FOSS

make things better
I occasionally get asked why I spend so much of my free time writing software and giving it away for free. There are a number of reasons for this—I like to build things and I use it as an excuse to practice and improve my skills—but one of the most driving motivators for me is that I see open... Read more
3 comments Posted 7 Aug 2013 by Jeremy Kahn Feed
teachers as learners
Knowing everything about any open source project is impossible. If you're going to deal with a large community, you're not going to know all the details. This is unlike teaching courses where everything is black-and-white, and there are plenty of reference texts. If you're going to teach open... Read more
5 comments Posted 1 Aug 2013 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
foss lawyers
Co-authors: Thomas Jansen and Hannes Meyle The GPLv2 continues to be the most widely used FOSS license, but has been rarely interpreted by courts. Most of these decisions have come from Germany as a result of the enforcement actions of Harold Welte. The recent Fantec decision in Germany is the... Read more
3 comments Posted 30 Jul 2013 by Mark Radcliffe Feed
FOSS contributors
Concerns are raised every once in a while in the broader free and open source software community about freeloaders. The attitude expressed is that if you're getting the benefit of FOSS, you should contribute. Building a business on a FOSS project you don't own, whether you're providing a service or... Read more
7 comments Posted 25 Jun 2013 by Stephen R. Walli Feed
testing software
Question: How do you get more developers to contribute to a free and open source software project? Contribution is the lifeblood of a FOSS community  Without contributions the community can’t grow beyond the initial project founders. People don’t just show up ready to work. They very likely start... Read more
1 comment Posted 13 Jun 2013 by Stephen R. Walli Feed
bug-tracking system
Bugzilla is an open source bug-tracking system that prides itself on offering server software that is free but skillfully designed to help developers manage their work. Their installation list is long and robust. So, how do they manage to not charge expensive licensing fees like most other... Read more
2 comments Posted 4 Jun 2013 by Jen Wike Huger (Red Hat) Feed
open source hardware trademark
On April 19th the United States Patent and Trademark Office finally rejected an application for the trademark open source hardware. The grounds for the rejection were that the term was "merely descriptive." Trademarks are intended to identify a specific source of goods or services, protecting that... Read more
2 comments Posted 16 May 2013 by Rowan Wilson Feed
What I've learned the open source way
During my second year at Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey (SNDT) Women's University, the first of its kind in India as well as in South-East Asia, I attended a workshop on Python and Orca by Krishnakant Mane. My classmates and I were novices to free and open source software (FOSS) and... Read more
0 comments Posted 25 Apr 2013 by Trupti Rajesh Kini Feed
participation in foss
Few women have been historically applying for Google Summer of Code, a program in which Google provides stipends for students to work for three months on FOSS projects. Last year, after many efforts by both the Google team and the community to increase the diversity in the program, about 100 of... Read more
5 comments Posted 16 Apr 2013 by Marina Zhurakhinskaya (Red Hat) Feed
on the scene
FOSDEM, held annually in Brussels, Belgium, is a free event for open source communities to meet, share ideas, and collaborate. It offers a mix of focused devrooms and themed main track talks, with no requirement for registration. It has a reputation of being highly developer-focused, this year... Read more
0 comments Posted 6 Feb 2013 by Marcus D. Hanwell Feed

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