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Phire CMS: A feature-rich, lightweight content management system

Friday 20th of May 2016 07:03:00 AM

By 2009, developer Nick Sagona had, over time, built quite a few custom, hand-rolled content management solutions for his specific client needs. He realized that having a standard, modular platform for all these custom bits would be useful, and Phire CMS was born.


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The most important skill you need as a leader

Friday 20th of May 2016 07:01:00 AM

"One of the most powerful tools you have as a leader is to be present." Eric McNulty opened up the first day of Cultivate this year, the annual pre-conference event before OSCON, with this quote.

First, he asked the audience to think about the whys.

Why are we here? Why did we we decide to spend two days at Cultivate?


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Boost your OpenStack IQ with these tutorials

Friday 20th of May 2016 07:01:00 AM

A new release, Mitaka, brings new features to the various projects that make up OpenStack. And while it's exciting to take advantage of a six month release cycle to gain new features and fix issues, the rapid pace of development can make OpenStack difficult to keep up with, even for seasoned cloud professionals. Fortunately, there are many great learning resources out there, from books to training to official documentation, and of course, many community-created articles and blog posts as well.


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Why do you use Linux?

Friday 20th of May 2016 07:00:00 AM

There are many reasons why people switch to Linux: cost, stability, security, flexibility, and of course, the value that comes from being open source. Which of these reasons first led you to Linux?

Regardless of what caused you to first make the switch, it's exciting to be a part of a community that supports so many different needs with a single ecosystem of overlapping project. The Linux community gives you choice, through a variety of distributions, to find an operating system that finely matches your individual needs.


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Cory Doctorow on the real-world dangers of DRM

Thursday 19th of May 2016 06:00:00 PM

Cory Doctorow gave a fast-paced keynote at OSCON 2016 this year that served as a warning message against DRM (digital rights management): Open, closed, and demon haunted: An Internet of Things that act like inkjet printers.


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A 5-step process for hiring tech talent

Thursday 19th of May 2016 04:50:00 PM

Bitnami cofounder and COO, Erica Brescia says hiring good engineers is difficult. One of the greatest challenges facing companies today is that the younger, less experienced engineers may be a better culture fit than engineers with more experience. Also, more experienced engineers may not apply at all because they are secure in their current jobs.


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3 open source Python GUI frameworks

Thursday 19th of May 2016 07:03:00 AM

There comes a time in the journey of most any programmer when they are ready to branch out past the basic examples and start to build a graphical interface to their program.

In Python, the steps to get started with GUI programming are not terribly complex, but they do require the user to begin making some choices. By its nature as a general purpose programming language with interpreters available across every common operating system, Python has to be fairly agnostic as to the choices it presents for creating graphical user interfaces.


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The future of sharing: integrating Pydio and ownCloud

Thursday 19th of May 2016 07:02:00 AM

The open source file sharing ecosystem accommodates a large variety of projects, each supplying their own solution, and each with a different approach. There are a lot of reasons to choose an open source solution rather than commercial solutions like Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, or OneDrive. These solutions offer to take away worries about managing your data but come with certain limitations, including a lack of control and integration into existing infrastructure.


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The first steps to addressing your impostor syndrome

Thursday 19th of May 2016 07:01:00 AM

I've heard the term "impostor syndrome" tossed around a lot lately, and while I understand what it means in broad strokes, it wasn't until Christina Keelan's keynote at the Community Leadership Summit (CLS) this year that I began to gain a deeper understanding.


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An app competition is fertile testing ground for open organization principles

Thursday 19th of May 2016 07:00:00 AM

It was just a typical, mundane day at school, when I happened to bump into my friend, Sheng Liang, who asked me if I was interested in participating in a competition with his friend, Li Quan. Sheng Liang has an entrepreneurial and competitive mindset, someone we usually see busy with some sort of idea or competition. So I was intrigued by his proposal.


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Computer science professor on the changing face of tech

Wednesday 18th of May 2016 06:32:00 PM

Dr. Kyla McMullen spoke at OSCON's morning keynote session today. She was the first African-American woman to graduate with a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan. And it says a lot about tech's lack of inclusiveness that this landmark achievement happened in 2012.

These days she is Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the University of Florida.


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Takeaways from Docker's Solomon Hykes' keynote at OSCON

Wednesday 18th of May 2016 06:30:00 PM

In the opening OSCON keynote this morning, the founder of Docker, Solomon Hykes, gave us a fantastic birds-eye view of lessons learned from the "firehose" while building a successful open source project. He calls this process: Incremental Revolution.


