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On June 15, we’re celebrating the 30th anniversary of the GIF, which has made communicating on the internet more joyful, more visual and let’s face it, a whole lot funnier! To mark the big 3-0, we’re:
- Taking an inside look at GIF popularity on Messenger
- Announcing that GIFs in comments are now available to everyone on Facebook (yay!)
- Introducing some new and exclusive GIFs we’ve created featuring some of the internet’s biggest stars
- Asking you to help us answer the age-old debate of how to pronounce the word “GIF”
An Inside Look at GIFs in Messenger
With this milestone approaching, we took a look at how GIFs have transformed the way people communicate with each other since introducing GIFs in Messenger in 2015:
- People on Messenger sent nearly 13 billion GIFs in the last year, or nearly 25,000 GIFs every minute
- GIF sends on Messenger have tripled in the past year
- New Year’s Day 2017 was the most popular day ever for GIF sends on Messenger, with more than 400 million GIF sends
GIFs in Facebook Comments are Finally Here!
We know people love communicating with GIFs on Messenger, and we’re also making it easier to use GIFs on Facebook. Today we’re introducing the ability to add GIFs in comments for all people on Facebook globally.
Just tap the GIF button when you go to make a comment, type in what you’re looking to say, and add the GIF that really nails it!
The GIF Party
We’re also celebrating the 30th anniversary the best way we know how — a GIF party with some of your favorite stars.
GIPHY Studios created 20 GIFs featuring some of the internet’s most recognizable faces: DNCE, Logan Paul, Amanda Cerny, DREEZY, Patrick Starr, Violet Benson, Wuz Good, Brandi Marie, and Landon Moss.
Each GIF is a unique and shareable morsel of human expression. They will be available to use by searching #GIFparty when sharing a GIF on Facebook or Messenger or by visiting GIPHY.com/Facebook.
Ending an Age-old Debate: How Do You Pronounce GIF?
Finally, we’re looking to solve the debate over how the word GIF is pronounced once and for all. Over the next few days, if you live in the US you might see a poll on Facebook asking you to cast your vote. You can also vote by visiting Facebook’s official Page on your mobile phone. To find the Page, search for “Facebook” in the main Facebook app.
We’ll report back here on whether the “hard g” or “soft g” pronunciation reigns supreme.
As part of our ongoing commitment to build a safe community, today we’re announcing several updates to Safety Check:
- Introducing Fundraisers in Safety Check: people in the US will have the option to start a fundraiser from within Safety Check
- Expanding Community Help: Community Help will be available on desktop and for all crisis types where Safety Check is activated
- Adding more context with a personal note: now people can share a personal note in their Safety Check News Feed story with friends and loved ones
- Introducing crisis descriptions: get more information about a crisis from NC4, our trusted third party global crisis reporting agency, within the Safety Check tool
Introducing Fundraisers in Safety Check
Following a crisis, one way people give and request help is through fundraising. To make this easier, we are introducing Fundraisers in Safety Check. Within Safety Check, people will be able to create or donate to a fundraiser for charitable and personal causes to help those in need. Fundraising provides a way for people who are also outside of the crisis area to offer help. Fundraisers in Safety Check will start to roll out in the coming weeks in the US.
Expanding Community Help
Since we launched Community Help earlier this year on iOS and Android, we have been inspired by the offers and requests for help generated by the community and want to make sure that those in need are able to access Community Help through any platform. Community Help will be available in the upcoming weeks on desktop, giving people another way to access the tool. Additionally, Community Help is now available for all crises where Safety Check is activated.
Adding more context with a personal note
After marking themselves safe, people share additional information to help reassure friends they are safe and to provide more context about the crisis. To make this easier, people can now add a personal note to tell their friends more about what’s happening from within the Safety Check tool. This note will appear in the News Feed story that is automatically generated when people mark themselves safe.
Introducing crisis descriptions
When people receive Safety Check notifications, they may have limited information about the crisis. To help provide additional context on crises and make sure people have the information that they need, we have started adding descriptions about the crisis from NC4, our trusted third party global crisis reporting agency.
Safety Check has been activated more than 600 times in two years and has notified people that their families and friends are safe more than a billion times. Keeping the community safe means everything to us at Facebook and we hope that these updates to Safety Check continue to do just that.
If you're like most people who are knowledgeable about free and open source software (FOSS), you're probably also interested in encouraging more people to use it. The good news is there are many ways you can help people who are not as technically minded as you learn about and use FOSS.
Recently I installed the GCompris educational software suite on a friend's Linux laptop. While researching information about the application, I found out about Rudra Nil Basu, a young programmer from India, who has blogged about his contributions to GCompris.
