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Can academic faculty members teach with Wikipedia?

Open Source - Hace 1 hora 10 mins

Since 2010, 29,000 students have completed the Wiki Ed program. They have added 25 million words to Wikipedia, or the equivalent of 85,000 printed pages of content. This is 66% of the total words in the last print edition of Encyclopedia Britannica. When Wiki Ed students are most active, they are contributing 10% of all the content being added to underdeveloped, academic content areas on Wikipedia.

Eager to learn more I contacted LiAnna Davis, director of Programs for Wiki Ed, who enthusiastically agreed to answer my questions.

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Why every business should consider an open source point of sale system

Open Source - Hace 3 horas 10 mins

Point of sale (POS) systems have come a long way from the days of simple cash registers that rang up purchases. Today, POS systems can be all-in-one solutions that include payment processing, inventory management, marketing tools, and more. Retailers can receive daily reports on their cash flow and labor costs, often from a mobile device.

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Getting started with shell scripting

Open Source - Hace 5 horas 10 mins

The world's best conceptual introduction to shell scripting comes from an old AT&T training video. In the video, Brian W. Kernighan (the "K" in awk) and Lorinda L. Cherry (co-author of bc) demonstrate how one of the founding principles of UNIX was to empower users to leverage existing utilities to create complex and customized tools.

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Tips for contributors, managing containers at CERN, and more OpenStack news

Open Source - Hace 9 horas 10 mins

Are you interested in keeping track of what is happening in the open source cloud? Opensource.com is your source for news in OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure project.

OpenStack around the web

From news sites to developer blogs, there's a lot being written about OpenStack every week. Here are a few highlights.

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Discord chat and VOIP on Linux, game streaming on any device, and more

Open Source - Sáb, 01/14/2017 - 09:00

In this open gaming roundup, we take a look at Discord, a popular chat and VOIP client among gamers which is now supported on Linux; a new Gaming as a Service platform LiquidSky; and more gaming news.

Open gaming roundup for January 1-14, 2017

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Top 5: Most common Linux issues, Exercism for programming skills, and more

Open Source - Vie, 01/13/2017 - 22:15

In this week's Top 5, we highlight common Linux issues, Exercism to improve your programming skills, how to get started as an open source programmer, a few to-do list managers, and Clang-format for clean code.

Top 5 articles of the week

5. Using Clang-format to ensure clean, consistent code

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Tips for non-native English speakers working on open source projects

Open Source - Vie, 01/13/2017 - 09:02

The primary language of most open source projects is English, but open source users and contributors span the globe. Non-native speakers face many communication and cultural challenges when participating in the ecosystem.

In this article, we will share challenges, how to overcome them, and best practices for easing onboarding of non-native speakers, as non-native English speakers and contributors to OpenStack. We are based in Japan, Brazil, and China, and work daily with the huge OpenStack community that is spread around the world.

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3 open source music players: Aqualung, Lollypop, and GogglesMM

Open Source - Vie, 01/13/2017 - 09:01

Music is a part of life. Wikipedia's article on the history of music contains this great phrase: "Since all people of the world, including the most isolated tribal groups, have a form of music...." Well, we open source folk form a tribe—that's for sure. I propose that our "form of music" includes open music players.

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How companies can help employees contribute to open source

Open Source - Vie, 01/13/2017 - 09:00

I'm a part of the Drupal community, which has more than 100,000 active contributors worldwide. And among them is a growing group of employees who are encouraged by their employers to contribute to open source.

These days, finding a seasoned developer whose resume or CV doesn't mention an open source contributionor two (or more) is rare. The best developers know it matters, and it's becoming normal for contributions to help you get, or keep, a job. If you're an employer in technology, you know that. So how can you help your employees contribute to open source?

