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5 ways to contribute to open source during Hacktoberfest

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There's always a lot to get excited about in October: sweater weather, pumpkin spice, Halloween costumes, and for the last three years, Hacktoberfest.

Hacktoberfest is a "month-long celebration of open source software." It's organized by DigitalOcean and DEV and open to anyone. In my experience, Hacktoberfest is an easy way for users of open source to become contributors to open source. It's also celebratory and community-oriented and always includes some beautifully done artwork, which is later turned into stickers.

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Torrential – An Open-Source Torrent Client for elementaryOS

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We have covered several torrent client applications on FossMint in topics such as 10 Best Cloud Torrent Service Providers and Best BitTorrent Client Apps for Linux in 2019. But as you already know by now, at least one new open-source application is created every other week.

Today, I bring you an open-source application developed for the torrenting world and it goes by the name of Torrential.

Torrential is a simple open-source torrent client designed for elementary OS users to download torrents in style while enjoying speed and minimalistic design experience.

It doesn’t have any settings unique to it, though, so technically it is another torrent client alternative that hopes to provide users with a speedy torrenting experience. However, as is expected of all Linux client applications, you can customize Torrential’s look using themes.

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Events: CopyleftConf, LibreOffice Conference, Kubernetes Contributor Summit

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  • Announcing the Second Annual CopyleftConf!

    Last year's event was the first ever CopyleftConf. It was great! We have some videos up and more are coming. Also, our call for proposals is open now, through the end of the month -- we'd love to hear from you.

    The response was really positive and we're looking forward to putting on a fantastic 2020 event. Because last year's event was so well attended, we've gotten a larger venue for this year.

    Participants from throughout the copyleft world ? developers, strategists, enforcement organizations, scholars and critics ? will be welcomed for an in-depth, high bandwidth, and expert-level discussion about the day-to-day details of using copyleft licensing, obstacles facing copyleft and the future of copyleft as a strategy to advance and defend software freedom for users and developers around the world.

  • Nine more videos from the LibreOffice Conference 2019

    Yes, we’ve uploaded some more presentations from the recent LibreOffice Conference 2019 in Almeria, Spain. Many of these cover interoperability between LibreOffice and other office software.

  • Contributor Summit San Diego Schedule Announced!

    There are many great sessions planned for the Contributor Summit, spread across five rooms of current contributor content in addition to the new contributor workshops. Since this is an upstream contributor summit and we don’t often meet, being a globally distributed team, most of these sessions are discussions or hands-on labs, not just presentations. We want folks to learn and have a good time meeting their OSS teammates.

    Unconference tracks are returning from last year with sessions to be chosen Monday morning. These are ideal for the latest hot topics and specific discussions that contributors want to have. In previous years, we’ve covered flaky tests, cluster lifecycle, KEPs (Kubernetes Enhancement Proposals), mentoring, security, and more.

OBS Studio is an open source video recorder and streaming app for Windows, Linux and macOS

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OBS Studio aka Open Broadcaster Software Studio is very popular among YouTube users. You can use it to broadcast gameplay streams live or use it to record videos (which you may then upload to YouTube or other video hosting sites). Want to set up a camera and mic to record content for your vlog? You can do that too.

This is one of those rare applications that is user-friendly on the one hand but still advanced enough to deliver the options that advanced users require. That being said, we're going to take a look at the basic usage of the program, the recording of on-screen content.

OBS Studio is a cross-platform program that is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

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KDE Applications 19.08.2 Open-Source Software Suite Released with Many Bug Fixes

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Coming a month after the first point release, KDE Applications 19.08.2 is here to address more than 20 bug fixes across a wide range of applications and core components, including Dolphin, Gwenview, Kate, Kdenlive, Kontact, Konsole, Lokalize, Spectacle, and many others, in an attempt to make the KDE Applications 19.08 open-source software suite more stable and reliable.

