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Two LinuxWorld Awards for Joomla!

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Joomla!, breakoff from the Mambo project, has been awarded two prestigious awards at the Linux & Open Source Awards in London this month.

Google Gets GAIM Guy

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It shouldn't be surprising that Google aggressively goes after the best talent in the business. Google's nascent IM business is apparently no exception.

Open Source Crowd Turns On One Of Its Own

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It's been a rough week for Marten Mickos, the chief executive of open source database maker MySQLAB.

Introducing the National Center for Open Source Policy and Research

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The public launch of the National Center for Open Source Policy and Research (NCOSPR) was announced today during a presentation at the Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON) hosted by the Oregon State University's Open Source Lab in Portland, Oregon.

The Lure of Open Source Software

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Why should you bother with looking at open source software? Isn't it safer to stick with Microsoft and the other big corporate software designers? David Chisnall helps us to distinguish between proprietary (sometimes referred to as "predatory") software and its open source counterparts.

Linux, open source profitable, stable and on the minds of CIOs

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With the landscape for OSS changing every day and with the Open Source Business Conference less than a month away, conference director Matt Asay took some time to discuss some of those transformations -- both good and bad.

Open Source Attracts Public Sector

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Once a curiosity of computer rooms, open-source software applications are now giving commercial programs a run for their money.

Why Linux isn't too fat & MS hurts customers

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As people make the transition from Windows to the increasingly popular Linux operating system and open source applications, many questions arise. In this SearchOpenSource.com interview, Van der Linden explains why users should make the jump to Linux for reasons such as cost, security and convenience.

IBM to Contribute Software Development Blueprints to Open Source Community

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IBM today announced plans to contribute key intellectual assets to the open source community, in an effort to help companies and software practitioners adopt and share best practices for software development.

Open-source document standard submitted to standards body

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The open-source OpenDocument document standard has been submitted to a key international standards organisation, which could make it more attractive as a desktop solution in the public sector.

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Programming: Swift, Brilliant Jerks in Engineering, and Career Path for Software Developers

  • Swift code will run on Google's Fuchsia OS
    A few days ago, there was a flash-in-the-pan controversy over Google "forking" Apple's open-source programming language Swift. After a few minutes of speculation over whether Google was going to make its own special flavor of the language for its own purposes, Swift's creator Chris Lattner (who now works at Google) helpfully clarified the situation:
  • Brilliant Jerks in Engineering
    This are numerous articles and opinions on the topic, including Brilliant Jerks Cost More Than They Are Worth, and It's Better to Avoid a Toxic Employee than Hire a Superstar. My colleague Justin Becker is also giving a talk at QConSF 2017 on the topic: Am I a Brilliant Jerk?. It may help to clarify that "brilliant jerk" can mean different things to different people. To illustrate, I'll describe two types of brilliant jerks: the selfless and the selfish, and their behavior in detail. I'll then describe the damage caused by these jerks, and ways to deal with them. The following are fictional characters. These are not two actual engineers, but are collections of related traits to help examine this behavior beyond the simple "no asshole rule." These are engineers who by default act like jerks, not engineers who sometimes act that way.
  • [Older] The missing career path for software developers
    You started hacking on technology thrilled with every stroke of the key, making discoveries with every commit. You went about solving problems, finding new challenges. You were happy for a while, until you hit a plateau. There was a choice to be made. Continue solving the same problems or start managing others. You tried it out, and hated it. Longing to focus on technology, not people, you turned to your open source project. When it became successful, you became an open source maintainer but ended up overwhelmed and burned out. Hoping to get back to doing work that fascinates you, you went work for yourself. Lacking experience running a business, you're crushed with all the decisions you need to make. You’re nearing burnout — again. It feels like you’re on a hamster wheel.

Mastodon is Free Software, But It Does Not Respect Free Speech

Mastodon was always known to be tough on Nazis; it was known that they were strict on free speech only to a degree. After the treatment that I received yesterday, however, I can no longer recommend Mastodon. It may be Free software, but it’s very weak on free speech. Read more

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