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FSF Job Opportunity: Senior GNU/Linux Systems Administrator

FSF - Jue, 01/12/2017 - 15:00

This position, reporting to the executive director and working closely with the president, is an opportunity to make key contributions to the organization that started the GNU Project, launched the free software movement, and authored the GNU General Public License. The position is part of a technical team including a counterpart Senior Systems Administrator, a Web Developer, and many volunteers, tasked with maintaining and improving the FSF's technology infrastructure.

The ideal candidate will be a well-rounded GNU/Linux systems administrator who thrives on constant broad-based learning and problem-solving. They will also be familiar with the free software community and how it works; the position includes frequent contact and collaboration with volunteers and many GNU developers. Together, the Senior Systems Administrators have a great deal of influence over technology decisions within the FSF, and do crucial work empowering thousands of others to develop free software.

Examples of job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • be a lead voice in the FSF's software system decision-making and policy positions in technical areas;

  • install and maintain fully free GNU/Linux systems on servers, desktops, laptops, and embedded devices;

  • support GNU developers and FSF representatives in their use of FSF-owned systems;

  • monitor and improve system security and network infrastructure;

  • spec, purchase, and maintain new equipment;

  • coordinate and mentor interns and volunteer systems administrators both in the office and remotely;

  • share in the on-call rotation to deal with core system emergencies;

  • blog and speak about the technologies used at the FSF;

  • run the tech at our annual LibrePlanet conference;

  • pitch in to help with organization-wide projects like our major fundraising activities;

  • fix bugs and submit patches upstream for the software we use, and

  • occasionally help design, write, and release new software when existing software doesn't fit the bill.

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in a related field, at least five years of experience as a GNU/Linux systems administrator, and highlight their familiarity with any of the following:

  • apt-based GNU/Linux distributions;

  • TCP/IP, BGP, DNS, FTP, NFS, DHCP, iptables;

  • Libreboot and Coreboot;

  • Xen, KVM, CFEngine, RAID;

  • Drupal, Nginx, Apache2, CiviCRM, Plone, Zope, Mediawiki, Ikiwiki, Request Tracker, CAS, SQL, Squid;

  • Python, Bash, Perl, PHP, JavaScript, Ruby;

  • git, SVN, CVS;

  • Exim, Spamassassin, GNU Mailman; and

  • any physical hardware maintenance and hacking.

Because the FSF works globally and seeks to have our materials distributed in as many languages as possible, multilingual candidates will have an advantage. With our small staff of thirteen, each person makes a clear contribution. We work hard, but offer a humane and fun work environment at an office located in the heart of downtown Boston. The FSF is a mature but growing organization that provides great potential for advancement; existing staff get the first chance at any new job openings.

Benefits and Salary

This job is a union position that must be worked on-site at the FSF's downtown Boston office. The salary is fixed at $62,587/year and is non-negotiable. An on-site interview will be required with the executive director and other team members. Other benefits include:

  • full family health coverage through Blue Cross/Blue Shield's HMO Blue program,
  • subsidized dental plan,
  • four weeks of paid vacation annually,
  • seventeen paid holidays annually,
  • public transit commuting cost reimbursement,
  • 403(b) program through TIAA-CREF,
  • yearly cost-of-living pay increases (based on government guidelines), and
  • conference travel opportunities.
Application Instructions

Applications must be submitted via email to hiring@fsf.org. The email must contain the subject line "Senior Systems Administrator." A complete application should include:

  • cover letter,
  • resume, and
  • links to any published free software work.

All materials must be in a free format. Email submissions that do not follow these instructions will probably be overlooked. No phone calls, please.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

The FSF is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or application for employment on the basis of race, color, marital status, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, handicap, or any other legally protected status recognized by federal, state or local law. We value diversity in our workplace.

About the Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting computer users' right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free (as in freedom) software -- particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants -- and free documentation for free software. The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of freedom in the use of software, and its Web sites, located at fsf.org and gnu.org, are an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF's work can be made at https://donate.fsf.org. We are based in Boston, MA, USA.

