Open Source

Getting Started With OpenStreetMap Data

Posted In Programming
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In 2004, Steve Coast set up OpenStreetMap (OSM) in the U.K. It subsequently spread worldwide, powered by a combination of donations and volunteers willing to do ground surveys with tools such as handheld GPS units, notebooks, and digital cameras. OSM Data Usage OpenStreetMap’s map and data are free to use so long as you provide attribution and share any corrections back to the project. JavaScript libraries and plugins for WordPress, Django and other content-management systems allow users to display their… continue…

Need for Linux Talent on the Rise: Report

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Recruiters are increasing efforts to hire Linux talent, according to the 2015 Linux Jobs Report, which forecasts the Linux job market based on a survey of hiring managers and Linux professionals. Hiring managers are also looking more to evidence of formal training and certifications to identify qualified prospects. The 2015 Linux Jobs Report includes data from 1,010 hiring managers and 3,446 Linux professionals and provides an overview of the state of the market for Linux careers and what motivates professionals… continue…

An Open-Source Alternative to Microsoft Project

Posted In Working in Tech
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SourceForge’s March “Staff Pick” Project of the Month is ProjectLibre, an open-source alternative to Microsoft Project. The ProjectLibre team sat down with SourceForge to talk about the project’s history, purpose, and direction. Check out the latest open source development jobs. Tell me about the ProjectLibre project, please. ProjectLibre is an open-source alternative to Microsoft Project. Our functionality mirrors Microsoft in a way since you can simply open existing MS Project files in ProjectLibre. It is available on Linux, Mac, or Windows.… continue…

Linux Kernel’s Biggest Backers: Corporations

Posted In Programming
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Corporations love Linux. That’s the conclusion of a new report released by the Linux Foundation, which suggested that some 11,800 individual developers from 1,200 companies have contributed to the kernel over the past decade. “The Linux kernel, thus, has become a common resource developed on a massive scale by companies which are fierce competitors in other areas,” the report summarized. Intel is the top corporate developer by number of contributed changes to the kernel, followed by Red Hat, Linaro, Samsung,… continue…

SourceForge Q&A: Open-Source Antivirus Engine

Posted In Programming
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SourceForge’s February “Community Choice” Project of the Month is ClamAntiVirus, a GPL antivirus toolkit for UNIX that integrates with mail servers. The ClamAV team sat down with SourceForge’s editors to share their thoughts about the project’s history, purpose, and direction. Check out the latest open source development jobs. Tell me about the ClamAV project, please. ClamAV is an open source (GPL) anti-virus engine used in a variety of situations including email scanning, Web scanning, and end point security. It provides… continue…

SourceForge Q&A: DVDStyler

Posted In Living in Tech
DVDStyler
For SourceForge’s January “Staff Pick” Project of the Month, the Website selected DVDStyler, a cross-platform DVD authoring application that helps users create professional-looking DVDs. The DVDStyler admin, Alex, shared his thoughts about the project’s history, purpose, and direction. Tell me about the DVDStyler project please. DVDStyler is a cross-platform free DVD authoring application that makes [it] possible for video enthusiasts to create professional-looking DVDs. It provides over 20 DVD menu templates and allows you to create your own menu designs and photo… continue…

Little-Known Programming Languages That Pay

Posted In Working in Tech
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There is no shortage of programming languages, from the well-known ones (Java and C++) to the domain-specific (which focus on a particular industry or type of problem) to the outright esoteric (intended just for research or even humor). For more programming jobs, click here. If you’re interested in studying some of the lesser-known programming languages, you’ll probably want to learn some that could potentially land you a freelancing gig or even a full-time job. (If you want to take a… continue…

Using Your Open Source Work to Get a Job

Posted In Looking in Tech
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So you’ve worked on an open-source project, and you want to place that experience on your resume in order to move your career forward. Fantastic! In theory, there’s no reason an employer should shun your experience, just because you did the project from home on your own time. But how can you actually leverage that project work to obtain a full-time job? The Entire Project Is a Reflection on You First, make sure that any project you present on your… continue…

Google Cardboard: The Android of VR?

Posted In Living in Tech
Google Cardboard
When Facebook dropped a cool $2 billion to purchase virtual-reality firm Oculus VR earlier this year, it was seen as a way for CEO Mark Zuckerberg to take an early position in what could become one of the dominant technologies of the next decade. But what if Oculus VR, even with all of Facebook’s money, didn’t end up as the competitor to beat? What if a piece of cardboard, supported by some APIs and an ecosystem of third-party developers, become… continue…

Is Microsoft Truly Embracing Open Source?

Posted In C++/C#, Programming
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Back in the day, Microsoft viewed open source and Linux as a threat and did its best to retaliate with FUD and patent threats. So it must have been galling to its executives as, over the past 20 years, the bulk of the Internet came to rely on Apache Web servers; while Microsoft now leads in hostnames (according to Netcraft), Apache remains ahead in terms of hosted active sites. And then a funny thing happened: Whether in the name of… continue…