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Telling the open source story - Part 2

Shortly after we published Telling the open source story - Part 1, Jelly Helm--the creator of the the Wikimedia Foundation videos discussed in that piece--came to speak to the People and Brand group at Red Hat. Jelly talked to us about how he approaches finding a brand narrative--the story that anyone, anywhere in the world can understand and connect with. And then we talked about the best ways to reveal those kinds of stories.

It was an interesting encounter and a few general themes emerged. » Read more

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An anthropologist's view of an open source community

In the first session of FUDCon talks this past weekend, Diana Harrelson reported on her anthropological study of the Fedora community, which she used to find ways to sustain and grow an open source development community. She studied the group from the Fedora 12 launch through the Fedora 13 development cycle while she was a master's candidate at the University of North Texas. (She now has that degree and is working towards a PhD in human computer interaction.) Here's are a few of her findings, much of which certainly apply across open source communities, not just to Fedora. » Read more

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Intersection of core values in open source and domain driven design

A few weeks ago I gave a talk entitled "Breaking the Software Death Cycle with Domain Driven Design" at the New York DDD Meet-up at Microsoft. Domain Driven Design (DDD) is a way of thinking and a set of priorities, aimed at accelerating software projects that have to deal with complex domains. My talk was both an introduction to DDD and a story about turning a large failing project around. As we analyzed triggers that enabled my team to be successful, I couldn’t help but notice the overlap in what DDD promotes in an organization and the core values of open-source.

But first, how does one identify a software death cycle in progress? These are my favorite symptoms: » Read more

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Join us virtually at FUDCon and share your open source story

FUDCon Tempe gets started tonight. Even if you're not there, you can still join in. We're finishing up the opensource.com anniversary week by liveblogging open source stories from FUDCon.

What kinds of stories? » Read more

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Best images of 2010 and how to contribute the next one

In December, we asked you to vote on your favorite images from 2010. Numerous people voted on the five most popular images in each channel (chosen based on Flickr views), and the winners are:

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Looking for input: Our first reader survey

If there's one thing that's important to us, it's community. And we want to know how our community (that's you) feels about opensource.com. Please take five minutes to give us some feedback through our first opensource.com reader survey. It's pretty short, and your feedback will help us give you better content delivered the way you want to get it.

Take the survey.

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Facebook's new sponsored stories feature: Are you ready to be in your favorite companies' ads?

Facebook announced this week that they will begin republishing user information in ads in a feature called "sponsored stories." They'll be using your likes and check-ins with sponsors in ads that your friends will see. » Read more

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Twitter giveaway winners

Congrats to the winners of our Twitter/Identi.ca anniversary t-shirt giveaway (Identi.ca users noted in parentheses; all others are from Twitter): » Read more

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Reflections on one year of opensource.com

A year ago today, we turned on the lights at opensource.com.

Our hope a year ago was to create a place where people could gather to learn about and contribute to the growing movement toward applying open source principles beyond the software industry.

You have shared your stories about how open source principles are changing your world and the world around us. » Read more

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Request your limited edition opensource.com anniversary t-shirt today

They're all gone! Thanks to everyone who requested a shirt. For those of you who didn't get one, you've still got a chance through our Twitter giveaway.

Tomorrow’s the first anniversary of opensource.com, and it’s been a fantastic year, thanks to you. Whether it’s by writing articles or reading them and sharing the stories, you helped us highlight nearly 550 ways open source touches our businesses, education systems, governments, laws, and lives.

In celebration of this milestone, we're giving away special edition one-year anniversary t-shirts to registered members who » Read more

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