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11 steps to running an online community meeting

Open organizations explicitly invite participation from external communities, because these organizations know their products and programs are world class only if they include a variety of perspectives at all phases of development. Liaising with and assisting those communities is critical. And community calls are my favorite method for interacting with stakeholders both inside and outside an organization. In this article, I'll share best practices for community calls and talk a little about how they can spur growth.

8 reasons to make the switch to IPv6

Owen DeLong is a Senior Manager of Network Architecture at Akamai Technologies, a leader in content delivery network (CDN) services that help to make the Internet "fast, reliable, and secure." He will be speaking at SCaLE 14x about IPv6 adoption (because we're out of IPv4!). Owen is also a member of the ARIN Advisory Council—an advisory group to the Board of Trustees on Internet number resource policy and related matters—and is an active member of the systems administration, operations, and Internet Protocol policy communities.

How to Install Graylog2 and Elasticsearch on Ubuntu 15.10

In this tutorial, I will guide you trough the Graylog2, Elasticsearch and MongoDB installation to build a scalable log server node with advanced log search capabilities. I will use Ubuntu 15.10 for this installation. Elasticsearch is a distributed search server based on Lucene that is available as OpenSource software. Graylog2 is a centralized log management and log analysis framework based on Elasticsearch and MongoDB.

How conference organizers can create better attendee experiences

  •; By VM (Vicky) Brasseur (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jan 14, 2016 11:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This article was co-written by Josh Berkus. At SCaLE 14x, we will give a talk focused on helping speakers provide a more positive experience for their audiences. But there are many different facets of conference organizing that could use improvements, each facet with its own audience. In this article, I will focus on just one of those: How conference organizers can make the event more positive for the attendees.

3 open source tools for supply chain management

If you manage a business which deals with physical goods, supply chain management is an important part of your business process. Whether you're running a tiny Etsy store with just a few customers, or a Fortune 500 manufacturer or retailer with thousands of products and millions of customers worldwide, it's important for you to have a close understanding of your inventory and the parts and raw materials you need to make your products.

6 principles for successful digital-era CIOs

At a recent meeting, I had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Curt Carver, CIO at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, speak on the priorities (and challenges) for today's CIOs. Themes from his talk were familiar, but important: CIOs must help the business grow, gain competitive advantage, and remain secure. He also emphasized many challenges: IT skill set, modernizing IT while keeping the lights on, and maintaining security and compliance.

Whatever the Android-ChromeOS mashup looks like, it's gotta be better looking than this

If you've ever wondered what Android would look like as a desktop PC OS, then try this for size: Remix OS from China. It's a very rough-around-the-edges build of Android x86–an ongoing port of Google's open-source OS from ARM gadgets to x86 PC's–with some closed-source stuff to create a multi-tasking desktop with moving windows, an application bar, and so on, but with Android's look-and-feel. It tries its best to map keyboard shortcuts and mouse movements to the normally fingertip-driven user interface.

KDE Plasma 5.5: The Quintessential 2016 Review

KDE contributor Ken Vermette has written The Quintessential 2016 Review of Plasma 5.5 which was released last month, a 9 page cover of the good, the bad and the beautiful. Plasma 5.5 marks the beginning of the lifecycle where the vast majority of people will find it capable of serving as their workhorse environment. While at the beginning of the year Plasma 5.2 was exciting but a little wobbly, 5.5 has seen enough iteration to mature and close the significant issues found by the majority of early adopters. As of 2016 Plasma 5.5 has evolved well beyond where Plasma 4 ended while showing no signs of slowing down in the slightest, and I confidently recommend trying it out.

Girl Scouts: Cookies or code?

  •; By Jen Wike Huger (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jan 12, 2016 7:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Most people have a limited view of Girl Scouts. They know about the cookies but do they know about the code? Carrie Raleigh is the STEM program manager for Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio in California where she says they are much more than a cookie program. Girls Scouts has been coordinating experiences to help teach girls life skills for over 100 years, and as our world changes, they will need to as well. To learn the right skills for our current world, Girl Scouts is focusing their efforts on teaching girls about robotics, cybersecurity, coding, gaming, and gaining STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) career exposure. Read more in my interview with Carrie who will be speaking at SCaLE 14x this year on Girl Scouts and computer science for middle schoolers.

