolina, is fortunate to have Jason Hare, an open data program manager and an open data consultant. Last year, Hare lead the effort to deploy a beta version of the first open data portal for Raleigh that went live earlier this year after another iteration with even more data available to the public.

Hare has been breaking down silos, changing the culture (and mindsets) about open data, and showing the value to policy makers, citizens, and start-ups. To highlight some of his efforts in this community spotlight, let's find out more about Hare and why he wants all data to be open by default.


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OpenStack's developers make plans for the next release

Monday 17th of November 2014 08:00:00 AM

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


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Top 5 of the week: Free book on GitHub and open cloudy weather

Saturday 15th of November 2014 02:00:00 PM

Every week, I tally the numbers and listen to the buzz to bring you the best of last week's open source news and stories on Opensource.com, this week: November 10 - 14, 2014.

Top 5 articles of the week


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Oculus VR's mobile SDK, women in gaming, and more

Saturday 15th of November 2014 01:00:00 PM
Open gaming roundup Week of November 8 - 14, 2014

Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at Gamebuino's Arduino console, Oculus VR's SDK for mobile release, women in gaming, and more!


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More in Tux Machines

Red Hat Pushes Forward with CentOS [VIDEO]

At the beginning of 2014, Red Hat embraced the community CentOS Linux distribution. It's a move that brought the clone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) closer into the Red Hat organization. In a video interview, Paul Cormier, EVP and President at Red Hat, details how the CentOS relationship has worked out over the course of 2014. Read more

FLOSS Works – Now It Has Salesmen

Canonical claimed 20 million PCs had shipped from OEMs in 2013/2014 with Ubuntu GNU/Linux. Read more

Contain yourself: The layman's guide to Docker

Welcome to the age of containerization, where an ecosystem led by startup Docker is leading IT organizations to ineffable peaks of efficiency, helping them scale their workloads ever-higher, and probably baking them a nice cake to boot (it's my birthday, I have cake on the brain, sue me). Microsoft, Google and Amazon Web Services are all tripping over themselves to make sure prospective customers know that their clouds are the place to be if you want to get the most from Docker. Read more

Contain yourself: The layman's guide to Docker

Welcome to the age of containerization, where an ecosystem led by startup Docker is leading IT organizations to ineffable peaks of efficiency, helping them scale their workloads ever-higher, and probably baking them a nice cake to boot (it's my birthday, I have cake on the brain, sue me). Microsoft, Google and Amazon Web Services are all tripping over themselves to make sure prospective customers know that their clouds are the place to be if you want to get the most from Docker. Read more