Open*Life: 2010 in review

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What a great year on the Open*Life channel here at We had more than 150 posts covering how open source touches our lives. This is our year in review--a time to reflect on what happened over the last year and a chance to look forward to next year.

I'd first like to thank all the authors and readers who contributed articles, thoughts, comments, reviews, artwork, feedback, and all the work that goes on behind the scenes to post an article on the site. It's truly a community effort. We are always looking for new authors, ideas for content, and improvement.

In 2011, we are looking to cover more topics on open source in our lives. We look forward to hearing more of your ideas. Let's take a look back at 2010 and see our top 10 posts, a few of my favorites, and my editor picks.

Top 10 Open*Life articles

  1. Five open source alternatives to the iPad by Ruth Suehle
  2. Introducing students to the world of open source: Day 1 by Asheesh Laroia
  3. Seriously, why do you still have an iPhone? by Travis Kepley
  4. The public domain black hole by Ruth Suehle
  5. I frag better than you, and I do it in Linux* by Ruth Suehle
  6. Ready to be an open source contributor but don't know where to start? by Ruth Suehle
  7. Are there really open source iPad alternatives? A follow-up by Ruth Suehle
  8. A brief history of commercial gaming on Linux (and how it's all about to change) by Travis Kepley
  9. Facebook: Privacy, the exodus, and Diaspora by Ruth Suehle
  10. Developing films the open source way by Darryl L. Pierce


I wanted to take a chance to highlight a few articles that you might have missed this past year. Because our community is growing every day, not everyone was here when we flipped the on switch in January.

We covered a variety of topics over the past few months. Remember the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico? We talked about flying kites to map the spill as well as the media blackout in the Gulf.

A few of my other favorites included topics like Dark Ages 2.0, open source cars, open source religion, corporate change, and killing dinosaurs.

Editor picks

I'll end with three editor picks. Enjoy!


Jason Hibbets is a Community Director at Red Hat with the Digital Communities team. He works with the Enable Architect, Enable Sysadmin, Enterprisers Project, and community publications.

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