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Top 5: Eclipse Che, open source at Capital One, and more

Friday 18th of November 2016 09:36:00 PM

In this week's Top 5, we highlight an introduction to Eclipse Che, this year's open source initiatives from Capital One, one way to address open source's free rider problem, and nine rules for caring for open source communities.

Top 5 articles of the week

5. 9 rules for the proper care and feeding of communities and carnivorous plants


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Data Pipeline goes open, changing business models, and more open source news

Friday 18th of November 2016 02:47:00 PM

The world of open source software is a busy place. Sometimes keeping up with all of the news, announcements, and cool things to be discovered can be difficult. Here's a look at some of what we're reading today.


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4 tips for DIY makers

Friday 18th of November 2016 08:00:00 AM

I started learning stencil printing and hand lettering this year, and became quite enthralled with it. These age old techniques really add something special to postcards, which I usually send to myself, my wife, and my friends while traveling.

Of course, I started considering how I could make the artwork from these postcards open to others.


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Security-hardened Android, bounties for Tcl coders, and more open source news

Thursday 17th of November 2016 03:03:00 PM

The world of open source software is a busy place. Sometimes keeping up with all of the news, announcements, and cool things to be discovered can be difficult. Here's a look at some of what we're reading today.


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Blender enthusiasts gather for the 15th annual conference

Thursday 17th of November 2016 08:02:00 AM

This year marks the 15th Blender Conference, held in Amsterdam around the last weekend of October every year. I've attended quite a few of these conferences, and each year feels better than the one before. If you've never attended the Blender Conference, allow me to set things up for you: By open source conference standards, it's a pretty small event. But for events focused on a single open source program, the Blender Conference is pretty impressive.


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Your guide to open decisions

Thursday 17th of November 2016 08:01:00 AM

Think about the last decision you made.

Okay, the last important decision you made. The one that affected lots of people by impacting the way they work together.

Did the decision surprise them? Does it reflect their best interests? Will they be ready and willing to help you implement its effects?

Open-minded leaders know that open decisions are better decisions—more transparent, inclusive, and customer-centric. But learning to make open decisions is tough.


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Exploring cultures of agility and blamelessness

Thursday 17th of November 2016 08:00:00 AM

October's #OpenOrgChat brought together members of the open organization and DevOps communities for rapid-fire discussion of the ways organizational cultures are changing. Miss it? Read the recap below.

Q1: How would you describe DevOps in a single tweet?

A1: #DevOps is a culture, mentality, and practice for continual improvement and collaboration #OpenOrgChat


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Microsoft joins the Linux Foundation, a new Firefox release, and more open source news

Wednesday 16th of November 2016 03:08:00 PM

The world of open source software is a busy place. Sometimes keeping up with all of the news, announcements, and cool things to be discovered can be difficult. Here's a look at some of what we're reading today.


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How to make your own 'unexpected' number generator

Wednesday 16th of November 2016 08:00:00 AM

It sometimes surprises people that random number generation is a classically famous problem in computer science, because it seems like it should be so easy; just pick a number. And yet it's hard to get a computer to be random. Many Linux users have some awareness of the /dev/random and /dev/urandom devices, and most have some awareness that technically, the numbers generated there are not truly, scientifically random.


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What's important in open source today

Wednesday 16th of November 2016 08:00:00 AM

Opensource.com community moderator Jono Bacon kicked off keynotes at All Things Open this year to talk about open source communities


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Why design and marketing matter and what to do about it

Wednesday 16th of November 2016 08:00:00 AM

I love when technical conferences remember to include talks by the non-technical, for the non-technical. I've worked on documentation for open source projects for longer than I can remember, and it's not always easy to find a great talk about how to contribute to open source in non-technical ways.

Rachel Nabors started off the second morning of All Things Open with a great talk about the need for designers in open source.


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Linux hardware support, Creative Commons translation, and more open source news

Tuesday 15th of November 2016 03:13:00 PM

The world of open source software is a busy place. Sometimes keeping up with all of the news, announcements, and cool things to be discovered can be difficult. Here's a look at some of what we're reading today.


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Open source licenses are shared resources

Tuesday 15th of November 2016 08:03:00 AM

One can easily see examples of software as a shared resource, whether shared by a few people or a few million people. Of course, these shared resources are not always as fully appreciated as they should be. They can pass underappreciated until drama such as a security vulnerability draws attention and illuminates the importance of what is being shared.

But a license? A shared resource?


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Security B-Sides conferences attract growing information security crowd

Tuesday 15th of November 2016 08:02:00 AM

Information security (InfoSec) is hard, a moving target that waits for no one, and so it is often reactive rather than preventive. Good InfoSec requires more than just experts toiling behind the scenes to protect us; it requires the involvement and input of the whole community.


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Free and open sewing patterns gain popularity

Tuesday 15th of November 2016 08:01:00 AM

I've been sewing for six years, and I now make all of my own clothes. Sewing is easy. It really is. What's hard is getting things to fit properly. That's why you use a sewing pattern. It's a blueprint for whatever it is you are making. A good pattern gives you good fit. Most patterns don't.

That's because—much like clothes in the shop—patterns come in sizes. And sizes are a crude way to put people in boxes. They are made for an imaginary average person, rather than for you.


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Addressing open source's free rider problem

Tuesday 15th of November 2016 08:00:00 AM

Nadia Eghbal, in her major report on the state of our digital infrastructure, and Jonathan Lister, in his response describing our digital ecosystem, both point to a tragedy of the commons in open source software.


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A new kernel on the way, self-taught software engineering, and more open source news

Monday 14th of November 2016 04:45:00 PM

The world of open source software is a busy place. Sometimes keeping up with all of the news, announcements, and cool things to be discovered can be difficult. Here's a look at some of what we're reading today.


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How maker communities align with open source

Monday 14th of November 2016 08:03:00 AM

The maker movement intersects deeply with open source. When I think of open source I normally think of the most hardcore bleeding-edge software or hardware development. But the maker movement has a long-established sharing culture, which really is nothing less than pure open source.


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Introduction to Eclipse Che, a next-generation, web-based IDE

Monday 14th of November 2016 08:02:00 AM

Correctly installing and configuring an integrated development environment, workspace, and build tools in order to contribute to a project can be a daunting or time consuming task, even for experienced developers. Tyler Jewell, CEO of Codenvy, faced this problem when he was attempting to set up a simple Java project when he was working on getting his coding skills back after dealing with some health issues and having spent time in managerial positions. After multiple days of struggling, Jewell could not get the project to work, but inspiration struck him.


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How Capital One is embracing open source

Monday 14th of November 2016 08:01:00 AM

I was scrolling my Facebook feed on a lazy Saturday when... boom! I saw that one of my acquaintances had quit his job at one of the Silicon Valley darlings. This company prided itself on creating a revolution in their niche, and raised hundreds of millions of dollars and employed hundreds of people all over the world.

What went wrong?

I eventually found out that my friends was fed up, the company wouldn't allow him to contribute to open source. Wow. Even in Silicon Valley.


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