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3 open source alternatives to MATLAB

Thursday 2nd of November 2017 07:00:00 AM

Editor's note: This article was originally published in June 2016, and has been updated to provide some additional options which you may wish to consider.

For many students in mathematics, physical sciences, engineering, economics, and other fields with a heavy numeric component, MATLAB is their first introduction to programming or scientific computing in general.


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Making transparency work for Harvard's Dataverse Project

Thursday 2nd of November 2017 07:00:00 AM

A culture of transparency permeates the Dataverse project, contributing to its adoption in dozens of research institutions around the world. Headquartered at Harvard University, the Dataverse development team has more than a decade of experience operating as an open source project within an organization that values transparency: the Institute of Quantitative Social Science (IQSS). Working transparently helps the Dataverse team communicate changes to current development efforts, provides opportunities for the community to support each other, and facilitates contribution to the project.


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SpamAssassin, MIMEDefang, and Procmail: Best Trio of 2017

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 07:01:00 AM

In 2015 and 2016, I awarded "Best Couple" to two open source commands or program types that, combined, make my world a better place. This year, the "Best Couple" prize has turned into the "Best Trio," because resolving the problem I set out to fix—effective server-side email sorting—took three pieces of software working together.


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How to explain OpenStack to a complete newcomer

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 07:00:00 AM

I still remember when I was a beginner at OpenStack. I was at American Express and was rolling off a five-year data center migration project. I was looking for something else to get into. When I finally met with my executive leadership for a new project, I was told, "we're starting a new internal cloud using OpenStack and we'd like you to lead the architecture effort for the cloud infrastructure group." I figured I'd just Google "OpenStack" and I'd find all sorts of guides and tutorials. I thought "I'll have this built in no time." Boy was I wrong.


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20 questions DevOps hiring managers should be prepared to answer

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 07:00:00 AM

Making any team more inclusive doesn’t happen by default. You need to be intentional about it. Inclusivity is especially important if you’re building a DevOps team responsible for increasing communication and collaboration across the board to ensure quality for internal or external customers.


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How to get involved with open source if you're a cat

Tuesday 31st of October 2017 07:03:00 AM

We humans are social creatures, and we're really smart and advanced, so there's no need for us to read an article about how to get involved in open source. Cats, on the other hand, are socially awkward, sometimes aloof, sometimes overly sensitive, and a little jumpy. When a cat tries to get involved with open source, it often comes on too strong, or gets spooked by an unpleasant experience, or fails to communicate properly.


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How Go and Raspberry Pi power piano-playing AI

Tuesday 31st of October 2017 07:01:00 AM

Dan Tepfer's piano worlds on NPR inspired me to explore my own universe of augmented piano playing. Could I write a program that learns in real time to improvise with my style in the music breaks in my own playing?


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Beat the biggest threat to the open organization: Bias

Tuesday 31st of October 2017 07:00:00 AM

Bias is the single greatest threat to the open organization. This is no exaggeration. In traditional organizations, responsibilities for evaluating ideas, strategies, contributions—even people—typically fall on (presumably) trained managers. In open organizations, that responsibility rests with contributors of all sorts.


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5 open source personal finance tools for Linux

Monday 30th of October 2017 07:03:00 AM

Editor's note: This article was originally published in January 2016 and has been updated to add two great additional tools.

When asked about personal goals, getting a better handle on personal finances is high on most people's list. Whether this means making and sticking to a budget, reducing unnecessary expenses, or simply getting a better understanding of their financial situation, pretty much any approach to personal finance is dependent on having a good idea of the numbers inside a person's bank accounts, where they come from, and where they go.


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Why I love technical debt

Monday 30th of October 2017 07:02:00 AM

This is not necessarily the title you'd expect for an article, I guess,* but I'm a fan of technical debt. There are two reasons for this: a Bad Reason and a Good Reason. I'll be upfront about the Bad Reason first, then explain why even that isn't really a reason to love it. I'll then tackle the Good Reason, and you'll nod along in agreement.


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Why I love technical debt

Monday 30th of October 2017 07:02:00 AM

This is not necessarily the title you'd expect for an article, I guess,* but I'm a fan of technical debt. There are two reasons for this: a Bad Reason and a Good Reason. I'll be upfront about the Bad Reason first, then explain why even that isn't really a reason to love it. I'll then tackle the Good Reason, and you'll nod along in agreement.


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5 tips for getting the biggest bang for your cover letter buck

Monday 30th of October 2017 07:01:00 AM

We all love free and open source software and culture, but few of us are lucky enough to be paid to do that work. The rest of us need to find jobs that will allow us to pay the rent and support our families while still (hopefully) giving us leisure time to indulge in our free and open passions.

