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Most popular cloud projects, Walmart's investment in open source, and more

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Open source news for your reading pleasure. August 23 - 29, 2014

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at the most popular cloud projects of 2014, how open source aids the Okavanga wildlife project, Walmart's investment in open source, and more!

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What happens when a non-coder tries to learn Linux

7 hours 33 min ago

I wanted to learn Linux, so here's my account of what I did to achieve that goal.

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A track for everyone at OpenStack Summit

8 hours 33 min ago

On Tuesday, the OpenStack Foundation released the schedule for the upcoming summit in Paris, France. It's a monster of an agenda, featuring over 150 accepted talks and sessions, out of more than 1,100 proposed and voted on by community members.

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Open source communities start to buzz about edX

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Open source software is hugely important to us here at edX, since it's what we do all day, every day. Two weeks ago, the O'Reilly company hosted their annual OSCON convention in Portland, Oregon—a convention focused on open source software. Of course, we had to be there. So, my edX colleague James Tauber and I packed our bags and headed to Oregon for a week of learning and teaching to meet wonderful people, and to get excited about open source. We even gave a presentation about edX!

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Kids aren't the only ones learning to share

Thursday 28th of August 2014 11:00:00 AM

It’s one of the most basic lessons we teach our children when they’re young—the idea of sharing their toys with others. We try to instill in them the values of giving up control and playing alongside others. Of finding joy in a shared toy. We recognize the importance of this idea, and we work hard to impress it on our young kids learning about the world.

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Mid-cycle meetups for OpenStack developers and users

Thursday 28th of August 2014 09:00:00 AM

Taking place twice a year, OpenStack's summits provide a great deal of the face-to-face interaction between developers, vendors, and users. But what about the rest of the year? Many projects opt to host mid-cycle meetups to bridge the gap to collaborate, make plans for the future, and knock out major tasks.

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4 things you didn't know about civic crowdfunding

Thursday 28th of August 2014 07:00:00 AM

Crowdfunding is everywhere. People are using it to fund watches, comic books, even famous film directors are doing it. In what is now a $6 billion industry globally, I think the most interesting, disruptive, and exciting work that's happening is in donation-based crowdfunding.

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Optimize your Linux rig for top-notch writing

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 11:00:00 AM

I'm a big fan of Scott Nesbitt's writing, which has a technological bent, but is usually more about working effectively, rather than how tools can make you effective, which is a key distinction. Scott's setup reflects his focus on production rather than tweaking. He has his work tools and everything else is pretty much white noise—which is why LXDE/Lubuntu probably makes a lot of sense for his workflow.

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Shortlist of open source software used at NASA lab

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 10:00:00 AM

The offer was too good to be true. Three whole weeks at the NASA Glenn Research Center and an invitation to come back. I could scarcely believe it when I read the email. I immediately forwarded it to my parents with an addition of around 200 exclamation points. They were all for it, so I responded to my contact, Herb Schilling, with a resounding “YES!”

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New wiki to help you grow a better garden

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 08:00:00 AM

Have you ever tried to grow your favorite summer vegetable or garden herb and something went wrong? Maybe it was poor planting, a disease, or a pesky insect. Likely, you searched the Internet and found some answers, but millions of pages of information remains unviewed and unread on the subject. Maybe you need to troubleshoot problems or want definitive answers to questions like when to plant for your area or exactly when to fertilize.

This is how the idea for OpenFarm sprouted. The knowledge for all these answers is out there, it's just not in one place.

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Back to school! 5 excellent open education resources

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 07:00:00 AM

It's back to school for many kids in the United States, and soon to be so for many others around the world. While open source software and hardware are used less often to teach kids in grade school about the world, open principles are. They are what you might think of as the most natural methods of teaching. And, they are what we call the open source way.

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Patent trolls and open document formats with open source thought leaders

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 11:00:00 AM

Over on Gordon Haff's blog, Connections, the senior cloud evangelist for Red Hat talked with Simon Phipps, the president of the Open Source Initiative about U.S. software patent cases and the United Kingdom's decision to make ODF its official document format.

