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Cloud Native Computing Foundation, space listening, and more open source news

Friday 24th of July 2015 08:00:00 AM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at the new Cloud Native Computing Foundation from the Linux Foundation, space listening, the new generation of robotics, and more.

Open source news roundup for July 18 - 24, 2015

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7 books every community manager should read

Friday 24th of July 2015 07:00:00 AM

For my very first OSCON session this year, I got to attend the Community Management Workshop hosted by Jono Bacon. As an avid reader, the best part of this talk was the list of reading materials Jono provided. If you're interested in managing a great community and/or being a great leader, these materials are worth a look.

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How I finally got permission to use my own computer

Thursday 23rd of July 2015 11:00:00 AM

I've always had a passion for technology and computers. But, with a poor upbringing in a trailer park in Flint, Michigan, I didn't have the luxury of owning a computer until I was 18. At school, I would use computers for browsing the Internet, but when I finally owned my first computer I was able to really learn how to use one.

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The real reason Facebook does open source

Thursday 23rd of July 2015 10:00:00 AM

On the third day of OSCON, I heard Facebook's James Pearce deliver one of the convention's many keynote presentations.

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Open source sails the seven seas

Thursday 23rd of July 2015 09:00:00 AM

Open source navigation tool OpenCPN is changing boating for weekend warriors and serious seafarers alike.

First there were marine charts, then came those bulky, slow, and expensive dedicated chartplotters with arcane user interfaces. Then, at last, came chartplotters running on laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. You would think that would be the end of it: intuitive point-­and­-click interfaces similar to the ones we use in our daily lives, slick looking graphical user interfaces, a wide selection of downloadable raster or vector charts. What more could you ask for?

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A guide for community management from Jono Bacon

Thursday 23rd of July 2015 08:00:00 AM

My first session at OSCON this year was hosted by Jono Bacon on community management.

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Why The Open Organization speaks to me

Thursday 23rd of July 2015 07:00:00 AM

As I read The Open Organization, I had a recurring realization. Page after page, chapter after chapter, I just kept thinking, "Wow. This is my story." My guess is that most of us who have been part of the Red Hat team for many years will feel similarly.

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Why I created Open Source Protocol

Wednesday 22nd of July 2015 11:00:00 AM

I recently launched the Open Source Protocol (OS Protocol), a standard that can be used to link to where the code for a website is hosted. The protocol is fairly simple—all it involves is metatags, and most websites will only need two or three lines of code to be compliant.

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Open source and open data's role in modern meteorology

Wednesday 22nd of July 2015 10:00:00 AM

For years, meteorology students learned their craft at the tip of a colored pencil, laboriously contouring observed data by hand. While many forecasters still practice this art, computers have changed operations, research, and education. Open source software and open data are poised to bring more changes to the field.

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What can DevOps do for your documentation?

Wednesday 22nd of July 2015 09:00:00 AM

In my last article about content strategy, we walked through the philosophical change that's happening around technical documentation, and discussed new and exciting ways to care about our users.

Now that we have all this great insight about who, what, when, where, and why we write documentation, let's look at how we can practice what we preach and deliver all this wonderfully useful content to our eager readers. For me, this means DevOps for Docs.

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Why open hardware is winning

Wednesday 22nd of July 2015 08:00:00 AM

While recently demonstrating a prototype to a family member I was asked, "Are you going to patent that?" While happy to see such enthusiasm, I tactfully declared that I couldn’t seek a patent, as it was built using open source components. This perplexed my family member who, being from a generation or two (or three) before me, thought that is how "inventing things works." So, I did my best to explain the seemingly "hippie-ish" concepts of open source, copyleft, and Creative Commons licenses to someone from America’s Greatest Generation with little success.

In the end, we simply agreed to disagree on the issues of patents and capitalist pursuit.

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Introducing the Open Organization FAQ

Wednesday 22nd of July 2015 07:00:00 AM

Being an engaged leader, says Jim Whitehurst in The Open Organization, means answering questions.

