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Open source private cloud storage with OpenStack Swift

open source cloud solution

Everyone has data. It's always growing, and you should have ownership of everything that touches your data. You need to have the ability to see and make changes to the code managing your storage system. Having ownership of your data gives you control of your own destiny.

All this started with web apps: companies were embracing the web as a new way to easily deliver software to a massive audience and looking for scalable infrastructure on which to build their applications. So, in 2009, Rackspace Hosting launched a product to give application developers access to flexible, scalable storage built to serve content at a massive scale.

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Are freeloaders helpful or hurtful to open source communities?

FOSS contributors

Concerns are raised every once in a while in the broader free and open source software community about freeloaders. The attitude expressed is that if you're getting the benefit of FOSS, you should contribute. Building a business on a FOSS project you don't own, whether you're providing a service or product around a FOSS project should in return garner some sort of quid pro quo. In reality, freeloaders are desirable.

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No one was harmed in the making of this device

More than open source

With the volcanic rise of the Android OS, smartphones are becoming predominantly open devices. Millions of people are happily walking around with Linux in their pockets and they don’t even know it. Nor should they have to; your average consumer will not choose a smartphone based on its open operating system. If sales are any indication, it’s no longer an uphill battle for open source on smartphones.

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Make it easy to contribute by making the software easy to test

testing software

Question: How do you get more developers to contribute to a free and open source software project? Contribution is the lifeblood of a FOSS community  Without contributions the community can’t grow beyond the initial project founders. People don’t just show up ready to work. They very likely start as users, even of the fledgling software before it really starts to take shape as the robust solution it could become.

Let’s approach the question of getting more developers involved as "software engineers" instead of as "community organizers" by asking a different question: Why do we use software versioning a.k.a. software configuration management tools?

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Four types of open source communities

open source communities

Open source software is not only about programming code. There exist a vast amount of different organizational structures that facilitate the development and diffusion of open source software. In this article, I explain the main types of organizations within the open source community.

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Could open source experience land you a job?

Open source experience

It’s that time of year. The weather is warming, summer is upon us, the school year is at its end—and many folks are celebrating graduation from their university. If you’re one of those people, congratulations! Now that you’ve completed your studies, you’re probably looking forward to the next big challenge: choosing a career path.

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Behind the scenes with Bugzilla Project Leader Dave Miller

bug-tracking system

Bugzilla is an open source bug-tracking system that prides itself on offering server software that is free but skillfully designed to help developers manage their work. Their installation list is long and robust. So, how do they manage to not charge expensive licensing fees like most other commercial vendors?

I emailed Dave Miller to find out. He's the Project Leader at Bugzilla and an IT Infrastructure Engineer at Mozilla, where Bugzilla is constantly being put to the test. » Read more

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Open source project management on the rise

Open source project management

Frank Bergmann, founder of ]project-open[, talks with us about the integrated open source software stack. He says maintaining communication is essential, and it entails complete transparency.

The community will quickly punish you if you cheat. This is at the core of open source.

Frank also tells us who his open source hero is. Read on for more insight into how this open company operates.

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Migrating to open source needs a plan

Open source business plan

Perhaps you’ve considered migrating your company to an open source desktop productivity suite? There are a host of good reasons for such a move. The most obvious one that comes to mind is to save on license fees, but don’t be fooled. For the migration process to be a success and the full benefits to be reaped, you must invest in the changeover itself. Don’t believe that because you want to save money long term you should skimp short-term. A look at the City of Freiburg’s attempted migration reveals the dangers of treating the new software as a drop-in replacement.

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ProjectLibre edges in on Microsoft Project dominance

ProjectLibre innovates in the open

ProjectLibre is an open source project management solution ready to give Microsoft Project a run for their money. » Read more

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