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I’ll admit, it’s a bit of a sensational headline. But if I put the word “equilibrium” in there, you might not have reached this point. Last year while presenting at a technology and disabilities conference, I answered a question about participatory government, gov 2.0, so on, in a way that... Read more
0 comments Posted 15 Feb 2011 by Art Seavey Feed
Two years ago, I blundered into open source because I wanted my students to build educational games for the One Laptop Per Child community. Much of that history has already been told by opensource.com. I didn't expect this effort to be so sticky--for myself or my students--when we started.
5 comments Posted 14 Feb 2011 by Stephen Jacobs Feed
A few years back, a good friend recommended I pick up a copy of Designing Brand Identity: an essential guide for the whole branding team by Alina Wheeler. Now in its 3rd edition, it's a beautiful book, well designed and easy to read or to use as a reference.
2 comments Posted 14 Feb 2011 by Chris Grams Feed
After last September's Open Hardware Summit, today version 1.0 of the Open Source Hardware Definition was released. Last summer, people and groups that included Bug Labs, MakerFaire, Creative Commons, The New York Hall of Science, and littleBits gathered to plan the first Open Hardware Summit. The... Read more
0 comments Posted 10 Feb 2011 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
Open source software is becoming a dominant force in the software world and the world in general. Unfortunately, many universities still teach computer science without any mention of this recent advance. In the fall of 2007, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) set out to change this.
6 comments Posted 10 Feb 2011 by David Doria Feed
At opensource.com, we often talk about ways to build and nourish communities. But sometimes what you do right is less important than what you’re doing wrong. We dug through our archives looking for cautionary tales that show how communities break down—or never begin to flourish in the first place.
4 comments Posted 9 Feb 2011 by Rebecca Fernandez (Red Hat) Feed
Unless you've been living under a rock, or don't really care about U.S. sports, you probably know that the Green Bay Packers are the champs of Super Bowl XLV. What you may not know is that despite hailing from a town of a little over 100,000 people, the Green Bay Packers are one of the most popular... Read more
4 comments Posted 9 Feb 2011 by Travis Kepley (Red Hat) Feed
Leadership in most organizations is top-down. The CEO tells the VP, who tells the director, who tells the manager, who instructs his employee to do work. Culturally most people are conditioned to think that's expected. But open source communities rarely work that way, and that's one of the oddities... Read more
1 comment Posted 8 Feb 2011 by David Nalley Feed
I've been involved with a fair share of open source activities, game-related and otherwise, and by and large I have thoroughly enjoyed the ride. It all started with an overly ambitious open source game. It never went anywhere, yet I treasure the time I spent working on it. This project sent me head... Read more
12 comments Posted 8 Feb 2011 by Erlend Sogge Heggen Feed
When I hear people in the technology industry talk about the benefits of open source software, one of things they mention often is their belief that open source software “gets better faster” than traditional software (David Wheeler has done a nice job collecting many of the proof points around the... Read more
3 comments Posted 7 Feb 2011 by Chris Grams Feed

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