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6 reading recommendations from a total book nerd

Wednesday 15th of June 2016 07:03:00 AM

Confession: I am a total book nerd! There are always a ton of book recommendations given while attending a conference, and this year at OSCON was no different. Instead of spreading my book recommendations out and including them in my OSCON event reports, I collected them all in here in one list. Enjoy and let me know if you have read and liked (or didn't) any of these! Or, feel free to leave a comment suggesting a great book for us to read.

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Flow is a mental state of intense focus for programming

Wednesday 15th of June 2016 07:02:00 AM

What cognitive linguistics can teach developers

Wednesday 15th of June 2016 07:01:00 AM

Chris Prather never metaphor he didn't like.

That's what he tells developers, at any rate. And on stage at SouthEast LinuxFest in Charlotte, NC, Prather explained how a deep understanding of metaphor—and the critical role it plays in cognitive function—can improve an open source software developer's work. He delivered his presentation, "I Never Metaphor I Didn't Like: How Cognitive Linguistics Can Help You Be A (More) Bad-ass Developer," last Friday.

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5 new OpenStack tutorials for cloud mastery

Wednesday 15th of June 2016 07:00:00 AM

With another OpenStack Summit behind us, the community of developers behind the open source cloud project are hard at work on the next release, as operators continue to share their goals and challenges as the collection of projects powering OpenStack continue to grow and mature.

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Make things 'til you make it at the Blowing Things Up Lab

Tuesday 14th of June 2016 07:03:00 AM

Recently while reading a tweet from the Blowing Things Up Lab, I learned about Emily Daub, a maker and college student who designed a running shirt that helps runners be more visible to motorists—my daughter is a runner so this sounds like a great idea to me.

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10 tips for new GitHub projects

Tuesday 14th of June 2016 07:02:00 AM

GitHub has become a fairly central part of many open source projects. Although many people focus on the code-hosting aspect of GitHub, the platform also includes comprehensive features for issue management, code review, and integration with many other tools and platforms.

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Accountability goes both ways

Tuesday 14th of June 2016 07:01:00 AM

Back in 1999, when eZ Systems was founded, it became one of the first organizations to pioneer an open source business model. Years later, in 2009, a Community Board was put in place to govern and grow the community—and to implement a system of accountability that incorporated the commercial entity and the community surrounding it.

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Enter to win a book from our 2016 Summer Reading List

Tuesday 14th of June 2016 07:00:00 AM

It's summer reading list time again. Last week, members of the community shared their recommended reads for this year. This week, we're kicking off our annual reading list giveaway—five lucky readers will win a copy of the summer reading list book of their choosing.

Here are the books our moderators, community members, and staff picked this year:

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Bringing Mozilla to the IoT era

Monday 13th of June 2016 07:03:00 AM

Open Source Bridge is an annual conference focused on building open source community and citizenship through four days of technical talks, hacking sessions, and collaboration opportunities. Prior to the event, I caught up with one of the speakers, Rabimba Karanjai, who will give a talk titled Turning sensors into signals: Humanizing IoT with old smartphones and the Web.

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Using Pirate Metrics to measure success of open source projects

Monday 13th of June 2016 07:02:00 AM

So you started your own open source project. You had a great idea, you actually took the time and energy to create a project on GitHub, and you even went so far as to set the right frameworks in place to allow other people to contribute to your community. Awesome!

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Candy or Swag: A game for teaching open source principles to kids

Monday 13th of June 2016 07:01:00 AM

Some swag: check

A couple of big bags of candy: check

Middle school students: check

This sounds like a recipe for disaster, but as it turns out, these were the ingredients for a wonderful lesson on two of the principles of open source: collaboration and transparency.

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Tracking reviews, beginning adoption, and more OpenStack news

Monday 13th of June 2016 06:59:00 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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A 5 step plan for making sure new contributors have a positive experience

Sunday 12th of June 2016 01:50:00 PM

In The Cathedral and the Bazaar, Eric S. Raymond makes the case that "with enough eyes, all bugs are shallow." It's a good sentiment, but as a new project spins up, getting and keeping enough eyes can be hard. You've got your first swing at the project up on GitHub; you've been promoting it and have some new contributors coming around. Now, how do you keep them?

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SeaGL opens 2016 call for participation

Sunday 12th of June 2016 07:00:00 AM

The Seattle GNU/Linux Conference (we like to call it SeaGL) has opened its call for participation for the 2016 event.

SeaGL welcomes speakers of all backgrounds and levels of experience—even if you've never spoken at a technical conference. If you're excited about GNU/Linux technologies or free and open source software, we want to hear your ideas.

The details:

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HITMAN, Life is Strange, and new games out for Linux

Saturday 11th of June 2016 07:01:00 AM

Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at HITMAN and Life is Strange for Linux, and new games out for Linux.

Open gaming roundup for June 5 - 11, 2016


According to recent updates in SteamDB it seems that a Linux version of HITMAN is in the works. Caution: We still need to get an official statement from the team. Read more Gaming on Linux.

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Raspberry Pi on big list of single-board computers, new router chips to comply with FCC rules, and more news

Saturday 11th of June 2016 07:00:00 AM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at open hardware on big list of 81 single-board computers, new router chips to comply with FCC rules, and more.

