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How to become an advanced contributor to OpenStack

Thursday 21st of April 2016 07:02:00 AM

Ildikó Váncsa wants to help you become a better OpenStack contributor.

At the OpenStack Summit taking place this month in Austin, Texas, Ildikó aims to do just that. In her talk, How to Become an Advanced Contributor, she will guide attendees through the steps of navigating the community, including some of the principles, best practices and unwritten rules of contributing to OpenStack.


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A tool to help you find your next STEM role model

Thursday 21st of April 2016 07:01:00 AM

STEMM Role Models is a website that helps connect event organizers with presenters from underrepresented groups. Diversity is important to me, so the project caught my eye.


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April 21 #OpenOrgChat: Open Organizations on Main Street

Thursday 21st of April 2016 07:00:00 AM

Join us today for an #OpenOrgChat about Open Organizations on Main Street. Our community will gather on Twitter using the #OpenOrgChat hashtag at 2 p.m. Eastern (14:00 ET/19:00 UTC).

We'll send the questions from @OpenOrgBook, watch for your answers, and enjoy the conversation. We hope you can join us.


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Decoding DevOps, Docker, and Git

Wednesday 20th of April 2016 07:02:00 AM

Even as accepted standards on how to do it "right" remain elusive, DevOps is a crucial element of modern IT. Corey Quinn, director of DevOps at FutureAdvisor, has immense experience in operations and DevOps.


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Refactoring open source business models

Wednesday 20th of April 2016 07:01:00 AM

They say you never forget your first. In my case it was 2008 and Lucidworks had just raised our Series A round and hired our first salesperson. I was asked to jump on a call with a prospective client looking for help troubleshooting Apache Solr. During the call, the prospect asked me a number of "stump the chump" style questions. After hanging up and patting myself on the back for answering all their questions with flying colors, I got a call from my salesperson. Although I don't remember his exact words, they amounted to:


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Analyzing gender diversity in the OpenStack community

Wednesday 20th of April 2016 07:00:00 AM

Daniel Izquierdo, co-founder of software development analytics provider Bitergia, has been analyzing data for his upcoming talk at OpenStack Summit in Austin. In this interview, he offers a preview of his talk Gender-diversity analysis of technical contributions in the OpenStack projects.


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11 resources for teaching and learning Python

Tuesday 19th of April 2016 01:43:00 PM

If you're looking to teach, tutor, or mentor beginning programmers, you've got your work cut out for you. Different learning styles, varying levels of knowledge, and a subject area that's a moving target all conspire to see you run ragged as an instructor. Luckily, there is help available—lots of help. It comes in the form of open source textbooks, tools, and even games—all created to make being a teacher (and a learner) easier than ever before.


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How to be a good OpenStack mentor

Tuesday 19th of April 2016 07:04:00 AM

Victoria Martinez de la Cruz wants to make mentoring within OpenStack an excellent experience.


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Coffee Shop DevOps: Complexity of change

Tuesday 19th of April 2016 07:02:00 AM

Often I am approached and asked the question, "How do I get people to change what they are doing, especially when it is always so incredibly clear that they do not want to?" As if I could understand or empathize with the situation and magic up a solution, I used to try to answer that question. I learned a few years ago that I'm not a wizard who has a perfect answer for every situation. People are the reason that question is hard to answer, and I don't know about the rest of you, but for me, interacting with people can be difficult.


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The future of development with OpenShift and OpenStack

Tuesday 19th of April 2016 07:01:00 AM

At OpenStack Summit Austin, Scott McCarty is giving a talk titled OpenShift and OpenStack: Delivering applications together.


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When empowering employee decision-making, intent is everything

Tuesday 19th of April 2016 07:00:00 AM

In Japanese business discussions, one term appears again and again: "gemba." Over many years living and working for Japanese companies, I've probably heard the phrase "gemba de kimeru" a million times. Basically, it means that issues must be solved and decided on the front-line, where the problems and/or opportunities are. Popular thinking holds that people can work with their peers to solve problems. In Japan, however, problems with this thinking can develop.


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Finding the signal in the noise of Linux system monitoring

Monday 18th of April 2016 07:03:00 AM

Ilan Rabinovitch is well-known to anyone who has done the conference circuit around Southern California. He's a helpful and friendly guy who I met once at a BarCamp years ago and more than once encountered on IRC. I often ended up getting great tech tips from him by sheer proximity.


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Hunting for purple squirrels: 3 tips for hiring the right OpenStack contributor

Monday 18th of April 2016 07:02:00 AM

At OpenStack Summit this month in Austin, Colette Alexander will give a talk called Hunting for Purple Squirrels: Hiring OpenStack Contributors in the Wild. In this interview, she answers questions about her talk, and explains how major tech companies are like the Girl Scouts of the USA and how playing the cello helps her solve professional challenges.


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Free, high-quality education resources from the National Science Digital Library

Monday 18th of April 2016 07:01:00 AM

Imagine you're a teacher in a school with limited resources. How can you give your students a world class education? Access to the Internet is key, but where can you look for the high-quality resources your students desperately need? How can you level the playing field for them?


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Impressions of the Mitaka release, preparing for Summit, and more OpenStack news

Monday 18th of April 2016 06:59:00 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.


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Expanding DBaaS workloads with OpenStack Trove and Manila

Sunday 17th of April 2016 07:00:00 AM

One of the most commonly needed components of any enterprise application is a solid database, and the development community behind OpenStack is working hard to make sure working with databases in the open source cloud is an easy, reliable, and performant experience.


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A newcomer's guide to navigating OpenStack Infrastructure

Saturday 16th of April 2016 07:03:00 AM

New contributors to OpenStack are welcome, but having a road map for navigating within this maturing, fast-paced open source community doesn't hurt. At OpenStack Summit in Austin, Paul Belanger (Red Hat, Inc.), Elizabeth K.


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3 projects to enhance the experience of reading or writing poems

Saturday 16th of April 2016 07:02:00 AM

April is National Poetry Month in the United States and Canada. During April, individuals and institutions take part by reading, sharing, and writing poetry. You can find National Poetry Month events at your local library, your local bookstore, and at many other places. To give National Poetry Month an open source spin, in this article I'll share three open source projects for reading or writing poetry.


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RetroPie new website and release, four new games out for Linux, and more gaming news

Saturday 16th of April 2016 07:01:00 AM

Hello open gamers! This week we will take a look at the new website for RetroPie, and it's newest release, plus four new games coming out for Linux.

Open gaming roundup for the week of April 11 - 15, 2016


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Easy installation of Arduino on Linux, MediPi open source health kit, and more news

Saturday 16th of April 2016 07:00:00 AM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at easy installation of Arduino on Linux, MediPi open source health kit, O'Reilly Software Development Salary Survey results, and more.

Open source news roundup for April  9 - 15, 2016


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