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What do you know about OpenStack?

What is your comfort level with OpenStack?

OpenStack is a set of software tools for building and managing cloud computing platforms for public and private clouds. Backed by some of the biggest companies in software development and hosting, as well as thousands of individual community members, many think that OpenStack is the future of cloud computing. OpenStack is managed by the OpenStack Foundation, a non-profit which oversees both development and community-building around the project.

If you want to learn more about the OpenStack community and what's going on behind-the-scenes, we've featured a number of articles that you might want to check out: » Read more

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What open source projects are best for beginners?

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While Opensource.com is preparing for our upcoming Beginners in Open Source Week starting February 17, we want to hear from our readers about which open source projects are best for beginners. After you've responded to the poll, mark your calendars for: » Read more

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Which version of Linux do you use?

Linux reader poll

We did this poll over a year ago and felt it was time once again to ask our readers: Which Linux distro do you use? And, once again, we pulled our list of choices from DistroWatch.com's page hit rankings. These are the top 10 Linux distributions over the last month. » Read more

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What open source gadget is at the top of your holiday wishlist?

favorite open source gift guide 2013

In November, we gave you the ultimate open source gift guide for the holidays just in time to start preparing and brainstorming for a great gift for the tech and open source enthusiasts in your life. » Read more

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Which organization would you donate your time or money to?

open source giving

Giving Tuesday offers a reprieve from the shopping frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday (so named for the huge discounts and bizarre store hours offered to consumers in preparation for holiday giving). From the wiki, #GivingTuesday™ is: » Read more

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Which office suite do you use?

open source software for the office

Office software suites offer a host of tools to help you get things done: email, a word processor, notepads, spreadsheets, as well as, presentation, finance, and publisher applications.

Which office suite was your first? Do you love or hate the one you're using now? From your experierce, how would you compare and contrast a proprietary suite to a free and open source one?

If you don't use a suite of office apps, all packaged nicely together, what tools to do you use in tandem to get work done? Would you say it's just as nice or better?

 

 

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The legacy of open source and the tide of progress

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Why not change the world?

I have always been interested in science, technology and (most of all) computers. These are things that I always loved, even though they were sometimes difficult. I loved math and science class in school; I read science-fiction and fantasy novels in all of my spare time. I was the nerdy kid at school that was bullied and mocked. It would have been so easy to just give in and be "like everyone else." I could have stopped reading. I could have played more sports.

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Need a collaboration tool? Try email

collaboration tools

Collaboration is one of the key principles of the open source way and a major topic here on opensource.com. One of our goals to highlight great collaboration stories, and when we discuss collaboration, the need for the perfect collaboration tool frequently comes up. One article, Avoid the tool trap when building communities, provides some great insights (hint: people create community, not tools).

Email is still undoubedly one of the most preferred tools out there for collaboration. In fact, collaboration on the the Linux kernel started with the famous email Linus Torvalds sent to a mailing list back in 1991.

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How long has open source been part of your life?

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It seems that open source and the principles that comprise the open source way are here to stay. While I wasn't in the room when the term open source was coined in 1998, I do know some of the visionaries that developed the early strategy and advocated for the open development model. » Read more

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Exploring what the su command means

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Do you still prefer using the command line to accomplish tasks on your Linux or UNIX based system?

For some, navigating the filesystem and firing off commands in a terminal window can be extremely productive. SSHing from one machine to another or running scripts in the background are everyday occurences for system administrators. » Read more

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