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How to set up a Raspberry Pi for retro gaming

Tuesday 9th of January 2018 08:01:00 AM

I grew up with console gaming and over the years I have had a number of systems, including Atari, SNES, Sega Genesis, and my all-time-favorite—the Commodore Amiga. I recently found a backup of old games I have been carrying around with me for years and got nostalgic for the glory days of retro gaming. I grabbed some old hardware and started tinkering with it so I could relive my childhood. I was surprised how well these games run on my Raspberry Pi and it's become something of a new hobby.


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5 arcade-style games for Linux

Monday 8th of January 2018 08:02:00 AM

Gaming has traditionally been one of Linux's weak points. That has changed somewhat in recent years thanks to Steam, GOG, and other efforts to bring commercial games to multiple operating systems, but those games often are not open source. Sure, the games can be played on an open source operating system, but that is not good enough for an open source purist.


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What cryptographic key generation needs is a good source of entropy

Monday 8th of January 2018 08:01:00 AM

Imagine you're about to play a board game that involves using dice, say Monopoly, Yahtzee, Cluedo, Dungeons & Dragons...1 In most cases, at least where you're interested in playing a fair game, you want to be pretty sure that there's a random distribution of the dice-roll results. In other words, for a six-sided dice, you'd hope that, for each roll, there's an equal chance that any of the numbers one through six will appear.


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5 reasons Kubernetes is the real deal

Monday 8th of January 2018 08:00:00 AM

I've been to a lot of tech conferences in my life, but there was something different about the December 2017 KubeCon/Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) Summit in Austin. Sure, there's a ton of hype around Kubernetes, but it's something more. Not only did attendance go up by a staggering amount vs.


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December top articles and 2017 year in review

Sunday 7th of January 2018 08:00:00 AM

In December, we wrapped up an exciting year of open source community content on Opensource.com. The site brought in 637,090 unique visitors who generated 1,072,932 page views for the month. We published 75 articles and welcomed 16 new authors. More than 61% of our content was contributed by members of the open source community, and our community moderators contributed 22 articles.


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Linux Journal returns, Automotive Grade Linux at CES, and more open source news

Saturday 6th of January 2018 08:00:00 AM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we cover the rebirth of Linux Journal, Automotive Grade Linux infotainment systems, and more.


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A school in India defies the traditional education model

Friday 5th of January 2018 08:02:00 AM

Located in a sleepy village just two hours away from the bustling metropolis of Mumbai is a school that defies traditional educational models by collaboratively owning, building, and sharing knowledge and technology. The school uses only open source software and hardware in its approach to learning, and takes pride in the fact that none of its students have used or even seen proprietary software, including the ubiquitous Windows operating system.


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An introduction to Eclipse MicroProfile

Friday 5th of January 2018 08:01:00 AM

Enterprise Java has been defined by two players: Spring on one side and Java Enterprise Edition on the other. The Java EE set of specifications was developed in the Java Community Process under the stewardship of Oracle. The current Java EE 8 was released in September 2017; the prior version came out in 2013.


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3 flexible tools for managing hotel reservations and more

Friday 5th of January 2018 08:00:00 AM

The tourism industry has been gaining momentum for decades. In fact, many countries' economies and political stability rely on tourism and travel industries. Macau, for example, generates $26.6 billion annually from tourism, which accounts for 44% of its GDP. A subset of this economy, the hotel industry, is a powerful element that's expanding globally and growing exponentially.


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Top 5: Best of 2017, the future of DevOps, and more

Friday 5th of January 2018 08:00:00 AM

This week we look at five ways open source can strengthen your job search, the best open source tutorials of 2017, and more.


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How allowing myself to be vulnerable made me a better leader

Thursday 4th of January 2018 08:02:00 AM

Conventional wisdom suggests that leadership is strong, bold, decisive. In my experience, leadership does feel like that some days.

Some days leadership feels more vulnerable. Doubts creep in: Am I making good decisions? Am I the right person for this job? Am I focusing on the most important things?


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How allowing myself to be vulnerable made me a better leader

Thursday 4th of January 2018 08:02:00 AM

Conventional wisdom suggests that leadership is strong, bold, decisive. In my experience, leadership does feel like that some days.

Some days leadership feels more vulnerable. Doubts creep in: Am I making good decisions? Am I the right person for this job? Am I focusing on the most important things?


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What you didn't know about Creative Commons

Thursday 4th of January 2018 08:01:00 AM

I attended film school, and later I taught at a film school, and even later I worked at a major film studio. There was a common thread through all these different angles of the creative industry: creators need content. Interestingly, one movement kept providing the solution, and that was free culture, or, as it has been formalized, Creative Commons.


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An introduction to mssql-cli, a command-line client for SQL Server

Thursday 4th of January 2018 08:00:00 AM

Microsoft released SQL Server 2017 for Linux early this year. Now it is releasing mssql-cli, a cross-platform command-line client for SQL Server with modern features such as auto-completion and syntax highlighting.


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How governments and citizens used open source to solve human problems in 2017

Wednesday 3rd of January 2018 08:03:00 AM

Each year, when we look back at the top government articles on Opensource.com, we see interesting case studies of government technology policies or implementations. Our most popular stories from 2017 aren't about adopting open source to solve technology problems. Instead, they demonstrate how governments and citizens are coming together through open source to solve human problems.

