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Streaming speaker has built-in Android touchscreen

Auris launched a Kickstarter campaign for a portable, Android-based “Wily” streaming media player with a 7-inch touchscreen, 90dB speakers, WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI, and a webcam. Auris, which already sells an $80 “Skye” WiFi music receiver and a $50 “FreeDa” Bluetooth receiver, is now prepping an Android 4.2.2-based portable combination speaker and media-streamer called Wily. The […]

Moonlight: Yet Another Linux Desktop Environment

Not to be confused with Mono's former Moonlight open-source project re-implementation of Microsoft's Silverlight, the Moonlight Desktop Environment is trying to be the desktop environment for low-end devices like the Raspberry Pi...

OpenSSH 6.5 Rolls In New Features

  • Phoronix (Posted by bob on Jan 31, 2014 4:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
There's a major new release out today of OpenSSH...

Open source internships make great career starters

  •; By Rebecca Fernandez (Posted by bob on Jan 30, 2014 2:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Red Hat
For most students, an internship presents a major opportunity to learn and grow in a real-world environment. Interns who join an open source company or project also seem to learn a lot about themselves along the way. Recently, I asked some former Red Hat interns—both newly hired and long-time Red Hat associates—what lessons they learned by working in an open source culture and what advice they have for our next group of interns.

What open source projects are best for beginners?

Which project would you recommend to a newbie who wants to get started with open source? Drupal Fedora LibreOffice PostgreSQL Python Ubuntu Other (tell us in the comments) While is preparing for our upcoming Beginners in Open Source Week starting February 17, we want to hear from our readers about which open source projects are best for beginners. After you've responded to the poll, mark your calendars for:

Snapdragon COM powers wearable and mini-PC

Intrinsyc revealed design wins for its Open-Q 8074 SOM Qseven module based on the Snapdragon 800, including a wearable device and a “MiWorld PCS” mini-PC. Intrinsyc tipped the Open-Q 8074 System on Module (SOM) last June as the heart of its Linux- and Android-ready DragonBoard 8074 Development Kit , but made no mention as to […]

Rails and PostgreSQL

Regular readers of this column won't be surprised to hear that I love both Ruby on Rails and PostgreSQL. Rails has been my primary server-side Web development framework for about eight years, and it has managed to provide solutions for a large number of consulting and personal projects.

How to analyze corporate contributions to open source projects

In proprietary software, the company contributes 100% of the code. If you think about a traditional proprietary software product, it has a development community of one: the software company itself. The company’s ability to support that product, to influence the features that come in future versions, and to integrate that product with other products in its ecosystem flows directly from its direct control over the source code and its development. In open source, it is rare that any one company controls anything close to 100% of the source code; in fact, it is often a sign of a weak open source community if one company dominates a project. The power and the value of the open source development model come from many individual and corporate contributors coming together. Using this thinking, we can look at the collaborative corporate contributions to OpenStack.

Stream and Share Your Media with PlexWeb

Plex is one of those applications I tend to write about a lot. It's not because I get any sort of kickback or even a discount, but rather it's just an incredible system that keeps getting better.

The participatory nature of the Internet strengthens fan communities

Whether the big media producers like it or not, digital technologies have made it easier than ever for popular culture fans to create remixes or derivative works from their favorite movies, TV shows, books, and other media. And the participatory nature of the Internet has arguably helped broaden the popular definition of a "fan community" from something exclusive to comic and sci-fi fans to being inclusive of many genres and people. This includes giving wider exposure to a vast and yet often overlooked demographic in pop fandom—women—and their influence on mainstream media stories.

Stephen Fry rewrites computer history again: This time it's serious

  • The Register (Posted by bob on Jan 28, 2014 5:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Que, QI host? WHAT DO YOU MEAN Kildall was 'cracked'? What are we to do with Stephen Fry? Britain's go-to guy for advertisement voice-overs has had another attempt at explaining computing history, in his own unique way. But he's got it wrong, and at the same time sullied the memory of one of the industry's true pioneers.…

Should I use a permissive license? Copyleft? Or something in the middle?

  • (Posted by bob on Jan 28, 2014 4:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The open source license you choose for your project, or for the projects you choose to contribute to, can have significant effects on how what you contribute is used. One question that has garnered quite a bit of interest recently is the fall in popularity of copyleft licenses in favor of permissive licenses. An article last year looked at the issue of large number of projects on GitHub that have no explicit license and posited the question about whether we live in a 'post open source software' world, where seemingly open source software has no license. After some time, GitHub agreed that licensing is important and worked to improve the situation with a license chooser.

5 tips: Leverage user-centered design in your open source project

  • (Posted by bob on Jan 28, 2014 1:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
When I first started working at the Open Technology Institute (OTI), I was consistently challenged with the question: "Why would a UX designer want to work at an open source organization?" The truth, in my opinion, is almost all design and usability work is by its nature open source.

Valve Gives Back, FreeBSD Updates and openSUSE 12.2 EOL

  • Linux Planet; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by bob on Jan 28, 2014 10:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Giving back isn't just about code.

Got questions on open hardware? Just ask an engineer.

  • (Posted by bob on Jan 28, 2014 8:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
One of my favorite quotes is "We are what we celebrate." Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST Robotics, says this and it comes up on an almost daily basis one way or another in my work in open source hardware and education. One of the challenges of getting more young people into engineering and computer programming is that we're collectively competing with the high profile status that becoming a famous, professional athlete or musician, or reality show star, promises. I don't expect the mass media to change, because change happens from small groups of motivated people. And, this is where the maker, hacker, and open source software and hardware communities are making great progress.

Microsoft says law enforcement documents likely stolen by hackers

  • Network World / IDG; By John Ribeiro (Posted by bob on Jan 27, 2014 6:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story, Security
Documents linked with law enforcement inquiries appear to have been stolen in recent phishing attacks on certain employee email accounts, Microsoft said.

What's the best thing about being an open source community manager?

I recently listed five best practices for community managers in 2014. Today, on Community Manager Appreciation Day, we've collected the wisdom of 14 great leaders from a variety of open source communities to find out: What is the best thing about being a community manager?  Here's what they said.

Open source events grow at the university

  • (Posted by bob on Jan 27, 2014 12:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Catherine Dumas is a PhD student in the College of Computing and Information (CCI) at the University at Albany at the State University of New York (SUNY). She teaches two undergraduate courses, one in the Computer Science department and one in the Informatics Department. Aside from her PhD work and teaching, Catherine is very involved in encouraging men and women to pursue their dreams in the field. She does this by staying active in the student chapter of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) and in the activites going on at the College of Computing and Information Women in Technology (CCIWiT) group. Open source software is also a topic she's passionate about, and for the past three years she has helped organize the annual Open Source Festival at SUNY. this interview.

What I learned while editing Wikipedia

  • (Posted by bob on Jan 27, 2014 10:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I was introduced to the Wikimedia movement primarily as a communications consultant for Wikimedia Foundation’s first Global South project that began in India in 2011. My work with the Wikimedia Foundation and editing Wikipedia has helped me take a hard look at myself as a woman of colour from India in technology.

Tracking NYC rats with open data, keeping the Internet of Things open, and more

  • (Posted by bob on Jan 24, 2014 7:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open source news for your reading pleasure. January 20-24, 2014 In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we've show you the power of open data, a cool new tool for programmers, and more.

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