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Poll: What's your favorite creative design tool?

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Last week, Red Hatter Máirín Duffy gave us a run down of her favorite open source creative tools. This week, we turn the table and ask you which application you favor in every day practice. » Read more

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Should we require that open source is developed openly?

more than being open source

Roy Tennant wrote an interesting post about the definition of open source, in it he says:

"Open source" should mean exactly that and nothing more—the source code of the software is open, thereby allowing others to see it, understand it, and perhaps modify it. How the software itself is developed should be an additional aspect to the terminology, such as "openly developed open source."

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Gnome 3 vs. Gnome 2 vs. change

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Exploring different desktops is a good thing. I’ve recently converted to GNOME 3 ("hallowed be its Name in all the earth, etc.") and I admit freely to enjoying it (a lot).

I also have to admit that part of the reason I’m enjoying it is because it’s a change.

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Why collective authorship is awesome for pop culture entertainment

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What do you think when hearing the term collective authorship? Wikipedia or open source software might first come to mind. These are collaboratively-created products and services that enhance education, technology, and business. You might not be so quick to think of a largely overlooked area where collective authorship is gaining significance: pop culture entertainment. The comedy genre, in particular, is experiencing notable changes because of open thinking, and for the better. » Read more

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A tour through open source creative tools

open source lightning talks

Every tool in this talk is available via Fedora 17, the latest version of Fedora. Here's a quick rundown of the tools represented in this talk. » Read more

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Participatory culture creates a sense of belonging

participation

In 2005, I started a new job working as the public geek at the Takoma Park Maryland Library, a public library in the Washington D.C. area. My main duty is helping youth and adults use the 28 public Linux stations. I started the job soon after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and one day found myself welcoming several Katrina refugees who had relocated to Takoma Park.

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Beer brings people together: Obama, homebrewers, and online communities

Open source beer

In my favorite open source quote, Richard Stallman explains that "Free software is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand that concept, you should think of 'free' as in 'free speech,' not as in 'free beer'." 

However in the past week, I've begun to question the validity of this explanation. In fact, I would argue that free software is exactly like free beer.  » Read more

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Make anything into a key with Makey Makey invention kit

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Piano stairs? Water bucket Dance Dance Revolution? Play-Doh Super Mario Brothers! Makey Makey is an invention kit that connects to your computer and uses a special board to turn everyday items into keys. It tricks your computer into thinking that almost anything (that even slightly conducts electricty) is a keyboard. As you can see in this video, the world is your oyster-key-input. » Read more

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Mozilla measures interest in their open source projects using site metrics

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David Boswell has a couple of interesting posts (here and here) about how he is using metrics to measure how effective Mozilla is at attracting and engaging people who express an interest in helping contribute to the Mozilla mission. » Read more

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Who would you take...fishing?

open source question and answers

This poll is based on a life situation you will likely never find yourself in, but isn't it fun to ponder who you would take and why (comments)? » Read more

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