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Is open source wealth distribution fair?

ven, 12/07/2018 - 09:00

If wealth is the abundance of valuable possessions, open source has a wealth of software. While no one “owns” open source, some are better than others at converting this communal wealth to personal wealth.

Many open source project maintainers who produce free open source software do not have a model for deriving income from the assets they have created. However, companies that use open source software to enhance their products and services convert this valuable asset into income.


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Take a break at the Linux command line with Nyan Cat

jeu, 12/06/2018 - 09:02

We're now on day six of the Linux command-line toys advent calendar, where we explore some of the fun, entertaining, and in some cases, utterly useless toys available for your Linux terminal. All are available under an open source license.

Will they all be unique? Yes. Will they all be unique to you? I don't know, but, chances are you'll find at least one new toy to play with by the time our advent calendar is done.


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How to view XML files in a web browser

jeu, 12/06/2018 - 09:01

Once you learn that HTML is a form of XML, you might wonder what would happen if you tried to view an XML file in a browser. The results are quite disappointing—Firefox shows you a banner at the top of the page that says, "This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below." The document tree looks like the file would look in an editor:


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6 steps to optimize software delivery with value stream mapping

jeu, 12/06/2018 - 09:00

Do your efforts to improve software development fall short due to confusion and too much debate? Does your organization have a clear picture of what is achievable, and are you sure you’re moving in the right direction? Can you determine how much business value you've delivered so far? Are the bottlenecks in your process known? Do you know how to optimize your current process?


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Top 10 November must-reads: Python libraries for data science, getting started with serverless computing, command-line tools, and more

mer, 12/05/2018 - 21:40

Thanks for another fun month of content and community on Opensource.com! Last month the site brought in 1,004,107 unique visitors who generated 1,524,240 page views. We published 84 articles in November and welcomed 17 new writers:


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Bring some color to your Linux terminal with lolcat

mer, 12/05/2018 - 09:03

Today marks the fifth day of the Linux command-line toys advent calendar. If this is your first visit to the series, you might be asking yourself, what’s a command-line toy. Even I'm not quite sure, but generally, it could be a game, or any simple diversion that helps you have fun at the terminal.

It's quite possible that some of you will have seen various selections from our calendar before, but we hope there’s at least one new thing for everyone.


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5 reasons to give Linux for the holidays

mer, 12/05/2018 - 09:02

Every year around this time, people ask me about the best computer to give (or get) for the holidays. I always give the same answer: Linux. After all, if you want your recipients to be happy, why wouldn't you give them the best operating system on the planet?

Many people don't realize they have options when it comes to computer operating systems. Just recently, two friends (who didn't do their research) fell for the clever marketing and bought brand-new systems at premium prices. I'm willing to bet that within six months they'll be dissatisfied with those expensive computers.


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Testing Ansible roles with Molecule

mer, 12/05/2018 - 09:01

Test techniques play an important role in software development, and this is no different when we are talking about Infrastructure as Code (IaC).

Developers are always testing, and constant feedback is necessary to drive development. If it takes too long to get feedback on a change, your steps might be too large, making errors hard to spot. Baby steps and fast feedback are the essence of TDD (test-driven development). But how do you apply this approach to the development of ad hoc playbooks or roles?


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Blueprint for a team with a DevOps mindset

mer, 12/05/2018 - 09:00

I've had the privilege to work with some of the brightest minds and leaders in my 33 years of software engineering. I've also been fortunate to work for a manager who made me question my career daily and systematically broke down my passion—like a destructive fire sucking the oxygen out of a sealed space. It was an unnerving period, but once I broke free, I realized I had the opportunity to reflect on one of the greatest anti-patterns for effective teams.


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Have a cow at the Linux command line

mar, 12/04/2018 - 09:03

Welcome to the fourth day of the Linux command-line toys advent calendar. If this is your first visit to the series, you might be asking yourself, what’s a command-line toy. We’re figuring that out as we go, but generally, it could be a game, or any simple diversion that helps you have fun at the terminal.

Some of you will have seen various selections from our calendar before, but we hope there’s at least one new thing for everyone. Because just about everyone who I’ve mentioned this series to has asked me about it already, today’s selection is an obligatory one.


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3 implications of serverless

mar, 12/04/2018 - 09:02

If you strip away all of the modern conveniences and features that make up your internet experience today, what you're left with is the client-server model. This distributed network was what the internet was built on in the beginning, and that part hasn't changed. You could say, it is still serving us well.

So, when people talk about serverless, what does it mean? Well, it doesn't mean servers are GONE. Of course not: That "client-server model" is still the backbone of how things are getting done.


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Top 14 Joomla extensions

mar, 12/04/2018 - 09:01

In the first part of this series, I explained how to use the Joomla Extension Directory to find extensions to expand your Joomla website's functionality. Here, I'll describe the top 14 free Joomla extensions—the ones I don't think any site should do without.

The first six tools are free site security tools.


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What is open leadership?

mar, 12/04/2018 - 09:00

Leadership works differently at Red Hat. In our open organization, people don't just receive the status of "leader" when appointed to a position or given a title. Instead, leaders earn their leadership positions when they adopt a certain combination of behaviors and mindsets.


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Wrangling programming languages, Linux command-line play, Bio-Linux, Markdown editors, and more

lun, 12/03/2018 - 20:35

Well, friends, we've almost reached the end of 2018. Before we count down to the New Year, Opensource.com is counting down 24 days of fun Linux command-line tricks. Our first three articles have already published:


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Gift a book: 8 Linux and open source recommendations

lun, 12/03/2018 - 09:02

Chances are many of you are thinking about what to get others for the upcoming holiday season as well as what to add to your own wishlist. Regardless of the reason or the season, though, these eight books are ones our writer community recommends to give and receive for any occasion or time of the year.


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Manage NTP with Chrony

lun, 12/03/2018 - 09:01

"Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?"
Chicago, 1969


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19 tips to survive the 2019 conference season

lun, 12/03/2018 - 09:00

Looking ahead to the 2019 open source conference season is both exciting and daunting. There are so many great conferences to attend, choosing among them depends on your interests. Here are some of the larger conferences that might catch your eye:


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How to bring good fortune to your Linux terminal

lun, 12/03/2018 - 09:00

It's December, and if you haven't found a tech advent calendar that sparks your fancy yet, well, maybe this one will do the trick. Every day, from now to the 24th, we're bringing you a different Linux command-line toy. What's a command-line toy, you ask? It could be a game or any simple diversion to bring a little happiness to your terminal.

You may have seen some of these before. We hope you'll find something new, too. Either way, we hope you have fun following along.


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Drive a locomotive through your Linux terminal

dim, 12/02/2018 - 09:00

It's December, and every Linux terminal user deserves a reward just for making through the year. So we're bringing you a sort of advent calendar of Linux command-line toys. What's a command-line toy? It might be a game, a pointless little time waster, or just something to bring you joy at the terminal.

Today's Linux command-line toy is a suggestion from Opensource.com community moderator Ben Cotton. Ben suggested sl, which is short for steam locomotive.


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