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Gigabit Internet project is a makerspace in the making

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When I first heard of Chattanooga's municipal gigabit Internet project in 2010, the first thing I wanted to know was the name of the Linux user group in Chattanooga. When you combine gigabit Internet connectivity with open source software, the universe of possible products and services quickly grows to infinity. Although I live several hundred miles from Chattanooga, I signed up for the Chugalug email list and started monitoring the message traffic on that list.

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NPR reports on open source 3D printing

NPR reports on open source 3D printing

I first encountered 3-D printing in Cory Doctorow's Makers, a science fiction novel set in the wake of economic armageddon. In Doctorow's imagined near-future world, hulking industrial bulwarks are doomed. Malls are deserted. But garages are alight with innovative activity, as heroic, entrepreneurial inventor-doers concoct new gizmos by repurposing abandoned commodities. » Read more

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Optimizing your OSCON experience

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It's that time of year, again—the annual family reunion for many folks in the open source community, O'Reilly's Open Source Conference (OSCON). More than 3,000 people will gather at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland to discuss a wide variety of topics from over 300 speakers on July 16-20, 2012. OSCON has 18 tracks this year, and I'm particularly looking forward to a number of sessions on community, geek lifestyle, healthcare, and open education.

For those of you who are heading to OSCON for the first time, I have a few tips to help you get the most out of this year's conference: » Read more

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How to survive in an open world

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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