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How scientists are using digital badges

Monday 22nd of August 2016 07:02:00 AM

The open source world pioneered the use of digital badges to reward skills, achievements, and to signal transparency and openness. Scientific journals should apply open source methods, and use digital badges to encourage transparency and openness in scientific publications.


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5 reasons professors should encourage students to get involved in open source projects

Monday 22nd of August 2016 07:01:00 AM

I've been supporting student participation in humanitarian free and open source software (HFOSS) projects for over a decade. I've seen students get motivated and excited by working in a professional community while they learn and mature professionally. Out of the many reasons for supporting student participation in open source, here are five of the most compelling reasons.


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App development, avoiding pitfalls, and more OpenStack news

Monday 22nd of August 2016 05:00:00 AM

Are you interested in keeping track of what is happening in the open source cloud? Opensource.com is your source for news in OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure project.

OpenStack around the web

There is a lot of interesting stuff being written about OpenStack. Here's a sampling from some of our favorites:


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Google's new OS, Intel's open source VR headset, and more news

Saturday 20th of August 2016 07:00:00 AM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look Google's new open source operating system, Intel's VR HoloLens device, Microsoft open sourcing PowerShell, and more.

Open source news roundup for August 14-20, 2016


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Top 5: What is copyleft? Top 5 (os) web servers, and more

Friday 19th of August 2016 07:15:00 PM

In this week's Top 5, we highlight an introduction to copyleft, the most popular open source web servers, the background story on a Certificate Authority called Let's Encrypt, the state of West Virgina turning to an open source game engine for their new school curriculum, and open source options for disk imaging.


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Writing an academic paper? Try Fidus Writer

Friday 19th of August 2016 07:02:00 AM

The Fidus Writer online editor is especially for academics who need to write papers in collaboration with other authors, and it includes special tools for managing citations, formulas, and bibliographies. If you're writing an academic paper by yourself, you have a lot of choices for tools to edit your document. Some of them even take care of making your footnotes and bibliographies come out in the right format. But writing collaboratively is harder, for lots of reasons.


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3 command-line music players for Linux

Friday 19th of August 2016 07:01:00 AM

One perception that Linux can't seem to shake off is that you can't do anything without using the command line. A number of people in my circle have been using Linux effectively for years, and they've yet to crack open a terminal window.

Having said that, working at the command line can make certain tasks faster and more efficient. If you're using older hardware, command-line tools are an excellent alternative to graphical applications since they don't use too many resources.


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How to build your own maker workbench

Friday 19th of August 2016 07:00:00 AM

Maker projects can be tough if you don't have a good workspace. For a long time, mine was an ESD mat on the dining room table. But as my projects (and family) grew, I was under increased pressure to find somewhere else to work. Really, the 3D printer is what put my wife over the edge (and rightfully so).


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Top 5 open source web servers

Thursday 18th of August 2016 07:03:00 AM

Statistics show us that well over 80% of web applications and websites are powered by open source web servers. In this article, I look at the most popular open source web servers, and briefly review their history, technology, features, and more. I will also provide some tips so you can easily deploy one of the popular web servers yourself.


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Making documentation easy with Read the Docs

Thursday 18th of August 2016 07:02:00 AM

In the Doc Dish column, we often have focused on writing documentation, but that's not the whole story. For what shall it profit a writer if they write the whole document and have no readers? Once documentation is written, it must get in front of the user so to be read. For anything beyond simple readme files, this can be a challenge; often documentation writers need design, hosting infrastructure, search tools, and so on. One project aims to make that a little easier.


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Building an open medical records system for the developing world

Thursday 18th of August 2016 07:01:00 AM

How do you introduce a woman whose very life is the epitome of humanitarian efficacy? Judy Gichoya is a Kenyan medical doctor specializing in radiology and an experienced programmer who's accelerating the growth of OpenMRS.


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Building an open medical records system for the developing world

Thursday 18th of August 2016 07:01:00 AM

How do you introduce a woman whose very life is the epitome of humanitarian efficacy? Judy Chichoya is a Kenyan medical doctor specializing in radiology and an experienced programmer who's accelerating the growth of OpenMRS.


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How collaborative should I be during strategic planning?

Thursday 18th of August 2016 07:00:00 AM

The short answer is: very collaborative.

Strategic planning requires hearing from all levels of the organization; leaders, managers, co-workers, and employees. And at the end of the day, key stakeholders have to agree on the final mission, vision, and a set of objectives to align around and track priorities. When more stakeholders have input into the plan, then they are more likely to drive the implementation. That’s why collaboration is critical.

