open source principles

Does your organization have a process for collaboration?

left and right brain

Most businesses today know that utilizing collaboration tools increases the liklihood success for a project, and for the organization as a whole. When people work together, brain power is multiplied; not only does more work tend to get done, but better work. The loner mentality—whether it's applied to how we think about office space, meetings, or project management—just doesn't measure up.

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Should we require that open source is developed openly?

more than being open source

Roy Tennant wrote an interesting post about the definition of open source, in it he says:

"Open source" should mean exactly that and nothing more—the source code of the software is open, thereby allowing others to see it, understand it, and perhaps modify it. How the software itself is developed should be an additional aspect to the terminology, such as "openly developed open source."

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Keep calm and innersource on

if the shoe fits

Winston Churchill and the open source way

Winston Churchill was known as a charismatic leader and statesman, able to rally his country to great things when they needed it most. He was also fond of the occasional salty outburst when needed—I won't repeat one of his more famous ones here, except to paraphrase it a bit:

"Keep Calm and Move On"

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Pop culture references for open source principles

open source lightning talks

From Nine Inch Nails to Star Trek, open source principles are represented in much of pop culture. Ruth Suehle, community marketing leader for the Fedora Project and moderator of the Life channel at opensource.com, found this to be a great approach to explaining the open source way to people who don't know much (or don't want to know much) about its humble beginnings in software.

Opensource.com takes it a step further by writing original content and inviting contributors to share ways that open source is far-reaching—into the areas of business, education, government, health, law, and life. 

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Five principles of an open source company

Five principles of an open source company

Open source technology is gaining popularity and is becoming more prominent each year during various computer and technology conferences. More tech-savvy people obviously prefer software of this kind.

This, in turn, facilitates the appearance of new websites featuring the source code of useful programs at users' disposal. Generally, the idea of openness has become so widespread that we can no longer imagine our life without it. It has penetrated many aspects of our lives, and business is no exception. » Read more

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Five and a half couples who shared love and work the open source way

Five and a half couples who shared love and work the open source way

It's Valentine's Day, which is about love and relationships, and successful relationships are always based on the same principles that make open source projects successful--transparency, sharing, and generally working together for something better than either could have alone. Here are five couples who were not only partners in love, but in their work that also reflected the open source way. » Read more

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Four ways open source principles can improve your business

Four ways open source principles can improve your business

More than ever, companies are embracing the principles of open source to make major improvements, both internally and externally. Openness, transparency, democratization, and collaboration can be used to make your business a better place to work and create a better culture. » Read more

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