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What do you think? Take our 2016 Reader Survey (and enter to win)

Open Source - Lun, 07/11/2016 - 21:00

We want your input. Take the annual Reader Survey to enter for a chance to win an Opensource.com backpack. Choose from two designs.


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Getting started with Git

Open Source - Lun, 07/11/2016 - 09:03

In the introduction to this series we learned who should use Git, and what it is for. Today we will learn how to clone public Git repositories, and how to extract individual files without cloning the whole works.


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5 hacks for landing your tech dream job

Open Source - Lun, 07/11/2016 - 09:02

Azat Mardan, a technology fellow at Capital One and author of more than a dozen books, has a few pieces of advice for tech professionals still looking for the right job.


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Plug-and-play server provides access to millions of digital documents in Africa

Open Source - Lun, 07/11/2016 - 09:01

The WiderNet project, which is affiliated with WiderNet@UNC at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provides resources, coaching, training, computers, and educational materials to schools, clinics, libraries, and homes in underserved areas of the world. In this interview, Cliff Missen, the Director of the WiderNet Project, explains how the non-profit helps improve digital education and communications for international communities.


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Bug smashing, birthday celebrations, and more OpenStack news

Open Source - Lun, 07/11/2016 - 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

There is a lot of interesting stuff being written about OpenStack. Here's a sampling from some of our favorites:


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BMW autonomous vehicle dev, open source CMS for IT, and more news

Open Source - Sáb, 07/09/2016 - 09:00

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at BMW teaming up with Intel and Mobileeye for yet more autonomous vehicle development, open source content management systems for IT, and more.

Open source news roundup for July 2 - 9, 2016


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A classic MMO goes open source, The Other 99 comes to Linux, and more gaming news

Open Source - Sáb, 07/09/2016 - 09:00

In this week's edition, we take a look at the open source re-release of Habitat, The Other 99's Linux announcement, and more.

Open gaming roundup for July 3-9, 2016
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Top 5: 10 Raspberry Pi add-on boards, Linux as the face of kindness, and more

Open Source - Vie, 07/08/2016 - 22:00

In this week's Top 5, we highlight 10 Raspberry Pi add-on boards, Linux as the face of kindness, open source tools for writing a book, open source solar panels, and alternatives to Microsoft Publisher.

Top 5 articles of the week

5. 3 open source alternatives to Microsoft Publisher


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8 ways to get started in open source

Open Source - Vie, 07/08/2016 - 09:02

During his time recruiting young programmers on college campuses, one of the questions Chris Aniszczyk would hear a lot is, "How do I get involved in open source?"

At Great Wide Open earlier this year, Aniszczyk gave a lightning talk highlighting eight ways new contributors can get started:


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Open source effort gives indigenous language an official typeface

Open Source - Vie, 07/08/2016 - 09:01

Santali, an aboriginal South Asian language, has a brand new freely licensed font and set of cross-platform open source input tools on the way.


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Web DRM standard moves to next phase of development, FSF's Defective by Design campaign to continue opposition

FSF - Mié, 07/06/2016 - 22:38

EME (full text) is a proposed technological standard for Web-based Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), digital handcuffs that video-streaming services use to micromanage users' access to legitimately obtained media. As Web users asserted while protesting the W3C's meeting this March, DRM is coercive, disempowering and insulting to users. It also causes broad collateral damage to the health of our digital society. DRM's dark history — from the Sony rootkit malware to draconian anti-circumvention laws — demonstrates that integrating it into Web standards would be nothing but bad for the Web's users. It is predicted to stymie security research, curtail privacy, freedom, and accessibility, and set back the interoperability that is necessary for innovation on the Web. There is considerable dissent about EME within the W3C — staff member Harry Halpin has pledged to resign if it becomes an official standard.

Defective by Design is the FSF's campaign against DRM in all its forms and the aegis for its work against EME. Campaigns manager Zak Rogoff made this statement:

"The W3C and its director, Tim Berners-Lee, are abdicating their responsibility — as stated in their official design principles — to put users first in the design of the Web. We had hoped that Berners-Lee would uphold the vision of inclusion and empowerment that he articulated in his famous Tweet about the Web: 'This is for everyone.' But by allowing EME to continue, he has given license to Netflix, Google and media owners to warp the Web so that it works firstly for them.

We are inspired by the worldwide network of activists who have joined us in our struggle for the freedom-respecting Web we deserve. Defective by Design will continue to escalate our campaign, deploying new and creative forms of resistance until EME is stopped."

The EME standardization effort, sponsored by streaming giants like Google and Netflix, aims to take advantage of the W3C's influence over Web technology to make it cheaper and more efficient to impose DRM systems. As of yesterday, the EME proposal is now upgraded from Working Draft to Candidate Recommendation within the W3C's process. Under the W3C's rules there are at least three more chances to pull the plug on EME before it becomes a ratified standard, also known as a W3C Recommendation.

W3C member organizations wishing to join the campaign against EME are invited to contact Defective by Design at info@defectivebydesign.org. Concerned individuals can start by signing Defective by Design's petition or adding a protest selfie to the growing gallery.

