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Why aren't governments as transparent as they could be?

Monday 16th of March 2015 09:00:00 AM

In the quarter century since its creation, the Web has been a printing press and broadcast studio for millions of people whose voices would otherwise have been heard by only a few close friends. It opened a whole new world of sharing, and today nearly three-quarters of all Americans say digital technologies have improved their ability to share their ideas and creations with others, according to a 2014 survey by the Pew Research Center.

That means most of us are opening to the public minute details of our lives—where we eat, who we love, and how we spend money—all out in the open for others to see.


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Charting the OpenStack galaxy, under the hood at TryStack, and more

Monday 16th of March 2015 07:00:00 AM

Interested in keeping track of what's 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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Special Edition: Open gaming at Game Developers Conference

Saturday 14th of March 2015 12:00:00 PM

Hello, open gaming fans! This week brings you a special edition as we look at some of the highlights from the Game Developers Conference (GDC) that took place a little over a week ago.

Open gaming roundup: March 7 - 14, 2015


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Pi Day special: 7 Raspberry Pi pieces

Saturday 14th of March 2015 07:14:00 AM

Once a year, like clockwork, March 14 rolls around and people around the globe celebrate Pi Day. Unlike many other holidays, Pi Day doesn't have specific rules for how to celebrate. In the past, I've joined friends for a 3.14(ish) mile Pi Day run, visited a science museum (which included a pi exhibit) with my daughter, and simply indulged in a slice of Key Lime pie.

This year, I give you the Opensource.com Pi Day special: 7 Raspberry Pi pieces:


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Top 5: Firing community members, best programming language, and more

Friday 13th of March 2015 03:24:00 PM

Welcome to the Opensource.com Weekly Top 5!

Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get an alert everytime we add a new video. And, write in to let us know what you enjoy about the Top 5! What topics do you want to see more of? We'd love to hear so we can bring you the kind of news and stories that help you grow and learn more about open source.


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Apple releases ResearchKit, Linux adopts a code of conflict, and more

Friday 13th of March 2015 11:00:00 AM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look Apple's open source ResearchKit, the Linux kernel community adopts a code of conflict, and more!

Open source news roundup for March 7 - 13, 2015


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5 ways to answer questions the open source way

Friday 13th of March 2015 09:00:00 AM

Eric Raymond's How to Ask Questions the Smart Way was published in 2001 and has been very popular ever since. It gets referenced on my local Linux User Group mailing list with some frequency (usually alongside an admonishment to stop top-posting).


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Open Source in Education, new series begins March 16

Friday 13th of March 2015 07:00:00 AM

On Monday, March 16 we will begin a series, one article each day through the end of the month, on the theme: Open Source in Education. The complete collection of articles will be gathered on this handy resource page and is avaliable to you whenever you may need to reference it and for sharing with others.

See our Editorial Calendar for a list of our themes through June 2015, and email us if you'd like to contribute.


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Why we ditched our legacy framework for Symfony

Thursday 12th of March 2015 11:00:00 AM

Why would a successful organization toss out an excellent open source web development platform that had an avid developer community? That’s the story I’m here to tell.


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Why use open hardware in the classroom?

Thursday 12th of March 2015 09:00:00 AM

Over the past few years we’ve seen an explosion of “open” models, which emerged as a result of several different factors. The general motivation behind this movement includes the ability for the free sharing of resources and tools in an effort to promote economic efficiency by improving access to a much wider group of stakeholders.

To that end, I invite you—the reader—to take a walk with me to an undeveloped third-world country that can barely scrape by, but wants to provide a quality education to its next generation. What would you suggest they invest in?

Let’€™s take another short trip to a small-town school where, like so many other small schools, teachers have grand ideas, but less than grand budgets. What do we suggest here?


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OpenSpecimen streamlines management of biospecimen data

Thursday 12th of March 2015 07:00:00 AM

Access to high-quality human biospecimens such as blood, saliva, plasma, DNA, and RNA is integral to developing a better understanding of diseases and advancing molecular technologies, clinical trial research, personalized medicine research, and clinical practice.

Biobanks play a crucial role in this by collecting, processing, storing, and tracking a wide array of biospecimens. However, without high-quality standards-based clinical and pathological annotations, these specimens are not useful. The type and extent of annotations collected differs from biobank to biobank depending on research focus, disease, and geography.


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An open source platform for version control hosting

Wednesday 11th of March 2015 11:00:00 AM

When it comes to managing revision to source code, Git has quickly become the most prominent tool organizations are using. But the Git command line tool itself is only part of the picture.


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A practical guide to cult(ure) of DevOps: Steps to reduce gossip

Wednesday 11th of March 2015 09:00:00 AM

One of my software developer friends recently asked me if I could show him what he could do personally to encourage a more collaborative and understanding working environment–one more aligned with the suggestions coming from the DevOps community. The conversation we had was a long one–his situation is unique.


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Should governments develop their own software?

Wednesday 11th of March 2015 07:00:00 AM

Being a hardcore developer who cares deeply about software, and having worked for local government for the past eight years, I have pondered this question often. On the one hand, a running philosophical theme is that programming is the new literacy, and because software permeates every aspect of our lives, programming amounts to expressing knowledge, just like writing does.


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Firing community members

Tuesday 10th of March 2015 11:00:00 AM

Welcome back folks, for the second post in my Six Degrees column. While I am delighted to be returning, you all kinda screwed me with my first column. The article, in which I mused about the ramifications of Ubuntu phones for open source, seemed to do rather well, subsequently setting entirely unrealistic expectations for the good people at Opensource.com. Thanks for reading it.

Well, it is time to come slamming back to reality, but as a reasonable middle-ground to get you all to read something again, I decided to pick a topic that is likely to raise a few eyebrows ("click bait?") and thus wedge a few angry emails into my INBOX.


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Open source offline map tool for Android

Tuesday 10th of March 2015 09:00:00 AM

To realize the full potential of location-based smartphone apps, they should be built to support offline mode and original map graphics. Creating a custom offline map is the best choice. We were faced with this challenge as well, and the solution we came up with was creating a separate library for this purpose. That is how I developed the m​AppWidget code library.​

We recently decided to open source it, and now mAppWidget is available to anyone in need of a mobile custom offline map solution.


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How to create split screen shots in Kdenlive

Tuesday 10th of March 2015 08:00:00 AM

Video editing is not a complex process from the user's point-of-view. After all, editors used to cut film with razor blades and tape, and then video on VCRs.

The actual process hasn't changed in 100 years: cut out the bad footage, splice the good parts together. What has changed, and what can get complex, is the visual language editors use in order to convey more information than contained in the footage itself. In this article, I will explore how to achieve a common visual style in Kdenlive: the split screen.


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Which programming language is best for beginners?

Tuesday 10th of March 2015 07:00:00 AM

Part of being a good open source citizen is contributing to the projects and programs you use and care about most—and learning how to code can be a big part of that. But with so many programming languages out there, picking the right entry point into coding can be a challenge.


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Tuning Docker with the newest security enhancements

Monday 9th of March 2015 11:00:00 AM

It has been a while since I wrote the first two articles in my series on Docker security. This article will give an update on what has been added to Docker since then and cover new functionality that is going through the merge process with upstream Docker.


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Connect globally, educate openly: Open Education Week 2015

Monday 9th of March 2015 09:00:00 AM

Open Education Week (OEW) is an annual, global event and will take place this year from March 9-13, 2015. The event aims to raise awareness and celebrate achievements of the global Open Education Movement.

Open education encompasses resources, tools, and practices that employ a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness worldwide. Participation in all events during OEW, and use of all resources, is free and open to everyone.


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