Top 5 articles of the week: November 24 - 28, 2014

Top 5 articles of the week: Firefox OS for mobile and Year of open source miracles

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Every week, I tally the numbers and listen to the buzz to bring you the best of last week's open source news and stories on, this week: November 24 - 28, 2014.

Top 5 articles of the week

#5. Open Food Network connects you with local, sustainable food

Eric Bowen is a social entrepreneur based in Durham, NC. He has been using Linux since purchasing RedHat 5.2 on CD at a BestBuy in middle school. He founded goMarketNC to reduce barriers between farmers and eaters in North Carolina. And he directs North American outreach for the Open Food Foundation as they work towards their US launch. In this article you can read about his journey to develop Open Food Network, a food hub and connector between small farmers and places to sell their local, sustainable food. You can find them on GitHub.

#4. A look back and a look ahead for OpenStack

There's a lot of interesting stuff being written and discussed about OpenStack, and our editor for OpenStack at, Jason Baker is on the case. Every week he shares a sampling of awesome links and reads with readers.

#3. 6 tips for adopting open source

David Egts, Chief Technologist of Red Hat’s US Public Sector, shares 6 tips to increase your agency’s adoption of open source software and keep it secure. David wrote this with governments in mind, but we notice that many of these tips are great advice for businesses too.

#2. 2014: Year of open source miracles

Gunnar Hellekson, Chief Strategist for Red Hat's US Public Sector group, writes passionately about vulnerabilities in software. He points to this year as a year that has seen gigantic, scary open source software vulnerabilities like Heartbleed and Shellshock. But, he says, open source software is still software and vulnerabilities are to be expected. And, unlike a filesystem bug or a kernel panic, they don't cause pain until they strike. Gunnar says that despite the hype, this year has been one of open source miracles because of how effective the open source community has been in responding to these vulnerabilities, without diminishing the seriousness of the flaws themselves.

#1. What open source gadget is at the top of your 2014 holiday wishlist?

Our poll asking readers which open source gadget is at the top of their 2014 holiday wishlist has over 300 votes and growing. Wondering which gadget is taking the lead? The Firefox OS smartphone is way out ahead with over 200 votes!

Firefox OS for mobile smartphones are the first of their kind and based entirely on open web standards. Emily Price for Mashable tells us, "That means everything on the phone is running in a web browser… Mozilla is not going after the type of customers who are obsessed with the screen size and type or processing power of their device. It's targeting customers who just need to communicate with the world around them, and it's giving them a much more feature-rich way to do so."

They are available at select locations worldwide from as inexpensive as $35.00 to over $100.

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