Jun 21, 2010 GMTFound this gem in my overflowing, post-vacation in-box today:Code for America is a new non-profit organization, loosely based on Teach for America, which recruits talented web professionals to give a year of service building technology for city governments. We are now accepting applications for its 2011 fellows program. We're seeking developers, designers, product managers, data wranglers and researchers who wants to make a difference. It's a unique opportunity to build a new generation of Gov 2.0 apps to make city governments work better. CfA fellows get a crash course in how cities work, mentorship and networking with the top names in tech and government, and a platform to launch...
ROSE Blog: Rikki's Open Source Exchange
Jun 07, 2010 GMTPOSSE Worchester State, the Red Hat-sponsored open source bootcamp for professors, starts tomorrow. Our blogger Bruce Byfield wrote about the event last year. I first heard about POSSE at the Community Leadership Summit last summer, when I met Mel Chua. (That just reminded me to register for CLS!)Check out Mel's blog to hear more about what happens at POSSE Worchester State.
Jun 03, 2010 GMTThought you couldn't afford SuperComputing 2010? Rethink it! In addition to job fairs and networking opportunities, SC10 announced that it will have education, diversity, and volunteer programs at the November 13-19 event in New Orleans. The announcement says, "In keeping with the theme for this year’s conference, 'The Future of Discovery,' SC10 is now offering opportunities to students, faculty, and emerging leaders from groups traditionally underrepresented in computing to discover the international conference for high-performance computing, networking, storage and analysis." Read more from the announcement to find out how...
Jun 01, 2010 GMTThanks to Mackenzie 'maco' Morgan for submitting this:The Call For Presentations is open for exactly one month more! Prior speaking experience is not necessary. It was the first place I ever gave a technical presentation, and the crowd is very welcoming of first-time speakers. This conference's audience is very broad, so the speaker committee tries to get a nice spread of topics. System administrators, developers, and desktop users all attend, and really, over the last two years I've noticed it's the desktop-user focused talks which are really lacking in the proposals. So, if you think you can't possibly have something technical enough to say in front of all these people without sounding...
May 28, 2010 GMTOne of my favorite geek shirts is my ZaReason 'Friends help friends use Linux' shirt, which I was in the mood to wear last night after I helped my friend move to Linux. My non-technical friend was suffering from a sickly Windows Vista PC. She'd caught herself a nasty virus (she blames an old Red Hot Chili Peppers video, but we'll never know for sure). Other people had suggested that my budget-conscious friend move to Linux. Tip #1: Don't tell your non-technical friends to move to Linux. Please, just don't do this. If you do this, you set them up to hate it. Your friend might be like my friend, who just wants her email, music, and internet to work. My friend doesn't want to install,...
May 18, 2010 GMTCynthia Harvey rounds up 50 Open Source Tools to Replace Popular Security Software. I feel more secure already.(Thanks to Carla over on LinuxPlanet for the link!)
May 13, 2010 GMTAkkana Peck posted a Making Movies in Linux with Kdenlive tutorial over on LinuxPlanet. She makes it sound soooo easy, I guess I'll add this to my list of things to learn (right below the 'hook up your handy new turntable and turn all your fabulous Hank Williams and Ramones vinyl into convenient MP3s').
New release comes with better semantic search and improvements to Kontact.
Annual code quality report shows FOSS is more secure at all project size levels.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced an even smaller version of the tiny computer that will fit into a DIMM slot.
A new class of problems lets a malicious app pre-configure an invisible privilege update.
New Hack language adds static typing and other conveniences.
New crypto policy system will offer easier configuration and more uniform security.
Ubuntu founder denounces insecurity in proprietary, close-source software blobs.
Vulnerability affects many Linux web servers
The Bavarian capital shuns Microsoft, Google, and other alternatives to implement an open source groupware solution.
Phone vendor partnerships bring Mark Shuttleworth's dream of Ubuntu on a phone a step closer to reality.