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Best of Opensource.com: Top open source news of 2013

top open source news

In June this year, we launched a new weekly feature on Opensource.com highlighting some of the most interesting open source news from around the web. Each Friday, we share our take on recent open source news from around the globe, including some stories you may know well and some you may have missed. » Read more

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Open source vehicles get a green light with Tabby

Open source vehicles

Open hardware is gaining speed. The appetite for open source vehicles is growing. And while we may not have flying cars yet, we do have Tabby—an open source car design released by Open Source Vehicle this October.

Want to swap out an internal combustible engine for an eco-friendly electric? Tabby can do that. And, this open source vehicle is not just for makers—it’s production ready. Tabby will be rolling off the assembly line in early 2014. Will you see Tabby cruising your streets?

In this interview, we found out more about Tabby and got some insight into the open hardware movement from the team at Open Source Vehicle. » Read more

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Best of Opensource.com: Top 10 open source projects in 2013

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We cover a wide range of open source projects on Opensource.com. From beehives to Linux, from the Netherlands to India, featuring a diversity of open source projects is part of our mission. It's a goal we achieved in 2013 and one we'll continue to strive for in 2014.

Our readers tell us on a regular basis that they appreciate how we branch out and capture stories from open source projects of all kinds. In this Best of Opensource.com, we gathered our top 10 articles on open source projects. If you don't see your favorite, please share it with us in the comments and remind us why it's awesome. » Read more

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OpenShot video editor will be big in 2014

open video editor

I've been following the progress of OpenShot, an open source video editor, for the past few years. I think it achieves just the right balance between ease-of-use and a rich feature set. When I heard about the OpenShot Kickstarter campaign earlier this year, I was one of the first to contribute. By the deadline, their intended fund raising goal was more than doubled at $45,000+. This success also meant that OpenShot 2.0 will become available on Windows and Macintosh.  » Read more

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Exploring sustainable software for science

open source software for science

The first workshop on "Sustainable Software for Science: Practice and Experience," was held at the Supercomputing Conference in Denver, CO on November 17, 2013. This meeting was organized by the Software Sustainability Institute at the University of Edinburgh and the National Science Foundation to examine how we can create sustainable software platforms that can best serve the needs of scientific research. » Read more

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Best of Opensource.com: Top 10 interviews in 2013

best open source interviews in 2013

Opensource.com is here to tell the stories of those who use open source—software, hardware, and ways—to work, to create, to discover, and to add knowledge back to the world. And, interviews with these open source gurus are an excellent method of delivering that kind of thought-provoking content to our readers. » Read more

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The top 10 Linux videos of 2013, reviving dead open source projects, and more

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Open source news for your reading pleasure.

December 9-13, 2013

We scoured the web for some of this week's most interesting open source-related news stories so you don't have to. Here's what we found:

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The open source solution to the bee colony collapse problem

open source beehive designs

Last year, a third of honeybee colonies in the United States quite literally vanished. Commercial honey operations, previously abuzz with many thousands of bees, fell suddenly silent, leaving scientists and beekeepers alike scratching their heads. The reasons remain mostly a mystery for what is called Colony Collapse Disorder—a disturbing development of the drying up of beehives throughout the industrialised world.

Unfortunately, there's a lot more to the problem than simply running out of honey. Bees are one of the most abundant pollinators in the natural world. They are the unsung, unpaid facilitators of human agricultural practices and have been for as long as we have sewn seeds. Their disappearance would spell disaster for our food supply, with some estimating our species lasting only four years on this planet without them. So, what can be done? » Read more

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Video interview with Google's Open Source Director Chris DiBona on a "default to code" mentality

Opensource.com video interview with Chris DiBona

Opensource.com's Jason Hibbets recently had a chance to sit down with Google's Open Source Director Chris DiBona during the All Things Open Conference in Raleigh, NC. » Read more

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Recipes from open source thought leaders

flour + butter + stuff

We like to use the analogy that open source is like a recipe. It's a great way to explain what open source is to non-technical folks. Last year, this pumpkin spice latte recipe was popular with our community. So, we thought it would be fun to share more recipes with you this year.

We collected some great ones from a few of our open source friends: Chris Aniszczyk, Erica Brescia, Simon Phipps, and Jim Whitehurst. Share yours with us in the comments! » Read more

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