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Women of OpenStack, a guide to testing, and more

Monday 12th of January 2015 08:00:00 AM

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

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Open Source Virtual Reality, news from Steam, and more

Saturday 10th of January 2015 01:00:00 PM

Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) by Razer, old school DOS games in the browser, and more!

Open gaming roundup Week of January 3 - 9, 2015

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Top 5: A word from Docker's CEO, Linux from Scratch, and more

Friday 9th of January 2015 08:00:00 PM

This is the weekly Top 5!

To get some more info about what this series is all about and to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you won't miss a video, read last week's special New Year's edition.

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Open source at the Consumer Electronics Show, blocked websites in India, and more

Friday 9th of January 2015 12:00:00 PM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look to websites blocked in India, the debut of open source-powered devices at the Consumer Electronics Show 2015, and more!

Open source news for your reading pleasure. January 3 - 9, 2015

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6 new things Fedora 21 brings to the open source cloud

Friday 9th of January 2015 10:00:00 AM

When Fedora 21 finally hit release last month, I was excited and ready to go. By the end of the day, I had every desktop machine I own up and running on the new version, and I was enjoying playing with the latest version of some of my favorite open source software which was packaged inside. But what next?

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Under-served languages get a boost with Openwords

Friday 9th of January 2015 08:00:00 AM

Openwords mines massive, preexisting public data resources (like Wiktionary or Apertium) to rapidly provide language learning mobile software for the world's population, particularly for under-served languages.

Over half of the world's people do not have a language learning app suited for their language or needs. We're talking about billions of people around the world that speak a language with less than 100 million native speakers. Most of these languages are overlooked by mobile app developers, but Openwords is a startup that aims to address this problem.

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The power of Docker and open source ecosystems

Thursday 8th of January 2015 10:00:00 AM

Reading through the latest list of top 10 open source projects on has been a reminder of what a great year 2014 has been for open source. Established projects like OpenStack and Mongo have continued to break new records in adoption and usage. We’ve seen incredible momentum from newer projects like Apache Mesos, Kubernetes, and Deis. And we’ve also seen that open source companies like Cloudera, Hortonworks, and Ceph can reach meaningful business milestones while remaining true to their open source roots. Virtually everywhere you look in the IT stack—from storage to networking, compute, mobile, and virtualization—the most exciting innovations are being led by open source.

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Crowdsourcing a new edition of a Bach masterpiece

Thursday 8th of January 2015 09:00:00 AM

New works of art usually enter the public domain through a process involving death and patience. It is a rarer occasion that living people set about to make a resource public domain, and even rarer so when that effort involves thousands of people collaborating and pooling their time, energy, and money. That's what's happening on with the first public review of the Open Well-Tempered Clavier score, a new edition of J.S. Bach's musical masterpiece (BWV 846-869).

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How to explain open source to the in-laws

Thursday 8th of January 2015 08:00:00 AM

Reflecting back over the holiday break, I would have to say that overall, it was pretty mellow. (This is not always a given when family gatherings are part of the equation.)
This year, it was Christmas with the in-laws, and it was the first time we'd had a lengthy visit with them since I started working with the oVirt project. All my in-laws knew was that I had a new job and I was traveling a lot. This, naturally, led to the inevitable question: what is it that I actually do?

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12 highlights from the OpenStack roadmap

Wednesday 7th of January 2015 12:00:00 PM

OpenStack, due to its sheer size and complexity, can be difficult to keep track of. Each constituent part is managed and developed separately, and sometimes there's just too much going on to be up on everything. Combine the distributed nature of the project with a fast release cycle and even seasoned cloud operators can have trouble keeping up with features and components as they move through the development process.

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2015: The year the UN resets the count

Wednesday 7th of January 2015 10:00:00 AM

Working at the bleeding edge of global development is about to get more lively. co-founder Mark Charmer argues the world needs the open source movement to assert itself right now.

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10 entry points to tech (for girls, women, and everyone)

Wednesday 7th of January 2015 08:00:00 AM

As a passionate open source advocate, I’m always looking for more ways to get more people involved. Of particular interest to me is getting more girls and women involved, so we can strengthen diversity in our communities and give them the fantastic opportunities in their hobbies and career that many contributors to open source have today.

Getting started with contributing to open source can be tricky, so the following is a list of suggestions I have as a women in the community for other women and girls out there to make it easier.

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The building blocks of a distribution with Linux from Scratch

Tuesday 6th of January 2015 12:00:00 PM

There is a very, very large number of Linux distributions. Each distribution is built using the same basic building blocks but the end results are always different. The choices made by the distribution developers turn the building blocks into finished structures designed to meet a variety of needs—desktop, server, or some other specialized usage.

