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Up close and personal with Twitter's Open Source Manager Chris Aniszczyk

twitter and open source
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It's official: Twitter is a global phenomenon, and it's hard to argue against the numbers supporting that statement. What started as a small, quasi-micro-blogging company in 2006, gained steam in 2007 with the service generating around 500,000 tweets per quarter, or roughly 1100 tweets per day, and exploded to worldwide service with a staggering 500 million tweets per day by 2013.

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Can IBM expect the same ROI from next round of investment in Linux?

return on investment

At the most recent LinxuCon, IBM announced it will invest $1B in Linux and related open source technologies over the next five years.

This is not the first time IBM has made such a significant commitment to Linux. Back in 2000, IBM invested $1B and dedicated about 1,500 engineers to work on Linux. That investment paid off handsomely: by 2003 IBM was already getting returns of about $2B per year by revitalizing its mainframe business. Deploying Linux on IBM servers had made the offering a lot more attractive for organizations interested in keeping control of their data centers. By 2003, IBM's revenue from Linux related services grew to be twice as much the revenue of patents licensing: a hint for the business models that make the most sense in a knowledge economy.

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Community management tips from Greg DeKoenigsberg of Eucalyptus

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Leading communities as individually unique as those found in open source software is not a job that many people would want to take on. Yet, Greg DeKoenigsberg has done just that for not just one community but several major projects and organizations, for over a decade.

Seasoned through the early, gnarly years of the Fedora Project as the first Chairman of the Board as well as community leadership roles within Red Hat itself, Greg has embarked on a new adventure into the cloud with Eucalyptus as the Vice President of Community. » Read more

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When open source invests in diversity, everyone wins

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Jessica McKellar is an entrepreneur, software engineer, and open source developer. She helps organize the Boston Python user group and plays a big role in diversity outreach by introducing and welcoming more beginners and women. Participation has increased from 0-2% to 15% and the user group has sustained this over the past two years.

It's results like this that convince Jessica that when open source communities invest in diversity outreach, everyone benefits. Since implementing a beginner series, intermediate workshops, and open source sprints, the Boston Python user group has over quintupled in size, from 700 members to 4000+. They are now the largest Python user group in the world. That type of growth is something all open source communities should aspire to.

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The closed source enterprise is becoming a thing of the past

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Andy Hunt is a successful author and publisher, programmer, and founder of the Agile Alliance. In this interview, he shares with us what drove him to open source and what it is that drives it in enterprise business today.

"The old, proprietary operating system companies all died. Closed source programming languages are mostly dead," he says. "Open source isn't a novelty anymore, it's just a big part of how software is." 

Andy also runs a publishing company with fellow open source development author, Dave Thomas. The Pragmatic Bookshelf has published close to 200 software development titles over the past ten years—all hand-picked with the thought that if they'd want to read it, you'd want to read it. » Read more

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Open source is brutal: an interview with Google's Chris DiBona

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Chris DiBona is the Director of Open Source for Google. He is also one of the great champions of open source, dating back to when he first fell in love with Linux at his university.

At the All Things Open conference this year, Chris will give an update on Google's current open source software activities and a retrospective, of sorts, on the origins and state of Android.

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From the web developer's toolkit: building an open source image placeholder

open source image placeholder

Image placeholder services are useful tools for web app developers. They serve the singular purpose of marking the location of a future image within a design or layout. Spaces that will eventually be filled with production images can be worked around while the artists or photographers prepare the images behind the scenes. From the perspective of rapid application development, an image placeholder service is a standard part of the developer’s toolkit.

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Give outlining a try: Now, Fargo is open source

release early, release often

I've read Scripting News for years—since roughly 1998, I'd say. For reference, that was the year Google really came on the scene. But, more importantly, that was when I discovered Userland Frontier and the joys of using outlines for content authoring and content management.

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Open hardware is the future for living with a physical disability

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This year, I was privileged enough to speak at the Open Hardware Summit. It was a wonderful experience, and I hope to return again in the years to come. During my time making cool projects for Hackaday, I regularly experienced that fantastic feeling that came with the realization that people really enjoyed the things I made. I had a few that turned out to be fairly popular. This Portal Gun that levitates a companion cube, for example, has more than 1.6 million views. The Thor's Hammer with embedded Tesla coil showed up on TV screens in subways in China.

Even though I felt really good about them, there are other projects that feel even better. Those projects are simple gaming controllers for people who have physical disabilities that make it difficult for them to operate standard, off-the-shelf controllers.

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Software company Ushahidi uses open source skills to help during Kenya mall siege

Ushahidi develops two tools to help

The four-day-long siege of a Nairobi mall ended Tuesday with a death toll of more than 60 people – a number that’s expected to rise as more bodies are recovered. Another 170+ people were reportedly injured in the attack by Islamist militants. » Read more

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