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Python vs. C/C++ in embedded systems

14 hours 59 min ago

The C/C++ programming languages dominate embedded systems programming, though they have a number of disadvantages. Python, on the other hand, has many strengths that make it a great language for embedded systems. Let's look at the pros and cons of each, and why you should consider Python for embedded programming.


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You don't need a green thumb with this farming robot

15 hours 23 sec ago

FarmBot is a robotic open hardware system that assists anyone with a small plot of land and a desire to grow food with planting, watering, soil testing, and weeding. It uses a Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and other awesome components, including weather-resistant materials.

Founder Rory Aronson talks details with me in this interview, but make sure you watch this video.


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Free education resources from Curriki and Sankoré wikis

15 hours 1 min ago

From the days of Gutenberg, technology has been linked to education. Curriki and Sankoré use open source to bring high-quality education to people who need it, and otherwise cannot access it.


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Git hooks, a cloud by the numbers, and more OpenStack news

15 hours 2 min ago

Are you interested in keeping track of what is happening in the open source cloud? Opensource.com is your source for news in OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure project.

OpenStack around the web

There is a lot of interesting stuff being written about OpenStack. Here's a sampling from some of our favorites:


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Facebook's computer vision tool, Linux at 25, and more news

Saturday 27th of August 2016 07:00:00 AM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at Facebook releasing more open source code, examining the success of Linux on its 25th birthday, Uganda's government moving to embrace open source, and more.

Open source news roundup for August 21-27, 2016


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Top 5: Alternatives to Office 365, Why do you love Linux?, and more

Friday 26th of August 2016 07:15:00 PM

In this week's Top 5, we highlight Docear for researchers, one Linux user's journey in keeping modern firmwares current, 25 reasons our readers love Linux, three command-line music players, and open source web-based office suite alternatives.

Top 5 articles of the week

5.How to organize your scholarly research with Docear


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Raspberry Pi Foundation's Code Club teaches kids skills to compete in our digital world

Friday 26th of August 2016 07:02:00 AM

In a post-Brexit Britain, Code Club hopes to help provide more opportunities for children and young people to develop the skills that will help them compete in an increasingly digital world.


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Preserving languages and cultures in India: The birth of the Tulu Wikipedia

Friday 26th of August 2016 07:01:00 AM

After eight years of effort and outreach, the Tulu language Wikipedia has gone live. Wikimedia contributors play a key role in preserving languages and cultures, and tools like the Wikimedia Incubator help new projects like the Tulu Wikipedia get started.


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Great new technical guides, tutorials, and documentation for OpenStack

Friday 26th of August 2016 07:00:00 AM

The number of tools and projects which fall under the broad heading of "open source cloud" seem to grow every month. Just inside of the OpenStack umbrella, there are dozens of different projects to keep track of, all steaming ahead under a six-month release cycle.


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25 things to love about Linux

Thursday 25th of August 2016 01:03:00 PM

Today marks 25 years of Linux, the most successful software ever.

At LinuxCon this week, Jim Zemlin of the Linux Foundation spoke words of admiration, praise, and excitement from the keynote stage, saying "Linux at 25 is a big thing" and "You can better yourself while bettering others at the same time."


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The Queue: How did you discover Linux?

Thursday 25th of August 2016 07:03:00 AM

Welcome to The Queue, a new Q&A column I'll be writing for Opensource.com. Although typically I will be answering questions from readers, sometimes I'll switch that around and ask readers a question. With Linux turning 25 today, I thought it would be interesting to see how we all discovered the operating system. I'll start.


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4 tips for teaching kids how to build electronics

Thursday 25th of August 2016 07:01:00 AM

Kids are naturally curious about how things work, and with a new trend in hardware companies creating open source hardware products, it's a great time to teach kids about electronics. But modern technology can seem too complex to even begin to understand. So where do you start?


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How long have you been using Linux?

Thursday 25th of August 2016 07:00:00 AM

The Linux community is made up people who have been users for days, months, years, and even decades. How long have you been a Linux user?


