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I miss E-mail
I miss asynchronous conversation. I miss the ability to have an actual thread of thought preserved in something less ephemeral than memory, or in some chat log somewhere on one of my systems’ hard drives. I miss the ability to not be there if someone has an observation I’m interested in. I don’t... Read more
8 comments Posted 23 Feb 2012 by Joseph Ottinger (Red Hat) Feed
Booktype makes book collaboration web-based and simple
If you've ever tried to collaborate with other authors and editors and the many other people who work to make a book successful, you know it's not easy. Even if your experience stops at trying to incorporate three comments with changes tracked in word processing software, you get the idea. Last... Read more
0 comments Posted 21 Feb 2012 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
Brains: They're what's for dinner
The modern zeitgeist is obsessed with zombies. In the past decade, 439 zombie-themed films were made, as compared to only 65 in the previous decade. In 2010, The Walking Dead TV show, based on a successful comic book series by the same name, premiered to 5.3 million people. Its second season... Read more
4 comments Posted 20 Feb 2012 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
Does open design hardware have a place in manufacturing?
Do you remember HeathKit? The company that sold circuit board and resistor kits you could assemble to make your own electronics? Building a HeathKit was no great feat of engineering—it came with a fixed list of parts and the schematic—but it helped you understand how electronics work by letting... Read more
1 comment Posted 16 Feb 2012 by Eric Feed
Five and a half couples who shared love and work the open source way
It's Valentine's Day, which is about love and relationships, and successful relationships are always based on the same principles that make open source projects successful--transparency, sharing, and generally working together for something better than either could have alone. Here are five couples... Read more
1 comment Posted 14 Feb 2012 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
Open Advice logo
A new book sharing the perspectives of 42 open source contributors launched this month at FOSDEM. Open Advice, edited by Lydia Pintscher, shares what those successful people wish they'd known when they got started with open source software. In the foreword, Georg Greve, founding president of the... Read more
1 comment Posted 13 Feb 2012 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
Oatmeal and laptop
The Oatmeal made a webcomic that's been reformatted and recently passed around Facebook and other social media. It's titled “How To Fix Any Computer” and pokes fun at Windows, Apple, and Linux each in its own way. And although I love The Oatmeal, this comic’s screed on Linux promotes a myth that... Read more
80 comments Posted 10 Feb 2012 by Jim Salter Feed
Open source at DrupalCon Denver
March 19 will be here before you know it. Thousands of people will flock to Denver, Colorado for a week of learning and networking with Drupal community members. DrupalCon is the official conference of the Drupal community and draws an international audience. If you are not familiar with Drupal, it... Read more
0 comments Posted 8 Feb 2012 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
SCALE 10x
The Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) was one of the earliest regional Linux gatherings and celebrated its tenth year late last month. Many of today's local Linux conferences draw inspiration from it; just last August, Linux Journal interviewed SCaLE organizer Gareth Greenaway for a behind-the... Read more
0 comments Posted 7 Feb 2012 by Sebastian Dziallas Feed
New OSI initiative
OSI is changing, and you can help! I spoke at FOSDEM in Brussels on Saturday on behalf of the Open Source Initiative (OSI), where I serve as a director. My noon keynote covered a little of the rationale behind OSI and a quick synopsis of its last decade from my own perspective and then... Read more
3 comments Posted 7 Feb 2012 by Simon Phipps Feed

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