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8 answers to management questions from an open point of view

Thursday 14th of July 2016 07:00:00 AM

I recently saw the following questions on a survey about organizational management, and decided to answer them from my open organization point of view. I'd love to hear how others in the open source world would answer these questions, so leave some comments and tell us what you think!

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7 open source games for students

Wednesday 13th of July 2016 07:03:00 AM

Computer gaming is a $25 billion market in the US, and it is one of the major application development industries. These are just two of the reasons why students should consider getting involved in open source gaming projects for their university course requirements.

Other reasons include:

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8 ways to get your swag on

Wednesday 13th of July 2016 07:01:00 AM

Recently, a client of mine asked me if I had any experience in how to optimize how they send swag out to people. The scenario was a common one: the company made T-shirts, stickers, mugs, and other merchandise that they wanted to ship to deserving community members, but actually getting it there was turning out to be a massive pain in the rear-end.

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22 open source tools for creatives

Wednesday 13th of July 2016 07:00:00 AM

Whether it's visuals, audio, writing, or design, there's an open source tool out there to help get the job done.

"It's absolutely possible to go from concept to finished, polished products, using free and open source software," said Jason.

In this lightning talk, community moderator Jason van Gumster shares 22 open source tools for creatives:

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Creating a reproducible build system for Docker images

Tuesday 12th of July 2016 07:03:00 AM

Last weekend, I presented at Texas Linux Fest 2016 about how the Fedora Project has been working to deliver a reproducible build system for Docker images. I addressed some of the new challenges that newer Linux container technologies are bringing to teams as well as how we in the Fedora community have been working to meet those challenges with solutions for our users and contributors.

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Steps the Python community and Dropbox are taking to increase diversity

Tuesday 12th of July 2016 07:02:00 AM

At the Red Hat Summit in San Francisco last month, DeLisa Alexander, executive vice president and chief people officer at Red Hat, announced the winners of the company's second annual Women in Open Source Award.

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How not to get help in open source

Tuesday 12th of July 2016 07:01:00 AM

Open source communities can be very friendly places, but there are right and wrong ways to ask for help.

In her lightning talk at Great Wide Open 2016, Emily Dunham shares the most common ways people shoot themselves in the foot while looking for help with an open source project:

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7 characteristics of open leaders

Tuesday 12th of July 2016 07:00:00 AM

"I'm glad I'm at the end of my career," a weary-sounding CIO confided in me on a recent trip to India. "I just don't think I can adapt as fast as today's market needs me to."

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What do you think? Take our 2016 Reader Survey (and enter to win)

Monday 11th of July 2016 07:00:00 PM

We want your input. Take the annual Reader Survey to enter for a chance to win an backpack. Choose from two designs.

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Getting started with Git

Monday 11th of July 2016 07:03:00 AM

In the introduction to this series we learned who should use Git, and what it is for. Today we will learn how to clone public Git repositories, and how to extract individual files without cloning the whole works.

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5 hacks for landing your tech dream job

Monday 11th of July 2016 07:02:00 AM

Azat Mardan, a technology fellow at Capital One and author of more than a dozen books, has a few pieces of advice for tech professionals still looking for the right job.

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Plug-and-play server provides access to millions of digital documents in Africa

Monday 11th of July 2016 07:01:00 AM

The WiderNet project, which is affiliated with WiderNet@UNC at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provides resources, coaching, training, computers, and educational materials to schools, clinics, libraries, and homes in underserved areas of the world. In this interview, Cliff Missen, the Director of the WiderNet Project, explains how the non-profit helps improve digital education and communications for international communities.

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Bug smashing, birthday celebrations, and more OpenStack news

Monday 11th of July 2016 05:00:00 AM

Are you interested in keeping track of what is happening in the open source cloud? 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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BMW autonomous vehicle dev, open source CMS for IT, and more news

Saturday 9th of July 2016 07:00:00 AM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at BMW teaming up with Intel and Mobileeye for yet more autonomous vehicle development, open source content management systems for IT, and more.

Open source news roundup for July 2 - 9, 2016

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A classic MMO goes open source, The Other 99 comes to Linux, and more gaming news

Saturday 9th of July 2016 07:00:00 AM

In this week's edition, we take a look at the open source re-release of Habitat, The Other 99's Linux announcement, and more.

Open gaming roundup for July 3-9, 2016
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Top 5: 10 Raspberry Pi add-on boards, Linux as the face of kindness, and more

Friday 8th of July 2016 08:00:00 PM

In this week's Top 5, we highlight 10 Raspberry Pi add-on boards, Linux as the face of kindness, open source tools for writing a book, open source solar panels, and alternatives to Microsoft Publisher.

