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Should marketing professionals learn how to code?

Thursday 11th of December 2014 12:00:00 PM

Elaine Marino says that she's a reformed "Ad-girl." Today, she's a still a marketer but has added developer to her skillset. Why?

While a Marketing Manager for a start-up built on .Net, she realized she couldn't help them if she couldn't understand them. She was left out of the conversation. So, she picked up coding. Specifically, Ruby on Rails. By adding coding to her skillset, her passion changed and thus, so did the course of her professional career. She started LadyCoders Productions, a job that combines her coding skills with her marketing communications, event planning, and project management skills.

Elaine tells me in this interview why some marketers should learn to code. Should you?

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The truth about the thick skin of a community manager

Thursday 11th of December 2014 10:00:00 AM

I met up with Jono Bacon at LinuxCon Europe on October 16 this year where he gave a keynote and presented a full day workshop on community management.

Jono previously spent 7 years as a community manager at Canonical. Today, he is the senior director of community at XPRIZE: an organization that creates big prizes for teams to help them reach their goals. They believe that facilitating competition, and rewarding it, can change the world.

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What OpenStack women are saying about the community

Thursday 11th of December 2014 08:00:00 AM

It's a problem that the tech industry struggles with in general, and OpenStack is no different: How do we create an environment that is open, inviting, and friendly to women, and how do we get more women involved?

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Hour of Code aims for 100 million students this year

Wednesday 10th of December 2014 12:00:00 PM

Next week, is putting on the Hour of Code for Computer Science Education Week, and it's going to be epic.

Last year, Hour of Code tried to introduce ten million students to coding in one week, but actually they got fifteen million. This year, they're going extra global and shooting for a hundred million students.

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Making your IT infrastructure boring with Ansible

Wednesday 10th of December 2014 10:00:00 AM

Michael DeHaan is the guy who created, in his own words, "that Ansible thing." A lot of the things the system administrator do on a regular basis aren't that interesting. DeHaan wants people in these positions to be able to spend more time on doing things that are creative and interesting, and created Ansible to help with IT automation to free up administrators' time.

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Open source for sensitive email

Wednesday 10th of December 2014 08:00:00 AM

We often discuss the many benefits of open source software. The single most important factor, the one that all benefits emerge from, is open. This is actually at the heart of what the software is, a community-driven software package with full transparency into the code base. Governments care about open source because it provides three powerful benefits: monetary savings, improved quality, and better security and privacy. This last benefit is often less-than-obvious, but equally important.

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Open source all over the world

Tuesday 9th of December 2014 12:00:00 PM

After a full day at the annual meeting of the Community Moderators, it was time for the the last item on the agenda which simply said "Special Guest: TBD." Jason Hibbets, project lead and community manager for, stood up and began explaining, "In case it wasn't going to happen, I didn't want to say who it was. Months ago I asked for any dates he'd be in town. I got two, and picked one. This was one day out of three weeks that Jim was in town."

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Do you need programming skills to learn Linux?

Tuesday 9th of December 2014 10:00:00 AM

A few months ago I took the Introduction to Linux course offered through edX. It's an 18 chapter course with lots of reading, some videos, and a casual level of testing your knowledge. I wrote about the first six chapters and how the course works in, What happens when a non-coder tries to learn Linux. In this article, I cover the first 6 chapters of the course, where we begin to dive into the day to day usage of Linux.

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A look back at open source in 2014

Tuesday 9th of December 2014 08:00:00 AM

The year 2014 will be marked as one where open source changed for me. It didn't change overnight or even very rapidly, but in July I noticed that the open source of today was not what I imagined it would be.

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Tinkering with the Raspberry Pi A+

Monday 8th of December 2014 12:00:00 PM

The Raspberry Pi team is on fire (in a good way), making new Raspberry Pi models faster than we can review them.

Eben Upton, Raspberry Pi Founder and CEO of Raspberry Pi's engineering team, recently announced the new Raspberry Pi A+ model.

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OpenMotics improves home automation

Monday 8th of December 2014 10:00:00 AM

OpenMotics is an open source home automation hardware and software system that offers features like switching lights and outputs, multi-zone heating and cooling, power measurements, and automated actions. The system encompases both open source software and hardware. For interoperability with other systems, the OpenMotics Gateway provides an API through which various actions can be executed.

