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Why you should become an open source sustainer

Open Source - Mié, 04/05/2017 - 09:00

The year was 1999. My father had just built me a computer with a 500MHz AMD Athlon processor, a 2GB HDD, 32MB of RAM and Windows 98. I was in heaven. Then, a friend of mine wanted to introduce me to Linux and asked if he could partition my hard drive in half so he could install Debian 2.1 (Slink). I told him, "Why not?" and while it was installing I asked how much he paid for it. He chuckled and said, "It's Linux, man. It's free!"

I figured it was bootlegged and left it at that.


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Qt versus Wx: How do two of the most popular Python frameworks compare?

Open Source - Mar, 04/04/2017 - 09:02

Python is a popular language capable of scripting as well as object-oriented programming. Several frameworks provide a GUI (graphical user interface) for Python, and most of them are good at something, whether it's simplicity, efficiency, or flexibility. Two of the most popular are wxPython and PyQt, but how do they compare? More importantly, which should you choose for your project?


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How to install and use ZNC bouncer for IRC

Open Source - Mar, 04/04/2017 - 09:01

IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is an online chat protocol and a network of large chat rooms that has existed since 1988. Each room lets members of a community talk with each other from all corners of the world.


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Evolving toward openness: How to change the way you think and work

Open Source - Mar, 04/04/2017 - 09:00

I'm an avid hiker—at least, I play one in my mind. I love to hike and would enjoy nothing more than living closer to the mountains in East Tennessee. Hiking can be arduous. It can be tiring. It can be challenging.

And a journey toward greater openness is no different.


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Google's new open source hub, an example IP agreement from GitHub, and more news

Open Source - Lun, 04/03/2017 - 15:15

In this edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at Google's new home for its open source projects, GitHub's sample employee intellectual property agreement, and more.

Open source news roundup for March 19-April 1, 2017
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Introduction to functional programming

Open Source - Lun, 04/03/2017 - 09:02

Depending on whom you ask, functional programming (FP) is either an enlightened approach to programming that should be spread far and wide, or an overly academic approach to programming with few real-world benefits. In this article, I will explain what functional programming is, explore its benefits, and recommend resources for learning functional programming.


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Introducing Flashback, an Internet mocking tool

Open Source - Lun, 04/03/2017 - 09:01

At LinkedIn, we often develop web applications that need to interact with third-party websites. We also employ automatic testing to ensure the quality of our software before it is shipped to production. However, a test is only as useful as it is reliable.

With that in mind, it can be highly problematic for a test to have external dependencies, such as on a third-party website, for instance. These external sites may change without notice, suffer from downtime, or otherwise become temporarily inaccessible, as the Internet is not 100% reliable.


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Let's chat about writing: Join us on IRC

Open Source - Lun, 04/03/2017 - 09:00

Writing can be exhilarating when it's not completely terrifying or exhausting. Trust me, I know. I've been doing it for a while now, and only over the past few years have I felt more confident in my editing skills. It takes time people.

That's why our team is here to help. After we receive and approve a draft, we make copy edits according to our style guide and offer suggestions for how to make it even better. We want you to look good. And, of course, our number one mission is to share awesome open source stories.


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Programming, open hardware, and more new articles in April

Open Source - Dom, 04/02/2017 - 09:00

It's April here at Opensource.com headquarters in Raleigh, NC, where a new season, spring, has begun. It's also time for a new month of awesome open source stories and technologies for you to learn about. Did you know we have resources on topics like:


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