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Top 5 articles of the week: Clocker, Docker, and Raspberry Pi

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Top 5 articles of the week

#5. A Raspberry Pi powered juggling performance

Lauren Egts, high school-open-source-whiz, accepts a challenge from professional juggler Charles Peachock to light up his performance... and, of course she'll be using her Raspberry Pi to do it! See how in this fun read.

#4. Practice makes perfect: How tech events make women feel welcome

Gina Likins works on the Open Source and Standards team at Red Hat. In this article, she shares with us what it was like to be a woman in open source at a big tech conference this year.

I was there too this year, and as a newbie to tech conferences and OSCON, I related to her perspective. I can also add that there was an awareness of others in the air that I felt was welcoming and high-spirited. Leslie Hawthorn's keynote on privilegePernilla Lind's session on what's like to be a community manager for Neo4j, and OSCON's conference diversity statement and code of conduct were all things I saw that reflected that spirit.

#3. Using Clocker and Apache Brooklyn to build a Docker cloud

Jason Baker,'s resident OpenStack expert, learned about Clocker in a meetup this week. It's a tool designed for spinning up a cloud out of Docker containers that many hope will help allieviate the challenge in getting containerized applications deployed and managed across real and virtual hardware.

#2. A beginners guide to Docker

Vincent Batts, a senior software engineer at Red Hat, gives readers a course in Docker 101. Read this one, then file it away to use again later. After covering the basics and history of Docker, Vincent dives into the difference between 'images' and 'containers'. Then, users get a walk-through of how to get started with Docker on their machines.

#1. Why the operating system matters in a containerized world

Gordon Haff writes that "in fact, because the operating system provides the framework and support for all the containers sitting above it, it plays an even greater role than in the case of hardware server virtualization where that host was a hypervisor." His insight hit it big with readers this week. Read the full article on, but in short: the rise of containers does not spell the end of the importance of the operating system in application infrastructure.

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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.