Why I switched from Mac to Linux
Mar30

Why I switched from Mac to Linux

In 1994, my family bought a Macintosh Performa 475 as a home computer. I had used Macintosh SE computers in school and learned to type with Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing, so I’ve been a Mac user for well over 25 years. Back in the mid-1990s, I was attracted to its ease of use. It didn’t start with a DOS command prompt; it opened to a friendly desktop. It was playful. read...

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Access control lists and external drives on Linux: What you need to know
Mar30

Access control lists and external drives on Linux: What you need to know

While cloud storage offers many advantages, there’s nothing quite like having your data on a physical hard drive. When you save data to a drive, you know exactly where your data is, and it’s always available when you need it. When you save data to an external portable drive like a USB thumb drive, it’s even better—not only do you know where your data is, but you can take your data with you everywhere you go....

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3 lightweight text editors for Linux
Mar30

3 lightweight text editors for Linux

Anyone can use plain text to work more effectively. The one tool that you need in order to do that is a decent text editor. Unless you’re a coder, a system administrator, or a DevOps person, that editor doesn’t need to be brimming with functions and features. A lightweight text editor is more than enough for most people. When it comes to picking one, choices abound. You can use the editor that’s baked into your Linux...

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The state of open source contribution through the lens of Hacktoberfest
Mar29

The state of open source contribution through the lens of Hacktoberfest

In 2019, DigitalOcean and the open source community celebrated the sixth annual Hacktoberfest, an inclusive community event that inspires open source participation and maintenance. It was an exciting year with record-breaking numbers of pull requests, participants, and events around the world. read...

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Contribute to open source healthcare projects for COVID-19
Mar28

Contribute to open source healthcare projects for COVID-19

Many of those that are familiar with the maker movement, including me, believe there is a significant opportunity to apply open source design principles and mass-scale collaborative distributed manufacturing technologies (like open source 3D printing) to at least partially overcome medical supply shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic. Already, an Italian hospital saved COVID-19 patients’ lives by 3D printing valves for...

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Open source fights against COVID-19, Google's new security tool written in Python, and more open source news
Mar28

Open source fights against COVID-19, Google's new security tool written in Python, and more open source news

In this edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look open source solutions for COVID-19, Google’s new security tool, code cleanup software from Uber, and more! read...

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