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Video interview on the power and innovation behind open source project management

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Deb Cinkus is the CEO of Polished Geek, a Raleigh, NC-based Joomla CMS web development company. Opensource.com community manager Jason Hibbets interviewed Cinkus about project management tips and open source project management tools during the 2013 All Things Open conference in Raleigh, NC.

Read more on the subject in this Opensource.com article: Top 5 open source project management tools in 2014

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The next CMS Garden may pop up at an event near you

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CeBIT is one of the largest information technology (IT) fairs in the world. More than 300,000 attendees from all over the world come to Hannover, Germany for this showcase of IT manufacturers and service providers.

For the past 11 years, CeBIT has provided a space for open source software services; including sponsorship of some of the featured open source projects. Today, their Open Source Arena and the Open Source Park are well-known within the fair. » Read more

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Make OpenStack speak your language

Making OpenStack international

Looking for a way to contribute to OpenStack? Coding is just one of the available options. In fact, there are several non-coding activities like design, documentation, marketing and internationalization. For more details about this, go ahead and check out the how to contribute wiki page.

Every contribution is welcome and what you decide to do depends on what you have to offer. That is, your knowledge and your time. » Read more

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Great leaders are comfortable with who they are

Leadership skills from Red Hat President and CEO Jim Whitehurst

Over the last 25 years of my career—from serving as a partner at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), to my time at Delta Air Lines, to my current role as president and CEO of Red Hat—I've been exposed to my fair share of leaders. I've learned that leaders and leadership styles can vary greatly depending on the company culture, industry and size, but there's one commonality I've noticed among all of them: to be effective, leaders must be respected. » Read more

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Three events that moved Linux forward

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Friday evening can be a very busy time in Citibank’s Changi Business Park office in Singapore. Hundreds of mission-critical applications hit the production servers, security patches are applied, hundreds of professionals including developers, systems engineers, Linux gurus, and management professionals spend the whole night on the conference calls ensuring the smooth functioning of servers at this financial giant. The applications that get life over the weekend have monetary value and therefore require robust servers to host them. These servers need to maximize the utilization of the applications and should have the stability to run for a longer period of time without a reboot. These servers should also have the capability to be scaled up as the infrastructure grows. The bottom line: these enterprise level boxes need to be tough. » Read more

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The potential for OpenStack in the enterprise

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Big things are in store for OpenStack this year. The community is growing, now at more than 15,000 people from more than 130 countries. The next version, Icehouse, is scheduled to be released on April 17, followed by the next OpenStack Summit in May. But what will this lead to?

In a post on virtual-strategy.com, Chuck Dubuque, the Director of Product Marketing for Virtualization and OpenStack at Red Hat, provided the following prediction: » Read more

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A formula for launching the Red Hats of the future

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Last week Peter Levine, former XenXource CEO and current Andreesen Horowitz partner, wrote an article for TechCrunch: Why There Will Never be Another RedHat: The Economics of Open Source. In that article he makes a reasonable case for opining that the likelihood of another company achieving Red Hat-scale success based on wrapping services around an open source offering is very low. Instead, he proposes that the model that can lead to significant success is to include open source components in a service that includes additional (presumably proprietary) functionality and/or services. » Read more

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Moving between the stages of open source projects

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In a recent training session, I discussed commitment gradients—how much extra effort is involved to move between each stage of involvement within a project.  After the session I was asked for some examples of commitment gradients and how it’s possible to make them shallower, so it’s easier for people to progress their involvement in a project.

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A beginners guide to understanding OpenStack

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The more I learn about OpenStack, the more I see why there is so much buzz about the technology as well as about the community of developers and users. In a poll hosted on Opensource.com, we discovered that many of our readers are curious and eager to learn more about OpenStack. For those new to this technology, OpenStack can be described as a set of software tools for building and managing cloud computing platforms for public and private clouds. » Read more

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Open source tools to build your best business

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In January 2013, I started exploring open source solutions to help implement my business idea. I used Wordpress, Joomla, and OpenShift to create FilmBoxFestival, a platform for streaming documentary films. Note: It is still in the testing phase.

I created, validated, and gained traction for my busines idea due to the speed which these open source tools offered. So, if you're an entrepreneur, I encourage you to explore open source possibilities. Here are some of the things I learned. » Read more

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