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Productivity hacks: Optimizing your workflow with open source

Monday 28th of November 2016 08:00:00 AM

Jen Wike Huger and Jason Baker from share some of the productivity tools they use at work. To see a list of the tools and the slides from their presentations, go to

Communication and collaboration

Communication with your team is key.

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Top 5: Python vs. R, Intro to Eclipse Che, and more

Friday 25th of November 2016 08:03:00 AM

In this week's top 5, we highlight Python vs. R, an intro to Eclipse Che, 25 years of Linux in 5 minutes, tips for DIY makers, and using Sphinx to digitize books.

I'm on holiday in the US for Thanksgiving, so no video this week, but I'll be back next week!

Top 5 articles of the week

5. How to use Sphinx to give an old book new life

Learn how to turn a hard copy book into a polished, web-based version of itself.

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Love the Amazon Echo? Meet these 3 open source projects

Friday 25th of November 2016 08:02:00 AM

The past few years have seen a huge surge in the number of consumer devices with voice control features that have hit the market.

First came the voice assisting smartphone, with Google Assistant and Siri, and now making their way into the rest of your house with always-listening devices like Amazon Echo and starting this week, Google Home.

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Win a 3D printer! Enter the 2016 open source holiday giveaway

Friday 25th of November 2016 08:00:00 AM is pleased to announce the LulzBot Mini 3D Printer is the grand prize for our 2016 Holiday Giveaway!

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10 holiday gift ideas for open source enthusiasts

Friday 25th of November 2016 08:00:00 AM

It's that time of year again! Our amazing community members shared some of their favorite open-source-related products and gifts with us, and we've pulled together some of the best for our annual holiday gift guide.

Kick off the holiday shopping season by checking out these 10 great gifts for open source enthusiasts. While you're at it, don't forget to enter our Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway for a chance to win your very own LulzBot Mini 3D printer.

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How to build your code club on GitHub

Thursday 24th of November 2016 08:03:00 AM

For anything involving code, programming clubs often turn to GitHub, which has become the standard for open source project hosting for thousands of projects all over the world. GitHub organizations are for creating teams of people working on projects; organizations can have many repositories and smaller teams inside of them. Here's how you get started.

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Get emotional: Tips for open source communities

Thursday 24th of November 2016 08:02:00 AM

Technology is social before it's technical. —Gilles Deleuze

Humans are driven quite a bit by emotions. You may be a rational human being, but your emotions will still drive many of your choices. You can be excited, angry, interested, or sad about things—it doesn't matter—you'll react to those emotions and you'll very often leak that into your communications.

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Thanks from us, to you

Thursday 24th of November 2016 08:01:00 AM

The team thanks our community moderators, writers, community members, readers, and colleagues for another exciting year in the world of open source. In the past 12 months, we've published more than 1,100 articles and welcomed nearly 300 new writers. We couldn't do it without the vibrant, growing community.

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Making open source fashionable

Thursday 24th of November 2016 08:00:00 AM

In March 2015, the leadership of Berlin-based Zalando gathered the company's entire tech team in a hip underground techno club (it's Berlin, after all) and announced a new way of working—something called "Radical Agility." Inspired by Daniel Pink's Drive, Brian Robertson's Holacracy system and the agile movement, Radical Agility emphasizes Drive's call for autonomy, mastery and purpose as the pillars of the company's tech strategy and culture.

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4 tips for creating a Wikipedia article

Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 08:02:00 AM

It is human nature to want to share the enthusiasm you have for a subject or project with others. Wikipedia is a great place for that, where you can record your expertise and create a fact-based touchpoint for your interest. The site's mission is altruistic, and it has been my experience that Wikipedia administrators zealously guard against content that has an obvious agenda, is not relevant to today's Zeitgeist, or does not provide the references and citations needed to prove accuracy.

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A developer's journey through DevOps

Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 08:01:00 AM

What does developer advocate Burr Sutter have to do with "DevOps king" Gene Kim and his book, The Phoenix Project?

As Sutter explained in his five-minute lightning talk at All Things Open 2016, they share a passion for hands-on technologists—the developers that craft awesome code and the operators who spin out the infrastructure to run it.

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Tools for collecting and analyzing community metrics

Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 08:00:00 AM

Thus far, we've discussed the importance of setting goals to guide the metrics process, avoiding vanity metrics, and outlined the general types of metrics that are useful for studying your community. With a solid set of goals in place, we are now ready to discuss some of the technical details of gathering and analyzing your community metrics that align with those goals.

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25 years of Linux in 5 minutes

Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 08:03:00 AM

Jeremy Garcia of and Bad Voltage (a podcast) delivers 25 years of Linux in five minutes: starting with Linux's first steps as "just a hobby" for creator Linus Torvalds, to its staggering popularity today with 135,000 developers from more than 1,300 companies and 22 million lines of code .

It's a lot to cover.

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Python versus R for machine learning and data analysis

Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 08:02:00 AM

Machine learning and data analysis are two areas where open source has become almost the de facto license for innovative new tools. Both the Python and R languages have developed robust ecosystems of open source tools and libraries that help data scientists of any skill level more easily perform analytical work.

