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Facebook rebooting their open source contributions

The path to open source

Facebook is on a new open source journey. They're managing hundreds of active open source projects across the company and over the last nine months, have rebooted how they run those projects. Just scroll through their GitHub pages to browse the projects they're actively contributing to. Yes, they have six pages of projects on GitHub. » Read more

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The Dave and Gunnar Show: Episode 10, Go Ugly Early

The Dave and Gunnar Show podcast

The Dave and Gunnar Show is a new podcast series talking about government, open source, and a sprinkling of Red Hat projects. I recently discovered it and thought the opensource.com audience might enjoy it too. What do you think?

Episode 10, Go Ugly Early particulary struck me. Give it a listen: » Read more

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Two open data centers at Facebook

open data center Facebook

Today, the many in the world focus on making things as environmentally-friendly as possible to reduce the negative impact daily life has on the environment to protect it for future generations. This includes major corporations, such as Facebook.

Facebook is at the forefront of creating greener ways to operate their servers that contain everything that makes the website run for its millions of users. With their state-of-the-art open source data centers, they are helping companies around the world match their stride.

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How do you personalize your gadgets?

gadgets

That sticker from the conference you went to last week. A skin in the color of your alma mater. Two sleeves: a black one for meeting days with your coworkers and a goofy one for casual days with your peers. That strong, durable case that has saved your phone from many near-death experiences (with a sticker on it). Or a new wallpaper every month or so that reflects your mood or latest interest. » Read more

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on open source and "growing the pie"

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on open source and "growing the pie"

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently announced one of the most progressive open source policies in the US government. They reiterated the current OMB and DOD guidance by making open source commercial software, but they also went one step further: code they write is open by default. I am totally impressed. » Read more

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I miss E-mail

I miss E-mail

I miss asynchronous conversation.

I miss the ability to have an actual thread of thought preserved in something less ephemeral than memory, or in some chat log somewhere on one of my systems’ hard drives.

I miss the ability to not be there if someone has an observation I’m interested in. I don’t want to have to observe in real time. » Read more

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Department of Veterans Affairs goes social

Department of Veterans Affairs goes social

In an effort to help break down long-perceived barriers between the Department of Veterans Affairs and its stakeholders, the VA announced that it has established Facebook pages for all 152 of its medical centers. By leveraging Facebook, the department hopes to continue expanding access to the VA and embrace transparency and two-way conversation. » Read more

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Open source: The antidote for "too big to fail"

Open source: The antidote for "too big to fail"

If you look at the evolution of the IT landscape over the past 30 years, you see two distinct trends: the continued growth of the IT dinosaurs (mainframe computing and mainframe wannabes like Sun) and the emergence of highly modular, adaptable systems, which, by their very process of evolution, not only best suit the current needs, but plant the seeds for the next computer revolution. In the 1980s, modular UNIX systems sowed the seeds for Linux, which in the 1990s sowed the seeds for the rapid spread and adoption of the World Wide Web, which in the 2000s, sowed the seeds for companies like Amazon.com, Google, Facebook, and Twitter to aggregate and disseminate content as never before. » Read more

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Time for government to plug into one open source platform?

open source platform for .gov websites

In a new blog post, Gartner’s Andrea Di Maio asks if it’s time to pull the plug on government websites? Di Maio cites one Japanese city’s decision to migrate its online presence to Facebook as an example of an outside-the-box approach to government web operations.

One comment from ‘Carolyn’ makes a strong case why the Facebook approach is short-sighted: » Read more

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Iceland's open-door government

After the recent economic crash, many governments had to overhaul both financial structure and fiscal regulation. The majority, including the US government, formed a plan of attack using the same bureaucratic and economic venues in use for centuries. Politicians come to the table with plans and ideas based on their own thinking and research. Some use these opportunities to filter in their own agenda, hidden in layers of jargon and political colloquial, to be reviewed and passed (or passed on) by a body of politicians behind closed doors. » Read more

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