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How to set up your own fast, private open source mesh network

ven, 02/14/2020 - 09:00

The FreeMesh system promises to bring fully open source mesh networking to the masses. I recently had a chance to test it; it installed quickly, and the performance was great—especially for the price.


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Why developers like to code at night

jeu, 02/13/2020 - 09:02

If you ask most developers when they prefer to work, many will say their most productive hours are at night. This may be especially true for open source contributors who are contributing to projects outside of their day job (though hopefully within healthy limits to avoid burnout).

Some like to start in the evening and work till the early hours while others get up super early—say, 4 a.m.—to get most of the programming work done before the daily grind kicks in.


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Manage complex Git workspaces with Great Teeming Workspaces

jeu, 02/13/2020 - 09:01

Great Teeming Workspaces (GTWS) is a complex workspace management package for Git that makes it easy to have development environments for different projects and different versions of a project.


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Introducing our new Lua cheat sheet

jeu, 02/13/2020 - 09:00

Lua is a minimalistic, lightweight language implemented as a C library. It's fast and simple to learn, efficient to run, embeddable, and tiny (its source code download is under 500 KB, and it's just over 1MB compiled). You can use Lua to create an API for your application or as a scripting language, for quick prototyping, or as the foundation of your software project.


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Manage your SSL certificates with the ssl-on-demand script

mer, 02/12/2020 - 09:03

It happens all the time, to the largest of companies. An important certificate doesn't get renewed, and services become inaccessible. It happened to Microsoft Teams in early February 2020, awkwardly timed just after the launch of a major television campaign promoting it as a Slack competitor. Embarrassing as that may be, it's sure to happen to someone else in the future.


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Extend the life of your SSD drive with fstrim

mer, 02/12/2020 - 09:02

Over the past decade, solid-state drives (SSD) have brought about a new way of managing storage. SSDs have benefits like silent and cooler operation and a faster interface spec, compared to their elder spinning ancestors. Of course, new technology brings with it new methods of maintenance and management. SSDs have a feature called TRIM. This is essentially a method for reclaiming unused blocks on the device, which may have been previously written, but no longer contain valid data and therefore, can be returned to the general storage pool for reuse.


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How to use byobu to multiplex SSH sessions

mer, 02/12/2020 - 09:01

Byobu is a text-based window manager and terminal multiplexer. It's similar to GNU Screen but more modern and more intuitive. It also works on most Linux, BSD, and Mac distributions.

Byobu allows you to maintain multiple terminal windows, connect via SSH (secure shell), disconnect, reconnect, and even let other people access it, all while keeping the session alive.


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Building a Linux desktop, CERN powered by Ceph, and more industry trends

mar, 02/11/2020 - 19:15

As part of my role as a senior product marketing manager at an enterprise software company with an open source development model, I publish a regular update about open source community, market, and industry trends for product marketers, managers, and other influencers. Here are five of my and their favorite articles from that update.


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Basic kubectl and Helm commands for beginners

mar, 02/11/2020 - 09:03

Recently, my husband was telling me about an upcoming job interview where he would have to run through some basic commands on a computer. He was anxious about the interview, but the best way for him to learn and remember things has always been to equate the thing he doesn't know to something very familiar to him. Because our conversation happened right after I was roaming the grocery store trying to decide what to cook that evening, it inspired me to write about kubectl and Helm commands by equating them to an ordinary trip to the grocer.


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Automate your live demos with this shell script

mar, 02/11/2020 - 09:02

I gave a talk about multi-architecture container images at LISA19 in October that included a lengthy live demo. Rather than writing out 30+ commands and risking typos, I decided to automate the demo with a shell script.


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Using external libraries in Java

mar, 02/11/2020 - 09:01

Java comes with a core set of libraries, including those that define commonly used data types and related behavior, like String or Date; utilities to interact with the host operating system, such as System or File; and useful subsystems to manage security, deal with network communications, and create or parse XML. Given the richness of this core set of libraries, it's often easy to find the necessary bits and pieces to reduce the amount of code a programmer must write to solve a problem.