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Top 10 articles, stats, and editor's picks: November 2014 report

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

For the fourth month in a row, we've had over 400k page views each month on We saw another steady month in November, which garnered 402,689 page views and 233,101 unique visits. We published 72 articles including 11 featured pieces during our Open Food Week.

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Landing your first contribution, OpenStack dominates open source cloud, and more

Monday 8th of December 2014 08:00:00 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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Top 5 articles of the week: The Linux philosophy, ownCloud integration, and more

Saturday 6th of December 2014 01:30:00 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 This week: December 1 - 5, 2014.

Top 5 articles of the week

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Valve and Steam broadcasting, Dolphin emulator, and more

Saturday 6th of December 2014 01:00:00 PM

Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at Steam Broadcasting beta, the open source Dolphin emulator, QEMU's advent calendar, and game releases for Linux.

Open source and Linux games roundup Week of November 29 - December 6, 2014

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Stephen Hawking's speech system, White House playbook, and more

Friday 5th of December 2014 12:00:00 PM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at open source speech system from Stephen Hawking, Docker getting a competitor called Rocket, the White House playbook, and more!

Open source news for your reading pleasure. November 29 - December 5, 2014

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Who are the OpenStack Ambassadors?

Friday 5th of December 2014 10:00:00 AM

Some open source communities form organically, forged by a common goal of users and developers working together to solve similar problems. But every project could benefit from having a few people dedicated to fostering leadership to make sure that the community around the project is as robust and sustainable as the project itself.

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Awarding graduate students for open source study

Friday 5th of December 2014 08:00:00 AM

Univention presents their annual Graduate Prize for dissertations dealing with applicable and in ­demand open source solutions. The winner of the Univention Graduate Prize will receive $2,500 USD. Univention is a leading supplier of open source products for the operation and management of IT infrastructures.

In 2008, Univention decided to create an annual prize to encourage students from a wide range of backgrounds to investigate a variety of aspects of open source software. Since then, submissions from students have been on information technology, the humanities, and social sciences. And, dissertations have dealt with applicable and in ­demand open source solutions.

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Using ownCloud to integrate Dropbox, Google Drive, and more in Gnome

Thursday 4th of December 2014 12:00:00 PM

I was looking for an easy way how to have all my online storage services, such as Google Drive and Dropbox, integrated with my Linux desktop without using some nasty hack, and I finally have a solution that works. I'm here to share it with you. This is not rocket science really, all I did was a little bit of documentation reading, and a couple of clicks.

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Google Code-in tasks and rewards for teens

Thursday 4th of December 2014 10:00:00 AM

Google Code-in is an initiative for 13-17 year olds to get involved in open source software projects.

From December 1, 2014 to January 19, 2015, participating open source organizations identify small tasks for beginners that can take a few hours or a few days to complete, and they identify mentors for participants to work with. Tasks include coding, documentation, research, design, and testing. One doesn't need to know how to code to participate, though it's a great opportunity to learn to code too.

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Can Jolla Deliver the First Open Source Tablet?

Some dreams die hard. After the KDE-based Vivaldi tablet failed to appear after three years of anticipation, Jolla is planning a free software tablet of its own. The product is off to a roaring start, having just raised $1,824,055 in its crowdfunding campaign-- almost five times the original target. So, this time, we might actually see some hardware. Mind you, whether the tablet will satisfy everyone remains open to doubt. Although Jolla is talking loudly about being "people powered" and listening to want users want, some requests, especially for hardware, may be impossible to fulfill. The manufacturing capacity of advanced features is limited world-wide, and monopolized by large companies like Apple and Samsung. More importantly, exactly how free the tablet will be has yet to be announced. Read more

First Ubuntu Phone Will Launch In Europe This February

The first Ubuntu Phone will go on sale in Europe in the second week of February. Read more

Sandia looks to open-source robot tech

Researchers at federal defense and energy laboratories are open sourcing some of the electronics and software for two advanced ambulatory robots in hopes of boosting their ability to handle perilous situations. In a Dec. 16 announcement, the Energy Department's Sandia National Laboratories said it is developing more energy-efficient motors to dramatically improve the endurance of legged robots performing the types of motions that are crucial in disaster response situations. The project is supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Read more

Google releases open-source Java SDK for Cloud Dataflow service to form data pipelines

It’s been a long, long time since Google came up with the foundational technologies for storing and processing big data. This year, the company developed a new tool for working with data as it comes in, and now Google is keen to see people use it. Read more