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Top 10 FOSS legal developments of 2018

mar, 02/05/2019 - 09:00

In 2018, we saw a clear demonstration of the free and open source software (FOSS) business model's importance when IBM moved to purchase Red Hat for $34 billion. The FOSS ecosystem also celebrated its durability last year, as the Open Source Initiative (OSI) celebrated the 20th anniversary of the open source movement.


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Config management is dead: Long live Config Management Camp

lun, 02/04/2019 - 19:00

Everyone goes to FOSDEM in Brussels to learn from its massive collection of talk tracks, colloquially known as developer rooms, that run the gauntlet of curiosities, covering programming languages like Rust, Go, and Python, to special topics ranging from community, to legal, to privacy. After two days of nonstop activity, many FOSDEM attendees move on to Ghent, Belgium, to join hundreds for Configuration Management Camp (CfgMgmtCamp).


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Getting started with Git: Terminology 101

lun, 02/04/2019 - 09:03

Version control is an important tool for anyone looking to track their changes these days. It's especially helpful for programmers, sysadmins, and site reliability engineers (SREs) alike. The promise of recovering from mistakes to a known good state is a huge win and a touch friendlier than the previous strategy of adding .old to a copied file.


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Getting started with Scalar, a semantic web publishing platform

lun, 02/04/2019 - 09:01

Budget cuts at universities and the increased cost of printing journals have created a crisis in academic publishing. These factors plus the desire for open access to academic publishing have accelerated interest in alternatives to traditional print publications, such as Scalar.


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Top 5 open source network monitoring tools

lun, 02/04/2019 - 09:00

Maintaining a live network is one of a system administrator's most essential tasks, and keeping a watchful eye over connected systems is essential to keeping a network functioning at its best.


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Announcing the 2019 Opensource.com Community Awards winners

lun, 02/04/2019 - 09:00

Every year, Opensource.com awards people from our community who have excelled in contributing and sharing stories with our readers. These stories reflect how we use open source in our everyday lives, how it helps us build a better future with open technology, and how openness is changing the world.


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Free download: A guide to organizing your media files with Kodi

dim, 02/03/2019 - 15:40

Kodi is designed for organizing media files and viewing movies and shows on your TV. Originally, Kodi was used via an XBox but now most people use a Raspberry Pi or other small computer.

Download our free PDF guide (written by Steve Ovens). This download includes:


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Google and Sony Pictures Imageworks release OpenCue, LF Edge organization launches, and more news

sam, 02/02/2019 - 09:00

In this edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at the Google and Sony Pictures Imageworks releasing OpenCue, The Linux Foundation launching LF Edge, six tips for jumpstarting open educational resources initiatives, and more.


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8 open source music players for Linux

ven, 02/01/2019 - 09:02

In the first part of this series, I write about the key requirements for an audiophile digital music player and shared the criteria I use to evaluate open source music players. Here in the second part, I'll use those criteria to help you pick the right software for your needs.


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What defines a top-tier, open source music player for Linux?

ven, 02/01/2019 - 09:01

In the two or so years I've been writing this music column, the Linux audiophile's world has evolved. New Linux distros and open source audio players have appeared, old ones have fallen by the wayside, a lot more music is available as high-quality digital downloads, new and high-quality playback hardware has emerged, streaming has taken off, vinyl sales continue to increase, CD and download sales continue to decrease… Therefore, it seems to be a good point to revisit my criteria for judging an open source music player and reconsider the players I've mentioned in the past.


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How to start and organize a Kubernetes meetup

ven, 02/01/2019 - 09:00

The rise of microservices and containers have given birth to thousands of different open source projects. Many of them are hosted by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), with Kubernetes probably the best-known.


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19 days of productivity in 2019: The fails

jeu, 01/31/2019 - 09:04

There seems to be a mad rush at the beginning of every year to find ways to be more productive. New Year's resolutions, the itch to start the year off right, and of course, an "out with the old, in with the new" attitude all contribute to this. And the usual round of recommendations is heavily biased towards closed source and proprietary software. It doesn't have to be that way.


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The key differences in DevOps for small vs. large organizations

jeu, 01/31/2019 - 09:03

The continuous innovation journey to DevOps is just that—continuous—meaning it's unlikely you'll ever reach the destination.

At the core, it is people and their culture, not an organization's size, that molds and differentiates organizations from one other.
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Will quantum computing break security?

jeu, 01/31/2019 - 09:01

Over the past few years, a new type of computer has arrived on the block: the quantum computer. It's arguably the sixth type of computer:

  1. Humans: Before there were artificial computers, people used, well, people. And people with this job were called "computers."

  2. Mechanical analogue: These are devices such as the Antikythera mechanism, astrolabes, or slide rules.


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4 confusing open source license scenarios and how to navigate them

jeu, 01/31/2019 - 09:00

As an attorney running an open source program office for a Fortune 500 corporation, I am often asked to look into a product or component where there seems to be confusion as to the licensing model. Under what terms can the code be used, and what obligations run with such use? This often happens when the code or the associated project community does not clearly indicate availability under a commonly accepted open source license.


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Get started with Budgie Desktop, a Linux environment

mer, 01/30/2019 - 09:04

There seems to be a mad rush at the beginning of every year to find ways to be more productive. New Year's resolutions, the itch to start the year off right, and of course, an "out with the old, in with the new" attitude all contribute to this. And the usual round of recommendations is heavily biased towards closed source and proprietary software. It doesn't have to be that way.

Here's the 18th of my picks for 19 new (or new-to-you) open source tools to help you be more productive in 2019.


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The Small Scale Agile Manifesto

mer, 01/30/2019 - 09:03

The “Agile Manifesto” is an umbrella term that describes and governs several lightweight and fuller agile methodologies for handling IT teams and projects. Scrum, Kanban, Lean Development, Crystal, and Extreme Programming (XP) are among the most popular and lightweight agile approaches.

While Small Scale Scrum fits into the Agile Manifesto, six of its additional values, described below, should complement and enhance agile for smaller teams.


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How a fiscal sponsor can help your open source project grow

mer, 01/30/2019 - 09:02
"We were handling money from Google Summer of Code. We almost certainly weren't doing the taxes correctly, but worse, we started needing to hold project money from year to year. Doing that in one of the project member's checking accounts was awkward and error-prone."
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5 social media alternatives to protect your privacy

mer, 01/30/2019 - 09:01

Social media isn't what it used to be—especially since we started paying attention to the privacy implications of using the major platforms.


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