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What's the best thing about being an open source community manager?

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I recently listed five best practices for community managers in 2014. Today, on Community Manager Appreciation Day, we've collected the wisdom of 14 great leaders from a variety of open source communities to find out:

What is the best thing about being a community manager?

 Here's what they said. » Read more

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5 lessons for any open source business transitioning to a revenue-based model

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In a recent article on Opensource.com, I introduced Data Geekery, the company behind jOOQ, and talked about the challenges we faced when transitioning our products from open source to a revenue-based business model last year. Our team learned a lot about running a business in general as well as making a big transition in our structure. Here, I'll share the top 5 lessons we learned that every open source business making this kind of change should know.

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An open source policy that works in practice

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True story. A project team was in need of an open source tool. Following their company's policy, the team requested their Information Systems (IS) department download the tool. They were soon bombarded with a host of questions and a form that needed to be filled out, which they complied with. Not satisfied with the information provided and unable to take a decision, the IS department then forwarded the request to the Legal department.

After due diligence, the Legal department allowed the use of the tool, provided that the team obtain an approval from their customer (read: the customer takes all responsibility and liability). The tool in question? The humble, unix2dos! » Read more

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3D printing could herald the Age of Open Source Stuff

3D printing

3D printing is set to disrupt multiple industries thanks to its unique position at the intersection of three important trends in technology: the Internet of Things, our growing desire to personalize our things, and the coming revolution in the way things get delivered to us.

Operating at this unique trifecta, 3D printing promises to democratize the design and build process, allowing consumers to create their own stuff from scratch and take the concept of mass customization to an entirely new level. As modern consumers have come to expect very custom experiences, it’s no longer enough for manufacturers and merchants to offer products in a wide range of colors and styles. The ability to customize nearly everything is now commonplace, even expected, in products ranging from T-shirts to tennis shoes and iPods to M&Ms. 3D printing delivers the ability to customize quickly and inexpensively without worrying about minimum production runs. » Read more

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Five ways to bring a more social, open development environment to your company

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Based on the success and effectiveness of the open source community, development organizations are taking a close look at the methods used within the open source world to understand how they can apply internal development to further increase creativity and accelerate development.

To facilitate widespread, collaborative development, the open source world depends on a core infrastructure that enables individual developers to create, contribute and comment on the works of others. This infrastructure, combined with a widely adopted set of operating norms, enables developers to find and engage with projects that focus on common areas of interest and expertise. It also allows developers to connect with and share their skills and knowledge with other developers, bringing their specialized talents together to solve big problems. » Read more

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What to consider when transitioning your open source business to a revenue-based model

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Can SQL as a language be integrated and standardised into Java through a set of simple formal language transformation rules? Yes it can.

Data Geekery saw the idea gain some traction when the Zurich, Switzerland-based open source company kicked off a new database abstraction software project called jOOQ. As founder and CEO, I in the beginning, I felt that jOOQ was meant to be a proof-of-concept for a greater vision. We licensed it under the terms of the Apache Software License 2.0, and thanks to this liberal license, the idea got some traction. jOOQ grew to be a niche product for hardcore Java/SQL users, with 25,000 yearly downloads by 2013. » Read more

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The Canopy Initiative compels open source technologies to integrate

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Appnovation Technologies began as a Vancouver-based Drupal development shop and has since expanded to provide solutions for mobile, enterprise content management, middleware, and big data, using other open source technologies like: HTML5, Alfresco, MuleSoft, and Hadoop.  » Read more

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Video interview with GitHub co-founder Scott Chacon on a future beyond code

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GitHub has become the de facto repository for open source projects. So, we were excited for the opportunity to sit down with GitHub's co-founder and CIO Scott Chacon during the All Things Open Conference in Raleigh, NC.

In this interview, Opensource.com Community Manager Jason Hibbets asks Scott about how he got started at GitHub and what's important about the culture there. Scott also talks about how the staff at GitHub finds out about cool projects on the site and where he sees GitHub going beyond code in the future.

Here's the complete interview: » Read more

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Top 5 open source project management tools in 2014

open source project management

Last year, Opensource.com covered some popular open source project management tools (ProjectLibre, ]project-open[, and OpenProject.) We found these articles to be valuable to our readers, so here we take a look forward at what we think 2014 holds for these open source project management tools.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but each tool listed here has been deliberately selected based on a rich feature set. » Read more

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How to set up a free and open source environment on your computer

free and open source software on your computer

Previously, I provided several options for organisations wanting to update their current Windows XP environment to a free and open source (FOSS) environment rather than a more recent Microsoft platform when Microsoft officially abandons its venerable Windows XP in April 2014.


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