In a previous article, I shared 10 tips for improving your resume. The next step in most job hunts is writing the cover letter.


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Samsung's new Linux smartphones, Raspberry Pi laptops, and more open source news

Saturday 28th of October 2017 07:00:00 AM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we look at Samsung's Linux smartphone, a Raspberry Pi laptop, and more.

Open source news roundup for October 15-28, 2017 Run Linux on your Samsung phone

You'll soon be able to run proper Linux distros on your smartphone, thanks to Samsung. The electronics maker is working on an app called Linux on Galaxy that lets you run any program you need from the Linux environment.


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Top 5: Linux pain points, top resume mistakes, and more

Friday 27th of October 2017 07:09:00 AM

In this week’s Top 5, we look at pain points in Linux, alternatives to Dreamweaver, why Kubernetes is so popular, and more.


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Scout out code problems with SonarQube

Friday 27th of October 2017 07:03:00 AM

More and more organizations are implementing DevOps to make it faster to get quality code into the production environment after passing through the intermediate development and testing environments. Although things such as version control, continuous integration and deployment, and automated testing all fall under the scope of DevOps, one critical question remains: How can an organization quantify code quality, not just deployment speed?


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My first open source experience: 4 takeaways

Friday 27th of October 2017 07:01:00 AM

A month ago, the term open source meant little to me. Then I enrolled in a class called "Foundations of an Open Source World," and now open source principles are integral to my way of thinking, and the community constantly amazes me.

As a complete open source rookie, I often wished for an instruction manual to help ease my transition into the community. Following are four takeaways from my journey, in hopes that they will help other newcomers.


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Systers: Helping women find their potential in code

Friday 27th of October 2017 07:00:00 AM

Systers is the world's largest email community of women in technical computing roles, with more than 7,500 members from more than 65 countries. Systers was founded in 1987 by Anita Borg as the first online community for women in computing, and it hosts 23 different affinity groups where women technologists can connect with and offer support to members of their self-identified cultures.


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Why is Kubernetes so popular?

Thursday 26th of October 2017 07:03:00 AM

Kubernetes, an open source container management system, has surged in popularity in the past several years. Used by the largest enterprises in a wide range of industries for mission-critical tasks, it has become one of the biggest success stories in open source. How did that happen? And what is it about Kubernetes that explains its widespread adoption?


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But I don't know what a container is

Thursday 26th of October 2017 07:02:00 AM

I've been speaking about security in DevOps—also known as "DevSecOps"*—at a few conferences and seminars recently, and I've started to preface the discussion with a quick question: "Who here understands what a container is?" Usually I don't see many hands going up,**  so I've started briefly explaining what containers*** are before going much further.


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A community-powered approach to diversity and inclusion

Thursday 26th of October 2017 07:00:00 AM

When it comes to building more diverse and inclusive companies, one of the biggest challenges CEOs and HR leaders face is how to inspire a passion for taking action across the entire organization.


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More in Tux Machines

Graphics: AMDGPU, Radeon, Intel DRM

  • AMDGPU DC Code Lands For Linux 4.15 Kernel
    Linus Torvalds has accepted the AMDGPU DC display code pull request for the Linux 4.15 kernel. AMD Linux users can now rejoice! Overnight David Airlie sent in the AMDGPU DC pull request for Linux 4.15 and since then Linus Torvalds was active on the kernel mailing list ranting about AMD header files and other unrelated to DC code. He was also pulling in other PRs... It was getting a bit worrisome, given the DC code not being in pristine shape, but it was exciting as heck to see this evening that he did go ahead and pull in the 132 thousand lines of new kernel code to land this AMDGPU DC. Linus hasn't provided any commentary about DC on the kernel mailing list as of writing.
  • Radeon VCN Encode Support Lands In Mesa 17.4 Git
    It's an exciting day for open-source Radeon Linux users today as besides the AMDGPU DC pull request (albeit still unmerged as of writing), Radeon VCN encoding support has landed in Mesa Git.
  • The - Hopefully - Final Stab At Intel Fastboot Support
    Intel's Maarten Lankhorst has sent out what could be the final patches for enabling "fastboot" support by default within their DRM graphics driver.

Raspberry Digital Signage 10

It shows web pages from Internet, LAN or internal sources (a WordPress installation comes already installed by default on the SD card); there is no way to escape this view but rebooting the machine. Marco Buratto has released Raspberry Digital Signage 10.0 today, which comes with the latest and greatest Chromium build (featuring advanced HTML5 capabilities, Adobe Flash support and H264/AVC video acceleration), so you can display more attractive resources, more easily. Read more

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