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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
The scientific method: it all starts with a simple, essential question. How can you "know" something? How can we gather knowledge and have confidence in the correctness of such knowledge? The lucubration of many smart minds over the centuries came to refine the following:
2 comments Posted 27 Oct 2011 by Luis Ibanez Feed
Software tools for collaboration and project management are the best solutions when you aim to unite the team, tune up the work flow, exchange experiences, etc. With all the available collaboration software, either desktop- or web-based, proprietary or open source, one might consider that such... Read more
2 comments Posted 8 Aug 2011 by TatyanaD Feed
Google Health was doomed from the start. It was based on a legal fallacy and a technical one.
1 comment Posted 29 Jun 2011 by Dana Blankenhorn Feed
Academics - students and teachers both - often want to know what open source community participation will "count" for. Course credit? Research and publication? Better tools to increase efficiency? Teaching? Presentation opportunities? The answer is "yes."
1 comment Posted 23 Jun 2011 by Mel Chua Feed
Usually when Facebook comes up at opensource.com, it's because they've done something that's very much the opposite of open. But a blog post on FrameThink this week showed Facebook's more open side.
2 comments Posted 21 Jan 2011 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed

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