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An intern's story: Strong communities leave no stone unturned

Interns learn about open source culture at Red Hat

This summer I worked as a marketing intern at Red Hat in the JBoss Middleware business unit. As you may expect, I learned a lot about marketing and middleware. But I also learned that open source is as much a culture as a software development model.  » Read more

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In Hacker Highschool, students learn to redesign the future

Knowledge is power: A hacker's curriculum

It might sound strange, but every industry and profession could benefit from an employee as creative, resourceful, and motivated as a hacker. Hackers can teach themselves how things work and how groups of things work together. Hackers know how to modify things—to adjust, personalize, and even improve them. And it is the hacker whose skillset is diverse, unique, and powerful enough to be dangerous in the hands of the wrong person. Enter ISECOMa non-profit, open source research group focused on next-generation security and professional security development and accreditationand its popular project, Hacker Highschool.

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See what it's like to be a flight controller for Curiosity

One of the first images of the Martian surface from Curiosity

Been wondering what it's like to be a flight controller in charge of exploring Mars? You can satisfy your Curiosity curiosity by downloading NASA's next-generation mission operations software, Mission Control Technologies. NASA Ames Research Center released the MCT software under an Apache 2.0 license. » Read more

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OSCON 2012: Kaitlin Thaney calls for open science

Kaitlin Thaney speaks at OSCON 2012

At the recent OSCON 2012 convention, Kaitlin Thaney, Manager of External Partnerships at Digital Science, shared in her talk a fresh approach to scientific research. » Read more

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Should the naked ping be stopped?

The naked ping

The naked, unaswered ping. It might leave you wondering, what did that person want? Was it important? Why didn't they just ask me what they needed? » Read more

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The science of community management, a look at open source 2.0

Bubble hands

Want to thank everyone who came to my session and who sent me wonderful feedback from both the keynote and the session. I was thrilled to see ZDnet wrote a piece about the keynote as well as have practioners, such as Sonya Barry, the Community Manager for Java write things like this about the longer session: » Read more

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Open source gift from Netflix rains chaos in your cloud

From Netflix, new tools for failing faster

At first blush, the software Netflix open sourced on Monday seems like part of an elaborate joke. » Read more

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Three tips for working with open source diagrams

open source design

If you're a big-time open source fanatic like me, you probably get questions about open source alternatives to proprietary tools rather frequently. From the 'Alternatives to Microsoft® Visio®' department, here are three tips that should help designers who use Visio in an open source environment. If you need an open source option for opening Visio files, a revived open source application for creating diagrams, or a lesser-known open source tool for converting Visio® stencils, these tips are for you. » Read more

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A bold experiment this August: One new Linux distribution every day

Todd Robinson believes in open source

In open source software communities, few events are as exciting as the release of a new operating system. Community members may wait for months—even years—as fresh versions of their favorite Linux distributions are collectively and meticulously prepared, debugged, and packaged for the world.

Next month, Todd Robinson will release a Linux-based desktop operating system in a single day. Thirty-one times in a row. » Read more

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Creative Commons CEO reflects on YouTube's remixable library

Open video

How many of you have utilized the four million Creative Commons videos on YouTube? Cathy Casserly, CEO of Creative Commons, recently shared a guest post on YouTube's blog, reflecting on the first year of YouTube's Creative Commons video library. According to Casserly, this library is larger than any other in the world.

Casserly illustrates exactly why the Creative Commons Attribution license (also known as CC BY) is useful with several examples: » Read more

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