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A getting started guide for contributors, Designate's future, and more OpenStack news

Monday 13th of February 2017 06:00:00 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

From news sites to developer blogs, there's a lot being written about OpenStack every week. Here are a few highlights.


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Civilization VI comes to Linux, GDC 2017, and more open gaming news

Saturday 11th of February 2017 08:00:00 AM

In this open gaming roundup, we take a look at the release of Civilization VI for Linux, the upcoming Game Developer Conference, and more open gaming news.

Open gaming roundup for January 29-February 11, 2017


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Top 5: Vim plugins for writers, Raspberry Pi's PIXEL OS, and more

Friday 10th of February 2017 08:25:00 PM

In this week's Top 5, I highlight favorite vim plugins, Getting started with PIXEL OS, OpenToonz for Linux users, GNOME 3 extensions, and careers in open source.

Top 5 articles of the week

5. A graduate degree could springboard you into an open source job


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Lessons from a brief career in open source

Friday 10th of February 2017 08:02:00 AM

I don't think many people answer the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" with "I want to work in open source."

In my experience, working in the open source community is something that happens as a result of something else. I worked in open source for a short time—in fact, the mission statement of the company I worked for included the words "open source." But my path to that job was not direct and not as laser-focused as one might think.


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How I became a project team leader in open source

Friday 10th of February 2017 08:01:00 AM

The only people to whose opinions I listen now with any respect are people much younger than myself. They seem in front of me. Life has revealed to them her latest wonder. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray


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FOSS February: A month to celebrate open source

Friday 10th of February 2017 08:00:00 AM

Join the Twitter Party hosted by National Day Calendar on 2/10


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Top 9 GNOME shell extensions to customize your desktop Linux experience

Thursday 9th of February 2017 08:03:00 AM

Everyone has a list of customizations that they absolutely must make when they first set up a new computer. Maybe it's switching desktop environment, installing a different terminal shell, or something as simple as installing a favorite browser or picking out the perfect desktop wallpaper.


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4 must-read books for open source career seekers

Thursday 9th of February 2017 08:02:00 AM

Finding a good job can be stressful and finding your dream job even more so. Even in the open source world, with its many opportunities for making a name for yourself by volunteering, it takes effort to make the connection between what you have to offer as a job seeker and what employers are looking for in an employee. One thing that can help set you apart from other applicants is having a solid understanding of yourself and what you bring to the table.


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How to make pixel art and animated GIFs with mtPaint

Thursday 9th of February 2017 08:01:00 AM

If there's one thing that indie games like Mr. Rescue and Don't Be Patchman (the world's first and only SteamOS exclusive) demonstrate, it's that retro is hot. Specifically, pixel art is hot.


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The benefits of tracking issues publicly

Thursday 9th of February 2017 08:00:00 AM

A public issue tracker is a vital communication tool for an open organization, because there's no better way to be transparent and inclusive than to conduct your work in public channels. So let's explore some best practices for using an issue tracker in an open organization.


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2016 Open Source Yearbook: Print edition now available

Thursday 9th of February 2017 07:00:00 AM

Last month, Opensource.com announced the release of the second annual Open Source Yearbook, a collaboration with open source communities to collect a diverse range of stories from the year. Today we're pleased to announce the availability of the print edition of the 2016 Open Source Yearbook. Both versions are available at cost (plus shipping and handling) through Lulu.com:

The paperback version is available for US$ 6.41 (plus shipping and handling):


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4 open source tools for conducting online surveys

Wednesday 8th of February 2017 08:02:00 AM

Ah, the venerable survey. It can be a fast, simple, cheap, and effective way gather the opinions of friends, family, classmates, co-workers, customers, readers, and others.

Millions turn to proprietary tools like SurveyGizmo, Polldaddy, SurveyMonkey, or even Google Forms to set up their surveys. But if you want more control, not just over the application but also the data you collect, then you'll want to go open source.

Let's take a look at four open source survey tools that can suit your needs, no matter how simple or complex those needs are.


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Awesome vim plugins for writers

Wednesday 8th of February 2017 08:01:00 AM

Vim is one of the most popular text editors among programmers, web developers, and power users of GNU/Linux. This is not surprising, because Vim offers high-speed editing, has extensibility, and is pre-installed on most Linux-based distributions.


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Looking for a job? 6 questions to ask your recruiter

Wednesday 8th of February 2017 08:00:00 AM

In my past as a recruiter, I have learned there are certain questions a candidate and avid open source contributor should ask. On occasion, the potential employer may be unprepared to answer, but if he or she is competent, your answers will be forthcoming quickly.