Open source news roundup for June  5 - 11, 2016

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Top 5: Homebrew Linux router, choosing a PHP framework, and more

Friday 10th of June 2016 06:10:00 PM

In this week's Top 5, we highlight a homebrew Linux router, how to choose a PHP framework, open source alternatives to MATLAB, open source and professional photography, and our annual summer reading list.

Top 5 articles of the week

5. 2016 open source summer reading list

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Oracle v. Google: What it means for software developers

Friday 10th of June 2016 03:20:00 PM

On May 26, 2016, the jury in the well-publicized Oracle v. Google trial returned a unanimous verdict in favor of Google, essentially concluding that the copyright fair use doctrine allowed Google to use Java SE APIs in its implementation of Android.

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Open music: Bolero enters public domain, music encoding standards news

Friday 10th of June 2016 07:04:00 AM

This month I offer a bit of an open musical smorgasbord: a famous work of music that recently passed into the public domain; a new proprietary music-encoding standard that is gaining ground; three open audio players; and, of course, new music available for download from Linux-friendly vendors.

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Preventing break-ins on your Linux system

Friday 10th of June 2016 07:03:00 AM

All too often we hear about breaches in security where usernames and passwords were obtained and published online. Most of the time, what's revealed is that most passwords are very simple or iterative of a previous version (e.g., 12345 followed by 123456 on the next change). Implementing password requirements can help keep weak passwords out of your environment. These forced changes have their pros and cons, but when it comes down to it there are still flaws in authentication.

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More in Tux Machines

Leftovers: Ubuntu

  • Canonical, Snappy and the marketing value of collaboration
    Canonical implies it is collaborating with nearly every major Linux distro for its Snappy project. It is not. And what could have been a marketing win for it is now a loss.
  • How to install MongoDB community edition on Ubuntu Linux
    MongoDB is a NoSQL database that avoids the traditional structure of relational databases in favor of document-oriented JSON-like objects. What this translates to is the integration between application and data is faster and easier. If that's not enough, consider this: MongoDB is one the databases preferred by big data and large enterprise companies, including Adobe, Craigslist, eBay, FIFA, Foursquare, and LinkedIn.
  • No WhatsApp, but fixes set to come for Ubuntu Phone
    Users of the Ubuntu Phone will have to get used to the fact that popular Android apps like WhatsApp are unlikely to be made available for the platform, at least not in in the short term. Facebook owns WhatsApp and the communications app now has more than a billion users.
  • Ubuntu Developers Discuss Again About Dropping Support For 32-bit x86
    Ubuntu developers are once again pondering the possibility of dropping support for i386 (32-bit x86) as installation media for their Linux distribution. The matter of dropping Ubuntu i386 ISOs has been brought up many times the past few years, but ultimately it's kept getting pushed back for users still running Ubuntu Linux on old hardware and other reasons. Dropping Ubuntu for i386 keeps getting brought up namely for the installer media rather than the i386 package archive itself.

Sabayon 16.07 Ships with Linux Kernel 4.6.3, Introduces the First LXQt Flavor

Today, June 28, 2016, the developers of the Gentoo-based Sabayon Linux computer operating system have had the great pleasure of announcing the general availability of new respin ISO images for the month of July 2016. Right on the schedule, Sabayon 16.07 Live ISO images are now available for download, switching the OS to the latest Linux 4.6.3 kernel from the deprecated Linux 4.5 branch that shipped with the May ISO respins of the GNU/Linux distribution, Sabayon 16.05. Read more

Android Apps Turn Chromebooks Into Macbook Killers

  • Android Apps Turn Chromebooks Into Macbook Killers
    When Chromebooks launched in the summer of 2011, they seemed destined to fail, much like the underpowered, internet-dependent netbooks that came before them. But in the five years since, Chromebooks have defied expectations, becoming the most used device in US classrooms and even outselling Macs for the first time this year. Still, people complain about their inability to run useful software, but that’s all about to change.
  • Android apps could turn Chromebooks into MacBook killers

today's leftovers

  • Permabit Debuts Only Complete Data Reduction for the Linux Storage Stack
    Permabit Technology Corporation, the leader in data reduction technology, today announced the latest release of its Virtual Data Optimizer (VDO) software, VDO 6. The newest release of VDO delivers the company's patented deduplication, HIOPS Compression™ and thin provisioning in a commercial software package for Linux, expanding availability beyond the OEM marketplace to include the leading Professional Services organizations that are enabling today's modern Hybrid Cloud data centers.
  • My KIWI/OBS talk from oSC'16
    Last Friday, at openSUSE Conference 2016, I was giving a talk together with Christian Schneemann about KIWI and OBS (the software is not able to manage "two speakers for one talk", this is why I am not listed in the schedule).
  • AppliedMicro Announces the Availability of its Mudan Storage Platform at Red Hat Summit 2016
  • AsteroidOS smartwatch OS wants you, developers
    AsteroidOS is a new open source operating system specifically designed to serve software application development on smartwatches. The project is now gaining some traction and has been reported to now be looking for developer and community contribution engagement.