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  • The second annual TOR challenge was recently wrapped up by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. 1,635 new TOR relays were set up during this year’s challenge, a huge improvement over last year’s 549 new relays. The goal of this challenge is to improve the TOR network and make it more secure for anyone who uses it, […]

  • Takoma Park Maryland Library uses Linux for 28 public stations running at the library. The library chose provider Userful, a company that specializes in multi-lingual Linux environments using Fedora. The library has spent considerable effort making the Linux experience feel similar to other traditional desktop environments, and users often aren’t even aware they are using […]

  • According to Michael Parks, there are two types of people in open source communities, Tool-igans and Product Jocks. Tool-igans are people who are willing to dig deep into technology and build new infrastructure with whatever they can get their hands on. Product Jocks focus more on end-products and use a more broad understanding of technology […]

  • Each open source community has a distinct, unique, and often strong culture that affects how that project progresses. Whenever a company or individual wants to work with an open source community it is important to understand how the culture of the community fits with their needs. Open source cultures cascade through related projects through the […]

  • Education is typically built from 3 parts, 1) exposure to content, 2) learning the content, and 3) verifying the content has been learned. Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have drastically scaled up the ability to accomplish the first phase of learning, but so far little has been done for the other two. The industry is […]

  • There are many ways for non-coders to get involved with open source projects. Most projects need things like bug reports, feature requests, testing, documentation, language translation, and promotion. Just about anyone can find a way to use their skills to the benefit of open source. More from OpenSource.com

  • Random Articles from the OST Archives

    • At first glance, systemd might appear to be yet another “holy war” in the long list of debates that have raged within the Linux community. However, unlike the debates over emacs v. vi, GNOME v. KDE, and BSD v. GPL, it seems most users and developers aren’t being given a choice over the use of […]

    • The community forms the backbone of any open source project and it is vital to the success of any businesses that are involved. Often, disagreements over code can lead to personal attacks that shun people away from the community; this can cause major problems with the long term sustainability of the open source community. By […]

    • In this video [6:15] , Jen Wike discusses the efforts the team at opensource.com in building a platform for people to tell stories about open source. Opensource.com has been a platform for users to explain how they use open source in their own work, and the site has had immense success in growing their contributor […]