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3 ways to contribute to Firefox OS

18 hours 59 min ago

Firefox OS, Mozilla's open source mobile phone operating system, needs developers. And Benjamin Kerensa knows just where to find them.

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Girls' skills are needed in tech

20 hours 59 min ago

ChickTech is based in Portland but plans to be nationwide by 2016. After interviewing Jennifer Davidson about how ChickTech gets girls involved in tech, I have high hopes it's even sooner.

The non-profit targets girls who would never nominate themselves to participate in a tech workshop and who wouldn't dream of a career in tech. Why? Because they've never had someone believe their skills were valuable in that world. I believe that our society understands that girls' skills are needed in tech, we've just needed support for our girls like we've shown for our boys.

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Open storytelling to boost literacy

22 hours 59 min ago

I'm in love with open source, but I've been dating open content for many years. You would think these two would jump at the chance to cross-promote, but too often that doesn't happen. Open source claims it has a headache. Open content says it's too busy. Really, a headache? Really, too busy?

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New release of OpenStack Swift brings storage policies

Thursday 10th of July 2014 02:58:00 AM

Object storage with OpenStack Swift gained an important feature in yesterday's 2.0 release with the addition of storage policies. John Dickinson, Swift Program Technical Lead, called storage policies the "biggest thing to happen to Swift since it was open-sourced four years ago." So what exactly are storage policies, and how do they affect the way data is stored in an open source cloud?

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Why is Docker the new craze in virtualization and cloud computing?

Wednesday 9th of July 2014 11:00:00 AM

It's OSCON time again, and this year the tech sector is abuzz with talk of cloud infrastructure. One of the more interesting startups is Docker, an ultra-lightweight containerization app that's brimming with potential

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It's better to share with functional programming

Wednesday 9th of July 2014 07:00:00 AM

Katie Miller is a Developer Advocate at Red Hat for the open source Platform as a Service, OpenShift, and co-founder of the Lambda Ladies group for women in functional programming. She has a passion for language and linguistics, but also for the open source way.

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Top 5 open source customer relationship management tools

Tuesday 8th of July 2014 11:00:00 AM

Creating and maintaining relationships with customers can be a challenge. But it's also essential for a business' survival and growth. To maintain those relationships, a CRM system is a must. And CRM is one area in which open source shines brightly.

Let's take a quick look at five of the top open source CRM systems. This is by no means a definitive list. Each CRM system covered in this article has been selected based on its rich or unique feature set.

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Building, deploying, and distributing software with JFrog

Tuesday 8th of July 2014 09:00:00 AM

Founded in 2008, JFrog provides open source solutions for package repositories and software distribution aimed at a new breed of developers. With a focus on open source and the burgeoning cloud scene, JFrog has garnered their fair share of awards and press from industry heavyweights and communities alike.

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An open-minded Internet safety curriculum

Tuesday 8th of July 2014 07:00:00 AM

What should high schools students be taught about Internet safety? Traditional high school curriculum has followed guidance from the U.S. Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). Enacted by Congress in 2000 and updated in 2011, student Internet safety training is a requirement for U.S. schools that receive federal funding from the FCC's E-rate program. Under the terms of CIPA, students must be educated on appropriate online behavior (such as in chat rooms and social networks) and cyberbullying.

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Why OpenStack matters, celebrating four years, and more

Monday 7th of July 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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Open source's identity crisis

Monday 7th of July 2014 09:00:00 AM

For Karen Sandler, software freedom isn't simply a technical matter. Nor is it a purely ideological one.

It's a matter of life and death.

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From zero to Spark Core in two years

Monday 7th of July 2014 07:00:00 AM

Spark is a company inspired by Zach Supalla's deaf feather.

"My dad has lights in his house that flash when someone rings the doorbell. I wanted to make lights that would flash when my mom texted him, so they could stay in better touch," explains Zach.

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Ouya All-Access Plan, Mario Paint on Chrome, and more

Saturday 5th of July 2014 02:00:00 PM
Open source games roundup Week of June 29 - July 5, 2014

In this week's edition of our open source games news roundup, we sidle up to the Ouya All-Access Plan, bop our heads to some dulcet Mario Paint musical masterpieces, and more.

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Automotive Grade Linux, running Android without Google, and more

Friday 4th of July 2014 11:00:00 AM
Open source news for your reading pleasure. June 28 - July 4, 2014

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we celebrate our digital independence and take a cruise with Automotive Grade Linux. Plus more!

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Doctors unite to increase access to quality health information

Friday 4th of July 2014 09:00:00 AM

Six years ago, Dr. James Heilman was working a night shift in the ER when he came across an error-ridden article on Wikipedia. Someone else might have used the article to dismiss the online encyclopedia, which was then less than half the size it is now. Instead, Heilman decided to improve the article.

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Creating an OpenStack community locally

Friday 4th of July 2014 07:00:00 AM

Learning is easier with a community of practice. For some in the open source world, community is something that takes only a virtual form, but there's still a lot of value in good old fashioned face-to-face communities to share and learn together. Taking a page out of the book of Linux User Groups (LUGs), several advocates for open source projects have found the population of interested users in their area to have reached the critical mass necessary to build and sustain local user groups of their own.

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Mozilla's Rust programming language at critical stage

Thursday 3rd of July 2014 11:00:00 AM

At this year's Great Wide Open conference, Steve Klabnik gave a talk about Mozilla's Rust programming language. Klabnik previously authored an introductory Rust tutorial entitled Rust for Rubyists, and this talk serves a similar purpose. However, instead of being Ruby focused, this talk was aimed at programmers in general.

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Managing passwords the open source way

Thursday 3rd of July 2014 09:00:00 AM

At this point, I have more usernames and passwords to juggle than any person should ever have to deal with. I know I'm not alone, either. We have a surfeit of passwords to manage, and we need a good way to manage them so we have easy access without doing something silly like writing them down where others might find them. Being a fan of simple apps, I prefer using pass, a command line password manager.

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OSCON 2014: Speaker interview series

Thursday 3rd of July 2014 07:00:00 AM

OSCON 2014 arrives July 20 - 24 this year!

To promote this influential open source conference, put on by Tim O'Reilly and O'Reilly Media since 1999, is interviewing some of the speakers from the line-up prior to the event.

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Is open data living up to the hype? One data journalist weighs in

Wednesday 2nd of July 2014 11:00:00 AM

Journalism is one profession that has embraced open source. Open source enables smaller organizations with little or no budget to effectively extend their news gathering capabilities. It's not just smaller news organizations who've been adopting open source—The New York Times recently unveiled a new open source content management system.

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