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Top 5 articles: March 30 - April 3, 2015
Handmade 3D printers, open source at Netflix, and more
This week I talk about a classroom full of handmade 3D printers, open source at Netflix, and David Both on Linux, and more.
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Mike Bates founded HotWax Systems in 1997. Today, their CTO chairs the project management committee for Apache OFBiz and they employ a large number of core committers to the project. He shares how his company benefits by nurturing and supporting the Apache Software Foundation and by sharing product development efforts back out with the open source community.
Last Saturday was Arduino Day, and to celebrate we shared six Arduino projects for our readers to check out. Alex Sanchez started this article out with some fun facts: "A lot has changed since the first Arduino board arrived a decade ago. Today, the Arduino family has grown to include more than two dozen low-cost, open hardware boards and an active community of more than 250,000 tinkerers."
This is an interview with Semmy Purewal, a software engineer at Netflix. He will be speaking at the open source conference POSSCON this year about Netflix's open source projects; there's over 50 of them at the moment. You can GitHub page, and if you live in the Bay area, check out a NetflixOSS meetups. They're open to the public.
We regularly spotlight our most dedicated writers on the site, and in this article we meet David Both. Most notable are his writings on Linux philosophy and his expert advice on installing Linux. You can get a full list of his favorite open source tools, and learn more about David, in this Q&A.
This is a great story about Michigan Tech's new course: Open Source 3D Printing. In it students learn how to build their own 3D printer, which they then build and use for to complete the coursework for the rest of the semester. How cool! You can imagine at 50 seats, the class fills pretty fast.