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Building a bootstrapped business on open source

Wednesday 18th of May 2016 12:34:00 PM

Back in 2009, our day-to-day life at Planio was writing software for clients. Client work is often fun, but there can also be a feeling that you're stuck on a hamster wheel of endlessly churning through projects, always looking for new customers.

We used Redmine, an open source project management tool built using the Ruby on Rails framework, to manage these projects. And then something curious started happening.


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Getting started with Node-RED

Wednesday 18th of May 2016 12:33:00 PM

Node-RED is a browser-based flow editor that lets users wire together hardware devices, APIs, and online services in new and interesting ways.

Node-RED's nodes are like npm packages, and you can get them the same way. And because Node-RED has a built-in text editor, you can make applications as complex as you like by adding JavaScript functions.

Because Node-RED is based on Node.js and takes advantage of the event-driven, non-blocking model, it can be run on low-cost hardware like the Raspberry Pi or in the cloud.


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5 keys to hacking your community. What works?

Wednesday 18th of May 2016 12:00:00 PM

One of the many great keynotes given at the Community Leadership Summit (CLS) this year was by Rod Martin of Mautic, creator of marketing automation software.


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5 rules for avoiding burnout

Tuesday 17th of May 2016 07:03:00 AM

I have goals that might seem familiar to you: improve my overall working conditions, set boundaries for myself, and arrive at some sort of balance between a reasonable stream of work vs. getting things done in a resource-constrained space. If these goals are true for you, keep reading. If not, is the company you work for hiring? "My friend" is looking.


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4 ways to share power, not hoard it

Tuesday 17th of May 2016 07:02:00 AM

For the past few years the Community Leadership Summit (CLS) has taken place the weekend before OSCON. I've never had the opportunity to attend before, but this year OSCON and CLS are in my hometown.


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Conflict resolution: A primer

Tuesday 17th of May 2016 07:01:00 AM

People are pretty incredible. The open source community is a great example of this: hundreds and thousands of people passionate about building new things, collaborating together, and helping each other succeed. Good people deliver great results, time and time again.

There is though, always going to be conflict. Sometimes people will disagree on ideas, on perspectives, on approaches, or ideologies. Sometimes you can’t point your finger at the source of conflict easily and it seems people just don’t get on.


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Imagining classrooms as open organizations

Tuesday 17th of May 2016 07:00:00 AM

Our May 12 #OpenOrgChat brought members of the open organization and open education communities together for a discussion about the future of classrooms.

Below are just a few highlights from our conversation. We hope you'll join us for our next chat—on June 2, the first anniversary of The Open Organization!


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174 OSCON speakers to follow on Twitter

Monday 16th of May 2016 07:03:00 AM

Before I headed to Austin for the Community Leadership Summit (May 14 - 15) and OSCON (May 16 - 19), I went down the "OSCON speakers on Twitter" rabbit hole so you don't have to, and I collected a list of 174 people to follow.


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Raspberry Pi analog input board has weather station option

RasPi.TV has Kickstartered a $12 “RasPiO Analog Zero” Raspberry Pi add-on board the size of an Raspberry Pi Zero. It offers eight 10-bit analog inputs. The RasPiO Analog Zero has surpassed its Kickstarter goals, and is available through May 31 starting at 8 Pounds ($12). Designed for reading up to eight analog sensors simultaneously on a Raspberry Pi, the add-on board is matched to the size of the 65 x 30mm Raspberry Pi Zero. However, it plugs into any Pi with a 40-pin expansion connector, and can work with older 26-pin Pi models with the help of an adapter. Read more

GhostBSD 10.3 Development Continues, Now with UEFI Support for 64-bit Platforms

Today, May 25, 2016, GhostBSD maintainer Eric Turgeon announced the general availability of the second Alpha release of the upcoming GhostBSD 10.3 operating system. Read more

Samsung still undecided on their Android Wear future

Yesterday the Internet lit up like a Christmas tree with the news that Samsung was no longer going to use Android Wear for any of its Smartwatches, but it seems that might not be quite the case. The report from Fast Company cited some Samsung executives confirming that Samsung was not looking into developing any further Android Wear products. Now, In a statement provided to the Engadget website Samsung states: “We disagree with Fast Company’s interpretation. Samsung has not made any announcement concerning Android Wear and we have not changed our commitment to any of our platforms.” Read more

Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition review

The Meizu Pro 5 is the latest flagship smartphone to run on Canonical’s Ubuntu operating system. Ubuntu is designed to work across all device types – including mobile, tablets, convertibles and desktops – using a common core code. This is similar to Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile. However, unlike Microsoft’s code, Ubuntu is totally open source and has largely been developed and improved by the desktop OS’s millions-strong user base. This means the OS is capable of evolving and changing at a great pace and has update cycles that would make most sysadmins weep. Read more