But if it were that simple to be collaborative, everyone would be doing it. So why don’t we?


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How to fire yourself: A founder's dilemma

Wednesday 17th of August 2016 07:02:00 AM

"Grant, would you rather see your ideas implemented, or be the one who tries to implement them—but who never has time to finish even one of them, much less the majority of them?" Those cogent words, paraphrased from ex-Entagen and current Systemhouse CEO Chris Bouton, a long-time friend, really struck a nerve.


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5 steps for making community decisions without consensus

Wednesday 17th of August 2016 07:01:00 AM

Healthy open source communities usually include a wide range of people with different ideologies, goals, values, and points of view—from anarchists to CEOs of major corporations. The normal approach for making decisions that affect the entire community should be an attempt to reach consensus through discussion; however, what if you're attempting to make a decision that is critically important, but there are irreconcilable differences in the community?


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Ansible as a gateway to DevOps in the cloud

Wednesday 17th of August 2016 07:00:00 AM

I have a confession to make—although the word "cloud" is in my job title, there was a time when I used to think it was all buzzwords, hype, and vapor, with no substance. Eventually, Ansible became my gateway to the cloud. In this article, I'll provide an introduction to DevOps with Ansible.


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Let's Encrypt: Why create a free, automated, and open CA?

Tuesday 16th of August 2016 07:03:00 AM

During the summer of 2012, Eric Rescorla and I decided to start a Certificate Authority (CA). A CA acts as a third-party to issue digital certificates, which certify public keys for certificate holders.


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Godot open source game engine helps power the future in West Virginia

Tuesday 16th of August 2016 07:02:00 AM

Responding to a critical need for skilled technology and knowledge workers, the State of West Virginia recently established its first ever coding, app, and game design curriculum for its schools. Starting in the upcoming school year, students will be able to learn the skills required to design, implement, and release their own games, and open source will be pivotal to their development and future.


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Coffee Shop DevOps: How to use feedback loops to get smarter

Tuesday 16th of August 2016 07:01:00 AM

This month let's look at how to break the cycle of doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results.

Do you think git blame is the only feedback loop you need? Or hg annotate -u -n. Or svn -x -b...well, you get the picture.


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How to design your project for participation

Tuesday 16th of August 2016 07:00:00 AM

Working openly means designing for participation. "Designing for participation" is a way of providing people with insight into your project, which you've built from the start to incorporate and act on that insight. Documenting how you intend to make decisions, which communication channels you’ll use, and how people can get in touch with you are the first steps in designing for participation.


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More in Tux Machines

Q4OS 1.6, Orion

The significant Q4OS 1.6 'Orion' release receives the most recent Trinity R14.0.3 stable version. Trinity R14.0.3 is the third maintenance release of the R14 series, it is intended to promptly bring bug fixes to users, while preserving overall stability. The complete list and release notes you will find on the Trinity desktop environment website. New Q4OS 1.6 release includes set of new features and fixes. The default desktop look has been slightly changed, Q4OS 'Bourbon' start menu and taskbar has been polished a bit and has got a few enhancements, for example the icons size varies proportionally to the system panel. Native Desktop profiler tool has got new, optimized 'software to install' list. Read more

Learning More About Explicit Fencing & Android's Sync Framework

With the sync validation framework leaving the staging area in Linux 4.9 and other work going on around the Android sync framework and explicit fencing, this functionality is becoming a reality that ultimately benefits the Linux desktop. Collabora developer Gustavo Padovan presented at this week's LinuxCon 2016 conference about explicit fencing support in the mainline kernel with a "new era of graphics." Read more

Ubuntu Leftovers

Leftovers: Software Development

  • fakecloud
  • A new version of pristine-tar
  • Getting RSS feeds for news websites that don’t provide them
    On the technical side, this seems to be one of the most stable pieces of software I ever wrote. It never crashed or otherwise failed since I started running it, and fortunately I also didn’t have to update the HTML parsing code yet because of website changes. It’s written in Haskell, using the Scotty web framework, Cereal serialization library for storing the history of the past articles, http-conduit for fetching the websites, and html-conduit for parsing the HTML. Overall a very pleasant experience, thanks to the language being very convenient to write and preventing most silly mistakes at compile-time, and the high quality of the libraries.
  • Quick Highlight
    Martin Blanchard put together a new “quick highlight” plugin for Builder this last week. It was a great example of how to submit a new feature, so I just wanted to highlight it here. Post to bugzilla, attach a patch, and we will review quickly and help with any additional integration that might be necessary.