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What will 2015 bring for the open source cloud?

Sunday 28th of December 2014 10:00:00 PM

When it comes to making predictions, I’m cautious. But I have no reason to believe that the trends we saw emerging in 2014 are going anywhere. Here are three things we saw in 2014 that I fully expect we’ll see more of in 2015.

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Remarkable open source and Linux games in 2014

Saturday 27th of December 2014 01:00:00 PM

Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition we look back at all of the news and stories in 2014 that we covered for open source and Linux games!

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Security in open source, a Google surprise, and more

Friday 26th of December 2014 12:00:00 PM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at the the security of commercial open source, Google's surprise launch of ODF support, Uganda adopting free and open source software, and more.

Open source news for your reading pleasure December 22 - December 27, 2014

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Open data portals should be API [First]

Friday 26th of December 2014 10:00:00 AM
What is API [First]?

Not long ago, I was speaking at the National Association of Government Web Professionals. At the same conference, Mark Headd was speaking. We were speaking on different open data topics. My discussion was about the difference between open government and open data and his talk was about API [First].

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Healthcare one of the most impacted industries by open source

Friday 26th of December 2014 08:00:00 AM

Healthcare is one of the most urgent socioeconomic issues of our time. This year, saw a variety of news and feature stories about applying the open source way and open source software (including tools) to alleviating the many problems faced by the healthcare industry. Here are this year's best of the best from in open health.

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Mars Express images and videos for everyone

Thursday 25th of December 2014 10:00:00 AM

As of December 19, the European Space Agency (ESA) is now sharing all of its images and videos from the Mars Express mission under CC BY-SA. ESA is using the intergovernmental organization (IGO) port of CC BY-SA 3.0. ESA is one of several intergovernmental organizations to use the IGO port since we introduced it last year.

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A real-time editing tool for Wikipedia

Thursday 25th of December 2014 08:00:00 AM

Wikipedia is one of the most frequently visited websites in the world. The vast online encyclopedia, editable by anyone, has become the go-to source for general information on any subject. However, the "crowdsourcing" used by Wikipedia opens their doors to spin and whitewashing–edits that may be less than factual in nature. To help journalists, citizens, and activists track these edits, TWG (The Working Group) partnered with Metro News and the Center for Investigative Reporting to build WikiWash.

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Unmanagement and unleadership

Wednesday 24th of December 2014 12:00:00 PM

Luis Ibanez is a senior software developer at Google. In this short talk he explains what he means by "unmanagement" and "unleadership" and how they can change the course of a project.

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The year in local open data

Wednesday 24th of December 2014 08:00:00 AM

Written by Alisha Green

It was another year full of encouraging news on the open data front in states and municipalities across the country. New open data policies were approved in municipalities of all sizes from coast to coast, existing open data programs matured and sparked new innovations, and there were numerous other open government wins as a result of advocacy efforts.

Here's a look back at the year's highlights:

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Top 10 open source in business stories of 2014

Tuesday 23rd of December 2014 12:00:00 PM

Business is one of the prime areas of focus on, so naturally we've accumulated a lot of great information over the year about tools for doing business, like project management, customer management, and content management. We've also shone a light on the companies and business leaders across the globe who are working for open source companies, operating under transparent procedures, or leading collaborative operations.

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Top 5: Legal issues in open source in 2014

Tuesday 23rd of December 2014 10:00:00 AM

The most-read articles this year on demonstrated a strong interest in the changing aspects of complicated issues. For example, the top two stories this year both relate to a complex series of cases involving a dispute between Versata and Aperiprise surrounding alleged violations of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

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Open science leaps forward in 2014

Tuesday 23rd of December 2014 08:00:00 AM

We have had quite a year of open science at in 2014! I couldn't hope to cover every article we published over the year, but I will highlight some of my favorites. The tide is turning in science. More funding is going to open science projects, more publications are making their data available to everyone (especially other researchers), and all of this is hopefully beginning to impact hiring decisions.

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Best of open hardware in 2014

Monday 22nd of December 2014 12:00:00 PM

Open hardware is the physical foundation of the open movement. It is through understanding, designing, manufacturing, commercializing, and adopting open hardware, that we built the basis for a healthy and self-reliant community of open. And the year of 2014 had plenty of activities in the open hardware front.

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The OpenStack opportunity, the way forward, and more

Monday 22nd of December 2014 10:00:00 AM

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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Why is everyone hating on operating systems?

Monday 22nd of December 2014 08:00:00 AM

In the beginning, there were operating systems. Computers have changed, evolved, and grown ever more powerful. But the operating system is still underlying everything, and it's not going anywhere.

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Top 5 articles of the week: Best of open source this year, and more

Saturday 20th of December 2014 01:30:00 PM

Every week, I tally the numbers and listen to the buzz to bring you this week's most read articles on Here's the top 5 for this week: December 15 - 19, 2014.

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Halo 4 backend, SuperTuxKart, and more

Saturday 20th of December 2014 01:00:00 PM

Hello, gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at Halo 4 backend, SuperTuxKart, Godot engine 1.0, and news on Linux game releases!

Open source and Linux games roundup Week of December 13 - 19, 2014

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Most important open source news of the year

Friday 19th of December 2014 12:00:00 PM

This is a Special Edition of our weekly open source news roundup, as we look back at the top news stories in 2014!

I looked most closely at news in the areas of business, government, and education. There has also been some remarkable news where you would not expect, on how open source is helping to make a difference and the world a better place.

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The helpful stranger and meaning of open source

Friday 19th of December 2014 10:00:00 AM

I’ve been a software engineer for almost 15 years now, and although I didn't realize it at the time, I’ve been working with open source software from the get-go. From basic GNU command line utilities to C compilers, open source was there from the start.

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Advance your OpenStack with new guides and howtos

Friday 19th of December 2014 08:00:00 AM

The cloud is the future, and now is the time to start learning more about how you can use OpenStack to solve your organization's IT infrastructure needs. Fortunately, we're here to help with that.

Every month, we compile the very best of recently published how-tos, guides, tutorials, and tips into this handy collection. And don't forget, for much more information beyond these snippets, the official documentation for OpenStack is always a great place to look.

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More in Tux Machines

What will 2015 bring for the open source cloud?

Regardless of what we see in 2015, the open source cloud will continue to grow, change, and adapt. What is your top prediction for this year? Read more

Five Great Applications For Systems Admins

Being a systems administrator is a difficult, often thankless job. You’re one of the people responsible for keeping the entire IT infrastructure of your business up and running. What that means is that whenever something doesn’t work the way it should, all eyes immediately turn in your direction. You can hardly be blamed for looking to make your life a bit easier. I’d actually recommend that you do so, truth be told. The less time you spend slogging through all the basics of administration, the more time you can devote to improving your server. To that end, I’ve compiled a list of a few of the best sysadmin apps on the web; tools that any Linux administrator worth their salt should consider using. Read more

today's leftovers

Sdparm & ddpt Linux Disk Utilities Updated

For those out of the loop, sdparm allows for setting and getting SCSI device parameters. The ddpt utility is yet another spin-off of dd but with extra features regarding storage control. Both ddpt and sdparm work on not only Linux but also BSDs, Solaris, and even Windows. Read more