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DevOps is 90% change and 10% technology

Tuesday 16th of June 2015 11:00:00 AM

Jen Krieger used her first computer in the early 80s and maintained a strong interest in technology ever since. She started her career as a financial analyst and eventually moved into IT where she gained expertise in software development and releases. Jen has worked with many development methods, from waterfall to Agile.

Now, she's an Agile coach at Red Hat for the teams working on Project Atomic, Docker, and Kubernetes. This year, Jen is speaking at DevNation about what it means to be a DevOps engineer, and in this interview she tells us about the challenges of implementing DevOps, shares some advice for engineers, and more.

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Is there a civic hacker in you?

Tuesday 16th of June 2015 09:00:00 AM

There is a civic hacker in you! He or she is in there... I promise! Today, technology has evolved into a perfect storm of open source tools, code, social networks, and lots of data. Civic technologists thrive on all of these getting together with like-minded hackers and turning all these sources into useful applications, websites and visualizations.

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Dear manager: Include me in your decisions

Tuesday 16th of June 2015 08:00:00 AM

Red Hat's CEO, Jim Whitehurst, begins the sixth chapter his book, The Open Organization, with a sentence that perfectly summarizes a crash course in making inclusive workplace decisions:

"The conventional approach to decision making centers around equipping the responsible person with the information needed to make an informed decision. ... But in the end... the responsible executive makes the decision."

The keyword here being executive.

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An introduction to the Arduino from

Tuesday 16th of June 2015 07:00:00 AM

What is an Arduino? Maybe you've heard of it, or seen a project built with one. But what is that little piece of open hardware, and what exactly does it do?

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Best practices to build bridges between tech teams

Monday 15th of June 2015 11:00:00 AM

Robyn Bergeron makes life awesome for people participating in the Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana communities. Passionate about improving ease of development and deployment of infrastructure and applications, she tirelessly advocates for end-users of open source projects, which why her current title is Operations Advocate at Elastic.

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High hopes for open web portal for NY State

Monday 15th of June 2015 09:00:00 AM

The New York State Freedom of Information Law states:

"The legislature hereby finds that a free society is maintained when government is responsive and responsible to the public, and when the public is aware of governmental actions. The more open a government is with its citizenry, the greater the understanding and participation of the public in government."

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Enterprise support, fighting complexity, and more OpenStack news

Monday 15th of June 2015 07:00:00 AM

Interested in keeping track of what's happening in the open source cloud? is your source for news in OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure project.

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Ouya's potential acquisition, Steam's Summer Sale, and more open gaming news

Saturday 13th of June 2015 12:00:00 PM

Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at Ouya's potential acquisition, Steam's Summer Sale, new Linux games, and more!

Open gaming roundup: June 7 - 13, 2015

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Top 5: Cat in the video! Linux computer for immigrants, and more

Friday 12th of June 2015 04:03:00 PM

Welcome to another edition of the weekly Top 5!

First, a few notes.

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Swift 2.0 is open source, ApacheCon: Big Data, and more open source news

Friday 12th of June 2015 11:00:00 AM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at Apple open sourcing Swift, ApacheCon splitting into two events, and more!

Open source news: June 6 - 12, 2015

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The Citadel reveals open data findings

Friday 12th of June 2015 09:00:00 AM

The United Nations has proactively researched and promoted open government data across the globe for close to five years now. The Open Data Institute maintains that open data can help "unlock supply, generate demand, and create and disseminate knowledge to address local and global issues." McKinsey & Company report that "seven sectors alone could generate more than $3 trillion a year in additional value as a result of open data."

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Creator of widely used Linux package founds new project

Friday 12th of June 2015 07:00:00 AM

I got started with Linux in the late '90s.

I worked in the Bell Labs Denver datacenter and had done lots of different kinds of work with UNIX since 1978, such as switching systems, tools, and datacenter work, and we always had the source code for every kind of UNIX we had installed.

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Change is brutal, even in an open organization

Thursday 11th of June 2015 11:00:00 AM

Change management is one of the most popular topics in business literature, and something I first encountered during my evening MBA studies while I was working at Red Hat. The most surprising thing that I learned in business school, which I continue to think of often, is the fact that so many organizational change initiatives fail (some say more than 70%; my professor said 90%), despite the fact that we have a well documented and proven formula for their success. Do 70% of leaders of change initiatives forget to read the book?

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How TYPO3 meetups help improve the technology, community, and business

Thursday 11th of June 2015 09:00:00 AM

Peer-production is one of the strengths of open source projects. TYPO3, a self-organized project without corporate backing, always lived from the spirit of sharing ideas, work, and values. It’s not by accident that one of our core values is, "Inspire people to share." Over the years, as a result of the massive success of TYPO3 as a product, core team members became increasingly decoupled from the work with clients. Instead, they focused on the core development.

