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Submission + - Interview with Facebook's Head of Open Source

Czech37 writes: Facebook may be the world's most well-known tech companies, but it's not renowned for being at the forefront of open source. In reality, they have over 200 open source projects on GitHub and they've recently partnered with Google, Dropbox, and Twitter (amongst others) to create the TODO group, an organization committed to furthering the open source cause. In an interview with, Facebook's James Pearce talks about the progress the company has made in rebooting their open source approach and what's on the horizon for the social media network.

Submission + - School system goes "all in" on open source

Czech37 writes: Open source is playing an ever-expanding role in education at all levels. One school board that’s embraced open source is the Penn Manor School District in Pennsylvania. The District has rolled out the largest open source student laptop program in the state, with 3,500 Linux-powered computers distributed to students. But Penn Manor’s commitment to open source goes deeper than just handing out laptops. The schools themselves are now run on open source, and in this interview with, district IT manager Charlie Reisinger discusses why the schools' open source efforts have been so successful.

Submission + - 10 ways to fund, write, distribute, and maintain a book

Czech37 writes:'s Luis Ibanez recently came across Daniel Shiffman's The Nature of Code , an intro to using software to examine interactions in the natural world: how a pendulum works, how particles respond to one another, and what goes into the patterns of a flock of birds. Ibanez details 10 reasons why he thinks open source fans might like the title and why he considers it a great way to write and release a book in the open source way: it's CC licensed, its source is available under the GNU, and it was produced from a common ASCIIDOC file with the open source Magic Book Project.

Submission + - Bringing new security features to Docker

Czech37 writes: SELinux lead Dan Walsh wrote last month that Docker "containers do not contain" and that the host system isn't completely protected. Today, Walsh details the steps that Docker, Red Hat, and the open source community are taking to make Docker more secure:

"Basically, we want to put in as many security barriers to break out as possible. If a privileged process can break out of one containment tool, we want to block them with the next. With Docker, we are want to take advantage of as many security components of Linux as possible."

Submission + - Patent trolls and open document formats with open source thought leaders

Czech37 writes: Gordon Haff, senior cloud evangelist for Red Hat, and Simon Phipps, president of the Open Source Initiative, sat down during OSCON 2014 and had a chat about software patent cases and the United Kingdom's decision to move to the Open Document Format. The full transcript of their discussion, as well as a recording, are available over at

Submission + - Manage your Docker application on any cloud (

Jason Hibbets writes: In an article that looks at using Apache Brooklyn on Docker, a project called Clocker, we see that it adds a layer which allows containerized applications to be deployed to a Docker host. Jason Baker writes, "With the growing potential of Docker, it's becoming clear that the future of at least some of the data center is going to be containerized. But there are still challenges in getting containerized applications deployed and managed across real and virtual hardware." And Clocker is looking to address these challenges.

Submission + - Open source pioneer Michael Tiemann on what makes open source businesses success (

ectoman writes: is featuring an interview with Michael Tiemann, co-founder of Cygnus Solutions and one of the world's first open source entrepreneurs. Now VP of Open Source Affairs at Red Hat, Tiemann offers an historical perspective on what makes open source businesses successful, and shares how he dealt with the open source movement's early skeptics. "A lot of the skepticism is a response to the abstract; it's a response to the unknown," Tiemann says, "And when you bring a concrete success story with just absolutely stellar credentials that doesn't just outperform the field, but embarrasses the field, then the skeptics begin to look like they're on the wrong side."

Submission + - Collaboration isn't what they taught you in school (

jenwike writes: Throughout most of my education, I was taught that collaboration was cheating. With the exception of teacher-sanctioned group projects, I had learned that working with others to solve problems was not acceptable. So, when I got to college and the first assignment in my computer science class was to read an article about the benefits of pairwise programming and open source, I was very confused. Fast forward about nine months. I applied for a marketing internship at Red Hat and had just been offered the job. Here's what I learned about real collaboration in the workplace. (by Kristen DeMaria)

Submission + - Top 5 open source customer relationship management tools

Czech37 writes: Creating and maintaining relationships with customers can be a challenge, but it's essential for a business' survival and growth. A good customer relationship management (CRM) system is a must, but most people head directly to the top 4 market leading CRMs when they're ready to commit. But there are plenty of reasons to avoid using closed source proprietary software. An open source CRM system requires only a web server, database, and browser, and will provide the same set of features as many higher-cost, closed alternatives. Here's a quick look at 5 of the top open source CRMs.

Submission + - Why United States Patent Reform Has Stalled (

ectoman writes: Proponents of patent reform in the United States glimpsed a potential victory late last year, when the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3309, the Innovation Act, designed to significantly mitigate patent abuse. Just months ago, however, the Senate pulled consideration of the bill. And since then, patent reform has been at a standstill. In a new analysis for, Mark Bohannon, Vice President of Corporate affairs and Global Public Policy at Red Hat, explains three reasons why. "For this year, at least," he writes, "the prospect of addressing abusive patent litigation through Congressional action is on ice"—despite the unavoidable case for reform.

Submission + - 16 maxims from free and open source culture that all educators should know

Czech37 writes: When Heidi Ellis took the floor at this year's Professors' Open Source Summer Experience, she wanted her colleagues to understand the extraordinary educational benefits of involving students in open source projects. And what better to help them realize these benefits than the distilled wisdom of open source communities themselves. Maxims like "If it isn't public, it didn't happen" and "Release early, release often" embody that spirit of openness. Here are 15 more "FOSSisms" that educators should know.

Submission + - Hero of open web Lawrence Lessig calls techies to action

Czech37 writes: Lawrence Lessig is receiving a Lifetime Achievement Webby Award for his work on free culture and Internet activism. During his keynote address at the SCALE 12x conference, he decried the corruption of campaign funding practices and championed the open source way as a key to fixing government. Recently, Lessig launched a citizen-funded and crowdsourced "superPAC to end all superPACs".

Submission + - How to approve the use of open source on the job

Czech37 writes: If you work in an organization that isn’t focused on development, where computer systems are used to support other core business functions, getting management buy-in for the use of open source can be tricky. Here's how an academic librarian negotiated with his management to get them to give open source software a try, and the four words he recommends you avoid using.

Submission + - How a Hacker Slumber Party Gets Girls Into Code

Czech37 writes: 200 female students from around the country converged at the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to join Pearl Hacks, a 24-hour hackathon "slumber party" focused on "building, encouraging and inspiring a community of young female programmers." In an industry where many women feel unwelcome, Pearl Hacks hopes to create spaces where women interested in technology and programming can feel at ease. Read more about the hackathon and its many workshops here.

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