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When open source invests in diversity, everyone wins

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Jessica McKellar is an entrepreneur, software engineer, and open source developer. She helps organize the Boston Python user group and plays a big role in diversity outreach by introducing and welcoming more beginners and women. Participation has increased from 0-2% to 15% and the user group has sustained this over the past two years.

It's results like this that convince Jessica that when open source communities invest in diversity outreach, everyone benefits. Since implementing a beginner series, intermediate workshops, and open source sprints, the Boston Python user group has over quintupled in size, from 700 members to 4000+. They are now the largest Python user group in the world. That type of growth is something all open source communities should aspire to.

Read more about Jessica McKellar in this interview. » Read more

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Enter for a chance to win a free ticket to the All Things Open conference

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Regular readers of Opensource.com have probably noticed our recent interviews with some of the speakers of the upcoming All Things Open conference later this month in Raleigh, NC. We've had a ball interviewing some of the top developers, technologists, and decision makers in the open source space, and now we want you to have some fun too.

We're inviting you to enter our Twitter drawing for your chance to win a conference pass to All Things Open in Raleigh, NC, on October 23 and 24.

Here's how to enter: » Read more

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The closed source enterprise is becoming a thing of the past

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Andy Hunt is a successful author and publisher, programmer, and founder of the Agile Alliance. In this interview, he shares with us what drove him to open source and what it is that drives it in enterprise business today.

"The old, proprietary operating system companies all died. Closed source programming languages are mostly dead," he says. "Open source isn't a novelty anymore, it's just a big part of how software is." 

Andy also runs a publishing company with fellow open source development author, Dave Thomas. The Pragmatic Bookshelf has published close to 200 software development titles over the past ten years—all hand-picked with the thought that if they'd want to read it, you'd want to read it. » Read more

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The challenges and perks of bringing open source to the enterprise

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Steven Grandchamp has more than 30 years of experience in the software industry, serving in executive roles at four successful start ups and at Microsoft. These days he’s the president and CEO of OpenLogic, where he's focused on the company’s mission of helping enterprises successfully and safely build and deploy applications built using open source software. » Read more

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An IBM journey from rocket engineer to the Eclipse Foundation

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It's not every day you get to interview your father. And mine works for a completely different company on very different projects, but in this interview I got a chance to talk to him about a topic of common ground between us: open source—a pretty unique concept that binds an ever-growing community together.

Pat Huff has been working in the software industry since its infancy and started his career as a "rocket engineer" working on launch systems for various companies in Cape Canaveral, Florida. He got me started working with computers and programming at a young age, however, we went in a totally different directions when I left Big Blue for a small "Linux" company based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. Ironically our career paths have converged, and we are both working on open source software projects.

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Tips for community managers and the state of OpenSocial from SugarCRM's John Mertic

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A writer, community manager, and standards pundit—John Mertic is a jack of all trades. At SugarCRM, his official title is Solutions Architect and Community Manager. He is the author of two books: The Definitive Guide to SugarCRM: Better Business Applications and Building on SugarCRM: Creating Applications the Easy Way. And, he is a frequent conference speaker. We look forward to John's expertise at the upcoming All Things Open conference on October 23 and 24!

There's a lot going on in John's world these days—SugarCRM recently secured $40 million in funding from Goldman Sachs and is looking to make great strides in 2014. We also asked Mertic about his role at the OpenSocial Foundation. Discover more about Mertic, SugarCRM and the OpenSocial Foundation in his interview with me. » Read more

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Open source is brutal: an interview with Google's Chris DiBona

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Chris DiBona is the Director of Open Source for Google. He is also one of the great champions of open source, dating back to when he first fell in love with Linux at his university.

At the All Things Open conference this year, Chris will give an update on Google's current open source software activities and a retrospective, of sorts, on the origins and state of Android.

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OpenDaylight Project aims to shape the future of Software Defined Networking (SDN)

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Earlier this year, the Linux Foundation announced the founding of the OpenDaylight Project, a new open source framework designed to shape the future of Software Defined Networking (SDN). The project launched with significant industry support and has the goal of "a common and open SDN platform for developers to utilize, contribute to, and build commercial products and technologies."

Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin has said that the OpenDaylight Project represents "a rare gathering of leaders in the technology ecosystem who have decided to combine efforts in a common platform in order to innovate faster and build better products for their customers." And with founding members like Brocade, Cisco, Citrix, Ericsson, IBM, Juniper Networks, Microsoft, NEC, Red Hat, and VMWare all offering software and engineering resources to help the project succeed, it’s easy to see how the OpenDaylight Project has made so much progress in such a short period of time. The project is on track to deliver its first code release later this year. » Read more

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Hampton Catlin on Wikipedia Mobile, Sass, product design, and breaking conventions

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Hampton Catlin is the creator of Sass, Haml, Wikipedia Mobile, Tritium, and Moovweb. He's also the author of the Pragmatic Guide to Sass and is the founder of the libsass project.

He's known for a relaxed, joking, self-deprecating style—mixed with very strong opinions, a dirty mouth, and a penchant for building technologies that break convention (successfully).

I got to chat with Hampton ahead of the upcoming All Things Open conference where he'll be speaking. Read more in this interview. » Read more

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Interview with Red Hat CIO Lee Congdon on the changing role of IT leadership

CIOs as business leaders
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Lately it seems you can't read a tech, business, or leadership blog without someone bringing up the changing role of the Chief Information Officer.

The consumerization of IT—with employees bringing their own devices and basic IT services like processing, storage, and networking becoming easily purchasable—means that CIOs have an opportunity to do more than keep the proverbial lights on. CIOs increasingly have the opportunity to become strategic partners within their organizations. And that’s exactly what Red Hat CIO Lee Congdon is doing. » Read more

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