Open source news this week: July 1 - 5, 2013

In the news: open source celebrities, owning your digital comic, and more

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Open source news this week: July 1 - 5, 2013

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  • Meet the next open source stars. Network World has put together a list of six "up-and-coming people in the world of open source." The article quickly points out that while the world of open source is inherently a collective, there’s also a crop of up-and-coming open source leaders. Take a look at the list and see if you agree.
  • Like Mozilla’s open office? You can have it. Mozilla is taking open source beyond the web and into the office. Design files for everything from the desks to the shelving to the flooring are available for free public download.
  • Own your digital comics. This week, Image Comics announced that it would be one of the first major U.S. publishers to let digital comic book readers actually purchase their books. Image’s Director of Business Development Ron Richards told Wired, "As long as you purchased them, they won’t go away. If you bought it, you own it." For a history on why this is an important step for the comic book industry, read the full Wired article.
  • Keep 3D printing open. If you’re a fan of 3D printing and open source, then you won’t want to miss this interivew with Alessandro Ranellucci, author of Slic3r, which OpenElectronics says is "the most popular software for converting digital 3D files into machining instructions that is used from most of the open, independent, and DIY 3D printers in the world." Ranellucci is a big advocate for openness and community-driven development. He explains why in this Q&A.
  • Q&A with Wargaming. has an interview with a solution architect at Wargaming, an online game developer and publisher "that relies on Linux and open soure software to produce and distribute its line of popular military strategy games." Find out how this game studio, which has 15 titles under its belt, is using Linux and hear some advice on how to get started with on an open source video game of your own.

Hat tip to community member Robin Muilwijk who passed this one along to us via our community mailing list. Thanks for sharing, Robin! You can learn more about Robin in our latest community spotlight.


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