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August 25 #OpenOrgChat: Open organizations' greatest challenges

Thursday 25th of August 2016 06:00:00 AM

Join us later today for an #OpenOrgChat about open organizations' greatest challenges! As usual, we'll gather around the #OpenOrgChat hashtag at 2 p.m. Eastern (14:00 ET/19:00 UTC).

Follow OpenOrgBook and the chat's live stream for updates!


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Stabilizing the world of hot and fast containers

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 07:03:00 AM

Containers are moving targets in multiple ways. With multiple tools, frameworks, implementations, and use cases to accomplish any task, it can be a fast-moving chaotic container world, which is a natural consequence of being young and popular.


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3 open source alternatives to Office 365

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 07:02:00 AM

It can be hard to get away from working and collaborating on the web. Doing that is incredibly convenient: as long as you have an internet connection, you can easily work and share from just about anywhere, on just about any device.

The main problem with most web-based office suites—like Google Drive, Zoho Office, and Office365—is that they're closed source. Your data also exists at the whim of large corporations. I'm sure you've heard numerous stories of, say, Google locking or removing accounts without warning.


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Schools that #GoOpen should #GoOpenSource

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 07:01:00 AM

School administrators know that traditional proprietary textbooks are expensive. Teachers in budget-strapped schools often face shortages of textbooks. Worse, print content is usually out-of-date as soon as the ink dries on the page. There has to be something better than students hauling bulbous backpacks loaded with dead knowledge stamped on dead trees.


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How to measure your community's health

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 07:00:00 AM

How do you measure the health of your community, identify problems, and track progress towards your goals? What should you be measuring?


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First ever FSFE Summit celebrates free software successes

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 06:00:00 AM

Free software community members and luminaries will meet up at the BCC in Berlin, from September 2-4 2016, at the first ever Free Software Foundation Europe Summit.

A summit is long overdue as this year marks the FSFE's 15th anniversary, and in this decade and a half, the FSFE has achieved quite a lot.


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7 resources for open education materials

Tuesday 23rd of August 2016 07:03:00 AM

Shrinking school budgets and growing interest in open content has created an increased demand for open educational resources. According to the FCC, "The U.S. spends more than $7 billion per year on K-12 textbooks, but too many students are still using books that are 7-10 years old, with outdated material." There is an alternative: openly licensed courseware. But where do you find this content and how can you share your own teaching and learning materials?


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  • LuLu Group migrates to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
    LuLu Group has selected SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications to help business managers faster identify and respond to new opportunities and competitive threats. Headquartered in the United Arab Emirates, the international retailer runs 124 outlets and operates in 31 countries. It welcomes more than 700,000 shoppers daily. Since starting its retail journey in the early 1990s, LuLu Group expanded its business aggressively and required advanced technology to optimise its business. Hence, it migrated from Solaris UNIX to SUSE Linux as platform for SAP solutions, reducing SAP landscape operating costs at least 20 percent.
  • SUSE's Role in the History of Linux and Open Source
    What role did SUSE play in the growth of Linux and the open source ecosystem? How did SUSE and other Linux-based operating systems evolve into the enterprise platforms they are today? Here's what SUSE employees had to say about Linux history in a recent interview. To help mark the anniversary of Linus Torvalds's release of Linux twenty-five years ago, I interviewed Meiki Chabowski, SUSE Documentation, and Markus Feilner, Strategist & Documentation Team Lead. Their answers, printed below, provide interesting perspective not only on the history of SUSE, but also of Linux and open source as a whole.

Cost Effective Linux Server Software for Enterprises

The advantages of a Linux server over expensive Windows systems are numerous with hardly any drawbacks. Since Linux is not dominant as Windows, there are some slight difficulties to find applications based on this platform to support the needs. While security stands as an important aspect for servers, the advantage over dominant operating systems is that security flaws are caught in Linux, even before they become an issue for the public. Linux was one of the first open-source technologies in which you can download the source code and change it any way you like. Several Linux coders have developed software that’s completely open-source for any user, improving the security and usability at each core. Read more Also: Weigh the pros, cons of three Linux load balancer options