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Education management with Moodle: The beginning, middle, and today

Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 08:01:00 AM

Moodle is the de facto standard in open source learning management systems. It is described as "a learning platform designed to provide educators, administrators and learners with a single robust, secure and integrated system to create personalised learning environments." Plus, Moodle is free software, licensed under the GPL.

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How to strengthen your agile heartbeat with powerful retrospectives

Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 08:00:00 AM

If you work in an open organization for any length of time, you're likely to hear someone mention "sprints" or "heartbeats" at some point. Understanding these terms is simple: Take a big goal, then break it into small pieces that help you get there.

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Watch now: 5 minute videos on Linux and more

Monday 21st of November 2016 06:30:00 PM

Seven folks from various areas of open source came together to give an audience at All Things Open 2016 five minutes on:

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Learn Perl with this temperature-conversion script

Monday 21st of November 2016 08:03:00 AM

Over the years I've learned a number of programming languages on my own, including Perl. One learning tool I figured out is to use some sort of language reference to avoid the frustration of working through several chapters in a manual just to figure out a starting point.

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How to use Sphinx to give an old book new life

Monday 21st of November 2016 08:02:00 AM

The Internet Archive, Project Gutenberg, and Google Books are wonderful sources of historical books, but the finished products of their digitization efforts, while thorough and functional, lack that last bit of polish.

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4 ways to open up your project's infrastructure

Monday 21st of November 2016 08:01:00 AM

Open source isn't just about opening up your code—it's also about building a supporting infrastructure that invites people to contribute. In order to create a vibrant, growing, and exciting project, the community needs to be able to participate in the governance, the documentation, the code, and the actual structures that keep the project alive. If the overall "hive" is doing well, it attracts more individuals with diverse skills to the project.

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More in Tux Machines

Parental Controls for Linux Unleashed

For years, one of the overlooked areas for the Linux desktop was access to “effective” parental controls. Back in 2003, I remember the now defunct Linspire (then known as Lindows) offered a proprietary option called SurfSafe. Surprisingly, at least back then, the product worked very well in providing accurate content filtering capabilities; something that was not,in fact, available and easy-to-use at that time. Years later, an open-source alternative was released to the greater Linux community known as GNOME Nanny. Fantastic in terms of usage control, its web content web filter was laughably terrible. As expected, crowd-sourcing a filtering list isn’t a great solution. And like SurfSafe, the project is now defunct. Read more

Chapeau 24 Cancellara - Same same but different

Fedora plus Moka icons plus some extra software, mainly coming from proprietary sources. I guess that's the best way to describe Chapeau. But then, what separates one distro from another if not a collection of decorations, as software is essentially the same, apart from a very small number of standalone distributions trying to develop their own identity with their own desktop environments and app stack, re: elementary or Solus + Budgie? Except they struggle, too. Chapeau 24 is a nice effort to make Fedora friendlier, but then it does not achieve the needed result without pain. The biggest issues included a botched smartphone support. Samba woes and the horrible bootloader bug. Other than that, it behaved more or less the same way as the parent distro. Then again, why bother if you can pimp up Fedora without any loss of functionality? I do like Chapeau Cancellara, but I cannot ignore the fact Fedora does the same with fewer problems. All in all, it's a welcome effort, but it needs more polish. It does not quite capture the heart the way Fuduntu did. And with some issues looming high above the distro, the grade can only be about 6/10. Most importantly, the bootloader setup must be flawless, and there's not excuse for small app errors that we've seen. We know it can do more. Anyhow, if you're not keen on any self-service round Fedora, this could be a good test bed for your games. A moderately worthy if somewhat risky and flawed experience. Read more

Mofo Linux: The Raw Materials for Security

The developers of Mofo Linux talk a good game. From the name’s origin in abusive street slang to its self-description on the home page as “Linux designed to defeat state censorship and surveillance,” Mofo presents itself as a champion of security and privacy. Nor is the claim unjustified. However, rather than putting security and privacy into the hands of ordinary users, Mofo simply presents the tools and leaves users to figure them out with a minimum of help. The result is a promising distribution that with only slightly more work, could be a leading one. Just possibly, though, this approach is a deliberate tactic, and not the carelessness it appears. Based on Ubuntu, the current release of Mofo offers nothing different in the way of productivity tools. It uses Unity for a desktop, and its applications are the standard GNOME ones. In fact, Mofo shows such little interest in such matters that it does not bother to change the title bar in the installer from Ubuntu. Read more

Happily Announcing Mageia 5.1

As we’re getting closer to the end of the year, Mageia has a present for you! We are very pleased to announce the release of Mageia 5.1! This release – like Mageia 4.1 was in its time – is a respin of the Mageia 5 installation and Live ISO images, based on the Mageia 5 repository and incorporating all updates to allow for an up to date installation without the need to install almost a year and a half worth of updates. It is therefore recommended for new installations and upgrades from Mageia 4. The new images are available from the downloads page, both directly and through torrents. Read more Also: After a long wait, Mageia was released! Well, sort of...