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The must-have features for Perl 6

Friday 23rd of September 2016 07:01:00 AM

Perl 6 came out in general release around Christmas 2015, and since then I've heard a lot of questions about it, both from people in and out of the Perl community. Jeff Goff is a longtime member of the Perl community and a good friend who's been heavily involved in Perl 6 development, so I asked him a few of the questions from what I've been hearing others ponder.


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7 things you need to know for WordPress development

Friday 23rd of September 2016 07:00:00 AM

WordPress never fails to surprise the web development community. Over time, it has evolved into one of the best Content Management Systems (CMS) out there. And currently, it powers more than 25% of the web. Besides its popularity, WordPress is also known for usability and an easy-to-develop environment.

Some basics

WordPress is an open source CMS licensed under GNU GPLv2.


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A Linux user's guide to Logical Volume Management

Thursday 22nd of September 2016 12:18:00 PM

Managing disk space has always been a significant task for sysadmins. Running out of disk space used to be the start of a long and complex series of tasks to increase the space available to a disk partition. It also required taking the system off-line.


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A brief history of Drupal from 1.0 to 8.0

Thursday 22nd of September 2016 07:02:00 AM

Drupal began as a forum for a few friends to monitor their shared Internet connection, which "was expensive and being spliced between them," according to Jared Whitehead's The rise of Drupal and the fall of closed sourceToday, it's one of the most popular content management systems out there, competing with powerhouses like WordPress.


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How do you get programmers to join your project?

Thursday 22nd of September 2016 07:00:00 AM

This month on The Queue, josephj from LinuxQuestions.org asks:

How can I get programmers to join our project?

I inherited a project coded in $programming_language when the original developer quit and no one else stepped forward. It is currently hosted on GitHub and has a GPL 3 license.

It's a tool I use every day and I don't want to see it die. I know very little $programming_language and very little GUI programming, so I can't maintain it myself.


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Today's #OpenOrgChat: Open organizations and accountability

Thursday 22nd of September 2016 07:00:00 AM

Join us later today for an #OpenOrgChat about "Open Organizations and Accountability"! As usual, we'll gather around the #OpenOrgChat hashtag at 2 p.m. Eastern (14:00 ET/18:00 UTC).

Follow OpenOrgBook and the chat's live stream for updates!


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Containing container chaos with Kubernetes

Wednesday 21st of September 2016 07:03:00 AM

You've made the switch to Linux containers. Now you're trying to figure out how to run containers in production, and you're facing a few issues that were not present during development. You need something more than a few well-prepared Dockerfiles to move to production. What you need is something to manage all of your containers: a container orchestration system.


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Checking in on the Taiga project management tool

Wednesday 21st of September 2016 07:01:00 AM

Taiga is one of the most popular open source project management tools out there right now. It is known for being usable and having a beautiful interface, and Opensource.com listed it in both the Top 5 open source project management tools in 2015 and the Top 11 project management tools for 2016.


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Why project managers need to lose control

Wednesday 21st of September 2016 07:00:00 AM

Being accountable for the planning, execution, and delivery of a project is demanding. Managing people, facilitating communication, resolving conflict, and mitigating risk are prerequisites to completing on schedule, and within an agreed budget. Add to this the often unpredictable nature of these factors and it's little wonder that project managers feel a great burden of responsibility.


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Star Trek: inspiring people and their tech since 1964

Tuesday 20th of September 2016 07:03:00 AM

Star Trek has inspired fans, technologies, and careers ever since its creation in 1964 and debut in 1966.


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How a free mobile app fights Ebola and other global epidemics

Tuesday 20th of September 2016 07:02:00 AM

The enormity and severity of the West African Ebola epidemic that began in 2014 is hard to fathom. The outbreak resulted in more than 11,000 deaths, and hundreds of thousands of people affected by loss. Providing adequate care for any medical condition depends on information, but even more so when dealing with an epidemic that is as severe, dangerous, and fast-moving as Ebola.


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Dear younger self, here are four tips for reaching your goals

Tuesday 20th of September 2016 07:01:00 AM

Dear younger me,

I am writing to you from 10 years in the future.

Over the next ten years, you'll find that you love computers, but there's a barrier to you starting a career based on this thing you love. You will trip over an oversupply of information from online publications, e-books, and tutorials promising to teach you X language and Y framework, and falter from a lack of direction. So, here are a few pointers from your future self.

Do daily low-level programming exercises. They are your bread and butter, stick with them.


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How to partner with external marketing agencies

Tuesday 20th of September 2016 07:00:00 AM

This article is the second in a two-part series on building communities of marketing partners. Read the first part.

