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OnePlus ditches CyanogenMod, Raspberry Pi 2 powered robots, and more

Friday 20th of February 2015 12:00:00 PM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at OnePlus adopting a new mobile OS, robots powered by the Raspberry Pi 2, a big data vendor going open source, and more!

Open source news for your reading pleasure. February 15 to February 20, 2015

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4 tips for how to migrate to Drupal

Friday 20th of February 2015 10:00:00 AM

If you have a content-heavy website, then you most definitely have heard of Drupal, an open source content management system (CMS). Maybe you've heard also that Drupal is free, secure, and has a wonderful developer network, which means lots of talent to choose from. So, what are you waiting for?

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Why open access matters

Friday 20th of February 2015 08:00:00 AM

Imagine a world where scientists and inventors had no access to the accomplishments of the generations which came before us. The wheel would, quite literally, need to be reinvented by everyone who came along and wanted to move forward.

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A developer's guide to getting into open source

Thursday 19th of February 2015 12:00:00 PM

Want to contribute to an open source project, but don't know where to start? Finding the first problem to fix in an unfamiliar codebase can seem pretty difficult—and even more so if it counts millions of lines of code—but it's usually much easier than it looks. This article should give you a few tips and ideas on how to get started.

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Does your open hardware project need a license?

Thursday 19th of February 2015 10:00:00 AM

The last part is in place, you can still smell the solder in the room. Your open hardware project is complete. So, what comes next? The hard part: do you need a license?

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Why open source needs accessibility standards

Thursday 19th of February 2015 08:00:00 AM

As the user base of open source software continues to grow, developers have the responsibility of making their software accessible to all potential users, including people with disabilities. While programs designed specifically to provide accessibility exist in the development sphere of open source software, most applications have little to no native accessibility support.

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11 ways to get involved with Humanitarian FOSS

Wednesday 18th of February 2015 12:00:00 PM

This article is part of the HFOSS column coordinated by Jen Wike Huger. To share your projects and stories about how free and open source software is making the world a better place, contact us at

Lending a digital hand for humanitarian projects is just a click away. Whether you have five minutes or a few hours, you can make a difference with a variety of HFOSS projects. The level of skills required vary from web search, verification, mapping, translation, training, and open source software development. Along the journey of changing the world, you can meet like minds and hone your skills. The key is to ask yourself: What do I want to do? How can I get started? How can I find the right project and community?

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NGINX: The secret heart of the modern web

Wednesday 18th of February 2015 10:00:00 AM

Sarah Novotny is a technology evangelist and community leader for NGINX. I first met her at OSCON, where she's one of the program chairs. She makes it look easy on stage, but it's a tough job to help organize one of the largest open source events held each year.

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Cultural knowledge needs to be more open

Wednesday 18th of February 2015 08:00:00 AM

Subha Panigrahi is an educator and open source activist based in Bangalore, India. He is currently works at the Centre for Internet and Society's Access To Knowledge program where he builds partnership with universities, language researchers, and GLAM organizations. Their goal is to bring more scholarly and encyclopedic content under free licenses. During his work at the Wikimedia Foundation's India Program, Subha was involved in designing community sustaining and new contributor cultivation models.

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17 years of defending open source: Join the OSI today

Tuesday 17th of February 2015 12:00:00 PM

The Open Source Initiative (OSI) serves as an international nexus of trust, protecting and promoting open source software as well as the communities that develop and depend on it. Primarily known for our work in certifying open source software licenses, the OSI's work today has grown—just as open source has—to include a variety of member-driven working groups and incubator projects that help practitioners and communities create and share resources, furthering the open source movement. For 17 years, the OSI has brought together open source developers, organizers, contributors, advocates, and businesses toward the common goal of creation through collaboration. Our membership campaign is dedicated to furthering this vision.

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Another idea for addressing patent trolling: eliminate jury trials

Tuesday 17th of February 2015 12:00:00 PM

Patent reform is once again in the air. A few days ago, Congressman Bob Goodlatte and others re-introduced the Innovation Act, which was passed by the House in the last Congress but died in the Senate. It has several good ideas, including fee shifting, clearer pleadings, patent ownership disclosure requirements, combatting discovery abuse, clarity in ownership of patents, protection of downstream users, and others. Some of these could improve the chances for businesses facing attacks by patent assertion entities (PAEs, aka patent trolls).

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Where do we stand 30 years after the founding of the Free Software Foundation?

Tuesday 17th of February 2015 09:00:00 AM

There is a growing concern about government surveillance. At the same time, those of us who live and breathe technology do so because it provides us with a service and freedom to share our lives with others.

There is a tacit assumption that once we leave the store, the device we have in our pocket, backpack, or desk is ours. We buy a computer, a tablet, a smartphone, and we use applications and apps without even thinking about who really owns the tools and whether we truly own any of it. You purchase a device, yet you are not free to modify it or the software on it in any way. It begs the question of who really owns the device and the software?

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Why did you start using open source?

Tuesday 17th of February 2015 08:00:00 AM

When it comes to getting involved with open source, everyone has their own story. As our Beginners to Open Source series gets into full swing, we want you to share yours.

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Redesigning the Linux video system from the ground up

Monday 16th of February 2015 12:00:00 PM

Being a good open source citizen—that's where it starts. For Jon Cruz, navigating various technical opportunities over the years eventually led him there. Jon recently started working in the Open Source Group at Samsung where he works on the Wayland project as well as IoTivity, an infrastructure for the Internet of Things.

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A beginner's guide to GitHub

Monday 16th of February 2015 10:00:00 AM

From Google to The White House, everyone is on GitHub. If you don't know what GitHub is, keep reading, because I'm also going to talk about why it's one of my favorite websites and share some of its most popular features.

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Welcoming OpenStack Liberty, documentation improvements, and more

Monday 16th of February 2015 08:00:00 AM

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

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New games for Linux, Open Source Virtual Reality, and more

Saturday 14th of February 2015 01:30:00 PM

Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at Steamworks SDK by Valve, mapping Twitch with Gephi, Open Source Virtual Reality, and more.

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Top 5: Ubuntu phone, Phonebloks, and Adafruit's open hardware

Friday 13th of February 2015 03:23:00 PM

Welcome to's Weekly Top 5!

This week we talk about Human Hacking at SCALE 13X, the open hardware phenomenon, DevOps culture, reducing smartphone waste, and the new Ubuntu phone. Plus, we've got a new column on the site!

Tune in every week by subscribing to our YouTube channel and visiting our Top 5 video playlist.

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Ubuntu smartphone, Tower drone flight control app, and more

Friday 13th of February 2015 12:00:00 PM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at the the new Ubuntu smartphone, Tower drone flight control app, farmers get open source, and more!

Open source news for your reading pleasure. February 7 - 13, 2015

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Rocket and the application container spec

Friday 13th of February 2015 10:00:00 AM

It's no secret: application containers have seen an enormous surge in interest and popularity over the past year or two. While Docker has been one driver of this trend, there are other contenders as well. Perhaps chief among them is Rocket.

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Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Vivid Vervet Beta 1 Released, Ubuntu MATE Is Now Official Flavor

ubuntu 15.04 beta released with official release for MATE

Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet MATE Beta 1 released today with other flavors of Ubuntu like KDE, Xfce, LXDE and GNOME desktop environment. Although, as usual Ubuntu unity has not taken part in Beta release. And first time Ubuntu MATE is an official releaed.

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