Enter to win an IoT electronics kit from SparkFun
Jun18

Enter to win an IoT electronics kit from SparkFun

Looking for a fun summer project? We’ve got you covered. We’re giving away a SparkFun Inventor’s Kit for Photon, an electronics kit that’s perfect for anyone looking to learn about the Internet of Things firsthand. This $114.95 kit comes with everything you need to start making cool stuff, including: read...

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5 open source alternatives to Dropbox
Jun18

5 open source alternatives to Dropbox

Dropbox is the 800-pound gorilla of filesharing applications. Even it’s a massively popular tool, you may choose to use an alternative. Maybe that’s because you’re dedicated to the open source way for all the good reasons, including security and freedom, or possibly you’ve been spooked by data breaches. Or perhaps the pricing plan doesn’t work out in your favor for the amount of storage you actually...

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Write fast apps with Pronghorn, a Java framework
Jun18

Write fast apps with Pronghorn, a Java framework

In 1973, Carl Hewitt had an idea inspired by quantum mechanics. He wanted to develop computing machines that were capable of parallel execution of tasks, communicating with each other seamlessly while containing their own local memory and processors. read...

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Support the uncommon women in your life
Jun18

Support the uncommon women in your life

One of Kelsey Merkley’s goals is raising awareness and support for women, like her, who are involved in the open software and hardware movement. She is a leader in the Creative Commons, the founder of the UnCommon Women organization, and last year published the UnCommon Women Coloring Book with illustrations of 15 women leaders in the open movement. read...

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BLUI: An easy way to create game UI
Jun15

BLUI: An easy way to create game UI

Game development engines have become increasingly accessible in the last few years. Engines like Unity, which has always been free to use, and Unreal, which recently switched from a subscription-based service to a free service, allow independent developers access to the same industry-standard tools used by AAA publishers. While neither of these engines is open source, each has enabled the growth of open source ecosystems around it....

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4 tools for building embedded Linux systems
Jun15

4 tools for building embedded Linux systems

Linux is being deployed into a much wider array of devices than Linus Torvalds anticipated when he was working on it in his dorm room. The variety of supported chip architectures is astounding and has led to Linux in devices large and small; from huge IBM mainframes to tiny devices no bigger than their connection ports and everything in between. It is used in large enterprise data centers, internet infrastructure devices, and personal...

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