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The benefits of building an open infrastructure

Tuesday 19th of May 2015 09:00:00 AM

The OpenStack Infrastructure team manages all the services that developers in the OpenStack project interface with on a day-to-day basis, including the code review and continuous integration system, Wiki, IRC bots, and mailing lists.

We are also an open source project in our own right. All of the code and configurations used in our infrastructure is available in a series of public code repositories and all of our documentation is publicly available. This is in contrast to many other open source projects that either rely upon proprietary resources provided by a code hosting service, such as SourceForge or GitHub, or have a company with an IT staff that manages an infrastructure, like the Ubuntu project.


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OpenStack community speeds ahead

Tuesday 19th of May 2015 07:00:00 AM

OpenStack Summit is happening right now in Vancouver. Kavit Munshi, an OpenStack Ambassador based in India, is there, and if I had to guess, he's helped more than a handful of users, face to face, with their problems and questions by now.


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A tinkerer's tool for PCB design and printing

Monday 18th of May 2015 11:00:00 AM

A while ago, I created a small extension board for the Raspberry Pi to do some hardware hacking.


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OpenStreetMap responds in Nepal

Monday 18th of May 2015 09:00:00 AM

Since the devastating earthquake in Nepal, there have been responses from all over the world from relief agencies, governments, non-profits, and ordinary citizens. One interesting effort has been from the crowdsourced mapping community, especially on OpenStreetMap.org, a free and open web map of the world that anyone can edit (think the Wikipedia of maps.)


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Your open source story matters

Monday 18th of May 2015 08:00:00 AM

I'm a Linux noob. A newcomer. A beginner. Call it what you like, the fact is I'm new to Linux.


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The OpenStack Summit kicks off in Vancouver, and other OpenStack news

Monday 18th of May 2015 07:00:00 AM

Welcome to this special OpenStack Summit edition of our weekly OpenStack and open source cloud news. Interested in keeping track of what's happening? Opensource.com is your source for news in OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure project.


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Arduboy, Lakka, Google release, and more open gaming news

Saturday 16th of May 2015 12:00:00 PM

Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at Arduboy, Lakka for retro games, a Google release, and more!

Open gaming roundup: May 10 - 16, 2015


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Top 5: Read the fine manual, Python for non-engineers, and more

Friday 15th of May 2015 03:17:00 PM

In this edition of the Top 5, we've got reading the FINE manual, Python for non-engineers, the meaning of openness, and more.

Heads Up

Next week, we'll kick off a series on Open Hardware—it will run from May 18 - 22. See what else we're doing the year.

Sign up for All Things Open! This awesome open source conference runs from October 18 - 20 in Raleigh, NC.


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Nine dollar computer, Robot Operating System, and more open source news

Friday 15th of May 2015 11:00:00 AM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at the nine dollar computer, Snappy Ubuntu, the Robot Operating System, and more! Open source news: May 9 - 15, 2015

Open source news: May 9 - 15, 2015


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DefCore, project management, and the future of OpenStack

Friday 15th of May 2015 09:00:00 AM

Rob Hirschfeld has been involved with OpenStack since before the project was even officially formed, and so he brings a rich perspective as to the project's history, its organization, and where it may be headed next. Recently, he has focused primarily on the physical infrastructure automation space, working with an an enterprise version of OpenCrowbar, an "API-driven metal" project which started as an OpenStack installer and moved to a generic workload underlay.


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Open hardware questions will get answered

Friday 15th of May 2015 07:00:00 AM

Everyday next week, Opensource.com will publish a new article on the topic of open hardware. It's part of our Open Hardware series that runs from May 18 - 22. Some of the questions we'll answer are:


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Dedicated to documentation (a call for proposals)

Thursday 14th of May 2015 10:00:00 AM

Nobody appreciates good documentation. Instead, good documentation is simply there, existing, answering questions, solving problems, and quietly serving its purpose. The bad—or the complete lack of—documentation, on the other hand, you notice.


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RTFM? How to write a manual worth reading

Thursday 14th of May 2015 09:59:00 AM

Definition: RTFM (Read The F'ing Manual). Occasionally it is ironically rendered as Read The Fine Manual, a phrase uttered at people who have asked a question that we, the enlightened, feel is beneath our dignity to answer, but not beneath our dignity to use as an opportunity to squish a newbie's ego.


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How to become a valued OpenStack contributor

Thursday 14th of May 2015 09:00:00 AM

Adrian Otto is project team lead for OpenStack Magnum and project Solum in Stackforge. Otto founded the OpenStack Containers team in 2014, and is a Distinguished Architect at Rackspace. He is a serial entrepeneur, with 20 years of experience in technology leadership roles, and gets excited about evolving new technology to shape the future of cloud computing.


