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Music tagging with open audio players

Friday 10th of March 2017 08:01:00 AM

Once a computer has more than a few hundred music tracks stored on it, the enjoyment of that music is greatly enhanced by making sure each track is properly tagged according to artist, song title, album name, genre, composer, and other assorted bits of information. In my case, I've found over the past few years that tag management is actually quite a lot of work; errors or poorly designed tag text seems to creep into the process at every point, and so I have become a reluctant user of tag editing software.


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Open source project management can be risky business

Friday 10th of March 2017 08:00:00 AM

Our digital lives are powered by programming philosophers who choose to develop their code out in the open.

All programs begin with lines of instruction. When ready for execution these lines of instruction are converted to a binary format that the computer can execute. Open source programs are programs where the human readable code is accessible to anyone. This philosophy of openness and freedom has allowed these projects to impact the lives of everyone.


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8 reasons to use LXDE

Thursday 9th of March 2017 08:03:00 AM

Late last year, an upgrade to Fedora 25 brought issues with the new version of KDE Plasma that were so bad it was difficult to get any work done. I decided to try other Linux desktop environments for two reasons. First, I needed to get my work done. Second, having used KDE exclusively for many years, I thought it was time to try some different desktops.


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Book review: Up to no good with 'Raspberry Pi for Secret Agents'

Thursday 9th of March 2017 08:02:00 AM

Many parents see my daughter’s articles on Opensource.com and regularly ask me, “How did you get your daughter started with the Raspberry Pi?”


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The impact GitHub is having on your software career

Thursday 9th of March 2017 08:01:00 AM

Over the next 12 to 24 months (in other words, between 2018 and 2019), how people hire software developers will change radically.

I spent from 2004 to 2014 working at Red Hat, the world's largest open source software engineering company. On my very first day there, in July 2004, my boss Marty Messer said to me, "All the work you do here will be in the open. In the future, you won't have a CV—people will just Google you."


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Why I launched a consulting agency on open principles

Thursday 9th of March 2017 08:00:00 AM

For the vast majority of my career in the corporate world, I felt trapped in an environment that didn't work for me. The rules of that world seemed to contradict my core values—and I wasn't willing to compromise my integrity and core self for someone else to make a dollar.


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Top 10 and editor's picks: February review

Thursday 9th of March 2017 07:00:00 AM

With 644,988 unique visitors who generated 1,037,211 page views in February, February was our fifth consecutive month with more than one-million page views. Even better, we set new a new record for page views per day, averaging more than 37,000 daily views.


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How to build a Raspberry Pi home dashboard

Wednesday 8th of March 2017 08:03:00 AM

I was lucky enough to get a Raspberry Pi 2B with a 7-inch display for Christmas last year. I immediately had a plan for how to us it: I would make a home dashboard to show some useful information that is readable from around the living room.


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How an amateur opera singer uses MuseScore

Wednesday 8th of March 2017 08:02:00 AM

Alison Armstrong is a singer and high school music teacher at an international school in Laos, a developing country just between Thailand and Vietnam. Alison's main passion is providing her students with opportunities to compose new music and explore their identity through music. It shows, too, because she's been doing amazing work with her students.


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Join our next Twitter chat on making open decisions

Wednesday 8th of March 2017 08:01:00 AM

Join us Thursday, March 30, for a conversation about making open decisions. We'll gather using the #OpenOrgChat hashtag on Twitter at 14:00 Eastern (18:00 UTC)—with a few special guests leading the discussion!


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Does your open source project need a president?

Wednesday 8th of March 2017 08:00:00 AM

Recently I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the Linux Foundation Open Source Leadership Summit. The event was stacked with many of the people I consider mentors, friends, and definitely leaders in the various open source and free software communities that I participate in.


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How to set up a personal web server with a Raspberry Pi

Tuesday 7th of March 2017 08:03:00 AM

A personal web server is "the cloud," except you own and control it as opposed to a large corporation.

Owning a little cloud has a lot of benefits, including customization, free storage, free Internet services, a path into open source software, high-quality security, full control over your content, the ability to make quick changes, a place to experiment with code, and much more. Most of these benefits are immeasurable, but financially these benefits can save you over $100 per month.


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How to make release notes count

Tuesday 7th of March 2017 08:01:00 AM

Congratulations! You're ready to ship the latest release of your software package. Now you need to make sure your release notes are in order. Sure, you could just slap "bug fixes and performance improvements" on the box and call it a day, but that doesn't really tell your users anything.


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Build a smart garden with these 3 DIY Arduino projects

Tuesday 7th of March 2017 08:01:00 AM

With warmer weather around the corner here in the US, it's time for gardeners to start making plans for spring and summer. For the more technically minded among us, it's also a good time to start working on DIY projects that can keep things running smoothly. As it turns out, projects based around the Arduino open hardware development board are an excellent place to start. In this article, I've rounded up three cool Arduino-based projects that take your garden to the next level.


