Article: A redux of the Linux movement in open source pharma

Drugs, Open Health

A redux of the Linux movement in open source pharma

Thirty years ago, a 21-year-old student at the University of Helsinki put out a message on a bulletin board, “i am doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big or professional..),” and asked for feedback.

Little did he know that these few words would be the beginning of a gigantic revolution that would transform digital life around the world. This was the birth of the free operating system that came to be known as Linux, named after the kid, Linus Torvalds, who invented it.

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Article: Amazon announces it’s open sourcing DeepRacer device software

Hardware, Open Manufacturing

Amazon announces it’s open sourcing DeepRacer device software

When Amazon debuted AWS DeepRacer in 2018, it was meant as a fun way to help developers learn machine learning. While it has evolved since and incorporated DeepRacer competitions, today the company announced it was adding a new wrinkle. It’s open sourcing the software the company created to run these miniature cars.

At its core, the DeepRacer car is a mini computer running Ubuntu Linux and Robot Operating System (ROS), both open source components. The company believes that by opening up the device software to developers, it will encourage more creative uses of the car by enabling them to change the car’s default behavior.

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Article: Ubuntu 21.04 ‘Hirsute Hippo’ has entered public beta

Free, Libre, Open Software, Open Source

Ubuntu 21.04 ‘Hirsute Hippo’ has entered public beta

The upcoming Ubuntu 21.04 release is now available in beta, giving users and testers a taste of the new features in advance of the final release later this month. The beta images are a snapshot of the development build and aren’t meant for general consumption. Instead, they are designed to give users an opportunity to visualize the features of the upcoming release, while the testers poke and prod it to find any inconsistencies and breakages.

If all goes well, the beta release of the popular open source Linux distro will be followed by a release candidate on April 15, before the final release on April 22.

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Article: 6 Chatbot Optimisation Strategies That Put Data to Good Use

Free, Open Data, Open Software, Open Source

6 Chatbot Optimisation Strategies That Put Data to Good Use

When defining customer satisfaction, we tend to arrive at one of the most important factors in running a successful business: a positive customer experience. When a user of your products or services gets satisfaction out of it, they will continue to return.

Recent technological advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning capabilities have led to an increase in the use of chatbots. Many experts see chatbots as one of the newest and most exciting prospects in the customer experience sector.

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Article: Linux 101: How to give users sudo privileges on Ubuntu and Red Hat-based Linux distributions

Code, Open Software, Open Source

Linux 101: How to give users sudo privileges on Ubuntu and Red Hat-based Linux distributions

New Linux admins need to know how to give and take sudo privileges from users. Jack Wallen shows you how on both Ubuntu- and Red Hat-based Linux distributions.

Most users on your Linux machines might be non-admins who use services and directories for various purposes. However, you might come into a situation when you need to “promote” one of those users to admin and give them sudo privileges.

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Article: Open-Source Software Is Extremely Useful But Treat It With Care

Free, Libre, Open Software

Open-Source Software Is Extremely Useful But Treat It With Care

In the recent past, there was a fair amount of skepticism about the open-source movement. That’s no longer the case. Today engineering teams are using a lot of open-source capabilities.

The way open-source is applied and delivered has also evolved. Open source used to be the bailiwick of consortiums that maintain platforms such as Kubernetes and operating systems such as Debian or Ubuntu Linux. But now various individual suppliers offer open-source solutions, and open-source is expanding into core engineering tools.

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Article: My Linux story: Covering open source in Spanish

Language, Open Data, Open Source

My Linux story: Covering open source in Spanish

From time to time, when I’m looking for some help on how to do something on my GNU/Linux desktop or server, I’ll come across an article or conversation in a language other than English. If that language happens to be French or Spanish, that’s fine for me. If it’s in Portuguese or Italian, I can stumble through it. And, for other languages, occasionally, I’ll give one of those online AI translators a go in the hopes of gleaning something useful.

But for folks who are comfortable only in English, I suspect that many potentially useful (and sometimes very entertaining) sources are unknown and ignored. And what are the options for people who aren’t comfortable in English, when so much that is written about open source (and many other topics) is in English?

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Article: Huang designs an open-source laptop

Hardware, Open Manufacturing, Open Source

Huang designs an open-source laptop

Laptop powered by open operating system and designed around open hardware.If you follow the technology world and the exploits of hardware hackers who like to mod devices such as Xbox 360 game consoles, you will unbdoubtedly recognize the name Bunnie Huang.

Huang is a notable hardware hacker who in 2010 leapt to the defense of one Matthew Crippen when he ran afoul of the federal government for running a business modding Xbox 360s in his garage.

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