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It’s scary to join an open source project

It’s scary to join an open source project

Think of the last time you walked up to a complete stranger, stuck out your hand and said, “Hi, my name is …” Depending on how often you do that, it was probably a scary moment. Before you walked up to the person, you had to steel your nerves, decide what you were going to say, and then approach them.

Joining an open source software project is a bit like that. You have to send a mail to a huge list of random people. Or file a bugzilla bug that goes to a ton of random people. » Read more

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Snake charmers unite at PyCon 2012

PyCon 2012

This month Santa Clara, CA, hosted the largest snake charmer gathering in history—but not the mass of individuals holding flutes, wearing turbans, and playing seductively at wicker baskets you might be imagining. Rather, this crowd was more likely to be found staring at laptops than a venomous snake at the other end of a pungi. This was PyCon, a conference dedicated to charmers of the python programming language. » Read more

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Winning the hearts and minds: Dries Buytaert's DrupalCon keynote

Drupal innovation starts with open source

Drupal is built on the passion of users and developers. But what makes this premier open content management platform a case study for open innovation? Dries Buytaert, creator and project lead of Drupal and co-founder and chief technology officer of Acquia, focused his DrupalCon Denver keynote on the passion of the Drupal community. » Read more

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OpenROV: Open source robotics seek sharing, travel, gold

OpenROV: Open source robotics seek sharing, travel, gold

OpenROV is a project that provides plans and software for a remotely operated vehicle (ROV). Currently, it's a series of prototypes, with the goal of a fully-realized design of an underwater exploration device.

It was originally created to explore Hall City Cave in northern California. The cave has a lake where robbers supposedly dropped gold. The ROV has made a successful journey into the lake, although it hasn’t yet struck gold. » Read more

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Six ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day the open source way

Six ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day the open source way

Bet you didn't think St. Patrick's Day had anything to do with open source. You're wrong--here are six things you can do to celebrate the green day the open source way:  » Read more

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SPARKcon: Art, music, and success with open source process

SPARKcon: Art, music and success with open source process

Process over content. Aly Khalifa from Gamil Design and Designbox used this mantra to instill open source roots at SPARKcon—an annual event that showcases, celebrates, and influences the creative momentum naturally found in North Carolina's Triangle region. » Read more

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Do you use open source when completing your NCAA tournament bracket?

Do you use open source when completing your NCAA tournament bracket?

The craziness of March basketball is here. Sports fans and offices around the world are filling out NCAA tournament brackets. Can open source help you make the right picks? » Read more

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Infographic: How Drupal combines open source, openness, and security

How Drupal combines open source, openness, and security

Drupal is a huge software project by any measure, with thousands of developers writing code for it and deploying websites and applications on it. Alongside Linux, Apache, and Mozilla, it is one of the largest open source projects in the world. This infographic helps explain the important work of Drupal's Security Team. » Read more

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The blurry line of developer and journalists in the new journalism of the open web

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"We're at an inflection point of the way journalism treats the web," Dan Singer said in the "Open Web, Open News: Reporters & Developers Remix" at SXSWi. "We're no longer simply putting things into channels." He and the panel discussed the difference between between being "on the web," which is how traditional journalism first approached technology, and being "of the web," which is what they'd prefer to see. For journalism to become "of the web," there's a significant need for new journalists who are willing to collaborate. » Read more

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Your open source guide to SXSWi 2012

Your open source guide to SXSWi 2012

SXSW Interactive is in full swing! But there's a lot left to go. Right now you're probably heading for whatever session is closest--and thus the one least likely to get you soaked in the rain. But the weather should pick up tomorrow, and you'll be on your way not to the closest, but to the best. Here's your guide to the remaining sessions that hit on open source principles, which of course is what we'd consider the best: » Read more

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