News Category: Open Source Practices

Best Open Source Tools for Staying on Top of Projects

The type of organizing tools you use to plan your projects can make your work routine more efficient and improve your productivity. A project management application is an essential tool in some business environments. This week's Linux Picks and Pans takes a deep dive into some of the best project...
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Managing Changes in Open Source Projects

Why bother having a process for proposing changes to your open source project? Why not just let people do what they're doing and merge the features when they're ready? Well, you can certainly do that if you're the only person on the project. Or maybe if it's just you and a few friends. But if the...
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Linux Foundation Announces CommunityBridge Platform for Open Source Developers

At the Open Source Leadership Summit, the Linux Foundation announced the formation of CommunityBridge, which is a new platform created for open source developers. In making the announcement, Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, said on stage at the conference that the Linux...
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Shuah Khan Becomes the Third Linux Foundation Fellow

Programmers love to write code. But what about debugging it, writing test suites, and tracking down security bugs? Not so much. To help address these problems in Linux, Shuah Khan, a noted Linux kernel developer, is becoming -- after Linus Torvalds and Greg Kroah-Hartman -- the Linux Foundation's...
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The Linux Foundation Launches Continuous Delivery Foundation

The Linux Foundation announced it will provide the home base for a vendor-neutral Continuous Delivery Foundation (CDF) committed to making it easier to build and reuse DevOps pipelines across multiple continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) platforms. The first projects to be hosted...
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Let your Engineers Choose the License: A Guide

Each open source project and community is unique and there are social aspects to these communities that may have preferences towards various licensing philosophies (e.g., copyleft or permissive). Engineers working in those communities understand all these issues and are best equipped to choose the...
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Building Trust in Open Source: A Look Inside the OpenChain Project

Open source software provides businesses with a number of benefits including cost, flexibility and freedom. This freely distributed software can also be easily altered by any business that is familiar with its source code.  However, licensing issues do arise which could present a major hurdle for...
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Microsoft Joins OpenChain Open-Source Compliance Group

OpenChain, I would argue, is the most important open-source project you've never heard of before. This Linux Foundationconsortium provides an industry standard for open-source supply chain license compliance. And now, Microsoft has joined the the OpenChain Project. OpenChain's important because the...
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What Open Source Really Means Today

The state of open source over the course of the past few decades has certainly changed. IBM last year purchased Red Hat, for example. But the original open source spirit of sharing remains intact — though the extent to which that is the case remains a subject of debate. What open source really...
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How Men and Women Approach Open Source Differently

With open source software becoming more and more a requirement for job searchers, job seekers are finding that it is critical to becoming a part of this community. Many would rather see a GitHub profile than a CV. But currently, only about 10 percent of open source contributors are women. For this...
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