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Top 10 FOSS legal stories in 2016

Thursday 16th of February 2017 08:01:00 AM

The year 2016 resulted in several important developments that affect the FOSS ecosystem. While they are not strictly "legal developments" they are important for the community.


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Want to be a great leader? Assume positive intent

Thursday 16th of February 2017 08:00:00 AM

Open source communities are some of the most passionate organizations I've ever seen. Their members care deeply about the work they do (often voluntarily), and that passion drives incredible innovations. That's no small feat, because open source communities are often collaborating in the face of geographic, cultural, and technological barriers that can lead to unfortunate misunderstandings.

And yet open source communities are also extraordinarily resilient. Some of them have found clever ways to refocus their energies and eliminate sources of conflict.


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Linux Foundation and NCWIT release free Inclusive Speaker Orientation course

Wednesday 15th of February 2017 05:15:00 PM

At the Open Source Leadership Summit in Tahoe today, the Linux Foundation and the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) unveiled a free new online course for event speakers.


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Generate random data for your applications with Elizabeth

Wednesday 15th of February 2017 08:02:00 AM

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A musician's transition from distro to distro

Wednesday 15th of February 2017 08:01:00 AM

My first encounter with computers was in 1980 when my friend's father borrowed an ABC80 from the school where he was working. It was the coolest thing I had seen, and smelled of warm plastic and mystery.

My friend and I spent many days and evenings writing programs and games. But because there were no games available, we had to create them ourselves.


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Organizing your music: Tagging as you rip

Wednesday 15th of February 2017 08:00:00 AM

I think that I've always hated filing and organizing stuff. Equally, I always hate it when I can't find something because I haven't filed or organized it well. When it comes to enjoying my music, these two contradicting tendencies tend to show up when I try a new music player that can't figure out how my cover art is stored, can't find the correct cover image online because the album is unusual, or the version I have isn't correctly named.


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Unleashed: Open source tech for pets and animals

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 08:03:00 AM

I was discussing open source technology with my cat this morning and he brought up a good point: "Why don't you do an article on open source tech for animals?"

You know, Donald's right. Animal open source tech deserves a spotlight. Afterall, animals appear in many open source brands, and pets, like mine at least, lend lots of support while I'm trying out new software, building gadgets, or just writing about this stuff.


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DevOps Poetry Slam: 5 poems on the art of DevOps

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 08:02:00 AM

At 30 years of age, LISA is one of the premier system administration conferences in the world. Each year it hosts hundreds of the best sysadmin and infrastructure minds for nearly a week of in depth tutorials and sessions on the latest technologies and techniques.


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What happens when we just assume positive intent?

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 08:01:00 AM

I never make New Year's resolutions. I've never understood the concept, never felt motivated to change with the calendar, and always been cynical of the effectiveness of "resolving" to change.

Instead, I like to continually examine my habits and think about how I can improve on a more frequent basis. That said, 2016 has been an interesting year, and the beginning of 2017 I think is a good opportunity to think about how to be intentional about my behavior in all aspects of my life.


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What happens when we just assume positive intent?

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 08:01:00 AM

I never make New Year's resolutions. I've never understood the concept, never felt motivated to change with the calendar, and always been cynical of the effectiveness of "resolving" to change.

Instead, I like to continually examine my habits and think about how I can improve on a more frequent basis. That said, 2016 has been an interesting year, and the beginning of 2017 I think is a good opportunity to think about how to be intentional about my behavior in all aspects of my life.


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What's your favorite open source animal?

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 08:00:00 AM

Open source brands and logos often feature animals. In the image above you might be able to think of one or a few open source projects those animals might represent. 

In one of Jeff Macharyas's latest articles, he highlights six open source projects with iconic brands, with some background on what the animal is and where it came from.

In this poll, we came up with a few more to add to his list for you to vote on: Which is your favorite?


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Free as in puppy: The hidden costs of free software

Monday 13th of February 2017 08:03:00 AM

We're used to hearing of software being described as "free as in freedom" and "free as in beer." But there's another kind of "free" that doesn't get talked about as much: "free as in puppy." This concept is based around the idea that when someone gives you a free puppy, that puppy isn't really free. There's a lot of work and expenses that go into its daily care. The business term is "total cost of ownership," or TCO, and it applies to anything, not just open source software and puppies.


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The decline of GPL?

Monday 13th of February 2017 08:02:00 AM

A little while ago I saw an interesting tweet from Stephen O'Grady at RedMonk on the state of open source licensing, including this graph.


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9 relevant topics for community leaders today

Monday 13th of February 2017 08:01:00 AM

In 2009, Jono Bacon brought the first Community Leadership Summit to the free and open source world. Five years later, Donna Benjamin hosted an off-shoot event, CLSx at linux.conf.au in Perth.


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A getting started guide for contributors, Designate's future, and more OpenStack news

Monday 13th of February 2017 06:00:00 AM

Are you interested in keeping track of what is happening in the open source cloud? Opensource.com is your source for news in OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure project.

OpenStack around the web

From news sites to developer blogs, there's a lot being written about OpenStack every week. Here are a few highlights.


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Civilization VI comes to Linux, GDC 2017, and more open gaming news

Saturday 11th of February 2017 08:00:00 AM

In this open gaming roundup, we take a look at the release of Civilization VI for Linux, the upcoming Game Developer Conference, and more open gaming news.

Open gaming roundup for January 29-February 11, 2017


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Top 5: Vim plugins for writers, Raspberry Pi's PIXEL OS, and more

Friday 10th of February 2017 08:25:00 PM

In this week's Top 5, I highlight favorite vim plugins, Getting started with PIXEL OS, OpenToonz for Linux users, GNOME 3 extensions, and careers in open source.

Top 5 articles of the week

5. A graduate degree could springboard you into an open source job


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Lessons from a brief career in open source

Friday 10th of February 2017 08:02:00 AM

I don't think many people answer the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" with "I want to work in open source."

In my experience, working in the open source community is something that happens as a result of something else. I worked in open source for a short time—in fact, the mission statement of the company I worked for included the words "open source." But my path to that job was not direct and not as laser-focused as one might think.


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How I became a project team leader in open source

Friday 10th of February 2017 08:01:00 AM

The only people to whose opinions I listen now with any respect are people much younger than myself. They seem in front of me. Life has revealed to them her latest wonder. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray


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FOSS February: A month to celebrate open source

Friday 10th of February 2017 08:00:00 AM

Join the Twitter Party hosted by National Day Calendar on 2/10


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