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An inside look at open source at Twitter

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Twitter has about a couple thousand engineers across the company working on a variety of technologies, from as deep as the Linux kernel to front-end Javascript libraries. It's hard to pick anything in particular, but recently we have graduated Apache Parquet from the Apache incubator and are working on adding stateful service primitives to the Apache Mesos project so we can run MySQL in a Mesos cluster.

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Longtime Linux developer on new tech and new contributors

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First and foremost, make sure you are having fun. Find an itch to scratch—something that bothers you about FOSS software you use and where fixing it lies within your skill set. I believe it is important to start with small tasks and actually finish them so that you get a sense of fulfillment, rather than biting off something too big to chew.

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Exclusive Interview: Emby Founder Luke Pulverenti

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Before Emby, I had limited open source experience. I submitted small bug fixes here and there to different projects that I took an interest in. The Media Browser project was always fully open source, and with the re-branding to Emby we felt that was the best way for the project to continue moving forward.

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The Linux Setup - Jim Whitehurst, President/CEO, Red Hat

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Actually, I started using Linux well before I came to work at Red Hat. But having been at Red Hat for (going on) eight years now, it’s pretty much all I use.

When I first started using Linux, I was trying to breathe life into an old computer. I was hacking around to see what it was all about. I graduated from Rice with a computer science degree back in 1989, and we used Solaris. Linux didn’t exist yet!

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Also: Red Hat’s Fedora 23 Beta showcases Enterprise Linux platform features

Interviews: RMS Answers Your Questions

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The Free Software Foundation will be celebrating its 30th anniversary on Oct. 3rd. Recently, you had a chance to ask its founder Richard Stallman about GNU/Linux, free software, and other issues of public concern. Below you'll find his answers to your questions. Learn more about how you can join the FSF here, and help fight the good fight.

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Exclusive Interview: Rancher Labs Founder Sheng Liang

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Rancher Labs is a startup founded by a group of former engineers from Citrix Systems. The company has developed Rancher, a complete infrastructure platform for running Docker in production, as well as Rancher OS, a minimalist Linux distro that runs the entire OS as Docker containers. Sheng Liang, CEO and co-founder of Rancher Labs was the lead developer at the original Java Virtual Machine at Sun Microsystems. I spoke with Mr. Liang at LinuxCon NA to learn more about his new venture.

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Teaching big data processing with open source software

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The current move towards open data generating massive amounts of data, needs real-time processing needing intelligent solutions to process it. Having more tools which are open source can fuel further open data research impacting not only computing, but social sciences, where economists and governments can make use of big data as well.

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Linux Kernel Developer Workspaces Video: Hans Verkuil

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Hans Verkuil is a senior software engineer of R&D at Cisco Systems Norway. He maintains the part of the media subsystem in the Linux kernel that is focused on video receivers and transmitters, as well as the V4L2 bridge drivers and core V4L2 frameworks. He is currently working on adding HDMI Consumer Electronics Control support to the kernel and on improving colorspace support for the V4L2 subsystem.

Hans recently sent us a video tour of his office to contribute to our series that takes you inside the workspaces of Linux kernel developers. We're in awe of many things about this workspace, but I can't help but be impressed with the level of chaos going on in this space and the whiskey collection at the ready.

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Linux Foundation Diversity Scholarship Profile: Bonnie King

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A few days ago Bonnie King, a Linux administrator at Fermilab, reached out to thank us for sponsoring her through our diversity scholarship program. She attended this year’s LinuxCon (and the co-located CloudOpen and ContainerCon conferences), and I thought it would be great for people to meet one of the many who have taken advantage of this program in hopes to encourage others to apply as well.

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Android Influencer: Helen Li, the woman behind OnePlus’s Oxygen OS

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If you don’t like what Google’s doing with Android, you can always make your own version of it. That’s what OnePlus did after it cut ties with Cyanogen. Rather than stick with the plain Google AOSP, OnePlus took the operating system and branched it out into its own, bonafied Android fork. The result is a version of Android that looks like it’s stock, with useful, well-integrated extra features.

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Linux Kernel Developers on 25 Years of Linux

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Car manufacturers cooperate to build the car of the future

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