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Weekly wrap-up: A Raspberry Pi competitor, how Linux rules supercomputing, and more

open source news and highlights

Open source news this week: July 29 - August 2, 2013


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Better weather forecasting through open data

open data weather forecast

I began paragliding a few years ago. It’s maybe the most weather-dependent sport in the world. We often fly in mountainous areas, very close to the ground. We need to know about local effects like thermal updrafts, clouds growth, mountain-breeze, foehn wind, and all sorts of other micro weather effects.

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The power of the open source way, an intern's story

the open source way

Before I came to Red Hat as a Social Media Marketing intern, I didn’t know a thing about open source. During the application process, I did some research into what Red Hat does and what this company is all about. I found all sorts of information about Linux, software, technology, and more.

However, my eyes were not opened to the open source way until New Hire Orientation where this idea was stressed by every speaker. I quickly realized that this is a pillar of how Red Hat does business.

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4 text editors for Linux

Review of 4 text editors for Linux

This is a short list of my favorite graphical text editors for Linux that can be classified as IDE (integrated development environment). Here, I give the pros and cons of working with the following:


 

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Weekly wrap-up: Remarks from GitHub's CEO, edX on 'The Colbert Report', and more

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Open source news this week: July 22 - 26, 2013


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10 secrets to sustainable open source communities

open source communities

Elizabeth Leddy gave the next talk I attended entitled, Wish I Knew How to Quit You: 10 Secrets to Sustainable Open Source Communities. Elizabeth works with Plone but wasn’t really involved in open source until about five years ago. With open source we often start by working at a company that supports a specific open source application and there are two paths we can take. One path is that you start to get annoyed with the way things are going and so you jump to another open source project. Or you can get involved in the open source community so thoroughly that you can move from one related company to another (this is what I have been doing with Koha so I totally understand this path).

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Open access to meteorological data to increase accuracy of weather forecasts

Open weather forecasting

Humans have always wanted to know what the weather has in store for them, and have come up with a whole load of ways to predict what’s coming; some better than others.

Weather forecasting as we know it began in earnest in the nineteenth century, when the invention of the electric telegraph revolutionised long-distance communications and made it possible for information about incoming weather to travel faster than the weather itself. Since then weather forecasting has become ever-more accurate, with improvements in the technology of reporting and communicating, as well as in the predictive models, making it possible for us to know the future weather in greater detail than ever before. » Read more

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The OSCON 2013 experience

OSCON

We're live blogging from OSCON 2013 in Portland, OR. Keep coming back here for updates. Tweets from @opensourceway at the hashtag #oscon. Jump to day 2 keynotes and sessions or jump to day 3 keynotes. » Read more

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Download Nick Liow's Open Game Art Bundle

game on teamwork

Indie videogame designer Nick Liow launched the Open Game Art Bundle in June this year. It was a simple idea: independent videogame designers contribute game assets—animations, soundtracks, character designs—and customers can pay any price they want to access them.

Nick describes it as a sort of cross between Kickstarter and Humble Bundle, and like Humble Indie Bundle, the income is split between the developers themselves and charities (including Creative Commons). But there was one big twist: if the bundle reached its goal of $10,000 by July 15, all assets would become public domain under the CC0 public domain declaration.

Well, it did—raising $12,088 from 744 backers. That means you can now download all the packages in this bundle.

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OSCON 2013 preview

Open Source Convention

The 15th year of OSCON (Open Source Convention) kicked off last night with an opening reception at the Expo Hall. This year's theme is Everything Open. And, the tracks reflect that: business, cloud, geek lifestyle, community, open hardware, tools & techniques, mobile, programming languages like PHP, Python, Perl, Java, and Javascript, and much more. » Read more

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