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Municipalities across America should be working to bring open source educational tools to schoolchildren so they will have the necessary digital literacy skills to tap into their creativity and imagination, or even to provide them with valuable future life and workforce skills. And the case of the... Read more
2 comments Posted 8 Nov 2012 by Carolyn Fox Feed
patent struggle
We talk a lot about what might be done to fix the problems of software patents, but not much about abolishing them. Abolition seems well-nigh impossible, given current economic and political realities. Serious economists and respected financial institutions don’t usually discuss it publicly. Thus,... Read more
40 comments Posted 29 Oct 2012 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
music infinity
TruthLogik, a New York based hip hop artist, says that in a million years he could not have imagined he would be recording an album using entirely free software. When he first stumbled on open source music-making tools, he thought about the computer classes he took in school. He had never been... Read more
6 comments Posted 12 Oct 2012 by Jen Wike (Red Hat) Feed
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... Read more
2 comments Posted 10 Sep 2012 by Nicole C. Engard Feed
annoying bugs
On August 1, Knight Capital Group, a financial services company, lost $440 million in less than an hour because of a software bug. As I understand it, this bug could have been avoided if more thorough testing was done before release but, as the Omaha World-Herald reports, the company "rushed to... Read more
9 comments Posted 15 Aug 2012 by Nicole C. Engard Feed
Todd Robinson believes in open source
In open source software communities, few events are as exciting as the release of a new operating system. Community members may wait for months—even years—as fresh versions of their favorite Linux distributions are collectively and meticulously prepared, debugged, and packaged for the world. Next... Read more
2 comments Posted 30 Jul 2012 by Bryan Behrenshausen (Red Hat) Feed
The day my mind became open sourced
I can remember so clearly the exact day my mind became open sourced. It was a crisp and sunny November day in 1973. After class in middle school, I called up my best friend, Bruce Jordan, and asked, "Can I come over to play now?" Bruce replied, "Sure." I jumped on my red, one-speed Schwinn bicycle... Read more
11 comments Posted 20 Apr 2012 by Phil Shapiro Feed
Teaching software libraries by example
These days there is a software library for nearly every occasion. Many of them are well designed and well implemented. Unfortunately, almost none of them have documentation presented in a way that allows a new user to quickly understand the basics and put it to work effectively.
9 comments Posted 1 Feb 2012 by David Doria Feed
Open*Life: 2011 in review
A second great year on opensource.com has proven even more that openness can improve just about anything. No matter what you're interested in, we've had a story for you. A few examples:
0 comments Posted 2 Jan 2012 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
The well-field system: Open source 30 centuries ago
Where does open source come from?
2 comments Posted 7 Dec 2011 by Nicolas Pujol Feed

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