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Losing steam: Don’t drop everything to learn Ruby on Rails

Knowledge of the popular web application framework still pays well, but demand for the skill seems to be on the decline

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Jolla’s open-source tablet might actually stay the course

Finnish firm’s Linux-based tablet looks like a tenable alternative to Apple iPads and Android devices.

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How to install Ubuntu on a Chromebook

In today's open source roundup: Use Crouton to run Ubuntu on your Chromebook. Plus: The Register reviews Linux Mint 17.1, and part two of how to run Linux on Android devices.

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Barbie becomes a Debian developer and creates systemd

In today's open source roundup: Barbie enters the systemd fray. Plus: A Linux desktop based on Google's Material Design, and what's in Linux Mint 17.1?

Facebook's alternative PHP engine attracts Web service providers

HHVM is being used by the Box storage service and by one of the largest hosts for enterprise-ready WordPress

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Samsung will reduce the number of models in its Android phone lineup

In today's open source roundup: Samsung will reduce the number of smartphone models it offers. Plus: Mozilla dumps Google for Yahoo, and how to run Linux on Android devices.

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Purism seeks funding for 15-inch free software Linux laptop

In today's open source roundup: Purism wants to sell a Linux laptop that runs only free software. Plus: The Jolla Linux tablet easily surpasses its $380,000 funding goal, and how well does Nvidia's open source driver perform while...

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Jolla pitches Sailfish tablet against fleet of Android products

The company plans to start shipping the tablet during the second quarter of next year.

Facebook's Flow could help JavaScript programmers spot elusive bugs

Flow offers much-needed static type checking for the JavaScrtipt language.

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Canonical might switch to systemd in Ubuntu 15.04

In today's open source roundup: Ubuntu 15.04 might be the first version that uses systemd. Plus: The advantages and disadvantages of rolling release distributions, and eleven Linux games on sale on Steam this week.

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Open source code contains fewer defects, but there's a catch

Research suggests that software developed using open source code contains fewer defects than that built with proprietary code. The catch is that open source code rarely benefits from security teams specifically tasked with looking for...

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Microsoft: 'Nobody loves developers more than us'

At this week's TopCoder Open, Microsoft Developer Evangelist Matt Thompson made his pitch for the newer, gentler, more open Microsoft to the startups and independent developers in attendance.

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Debian systemd maintainer resigns after online attacks

In today's open source roundup: Systemd opponents force the resignation of a Debian maintainer. Plus: Linux Mint 17.1 MATE and Cinnamon release candidates available, and Space Hulk Ascension is out for Linux.

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Popcorn Time torrent streaming app updated to Beta 0.3.5

In today's open source roundup: The Popcorn Time torrent streaming application has been updated to Beta 0.3.5. Plus: Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition now available for Linux, and Canonical wants to phase out 32-bit ISOs.

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Microsoft shocks the world by open sourcing .NET

In today's open source roundup: Microsoft open sources .NET for Linux and Mac. Plus: A comparison of three security distributions, and Ubuntu MATE 14.04 LTS is available for download.

Amazon promises a mightier MySQL with Aurora release

Aurora combines the high performance of commercial databases, with the familiarity of MySQL.

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Superbugs: 10 software bugs that took way too long to meet their maker

All software has bugs, but even the most well known applications can have errors and vulnerabilities that somehow go undetected for years

Microsoft open sources .Net server stack

The company is building a version of .Net for Linux and Mac OS X.

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