Customize your Linux desktop with the Trinity Desktop Environment
Dec15

Customize your Linux desktop with the Trinity Desktop Environment

When KDE 4 was released in 2008, KDE 3 went into support mode until support was dropped entirely. That’s the usual lifecycle of software, desktops included, but the KDE 3 fanbase wasn’t universally pleased with KDE 4, and some of them decided a fork was in order. read...

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Organizing open source for cities
Dec15

Organizing open source for cities

Cities and municipalities around the world are facing serious problems that are affecting citizens’ safety and access to government services. Take Baltimore, for example, the home of Mosslabs.io and its founder/organizer Jacob Green, which experienced a ransomware attack that shut down the city’s digital services for most of the summer, preventing people from buying real estate and doing other everyday business with the...

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Get started with Lumina for your Linux desktop
Dec14

Get started with Lumina for your Linux desktop

For a good number of years, there was a desktop operating system (OS) based on FreeBSD called PC-BSD. It was intended as an OS for general use, which was noteworthy because BSD development mostly focuses on servers. For most of its life, PC-BSD shipped with the KDE desktop by default, but the more KDE came to depend on Linux-specific technology, the more PC-BSD migrated away from it. read...

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Annual release cycle for Python, new Python Software Foundation fellows from Africa, and more updates
Dec14

Annual release cycle for Python, new Python Software Foundation fellows from Africa, and more updates

The Python Software Foundation (PSF) is a nonprofit organization behind the Python programming language. I am fortunate to be a PSF Fellow (honorable member for life,) a Python core developer, and the liaison between my company, Red Hat, and the PSF. Part of that liaison work is providing updates on what’s happening in the Python community. Here’s a look at what we have going on in December. read...

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Why you need to know about Seeed hardware devices
Dec13

Why you need to know about Seeed hardware devices

The microcontroller craze doesn’t seem to be dying down—and that’s a good thing because these products consistently succeed where the mobile market consistently fails: Users get open software and hardware, a portable form factor, and a wide choice of vendors and products that are built to last. read...

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How to generate code with Apache Velocity
Dec13

How to generate code with Apache Velocity

Apache Velocity is an open source, Java-based template engine and code generator that converts templates into source code. Because it is implemented in Java, it is capable of interpreting varied templates and generating code for any language (web, service, SQL, scripts, etc.), although it seems to be oriented mostly toward web development. read...

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