Lucky for us, they recorded their chat. Download it here and listen later. Or, keep reading, we have the transcript.

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What makes your developers stick around?

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 09:00:00 AM

Community is a big part of the open source way. An open source project is nothing without a vibrant community of users and contributors. And participant satisfaction is a major factor in having a vibrant community. So, what are the factors that contribute to participant satisfaction with open source projects?

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Do kids learn about open source in school?

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 08:00:00 AM

If you answered Yes!, were you thinking of the principles of the open source way? Sharing, collaboration, transparency, and failing faster are all methods many teachers across grade school classrooms use to teach kids and help them learn about the world.

Some more than others, perhaps? Or, do you know kids who learn about open source software or hardware in grade level school? Our readers could learn something from you. Share it in the comments.

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An introduction to Apache Hadoop for big data

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 07:00:00 AM

Apache Hadoop is an open source software framework for storage and large scale processing of data-sets on clusters of commodity hardware. Hadoop is an Apache top-level project being built and used by a global community of contributors and users. It is licensed under the Apache License 2.0.

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The push for interoperability, an OpenStack card deck, and more

Monday 25th of August 2014 03:00:00 PM

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

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What does an open design studio look like?

Monday 25th of August 2014 11:00:00 AM

I thought I'd write a quick post trying to explain why I have set up Sparkwood and 21 as an open source creative studio and what this means to me.

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5 ways to boost community engagement

Monday 25th of August 2014 09:00:00 AM

The room was packed with almost 30 community managers from around the world. We were attending the Community Leadership Summit in Portland, Oregon and I was leading a session called Building programs and other ways to engage your community. During the session, I shared a few of the programs that we’ve implemented here on to foster community engagement. But the session wasn’t just about our community, it was an opportunity to hear from other community managers in open source out there in the trenches.

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Does open source boost mental health?

Monday 25th of August 2014 07:00:00 AM

Open source is as much a philosophy of living as it is a method of creating software. Part of this philosophy is that everything designed by the human mind is improvable.

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Top 5 articles of the week: Clocker, Docker, and Raspberry Pi

Sunday 24th of August 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

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Mozilla Marches Ahead with Ads for Firefox

This November, Mozilla is up for renegotiation with Google for placement of Google search as the default search in Firefox and for the related subsidies that Google pays Mozilla, which reached almost $300 million last year. That comprised the majority of Mozilla's income. With Chrome establishing itself as a leader in the browser wars, its unclear what relationship Google will continue to pursue with Mozilla. Read more

What happens when a non-coder tries to learn Linux

The Linux Foundation has created all of the content for the course, including the videos, written text, activities, and labs. It's clear to me that their content team has made an effort to space out the videos between the written material in a way that gives you a break from endless reading. Also, each video is only approximately 30 seconds to 2 minutes long. They avoid getting into the weeds too much at once, giving you chunks of knowledge, letting you test it out, then moving on to another topic. Each chapter points out that as the course progresses, you will go into further depth with each topic. Read more

Jailhouse 0.1 released

This release particularly means full exploitation of VT-d DMA and interrupt remapping to isolate assigned PCI devices from the hypervisor and foreign cells. Moreover, the usability of Jailhouse was greatly improved by the introduction and continuous extension of a generator for system configuration files. Finally, a framework for writing basic cell applications is available now. With a few lines of C code you can set up timer interrupts, read clocks or configure PCI devices for the use in simple bare-metal real-time applications. Read more

Ubuntu Launcher 0.5.5 for Android Will Transform Your Phone in Ubuntu – Gallery

Many users might have something against the Unity desktop environment that's being used in Ubuntu, but the truth is that Unity comes with a great app launcher. Coincidentally, the same kind of launcher might work very well on phones and a similar implementation is being done for Ubuntu Touch. Read more