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A shift in education: Teachers who create content, not consume

Tuesday 20th of January 2015 08:00:00 AM

I first met Stephen O’Connor, a fifth grade public school teacher at Wells Central School, at the New York State Association for Computers and Technology in Education Conference in 2007. I don’t recall the exact subject of his presentation, but I came away from his presentation with some new information that helped me implement Moodle in my classroom. He pointed me in the direction of a good hosting company that allowed me to work on Moodle, Drupal, and Wordpress development, which I was most interested in at the time.

At another of his presentations, I came away with a wealth of information about licensing content and the differences between Copyright and Creative Commons. I’ve been following Steve on Twitter for a long time, and he continues to be a great source of learning about open educational resources.


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5 favorite Raspberry Pi and Arduino projects

Monday 19th of January 2015 09:32:00 PM

It has never been a better time to understand the components that fit together to make the hardware we use work. To do that, lets look at my five favorite open hardware projects.

First, what do I mean by open hardware? I mean that the components that make up a device are available for the user to see. No secret formulas. The ingredients are completely transparent, and if you chose, you can source the raw parts and assemble them yourself. You can also learn from the process of assembly and with a team spirit share any problems encountered, then improving the formula of the device. For example, you could suggest better parts or improve the code to make it run faster.


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Beginners in Open Source announced: Call for writers

Monday 19th of January 2015 10:00:00 AM

Announcing the next monthly theme: Beginners in Open Source

Open source projects take all kinds. Writers, programmers, marketers, developers, project managers, community managers... the list goes on. There are a number of talents, and personality types, that are condusive to the collaborative processes that characterize open source projects and communities.


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2015 People's Choice Awards: Cast your vote

Monday 19th of January 2015 09:00:00 AM

Join us in celebration of our 5 year anniversary on January 25, by taking a moment today to vote in our 2015 Opensource.com Community Awards.

The People's Choice Award recognizes the community's favorite contributors from 2014. Voting is open from January 19 - 28. We've come up with a list of eight individuals who have made a significant impact—either by contributing multiple articles or being involved in a story that resonated with our community and generated a big response. You may notice that we've excluded previous winners, Community Moderators, and Red Hat associates from the list.

Cast your vote today.

Voting ends on Wednesday, January 28.


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OpenStack as a social contract, what's new in Nova, and more

Monday 19th of January 2015 08:00:00 AM

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


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The future of Steam Machines, Scrabble in 3D, and more

Saturday 17th of January 2015 01:00:00 PM

Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at the future of the Steam Machine, a new twist on classic board game Scrabble, and Linux titles Nosgoth and Pillars of Eternity!

Open gaming roundup Week of January 10 - 17, 2015


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Top 5: A world record, tools for project management, and more

Friday 16th of January 2015 06:30:00 PM

Welcome to the Opensource.com weekly Top 5!

Every week, I check out the stats and chatter to see what stories have been most popular with our readers this week.

Last week, we filmed a short preview video that we shared on social media to give you a prep for the full-length video that is on our YouTube channel. Don't forget to subscribe so you don't miss a video.


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Stop human trafficking, Arduinos in Antarctica, and more

Friday 16th of January 2015 12:00:00 PM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at Arduinos in Antarctica, a new open source project to stop human trafficking, a standard for the Internet of Things, and more!

Open source news for your reading pleasure. January 10 - 16, 2015


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5 new guides for using OpenStack

Friday 16th of January 2015 10:00:00 AM

Are you interested in creating an open source cloud using the latest and greatest that OpenStack has to offer? We're here to help. We have gathered some of the best howtos, guides, tutorials, and tips published over the past month into this easy-to-use collection. Check out the list, get ready to learn, and if you get tripped up, remember that the official documentation for OpenStack is there to help.


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A coincidence? Mozilla teams unite during work week

Friday 16th of January 2015 08:00:00 AM

I'm not exaggerating when I say that Mozilla's Portland coincidental work week was an example of perfect collaboration between staff and community members.

