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Nintendo Switch to use Vulkan, System76 aids in NVIDIA bug fixing, and more gaming news

Saturday 31st of December 2016 08:00:00 AM

In this bi-weekly open gaming roundup, we take a look at the upcoming Nintendo console, System76's joint effort with NVIDIA to fix driver bugs, and more.

Open gaming roundup for December 18-31, 2016

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Hot programming trends in 2016

Friday 30th of December 2016 08:02:00 AM

Technology is constantly moving forward—well, maybe not always forward, but always moving. Even for someone who keeps an eye on the trends and their effect on programmers, discerning exactly where things are headed can be a challenge. My clearest glimpse into open source programming trends always comes in the fall when I work with my fellow chairs, Kelsey Hightower and Scott Hanselman, and our fantastic programming committee to sculpt the coming year's OSCON (O'Reilly Open Source Convention).

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Best of Science

Friday 30th of December 2016 08:01:00 AM

The collaborative model in science, both in academia and in private research, is tried and true, so it should be no surprise that open source takes the same route. Contributions from professionals and those who have a shared vocation by another route, combined with directed learning and a focus on sharing and collaboration, produces results that are usually elevated above one individual's work. That last attribute, collaboration, in particular makes open science such a happy pairing.

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A Linux networking guide to CIDR notation and configuration

Friday 30th of December 2016 08:00:00 AM

One of the key concepts in network routing that any Linux professional should be familiar with is network notation. This article was inspired by a request from a reader of my article, An introduction to Linux network routing, to explain more about CIDR notation and how it works.

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Best of Business

Thursday 29th of December 2016 08:03:00 AM

At we compare page views for various topics, which gives us some insight into what people were interested in reading about and talking about this year. In addition to a ton of discussions about tools for automating or customizing your DevOps game, some interesting trends—some perennial, and some not—emerged for people who ponder both the business side and the tech side of things.

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7 new guides and tips for OpenStack

Thursday 29th of December 2016 08:02:00 AM

Familiarity with OpenStack is likely to continue to be one of the most in-demand job skills in the new year, both for developers and system administrators. But OpenStack is a huge area, encompassing dozens of individual projects with varying degrees of complexity. Building and keeping up your skills can be a challenge.

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Top 7 Linux games of 2016

Thursday 29th of December 2016 08:01:00 AM

In the 2015 Open Source Yearbook I looked at the best open source games. This year, with the continuing growth of Linux gaming, I've rounded up the top Linux games on Steam. On an average day, some of these games are played by almost a million players. I included both free and non-free games on my list.

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Best of Open organizations

Thursday 29th of December 2016 08:00:00 AM

This year, the open organization community at shared more than 100 stories about the ways open principles are reshaping work, management, and leadership.

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Top open source projects to watch in 2017

Wednesday 28th of December 2016 08:02:00 AM

No one has a crystal ball to see the future of technology. Even for projects developed out in the open, code alone can't tell us whether or not a project is destined for success—but there are hints along the way. For example, perhaps it's not unreasonable to assume that the projects that will help shape our future are those projects that have first seen rapid growth and popularity among the developer community.

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Best of Art and design

Wednesday 28th of December 2016 08:01:00 AM

Designers and artists have a dizzying array of tools to use to work on their craft. In the early days (of the late 20th century), designers had rooms and boxes filled with brushes, markers, tape, adhesives, papers, and that weird translucent film called "rubylith," which is used for masking in printing.

As technology evolves, so do artists.
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A business plan for your open source project

Wednesday 28th of December 2016 08:00:00 AM

Open sourcing your code is only a small part of building a successful open source community. Like any new venture, you need a vision of what you want to achieve and a concrete plan that will take you there. You want to be able to answer questions about your project like:

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Top 10 Linux news stories of 2016

Tuesday 27th of December 2016 08:03:00 AM

Linux made quite a few headlines in 2016. Although 2016 wasn't the much-anticipated Year of Linux on the Desktop, it was still a big year for the open source movement's poster child. Let's take a look at 10 of the biggest Linux news stories from the past year.

