My friend Mary, a folk singer, stopped by to visit spontaneously this evening. "What are you up to?" she inquired. "I'm recording a music video for a new folk song," I explained. "The Firefox Phone was announced last week, so I need to compose a song about it."
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.
Mozilla’s Mitchell Baker spoke recently about an interesting shift we’re seeing in technology — a shift from the web as a "maker’s world" that actively encouraged tinkering, tweaking and getting your hands dirty, to an era of "elegant consumption" that’s increasingly about one-way reception. As... Read more
Almost every time I’ve turned on the television in the past week, I've seen an ad for Google Chrome. What started earlier this year as a sprinkling of ads here in the United States has become a torrential downpour. For me, Google has long been one of the poster children for a new breed of company... Read more
My theme this week is organizational openness and transparency and today I'd like to highlight a fantastic example of an organization that has built a culture with openness at its core: Mozilla. Most of you probably know Mozilla as the organization famous for its open source Firefox web browser.... Read more
Let's be up front about things: I'm angry about the rhetoric I hear of late surrounding education. Teachers (and their unions) are being vilified, legislators and parents are demanding "accountability," and at the same time, the financial support necessary to educate a society is being slashed... Read more
How do you develop a successful open source business that lasts? Of the more than 250,000 open source projects on SourceForge, few will be successful at that goal. But one way they might think about how to do it is by doing it in reverse: What should an open source project or business not do?
In LinuxCon's education mini-summit, Bryant Patten of the National Center for Open Source and Education gave a presentation titled "Can open source save the world?" He noted a quote from Mary Lange, Educational Technology Resource Teacher at San Diego Unified School District. She says that we often... Read more
I've always been a fan of the Mozilla Foundation, and not just because of the Firefox web browser. As catalyst for some of the great communities in the open source world, Mozilla is something of a recipe factory for what to do right when it comes to building community. As it turns out, Mozilla's... Read more