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Why innovation can't happen without standardization

mar, 02/11/2020 - 09:00

Any organization facing the prospect of change will confront an underlying tension between competing needs for standardization and innovation. Achieving the correct balance between these needs can be essential to an organization's success.

Experiencing too much of either can lead to morale and productivity problems. Over-stressing standardization, for example, can have a stifling effect on the team's ability to innovate to solve new problems. Unfettered innovation, on the other hand, can lead to time lost due to duplicated or misdirected efforts.


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Top hacks for the YaCy open source search engine

lun, 02/10/2020 - 09:03

In my article about getting started with YaCy, I explained how to install and start using the YaCy peer-to-peer search engine. One of the most exciting things about YaCy, however, is the fact that it's a local client. Each user owns and operates a node in a globally distributed search engine infrastructure, which means each user is in full control of how they navigate and experience the World Wide Web.


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Scan Kubernetes for errors with KRAWL

lun, 02/10/2020 - 09:01

When you're running containers with Kubernetes, you often find that they pile up. This is by design. It's one of the advantages of containers: they're cheap to start whenever a new one is needed. You can use a front-end like OpenShift or OKD to manage pods and containers. Those make it easy to visualize what you have set up, and have a rich set of commands for quick interactions.


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Music composition with Python and Linux

lun, 02/10/2020 - 09:00

I met Brendan Becker working in a computer store in 1999. We both enjoyed building custom computers and installing Linux on them. Brendan was always involved in several technology projects at once, ranging from game coding to music composition. Fast-forwarding a few years from the days of computer stores, he went on to write pyDance, an open source implementation of multiple dancing games, and then became the CEO of music and gaming event MAGFest. Sometimes referred to as "Mr.


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Open source vs. proprietary: What's the difference?

dim, 02/09/2020 - 09:00

There's a lot to be learned from open source projects. After all, managing hundreds of disparate, asynchronous commits and bugs doesn't happen by accident. Someone or something has to coordinate releases, and keep all the code and project roadmaps organized. It's a lot like life. You have lots of tasks demanding your attention, and you have to tend to each in turn. To ensure everything gets done before its deadline, you try to stay organized and focused.


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6 open educational resources for learning Spanish

sam, 02/08/2020 - 09:00

My goal for 2020 is to improve my Spanish, and I intend to use the open educational resources described below to help me along my long path towards fluency. These suggestions are by no means an exhaustive list of resources for learning Spanish. The items included are all open resources, which means they are either shared under an open license or are in the public domain.


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Introducing Zuul for improved CI/CD

ven, 02/07/2020 - 09:02

Jenkins is a marvelous piece of software. As an execution and automation engine, it's one of the best you're going to find. Jenkins serves as a key component in countless continuous integration (CI) systems, and this is a testament to the value of what its community has built over the years. But that's what it is­­—a component. Jenkins is not a CI system itself; it just runs things for you. It does that really well and has a variety of built-ins and a vibrant ecosystem of plugins to help you tell it what to run, when, and where.


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Customize your internet with an open source search engine

ven, 02/07/2020 - 09:01

A long time ago, the internet was small enough to be indexed by a few people who gathered the names and locations of all websites and listed them each by topic on a page or in a printed book. As the World Wide Web network grew, the "web rings" convention developed, in which sites with a similar theme or topic or sensibility banded together to form a circular path to each member. A visitor to any site in the ring could click a button to proceed to the next or previous site in the ring to discover new sites relevant to their interest.


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Using Powershell to automate Linux, macOS, and Windows processes

ven, 02/07/2020 - 09:00

Automation takes control of manual, laborious, and error-prone processes and replaces engineers performing manual tasks with computers running automation scripts. Everyone agrees that manual processes are a foe of a healthy DevOps mindset. Some argue that automation is not a good thing because it replaces hard-working engineers, while others realize that it boosts consistency, reliability, and efficiency, saves time, and (most importantly) enables engineers to work smart.


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