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Best of Interviews

Tuesday 27th of December 2016 08:02:00 AM

At we interview a lot of people from all sorts of backgrounds and areas of expertise in open source over the course of a year. In this roundup of the 10 most-read interviews, we focus on new or existing open source projects, conference sessions, and career-related issues.

Keeping DOS alive and kicking with open source

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Kids on Computers establishes computer labs in five countries

Tuesday 27th of December 2016 08:01:00 AM

Linux and open source software are not just fueling charities, they are gifting the freedom of education and knowledge to the people the charities are helping because of the low cost, yes, but also the exceptional technology. This sentiment is proven when you look at the work the Linux Foundation does supporting a variety of community initiatives and organizations that are using Linux and open source software.

While attending LinuxCon NA 2016 in Toronto I learned of Kids on Computers, one such organization.

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3 keys to unlocking your 2017 open organization resolutions

Tuesday 27th of December 2016 08:00:00 AM

Before you close the book on 2016, why not open a good book on organizations?

We're happy to recommend three—all from the open organization community at

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Improve your DevOps security game with Ansible Vault

Monday 26th of December 2016 08:03:00 AM

You may have your DevOps efforts orchestration nailed down, but you should make improving the operational maturity of such implementations an ongoing effort. One tool I use is Red Hat's Ansible, which is fantastic for orchestration and configuration management. The low barrier to entry and simplicity of Ansible are why so many people that start using it learn to love it.

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Best of Law

Monday 26th of December 2016 08:02:00 AM

2016 has been quite a year for licensing and technology ownership cases, and we had some interesting articles indeed.

One topic that has the attention of many in the open source world is that of GPL enforcement, and so when the GPL enforcement action in Hellwig v. VMware was dismissed many took an interest.

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Krampus adopts one free software tool for each month in 2017

Monday 26th of December 2016 08:01:00 AM

Curious how Krampus is doing this year? Well, as the recently hired manager of Krampus's open source programs office, I'm excited to tell you that we have an ambitious plan to adopt one free software tool during each month of the coming year.

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Top 10 open source projects of 2016

Monday 26th of December 2016 08:00:00 AM

We continue to be impressed with the wonderful open source projects that emerge, grow, change, and evolve every year. Picking 10 to include in our annual list of top projects is no small feat, and certainly no list this short can include every deserving project.

To choose our 10, we looked back at popular open source projects our writers covered in 2016, and collected suggestions from our Community Moderators. After a round of nominations and voting by our moderators, our editorial team narrowed down the final list.

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Kickstarter open sources its mobile apps, OpenOffice for small business, and more news

Saturday 24th of December 2016 08:00:00 AM

In this edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at Kickstarter making the code for its iOS and Android apps open source, UNICEF and Malawi announcing the first humanitarian drone testing corridor in Africa, and more.

Open source news roundup for December 11-24, 2016

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It's been very quiet lately for the Mycroft project, an open-source initiative to bring a full-featured intelligent personal assistant to Linux desktops, but it looks like it's still alive and kicking, and it's now available as a Raspberry Pi image. Read more

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Benchmarking Radeon Open Compute ROCm 1.4 OpenCL

Last month with AMD/GPUOpen's ROCm 1.4 release they delivered on OpenCL support, albeit for this initial release all of the code is not yet open-source. I tried out ROCm 1.4 with the currently supported GPUs to see how the OpenCL performance compares to just using the AMDGPU-PRO OpenCL implementation. Read more

Canonical to Remove Old Unity 7 Scopes from Ubuntu Because They're Not Secure

Canonical's Will Cooke has revealed recently the company's plans on removing some old, unmaintained Unity 7 Scopes from the Ubuntu Linux archives because they could threaten the security of the entire operating system. Read more