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Teaching open source changed my life

For most students and teachers, our lives revolve around tests. For students, the tests determine whether they’re a success or a failure. The same is increasingly true of teachers. Take my career as an example.

Short Stack: Mickos speaks out, what's driving OpenStack popularity and OpenStack in a rack

This was a busy week in OpenStack especially around the HP-Eucalyptus deal. In fact, this very week, Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos had his first post-deal public appearance. We also look what's driving OpenStack popularity (it has a broad constituency that's for sure) and the all-new OpenStack in a Rack from Ubuntu and AMD.

Back to school with GRASS GIS

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Sep 18, 2014 11:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
When we started talking about hosting a 'back to school' week at Opensource.com, I decided to take that quite literally, and went back to NC State University earlier this month to attend the inaugural Geospatial Forum at the Center for Geospatial Anaytics. Geospatial analytics and GIS (geospatial information science) is a huge field, with a number of open source tools for research and teaching available, and I wanted to learn more about how these tools are being used in the real world. read more

Spoonium Promises Docker-like Container Virtualization for Windows

Spoon's container-based virtual app solution, Spoonium, promises Docker- and LXC-like virtualization for Windows. As containerized virtualization via Docker continues to gain steam within the Linux world, the same thing may be coming to Windows. That, at least, is the hope of a software company named Spoon, which has announced a new virtualization solution called Spooonium.

Hackable $39 Allwinner A20 SBC packs HDMI and GbE

It appears we have a new price/performance standout in the open source single board computer game. Longmont, Colorado based LinkSprite Technologies, which hosts the open source project for Allwinner-based pcDuino SBCs, has just announced a $39 board with a set of features that would typically go for about $60. The pcDuino3Nano offers the same dual-core, 1GHz Cortex-A7 system-on-chip and all the other features of the $77 pcDuino3 SBC except for the LVDS interface, I2S stereo digital audio output, and built-in WiFi. It also adds a second USB 2.0 host port, and upgrades the LAN interface from 10/100 to 10/100/1000 Ethernet.

Is ChromeOS a threat to desktop Linux?

In today's open source roundup: Linux versus ChromeOS on the desktop. Plus: Should you use Linux or Windows for your business? And a KDE developer attacks community managers.

Redefining the Public Library Using Open Source Ideas

“The patrons are quite happy using Linux to get their work done,” Shapiro said. “Very few of them have any clue they’re not using Windows. They surf the web using Firefox and Chrome and use LibreOffice to compose and edit their word processing documents. In the nine years I’ve worked at this library, only one or two people have ever told me, ‘Hey, this isn’t Windows.'”

MIPS-based Android Wear watch starts at $125

A “Com 1? Indiegogo project is the first Android Wear smartwatch to use a Ingenics MIPS SoC. The watch offers IP67 waterproofing, WiFi, and a $125 price.

Motorola Moto X reviews roundup

In today's Android roundup: Read reviews of Motorola's new Moto X phone. Plus: Goat Simulator chews its way onto Android, and Android Wear redditors discuss the Apple Watch.

Ubuntu: 2319-3: OpenJDK 7 update

This update provides stability updates for OpenJDK 7.

Industry titans band together to improve open source

Facebook, Google, Twitter, GitHub, Walmart, and others have formed a group called TODO, designed to standardize and improve open source releases.

Rogue cell towers discovered in Washington, D.C.

Towards the end of July, ESD America, the makers of the ultra-secure CryptoPhone, said that their engineers and customers had discovered more than a dozen rogue cell towers (also known as interceptors or IMSI catchers) around the U.S.

Linux Games To Come In 2014, A Look At What Is Ahead

There's a lot to look forward to this year, so here's a quick reminder so that you don't get swallowed up!

AMD, Canonical Partner on Ubuntu OpenStack Cloud Server

Canonical and AMD have partnered to deliver servers running Ubuntu OpenStack for private open source cloud computing.

Install Owncloud on Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr)

Install Owncloud on Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr). ownCloud provides a safe, secure, and compliant file synchronization and sharing solution on servers that you control.

LaKademy 2014

From August 27th to 30th, 2014, nearly sixteen KDE lovers met in the 2nd LaKademy - The KDE Latin America Summit. The sprint took place in the Free Software Competence Center (CCSL) at University of São Paulo (USP) in southeast Brazil.

Seneca College realizes value of open source

If you read Opensource.com’s recent series of articles by young professionals about their exposure to the open source way, you’ll have noticed a common thread: open source is an essential part of IT education. But not enough schools are incorporating open source into their curricula.

Digia straps Qt into ejector seat

From Trolltech to Nokia and Nokia to Digia, the programming language Qt has had a challenging corporate life even though it retained fans among developers. Now, the language's next phase of life has begun in earnest, spun out of Digia into a separate subsidiary tasked with bringing the commercial and open source Qts back into alignment.

OpenMediaVault 1.0 review

  • LinuxBSDos; By finid (Posted by finid on Sep 17, 2014 8:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
The latest version, a milestone release, is OpenMediaVault 1.0. It is based on Debian 7 and uses that distribution’s ncurses installer, just like Ubuntu server.

A guide to creating easy, online learning materials with Xerte

Online learning is becoming more prevalent, which means educators need easy to use tools for creating online learning materials. There are several closed source, commercial programs available (e.g., Adobe's Captivate), but these programs are expensive (even at academic discount prices) and are sometimes too complex for educators who just want to quickly and easily create a learning object. An excellent, easy to use, open source alternative is Xerte, a learning object creation tool developed by the University of Nottingham.

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