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Documentation is a journey: 3 lessons learned from documenting Scribus

Thursday 11th of June 2015 08:00:00 AM

I'd like to use my own personal journey with open source documentation to illustrate how it's possible to begin with little to nothing and create—and then build on—your work and that of others.

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European Union's 5-year roadmap for IT and open source

Thursday 11th of June 2015 07:00:00 AM

After months of preparation, the European Commission (EC) released its broad 5-year roadmap in early May for information and communications technology (ICT) policy, the Digital Single Market Strategy, or DSM.

The plan is structured around three main pillars or goals, which include:

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Why an open web is important for India

Wednesday 10th of June 2015 11:00:00 AM

Priyanka Nag is a technical writer for Red Hat and Mozilla Rep from India. Priyanka has been contributing to open source projects for the past four years. She started by editing Wikipedia pages, and then was introduced to Mozilla during an event at her college. She says that Mozilla was love at first sight, and soon after she became a Mozillian, she was hooked on the project. Now Priyanka is also a regular speaker at community events in India.

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Citizen engagement is different at an unconference

Wednesday 10th of June 2015 09:00:00 AM

CityCamp NC, now in its fifth year, brings an entrepreneurial spirit to citizen-problem solving. CityCamp NC is an annual, citizen-led unconference, aiming to solve civic challenges with open technology and community input. We aim to partner with our local, county, and state government agencies to tackle issues and discuss better ways to do things.

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8 excellent open source data visualization tools

Wednesday 10th of June 2015 08:00:00 AM

Data visualization is the mechanism of taking tabular or spatial data and conveying it in a human-friendly and visual way. There are several open source tools that can help you create useful, informative graphs. In this post we will take a look at eight open source, data visualization tools.

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Highlights and editor's picks: June 2015 report

Wednesday 10th of June 2015 07:00:00 AM closed out May with 623,688 page views. We published 90 articles including five posts for our Open Hardware series, six for our OpenStack Summit interview series, and six for our DrupalCon interview series.

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More in Tux Machines

70-inch Android touchscreen targets interactive education

The CDE7060T is said to offer a Linux OS, but the datasheet more specifically notes that it runs the Linux-based Android 4.2.1 on an unnamed, dual-core Cortex-A9 system-on-chip. Also onboard are 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of flash. An optional “slot-in” PC is available for greater computing power, says ViewSonic. Pre-installed “ViewBoard” annotation and presentation software allows multiple users to write, draw, or annotate with fingers or styluses simultaneously, says the company. Read more

OpenBSD from a veteran Linux user perspective

For the first time I installed a BSD box on a machine I control. The experience has been eye-opening, especially since I consider myself an "old-school" Linux admin, and I've felt out of place with the latest changes on the system administration. Linux is now easier to use than ever, but administration has become more difficult. There are many components, most of which are interconnected in modern ways. I'm not against progress, but I needed a bit of recycling. So instead of adapting myself to the new tools, I thought, why not look for modern tools which behave like old ones? Read more

Leftovers: KDE Software

  • How KDE VDG Is Trying To Make Open-Source Software Beautiful
    One of the most often voiced complaints about Open Source Software is that it tends to be "ugly" or otherwise aesthetically uninspired. A few years ago a few people in the KDE camp came together and created, what they hoped, would be a solution to that problem: The KDE Visual Design Group.
  • KDE Connect – Insieme, unite unite smartphone
    When I wrote my Kubuntu Vivid review, I mentioned a tool called KDE Connect, which I wasn’t quite sure what it was supposed to be doing. A bunch of you emailed me, telling me it’s a nice little applet that can keep your smartphone notifications in sync with the desktop, as well as allow you to remotely control certain parts of your KDE-flavored desktop from the smartphone.
  • Video review of KDE Plasma 5 from Nerd on the Street
  • Four years later
    At beginning of June 2011 I made my first blog post about KWin support Wayland clients featuring a screenshot of Desktop Grid effect with a Wayland window shown on each desktop.
  • "Private browsing mode" for activities
    The statistics collection feature of KActivities is slowly becoming a core part of Plasma.
  • GSoC update: ocs-server
  • Fun with onion skins
    The first new feature of the GSoC project on animation in Krita is has landed in git. Until now, I have been mostly concentrating on refactoring the core structures toward their final form, which has taken much more time than I anticipated. Fortunately, it is now mostly done, and I am getting to the point where progress is more visible.

Open source COM version of BeagleBone Black hits Kickstarter

A German startup called BeagleCore is spinning a computer-on-module version of’s BeagleBone Black single board computer on Kickstarter. Packages start at 39 Euros ($44) for the first 500 units shipping in Feb. 2016, or 49 Euros ($55) for the second shipment in April. With a baseboard, it costs 99 Euros ($111), also with April 2016 shipment. The BeagleCore and Starter-Kit support Linux flavors including Debian, Ubuntu, Android, and Cloud9 IDE on Node.js with BoneScript library. Read more