Portland coincidental work week is multiple work weeks, happening in the same city, at the same time, all within a few city blocks of each other + some opportunity to get together as one big group as well as with other teams as it makes sense. Then, on the last day, we have a giant party, Mozilla-style!—from the Mozilla Wiki

I was invited to this unique meetup by Mozilla's localization team, which I've been volunteering with for 10 years as a language localization (l10n) coordinator for Hindi.


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A cloud management tool for simple deployments

Thursday 15th of January 2015 12:00:00 PM

For the past few years, cloud has been one of the biggest buzzwords among technology enthusiasts. Whether you want data accessibility across devices or need computation power for your business or even develop applications—cloud can help you.


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World record set for 100 TB sort by open source and public cloud team

Thursday 15th of January 2015 10:00:00 AM

In October 2014, Databricks participated in the Sort Benchmark and set a new world record for sorting 100 terabytes (TB) of data, or 1 trillion 100-byte records. The team used Apache Spark on 207 EC2 virtual machines and sorted 100 TB of data in 23 minutes.


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Create a daily reading list with calibre

Thursday 15th of January 2015 08:00:00 AM

Many people complain about being able to keep up with all the information that they need to—or think they need to. While for me information overload is impossible, I understand that it can be difficult for others to wean themselves off of the mass of information that faces them.


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DevOps for the people

Wednesday 14th of January 2015 12:00:00 PM

I'm a big believer in stories, less of a believer in rhetorical questions. It's taken me a while, but I've learned to avoid the question, "What is DevOps?"


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Go vote on OpenStack Foundation bylaws

Wednesday 14th of January 2015 10:00:00 AM

When open source projects grow, their governance models must evolve to support them. We’ve written on the governance of the OpenStack project before, but an important event taking place this week is to make some modifications that might make a big difference.


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OpenStreetMap: Help us #MapLesotho

Wednesday 14th of January 2015 08:00:00 AM

You are invited to participate in a mapping event with OpenStreetMap (OSM) that will kick off on January 16, 2015 called #MapLesotho Mapathon! Last year, we had 5 out of 50,000 American OSM users participate. By contrast Germany had over 200 and Poland over 40. Let’s show the world that America can map with OSM!


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Top 5 open source project management tools in 2015

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 12:00:00 PM

Last year, I covered five of the best open source project management tools, like ProjectLibre and OpenProject. The article struck a chord with readers and continues to prove valuable. So, this year I revisited the tools mentioned in last year's article, taking into account comments and suggestions from readers, and provided an update on where they are today. First, I share five new open source project management tools for 2015. All in all, this article will give you a good look at 11 of the top open source project management tools out there.


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Consumer Electronics Show 2015: Open source highlights

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 10:00:00 AM

The 48th annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has come and gone, bringing with it some exciting new open source platforms and products. While it's difficult to capture every open source announcement and unveiling that happened last week, let’s take a look at a few of the highlights:


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Meet the open access dinosaurs of the year

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 09:00:00 AM

As we enter 2015, it’s a good time to reflect on the state of paleontology and the state of open access. Because I’m a dinosaur paleontologist (my apologies to the other 99% of life that ever lived), this post will of course address that clade in particular!


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What is your favorite Linux distribution?

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 08:00:00 AM

It's an age old question, but it's always fun to hear how distributions change from year to year. What is your favorite Linux distribution?


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More in Tux Machines

15 Reasons Android Phones Are Better Than The iPhone

Apple just reported a record number of iPhone sales in its Q1 earnings. But while iPhones might be selling like hot-cakes, there are still a bunch of reasons why Android phones are better. Read more

Opera 27 Stable Web Browser Released With Tab Preview Back, Install In Ubuntu, Linux Mint And Others ubuntu Derivatives


opera 27 stable web browser released for install Linux mint/Ubuntu

Today Opera team released Opera 27 version with couple of major changes and with lots of fixes. This is the first stable release of 2015. Opera keeps on coming with beta releases that have several fixes. Although the beta versions were also good and can be used without any problems. This one is the stable release of Opera Web Browser containing two major changes and lots of fixes. Lets see at the changes in this release.