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Weekly wrap-up: Facebook introduces open source Presto, a visit to Valve, and more

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Open source news this week:

November 4 - 8, 2013


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Then, now, and the future of open source fonts

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In August, the Fedora Project held its first Flock conference, a replacement for the North American and European FUDCon (Fedora Users and Developers Conference) events. Flock was a four-day, planned conference with talks, workshops, and hackfests, in contrast to FUDCon's barcamp model. In the interest of reaching beyond the community and reminding everyone that Fedora is so much broader than just a Linux project, the invited keynote speakers were from open source areas outside of the Fedora Project. One of those keynotes was by Dave Crossland, creator of the open font Cantarell and an active part of the free font movement.

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How to write your book using Linux

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I spent the past year writing The Librarian’s Guide to Academic Research in the Cloud, a book which focuses on using and thinking about cloud services in an academic research context. I’m fortunate enough to belong to a union that negotiated research leave for new faculty, and that leave made the book possible.

The content of the book might be interesting to Linux users (here is an excerpt), but I wanted to talk about the process for writing the book, which was very Linux-intensive.

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Weekly wrap-up: Motorola announces open hardware phones, Cisco open sources H.264 codec, and more

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Open source news this week:

October 28 - November 1, 2013


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10 ways to contribute to an open source project without writing code

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What are the ways we can give to an open source community without contributing code?

A recent comment to an Opensource.com article a career in open source went something like that they wanted to contribute to open source but lacked coding skills. In fact, code contributions are very helpful and welcome for most open source projects, but there are a lot of other ways to contribute. » Read more

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Open source made me the man I am

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I used to be a (sad) freelance PHP developer with some front-end skill working for tiny to small local companies. The best gig I had at the time was for a video games distributor here in Italy. The client was great but the job was admittedly boring and sometimes even frustrating. I knew I had more to give and was feeling trapped in quicksand.

The single most important decision in my career was to start developing open source software (OSS) and blogging about it. I started with silly things such as a PHP clean URL generator or the onClick delay removal, and I ended up with iScroll and the Add to Homescreen widgets. » Read more

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Weekly wrap-up: Innovation Act could thwart patent trolls, open source needs more attorneys, and more

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Open source news this week:

October 21 - October 25, 2013


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How non-programmers can contribute to open source projects

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I get asked a lot by people who are interested in helping out open source projects, but have absolutely no programming skills. What can they do? Well, here’s a few ideas how non-programmers can contribute to open source projects.

It is worth noting that it is best to contribute to software that you actually use yourself. That way you feel the benefits.

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From open source mapping to improving your car's GPS: The future of 3D navigation

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Having a built-in navigation system in your new car is pretty commonplace now (that is, if you want to pay for it). These days many new car owners can just type in the address of where they want to go in to their in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system and a 2D map will pop up with some simple graphics showing them how to get there, or possibly a 3D map if you have a luxury vehicle that offers it.

But how is that 3D mapping data collected and updated? And who can access it? Marek Strassenburg-Kleciak is one of the key people behind collected 3D mapping data for OpenStreetMap (OSM), which has been billed as the Wikipedia of maps. As the senior manager for new business development at Elektrobit Automotive, one of the things he loves most about his work is putting technology visions into practice. » Read more

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Three free eBooks: open always wins, video editing, and open source thought leaders

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Opensource.com free eBooks are one of the many ways we strive to share open source knowledge and passion for implementing it beyond technology (but there too)—in business, education, government, law, health, and other areas of our lives. 

Open source in the the cloud, open source hardware and the Maker movement, open source software showing up in government and other unlikely places... we could go on...

But, we'll hand it over to you in an eBook instead. Read one of our new eBooks, downloadable from our site in .odt and .epub formats. » Read more

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