Following up on the recent review of the Maker's Manifesto, I ran across the book Makers: The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson. Anderson is a former Editor in Chief of Wired and no stranger to the economic paradoxes of peer-production and open source. He has written about both in... Read more
When you think about automobile assembly, usually it's giant factories, robotic arms, and showers of sparks from welding machines that come to mind. But Carlo De Micheli describes his first experience at the OSVehicle project, when three of their Tabby prototype cars were put together by hand... Read more
My friend Mary, a folk singer, stopped by to visit spontaneously this evening. "What are you up to?" she inquired. "I'm recording a music video for a new folk song," I explained. "The Firefox Phone was announced last week, so I need to compose a song about it."
If you're at all interested in open source and video games, you've no doubt noticed that the two don't meet nearly as often as we'd like. But we saw Steam finally come to Linux last year. We have Ouya. We have more and more great Linux games appearing, and Linux gamers always give the Humble... Read more
What's new for Google's Summer of Code (GSoC) internship program this year? For one, GSoC accepted 190 mentoring organizations, which is more than any other year. The very first GSoC program began in the summer of 2005, so this year also marks another milestone—they're 10th year anniversary.
Open source news for your reading pleasure. March 3 - 7, 2014 In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we look at Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) new minor in open source software, the Raspberry Pi's new graphics driver, and more.
Very much inspired by my interview with Bryan Behrenshausen, I’ve been spending a lot more time working with Markdown. Day-to-day, at work and at home, I usually work with either HTML or word processed documents. I’m fast with HTML and proficient with word processors, and I rarely need to convert... Read more
We had a stellar February and a new record for Opensource.com bringing in 325,775 page views and 219,300 unique visits. We finished our Women in Open Source Week at the beginning of the month, then featured Beginners in Open Source Week. These stories were gathered from developers, designers,... Read more
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) estimates the U.S. market for pre-k to 12th grade educational software and digital content to be over $7.96 billion. Testing and assessment comprise the largest category and a 35% growth rate from last year.
Down what appears to be an alley just large enough to drive a delivery truck, Mapbox's Washington, DC office is tucked into its surroundings much like their contributions to the open source cartography world: integrated without shouting. Only their trademark hexagon globe sign will let you know... Read more