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23 civic thought leaders to follow

Wednesday 30th of September 2015 10:00:00 AM

This week, the Code for America Summit (CfA) 2015 kicks off. As I prepared to attend, I thought of the many CfA staff, fellows, and alumni who are active on Twitter. So, if you're interested in open government and what some of the brightest and most creative minds in the space are talking about, consider following some of these people on Twitter. I decided to also included some of the speakers attending the conference this year.

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Mozilla creates web tools and practices for open science

Wednesday 30th of September 2015 09:00:00 AM

Abby Mayes is a lead developer for Mozilla Science Lab, which is a global network of researchers, tool developers, librarians, and publishers who work to further open science on the web. Abby has previously done work as a bioinformatics software developer, was a mentor on the Genome Informatics Group, and has won several awards for science and mathematics.

In this interview with her prior to her talk at All Things Open this year, find out more about how to open up scientific data.

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Your field's talent is expecting openness

Wednesday 30th of September 2015 08:00:00 AM

I recently read an article on that had me thinking about personality traits those of us in open source share. Certain kinds of people are attracted to open management structures. I've explored this through other lenses, and I keep coming back to the idea that many of these traits are traits I would attribute to leaders.

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An inside look at open source at Twitter

Tuesday 29th of September 2015 10:00:00 AM

In this exclusive interview with Chris Aniszczyk, the Head of Open Source at Twitter explains how company engineers are working on open source technologies internally and contributing to a range of community projects. Learn more about open source at Twitter in Chris's talk at All Things Open.

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Longtime Linux developer on new tech and new contributors

Tuesday 29th of September 2015 09:00:00 AM

C.H.I.P., a $9 mini computer (with full Linux capability and WiFi connectivity), was met with a great response when it launched on Kickstarter earlier this year, more than quadrupling its original fundraising goal of $50,000. 

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How I discovered Linux's true power

Tuesday 29th of September 2015 08:00:00 AM

My Linux story begins like that of so many others—with an old computer and a desire to tinker.

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Celebrating 5 years of LibreOffice

Monday 28th of September 2015 10:00:00 AM

LibreOffice was launched as a fork of on September 28, 2010, by a tiny group of people representing the community in their capacity as community project leaders. At the time, forking the office suite was a brave—and necessary—decision, because the open source community did not expect to survive for long under Oracle stewardship.

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Startups, burnout, and the path to happy employees

Monday 28th of September 2015 09:00:00 AM

Leah Silber is CEO and co-founder of Tilde, a training and consulting startup with a focus on open source led by alumni and current leaders of projects like Ruby on Rails, jQuery, and Ember. Tilde is also the company behind Skylight, a Rails performance tool.

Leah told me that Tilde contributes back by building and maintaining the vibrant open source communities they love. To do that takes a lot of time and effort, so how does she maintain? How does anyone in open source get it all done without burnout? Leah explains in this interview.

Find out more in her upcoming All Things Open talk: Designing the startup you always wanted to work for.

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Containers versus clouds, new certification programs, and more OpenStack news

Monday 28th of September 2015 08:00:00 AM

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

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The Open Organization book club: Embracing friction

Monday 28th of September 2015 07:00:00 AM

Igniting anything—including passion and performance—always requires a few sparks.

And making sparks requires friction. Unfortunately (as Rebecca Fernandez said last week of meritocracy), friction gets a bit of a bad rap these days. Friction indicates discomfort. It's a sign that things aren't moving smoothly. It's something we'd prefer to avoid.

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Google's Brotli compression algorithm, C++ Core Guidelines, and more news

Saturday 26th of September 2015 12:00:00 PM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at Google's Brotli compression algorithm, Classroom for GitHub, C++ Core Guidelines, and more!

Open source news roundup for September 20 - 26, 2015

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Plans for Vulkan driver, OpenMandriva game portal, and more open gaming news

Saturday 26th of September 2015 11:00:00 AM

Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at plans for the Vulkan driver, OpenMandriva's game portal, Unity Cloud Build, and more gaming news.

Open gaming roundup for September 19 - 25, 2015

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Putting meritocracy to the test: Open Org book club, chapter 4

Saturday 26th of September 2015 08:00:00 AM

Week 4 of The Open Organization book club kicked off on September 21. This week's topic was Chapter 4: Choosing meritocracy, not democracy, and Jim offered many tips on how to make meritocracy work in your organization.

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Top 5: Linux security, Slack chat alternatives, Vagrant, and more

Friday 25th of September 2015 03:53:00 PM

In this week's Top 5, we highlight how to keep your Linux system safe, open source chat apps, a new Linux story from our series, why Vagrant?, and how to earn respect as a leader from Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst.

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The keenness of a higher ed Drupal devotee

Friday 25th of September 2015 10:00:00 AM

Garvita Kapur has been busy making the most of Drupal in a leading higher education setting. For the past year she has been manager of web engineering at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, where her web communications staff builds sites for college departments in Drupal and Symfony.

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Behind the scenes at Google Summer of Code

Friday 25th of September 2015 09:00:00 AM

Google Summer of Code is an initiative that connects talented college computer programming students worldwide to open source programming projects, allowing them to grow their programming skills while contributing to open source. Under the guidance of a mentor, students are able to earn up to $5,500 for successful completion of their programming goals (the other $500 is donated to the organization mentoring the student). This initiative is growing a whole new crop of talented coders with a passion for open source, who themselves will be spreading the open source way throughout their professional careers.

Google's Carol Smith, who runs Google's Summer of Code, will be presenting at this year's All Things Open in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Encryption back doors: Is there more to this debate?

Friday 25th of September 2015 08:00:00 AM

"I think that it's a mistake to require companies that are making hardware and software to build a duplicate key or a back door even if you hedge it with the notion that there's going to be a court order. And I say that for a number of reasons and I've given it quite a bit of thought."

As the the encryption access debate heats up in the United States and abroad, statements like the one above have become commonplace.

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4 open source alternatives to Slack for team chat

Thursday 24th of September 2015 10:00:00 AM

In any collaborative environment, it's important to have good tools for communication. What tools work best for you depend a bit on your situation, but might include anything from mailing lists for email communication, Git or Subversion for version control, a wiki or Etherpad for collaborative authoring, a shared task list for organizing workflow, or even a full fledged project management suite.

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When does your documentation need screenshots?

Thursday 24th of September 2015 09:00:00 AM

One of the common questions when developing documentation is, "How many screenshots should I include?" Answers range from "None!" to "All the screens!" A picture may be worth a thousand words, but screenshots are often used as a crutch for poor documentation or poor design. The best answer is to use them when you need them, and don't use them when you don't. So how do you know when you need them?

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Keeping your Linux system safe

Thursday 24th of September 2015 08:00:00 AM

Recently, Lee Brian wrote a great article about her own Linux story in My Dad, Linux and Me. In some of the comments to that article, a discussion of viruses and Linux emerged. While most of the Linux community would agree that viruses are less of an issue in Linux than some other operating systems, there are some people we share files with who are affected by viruses and other malware.

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