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SteamVR comes to Linux, a new game engine, and more gaming news

Open Source - Sáb, 02/25/2017 - 09:00

In this edition of our open gaming roundup, we take a look at the SteamVR for Linux beta, a new open source game engine, and more.

Open gaming roundup for February 12-25, 2017


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Top 5: Intro to the Linux boot, a primer on the ESP8266 board, and more

Open Source - Vie, 02/24/2017 - 21:20

In this week's top 5, I highlight an intro to the Linux boot, a primer on the ESP8266 board, Linux command-line tools for data analysis, a Python script to find corrupted images, and open source applications for a Windows machine.

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5. 6 open source tools I use on my Windows machine


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Password management made easy as news of CloudFlare leak surfaces

Open Source - Vie, 02/24/2017 - 20:00

In the last 24 hours, news broke that a serious Cloudflare bug has been causing sensitive data leaks since September, exposing 5.5 million users across thousands of websites. In addition to login data cached by Google and other search engines, it is possible that some iOS applications have been affected as well.


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Top 3 machine learning libraries for Python

Open Source - Vie, 02/24/2017 - 09:02

You don't have to be a data scientist to be fascinated by the world of machine learning, but a few travel guides might help you navigate the vast universe that also includes big data, artificial intelligence, and deep learning, along with a large dose of statistics and analytics.


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Tying together the many open source projects in networking

Open Source - Vie, 02/24/2017 - 09:01

There are a lot of pieces to the ongoing network transformation going up and down the stack. There's the shift away from proprietary hardware. There's the to need to manage complex network configurations. Add subscriber management and a wide range of other necessary functions. Add customer-facing services. All of those pieces need to fit together, integrate with each other, and interoperate.


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Which is the best programming language for beginners?

Open Source - Vie, 02/24/2017 - 09:00

What is the best language for a budding programmer to get their start with? There are probably as many opinions about which language is best for beginners as there are languages to choose from. And the options change all of the time. When we asked this question two years ago, Python came out on top as the clear winner. But is it still the best choice today?


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10 command-line tools for data analysis in Linux

Open Source - Jue, 02/23/2017 - 09:03

So you've landed on some data you want to analyze. Where do you begin?

Many people used to working in a graphical environment might default to using a spreadsheet tool, but there's another way that might prove to be faster and more efficient, with just a little more effort. And you don't need to become an expert in a statistical modeling language or a big data toolset to take advantage of these tools.


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How does the PocketCHIP compare to the Raspberry Pi?

Open Source - Jue, 02/23/2017 - 09:02

When the Raspberry Pi hit the tech scene, it made a huge impact. It wasn't the first tiny computer, by any means—the Chumby, the PogoPlug, and other hackable systems on chips preceded it—but there hadn't been anything quite so intentionally open and affordable as the Pi. You didn't have to hack the Pi, you just put an OS on an SD card, booted, and you were running an open source computer. The computer you were running only used a dozen watts of power, and it wasn't encased in a bulky plastic body that would end up in the landfill when you decided to upgrade.


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Are textbooks in or out? The state of open educational resources

Open Source - Jue, 02/23/2017 - 09:01

Open education is a hot topic in both the K-12 and higher education spaces due to a number of factors, including the desire to make education more affordable.


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What to do when people start hacking your culture

Open Source - Jue, 02/23/2017 - 09:00

I've previously written about the fact the Apache Software Foundation offers an exemplar of large-scale open source governance. Even with those supreme qualities, things can still go wrong. Apache offers some of the best protections for open source contributors but its mature rules can be manipulated by skilled politicians and/or determined agendas. What can we learn from their experience?


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6 open source tools I use on my Windows machine

Open Source - Mié, 02/22/2017 - 09:02

In most of the places I have worked there has been a centralized computer and application standard that was more or less mandatory for all employees. There are benefits of such an environment, which I will not go into in this piece, but for me, as an open source and Linux enthusiast, I try to use the tools I'm used to and like.

So, I immediately install my favorite applications when I receive a new standardized Windows-based work computer, something I have been lucky enough to be allowed to do.


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A brief intro to building apps with React Native

Open Source - Mié, 02/22/2017 - 09:01

React Native is a framework for building native apps using React and JavaScript. It allows you to create Android and iOS applications using only one language for both apps. Thousands of apps are using React Native, from established Fortune 500 companies to hot new startups. The best part is that its open source; see the official React Native repository on GitHub.


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Best practices for guiding new coders

Open Source - Mié, 02/22/2017 - 09:00

As the new year progresses, many free and open source projects are turning their attention to various formalized mentoring programs, such as Mozilla's Winter of Security, Outreachy, and (the program with my favorite name) the X.Org Endless Vacation of Code.


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Internet-enable your microcontroller projects for under $6 with ESP8266

Open Source - Mar, 02/21/2017 - 09:03

To get started with IoT (the Internet of Things), your device needs, well, an Internet connection. Base Arduino microcontrollers don't have Internet connectivity by default, so you either need to add Ethernet, Wi-Fi shields, or adapters to them, or buy an Arduino that has built-in Internet connectivity. In addition to complexity, both approaches add cost and consume the already-precious Arduino flash RAM for program space, which limits what you can do.


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Rewriting the history of free software and computer graphics

Open Source - Mar, 02/21/2017 - 09:02

Do you remember those days in the early nineties when most screensavers were showing flying 3D metallic logotypes? Did you have one?


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A new perspective on meritocracy

Open Source - Mar, 02/21/2017 - 09:01

Meritocracy is a common element of open organizations: They prosper by fostering a less-hierarchical culture where "the best ideas win." But what does meritocracy really mean for open organizations, and why does it matter? And how do open organizations make meritocracy work in practice? Some research and thinking I've done over the last six months have convinced me such questions are less simple—and perhaps more important—than may first meet the eye.


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What we (think we) know about meritocracies

Open Source - Mar, 02/21/2017 - 09:00

"Meritocracy," writes Christopher Hayes in his 2012 book Twilight of the Elites, "represents a rare point of consensus in our increasingly polarized politics. It undergirds our debates, but is never itself the subject of them, because belief in it is so widely shared." Meritocratic thinking, in other words, is prevalent today; thinking rigorously about meritocracy, however, is much more rare.


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An introduction to the Linux boot and startup processes

Open Source - Lun, 02/20/2017 - 09:02

Understanding the Linux boot and startup processes is important to being able to both configure Linux and to resolving startup issues. This article presents an overview of the bootup sequence using the GRUB2 bootloader and the startup sequence as performed by the systemd initialization system.


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What will we do when everything is automated?

Open Source - Lun, 02/20/2017 - 09:01

Recently, I came across a study the caused me to think beyond the day-to-day world of code-slinging in which I live. According to the study Myth and the Reality of Manufacturing in America (PDF), conducted by Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University in Indiana:


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Boston summit preview, Ambassador program updates, and more OpenStack news

Open Source - Lun, 02/20/2017 - 07:00

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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