The Best of FOSSlife 2020

With 2020 rapidly coming to a close, it’s time to take a quick look back at the past year. We launched the FOSSlife website last June with the goal of providing news and articles relating to the people, projects, and trends involved in free and open source software. We also aim to serve as an entry point for those who are new to the world of FOSS, offering introductions to open source concepts and careers. Since then, we have seen the website grow and flourish, and we’re grateful for the support you’ve shown.

To celebrate an end to this challenging year, let’s highlight some successes by revisiting the top articles of 2020. Below are the five most popular articles published on FOSSlife this year.

7 Steps to Get Started with Git by John SJ Anderson
Once you've decided to contribute to an open source project, you’re probably going to need to use a tool called Git. Git can be difficult to wrap your head around, so this article breaks down each step you’ll need to take to complete your first contribution.

2 Simple Steps for Securing Your Linux Desktop by Chris Binnie
In this article, Chris Binnie details two obvious considerations of securing a desktop machine, including frequently running package updates and configuring a few firewall rules to help keep the bad guys out. 

What Is a System Administrator? by Amber Ankerholz
We look at the role of a system administrator, including general responsibilities, expected skills, and daily duties, and we provide information about ways in which you can learn more and take the next steps on your open source journey.

What Is a Site Reliability Engineer (SRE)? by Amber Ankerholz
We explore the role of site reliability engineer (SRE), which is related to system administration but goes beyond that role and requires a markedly different skill set. We provide an overview of the job duties and expectations to help you understand this relatively new career path.

Beginner’s Guide to FreeBSD by Anne Dickison
If you’re interested in trying a new operating system or looking at expanding your open source horizons, it’s time to try FreeBSD. This free Unix-like operating system was created in 1993 and is descended from Research Unix via the Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD). This article provides a quick introduction and resources for getting started. 

Please let us know if you have suggestions for future articles. We appreciate your support of FOSSlife and look forward to the coming year.