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
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
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?
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.
Reading through the latest list of top 10 open source projects on Opensource.com 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.
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 MuseScore.com 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).
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?
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.
Working at the bleeding edge of global development is about to get more lively. Akvo.org co-founder Mark Charmer argues the world needs the open source movement to assert itself right now.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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 Opensource.com. 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.
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