Learning how the various building blocks work together to create a cohesive Linux distribution is an excellent way to expand your Linux skills. And Linux from Scratch provides a challenging way for skilled Linux users to do that.

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Unlock the code, release the future

Tuesday 6th of January 2015 10:00:00 AM

Cloud computing is still considered a disruptive technology, but it is more than that. It is a business model. Many companies that have sold software in a traditional way are now attending to this revolution and wondering if that new technological and business shift is right for them? And how they are to move their application towards the cloud?

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An open source mantra: Avoid "no derivatives"

Tuesday 6th of January 2015 08:00:00 AM

Bill Fitzgerald runs FunnyMonkey to help educators and students improve accessibility to educational materials. He is an educator, open source developer, and entrepreneur, and I was able to speak with him recently about his work and why it matters. And most importantly, how open source methodology makes all the difference.

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5 open source projects to join in 2015

Monday 5th of January 2015 12:00:00 PM

You've been using open source software for a while, and now you want to give back to the community. Even with solid advice, you're probably finding that it's difficult to sift through all of the projects out there to find one that's right for you.

To help, I've put together a list of five open source projects that you should consider joining in 2015. Many of them may not be the highest profile projects out there, but they do offer some interesting challenges. And helping them is a great way to give back to the community.

Ready? Let's jump in!

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Open source schools: More soup, less nuts

Monday 5th of January 2015 10:00:00 AM

Charlie Reisinger, IT Director at Penn Manor High School in Lancaster Pennsylvania delivers a talk on how we can empower students at all public schools with the elements of the open source way.

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OpenStack moves forward into 2015

Monday 5th of January 2015 08:00:00 AM

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

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Top 5: Catch up on 2014 in a flash! Linux at #1

Saturday 3rd of January 2015 01:30:00 PM

To bid a happy farwell to 2014, we recapped the year in open source by writing best of articles that list the top stories of the year for open source news, games, hardware, software, and so much more. Four of them made the Top 5 this week, but the #1 article stands out.

See all of our best of articles here.

In the new year, we'll continue bringing you the Top 5 article and video. You can subscribe to our channel and get the Top 5 video in your stream every week here.

A little background if you're new to the Top 5: Last year, I started writing and recording a Top 5 articles of the week article and video. First, I tally the numbers and check out the buzz to gather five of the most read articles on Then, I write up a short paragraph on what I think you need to know most about each one. Finally, I record a YouTube video that you can play and listen to. There's just so much to read on the internet, it's a great way to gather your information through a new medium—audio and video!

Note: I skipped last week for the holiday break. This article pulls from a two-week period from December 22, 2014 to January 2, 2015.

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Open source alternative to Minecraft, new games for Linux, and more

Saturday 3rd of January 2015 01:00:00 PM

Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's roundup, I take a look at an open source alternative to Minecraft, a new Desura client, and new games for Linux.

Open gaming roundup December 27, 2014 - January 3, 2015

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More in Tux Machines

GParted 0.21 Brings ReFS Detection, EXT4 For RHEL5, Reiser4 For Linux 3.x

Version 0.21 of the widely-used, GUI-based GNOME Partition Editor is now available. GParted 0.21 key changes according to its developers include a fix for a off by one sector error with GParted's internal block copy, support for EXT4 file-systems on RHEL/CentOS 5.x, and removing unnecessary duplicate actions when resizing a partition. Read more

Ubuntu Touch Apps Running in Unity Desktop – Video

Unity 8 for Ubuntu is coming along and Mir is also making good progress. One of the byproduct of all these improvements is that some of the apps that are designed for the Ubuntu Touch are also working on the Ubuntu desktop, with very little help. Read more

Debian Forked: All for Devuan and Devuan for All?

It is hard to see the direction Devuan will take, given that the project is still in its early days. The new community could create a shallow derivative, or it could fork the entire Debian archive. Another option is to try replacing Debian entirely and become a new gateway between upstream projects and users of all packages, which would require a lot more manpower and infrastructure. Read more

Wireless-enabled i.MX6 SBC offers remote IoT management

Eurotech’s “CPU-351-13″ SBC runs Linux on Freescale’s i.MX6 SoC, and offers ZigBee, GPS, extended temperature operation, remote IoT management, and more. Eurotech has been promoting the concept of managed Internet of Things devices long before “IoT” became the latest craze. The Yocto Linux ready CPU-351-13 single board computer is the latest of its embedded boards that can be remote controlled using its Everyware Software Framework (ESF) and Everyware Cloud Client. Other Everyware-enabled products from Eurotech include last year’s Intel Atom E3800 based Catalyst BT module. Read more