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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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Blue Drop Awards: Community recognition the open source way

Blue Drop Awards: Community recognition the open source way

The first-ever Blue Drop Awards are how the Drupal community recognizes peers for pushing open source content management to the limit. The awards are more than recognition--they’re a clever way to help market this growing open source community. And we already know that Drupal and open source go hand-in-hand.

We caught up with Ben Finklea, CEO at Volacci, a leader in the Blue Drop Awards effort. These community-driven awards have gained a lot of momentum over the last few weeks. It's even making noise beyond the Drupal community. » Read more

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Pinterest and copyright: Why you should keep sharing--and keep pinning

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Pinterest is a social site for image sharing around themes that launched in closed beta in March 2010. As the site proceeded through an invite system and finally registration requests, it gained a considerable following and was one of Time's "50 Best Websites of 2011." In January 2012, it drove more referral traffic to retailers than YouTube, Google+, and LinkedIn combined and became the fastest site to ever break 10 million unique visitors. As its popularity increases, so have concerns about whether its users aren't just sharing their favorite things, but engaging one another in the web's largest copyright infringement platform. » Read more

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Portal + Super Mario mashup Mari0 released

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What happens when you bring together the joy of the past with the joy of the... well, more recent past? Mari0, a mashup of Portal and the original Super Mario Brothers.

Mario gets a portal gun and the game mechanics from Portal with four-player co-op in a scratch recreation of the Super Mario worlds. And if that's not enough, you can download extra mappacks and the level editor.

It's open source, free-as-in-beer, and available for Linux (as well as Windows and Mac). » Read more

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Obliteration = Collaboration

Obliteration = Collaboration

A recent exhibition at the Children's Art Centre in Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art fuses two seemingly disparate concepts (destruction with creation) through a simple, kid-based approach with a design spin. » Read more

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Louis C.K. and the DIY DVD experiment

Louis C.K. and the DIY DVD experiment

The answer to stabilizing content and price is letting artists retain greater control of their work.

Louis C.K. likes to do things himself. He likes having control over his work and being able to share the process and proceeds however he likes. It seems to be successful. In December, he made more than a million dollars--in 12 days--from a DRM-free and modestly priced video he created and posted to his website. » Read more

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