Which Linux distribution do you use?

Your Linux distribution of choice says a lot about you. Of course, one of the many great things about Linux is the diversity of options you have to choose between. Maybe you like a slimmed down minimalist option. Maybe having all of the bells and whistles is important to you. Or maybe you just prefer a distribution that you find easy to use.

7 rules for creating world class technical documentation

At the 2016 Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE 14x), long-time tech writer and editor Bob Reselman will give a talk called The 7 Rules for Creating World Class Technical Documentation, v.2016, which is based on an article he wrote more than six years ago. In this interview, he offers an update to the rules, and talks about how attitudes toward project documentation are changing.

How to access Amazon Cloud Drive from the command line on Linux

In today's online retail market dominated by cut throat competitions, one player stands in the forefront, leaving the pack far behind, and that is Amazon. Amazon has been judiciously expanding its business model to satisfy consumer appetites, and I think Amazon Prime membership lies in the center of its expanding business model. Starting out as unlimited free-shipping membership, Amazon Prime has grown over time to include a variety of other perks, including unlimited streaming music, movies and TV dramas, unlimited photo gallery, free e-book library, and now same-day/one-day delivery.

What's unique about open source people

Welcome, one and all, to 2016. I wish every one of you a happy and prosperous new year. I have been meaning to write this column for a while. It is one part observation, one part lecture, and mostly utter rambling, so please do stay with me. I hope that, if nothing else, this column shares an important insight that came to me a while back that you may find interesting.

What the community has taught me about open organizations

When I was pitching The Open Organization, publishers always asked me the same question: "Is this a book about management or leadership?" And my answer was always the same: "The Open Organization is a book about management." After all, it's about the ways Red Hat, the open organization I lead, uses a networked organizational model (one we adopt from the open source world) to make decisions and coordinate, and those are management issues.

Top 10 open source legal developments in 2015

In 2015 there were a variety of legal issues of importance to the FOSS (free and open source) community. Continuing the tradition of looking back over the top ten legal developments in FOSS, my selection of the top ten issues for 2015 is as follows..

Fatally weak MD5 function torpedoes crypto protections in HTTPS and IPSEC

If you thought MD5 was banished from HTTPS encryption, you'd be wrong. It turns out the fatally weak cryptographic hash function, along with its only slightly stronger SHA1 cousin, are still widely used in the transport layer security protocol that underpins HTTPS. Now, researchers have devised a series of attacks that exploit the weaknesses to break or degrade key protections provided not only by HTTPS but also other encryption protocols, including Internet Protocol Security and secure shell.

Installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 on IBM POWER8 and x86 in bare metal mode: A comparison

This article can help administrators who need to install Red Hat Enterprise Linux on an IBM® POWER8™ processor-based system in bare metal mode by comparing the process of installation on an x86 system.

Greenpeace makes 7 shifts toward open

If you've been following and the Open Organization Ambassadors there, then you'll know that I've been working to help Greenpeace internalize the principles of an open ethos. But to do this, we've had to distill this ethos into a few concrete principles, actionable items the organization can more easily grasp. On its journey to becoming an open organization, Greenpeace has set seven cultural "waypoints," some guideposts for its transition to an open organization. In this article, I'd like to explain them.

Fixed-wing Parrot Disco drone stays aloft for 45 minutes

Parrot showed off a fixed-wing, hand-launchable “Disco” drone that can fly for up to 45 minutes at up to 50 mph, and offers a new autopilot mode. Just two months after launching its second generation, Linux-based BeBop 2 quadcopter, claimed to offer a groundbreaking 25 minutes of flight time, Parrot showed off a fixed-wing Disco UAV claimed to almost double that with 45 minute battery life. Although Parrot doesn’t mention it on its product page, several CES reports, including one from BGR, claims the Disco can fly at speeds of up to 50mph, far faster than prosumer quadcopter speeds.

One man's trash is another man's Linux computer

The year was 2003. I was an underpaid accountant-turned-IT-professional, and father to two children under the age of four. The idea of using Linux was intriguing, but it wasn't until I had a chance to experience it while taking a class on Long Island for work that I was fired up enough to try it out.

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