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The value of open source to universities: UC Santa Cruz tests the water

28 July, 2020 - by Andrew Oram

In addition to providing the world with its most enduring and valuable software--Internet protocol stacks, Linux, and more--free and open source software offers immense educational benefits. The gap between producing a nice prime number generator for a professor and contributing to real-life production code is huge, and numerous programmers can attest that free and open source projects helped them cross the chasm.... Read more

Linux and empowerment go together for non-neurotypical

21 July, 2020 - by Andrew Oram

An impressive achievement was reported to Linux Professional Institute (LPI) this past June: all 12 students in the computer program at the Structuurklas Project, in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, had taken the Linux Essentials exam and passed. Even more impressive: the Structuurklas Project has offered this exam every year for the past three years, and all except one student has passed it.... Read more

Supporting public access to government data in Brazil

29 June, 2020 - by Andrew Oram

Linux Professional Institute (LPI) has recently sponsored Brasil.io, an open data project in Brazil dedicated to transparency and sharing of government data. Although Brasil.io uses volunteers as well as Free and Open Source Software, they have expenses that need to be covered.... Read more

Folding@Home: Free/libre/open source software comes to the aid of the world’s COVID-19 emergency

19 May, 2020 - by José Carvajal

The past few months have been a time of uncertainty and fear. With each passing day, more people get sick and more people die. Many places are still dragging out and prolonging their quarantine periods. At the same time, we listen to our governments and public health leaders asking all of us to stay at home in order to protect every inhabitant of this world.... Read more

Good (Free) Training is Not Hard to Come By

7 May, 2020 - by Kenny Armstrong

So now that we are indoors most of the time in keeping with social distancing guidelines, many of us are searching for ways to make this time productive.  For whatever reasons you might find yourself in-between jobs or are already working for someone and want a change of career.  If your interests lie within the realm of Linux and open source software, read on for some tips on how to move forward in learning more about this field.... Read more