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Seven collaboration steps to take a video from concept to reality

video collaboration tips

"We should make a video."

In this YouTube age, chances are you’ve said this before, or you’ve been around when a co-worker suggested it. Videos can be a solid way to explain a concept or showcase something in a way that words just can’t quite convey.

But creating a video from scratch can also be a lot for one person to tackle. » Read more

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Python catches up by leaps and bounds in the enterprise

Python in the enterprise

This is a summary of Jessica McKellar's talk about Python in the Enterprise at the All Things Open conference this year. She is on the Board of Directors for the Python Software Foundation and an active leader of the Boston Python User Group.


Python, the programming language, is an open source, volunteer-driven project. Historically viewed as a scripting language (think: slow), the Python of today has developed into a robust and responsive language for the enterprise and other open initiatives around the world—with a Foundation to boot that reinvests money into the community and works to attract newcomers. » Read more

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We all need to take it offline now and then

get offline

We're at a particularly interesting time in technology, the Internet, the open source movements, and what accessibility means. We get the ability to be a lot of different people that were not possible before: web designer, cloud architect, open source project manager, open source developer, and more. Working from home is viable with an Internet connection in a way that wasn’t available in the early 1990s. And, when was the last time you looked at the Yellow Pages? (I was on vacation in the Bahamas and was curious. That was it for me.)

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Munich tries to quit Microsoft, The Weather Channel goes open source, and more

open source news and highlights

Open source news for your reading pleasure.

November 17 - 22, 2013

We scoured the web for some of this week's most interesting open source-related news stories so you don't have to. Here's what we found:

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Open Sourcity is a place where great ideas inspire talented programmers

open source ideas

How often have you thought of a way to improve a piece of software or hardware? How many times have you wondered why companies invest millions of dollars to produce a product that is obviously lacking from the moment it launches? Have you ever wished you were in a position, or had the skills, to change that?

Chances are if you've typed 'open source' into your search engine then you've heard about SourceForge and OpenHatch. If you're not familiar with these sites, I'd absolutely recommend checking them out. They present an amazing platform where you can get involved with a variety of high-quality, open source projects.

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How to write a book in five days

writing and publishing a book the open source way

If you shut people in a room for a week with seven other people with the same interests, they have a ball and write a book.

—Adam Hyde, founder of FLOSS Manuals

That’s what happened at the 2013 edition of the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) Doc Camp. A group of 20 open source enthusiasts gathered together in the middle of October and wrote not just one but three books in the span of five days.

I was fortunate enough to attend the event. Here’s a peek at what went down over those five days. » Read more

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How to attract more women to tech conferences

Have a code of conduct at your tech conference

One of the best emails to get before a conference you're psyched to attend is the one that outlines all the final details. It links to the final speakers' schedule, reminds you of important things like where to park and when to check-in, and of course, that email tells you about the fun parties. That email revs you up and organizes you for the conference to come.

So when I opened up the "final details" email for the recent All Things Open conference in Raleigh, I was expecting to see an outline of the typical who, what, when, where info. I wasn’t expecting the first item to be a reminder of the conference's anti/no harassment policy. But there it was—the first item on the list: » Read more

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Your opinion counts! Take the FLOSS 2013 survey

free open source software survey 2013

In 2002, the GSyC/LibreSoft research group at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos successfully surveyed a broad swath of over 2500 respondents (mostly developers) from open source and free software communities. They have long been researching and collaborating with Free and Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS or FOSS) organizations and groups and are back again to recreate the survey with the goal of assessing where the community stands today after over ten years of evolution and innovation.

This year, the Libresoft research group encourages anyone involved in a FLOSS project (not only developers) to participate in the survey. » Read more

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Open gaming platform Ouya matches funds for game developers

open innovation in gaming

When the hacker-friendly game console, the OUYA, was pitched as a kickstarter project in July of 2012 their tagline was "Cracking open the last closed platform." The Android-based console raised a staggering $8.6 million during its one month campaign and sparked a flurry of interest in indy game development and open hardware.

In their latest efforts to support independent content developers, OUYA has created a $1 million matching fund for game developers at http://freethegamesfund.com, which will double kickstarter pledged funds up to $250,000.

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Top 20 open source gifts for the holidays

The ultimate open source gift guide for 2013

Our 2013 open source holiday gift giveaway ended on December 11. Read the official rules for more details.

You could win some of the gifts from this guide, and the grand prize winner will receive a Lulzbot TAZ 2 3D printer! View the complete list of prizes.


We've searched the Internet and consulted with the open source geeks in our lives to identify some of 2013's coolest open source-related gifts for the holidays. We've found something for everyone's budget from big (a LulzBot TAZ 2 3D printer!) to small (who doesn't need a free download of Cards Against Humanity?), and everything in between.

So whether you're shopping for the open source enthusiast in your life or just for yourself, we hope you enjoy our The ultimate open source gift guide for 2013. Don't forget to enter our giveaway. » Read more

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