A community-powered approach to working with the broad ecosystem of marketing agencies—to which more and more firms are turning these days—can produce new and inspiring results.


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A beginner's bumpy journey to find a few good bugs

Monday 19th of September 2016 07:02:00 AM

Did you land on this story looking for advice on how to start contributing to open source? There are tons of these stories on the interwebs, aren't there? And I am sure you must have read a lot of them by now, because you've been trying to start contributing for quite some time. Maybe you still feel like you've not progressed at all.

I get that feeling. I was in the exact same position until a few weeks ago. Let me tell you my story.


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Overcoming language and distance barriers in open source projects

Monday 19th of September 2016 07:01:00 AM

Open source communities were among the first to use the Internet to make the physical distance between people irrelevant. The Internet is a great tool, since it helps us collaborate wherever we are. It doesn't matter if you're having lunch at the Eiffel Tower or waking up in sunny San Francisco, the Internet has helped us connect people on deeper levels.

I am from Peru, and have always lived in Peru. I study in Peru, and the Internet has helped me find valuable information for projects and life in general. However, when I joined the the Linux community, my life changed radically.


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Making installation easy, Hackathon winners, and more OpenStack news

Monday 19th of September 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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Raspberry Pi sells 10 million units, Open Library Foundation established, and more open source news

Saturday 17th of September 2016 07:00:00 AM

In this edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at Raspberry Pi's 10 million unit milestone, the launch of the Open Library Foundation, and more.

Open source news roundup for September 4-17, 2016
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Top 5: 4 reasons to create an open source program office, Linux for musicians, and more

Friday 16th of September 2016 01:45:00 PM

In this week's Top 5, we highlight four reasons to create an open source program office, why using open document formats could create a domino effect, a musician's My Linux Story, Jono Bacon on how gamification can help onboard new contributors, and three open source alternatives to PowerPoint.

Top 5 articles of the week

5. 3 open source alternatives to PowerPoint


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Good things come from projects that fail

Friday 16th of September 2016 07:02:00 AM

Without realizing it, I joined the open source movement in 1999 during the midst of the Kosovo refugee crisis. I was part of a team helping route aid supplies to local humanitarian organizations running transit camps across Albania. These are the camps that refugees often arrived at first before being moved to larger, more formal camps.


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Got the writing bug? An introduction to bibisco

Friday 16th of September 2016 07:01:00 AM

A couple of years ago, when I started tinkering with long-form fiction writing, I attended some events for National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. Among the attendees there was a lot of talk of using Scrivener as a tool for organizing your writing, and as a place to keep your details. I looked into it, but it was kind of pricey—and the license was such that to use it on my Windows PC and my MacBook, I'd need to buy it twice, which did not appeal to me at all.


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More in Tux Machines

Why Good Linux Sysadmins Use Markdown

The Markdown markup language is perfect for writing system administrator documentation: it is lightweight, versatile, and easy to learn, so you spend your time writing instead of fighting with formatting. The life of a Linux system administrator is complex and varied, and you know that documenting your work is a big time-saver. A documentation web server shared by you and your colleagues is a wonderful productivity tool. Most of us know simple HTML, and can whack up a web page as easily as writing plain text. But using Markdown is better. Read more

Purism’s next product could be a smartphone that runs Linux/free software

Purism is a company that’s been developing laptops and tablets that run Linux-based, free and open source software for a few years. Now Purism is considering building a smartphone and the company is soliciting feedback from potential customers. The idea would be to release a Librem Phone that runs GNU/Linux rather than Android, and which offers security and privacy features to help set it apart from most other phones on the market. Read more

Cinnamon 3.2 in Linux Mint 18.1 Supports Vertical Panels, Better Accelerometers

After informing the community a few days ago about the Mintbox Mini Pro PC and the upcoming improvements and new features shipping with the XApps software projects in Linux Mint 18.1, Clement Lefebvre just published the monthly Linux Mint newsletter. Read more

Blender 2.78 Open-Source 3D Graphics Software Released with Spherical Stereo VR

Today, September 30, 2016, the Blender Foundation is proud to release Blender 2.78, the latest stable and most advanced version of the popular, open-source, free, and cross-platform Blender 3D modelling software. Blender 2.78 comes six months after the release of Blender 2.77, and it's a major update that adds numerous new features and improvements, among which we can mention rendering of spherical stereo images for VR (Virtual Reality), viewport rendering improvements, as well as brand new freehand curves drawing over surfaces. Moreover, the Grease Pencil received awesome improvements and it now doubles as both an animation and drawing tool, powerful new options have been added for B-Bones, it's now possible to import and export basic operators in the Alembic support, and the Cloth Physics feature received new Simulation Speed option and Dynamic Base Mesh support. Read more