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5 great apps backed with open data

Monday 15th of September 2014 03:46:00 PM

Data.gov has taken open source to heart. Beyond just providing open data and open source code, the entire process involves open civic engagement. All team ideas, public interactions, and new ideas (from any interaction) are cross-posted and entered in Github. These are tracked openly and completed to milestones for full transparency. We also recently redesigned the website at Data.gov through usability testing and open engagement on Github.


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New features for OpenStack networking, web dashboard improvements, and more

Monday 15th of September 2014 03:00:00 PM

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


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Open source datacenter computing with Apache Mesos

Monday 15th of September 2014 09:00:00 AM

Apache Mesos is a cluster manager that provides efficient resource isolation and sharing across distributed applications or frameworks. Mesos is a open source software originally developed at the University of California at Berkeley. It sits between the application layer and the operating system and makes it easier to deploy and manage applications in large-scale clustered environments more efficiently. It can run many applications on a dynamically shared pool of nodes. Prominent users of Mesos include Twitter, Airbnb, MediaCrossing, Xogito and Categorize.


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Lobbying for open source and Linux in schools

Monday 15th of September 2014 09:00:00 AM

About eight years ago, I started lobbying to bring more Linux and open source software to high schools and higher IT vocational institutions in the Netherlands and Belgium. Here's how I did it and what you can learn from it to do the same where you live.


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Top 5 articles of the week: Learning Linux, cloud courses, and Drupal distros

Sunday 14th of September 2014 12:00:00 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 Opensource.com.

Top 5 articles of the week

#5. Three Drupal education distros reviewed


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Minecraft up for sale, GOG from the command line, and more

Saturday 13th of September 2014 12:00:00 PM
Open source games roundup Week of September 7 - September 13, 2014

In this week's edition of our open source games news roundup, we take a look at the big Minecraft news, download some GOG games from the command line, and Hack 'n' Slash.


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Tiny open source robot, Drupal's creator on our changing economy, and more

Friday 12th of September 2014 11:00:00 AM
Open source news for your reading pleasure. September 6 - 12, 2014

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we check out how Drupal creator Dries Buytaert thinks our economy is changing, new incentives to squash bugs, a tiny open source robot, and more!


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OpenStack automation with cloud deployment tools

Friday 12th of September 2014 09:00:00 AM

In the cloud world, the mantra is "automate everything." It's no surprise that as OpenStack expands its scope, automation projects are emerging within it. But, the variety and the sheer number of these projects is still surprising: there are over twenty!


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Step-by-step: create an online quiz on Moodle

Friday 12th of September 2014 07:00:00 AM

Teaching is called the noblest profession of all. When you teach somebody you give that person knowledge that they are going to use over a lifetime. As with any other profession, teaching also is slowly embracing technology in terms of remote education, MOOCs, online tutorials, and more. Typical of open source methods, it is helping a field innovate, helping teachers educate students faster and better.


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Why pay for a degree these days?

Thursday 11th of September 2014 11:00:00 AM

You've probably heard of MIT's OpenCourseWare program by now; or at least, you will have heard that some universities are offering versions of their courses online for free. But what does that even mean? That anybody with an Internet connection can now get a Bachelor's degree from MIT? The answer is still, more or less, "it's complicated."


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Can open hardware revive the lost art of tinkering?

Thursday 11th of September 2014 09:00:00 AM

When's the last time you tinkered with something? Maybe it was someone else's code, maybe it was a project you found on a forum. Were you curious enough to dive in, or did you just toss the idea to the wayside?


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Gibbon sees demand for open education grow

Thursday 11th of September 2014 07:00:00 AM

Over the previous few months, since I wrote about Gibbon earlier this year on Opensource.com, visits to the Gibbon website have increased 1,000%, with visitors coming from over 70 countries around the world. The extra visits have lead to more downloads, with a current total of 80 Gibbon installations—a flexible, open, and functional school system—in various stages of testing. While still only in full, active use in two schools, with a third coming online in August, Gibbon is now being actively considered and assessed by a number of schools and institutions, including the UN Relief and Works Agency.


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Free courses for getting started in the open source cloud

Wednesday 10th of September 2014 11:00:00 AM

The cloud is a big place. There's no one technology, no one source of information, and no one topic that can cover everything. But to me, that's what is exciting about it. It's a place where having a multidisciplinary background is not only helpful, it's essential.


