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Take a trip through music history with the Great 78 Project

Friday 22nd of September 2017 07:01:00 AM

A few weeks ago, a friend sent me a link to the Great 78 Project, "a community project for the preservation, research, and discovery of 78 rpm records." The project is supported by the Internet Archive, George Blood, and the


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Top 5: Emacs and Vim alternatives, Linux cluster admin tips, and more

Friday 22nd of September 2017 07:00:00 AM

In this week's top 5, we take a look at Emacs and Vim alternatives, Linux cluster admin tips, and more.


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4 must-have writing apps for Nextcloud

Friday 22nd of September 2017 07:00:00 AM

If writing is part of your job or your everyday routine, you might find the Nextcloud open source file sync and share application a very useful tool. First, it provides you with free, secure, and easily accessible cloud file storage.


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Open Source Summit: Day 2 features TensorFlow, BlockChain, and HitRecord

Thursday 21st of September 2017 02:45:00 PM

The actor and founder of HitRecord Joseph Gordon-Levitt kicked off the second day of the Open Source Summit. His open creative community, HitRecord, allows for the evolution of open source film projects. We learned how a company is using BlockChain to fight poverty while keeping plastic out of the ocean, and about how Microsoft and Google are now more deliberate about how they create a culture of openness inside and outside their companies.

Watch as Jason Hibbets and I give you a quick summary of day 2, and I manage to understand what TensorFlow is along the way.


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Open source licensing: What every technologist should know

Thursday 21st of September 2017 07:02:00 AM

If you’re a software developer today, you know how to use open source software, but do you know how and why open source licensing started? A little background will help you understand how and why the licenses work the way they do.


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How 10,000 people helped us rediscover our purpose

Thursday 21st of September 2017 07:01:00 AM

One of the greatest challenges an organization faces as it grows is sustaining, evolving, and scaling the unique set of values and behaviors that differentiate its culture. In my previous column, I shared some research that we've done at Red Hat to tackle this challenge. Today, I'll share an update on our culture project: "Rediscovering Red Hat's Why," which we launched in March.


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Keeping up with advances in open source database administration

Thursday 21st of September 2017 07:00:00 AM

The world of open source databases is rapidly evolving. It seems like every day brings a new release of an open source technology that might make a database administrator's life easier, if only he or she knew about it.


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Open source-based business lessons from a seasoned CEO

Thursday 21st of September 2017 07:00:00 AM

Evan Powell is a serial entrepreneur and served as founding CEO of three companies: Clarus Systems, Nexenta Systems, and StackStorm. Currently the CEO and chairman of Cloudbyte, Powell is also an advisor and investor in a number of startups, including Cloudian, Keewi, TextIQ, Journey Software, and others.


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An introduction to machine learning today

Wednesday 20th of September 2017 07:02:00 AM

Machine learning and artificial intelligence (ML/AI) mean different things to different people, but the newest approaches have one thing in common: They are based on the idea that a program's output should be created mostly automatically from a high-dimensional and possibly huge dataset, with minimal or no intervention or guidance from a human. Open source tools are used in a variety of machine learning and artificial intelligence projects. In this article, I'll provide an overview of the state of machine learning today.


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Architecting the future with abstractions and metadata

Wednesday 20th of September 2017 07:01:00 AM

Abstractions and metadata are the future of architecture in systems engineering, as they were before in software engineering. In many languages, there are abstractions and metadata; however, systems engineering has never adopted this view. Systems were always thought of as too unique for any standard abstractions. Now that we’ve standardized the lower-level abstractions, we’re ready to build new system-level abstractions.


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Usability testing for early-stage software prototypes

Wednesday 20th of September 2017 07:00:00 AM

In this article, Ciarrai Cunneen and I describe how to do a paper-based usability test, using an early redesign of the GNOME Settings app as an example. The updated Settings features in GNOME 3.26, released on September 13.

When writing open source software, we often obsess about making our logic elegant and concise, coming up with clever ways to execute tasks and demonstrate ideas. But we sometimes forget a key fact: Software is not useful if it is not easy to use.


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Open Source Summit: Day 1 in 5 minutes

Tuesday 19th of September 2017 03:30:00 PM

As you can see in the video below, the first day of the Open Source Summit was quite educational. My day was filled with clouds, containers, community building, flavors of Linux, and Linus Torvalds.

Here are the links that go with the video above:


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Innersource: How to leverage open source in the enterprise

Tuesday 19th of September 2017 07:02:00 AM

Companies of varying sizes across many industries are implementing innersource programs to drive greater levels of development collaboration and reuse. They ultimately seek to increase innovation; reduce time to market; grow, retain, and attract talent; and of course, delight their customers.

In this article, I'll introduce innersource and some of its key facets and examine some of the problems that it can help solve. I'll also discuss some components of an innersource program, including metrics.


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How a town uses an open source tool for collaboration and managing large files

Tuesday 19th of September 2017 07:01:00 AM

Like many organizations, governments and townships are confronting challenges that involve collaboration and sharing of large files. In today's age of widespread cloud adoption, public institutions may be tempted to view public cloud storage as a simple, low-cost solution to managing data; however, significant concerns persist around security, data protection liability, control, and platform/vendor lock-in.