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Running Ceph inside Docker

Tuesday 21st of July 2015 11:00:00 AM

Ceph is a fully open source distributed object store, network block device, and file system designed for reliability, performance, and scalability from terabytes to exabytes. Ceph utilizes a novel placement algorithm (CRUSH), active storage nodes, and peer-to-peer gossip protocols to avoid the scalability and reliability problems associated with centralized controllers and lookup tables. Ceph is part of a tremendous and growing ecosystem where it is integrated in virtualization platforms (Proxmox), Cloud platforms (OpenStack, CloudStack, OpenNebula), containers (Docker), and big data (Hadoop, as a meted server for HDFS).

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US Air Force lab: robots, open source, and virtual reality

Tuesday 21st of July 2015 10:00:00 AM

The Graphics and Visualization (GVIS) lab at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio specializes in creating scientific visualizations and virtual reality programs for scientists at Glenn and beyond. I am thrilled to be a member of the small army of interns in the GVIS lab. So are Carolyn Holthouse, Joe Porter, and Jason Boccuti, interns from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Wright Brothers Institute's Discovery Lab who are working remotely at NASA Glenn. Their project involves robots, open source software, and virtual reality. I caught up with Carolyn, Jason, and Joe to talk about their project.

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10 top-notch community tools

Tuesday 21st of July 2015 09:00:00 AM

Welcome folks, to my latest Six Degrees column!

Now, I wanted to mix it up a little bit for this one. In previous columns, I have written pieces about trends and patterns in communities and open source. This one is instead designed to provide some practical recommendations of tools you can use today as you build strong and empowered communities.

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Linux game review: OpenTTD

Tuesday 21st of July 2015 08:00:00 AM

A couple of months ago, a friend of mine introduced me to OpenTTD, an open source (GPLv2) transportation planning simulator game. Available for Android, I briefly opened the game on my phone and found the interface to be a little too difficult to use for me on a five inch screen. My friend suggested that it worked better on a tablet, and I thought I'd try again later when I had some time to kill and a larger Android device in hand.

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The hidden value of trust at work

Tuesday 21st of July 2015 07:00:00 AM

"Open is a means to an end—and that end is trust."

So writes Steve Song, a social entrepreneur, Shuttleworth alum, and blogger who writes extensively about openness and access to affordable communication infrastructure in Africa. Steve's posts exploring the paradoxes, moral philosophy, and future of open are a fascinating read. I recently caught up with him to learn more.

This is an edited transcript of our conversation.

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Succeed in open source, change the world

Monday 20th of July 2015 11:00:00 AM

During this year's Red Hat Summit in Boston, Mass., FOSS advocate Stormy Peters spoke to the annual Womens' Leadership Luncheon on creating effective change in our projects so that we can all help save the world.

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What is open science?

Monday 20th of July 2015 10:00:00 AM

In his autobiography, Just for Fun, Linux creator Linus Torvalds argues that the open source process tends to mirror the scientific enterprise. "Science was originally viewed as something dangerous, subversive, and antiestablishment—basically how software companies sometimes view open source," he writes. And like science, Torvalds suggests, open source drives innovation: "It is creating things that until recently were considered impossible, and opening up unexpected new markets."

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5 human-powered open hardware projects

Monday 20th of July 2015 09:00:00 AM

Thanks in large part to open hardware platforms like BITalino, biosignals are no longer bound to the walls of a medical practice; whether you're looking for the next cool project or to learn something new over summer vacation, physiological computing has plenty to offer. This article highlights a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

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Will an upgrade to Windows 10 on a dual-boot system mess GRUB up?

If the setup is on a computer with UEFI firmware, with the boot files of all systems on the EFI Boot Partition, then I don’t see anything that will mess GRUB up during or after upgrading to Windows 10. That’s because the EFI Boot Partition is like a public park, where the space occupied by each operating system’s boot files is respected. So the Windows 10 upgrade script will only update the files and directory that pertains to the Windows boot manager. That this is true has been verified by none other than a Microsoft employee in this blog post. The same goes with the upgrade script of the installed Linux distribution(s), but you knew that already. Read more