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TedX - Four Principles of an Open World

According to Don Tapscott’s "Four Principles of an Open World" TED talk, we are experiencing one of the most significant times in human history. Through the Internet and other innovations, we are able to collaborate like never before, and that change is having a profound effect on society.

The world is becoming more open, and people are demanding a higher level of truth and transparency from major institutions, like government and corporate structure. As Tapscott explains, these institutions must evolve to adapt to this new “open world” or face failure.  The collapse of several powerful banks and the resulting economic struggle is one example he gives to prove that adapting is vital.  » Read more

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The DRM graveyard part 2: A brief history of digital rights management in video and TV

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A few months ago, we outlined a few of the major moments in the history of digital rights management (DRM) in the music industry. This time, we're talking about TV, video, and the events in the ongoing fight over copying. We're still calling it the "DRM graveyard"--but as you'll see, the failures that DRM has seen in the music world aren't quite yet as plentiful when it comes to video. » Read more

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Observations from working at Red Hat: My first 2 weeks

Observations from working at Red Hat

I just started a new job in marketing and social media at Red Hat.  This is my first time working for an open source company, and I didn’t know what to expect.  I knew what it meant for software to be open source, but I had no idea how the principles of open source could be applied to other areas of business.
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Open Beats rock Brazil

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Last week, #RioPlusSocial was one of the top trending global topics on Twitter. Part of the United Nations conference on sustainable development (called Rio+20), Rio+Social welcomed throngs of activists, politicians, moguls, and artists to Brazil, to discuss solutions for a growing list of global problems. Sponsored by the United Nations Foundation and several partners, the conference featured lectures and roundtable discussions with icons such as Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus, the first woman President of Ireland Mary Robinson, billionaires Ted Turner and Richard Branson, and innovators such as Alnoor Ladha, a founding partner of Purpose, and Mashable founder Pete Cashmore. » Read more

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The FUEL project: A localization effort of content, collaboration, and consistency

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FUEL stands for frequently used entries for localization, and the FUEL project [community wiki ; project website] is an open source effort that aims to solve the problem of inconsistency and lack of standardization in computer software localization.

FUEL provides standard and consistent guidelines for translated-language computer users. FUEL works to create linguistic and technical resources like standardized terminology resources, computer translation style and convention guides, and assessment methodologies. » Read more

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Submit your cow-laboration

Submit your cow-laboration

We're designing a cow the open source way—with our communities. Red Hat is proud to be a sponsor of the 2012 Cow Parade. A three-dimensional cow will be on display as public art in Raleigh, North Carolina. This year's event is raising money for the North Carolina Children's Hospital.

The Red Hat cow will be a truly collaborative work. We're asking our » Read more

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Which of these t-shirt designs inspire you?

Linux.com t-shirt finalists

Last month, we reported that the Linux Foundation launched its annual t-shirt design contest by asking Tux fans around the world to submit ideas for new threads "inspired by freedom."

Nearly 100 entries flooded in, and a committee has just completed the difficult work of selecting five finalists. Now, the Linux Foundation is asking for even more community participation in the contest.

It wants your help selecting the winners. » Read more

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Open source is like falling in love

Open source is for lovers

I've always believed that the best things in life should come in open source packages. Openness is a natural synonym with selflessness and, thus, with love in its truest form. That's the analogy that instantly came to my mind after reading this article by Bryan Behrenshausen, which discusses ways to explain the concept of openness to your friends. » Read more

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Design without debt: Five tools for designers on a budget

Design without debt: Five tools for designers on a budget

Professional design software like Photoshop is terrific, but it’s also expensive. What do you do if you're a designer on a tight budget? Photoshop is truly the best program for what it does, but that doesn't mean there aren't some very good alternatives that cost exactly nothing. There are quite of few free or open source alternatives, so it would be helpful to know a bit about them and compare them to what your specific needs are. In many cases, there are online tutorials for these free programs that can help you master them quickly. » Read more

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How much would you pay to free your favorite book?

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Think of a book you absolutely love. Now imagine being able to share a copy of that book with anyone, anywhere, as quickly and easily as you can send an email.

Normally, this just wouldn't be possible. Chances are, your favorite book hasn't even been digitized. And if it has, copyright restrictions or digital rights management technologies likely prevent you from making and disseminating copies of it. » Read more

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