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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.

Here's your Linux-booting PS4, says fail0verflow

There's a long way to go before it becomes an “anyone can do this” hack, but games console tinkerers fail0verflow have replicated their PlayStation 2 work, getting Linux to run on Sony's PlayStation 4. However, as they told the Chaos Computer Conference in Germany, their work is only useful on an older PS4, because the jailbreak vector, present on version 1.76 of the machine's firmware, is patched on later versions (a new machine would be running 3.11).

What is good stock portfolio management software on Linux

If you are investing in the stock market, you probably understand the importance of a sound portfolio management plan. The goal of portfolio management is to come up with the best investment plan tailored for you, considering your risk tolerance, time horizon and financial goals. Given its importance, no wonder there are no shortage of commercial portfolio management apps and stock market monitoring software, each touting various sophisticated portfolio performance tracking and reporting capabilities.

Hacking your Linux computer for a better listening experience

In this article, I am going to focus on the hardware, software, and configuration issues that we Linux laptop users must confront in order to really enjoy that wonderful digital music on our hard drives.

The golden age of open source, predictions for 2016, and more news

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at reasons to use open source software, betting on open source, cryptocurrencies, a look back at 2015, and—since it's that time of the year—some predictions for 2016.

Steam controllers, Street Fighter V coming to Linux, and more open gaming news

Not being able to carry your configurations across was an issue for several Steam gaming enthusiasts, but not any more. The latest update of Steam controller lets you take your custom configurations with you. You can also customize the on/off sounds and brightness of the Steam button. It also lets you share non-Steam-game configs.

Top ten sub-$100 hacker SBCs for your holiday pleasure

This year, we’ve seen some incredible price/performance breakthroughs in sub-$100 single board computers that can run Linux or Android and do cool stuff. The world of community-backed SBCs continued to expand in 2015, marked by lower prices and more modular, kit-like Internet of Things boards. Here we take a look at the top 10 most important — and probably the best — under $100 Linux- or Android-based, open-spec hacker SBCs that began shipping in 2015.

Top 10 open source projects of 2015

Every year we look back at 10 of the hot open source projects from the past 12 months. (Last year's list made a splash!) And, we expect more great things from these projects in 2016.

Practical guide for avoiding burnout and living a happier life

As open source fans, we tend to spend a lot of time curled up in front of our computers. Many of us we work in front of computers during the day, and some of us even work on or with open source projects, too. If you are anything like me, spending an entire day in front of a screen and then spending most of the evening there, too, is not uncommon. Today is a good example: I started work at 8:00AM, and at 8:21PM I am starting to write this article...

Swift Is Now Open Source

In June this year, Apple raised more than a few eyebrows at its WWDC conference with an announcement about Swift. Just a year before, Apple had released Swift, a new programming language. It was a big deal--a much simpler language for faster development. Swift was a major competitive advantage for the company, making it easier for teams to build new apps for Apple devices. So Apple's decision to give it away to everyone as an open-source project puzzled many attendees. Why would Apple share such an asset with the world, including its competitors? Was Apple really going to carry out its plan? Yes, on December 3rd, Apple did exactly that.

Microsoft releases Windows Live Writer as open source

Microsoft has released Windows Live Writer, a popular blog authoring tool, as an open source project on GitHub, under the MIT licence. The original Live Writer was developed by a company called Onfolio, founded by JJ Allaire when he left Allaire Corporation, the business he founded with his brother Jeremy to create web development tools including ColdFusion and JRun.

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