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Moderator's Choice 2011: Seth Kenlon
Along with our annual People's Choice Award (announced last week), we also have a Moderators' Choice Award, selected from the previous year's authors across the site by the opensource.com editors. This year's winner is Seth Kenlon.
0 comments Posted 6 Feb 2012 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
When metadata comes to Twitter
Chris Lehmann is the principal of the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I love reading his education-related tweets because of his many interesting ideas, insights and observations. There's another side to Chris, though. Chris is a rabid sports fan, and he'll unleash a... Read more
1 comment Posted 27 Jan 2012 by Phil Shapiro Feed
FLL World Festival photo by Flickr user bnewendorp
There's been some outrage over the new Lego Friends line, intended to bring more girls into the addictive world of Lego building. Initially, I felt it was a fair extension of the Lego product family. Now I'm concerned about the messages Lego is sending to our future builders and innovators--both... Read more
27 comments Posted 26 Jan 2012 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
Steam rumors are flying again, but Desura beat them to open source
The Desura game client is not only available for open-source-loving players, but also now for developers. They've released the client on Github as Desurium under GPL v3. Desura is similar to the Steam gaming platform in that they both are a way for gamers to buy
7 comments Posted 25 Jan 2012 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
After Wednesday's massive online protest, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced on Twitter that Tuesday's vote on the Protect IP Act (PIPA) will be delayed. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith followed him by announcing that the committee wouldn't consider the Stop Online Piracy... Read more
4 comments Posted 20 Jan 2012 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
I'll be updating this post throughout the day with more images of sites that have joined the SOPA blackout. Leave a comment with any site you'd like to be added to the gallery, which will remain here after the blackout is over. Also note that these are "above the fold" screencaps--if you have full-... Read more
74 comments Posted 18 Jan 2012 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
Word of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)'s demise are flying across the web. But the fight isn't over, for two reasons:
1 comment Posted 16 Jan 2012 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
open source magic
Magic has always been about creating illusions and guarding the secrets of how they’re done. If the secret is revealed, the amazement is gone forever. The secret preserved the mystery. Milbourne Christopher, in the book Magic: A Picture History, says, "Mystery is the basic appeal of magic. Once the... Read more
0 comments Posted 16 Jan 2012 by Lori Mehen (Red Hat) Feed
Raspberry Pi
Last month, we put the Raspberry Pi, a tiny $25 Linux computer, in our open source gift guide. It led overwhelmingly as your favorite on the list. But other similar options have been popping up, like the Allwinner A10 ($15) and the CuBox (quite a bit more).
5 comments Posted 13 Jan 2012 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
Last week, there were some rumors that a few rather high-profile sites were considering taking down their sites, possibly in conjunction with SOPA and PIPA returning to Congress January 23 and 24. Within a day, the rumors were denied. Today, however, several have stepped up to say there will be... Read more
4 comments Posted 12 Jan 2012 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed

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