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OSCON 2013: Find a Nonprofit Home for Your Open Source Project

Whether your open source project is just getting started or has been around for years, it may be time to consider the benefits of migrating to a non-profit organization.

Several excellent nonprofits exist solely to support open source projects, offering a range of services including everything from basic fiscal sponsorship to business and legal resources, infrastructure and tech support, quality control and project management, community building and more. 

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All About the Linux Kernel: Bcache

The 3.10 Linux kernel release late last month brought a raft of new features worth celebrating for Linux developers and sysadmins alike. This release was especially satisfying, though, to kernel developer Kent Overstreet who saw years of hard work pay off with the inclusion of the Bcache patch set in 3.10.

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Adobe CFF Engine Release Improves Linux, Android Mobile Text Experience

Linux and Android users may have recently noticed that the text on their mobile screens is a bit easier to read. That's because devices that render fonts using the FreeType open source library now have access to Adobe's CFF Engine. In June, Adobe joined with Google and FreeType to add its CFF font rasterizer technology, previously availalble only to Windows and Mac users, to the FreeType Project.

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Wargaming Mobilizes with Linux and Open Source

Online game developer and publisher Wargaming relies on Linux and open source software to produce and distribute its line of popular military strategy games, says Maksim Melnikau, a solution architect at War

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Swift: The Easy Scripting Language for Parallel Computing

Over the next decade, computer scientists anticipate the world’s largest supercomputers will grow to millions of cores running as many as a billion parallel threads. Even personal devices will contain a hundred cores and perform thousands of concurrent tasks.

Such systems with the ability to run multiple parts of the same program at the same time –  in parallel – on a massive scale will be necessary to solve complex problems like climate change and drug modeling as well as to crunch the exabytes of data our smart devices will collectively produce.

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The People Who Support Linux: 19-Year-Old Aims to be a Kernel Developer

Kieran Grant works in IT support for a financial services company but unabashedly aspires to be a Linux SysAdmin and, someday, a kernel developer. After using and hacking Linux for five years, the 19-year-old from Logan City in Queensland, Australia is well on his way to achieving that goal.

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Tulsa’s Community Collaboration Model for Supercomputing

Two weeks ago the Tandy Supercomputing Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma launched as the home to one of the country’s first shared, publicly available supercomputers.

The project -- born of a collaboration between The University of Tulsa, Oklahoma State University, The University of Oklahoma, Tulsa Community College, the city of Tulsa, business owners and nonprofit foundations --  gives community members equal access to a $3.5 million, 100-node supercomputing system at a fraction of the cost to build their own.

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U-Boot Creator Wolfgang Denk on the Great Achievements of Embedded Linux

Embedded Linux can claim at least two great achievements in standardization in the past few years, according to Wolfgang Denk, managing director of DENX Software Engineering and creator of U-Boot, the open source universal boot loader for embedded devices. First, developers were not completely disrupted with the introduction of ARM systems.

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The People Who Support Linux: Giving a Public System a Web Interface Lift

As an IT manager for the Mt. Lebanon Municipality near Pittsburgh, PA, Nick Schalles recently faced a familiar but difficult problem for those maintaining public infrastructure.  How could they update an old system to meet the new demands of the digital age and stay within a public agency budget?

“Basically everything we have at work is custom built. All of our software was coded on an IBM mainframe years ago,” Schalles said via email.   

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With nearly 1 million  visitors a month, we aim to make Linux.com a hub of information for the Linux community and a platform for advocacy for the Linux operating system. Thank you to our readers and community members for your ongoing support of this important resource.

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