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Open source webmail clients for browser-based email. Gmail has enjoyed phenomenal success, and regardless of which study you choose to look at for exact numbers, there's no doubt that Gmail is towards the top of the pack when it comes to market share. For certain circles, Gmail has become synonymous with email, or at least with webmail. Many appreciate its clean interface and the simple ability to access their inbox from anywhere. For more open source email clients, see our complete collection. But Gmail is far from the only name in the game when it comes to web-based email clients. In fact, there are a number of open source alternatives available for those who want more freedom, and occasionally, a completely different approach to managing their email without relying on a desktop client. Let's take a look at just a few of the free, open source webmail clients out there available for you to choose from.

Roundcube First up on the list is Roundcube. Roundcube is available as open source under the GPLv3. Zimbra SquirrelMail Rainloop Kite More options. Try Exercism to improve your programming skills. Many of us have a 2017 goal to improve our programming skills or to learn how to program in the first place. While we have access to many resources, practicing the art of code development independent of a specific job requires some planning. is one resource designed for this exact purpose. Exercism is an open source project and service aimed at helping people level up in their programming skills using a philosophy of discovery and collaboration. Exercism provides exercises for dozens of different programming languages. Practitioners complete each exercise and then receive feedback on their response, enabling them to learn from their peer group's experience. And what a lot of peers there are. The project provides a series of small wins to participants of all levels, allowing them to develop "a high degree of fluency even at a low level of proficiency," said Katrina Owen, founder of Exercism.

Exercism does this through a series of (what else?) Use This Tool and Scan Your IoT Devices For Vulnerabilities. The security of IoT devices is the problem the world is sure to face in the coming years. To make it easy for everyone to scan their network if IoT devices for possible vulnerabilities, a UK-based security firm BullGuard launched a very useful tool. This tool is called the Internet of Things Scanner. It was launched in early June 2016, the time everybody knew that insecure IoT devices are dangerous. And now we are aware of the fact that they are so dangerous and can even bring down a large part of the Internet. The way this tool works is simple, it takes the visitor’s IP address and then search it on Shoden which is a search engine to discover Internet-connected devices.

The IoT Scanner will tell you if your IP is reachable via Shodan, which despite being a tool used by many security researchers, is also abused by hackers to discover possible targets and plan future attacks. The tool also has its limitations. Source: softpedia. 4 command-line Linux tools for working with images. Images and the command line. They seem an unlikely pair, don't they? There are people who'll tell you that the only way you can manipulate and view graphics is with GUI applications like GIMP. For the most part, they're wrong. Command-line image tools do much of what their GUI counterparts can, and they can do it just as well. Sometimes, especially when dealing with multiple image files or working on an older computer, command-line tools can do a better job.

Let's take a look at four command-line tools that can ably handle many of your basic (and not-so-basic) image manipulation tasks. GraphicsMagick GraphicsMagick isn't a single application. GraphicsMagick supports over 88 image formats, and gives you a considerable amount of control over how you can manipulate images in those formats. If you find that you're using the same set of commands over and over again, you can combine the GraphicsMagick batch utility with a shell script to run those commands in one fell swoop. Scrot Feh Exiv2. The New Raspberry Pi OS Is Here, and It Looks Great. Cramped, unpleasant and vulgar: is this the internet we planned?

Laurence Dutton/Getty By Sally Adee DOES anyone remember what the internet was supposed to be? I have hazy memories of a limitless prospect, complete with William Gibson’s consensual hallucinations. Before we knew how connecting the world would play out, there was a low-res, mythical quality to our cyberspace future. Two decades on, and Nicholas Carr’s Utopia is Creepy reveals the reality into which these promises have crystallised. Carr’s targets of “disruption” range from music and cars to breakfast and bras.

Then again, Carr has never been much of an enthusiast. It’s all a far cry from Donna Haraway’s “A Cyborg Manifesto”, an essay celebrating technology’s potential to free us from the constraints of gender roles. The first concerns the steady drumbeat of criticism for web 2.0 and user-generated #content. Carr broadens the context: disguising unpaid labour as “fun! “Disguising unpaid labour as ‘fun! A quieter theme is the fear of freedom. You can hear Carr’s heavy sigh. Bringing Devoxx4Kids to Chicago – Devoxx4Kids USA. We all know that being a technologist requires you to be a passionate and continuous learner. For many of us this started when we were kids with an initial spark that drew us into working with hardware and software.

