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Perspective from an open source newbie

Gandhi quote at Red Hat headquarters

In my first week at Red Hat, having come from a long history of using proprietary software in the corporate workplace, it only took a few hours to wash away more than fifteen years of plugging overly long license codes into software before I could sit down and use it. What had become second nature during those years vanished the moment I began using an open source desktop. » Read more

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Kdenlive Part 3: Effects and Transitions

Some of the compositing tools of Kdenlive

It is expected that even a modest video editor will feature a set of basic video transitions. The challenge is to offer critical effects without becoming bloated and unfocused in scope. Kdenlive manages to offer the most commonly required effects with all the standard options without sacrificing stability or quality. » Read more

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How we almost lost Doom 3 and id for good

How we almost lost Doom 3 and id for good

For fans of both gaming and open source software, few major video game companies have been revered as id software, one of the only major game studios that has not only perpetually released game clients for Linux, but has also released the source code for many of their proprietary game engines. Admittedly, the source code is always released once the next generation of id's gaming engine was launched. » Read more

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Poll: Your favorite open source gift

Poll: Your favorite open source gift

Check out the open source gift guide and if you'd like a chance to win an iNecklace, Atmega32u4 Breakout Board, or MintyBoost, you have until Friday, December 2 to enter. » Read more

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Building an Emergency Alert System for the 21st century

Building an Emergency Alert System for the 21st century

When Ruth Suehle posted about the recent test of the Emergency Alert System and how it could be improved, I agreed, for the most part, but wanted to add a few comments of my own, including an idea that I had a couple of years ago on alerting people. » Read more

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10gen offers prizes for MongoDB Community Champion, Innovative Application, and Core Contributor

10gen offers prizes for MongoDB Community Champion, Innovative Application, and

As part of the MongoDB Community Awards program introduced this year, 10gen, the company which develops MongoDB, will be rewarding a peer-elected Community Champion, as well as Innovative Application and Core Contributor winners, with a trip to SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas in March 2012. » Read more

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Open source gift guide and giveaway: Our answer to Cyber Monday

Open source gift guide and giveaway: Our answer to Cyber Monday

It's the season for a lot of us to go shopping--and you might as well celebrate the spirit of open source in your gift-giving. We've got a few suggestions to help you out with that. And since it's always nice to get something for yourself, we also have three great giveaways from open source hardware company AdaFruit.

Open source gift giveaway

First of all, we'd highly recommend these or any of AdaFruit's offerings for your open source gift list. But if you'd like a chance to win one, all you have to do is be a registered user of opensource.com and let us know you'd like to win. Read to the bottom of this post for details on how to get a chance at one of the following three prizes: » Read more

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Webcast replay: Lessons learned for building open source communities

Webcast replay: Lessons learned for building open source communities

Chris Grams, partner and president of New Kind and author of The Ad-Free Brand, moderated our November 2011 Open Your World Forum webcast with Dries Buytaert and Michael Tiemann. You can read more about our speakers and how Linux and Drupal have evolved as two thriving open source communities in our webcast recap.

Here is an outline to the recording: » Read more

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Event report: FUDCon Pune

FUDCon Pune

Day I, Friday, November 4, 2011

I arrived early on day I of FUDCon Pune 2011 to help with the registration desk. We had different counters for speakers and volunteers, and for delegates. Fedora banners were placed at various seminar locations on campus to indicate where the talks and sessions were being held. » Read more

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The next web: Joyful production vs. "elegant consumption"

The next web: joyful production vs. "elegant consumption"

Mozilla’s Mitchell Baker spoke recently about an interesting shift we’re seeing in technology — a shift from the web as a "maker’s world" that actively encouraged tinkering, tweaking and getting your hands dirty, to an era of "elegant consumption" that’s increasingly about one-way reception.

As she points out, that shift isn’t necessarily bad — but it does open up new opportunities and challenges, and a role for Mozilla to act as convener and gathering point for "web makers" — people who bring the same energy and fulfillment from making things in the physical world to the web. » Read more

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