Top 5 articles of the week

5. 3 open source alternatives to Microsoft Publisher

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8 ways to get started in open source

Friday 8th of July 2016 07:02:00 AM

During his time recruiting young programmers on college campuses, one of the questions Chris Aniszczyk would hear a lot is, "How do I get involved in open source?"

At Great Wide Open earlier this year, Aniszczyk gave a lightning talk highlighting eight ways new contributors can get started:

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Open source effort gives indigenous language an official typeface

Friday 8th of July 2016 07:01:00 AM

Santali, an aboriginal South Asian language, has a brand new freely licensed font and set of cross-platform open source input tools on the way.

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Top 10 and editor's picks: June review

Friday 8th of July 2016 07:00:00 AM brought in 868,894 page views in June from 523,149 unique visitors, our second best month of all time. We published 101 articles, including three series: SouthEast LinuxFest 2016, Open Source and Entertainment, and Open Source Bridge.

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3 open source alternatives to Microsoft Publisher

Thursday 7th of July 2016 07:04:00 AM

A few weeks ago, I confessed that I still hadn't fully moved to the paperless utopia I had imagined I would be living in by this point.

As I've thought through it more, it's the long tail of paper that's holding me back. Sure, almost all of my communications are electronic these days, and my scanner makes quick work of almost everything that comes to me in a dead tree format.

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More in Tux Machines

Linux 4.6.5

I'm announcing the release of the 4.6.5 kernel. All users of the 4.6 kernel series must upgrade. The updated 4.6.y git tree can be found at: git:// linux-4.6.y and can be browsed at the normal git web browser: thanks, greg k-h Read more Also: Linux 4.4.16 Linux 3.14.74

today's leftovers

Leftovers: Software

  • The Linux Deepin File Manager Is a Thing of Beauty
    China-based Linux distro Deepin has shown off its all-new desktop file manager. And to say it's pretty is an understatement.
  • GRadio Lets You Find, Listen to Radio Stations from the Ubuntu Desktop
    Love to listen to the radio? My ol’ pal Lolly did. But let’s say you want to listen to the radio on Ubuntu. How do you do it? Well, the Ubuntu Software centre should always be the first dial you try, but you’ll need to sift through a load of static to find a decent app.
  • Reprotest 0.2 released, with virtualization support
    reprotest 0.2 is available in PyPi and should hit Debian soon. I have tested null (no container, build on the host system), schroot, and qemu, but it's likely that chroot, Linux containers (lxc/lxd), and quite possibly ssh are also working. I haven't tested the autopkgtest code on a non-Debian system, but again, it probably works. At this point, reprotest is not quite a replacement for the prebuilder script because I haven't implemented all the variations yet, but it offers better virtualization because it supports qemu, and it can build non-Debian software because it doesn't rely on pbuilder.
  • Calibre 2.63.0 eBook Converter and Viewer Adds Unicode 9.0 Support, Bugfixes
    Kovid Goyal has released yet another maintenance update for his popular, open-source, free, and cross-platform Calibre ebook library management software, version 2.63.0. Calibre 2.63.0 arrives two weeks after the release of the previous maintenance update, Calibre 2.62.0, which introduced support for the new Kindle Oasis ebook reader from Amazon, as well as reading and writing of EPUB 3 metadata. Unfortunately, there aren't many interesting features added in the Calibre 2.63.0 release, except for the implementation of Unicode 9.0 support in the regex engine of the Edit Book feature that lets users edit books that contain characters encoded with the recently released Unicode 9.0 standard.
  • Mozilla Delivers Improved User Experience in Firefox for iOS
    When we rolled out Firefox for iOS late last year, we got a tremendous response and millions of downloads. Lots of Firefox users were ecstatic they could use the browser they love on the iPhone or iPad they had chosen. Today, we’re thrilled to release some big improvements to Firefox for iOS. These improvements will give users more speed, flexibility and choice, three things we care deeply about.
  • LibreOffice 5.2 Is Being Released Next Wednesday
    One week from today will mark the release of LibreOffice 5.2 as the open-source office suite's latest major update. LibreOffice 5.2 features a new (optional) single toolbar mode, bookmark improvements. new Calc spreadsheet functions (including forecasting functions), support for signature descriptions, support for OOXML signature import/export, and a wealth of other updates. There are also GTK3 user-interface improvements, OpenGL rendering improvements, multi-threaded 3D rendering, faster rendering, and more.
  • Blackmagic Design Finally Introduces Fusion 8 For Linux
  • Why Microsoft’s revival of Skype for Linux is a big deal [Ed: This article is nonsense right from the headline. Web client is not Linux support. And it's spyware (centralised too).]

today's howtos