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Corporate Change: Contributing to Open Source

About five years ago I was hired by a software company that specialized in database security. Some of our software was used to protect databases in military assets and major banks. But a lot of development was very remote from top-secret weapons or classified information. For example, we wrote a...

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EPIC FAIL: The Sorry State of Web Education in Schools

Anna Debenham brought the house down with this outstanding presentation at the Mozilla Drumbeat Festival.

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Three Unspoken Blockers that Prevent Professors from Teaching Open Source Community Participation

One of the hardest things about trying to bridge two worlds--for instance, open source communities and academic institutions--is all the stuff you don't hear on a daily basis when you're working remotely. Sometimes it takes several rounds of garlic bread and pasta for people to begin articulating what's blocking them...

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How To Configure PureFTPd To Accept TLS Sessions On OpenSUSE 11.3

FTP is a very insecure protocol because all passwords and all data are transferred in clear text. By using TLS, the whole communication can be encrypted, thus making FTP much more secure. This article explains how to configure PureFTPd...

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Introducing Students to the World of Open Source: Day 2

After Saturday's classroom-style work, we used Sunday for an open projects day, where students could drop in and get help contributing to a project. Perhaps because we...

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Uncovering Open Access

To the general public, “doing science” is all about discovery. But in truth, that’s only half the picture. Consider the experience of an obscure nineteenth-century Augustinian monk... From 1856 to 1863, Gregor Mendel cultivated and observed 29,000 pea plants and managed to unlock some of the secrets of heredity, including...

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