These are the top questions you should ask. They will help you make the best decision for both your personal and professional growth.


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OpenToonz: Making high-end animation software accessible

Tuesday 7th of February 2017 08:02:00 AM

Kostanstin Dmitriev is one of the pioneers making professional animation tools available for Linux users. His primary focus over the years has been the ongoing development of Synfig Studio, a 2D animation program. Konstantin has proven Synfig's power with the completion of his short film, "The Beautiful Queen Marya Morevna: Demo."


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What to know before jumping into a career as an open source lawyer

Tuesday 7th of February 2017 08:01:00 AM

You enjoy thinking about free software licenses, you're angry about the latest patent troll, and you've said IANAL so many times that you've considering becoming an open source lawyer. What now?


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5 elements for getting teams organized

Tuesday 7th of February 2017 08:00:00 AM

Late last year, I was meeting with a business owner to whom I've been a trusted advisor for some time. After conducting discovery interviews with his core team to understand their recruiting and staffing processes, I suggested that this leader leverage his core team for input on how to staff projects. By seeking his senior managers input, I argued, the teams could then position the collaborative efforts to best suit the company and client needs.


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Raspberry Pi projects and tutorials wanted: Submit an article

Tuesday 7th of February 2017 07:01:00 AM

March 14 is Pi Day, and on Opensource.com we celebrate by publishing a series of Raspberry Pi projects and tutorials. 

Writing for this series is a great way to share your projects and ideas with the greater Raspberry Pi and maker communities. And we'd love to have you as a new contributor if you've never written for us before.


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Top 10 and editor's picks: January review

Tuesday 7th of February 2017 07:00:00 AM

Opensource.com brought in 679,992 unique visitors who generated 1,122,064 page views in January, a new record for both metrics. We published 92 articles, including 13 that were a part of our Getting Started in Open Source series. We also celebrated our 7th anniversary with the launch of the PDF edition of our Open Source Yearbook.


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Try Raspberry Pi's PIXEL OS on your PC

Monday 6th of February 2017 12:35:00 PM

Over the last four years, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has put a great deal of effort into optimizing Raspbian, its port of Debian, for Pi hardware, including creating new educational software, programming tools, and a nicer looking desktop.

In September, we released an update that introduced PIXEL (Pi Improved Xwindows Environment, Lightweight), the Pi's new desktop environment. Just before Christmas, we released a version of the OS that runs on x86 PCs, so now you can install it on your PC, Mac, or laptop.


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More in Tux Machines

3 little things in Linux 4.10 that will make a big difference

Linux never sleeps. Linus Torvalds is already hard at work pulling together changes for the next version of the kernel (4.11). But with Linux 4.10 now out, three groups of changes are worth paying close attention to because they improve performance and enable feature sets that weren’t possible before on Linux. Here’s a rundown of those changes to 4.10 and what they likely will mean for you, your cloud providers, and your Linux applications. Read more

SODIMM-style module runs Linux on VIA’s 1GHz Cortex-A9 SoC

VIA unveiled an SODIMM-style COM based on its Cortex-A9 WM8850 SoC, with 512MB RAM and 8GB eMMC, plus Ethernet, CSI, graphics, USB, and serial ports. The 68.6 x 43mm “SOM-6X50” computer-on-module appears to be VIA’s second-ever ARM COM. Back in Sept. 2015, the company released a 70 x 70mm Qseven form factor QSM-8Q60 COM, based on a 1GHz NXP DualLite SoC. Read more

Today in Techrights

today's leftovers

  • LinuXatUSIL – Previas 2 for #LinuxPlaya
    Damian from GNOME Argentina explained us some code based on this tutorial and the widgets in Glade were presented.
  • RancherOS v0.8.0 released! [Ed: and a bugfix release, 0.8.1, out today]
    RancherOS v0.8.0 is now available! This release has taken a bit more time than prior versions, as we’ve been laying more groundwork to allow us to do much faster updates, and to release more often.
  • The Technicals For Red Hat, Inc. (RHT) Tell An Interesting Tale
  • Ubuntu 17.04 Beta 1 Released | New Features And Download
    Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus Beta 1 release is finally here. If you’re interested, you can go ahead and download the ISO images of the participating flavors, which are, Lubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, and Ubuntu Studio. Powered by Linux kernel 4.10, these releases feature the latest stable versions of their respective desktop environments. This release will be followed by the Final Beta release on March 23 and final release on April 13.
  • Ubuntu 17.04 Beta 1 Now Available to Download
    The first beta releases in the Ubuntu 17.04 development cycle are ready for testing, with Xubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME and Ubuntu Budgie among the flavors taking part.