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Top 10 and editor's picks: June review

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Opensource.com brought in 868,894 page views in June from 523,149 unique visitors, our second best month of all time. We published 101 articles, including three series: SouthEast LinuxFest 2016, Open Source and Entertainment, and Open Source Bridge.

June marked the public launch of the community version of the Open Decision Framework, which has quickly become Opensource.com’s most successful GitHub project, now featuring 420 stars, 43 forks, and thousands of unique visitors.

We welcomed 16 new authors, and 64% of our content was contributed by members of the open source community. Our community moderators contributed 29 articles (29% of our total content).

June also was an busy month for The Open Organization community on Opensource.com. We celebrated the first anniversary of Jim Whitehurst’s book, The Open Organization, with a live webcast, live community Twitter chat, and the release of Jim’s recent writings collected in a new Creative Commons-licensed book, Catalyst-In-Chief. The book is available as a free PDF download, or you can purchase a paperback copy of the book from our publishing partner, Lulu. (Please note that, like print editions of our 2015 Open Source Yearbook, the Catalyst-In-Chief book is sold entirely at cost.)

A few editors, moderators, and writers attended SouthEast LinuxFest and Red Hat Summit in June. Check out our Instagram account for photos and videos from the events.

June highlights

Top 6

Editor’s Pick 6

Here are six must-read articles from June:

  1. Technically this counts as two articles, but they go together so I’m taking editorial prerogative and giving VM Brasseur’s IRC articles a spot on our list. VM provided an excellent primer on getting started with IRC and she put together a handy IRC quickstart guide. As soon as you’re up and running on IRC, join us in the #opensource.com channel on Freenode. There you’ll find Opensource.com editors, community moderators, writers, and readers who will be happy to answer questions about using IRC or anything Opensource.com-related.
  2. Chris Grams, author of The Ad-Free Brand: Secrets to Building Successful Brands in a Digital World, provides practical advice for how to avoid Brandy McBrandface issues when running projects openly.
  3. JT Pennington rounded up open source tools to enable professional photography.
  4. How do you keep contributors involved with your open source project? D Ruth Bavousett attended Joshua Matthews’ OSCON talk and explains his 5-step plan for making sure new contributors have a positive experience.
  5. If you’re interested in getting started with 3D printing in Blender, be sure to check out Jason van Gumster’s tutorial.
  6. Patrick Masson, General Manager for the Open Source Initiative, interviewed Janice Lathen, founding director and president of Powering Potential, to find out about bringing the Raspberry Pi to schools in Tanzania.

2016 Red Hat Summit booth with Tom Callaway and a Lulzbot TAZ 3D printer

Top 10 articles published in June

  1. Why I built my own homebrew Linux router—Jim Salter
  2. Open source math and numerical computing tools—Jason Baker
  3. 3 PHP frameworks compared: Symfony, Laravel, and Yii—Dr. Michael J. Garbade
  4. Building a Linux laptop for an immigrant family—Phil Shapiro
  5. Introduction to GnuCOBOL—D Ruth Bavousett
  6. Managing passwords and security on your Linux server—Alex Juarez
  7. The fun and semi-useless toys of Linux—Seth Kenlon
  8. 7 open source terminal-based games for Linux—Jason Baker
  9. Open source PDF readers, creators, and editors—Jason Baker
  10. How to launch a community project on GitHub—Jono Bacon

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Also find out what’s coming up in our Opensource.com July preview.

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