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3 Drupal education distros reviewed

Wednesday 10th of September 2014 09:00:00 AM

Drupal is a powerful and flexible open source content management system that powers a large number of sites on the Internet. Drupal's flexibility means that sites built with Drupal can vary widely in form and function. In most cases, this flexibility is a benefit, but it can sometimes also be overwhelming. Growing a Drupal powered website from Drupal Core to a finished, customized site, by selecting from a wide variety of modules and themes, can be a complicated and time consuming process.


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Open data in education starts to show real traction

Wednesday 10th of September 2014 07:00:00 AM

At the Open Education Working Group we are interested in all aspects of open education, from Open Education Resources (OERs) and new learning and teaching practices, to open source tools and open licenses.


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Students power this open source high school

Tuesday 9th of September 2014 11:00:00 AM

I suspect that many of your days in high school looked something like this: An adult teacher stands in the front of a square room, lecturing or drawing, with a flood of facts, figures, and dates flowing into a well organized grid of neatly arranged desks. As the teacher lectures, students apathetically scrawled notes, which will be regurgitated onto a future exam. Every one of the students is expected to master the same information, regardless as to their individual ability, personal strengths, interests or aptitudes. Rinse, repeat, until the day of high school commencement, when the cycle ends and one's post-school life commenced.


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6 questions to accelerate open source in non-tech companies

Tuesday 9th of September 2014 09:00:00 AM

There’s now an accelerating trend of businesses adopting strategies reflective of the open source way—creating new value through development of some kind of purpose-driven community committed to open exchange and collaboration, prototype-driven solutions, and "the best ideas win."


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The personality of a Linux-loving teen

Tuesday 9th of September 2014 07:00:00 AM

At my public library job I work in Takoma Park, Maryland, I talk with several hundred youth every week. I try to boost their curiosity, guide them in their wonderings and steer them to interesting and useful web sites. I try to point them in a direction where they'll encounter creative fulfillment and career success, while at the same time finding a meaningful role for themselves in this world.


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Deconstructing the open cloud, the OpenStack Trove roadmap, and more

Monday 8th of September 2014 03:00:00 PM

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


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Students build smart devices and scientific instruments with Arduino

Monday 8th of September 2014 09:00:00 AM

Recently, the National Academy of Engineering announced fourteen Grand Engineering Challenges for the 21st century. Take a look, it’s a good list—promoting environmental sustainability, human health, and information technology that empowers people. But the last item on the list was most compelling to me—engineering the tools of scientific discovery.


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More in Tux Machines

Petition Started for 64-bit and Linux Support on Intel Atom Bay Trail Tablets

The Intel Atom Bay Trail tablets have been out for a few months already, but none of the hardware vendors is providing 64-bit firmware builds for them, which means that you can't install any Linux distros. Read more

Intel's Edison Brings Yocto Linux to Wearables

Linux-based platforms for wearables include Android Wear, Samsung's Tizen SDK for Wearables, and now Intel's Yocto Linux and Intel Atom-based Edison computing module. The Edison was released last week in conjunction with the Intel Developer Forum. Prior to the formal launch, some 70 Intel Edison beta units have been seeded, forming the basis for about 40 Edison-based projects, says Intel. Read more

Linux Tech Support & Time Warner

I’ve spent my time in the tech support trenches…and someone else’s time as well. Please mark my dues paid in full. I’ve worked from the script-reader doing basic trouble-shooting, up to floor supervisor and level three support. My point? Not everybody who works support at a call center is an idiot, but some certainly are… Since 2005, I have helped financially-disadvantaged kids get computers in their homes. While it’s become a cliché in the past few years, the “digital divide” most certainly exists. Since our early days of Komputers4Kids, The HeliOS Project and now Reglue, the gap between the tech haves and have-nots remains a problem. Read more

Linus' Systemd Indifference, PCLOS Review, and Rebecca

Today in Linux news Linus Torvalds tells Sam Varghese that he's Switzerland in the Systemd war as Paul Venezia is back to clarify his "split Linux in two" post and Linuxgrrl takes the community pulse. Jesse Smith reviews PCLinuxOS 2014.08. Clem has announced a change in naming protocol at the Mint project for upcoming 17.1. And finally today, Jim Zemlin talks about what it takes to be a successful Open Source project. Read more