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Working for a mission, not a boss

Tuesday 7th of March 2017 08:00:00 AM

I had a brilliant opportunity to interview Suresh V. Shankar, founder of Crayon, at Slush Singapore 2016. At the conference, he spoke about his experience—and the difficulties he faced—as an entrepreneur. He also talked about how he overcame them.

Suresh sold his previous company, RedPill Solutions, to IBM in 2009. However, his entrepreneurial journey did not end there. He went on to start a new company, Crayon, with the goal of simplifying big data.


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Using proprietary services to develop open source software

Monday 6th of March 2017 08:03:00 AM

It is now pretty well accepted that open source is a superior way of producing software. Almost everyone is doing open source these days. In particular, the ability for users to look under the hood and make changes results in tools that are better adapted to their workflows. It reduces the cost and risk of finding yourself locked in with a vendor in an unbalanced relationship. It contributes to a virtuous circle of continuous improvement, blurring the lines between consumers and producers. It enables everyone to remix and invent new things. It adds up to the common human knowledge.


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GNU Screen or tmux?

Monday 6th of March 2017 08:02:00 AM

If you've spent a fair amount of time working on the command line, chances are you've tried out a terminal multiplexer. These helpful tools let users easily switch between applications in the terminal, save sessions to come back to later, and manage connections to many machines at ones from one location.


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Top 4 JavaScipt code editors

Monday 6th of March 2017 08:01:00 AM

JavaScript is everywhere, and its ubiquitous presence on the web is undeniable. Every app uses it in one form or another. And any developer who is serious about the web should learn JavaScript. If you already know it, be sure to continue learning new frameworks, libraries, and tools, because JavaScript is a living, evolving language.


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Improved container support, PTG recap, and more OpenStack news

Monday 6th of March 2017 06:00:00 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.

OpenStack around the web

From news sites to developer blogs, there's a lot being written about OpenStack every week. Here are a few highlights.


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IKEA's DIY grow room, US DoD launches Code.mil, and more open source news

Saturday 4th of March 2017 08:00:00 AM

In this edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at IKEA's spherical garden, the US Department of Defense's Code.mil site, and more.

Open source news roundup for February 19-March 4, 2017
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More in Tux Machines

These Are the Default Wallpapers of the Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) Linux Distro

Ubuntu member Nathan Haines is proud to inform Softpedia about the availability of the new community wallpapers for the upcoming Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) operating system. Ubuntu 17.04 just got its Final Beta release at the end of last week, and now that Final Freeze stage is approaching fast, it's time for us to have a look at the default wallpapers shipping with the final release, which have been contributed by various artists and photographers from all over the world. Read more

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Review: Finally, an Android tablet built with enterprise users in mind

Show me an Android tablet and I'll show you a device that has yet to live up to its full potential. Google's Play Store lacks a wide selection of apps that support a tablet's larger display, with most apps only expanding the phone interface, in turn looking horrible on the smaller screen. In addition to the lack of quality apps, Android tablets have lacked key accessories such as a keyboard. For the most part, Android tablets have been relegated to a device used to catch up on Netflix or to entertain kids with games. Read more

Ubuntu 17.04 inches closer to production

Ubuntu's final beta for version 17.04 has landed. Zesty Zapus covers Ubuntu desktop, server and cloud editions, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Gnome, MATE, Studio and Xubuntu flavours. It's not a huge feature boost, but the release is using the Linux 4.10 kernel, useful if your iron runs Intel Kaby Lake or AMD Ryzen silicon. If configuring the Common UNIX Printing System (CUPS) is on your hate-list, there's good news: the release includes support for driverless printing. Read more Also: Getting Better Radeon Polaris Performance On Ubuntu 17.04 With Mesa 17.1, Linux 4.11

Linux 4.11 RC4

  • Linux 4.11-rc4
    So last week, I said that I was hoping that rc3 was the point where we'd start to shrink the rc's, and yes, rc4 is smaller than rc3. By a tiny tiny smidgen. It does touch a few more files, but it has a couple fewer commits, and fewer lines changed overall. But on the whole the two are almost identical in size. Which isn't actually all that bad, considering that rc4 has both a networking merge and the usual driver suspects from Greg, _and_ some drm fixes - and those tend to be the big areas. So on the whole things look fine. There's changes all over, and in mostly the usual proportions. Some core kernel code shows up in the diffstat slightly more than it usually does - we had an audit fix and a bpf hashmap fix, but on the whole it all looks very regular: mostly drivers, networking, arch fixes and some filesystem noise. Shortlog appended as usual for people who want to skim the details. Go out and test, Linus
  • Linus Torvalds Announces the Fourth Release Candidate of the Linux 4.11 Kernel
    As expected, Linus Torvalds made his regular Sunday announcement to inform us about the availability of the fourth Release Candidate (RC) development release of the upcoming Linux 4.11 kernel. Coming one week after the third Release Candidate, Linux 4.11 RC4 appears to be just a bit smaller than the previous build, updating the networking stack and many of the supported drivers to be on par with what was changed earlier this week in the stable Linux kernel branches.
  • Linux 4.11-rc4 Kernel Released
    Linus Torvalds has announced the Linux 4.11-rc4 kernel this evening.