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Top 5 articles of the week: Linux, puppets, and trolls

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Top 5 articles of the week

#5. Open source education for kids with 4 friendly puppets

I interview brother team Jared and JR Nielsen, the puppet masters behind The Hello World Program—a video and tutorial series hosted by a penguin, a snake, a fox, and a robot. They bring to life the learning and fun of open source programming, web development, and computer science. Plus, all of the content is licensed under Creative Commons!

#4. Everyday I help libraries make the switch to open source

Kyle Hall is a Koha Development Support Specialist at ByWater Solutions. He recounts what led him to helping hundreds of libraries make the switch to Koha, an open source library system.

This article is part of our series on Careers in Open Source.

#3. North Carolina says "no" to patent trolls

Melanie Chernoff comments on the news that North Carolina has became the latest state to take a stand against patent trolls.

#2. We cannot do modern science unless it's open

Peter Murray-Rust is a giant in modern science. In this rare feature, he recounts the journey of his career and how it's led him to the conclusion that discovery, research, and it's positive impact on society can only be achieved through open access and open data.

This article is part of our series on Careers in Open Source.

#1. Want a fulfilling IT career? Learn Linux

Shawn Powers tells readers how he has climbed the Linux ladder, offering tips for how others interested in a fulfilling IT career can do the same.

This article is part of our series on Careers in Open Source.

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Jen Wike Huger - Jen Wike Huger is the Community Manager for Catch her at the next open source virtual event, or ping her on Twitter. She lives in Raleigh with her husband and daughters, June and Jewel.