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SysAdmin Class Teaches Ins and Outs of a Good Local Security Policy

Sarah Kiden had never used Linux before she landed a job four years ago as a Web and E-learning Administrator at Uganda Christian University in Kampala. There she is in charge of maintaining the university's information systems on servers that largely run Linux.

She had taken one college course in Information Technology, which gave her enough background to get started, she said. The rest she learned on her own, on the job, through trial and error and a lot of hard work.

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Linux Video of the Week: Tour Qualcomm's Smart Home at CES

The big news this week was Google's planned acquisition of Nest Labs, but as Jim Zemlin, Rudi Streif and

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CentOS Project Leader Karanbir Singh Opens Up on Red Hat Deal

In the 10 years since the CentOS project was launched there has been no board of directors, or legal team, or commercial backing. The developers who labored to build the community-led version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) worked largely unpaid (though some took a few consulting gigs on the side.) They had a few hundred dollars in their bank account to pay for event t-shirts and that was it. And the project's direction was decided based on the developers' immediate needs, not a grand vision of future technology.

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Linux Video of the Week: Matthew Garrett Argues for Better Security in 2014

In his keynote talk at LinuxConf Australia this week, Linux kernel developer Matthew Garrett argues that the software industry can help improve security at every level of the stack – and that it's possible to do so without sacrificing user freedom.

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Amahi's Open Source Home Server Software Goes Mobile

Following a recent trend in network attached storage (NAS), Amahi, the open source home server software based on Linux, has added remote network access using its new mobile app for iOS and a forthcoming Android app.

The apps are the latest evolution in Amahi's open source business model as the company grapples with how to scale up. Users will pay a subscription fee for streaming from their home server remotely over the internet – to, say, watch movies from outside their home network – via the free app.

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A Summer Spent on the Linux Kernel Virtual File System

Calvin Owens has learned a lot about bug hunting and fixing just by following the discussion among developers on the Linux kernel mailing list. He's even contributed a few small driver fixes over the past year. But his first real deep dive into kernel development came during his Google Summer of Code internship with The Linux Foundation this year.

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The People Who Support Linux: Snowden Revelations Spur Engineer's Open Source Donation

Shocked and chastened by Edward Snowden's revelation this year of a vast NSA surveillance program, Antonius Kies resolved to better support free and open source software development. Thus Kies, a Linux desktop user and an engineer at Graz University of Technology in Austria, recently joined The Linux Foundation as an individual member.

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The Top 10 Best Linux Videos of 2013

This list of the best Linux videos of 2013 combines some of the most watched Linux Foundation videos of the year, along with a selection of the most inspiring, compelling, or just plain fun videos produced by others in the Linux community. In choosing videos for inclusion, we avoided purely promotional videos in favor of those that celebrate big milestones, seek to educate, or communicate a broader message about the values and mission of Linux and open source software.

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The People Who Support Linux: PhD Student Powers Big Data with Linux

Open source technologies are powering the current trend toward big data and Michiel Van Herwegen, a PhD student in analytical CRM (customer relationship management) at Ghent University in Belgium,  has a front row seat.

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