How open source changed your life in 2013

Year-in-Review: Life hot topics on

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This year was a great one for seeing open source affect new and exciting aspects of our lives. We saw open source reach from science to gadgets, from music to gaming, and much more. Here are some of our favorites from the Life channel in 2013.

Open science

2013 may have been the year when access to scientific knowledge reached its tipping point. Open source has definitely found its way into the research process, and many scientists found new ways this year to create and share their research using the open source way.

Open gadgets

Earlier this month we asked what open source gadget is at the top of your holiday wishlist? We covered a lot of hardware news this year, but these fantastic gadgets were at the top of our list and made their way to our holiday gift guide.

Open gaming

In February we asked if 2013 would finally be the year of Linux gaming. Not only has it been a phenomenal year for gaming on Linux, it’s been a year of progress for open gaming across all sorts of platforms, including tabletops!

Open music

In August Michael Tiemann asked "can there be open source music?" This year we've shown that not only is the answer a resounding "yes," but that there are great options across genres for both musicians and listeners to get involved in open source.

Top 10 open life articles in 2013

An open life doesn’t always fall into neat categories. Here are the top ten most read articles from the Life channel on this past year. Did your favorite article make the cut? Let us know in the comments!

  1. How to create an eBook the open source way
  2. Top 20 open source gifts for the holidays
  3. Afraid someone will steal your idea?
  4. Open source summer reading list
  5. Pidora: The Raspberry Pi Fedora remix
  6. 10 ways to start contributing to open source
  7. Learning to program, the open source way
  8. How to write your book using Linux
  9. 3D printing an open source electric car
  10. Find an open source RSS reader today

Thanks to everyone who helped make 2013 a spectacular year for the Life channel. See you in 2014!

About the author

Jason Baker - I use technology to make the world more open. Linux desktop enthusiast. Map/geospatial nerd. Raspberry Pi tinkerer. Data analysis and visualization geek. Occasional coder. Cloud nativist. Civic tech and open government booster.