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Open source a clear choice for CMS development

Thursday 14th of May 2015 08:00:00 AM

My digital agency opened its doors in January of 1996. Back then, there were no proprietary Content Management Systems. Microsoft was still dismissing the notion of the web as a viable platform for business or e-commerce activity. If a website needed functionality, unless we could find something at Matt's Script Archive to accomplish the task, we built most of it from the ground up in Perl.


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3 big lessons I learned from running an open source company

Wednesday 13th of May 2015 11:00:00 AM

It all sounds so straightforward: Put your code up on GitHub or start/join a project at the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), build a community of like-minded individuals, start a company, take in some funding, and then IPO. Or maybe not. One thing is certain: Running an open source company has unique challenges and opportunities. Although much has been written on the subject of open source and community building, I'd like to share three critical lessons learned in my travels as a co-founder and CTO of a venture-backed open source company.


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Why tools like Docker, Vagrant, and Ansible are hotter than ever

Wednesday 13th of May 2015 09:00:00 AM

The complexity of application stacks keeps going up. Way, way up. Application stacks have always been complicated, but never like this. There are so many services, so many tools, so much more compute power available, so many new techniques to try, and always the desire, and the pressure, to solve problems in newer and cooler and more elegant ways. With so many toys to play with, and more coming every day, the toy chest struggles to contain them all.


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Practical Python programming for non-engineers

Wednesday 13th of May 2015 08:00:00 AM

"Learn to code" is the new mantra for the 21st century. What’s often lost in that statement is exactly what makes programming so useful if you’re not planning to switch careers and become a software engineer. Just because we’re surrounded by computers doesn’t mean the average person needs to be able to reprogram their smart fridge.


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Communication is the key to herding cats

Wednesday 13th of May 2015 07:00:00 AM

John Dickinson is Director of Technology at SwiftStack and Program Team Lead (PTL) of the OpenStack Swift project. Last year, he gave us an update on Swift's progress with Storage policies: Coming to an OpenStack Swift cluster near you for Opensource.com. In this follow up interview, John offers tips for improving community collaboration on open source projects, and gives us a preview of his upcoming OpenStack Summit talk.


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78% of companies say they run operations on open source

Tuesday 12th of May 2015 11:00:00 AM

It’s been nine years since my firm, North Bridge, began our annual examination of trends in open source, which we conduct in conjunction with Black Duck Software. Each year the Future of Open Source Survey has revealed interesting developments related to both adoption and perception of open source. This year is no different.


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    In an open organization, measuring performance for particular roles like community managers may not be straightforward, especially when comparing those roles to others with more defined success metrics, goals, and outcomes. In my experience over the past six years, I've worked closely with my manager to make sure that we are in sync with my objectives and what I need to do in order to maximize my impact in my role as a community manager.
  • Security, creating a federated cloud, and more OpenStack news
    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.
  • DNSSEC, DANE and the failure of X.509
    As a few people have noticed, I’m a bit of an internet control freak: In an age of central “cloud based” services, I run pretty much my own everything (blog, mail server, DNS, OpenID, web page etc.). That doesn’t make me anti-cloud; I just believe in federation instead of centralisation. In particular, I believe in owning my own content and obeying my own rules rather than those of $BIGCLOUDPROVIDER.
  • 5 reasons wikis rock for documentation
    You may not have noticed, but people often become attached to their favorite technology. This could be a mobile phone, a programming language, or a text editor. When you work on someone else's project, you generally have to go with whatever the prevailing tools and languages are, but when it's your own project, you get to choose the toys. Documentation requires technology, too, but most people have less of a pre-set opinion about documentation tooling than they do about web frameworks and version control systems. So how is a project to choose?
  • Bulgarian government publishes first open datasets
    Bulgaria has just published the first datasets on its open data portal. Currently, about 36 datasets from 26 public agencies have been made available online. The organisations involved were summoned to do so by the Council of Ministers. The Council even has a dedicated team to overcome resistance at the agencies and help them to extract and cleanse the data from the databases. The ambition is to publish another 100 datasets before the end of this year.
  • UK overhauls its Digital Service Standard
    The United Kingdom has revised its Digital Service Standard, which describes the components for building eGovernment services. The update came into effect on 1 June, and is to be used for new and redesigned external-facing services.
  • Security advisories for Monday

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Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition to Launch in Europe Soon, but Not for Everyone

Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition is coming to Europe soon, but it would be available for everyone straight away. The latest Ubuntu insider event provided some more information about the impending launch. Read more