Vim can be a challenge to learn. But for many first-time users, just exiting the program can be a problem.
The Opensource.com team has been working earnestly with our development team at Bluespark to release the next iteration of the site redesign we shared with you in October. Keeping our three goals of improved readability, mobile experience, and related content top of mind, we're ready to reveal a much "lighter" version of Opensource.com to our community.
Daniel gives us a quick sneak peek on the new Grease Pencil in the upcoming Blender 2.8
The new Grease Pencil’s main focus is to create a more friendly interface for the 2D artist, while keeping the advantages of having a full 3D suite underneath. Grease Pencil is no longer just a stroke, it’s now a real Blender object with huge improvements to brushes and tools.
Credits go to the Grease Pencil developers Antonio Vazquez and Joshua Leung. While Daniel Martinez Lara and Matias Mendiola support the developers with demos and testing.
This development is currently happening on the ‘greasepencil-object’ branch, based off 2.8, and it will be merged soon so everybody can test using the build-bot.
In Bash, entities that store values are known as parameters. Their values can be strings or arrays with regular syntax, or they can be integers or associative arrays when special attributes are set with the declare built-in. There are three types of parameters: positional parameters, special parameters, and variables.
For the sake of brevity, this article will focus on a few classes of expansion methods available for string variables, though these methods apply equally to other types of parameters.
"Culture" is a pretty ambiguous word. Sure, reams of social science research explore exactly what exactly "culture" is, but to the average Joe and Josephine the word really means something different than it does to academics. In most scenarios, "culture" seems to map more closely to something like "the set of social norms and expectations in a group of people." By extension, then, an "IT culture" is simply "the set of social norms and expectations pertinent to a group of people working in an IT organization."
I saw it happening all too often. Men who care about workplace diversity in their tech companies, but inadvertently said the wrong thing. Or they wrote a quick message, using non-inclusive gendered language by mistake. Or they laughed at a joke, without stopping to think about who it would offend.
From Reddit to Red Hat, Go is in charge of critical systems across the web. Go is also a notable member of an emerging generation of languages.
"A good science fiction story should be able to predict not the automobile but the traffic jam." —Frederik Pohl
Whether you're an aspiring or accomplished musician, a volunteer roadie, or an experienced audio engineer, you'll be glad to hear that there are many options for making music with open source. This month, I want to introduce you to the sequencer that I use for my audio work, whether it's mixing soundtracks for short films or making music with my band or for myself: Qtractor.
I've been writing for a while on topics related to product and supply chain management in the context of open source communities, and I've noticed a few consistent themes in my articles and blog posts. Most notable is the call for companies to move from the "not invented here" syndrome to a more externally focused view. After all, if so much innovation is taking place in open source projects, why not take advantage of it to the fullest extent possible? You can see this theme manifested in the following ways:
In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at Toyota turning to Linux in its newest Camry, the Raspberry Pi and CoderDojo Foundations merging, a new open source tool to prepare for data breaches, and more.Open source news roundup for May 28-June 9, 2017
In this week's Top 5, we highlight education, Linux-friendly hardware, and more.Top 5 articles of the week
Zsolt Szakács shares tools for people who want to learn new skills or practice existing ones. With typing, geography, music, and more, there's something in here for everyone.
The Semantic Web, a term coined by World Wide Web (WWW) inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, refers to the concept that all the information in all the websites on the internet should be able to interoperate and communicate. That vision, of a web of knowledge that supplies information to anyone who wants it, is continuing to emerge and grow.
In May, Opensource.com attracted more than 681,000 unique visitors who generated 1,142,839 page views, our eighth consecutive month with more than 1-million page views and a new record. We published 91 articles in May, including a series on Open Hardware, and articles in three event series: PyCon, OSCON, and OpenStack Summit.
It is not often that most of us need to update the BIOS in our host computers.
In fact, most motherboard manufacturers, including Intel, recommend against upgrading BIOS unless there is a specific problem that an upgrade to a specific BIOS level will fix. Most sysadmins also would agree that "if it is not broken, don't fix it." Upgrading BIOS just to get to the latest level is counter-productive in terms of the time it takes, but also can cause problems that did not previously exist.
Keeping time in Linux is not simple, and virtualization adds additional challenges and opportunities. In this article, I'll review KVM, Xen, and Hyper-V related time-keeping techniques and the corresponding parts of the Linux kernel.
Timekeeping is the process or activity of recording how long something takes. We need "instruments" to measure time. The Linux kernel has several abstractions to represent such devices: