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8 Tips to Help Non-Techies Move to Linux

While bringing them to the Linux side of the computing world, I learned a few things about helping non-techies move to Linux. If someone asks you to help them make the jump to Linux, these eight tips can help you.

1. Be honest about Linux.

Linux is great. It's not perfect, though. It can be perplexing and sometimes frustrating for new users. It's best to prepare the person you're helping with a short pep talk.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - 09:34

The Linux Kernel Ends 2018 With Almost 75k Commits This Year

As of this New Year's Eve afternoon, the Linux kernel saw 74,974 commits this year that added 3,385,121 lines of code and removed 2,512,040 lines. For as impressive as seeing almost 75k commits in a single year to an open-source project, it's not actually a record high. Last year in fact saw 80,725 commits that added 3.9 million lines and removed 1.3 million lines...  

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - 06:26

5 open source resolutions for 2019

fireworksNo matter how much of a cliché it may be, making New Year's Resolutions is hard to resist. There's something about the calendar flipping to a new year that causes even the most curmudgeonly, set-in-their-ways people to take stock of the year ending and make plans for improvements during the next trip around the sun.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - 03:02

Is the Linux philosophy still relevant in 2019?

In August 2018, I published The Linux Philosophy for SysAdmins. It seems to be selling fairly well, and I started thinking about whether the original Linux philosophy (or my own version of it for system administrators) is still relevant. In Chapter 1, I said: read more

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - 03:01

Plans to learn a new tech skill in 2019? What you need to know

Learning to programOpen source software is, by definition, free. But it can sometimes cost you a king's ransom to learn how to master it. The good news? The open source ethos is alive and well in the education sector, and there are plenty of high-quality learning resources available. You just need to know where to find them. read more

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Monday, December 31, 2018 - 03:00

Learn how to jump start your career in open source in 5 minutes

In his Lightning Talk, "How to jump-start a career in open source," at All Things Open 2018, October 23 in Raleigh, NC, Eric D. Schabell says the most important thing in advancing your career is a lesson most people learn in preschool: "Sharing is caring."

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Saturday, December 29, 2018 - 03:00

Most-read coverage in 2018: Legal issues and the open source community

In 2018, Opensource.com again tackled the intersection of open source and the law, with the most-read articles addressing topics from privacy to patents. One of the most impactful legal changes in 2018 was the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), so it's not surprising that many readers were interested in how the new law will affect open source communities.

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Friday, December 28, 2018 - 03:00

The mantra for this year's sysadmin: Work smarter, not harder

Being a systems administrator is not an easy job. Sysadmins often have to design, build, monitor, and maintain a large array of disparate services running on a patchwork of platforms. Most sysadmins come into the field by happy accident, so they sometimes lack formal, organized training on the toolsets. read more

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Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 03:02

Top advice for securing your systems in 2019

It's been an interesting year for security and users. It all kicked off at the beginning of the year with Facebook and Cambridge Analytica causing people suddenly to think more seriously about their data and what they share on social media. In fact, the threat against personal data has been an important theme for the year.

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Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 03:00

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