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Top 5 things Angie Byron loves about Drupal

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Angie Byron is an advocate for Drupal. Commonly known online as webchick, she is a Drupal core co-maintainer. She has her finger on the pulse of the community, helping to manage over 1,600 contributors from all over the world.

In this interview, Angie shares the top five things she loves about the Drupal community, how she got started in open source, her passion for getting more newbies and women involved in open source, as well as her best tips for community management.

Plus, she's speaking at the upcoming All Things Open conference in Raleigh, NC and gives us a sneak preview to her keynote and session talk. » Read more

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How the Linux Foundation is helping the auto industry shift to open source infotainment systems

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If you’re a Linux fan and a car enthusiast, then you might be a little jealous of Rudolf Streif’s job. As the director of embedded solutions for The Linux Foundation, Streif is in charge of helping to foster the adoption of Linux and open source in the automotive industry. » Read more

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When open source invests in diversity, everyone wins

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Jessica McKellar is an entrepreneur, software engineer, and open source developer. She helps organize the Boston Python user group and plays a big role in diversity outreach by introducing and welcoming more beginners and women. Participation has increased from 0-2% to 15% and the user group has sustained this over the past two years.

It's results like this that convince Jessica that when open source communities invest in diversity outreach, everyone benefits. Since implementing a beginner series, intermediate workshops, and open source sprints, the Boston Python user group has over quintupled in size, from 700 members to 4000+. They are now the largest Python user group in the world. That type of growth is something all open source communities should aspire to.

Read more about Jessica McKellar in this interview. » Read more

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Enter for a chance to win a free ticket to the All Things Open conference

Twitter contest

Regular readers of Opensource.com have probably noticed our recent interviews with some of the speakers of the upcoming All Things Open conference later this month in Raleigh, NC. We've had a ball interviewing some of the top developers, technologists, and decision makers in the open source space, and now we want you to have some fun too.

We're inviting you to enter our Twitter drawing for your chance to win a conference pass to All Things Open in Raleigh, NC, on October 23 and 24.

Here's how to enter: » Read more

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Kickstarting open source music and doubling the number of scores for the blind

 Open Well-Tempered Clavier Bach to Bach

Serendipity was once described to me as looking for a needle in the haystack and finding the farmer's daughter. In the case of the Open Well-Tempered Clavier, it was rather trying to make an open source version of Bach's music and finding out that blind musicians face a critical shortage in the number of braille scores they have available to study. And, unlike every other time someone has come to this realization in the past 200 years, there is now actually something that can be done about it, using open source software. » Read more

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Weekly wrap-up: "Tessel" may become a household geek-word, open source calls shotgun, and more

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Open source news this week:

October 7 - October 11, 2013


What other open source-related news stories did you read about this week? Share them with us in the comments section. Follow us on Twitter where we share these stories in real time.

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Open access to scientific knowledge has reached its tipping point

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A recent study funded by the European Commission and undertaken by analysts at Science-Metrix, a Montreal-based company that assesses science and technology organizations, has concluded that half of all published academic papers become freely available in no more than two years.

According to the study, the year 2011 is a milestone for open access. By this analysis, 50% of all scientific articles published in 2011 are currently available in some open access form or another, and the trend is toward more and more articles becoming open access.

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Weekly wrap-up: Happy Birthday to GNU, French agency to switch 72,000 PCs to Linux, and more

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Open source news this week:

September 30 - October 4, 2013


What other open source-related news stories did you read about this week? Share them with us in the comments section. Follow us on Twitter where we share these stories in real time.

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From the web developer's toolkit: building an open source image placeholder

open source image placeholder

Image placeholder services are useful tools for web app developers. They serve the singular purpose of marking the location of a future image within a design or layout. Spaces that will eventually be filled with production images can be worked around while the artists or photographers prepare the images behind the scenes. From the perspective of rapid application development, an image placeholder service is a standard part of the developer’s toolkit.

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Bringing open source to the masses, one small, local conference at a time

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The folks who planned the RTP180 conference for Open source all the things a few weeks ago in North Carolina did so in an open source manner. Using Triangle Wiki—a local collection of information about the towns of and around Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill that anyone can edit and add to—they posted info, found speakers, and coordinated the agenda. Then, they opened the event by bringing in "contributors" from the crowd to give the introduction.

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