More information about the FSF, as well as important information for journalists and publishers, is at https://www.fsf.org/press.

Categorías: Software Libre

3 to-do list managers for the Linux command line

Open Source - Jue, 01/12/2017 - 09:03

There are dozens, if not more, tools out there that can help you manage your ever-expanding lists of tasks and to-dos. If you want to manage your tasks like a techie, or just feel like going back to basics, the best way to do that is to turn to the command line.

With the software choices that are available, there's no reason why you can't effectively manage your tasks from the command line. You don't need to worry about sacrificing features and functions, either. The three task management tools I look at in this article have something for everyone.

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How to use Pulse to manage sound on Linux

Open Source - Jue, 01/12/2017 - 09:02

It happens to everyone, and usually only when it matters the most. You might be gearing up for a family Christmas video chat, settling in for a movie night on your big screen TV, or getting ready to record a tune that popped into your head and needs freeing. At some point, if you use a computer, sound is going to need to be routed.

How Linux audio works

Without going into technical detail, here's a map of how Linux audio works.

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My first three contributions to open source

Open Source - Jue, 01/12/2017 - 09:01

Getting started with an open source project can be intimidating. I wanted to contribute to open source projects, but struggled with where to start. When the time came and I finally took the shot, I ended up having an excellent learning experience. Here is my experience with my first three open source contributions.

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Proof that openness scales

Open Source - Jue, 01/12/2017 - 09:00

Recently I've had the immense pleasure of discovering Slalom Consulting, and I was fascinated to learn how they do open. Aaron Atkins and Shannon Heydt, both working in talent acquisition for Slalom, sat down with me to share challenges related to scalability—and explain how recruiting and talent management play a strong part in shaping company growth.

Slalom's case is rich and illustrative. But to understand it, we must first understand scabaility.

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Announcing The Facebook Journalism Project

Facebook - Mié, 01/11/2017 - 16:00

By Fidji Simo, Director of Product

Today we’re announcing the Facebook Journalism Project, a new effort to support quality journalism, improve news literacy and provide reporters and editors with tools and training to help them better tell their stories. 

Read more about this new initiative on our Media Blog.


Categorías: Redes Sociales

How to choose your first programming language

Open Source - Mié, 01/11/2017 - 09:02

The reasons for learning to program are as a varied as the people who want to learn. You might have a program you want to make, or maybe you just want to jump in. So, before choosing your first programming language, ask yourself: Where do you want that program to run? What do you want that program to do?

Your reasons for learning to code should inform your choice of a first language.

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Explore climate data with open source tools

Open Source - Mié, 01/11/2017 - 09:01

You can't look anywhere these days without seeing evidence of the changing weather patterns on the earth. Monthly, we are confronted with facts and figures that point to a warming planet.

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The difference between development and deployment

Open Source - Mié, 01/11/2017 - 09:00

For many years, I was a Smalltalk programmer, and that experience gives me a different viewpoint from which to observe ideas in the programming world. For example, the idea that source code should be stored in text files took some getting used to.

We as programmers often make a distinction between "development" and "deployment," specifically the idea that we develop software in one place using tools that are different from the place and tools that we use after we deploy the software. In the Smalltalk world, there is no such difference.

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Improve your programming skills with Exercism

Open Source - Mar, 01/10/2017 - 09:03

Many of us have a 2017 goal to improve our programming skills or to learn how to program in the first place. While we have access to many resources, practicing the art of code development independent of a specific job requires some planning. Exercism.io is one resource designed for this exact purpose.

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Open medical records community supports new system in Mozambique

Open Source - Mar, 01/10/2017 - 09:02

The southern African country of Mozambique suffers under the most extreme challenges for resource-poor countries: economic instability, political strife, civil unrest, corruption and crime, unreliable infrastructure (such as transportation and telecommunications), and a large-scale HIV epidemic that has yet to be declared under control.

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