Highlights of this release include improvements to High-DPI (HiDPI) support in the Konsole terminal emulator and other apps, the ability to update the search parameters when switching between different searches in the Dolphin file manager, and support for the KMail email client to save messages directly to remote folders.

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System76 Launches Two Linux Laptops Powered by Coreboot Open-Source Firmware

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Driven by the idea that technology should always be free and open, System76 is launching today the Galago Pro and Darter Pro laptops with their new Coreboot-based open-source firmware, which not only makes these computers boot faster than with a proprietary firmware, but it also protects them against various security vulnerabilities and other threats.

"Our lightweight open source firmware gets users from boot screen to desktop 29% faster," said System76. "Removing unnecessary features from the firmware such as network connectivity and execution environments also decreases the potential for vulnerability, meaning users who upgrade to the new laptops will benefit from increased security."

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Also: System76 Will Begin Shipping 2 Linux Laptops With Coreboot-Based Open Source Firmware

System76 launches two Linux with Comet Lake chips and Coreboot

System76 Launches Two Intel Laptops With "Open-Source Firmware" Coreboot

Freedom from censorship on mailing lists

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One prominent tool used to construct the fake community is the email discussion list.

When people join a discussion list, they assume and believe that they are being exposed to a wide range of opinions. Therefore, when some opinions or critical information is hidden, ordinary members of the list are deceived. People have not consented to this deception.

In 2018, FSFE used these tactics to make it appear that nobody supported elections any more. In 2019, rogue elements of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) staff used the same tactics to undermine their own founder, Richard Stallman. FSF is the organization that explains their use of the word Free using the phrase Free as in speech, not free as in beer. When they don't even allow Free Speech on their own LibrePlanet-discuss mailing list, the organization loses all credibility.

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BleachBit 2.3 Beta

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When your computer is getting full, BleachBit quickly frees disk space. When your information is only your business, BleachBit guards your privacy. With BleachBit you can free cache, delete cookies, clear Internet history, shred temporary files, delete logs, and discard junk you didn't know was there.

Designed for Linux and Windows systems, it wipes clean thousands of applications including Firefox, Internet Explorer, Adobe Flash, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari, and more. Beyond simply deleting files, BleachBit includes advanced features such as shredding files to prevent recovery, wiping free disk space to hide traces of files deleted by other applications, and vacuuming Firefox to make it faster. Better than free, BleachBit is open source.

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Beware open source vendor lock-in

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With open source having become not only mainstream but also so ubiquitous it is all but invisible, there is a real danger that open source users could find themselves in a whole new world of “open source” vendor lock-in.

That was the warning sounded by Obsidian’s Karl Fisher at the start of LinuxConf [ZA] 2019, a Linux and open source conference which marked the start of Open Source Week in South Africa this week.

Fisher took the delegates, mainly open source aficionados and developers, though a potted evolutionary history of open source – from the days when it was disparaged by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and later his successor as CEO Steve Ballmer who infamously dubbed Linux a 'cancer'; to Microsoft’s recent, multi-billion dollar acquisition of GitHub, the world’s largest open source code hosting platform.

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TeXstudio - A cushty yet nerdy LaTeX frontend

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TeXstudio is a complex, powerful program, and it definitely appeals to my sense of nerdonics. It's rich in features, and it can take a while before you figure everything out - prior knowledge with similar software definitely helps. But then, I think LyX is friendlier and simpler, especially for beginners. With TeXstudio, there were a few errors throughout my test, which ought to be handled a bit more gracefully. Beamer sounds like a great thing, but then, frankly, most people will make do with Powerpoint, for better or worse.

I definitely intend to spend more time learning TeXstudio, as it may come handy in technical work now and then. Plus, there's the simple joy of mastering difficult tools, which then magically turn repetitive burdens into simple tasks. It's all about the optimization of energy. I believe I'm already there with conventional tools as well as LyX, so this ought to be an interesting experiment. For document lovers among you, this software definitely warrants some extended testing. We're done.

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