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A quick tour of MySQL 8.0 roles

Tuesday 19th of September 2017 07:00:00 AM

This year at the Percona Live Open Source Database Conference in Dublin, I'll be discussing a new feature introduced in MySQL 8.0: roles. This is a new security and administrative feature that allows database administrators to simplify user management and increases the security of multi-user environments.


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The eye-opening power of cultural difference

Tuesday 19th of September 2017 07:00:00 AM

Inclusivity is the quality of an open organization that allows and encourages people to join the organization and feel a connection to it. Practices aimed at enhancing inclusivity are typically those that welcome new participants to the organization and create an environment that makes them want to stay.


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We're giving away a Linux-ready laptop from ZaReason

Monday 18th of September 2017 07:05:00 AM

For the first time ever, Opensource.com is partnering with ZaReason to give away an UltraLap 5330 laptop with Linux pre-installed!

Since 2007, ZaReason has assembled, shipped, and supported hardware specifically designed for Linux, and the UltraLap 5330 is no exception—the 3.6-lb laptop ships with the Linux distribution of your choice and boasts the following hardware specs:


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3 text editor alternatives to Emacs and Vim

Monday 18th of September 2017 07:03:00 AM

Before you start reaching for those implements of mayhem, Emacs and Vim fans, understand that this article isn't about putting the boot to your favorite editor. I'm a professed Emacs guy, but one who also likes Vim. A lot.

That said, I realize that Emacs and Vim aren't for everyone. It might be that the silliness of the so-called Editor war has turned some people off. Or maybe they just want an editor that is less demanding and has a more modern sheen.


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7 tips for Linux cluster admins to help keep auditors happy

Monday 18th of September 2017 07:00:00 AM

The beauty of building extra-large Linux clusters is it's easy. Hadoop, OpenStack, hypervisor, and high-performance computing (HPC) installers enable you to build on commodity hardware and deal with node failure reasonably simply. Learning and managing Linux administration on a small scale involves basic day-to-day tasks; however, when planning and scaling production to several thousand node clusters, it can take over your life, including your weekends and holidays.


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Ansible announces AWX, 13-year-old keynotes on AI for brain wave analysis, and more news

Saturday 16th of September 2017 07:00:00 AM

In this edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at how a 13-year-old is changing the world with open source, a guide to removing old Linux kernels, and more.

Open source news roundup for September 3-16, 2017


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More in Tux Machines

Linux 4.14-rc2

I'm back to my usual Sunday release schedule, and rc2 is out there in all the normal places. This was a fairly usual rc2, with a very quiet beginning of the week, and then most changes came in on Friday afternoon and Saturday (with the last few ones showing up Sunday morning). Normally I tend to dislike how that pushes most of my work into the weekend, but this time I took advantage of it, spending the quiet part of last week diving instead. Anyway, the only unusual thing worth noting here is that the security subsystem pull request that came in during the merge window got rejected due to problems, and so rc2 ends up with most of that security pull having been merged in independent pieces instead. Read more Also: Linux 4.14-rc2 Kernel Released

Manjaro Linux Phasing out i686 (32bit) Support

In a not very surprising move by the Manjaro Linux developers, a blog post was made by Philip, the Lead Developer of the popular distribution based off Arch Linux, On Sept. 23 that reveals that 32-bit support will be phased out. In his announcement, Philip says, “Due to the decreasing popularity of i686 among the developers and the community, we have decided to phase out the support of this architecture. The decision means that v17.0.3 ISO will be the last that allows to install 32 bit Manjaro Linux. September and October will be our deprecation period, during which i686 will be still receiving upgraded packages. Starting from November 2017, packaging will no longer require that from maintainers, effectively making i686 unsupported.” Read more

Korora 26 'Bloat' Fedora-based Linux distro available for download -- now 64-bit only

Fedora is my favorite Linux distribution, but I don't always use it. Sometimes I opt for an operating system that is based on it depending on my needs at the moment. Called "Korora," it adds tweaks, repositories, codecs, and packages that aren't found in the normal Fedora operating system. As a result, Korora deviates from Red Hat's strict FOSS focus -- one of the most endearing things about Fedora. While you can add all of these things to Fedora manually, Korora can save you time by doing the work for you. Read more

BackSlash Linux Olaf

While using BackSlash, I had two serious concerns. The first was with desktop performance. The Plasma-based desktop was not as responsive as I'm used to, in either test environment. Often times disabling effects or file indexing will improve the situation, but the desktop still lagged a bit for me. My other issue was the program crashes I experienced. The Discover software manager crashed on me several times, WPS crashed on start-up the first time on both machines, I lost the settings panel once along with my changes in progress. These problems make me think BackSlash's design may be appealing to newcomers, but I have concerns with the environment's stability. Down the road, once the developers have a chance to iron out some issues and polish the interface, I think BackSlash might do well targeting former macOS users, much the same way Zorin OS tries to appeal to former Windows users. But first, I think the distribution needs to stabilize a bit and squash lingering stability bugs. Read more