Open Source Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season

Open Source Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season

It is the holiday season and a time to share and exchange presents. And what better way to share some love this holiday season than by giving your loved ones an open More »

Wekan – Open Source Alternative to Trello

Wekan – Open Source Alternative to Trello

Wekan is an open source collaborative project management tool similar to Trello like boards. It offers some of the Kanban functionalities and features as well. On Wekan one can easily create boards, More »

The Zero Terminal – Pocket Computer that works!

The Zero Terminal – Pocket Computer that works!

The real joy of tinkering with Raspberry Pi is to build something nifty and fun. To hack a really whacky and crazy idea into a working prototype. That we all love and More »

OpenAg – Open Source Food Computer

OpenAg – Open Source Food Computer

MIT Open Agriculture (OpenAg) is a wonderful execution of an open source initiative for controlled-environment agriculture platform referred to as “Food Computer”. All hardware, software and even data is open sourced so More »

Intel Edison bites the dust – No more in IoT space

Intel Edison bites the dust – No more in IoT space

Has Intel finally thrown in the towel in the IoT space? Earlier this year, Intel announced that it will discontinue their IoT platforms namely, Galileo, Joule, and Edison. We wrote about Edison More »

 

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Open Source Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season

It is the holiday season and a time to share and exchange presents. And what better way to share some love this holiday season than by giving your loved ones an open source gift. After meticulously going through all that is to offer, we have chosen the following open source gift recommendations.

Our judges panel assured us that one can never go wrong with these gifts. They are all sure winners. So lets see. We also reviewed what our users like to read on XenStreet and therefore were more inclined towards the gifts that you like. For example, our coverage of Linux Distros and Raspberry Pi were more popular than other posts. Hence, our inclination to find something around them.

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Krita – Open Source Software for Digital Painting

If you ever wanted to be a digital painter, comic illustrator, animator, or just plain curious and could not afford to buy expensive painting softwares, then Krita software application is for you. It’s a professional grade, free, open source software and available on all major platforms including Mac, Windows and Linux.

The application has been around for quite sometime and has been slowly evolving. One key feature that differentiates this software from others is the fact that it is designed by artists for artists. In recent times they also ran KickStarter campaign to raise funds for additional features for the artists.

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Wekan – Open Source Alternative to Trello

Wekan is an open source collaborative project management tool similar to Trello like boards. It offers some of the Kanban functionalities and features as well.

On Wekan one can easily create boards, on which cards can be created (e.g.for assigning tasks to someone etc) and managed between a number of columns (e.g. state of work in a flow). Colored labels can be assigned for grouping and filtering. There is no limit to how many people you add which makes it really easy for collaboration.

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OpenAg – Open Source Food Computer

MIT Open Agriculture (OpenAg) is a wonderful execution of an open source initiative for controlled-environment agriculture platform referred to as “Food Computer”. All hardware, software and even data is open sourced so that it becomes an open standard for agriculture research.

OpenAg is the brainchild of Caleb Harper as a joint initiative of the MIT Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Keybase Communications Software– Open Source Alternative to Slack

Keybase is Slack like communications tool for teams. But unlike Slack, Keybase communications software is totally open source and there are no premium charges for advanced features. That is, for now at least.

Keybase boasts a lot of features for free that are premium on alternative commercial offerings. And it also supports public-key cryptography making all communications private and safe.

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Popular Self Driving Cars – Open Source Projects

The number of open source “self driving cars” projects are growing and all are commendable efforts but also highly ambitious. Over time, the hope is that they will mature enough for us to use them effectively on our roads without risking lives.

As of today, the majority of the commercial projects rely on simulating driving conditions of the North American market. Most importantly, California, where laws are favorable for self driving cars. However, there is a huge potential for such vehicles in Asia and Africa with completely different and at times impossible driving conditions. Those markets may not be ideal for Tesla and Google cars, but open source enthusiast can tinker around and customize it for local conditions.

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How-to setup a simple UFW firewall on Ubuntu

We all need to install some form of firewall to secure our systems from any malicious activity. Not just our servers and VPS machines, but also our laptops which we access on public networks. UFW (Uncomplicated FireWall) is an ideal solution for setting up a firewall on your system.

UFW firewall is completely open source and is actually built on top of the iptables making it easier for us to manage and run the firewall.

This is the third article in the series on “Systems Security”. Here we discuss UFW firewall implementation on your system. The articles in the System Security series are listed below.

  1. How to setup SSH keys based authentication
  2. How to disable password based authentication
  3. How to setup UFW Firewall (current article)

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Open Source skills are most sought after – Linux Foundation Jobs Report

Linux Foundation has just come out with its annual jobs report for the year 2017. This year Open Source skills seem to be the most sought after among the 300 employers surveyed.

The trend has been turning in favor of Open source for the past many years, and this year, it seems that majority of the companies want talent that is proficient in some Open Source technology.

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4 Git Version Control Alternatives

In recent years, Git has become the defacto standard for code management, especially among open source developers. Developed by Linus Trovalds himself, the maker of Linux, it has found a lot of following among Linux kernal developers. Recently BOSS Index ranked it among the top 5 most popular open source projects of 2017. So what other alternatives exist for Git?

Here is a list of some of the Git alternatives that are extremely popular among developers. Incidentally, most of them are open source like Git, except for the one from Microsoft of course.

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Open Source Entrepreneur – Launching a Project Successfully

I have been asked several times how do I launch an open source project. To which I ask them, why not contribute to an existing project rather than build one from scratch? Being an open source entrepreneur who is launching a new project is really a long term effort and not just a weekend gig. So think hard before you make the jump.

There are literally thousands of open source software applications that need help in open source community. From drivers, to web and mobile applications, to mission critical systems and operating systems. Even stuff to put the man on Mars has some critical open source components. Yes, open source is rocket science stuff. So why build one from scratch?

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