This is the second in a series exploring the things I have learned from the open source way during my journey with Red Hat. In the traditional proprietary software world, developers are limited in their ability to collaborate with other developers outside of their own companies. In contrast,... Read more
Over the last two decades, I have been a member of numerous types of Internet communities and a drive-through visitor at countless more. The technology has varied: email listservs, Usenet, chat rooms, blog commenting, forums and message boards, RPG. Within theses communities the written and... Read more
Last week we published an updated version of our participation section. We wrote a short post a few weeks ago about how we could make contributing to opensource.com an easier and more transaprent process. In the spirit of release early and often, the next version is now available. If you want to... Read more
Proponents of getting students involved as contributors in open source projects often cite the benefits of having a portfolio and a stellar network of references for job or even school applications. What some don't know is that there are scholarships specifically geared towards open source... Read more
It's not often that I find something in the comments on a major news site that's more interesting than the original article. But that's exactly what I just came across--and it's a comment about comments. How meta.
Esse quam videri. That's the first thing I saw when I went to see what Paul Frields was up to on his blog. Fun fact: it's also the North Carolina state motto and something I talk about at new hire orientation here at Red Hat. But then I thought about that phrase, and I thought about the responses... Read more
I haven't provided a site update in a while, but wanted to share the good news that opensource.com users and community members no longer have to be logged in to vote on a poll. Yeah! You'll notice that we have polls throughout the site, mostly on the channel pages (Business, Life, etc.) and the... Read more
Here at opensource.com, we aspire to take principles the open source software movement has applied to building better software faster and find more uses for them in business, education, government, the law, and generally in our lives.
Poor words. As they get more popular, as we give them more love, we also keep trying to shove in new meaning to see if they can take it. In the technology industry, this happens over and over. Take "cloud computing," which used to mean something pretty specific and now means essentially "on the... Read more
In my post last week, I talked about what I see as inefficiencies in the system design of many crowdsourcing projects. Today, I thought I'd stick with the inefficiency theme after reading a blog by Umair Haque entitled The Efficient Community Hypothesis (thanks to Rebecca Fernandez for pointing it... Read more