1. Why we need an open model to design and evaluate public policy


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The future of DevOps is mastery of multi-cloud environments

Wednesday 3rd of January 2018 08:02:00 AM

DevOps is a set of practices that automates the processes between software development and IT teams so they can build, test, and release software more quickly and reliably. The concept of DevOps is founded on building a culture of collaboration between IT and business teams, which have historically functioned in relative siloes. The promised benefits include increased trust, faster software releases, and the ability to solve critical issues quickly.


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5 ways open source can strengthen your job search

Wednesday 3rd of January 2018 08:00:00 AM

Are you searching for a job in the bustling tech industry? Whether you're a seasoned member of the tech community looking for a new challenge or a recent graduate looking for your first job, contributing to open source projects can be a great way to boost your attractiveness as a candidate. Below are five ways your work on open source projects may strengthen your job hunt.


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Teaching open source graphic design is a learning experience

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 08:01:00 AM

"Would you like to teach a class to high school sophomores?" the staff email asked.

Well, sure I would!


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Best open source tutorials in 2017

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 08:00:00 AM

A well-written tutorial is a great supplement to any software's official documentation. It can also be an effective alternative if that official documentation is poorly written, incomplete, or non-existent.

In 2017, Opensource.com published a number of excellent tutorials on a variety of topics. Those tutorials weren't just for experts. We aimed them at users of all levels of skill and experience.

Let's take a look at the best of those tutorials.


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How I teach open source to true newcomers

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 07:59:00 AM

Those who are new to the idea of open organizations (and open source in general) may have a difficult time envisioning how the open organization principles are incorporated as part of an existing culture. Many of these folks may not be participating in—or even have had extensive exposure to—an open organization, and therefore may not have ready access to a live community from which to observe and from which to learn.


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More in Tux Machines

Mozilla Firefox 58

  • Latest Firefox Quantum release available with faster, always-on privacy with opt-in Tracking Protection and new features
    We accept things in the online world that we wouldn’t accept in the physical one. For instance, how would you feel if you popped your head in a store and that store now had the ability to keep sending you flyers even if you didn’t buy anything? Online, we often visit sites that track us, but it isn’t clear when this is happening or how the information is being used. Adding insult to injury, this often invisible tracking actually slows down web pages.
  • Firefox 58 Arrives With Continued Speed Optimizations
    Mozilla has set free Firefox 58.0 today as their latest "Firefox Quantum" release that continues work on being a performant web browser.
  • Firefox Quantum 58 builds on performance gains, improves screenshots tool
    Mozilla is rolling out Firefox Quantum 58.0 for desktop, along with Firefox for Android 58.0. It arrives over two months after the landmark release of Firefox Quantum 57.0. The latest build focuses on performance and security, while an update to Firefox’s user profile feature means it’s no longer backwards compatible with previous versions. Android users also gain the ability to pin favorite websites to their home screen for use like native apps.
  • Firefox 58 Released for Linux, Mac, and Windows
    The Mozilla Foundation has made Firefox 58 files available for download on its official FTP servers. An official announcement will be made later today when the organization will also release the final changelog.
  • Browse without baggage in Firefox: Set Tracking Protection to always on
    We just can’t stop making Firefox faster — and with our most recent release, we also made it easier for you to control how much you’re tracked.
  • Firefox 58: The Quantum Era Continues
    2017 was a big year for Mozilla, culminating in the release of Firefox Quantum, a massive multi-year re-tooling of the browser focused on speed, and laying the groundwork for the years to come. In 2018, we’ll build on that incredible foundation, and in that spirit our next several releases will continue to bear the Quantum moniker. Let’s take a look at some of the new goodies that Firefox 58 brings.

LibreOffice 6.0 Will Launch with Many Design Improvements, Use Elementary Icons

The major LibreOffice 6.0 release is coming next week, and The Document Foundation's Mike Saunders talked with members of the community to get their perspectives on LibreOffice's new design. While it won't bring a massive redesign, as most users may have expected, LibreOffice 6.0 will include a few noteworthy design changes, including new table styles, new gradients, updated motif/splash screen, improved Notebookbars, menu and toolbar improvements, and the Elementary icons. Read more

Linux Foundation introduces the LF Networking Fund, harmonizes​ open source, open standards

The Linux Foundation is taking the first step to bring some commonality across its myriad network efforts by creating the LF Networking Fund (LFN). By creating a combined administrative structure, Linux Foundation said LFN will provide a platform for cross-project collaboration. LFN will form the foundation for collaboration across the network stack: the data plane into the control plane, to orchestration, automation and testing. Read more

Openwashing Surveillance

  • Facebook Open Sources Detectron Object Detection
    The way big companies are open sourcing significant AI is both gratifying and slightly worrying. AI is the biggest revolution since we discovered fire and started making tools. FaceBook AI Research has added to the list of what is available by open sourcing its Detectron project.
  • Facebook open-sources object detection research
    Facebook's artificial intelligence research (FAIR) team today announced it would open-source its object detection platform Detectron, as well as the research the team has done on it.
  • Facebook open-sources object detection work: Watch out, Google CAPTCHA
    acebook has brought us one step closer to a Skynet future made a commitment to computer vision boffinry by open-sourcing its codebase for object detection, Detectron. Written in Python and powered by the Caffe2 deep learning framework, the codebase – which implements object-sniffing algos such as Mask R-CNN and RetinaNet – is available under the Apache 2.0 licence.