About Defective By Design

Defective by Design is the Free Software Foundation's campaign against Digital Restrictions Management (DRM). DRM is the practice of imposing technological restrictions that control what users can do with digital media, creating a good that is defective by design. DRM requires the use of proprietary software and is a major threat to computer user freedom. It often spies on users as well. The campaign, based at defectivebydesign.org, organizes anti-DRM activists for in-person and online actions, and challenges powerful media and technology interests promoting DRM. Supporters can donate to the campaign at https://www.defectivebydesign.org/donate.

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. Its headquarters are 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.

Media Contact

Zak Rogoff
Campaigns Manager
Free Software Foundation
+1 (617) 542 5942 x31
info@defectivebydesign.org

Categorías: Software Libre

LulzBot TAZ 6 3D printer now FSF-certified to respect your freedom

FSF - Lun, 06/13/2016 - 16:55

In October 2012, the LulzBot AO-100 3D printer became the first hardware product to be awarded use of the FSF's RYF certification mark. Since that time, Aleph Objects, Inc. has continued to release new and improved successors to the AO-100 model, including the AO-101, the Mini, and five successor TAZ models. The latest model, which can be purchased from LulzBot.com, has numerous hardware improvements, including a self-leveling printing bed made of borosilicate glass with a PEI surface, a self-cleaning nozzle system, and an integrated power supply. It uses 100% free software: from the low-level firmware that controls the motors and heats the printing bed, to end-user software, including Cura LulzBot Edition, which allows users to both prepare 3D digital objects for printing as well as control the operation of the 3D printer itself.

"Aleph Objects, Inc. continues to be one of the most innovative and impressive makers of desktop 3D printers in the world, and they have done it without compromising their core values and commitment to computer user freedom," said Joshua Gay, FSF licensing & compliance manager.

"The Free Software Foundation is the preeminent voice advancing technology that respects user freedom. It is a privilege to receive their seal of approval on the new LulzBot TAZ 6 desktop 3D printer," said Jeff Moe, president of Aleph Objects, Inc.

To learn more about the Respects Your Freedom hardware certification program visit https://fsf.org/ryf.

Hardware sellers interested in applying for certification can consult https://www.fsf.org/resources/hw/endorsement/criteria.

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. Its headquarters are 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.

Media Contacts

Joshua Gay
Licensing & Compliance Manager
Free Software Foundation
+1 (617) 542 5942
licensing@fsf.org

Kara Sawinska
Media Contact
Aleph Objects, Inc.
+1 (970) 377 1111
press@lulzbot.com

Categorías: Software Libre

Productivity tips for working from home in tech

Open Source - Lun, 06/06/2016 - 09:02

Dave Stokes is a MySQL Community Manager at Oracle and leads the North Texas MySQL User Group. He'll be speaking at SouthEast LinuxFest in Charlotte, NC this year (June 10-12, 2016) about Working From Home: Tips For Keeping Your Sanity, Productivity, and a Manatee.


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How to build projects using the Raspberry Pi camera

Open Source - Lun, 06/06/2016 - 09:02

The Raspberry Pi camera module is a great accessory for the Pi—it's great quality, and can capture still photos and record video in full HD (1080p). The original 5-megapixel camera module was released in 2013, and a new 8-megapixel version was released in April this year. Both versions are compatible with all Raspberry Pi models.


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A leader's ability is the bottleneck of any organization

Open Source - Lun, 06/06/2016 - 09:01

A leader's ability is the bottleneck of any organization.

That's something I learned through years of work for many different types of leaders. So when I founded my own company—Dancer Concrete Design, which specializes in enhancing interior environments through polished concrete floors and epoxy floor coatings—I knew I didn't want to become a bottleneck for innovation and communication.


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Building a cloud career, government adoption, and more OpenStack news

Open Source - Lun, 06/06/2016 - 08:59

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

There is a lot of interesting stuff being written about OpenStack. Here's a sampling from some of our favorites:


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What's the most difficult lesson to learn about open culture?

Open Source - Lun, 06/06/2016 - 08:00

June 2 marked the one-year anniversary of Jim Whitehurst's book, The Open Organization, which explores the ways open source principles are changing the future of management. The open organization community at Opensource.com celebrated in style with a live (and lively!) chat on Twitter. Check out the highlights below—and get set for the next chat.


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FireFox OS for IoT, NextCloud announcement, and more news

Open Source - Sáb, 06/04/2016 - 09:02

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at FireFox OS for IoT, NextCloud announcement, San Francisco open voting system, open scientific research in EU by 2020, and more.

Weekly news roundup for May 29 to June 4, 2016

Open source is IoT backbone

With the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) gaining more traction, developers and service providers are turning to open source software to provide IoT's backbone.


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Opensource.com preview for June

Open Source - Sáb, 06/04/2016 - 09:01

The Opensource.com preview brings you highlights from last month, editorial announcements for coming months, and other tidbits.


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Tomb Raider's patch to improve gameplay and new games out for Linux

Open Source - Sáb, 06/04/2016 - 09:00

Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at over half a million Steam controllers sold, Tomb Raider patch to improve gameplay, and new games out for Linux.

Open gaming roundup for May 29 - June 4, 2016


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