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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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AdaCamp DC: A learning environment for women in open source

http://xkcd.com/385/

Everyone has been a minority in a larger group. You lived overseas and were the only American. You were the only tattooed person visiting the senior center. You were the only woman at a software conference. At those times, whether you wanted to be or not, you 'represent.' Your actions and words would set a standard, good or bad, by which others like you would be judged.

If you were in a foul mood, then all teenagers are rude. And if you sucked at math, then all girls suck at math. This is why AdaCamp DC this year was such a joy.

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Coming unglued: Lessons in openness from a successful crowdfunding campaign

Crowdfunding

Last month, this site featured an article about the startup I work for, Unglue.it. Briefly, we think more books should be available to the world under Creative Commons licenses, and we think authors and publishers should be paid for their work. We're doing this through a crowdfunding model: raise enough money up front to make it worthwhile, and there's no reason for authors and publishers not to make their books freely available to all. Of course, any innovative model inspires many questions, but the most common questions we get have been about open culture—from widely differing perspectives. Opensource.com has asked me to share some of what we've learned since Unglue.it completed its first successful campaign. » Read more

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Like an open book: Your 2012 summer reading

summer reading

Summer has settled firmly upon opensource.com headquarters in Raleigh—just as it has throughout the rest of the United States—but our team has successfully avoided the scorching, 100-degree heat by spending time with some truely refreshing ideas. » Read more

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Linux t-shirt design contest winner inspired by Mom

Linux.com t-shirt finalists

Ladies and gentlemen, the wait is over! Brian Beck has been named the 2012 Linux Foundation T-shirt Design winner. » Read more

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The Open Source Initiative: Add your voice

Tell me more

One of my personal open source community highlights this year was joining the Open Source Initiative (OSI) board. I first discovered OSI in 2003 when I was asked to weigh in on proposed legislation in Oregon that was designed to mandate the use of open source by all state agencies. Yep, I actually wrote the official executive branch position--but that's another story. » Read more

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Highlights from OSCON 2012 and the Community Leadership Summit

Tim O'Reilly's 2012 OSCON keynote

Whether you're in Portland trying to keep up with everything, or at home and following along, here are some mid-week highlights from OSCON 2012. » Read more

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David Eaves' OSCON keynote encourages open source communities to apply negotiation theory among contributors

OSCON podium

David Eaves (read his opensource.com posts) is an open government and open data expert with a background in negotiation theory. In his OSCON 2012 keynote today, Eaves described how the broad open source community has spent a lot of time wrestling with the art of community management and told attendees how he believes negotiation theory could be applied to improve those communities. » Read more

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