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Open Access Flips Hundreds of Years of Scientific Research, Part 2

30 November, 2021 - by Andrew Oram

A true revolution has hit academia over the past couple decades, changing how publications fund their work and in consequence the ways researchers share information. The previous article in this series introduced Open Access, describing its benefits and how it works. This final article shows examples and explains the relationship between Open Access and Creative Commons.... Read more

Open Access Flips Hundreds of Years of Scientific Research

18 November, 2021 - by Andrew Oram

We have viewed the spirit of openness from many angles—in free software, open government, and many other trends—in the Open Anniversary series published on this LPI site during 2021. No field has been more transformed by this spirit than academic research, represented by the Open Access movement. This article discusses the major aspects of Open Access, along with the role of Creative Commons licenses.... Read more

Grounding For Open Source Foundations: An Interview with Martin Michlmayr

11 November, 2021 - by Andrew Oram

Foundations play a crucial role in open source. Few free software projects can set up a non-profit corporation and legal protection for their code, organize a board of directors to handle all their administrative needs, or raise the necessary funds. So we urgently need the Apache Foundation, Eclipse Foundation, Linux Foundation, and others.... Read more

Simone “Simo” Bertulli: Lpic-3 Security - How to Approach the Certification

8 November, 2021 - by Simone Bertulli

When you are LPIC-2 certified and start looking at the highest level of certification in Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the LPIC-3 specializations, you are faced with a choice. On the one hand, a better and more extensive academic preparation would help you build a solid knowledge background; on the other hand, you could specialize, aiming to become a "guru" on a specific theme. This article introduces you to LPIC-3’s Security specialization.... Read more

Why I started... and ended up loving open source software

4 November, 2021 - by Álvaro Araya Obando

Twenty-two years ago, I attended a few lessons about a "new" operating system, Red Hat Linux 4.2. At that time, my notes about the training were basic commands, enough to fill a little sheet of paper: my first cheat sheet for Linux.... Read more

Why Free and Open Source Software is So Highly Valued

29 October, 2021 - by Andrew Oram

The millions of projects on GitHub (just the largest of several code sharing sites) prove that people love to share software. Even though not all the projects have free licences, their availability for public examination shows that code sharing meets a powerful need. Meanwhile, free software is driving the most important trends in computing: virtual systems, web sites, machine learning, and more.... Read more