Now many of us have our own kids and much of our focus has changed to figuring out how to help them find a spark of their own. I’m excited to announce that a group of Chicago technologist have been working with an organization called Devoxx4Kids [1] to bring an event to create such a spark in Chicagoland. We have created a new meetup [2] and have our first event planned for May 3rd at Loyola University in Chicago.

The Tech Fun Field Day [3] will feature labs that will cover a broad range of age groups (6 – 18 yrs). We expect to have registration open sometime this month so we’re asking interested parents like you to Save the Date! – Bob Paulin, CJUG President and Devoxx4Kids Chicagoland Organizer. GitHut - Programming Languages and GitHub. How it works - Model the desired state of your infrastructure | Puppet. Preview Puppet Explore how Puppet works in seven simple screens. Resources Resources are the fundamental units for modeling system configurations with Puppet.

Each resource describes some aspect of a system, like a service that must be running or a package that must be installed. Let’s say, for example, you want to see the current configuration of the root user. To see this in puppet code, type: puppet resource user root Puppet is describing the current state of the root user in it’s own domain specific language, or DSL.

Containers, virtual machines, or bare metal? Which technology will you use to deploy your next big application? The data center is changing. Again. In the olden days, really not all that many years ago, pretty much every server that sat on a rack in a data center was fairly straightforward (if you could call it that). Each machine ran a single operating system, and often many programs, each requiring their own updates, upgrades, and patches. It was, putting it nicely, a hard situation to maintain, though many management tools emerged to help administrators keep all of their machines safe, secure, and up-to-date. Then virtualization came along, and the world shifted a little. Finally, the new buzz: containers. Not to be outdone, what's old is new again, and both virtual machines and bare metal solutions have kept up with their own sets of updated solutions. All three are probably here to stay, at least for the forseeable future.

What is Kubernetes? Container technologies like Docker are allowing for a new approach to the way developers write and deploy applications. With containers, a developer can easily package up an application with all of the parts it needs, including libraries and other dependencies, and ship it all out as one package, but without the overhead of a traditional virtual machine. But containers themselves, and the developer toolchain which make them easy to use, aren’t the full story. In order to build complex applications requiring different components spanning multiple containers on multiple machines, you need tools to manage and orchestrate your containers.

One tool which is helping to solve the orchestration needs of containerized applications is Kubernetes. What is Kubernetes? Kubernetes, in short, is an open source system for managing clusters of containers. The Kubernetes project is written in the Go programming language, and you can browse its source code on GitHub. Who wrote Kubernetes? What is Docker? What is Docker? Docker is all about making it easier to create, deploy, and run applications by using containers.

Containers allow a developer to package up an application with all of the parts it needs, such as libraries and other dependencies, and ship it all out as one package. By doing so, thanks to the container, the developer can rest assured that the application will run on any other Linux machine regardless of any customized settings that machine might have that could differ from the machine used for writing and testing the code. In a way, Docker is a bit like a virtual machine. And importantly, Docker is open source. Who is Docker for? Docker is a tool that is designed to benefit both developers and system administrators, making it a part of many DevOps (developers + operations) toolchains. Getting started Here are some resources that will help you get started using Docker in your workflow. Docker and security More to read. Build a Kubernetes cloud with Raspberry Pi. Ever wanted to make your very own cloud? Now you can! All it takes is some cheap open source hardware and open source software.

For about $200, I was able to set up four Raspberry Pi 2s with the Kubernetes cloud operating system using Fabric8. Fabric8 is an open source DevOps and integration platform that works out of the box on any Kubernetes or OpenShift environment and provides continuous delivery, management, ChatOps, and a Chaos Monkey. Never before was there a better match between a software architecture and the hardware it runs on. 1.

To build this four-Pi setup I used: 4 Raspberry Pi 2s4 16GB MicroSD cards (Class 10)1 60W power supply with USB outlets4 short USB to Micro USB cables (for powering the Pis)4 short Cat 5 network cables1 longer Cat 5 network cable to hook into your network1 network hub (Mine is an old five-port, 10/100MBps I dusted off)LEGOs (Trust me, it feels good to build your own!) 2. Now we need to get the operating system onto the MicroSD Cards. Wait. 3. 4. 5. . Kubernetes - Accelerate Your Delivery. Fabric8 - an open source developer platform. Kubernetes - Accelerate Your Delivery.