How Linux became my job
Feb19

How Linux became my job

I’ve been using open source since what seems like prehistoric times. Back then, there was nothing called social media. There was no Firefox, no Google Chrome (not even a Google), no Amazon, barely an internet. In fact, the hot topic of the day was the new Linux 2.0 kernel. The big technical challenges in those days? read...

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Perl hashes and arrays: The basics
Feb19

Perl hashes and arrays: The basics

I get asked from time to time why I enjoy programming in Perl so much. Ask me in person, and I’ll wax poetic about the community of people involved in Perl—indeed, I have done so more than once here on Opensource.com already, and I make no secret of the fact that many of my closest friends are Perl mongers. read...

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How the Grateful Dead were a precursor to Creative Commons licensing
Feb19

How the Grateful Dead were a precursor to Creative Commons licensing

From its founding in 1965, the Grateful Dead was always an unusual band. Rising amidst the counterculture movement in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Grateful Dead’s music had roots in multiple styles and genres but did not lend itself to easy categorization. Was it psychedelic? Folk? Blues? Country? Yes, it was all of these and more. The band frequently performed well-known public domain songs, but they made the songs their...

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Linux on Nintendo Switch, a new Kubernetes ML platform, and more news
Feb17

Linux on Nintendo Switch, a new Kubernetes ML platform, and more news

In this edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at the Mozilla’s IoT gateway, a new machine learning platform, Code.mil’s revamp, and more. Open source news roundup for February 4-17, 2018 Mozilla announces Project Things for a more secure IoT Mozilla wants you to have control over your connected devices. To help you gain that control, they’ve released Project Things into the wild. read...

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Top 5: SpaceX, drone projects, vi tips, and more
Feb17

Top 5: SpaceX, drone projects, vi tips, and more

Since Valentine’s Day was earlier this week, I thought we’d focus on love. There’s plenty to love in this week’s top 5, so let’s take a look. And before you go, be sure to enter to win a Mycroft Mark 1 voice assistant. read...

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The knitting printer and more art with open source
Feb16

The knitting printer and more art with open source

For several years, linux.conf.au, a week-long conference (held this year from January 22-26), has held “miniconfs” offering space for tech community niche groups to share their inventions and ideas. In 2018, 12 miniconfs were held on the first two days of the conference, and the Art + Tech miniconf took the concept to the next level with an entire day of 11 talks about making art with tech, as well as...

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