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Why diversity is lacking among open source developers, Valve joins the Linux Foundation, and more

open source news and highlights

Open source news for your reading pleasure.

December 2 - 6, 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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Wrapping up the Summer of Code at the Googleplex

Google Summer of Code annual Mentor Summit

Over 280 attendees representing 177 mentoring organizations gathered for a two-day, code-munity extravaganza celebrating the conclusion of Google Summer of Code with the annual Mentor Summit held at Google in Mountain View, California. » Read more

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Use your open source contributions to get a job

CodeDoor: get a job based on your contributions to open source

One night, after reading the Who’s Hiring Freelance thread on HackerNews, I decided there had to be a more efficient way to match programmers with freelance jobs. While sites like oDesk and eLance are general-purpose marketplaces for freelance workers, they seem to have more of an emphasis on price than quality. On the other hand, sites like TopTal and ooomf vet freelance programmers that apply to join the site by screening the candidates. So, while I’m sure they have a pool of excellent programmers for hire, they require applicants to spend time on a process that may or may not yield work opportunities, even if they get accepted.

So, I started CodeDoor, a platform » Read more

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Which organization would you donate your time or money to?

open source giving

Giving Tuesday offers a reprieve from the shopping frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday (so named for the huge discounts and bizarre store hours offered to consumers in preparation for holiday giving). From the wiki, #GivingTuesday™ is: » Read more

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Enter the 2013 open source holiday giveaway, win a 3D printer and much more

2013 Open Source Holiday Gift Giveaway

UPDATE: The contest has closed and winners are in the process of being notified and shipped their gifts. We will have an update about the winners in early 2014.

Enter our 2013 open source holiday gift giveaway by filling out this entry form by December 11. Read the official rules for more details.

See what you could win and find out more about the contest below.


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Downloading Wikipedia is easier than you might think, what's in store for Linux in 2014, and more

open source news and highlights

Open source news for your reading pleasure.

November 17 - 22, 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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TenFourFox extends useful life of older macs

open source technology

In 2001 and 2002, I managed Macintosh computers in the Arlington, Virginia public school system. As I was setting up these fast iMac G3 computers, I wondered if and when they would become obsolete. More than ten years later, it turns out they can still be used thanks to the open source TenFourFox web browser, built on top of Mozilla Firefox code. And, perhaps, they can be used for several more years to come.

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The open source thank you challenge

thank you the open source way

A simple thank you goes a long way. That's why I would like to thank you, our readers and contributors, for making Opensource.com a vibrant community. We have experienced tremendous growth over the last year and much of that is because of you. Now, I'd like to challenge you to help us pay it forward—with just a simple thank you.

Over the next week, try to thank at least five people that have contributed to an open source project you care about.

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Seven collaboration steps to take a video from concept to reality

video collaboration tips

"We should make a video."

In this YouTube age, chances are you’ve said this before, or you’ve been around when a co-worker suggested it. Videos can be a solid way to explain a concept or showcase something in a way that words just can’t quite convey.

But creating a video from scratch can also be a lot for one person to tackle. » Read more

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Python catches up by leaps and bounds in the enterprise

Python in the enterprise

This is a summary of Jessica McKellar's talk about Python in the Enterprise at the All Things Open conference this year. She is on the Board of Directors for the Python Software Foundation and an active leader of the Boston Python User Group.


Python, the programming language, is an open source, volunteer-driven project. Historically viewed as a scripting language (think: slow), the Python of today has developed into a robust and responsive language for the enterprise and other open initiatives around the world—with a Foundation to boot that reinvests money into the community and works to attract newcomers. » Read more

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