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10 ways to start contributing to open source

  •; By Chris Haddad (Posted by bob on Apr 1, 2013 9:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
I wonder why more open source users do not actively participate in the open source community and become committers or contributors. After understanding a project's capabilities and roadmap, anyone is able to start directly hacking the source code and contributing useful extensions. Because open source is a distributed, participatory meritocracy, the upside benefit is high and the barrier to entry is low—you don't have to move, be employed by a Valley startup, give up your day job, or wait to obtain a 4 year degree.

Why Torvalds loves the Chromebook Pixel: It's all about the display

  • ZDNet | Linux And Open Source Blog RSS (Posted by bob on Apr 1, 2013 7:59 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
The Google Chromebook Pixel's most well-known fan is Linux's Linus Torvalds. In recent Google+ posts, Torvalds explains exactly what he loves the most about the Pixel: Its remarkable display.

New features in Cairo-Dock 3.2

  • The H Open (Posted by bob on Mar 31, 2013 7:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The latest version of Cairo-Dock includes many minor enhancements, as well as new applets and plugins. Cairo-Dock equips desktop environments with an additional panel and can also replace existing desktop panels

Securing a Linux Web Server

  • (Posted by bob on Mar 31, 2013 1:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
With the significant prevalence of Linux web servers globally, security is often touted as a strength of the platform for such a purpose. However, a Linux based web server is only as secure as its configuration and very often many are quite vulnerable to compromise. While specific configurations vary wildly due to environments or specific use, there are various general steps that can be taken to insure basic security considerations are in place.

Tizen Developer Conference coming soon to San Francisco

  • (Posted by bob on Mar 30, 2013 3:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The second annual Tizen Developer Conference will be held May 22-24 in San Francisco. The event targets Tizen OS and app developers, mobile operators, hardware designers, ISVs, and open source enthusiasts. The goal of the conference, according to its organizers, is to bring together individuals and businesses who share the goal of developing Tizen as [...]

Google, business, & open-source patent protection

  • ZDNet | Linux And Open Source Blog RSS (Posted by bob on Mar 30, 2013 2:27 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Google has just pledged that it won't sue other companies over open-source patents if they don't sue Google first, but this is actually a long established policy. Now, if only it could stop the patent wars!

Wi-Fi Mini Honeypot

Do you have an old, unused wireless router collecting dust? Have some fun and make a Wi-Fi honeypot with it!

The H Roundup - Secure Boot complaints, GNOME 3.8 and replacing Reader

In the week ending 30 March ? A look at migrating away from Google Reader, the release of GNOME 3.8, KDE's narrow escape from disaster, Red Hat's latest financials, a large DDoS attack, complaints against Secure Boot, DRM in HTML5, and a new GCC release.

Chrome OS and the Cloak of Unhackability

  • LinuxInsider; By Katherine Noyes (Posted by bob on Mar 18, 2013 2:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Once upon a time there was a modest young operating system named "Chrome OS." It tried to live a quiet life helping others, but its ancient roots made some in the mainstream computing world wary. Not only was it one of the first examples of a new type of OS, focused as it was on the browser, but it was also descended from Linux, the very name of which was still widely misunderstood among the masses.

Putting Dell's Ubuntu Ultrabook to the test

Tests on Dell's Ultrabook with pre-installed Ubuntu 12.04 show that the manufacturer has gone to some trouble to ensure that it runs well with Linux

Death Star petition inspires citizen collaboration

  • (Posted by bob on Mar 18, 2013 9:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In October, I used "We the People" as an example of how to get citizens engaged with government in an open manner. In November, those engaged citizens petitioned the government to consider building a Death Star. By January, enough signatures had been gathered to garner the administration’s consideration and, in my mind, a well authored response. The exercise may have been a geeky back and forth which you may see as a joke, but I feel any citizen engagement is good engagement. You may also think that’s the end of the story, however, someone who read my earlier post sent me a link to the Death Star Kickstarter page.

Translating enterprise software and documentation with Zanata

  •; By Jen Wike (Posted by bob on Mar 11, 2013 2:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Community
In a previous interview, former Product Manager, Runa Bhattacharjee, and Lead Developer, Sean Flanigan, gave us some insight into the development of Zanata. Today's Product Manager for the open source translation platform, Isaac Rooskov, tells us what complaints about other products influenced the design of Zanata, clears up some misconceptions about translation tools, and announces the newest release.

Zend Optimizer+ will land in PHP 5.5

  • The H Open (Posted by bob on Mar 11, 2013 12:49 PM EDT)
  • Groups: PHP; Story Type: News Story
PHP 5.5 will come with the Zend Optimizer+ integrated into it and boosting PHP performance by 5 to 20 per cent over other opcode caches. It is likely though to result in a delay to the release of PHP 5.5

How to organize an education hackathon

On February 23, I participated in my first hackathon event; not a coding event as typical of computer programmers, but an education hackathon—a "Course Sprint" where a group of 14 individuals (educators, open science advocates, community members, and students) collaborated to design and build an open, online course, An Introduction to Open Science and Data, for the School of Open on P2PU. Creative Commons hosted the event at their office in Mountain View, CA and invited both face-to-face and remote participants, of which I was one of four remote. The event was held in support of Open Data Day to raise awareness and involve communities worldwide in exploring how to liberate, promote, and publish open data.

Red Hat clone CentOS 6.4 replicated and released

After Oracle, CentOS has now also released its RHEL 6.4 clone. Among the new features are drivers for Microsoft's Hyper V technology and KVM virtualisation optimisations

White House Supports Phone 'Unlocking'

The White House has announced support of a consumer's right to unlock their phone once their contract has expired. The FCC is reviewing its alternatives and Congress is encouraged to take action. Here is the full text of the Whitehouse response:

The Alexandria Project

Besides representing open source organizations like the Linux Foundation and scores of standards organizations, attorney and open source advocate Andy Updegrove is also a novelist.

Projects plugin debuts in new Eclipse Orion 2.0

The latest version of the Eclipse Foundation's web technology based editor and IDE has a new Projects plugin, an improved Shell to work better with Node.js and is easier to embed in applications

IBM: Giving Open a Smarter Strategic Advantage

  • LinuxInsider (Posted by bob on Mar 4, 2013 1:02 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
IBM just announced SmartCloud Orchestrator -- a massive open source initiative designed to help companies better balance public and private cloud resources and even switch vendors. This is in sharp contrast to the lock-in strategy that IBM used to found the technology segment -- largely because IBM learned the hard way that lock-in, while tactically sound, is strategically stupid.

Advocating for Linux on the Front Lines and in the Kernel

Well March has arrived here in the Linux blogosphere and with it, widespread hopes for the rebirth and renewal of spring. Linux Girl wishes she could say things have been calm and tranquil over the past few days, but of course they haven't -- this is the Linux community we're talking about, after all. There have been many trials and tribulations for Linux fans recently.

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