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Free as in Bach: Open Goldberg Variations released

Free as in Bach: Open Goldberg Variations released

The Kickstarter funded collaboration between Kimiko Ishizaka and MuseScore has released their new recording and score of Bach's Goldberg Variations into the public domain using the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) licensing tool. This is just one of the ways in which Kickstarter, which has pumped over $36,000,000 USD into the music industry since its inception, is revolutionizing the business of music. OpenSource.com first reported on the project in April, 2011, during the fundraising phase. » Read more

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The future must be decentralized

On the scene

Deb Nicholson is worried about the future of our data.

They're being stockpiled by organizations whose ability to protect them is diminishing, but whose ability to keep users from accessing or transporting them is increasing. Bit by bit, these data are being centralized--gathered in large repositories outside users' control and sequestered there when competing products or services can't access or read them. » Read more

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Preparing for my first open source conference

Preparing for my first open source conference

It's time for a confession: I have never been to an open source conference.

I've been an open source and free culture advocate for more than half a decade. I've used open source operating systems and applications on my computers and mobile devices for nearly as long. I've contributed to open source documentation efforts. I've organized a university event to promote the principles of open source in college. And I've been writing for opensource.com.

But I've never been to an honest-to-goodness, full-blown conference. » Read more

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An open source analogy: Open source is like sharing a recipe

Open source is like sharing a recipe

I love listening to open source gurus explain open source to those who have never encountered it, and especially to those with little computing background. In conversations with folks who may have never heard the term 'source code,' open source advocates don't typically have recourse to related words like 'Linux,' 'copyleft,' or 'binary blobs.' That comfortable vocabulary suddenly fails them, leaving them frustrated and stammering. » Read more

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With Mozilla Webmaker, a new generation of coders learns the language of the web

Mozilla Webmaker

We're proud to launch "Mozilla Webmaker," a new program to help people everywhere make, learn and play using the open building blocks 
of the web.

The goal: help millions of people move from using the web to making the web. With new tools to use, projects to create, and events to join, we want to help the world increase their understanding of the web and take greater control of their online lives.

And we'd like you to join us. » Read more

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What's a Beefy Miracle anyway? The story of the Fedora 17 release name

Beefy Miracle

Last October, I received a message via Twitter from a hot dog. This hot dog, calling itself The Beefy Miracle, informed me that the latest version of the Fedora operating system, Fedora 17, was going to be named after it. The voting was close, but Beefy Miracle ended up winning by almost 150 votes, and it was released yesterday. » Read more

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Flarf and the prospect of open source poetry

Flarf and the prospect of open source poetry

From the beginnings of human literature, there has been an instinct to identify with the community, the collective, more than with any individual author. Many of our most valuable texts have been created by social groups and belong to those groups. Multiple, anonymous authorship brought China its cherished Classic of Poetry, gave England Beowulf, and even accounts for parts of the Christian Bible, such as the book of Hebrews—author unknown. The Bible, by the way, tells not one definitive account of the story of Christ, but four that contain conflicting details. So despite the current celebrity mystique surrounding the individual, named author, it's safe to say that at the core of human civilization lie values of collaboration, shared experience, and shared ownership. And certain movements in literature today remind us of those values. » Read more

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Open source hardware: Fast and malleable

release early and often

SparkFun is not like BMW. We will never be the company to produce the luxury market version of breakout boards and development tools. I believe the only way SparkFun will survive this quickly changing world is to be malleable. We have to be ready to change. » Read more

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Penguicon--Would you like some sci-fi in your open source?

Penguicon

Perhaps you've looked around a Linux conference and noticed more than a few "Han Shot First" t-shirts. Or maybe you enjoy sci-fi cons and are always pleased to see costumes powered by Arduinos. This year, the tenth annual Penguicon celebrated what happens when you cross those streams. » Read more

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Inspired by Linux? Design a T-shirt

Inspired by Linux? Design a T-shirt

The Linux Foundation launched their annual T-shirt design contest. The theme this year is "Inspired by Linux," and The Linux Foundation created an inspirational video urging people to create a design based on what inspires them. » Read more

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