August 2016’s Best Open Source, Linux, and Web Development Content

Monthly RoundupThe big news from August was Linux’s 25th birthday. Even Linus Torvalds had no clue how he was going to change the world. In other major internet events, we celebrated the 25th Internaut Day on August 23rd, but is the holiday based in fact? And finally, we may have an end to the tabs or spaces debate. It only took fourteen terabytes of code to get there. With the ten second roundup complete, we’ll let you get to the rest of the biggest stories and best articles from last month. If you enjoy this collection of the web’s best, feel free to follow us over on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the same great content the rest of the year.

Open Source and Linux

The People’s Code
Today, we’re releasing the Federal Source Code policy to support improved access to custom software code developed by or for the Federal Government.

Linus on Linux’s 25th Birthday
It’s been twenty-five years since Linux began. Today, we’re living in a world where Microsoft has embraced Linux and everything – and I mean everything – depends on Linux. It didn’t start that way. It began as a small project without any great ambitions.

Linux Took Over the Web. Now, It’s Taking Over the World
On August 25th, 1991, a Finnish computer science student named Linus Torvalds announced a new project. “I’m doing a (free) operating system,” he wrote on an Internet messaging system, insisting this would just be a hobby.

I Contributed To An Open-Source Editor, And So Can You
A few months ago, Jason Grigsby’s post about autocompletion in forms made the rounds. I loved the idea of allowing users to fill in their credit card details by taking a picture of their card. What I didn’t love was learning all of the possible values for autofill by heart. I’m getting lazy in my old age.

The Next Generation of Open Source Blockchains
Never before has any open source project generated as much attention on the international stage as Bitcoin. But Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency platform void of allegiance to any nation or financial institution, is just the first of an expanding and more sophisticated class of open source blockchains expected to revolutionize the exchange of all digital assets – money, real estate, music and intellectual property – in future commerce.

Design & Development

What’s New in Swift 3?
It’s a well-known fact that the software development industry moves rapidly, with the latest new framework, SDK or paradigm changing every so often. The one thing you hope will remain constant through all this is your programming language – the foundation upon which we build our empires.

The Science of Waiting … and Waiting … for Your Page to Load
Assuming you’re not reading this on your iPhone 12s in some far more web-optimized future, it probably took this page between two and three seconds to show up.

400,000 GitHub Repositories, 1 Billion Files, 14 Terabytes of Code: Spaces or Tabs?
Tabs or spaces. We are going to parse a billion files among 14 programming languages to decide which one is on top.

Who Would Win the Coding Olympics?
The United States took home the most number of medals at this year’s Summer Olympics in Rio. But what if coding was one of the competitive events? A new HackerRank study reveals that the United States wouldn’t stack up quite so well against international competition.

Why Aren’t You Asking Questions?
It’s the kickoff meeting. You are the lead designer on the project, and this is the first meeting with everyone in the room. Your client is reciting her wish list, and you’re taking diligent notes—probably with cute, relatable doodles.

Privacy and Personalization Can Coexist Through Good Design
By developing their user experiences around improved security, companies can deliver systems that feel customized and simple while maintaining privacy and security.

Interesting Technology Posts

Computers Are For Girls, Too
I remember three things about my first computer science class in college. First, improbably, the professor was named Ramm, as in “random access memory.”

Wild Close-Ups of Computer Chips Look Like Intricate Cities
People spend hours each day starting at computers and smartphones, but rarely see the minuscule circuits that make them work. But if you take a close look at a microprocessor, you’ll see something amazing.

What Will the Podcasting Business Look Like Ten Years from Now?
This week I got to hang out with Bo Ren on Tumblr’s awesome roof deck, and we got into a lively debate about the future of podcasts.

How the Internet was Invented
In 40 years, the internet has morphed from a military communication network into a vast global cyberspace. And it all started in a California beer garden.

Our Stuff

Why Don’t More Websites Use HSTS to Protect Their Users.
HSTS is a security mechanism that helps prevent a potential circumvention of SSL encyrption, ensuring that sensitive data isn’t exposed.

This month we leave you with probably the best use of Microsoft Excel ever.

Matthew Davis is a technical writer and Linux geek for Future Hosting.

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