open source project stages
In a recent training session, I discussed commitment gradients—how much extra effort is involved to move between each stage of involvement within a project.  After the session I was asked for some examples of commitment gradients and how it’s possible to make them shallower, so it’s easier for... Read more
2 comments Posted 3 Mar 2014 by OSS Watch Feed
desire path
The more I learn about OpenStack, the more I see why there is so much buzz about the technology as well as about the community of developers and users. In a poll hosted on, we discovered that many of our readers are curious and eager to learn more about OpenStack. For those new to... Read more
5 comments Posted 27 Feb 2014 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
open for business
In January 2013, I started exploring open source solutions to help implement my business idea. I used Wordpress, Joomla, and OpenShift to create FilmBoxFestival, a platform for streaming documentary films. Note: It is still in the testing phase. I created, validated, and gained traction for my... Read more
2 comments Posted 26 Feb 2014 by Nabeel Hussain Feed
Linux desktop environment
When you install a Linux distribution, a set of programs comes along with it. It's easy to add and delete elements of the programs that don't fit with your needs, but what about altering the look and feel of the distribution to suit you? The key is to add a second desktop environment or window... Read more
17 comments Posted 24 Feb 2014 by Meine Feed
developing possibilities
Vendors and original equipment manufacturers (OEM)—and their IT customers, governments, and academics—are all using, buying, and making open source software, and often all three activities at once. This is a good way to think about one’s relationship with open source software projects. There are... Read more
2 comments Posted 24 Feb 2014 by The Outercurve Foundation Feed
open source coding
I came to work with open source after an experience in college. We used a system called Usenet,a world wide distributed discussion forum. At the university, there wasn't an email client I liked, so I wrote one and just gave it (including the source code) to whoever wanted it. This experience... Read more
0 comments Posted 20 Feb 2014 by Heiko W. Rupp (Red Hat) Feed
OpenStack storage policies
OpenStack Object Storage (code named Swift) has a fairly frequent release schedule for improvements and new capabilities but naturally, there is always significant gravity around integrated releases for any OpenStack project. Even though the Havana release was very big for OpenStack Swift, with new... Read more
0 comments Posted 19 Feb 2014 by John Dickinson Feed
The people behind the scenes who work tirelessly to make your Linux distribution run smoothly are the packagers. The vast majority of Linux packagers are volunteers who dedicate their evenings and weekends to create and maintain the gears of the Linux distributions they love. The Linux ecosystem is... Read more
19 comments Posted 19 Feb 2014 by Luis Ibanez Feed
developing possibilities
Are you an XP user looking for a similar alternative? Is your PC aging but you don't care for the Windows 8 Metro interface?
41 comments Posted 18 Feb 2014 by Maricelle Thomas Feed
think laterally
For the last decade we’ve watched an epic contest unfold between open source and proprietary technology, and 2014 is the year that this dynamic will radically transform. The lines between open source and proprietary are becoming irrevocably blurred as proprietary firms pour resources into open... Read more
6 comments Posted 18 Feb 2014 by Eren Niazi Feed