beginners in open source week

How-to videos for getting started with open source software
Getting started with new software can be overwhelming. It's even more frustrating when you transition from one tool to another, because you have to unlearn some habits in order to make room for new ones. But, there are huge benefits to switching from closed software to open source alternatives.
4 comments Posted 28 Feb 2014 by Michael Harrison Feed
desire path
The more I learn about OpenStack, the more I see why there is so much buzz about the technology as well as about the community of developers and users. In a poll hosted on Opensource.com, we discovered that many of our readers are curious and eager to learn more about OpenStack. For those new to... Read more
5 comments Posted 27 Feb 2014 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
citizen participation
What is civic hacking? Seventy people gathered together one sunny Oakland afternoon to volunteer and improve their city. There were no rakes or yard tools normally seen at volunteer-day events though. No paint brushes, no trash bags, no canned soup bins. These seventy people were laden with laptops... Read more
4 comments Posted 19 Feb 2014 by Andrew Hyder Feed
developing possibilities
Are you an XP user looking for a similar alternative? Is your PC aging but you don't care for the Windows 8 Metro interface?
41 comments Posted 18 Feb 2014 by Maricelle Thomas Feed
think laterally
For the last decade we’ve watched an epic contest unfold between open source and proprietary technology, and 2014 is the year that this dynamic will radically transform. The lines between open source and proprietary are becoming irrevocably blurred as proprietary firms pour resources into open... Read more
6 comments Posted 18 Feb 2014 by Eren Niazi Feed
Building an open source community
I have told the story of how FinTP, the first open source application for processing financial transactions, was born. Here, I would like to present a deeper view on how the community is being built, its structure and governance and why I think people should join such communities. I myself am a... Read more
0 comments Posted 18 Feb 2014 by Mihai Guiman Feed
exploring code
What skills do you need and which projects should you participate in as beginner in open source? These are common questions for beginners to open source software, hardware, communities, and methodologies. New folks to open source can start their discovery online and offline. Events and projects of... Read more
6 comments Posted 17 Feb 2014 by Robin Muilwijk Feed
contribute to OpenStack
Like any open source community, OpenStack has its local quirks when it comes to getting involved in the project. This is further complicated, in the case of OpenStack, by the fact that it's actually a collection of numerous smaller projects which are linked together via shared APIs, but which have... Read more
1 comment Posted 17 Feb 2014 by Rich Bowen (Red Hat) Feed
Is it safe to use? What alternatives do I have? Is it easy to install? These were some of the questions asked by Amandeep, a New Delhi based owner of a small scale clothing company, when I pitched to him a few open source solutions that could make his day-to-day operations more efficient. For... Read more
17 comments Posted 17 Feb 2014 by Aseem Sharma Feed
how to get started in open source
Opensource.com will publish articles focused on where beginners can start in open source from February 17 - 28. These stories will include accounts of first time experiences working for an open source company, working on open source software, and building open source apps. Plus, find useful tips... Read more
0 comments Posted 13 Feb 2014 by Jen Wike Huger (Red Hat) Feed

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