Top 5 articles for the week of February 5, 2018

Top 5: Saving old computers with Linux, an open source history lesson, and more

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Top 5 articles for the week of February 5, 2018
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5. An introduction to DomTerm, a Linux terminal emulator

DomTerm is a bit different than your average terminal emulator, thanks in large part to using a browser engine as a "GUI toolkit." Software engineer Per Bothner gives hands-on look at a few of the features that make this open source tool special.

4. 6 pivotal moments in open source history

From massive supercomputers to the smartphones we use daily, it seems open source software is everywhere today. But that wasn't always the case. Red Hatter Dave Neary shares how a simple print jam fix at MIT grew into one of the tech industry's predominant software development models in this article.

3. A history of low-level Linux container runtimes

What is a container runtime, exactly? The term, as Red Hat engineer Daniel J. Walsh explains, is an often misunderstood one. In this article, he explains what people really mean when they're talking about container runtimes and how they came to be.

2. How I coined the term 'open source'

Christine Peterson shares how, in February of 1998, she came up with the term "open source software," how it was first proposed, and how it was received by a group that included Eric Raymond, Michael Tiemann, Jon "maddog" Hall, and others. Saturday marks 20 years since she coined the term.

1. Refreshing old computers with Linux

When Ontario middle school teacher Andrew Dobbie learned that dozens of old computers were being shipped out of his school, he created the Tech Stewardship program to make sure they didn't go to waste. Thanks to Linux and open source software, Dobbie's students have kept more than 200 computers up and running.

Honorable mention: Announcing the 2018 Opensource.com Community Awards winners

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