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NASA achieves data goals for Mars rover with open source software

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Since the landing of NASA’s rover, Curiosity, on Mars on August 6, 2012 (Universal Earth Time -- evening of August 5, Pacific Time), I have been following the incredible wealth of images that have been flowing back. I am awestruck by the breadth and beauty of the them.  

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David Eaves delivers a talk on the Science of Community at OSCON 2012

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With a background on negotiation theory, David brings a fresh and interesting perspective on the behavioral norms of open source communities. » Read more

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Lightworks for Linux: The developer's story

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Lightworks for Linux is approaching its public testing phase. Lead Developer Rob Fearnside answers questions from Red Shark News about how it got to this stage.

Editor's note: Lightworks is a high-end non-linear video editor. » Read more

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Are leaders in your organization practicing openness?

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Jim Whitehurst, President and CEO of Red Hat, Inc., recently shared his thoughts on leadership in business at the Marbles annual Big Idea Forum. He said, "For leaders to be truly effective, they're going to have to operate as catalysts. When you get into the details, it's subtle but it's incredibly important."  » Read more

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Open source software helps artists create music

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TruthLogik, a New York based hip hop artist, says that in a million years he could not have imagined he would be recording an album using entirely free software. When he first stumbled on open source music-making tools, he thought about the computer classes he took in school. He had never been exposed to the idea that free software could be so well-made and uniquely useful.

Making music using open source tools and software has been gaining some traction, so we sat down with TruthLogik and asked how he created a hip hop album solely using open source software. » Read more

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Beat Making Lab assembling development team

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Our Beat Making Lab is applying for an Open Art grant, which would allow us to start development on our dream: open source beat making software we are calling PAMOJA, which means oneness or solidarity.

The grant is sponsored by Mozilla and Eyebeam Art & Technology Center and would invest $15,000 towards development of the software. This would help us foster music creation in communities internationally. » Read more

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Open Hardware Summit open to hybrid models

Wired editor-in-chief Chris Anderson

If there was an overarching message from the speakers at last week's Open Hardware Summit, particularly those in the first morning block, it's that openness isn't that critical. It sounds strange coming from a conference whose name starts with "open," but speaker after speaker talked about hybrids and doing whatever worked, not just doing what was open. » Read more

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The feedback loop can improve your game

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It's football season and I'm trying my hand at helping coach my son's team. He's surprisingly good at defensive end and I am obviously very proud. It's all what you would expect, until recently, something stood out. » Read more

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OpenStreetMap makes first open map of the world

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Everyone is talking about maps lately. Google maps are no longer on the iPhone. Apple maps have some serious bugs. Luckily, open source maps are making a move. » Read more

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How to use Inkscape to print 3D

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Inkscape is a magnificent open source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.

It is used for many purposes like designing icons, textures, cartoons, graphics, etc, but did you know that you can now print what you draw in Inkscape on 3D? Thanks to TinkerCAD you can! » Read more

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