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The 5 best open source email clients for Linux

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Windows users have Outlook; Mac users have Mail. What options are there for Linux users? As it turns out, Linux land is rich with email clients. I have chosen five of the best, fully open source email clients (with two exceptions) for Linux users.

Each has its pros and cons, and which email client is best for you is heavily dependent upon your needs.

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These Are the Hottest New Open Source Projects Right Now

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Gobs of new open source projects are released every year, but only a few really capture the imaginations of businesses and developers.

Open source software management company Black Duck tries to spot these, measuring which projects attract the most contributors, produce the most code, and garner the most attention from the developer world at large.

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Confessions of a systems librarian

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These are just two examples of serious flagship projects, but even on a day-to-day level there are plenty of opportunities for systems librarians to interact with open source software. A large amount of vendor software runs on Linux, so there’s plenty of systems administration to do. I work in a relatively small library, and even here we run five Drupal websites: one as a portal for library services, one as the primary repository for our archive, another provides the public interface for an aboriginal research center, and one to manage safety information for our bio sciences lab.

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Political parties favour openness to reconstruct Greek productivity

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Ahead of the parliamentary elections in Greece last week, the Greek Free/Open Source Software Society (GFOSS) contacted all political parties to ask about their positions [in Greek] with regard to open software, open data, open hardware and open government. The four parties to respond all came out generally in favour of openness. Some of them were even able to present very detailed planning on how to improve the current institutional and legislative framework and outlined how openness could help reconstruct Greek productivity.

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5 Reasons Your Company Should Open Source More Code

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Given intense competition for the world's best engineering talent, can your company really afford to lock up its code behind proprietary licenses? Sure, if you're in the business of selling software, giving it all away may not make sense. But the vast majority of companies don't sell software, and should be contributing a heck of a lot more as open source.

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Docker chief operator: Why the open source container project is taking a new shape

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With a quadrupling of contributors over the past year, the open-source Docker container project has unveiled a new structure aimed at dealing with that accelerating growth.

The reorganisation, which itself went through the community's design process, is intended to increase Docker's openness and accessibility, and enable the project to increase in size massively without affecting core qualities, such as response times and good communication.

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7 reasons asynchronous communication is better than synchronous communication in open source

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Traditionally, open source software has relied primarily on asynchronous communication. While there are probably quite a few synchronous conversations on irc, most project discussions and decisions will happen on asynchronous channels like mailing lists, bug tracking tools and blogs.

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Square tries to make open source “welcoming and inspiring” to women

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What is open source? Simply put, it is source code (used to develop software programs) that is freely available and modifiable on the Internet. Open source developers from all over the world contribute to various projects, which are hosted on various websites—GitHub, a popular code hosting site, has over 8 million users and over 19 million code “repositories.”

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Citizens call on Dortmund to use free software

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Four citizens of the German city of Dortmund have started a citizens’ initiative, asking the city council to seriously consider the use of free and open source software. “The city needs to recognise free software as a topic in the public interest”, the DO-FOSS initiators write.

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Can or Can’t?

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What I love about open source is that it’s a “can” world by default. You can do anything you think needs doing and nobody will tell you that you can’t. (They may not take your patch but they won’t tell you that you can’t create it!)

It’s often easier to define things by what they are not or what we can’t do. And the danger of that is you create a culture of “can’t”. Any one who has raised kids or animals knows this. “No, don’t jump.” You can’t jump on people. “No, off the sofa.” You can’t be on the furniture. “No, don’t lick!” You can’t slobber on me. And hopefully when you realize it, you can fix it. “You can have this stuffed animal (instead of my favorite shoe). Good dog!”

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