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Can an iPad be used to promote free and open source software?

Can an ipad be used to promote free and open source software?

I have many Linux-using friends who have no plans whatsoever to buy an iPad, and I respect them for having that stance. They are opposed to closed, locked, proprietary systems. I share their general values, but have chosen to buy a third-generation iPad and plunge headlong into creating iBooks using iBooks Author. I see the iPad as a exquisite tool for getting the word out about FOSS - free and open source software.

Apple is expected to sell 65 million iPads (or more) in 2012, according to analyst Canaccord Genuity. That's 65 million people I can inform about FOSS opportunities, such as the amazing Inkscape vector drawing program and OpenShot video editing program. Inkscape already runs well on Mac and Windows, and OpenShot is coming to Mac and Windows, so why not seize the chance to inform people about these programs? » Read more

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Building a culture of sharing with the Open.Michigan badge project

Open.Michigan badge project

What do stick figures, surveys, and lots of Post-It notes have in common?

Badges, of course! It’s all part of an increasingly multifaceted and exciting project the Open.Michigan team has embarked on over the past ten months. While we’ve been dedicating time and energy to our badging project since spring 2011, it all started back in fall 2010 when we began an evaluation of the impact of the Open.Michigan initiative. » Read more

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The Liberated Pixel Cup: proving the potential for free culture and free software game development

Liberated Pixel Cup

What do you get when you mix the Free Software Foundation, Creative Commons, and OpenGameArt? We'll know the answer for sure come August, because these three organizations have joined forces to create the Liberated Pixel Cup. A contest where artists and developers will come together, to create free-as-in-freedom games and art.

Christopher Allan Webber from Creative Commons explains that he approached both Bart Kelsey of OpenGameArt and John Sullivan of the Free Software Foundations to see if they were interested in a collaboration.
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Teach kids about open source on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Teach kids about open source on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Today is the 20th anniversary of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day in the US--an excellent opportunity to introduce kids to the concepts of open source (even if you don't have any of your own).

If you work at an open source company

Whether it's software or a company that otherwise embodies openness, you have it easy. When the kids come to your office--whether they're yours or your coworkers'--help show them what your company does. Explain how you contribute. Tell them why your company chooses openness over competitors who do not. Explain the value of open source principles. » Read more

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See the Steam client running on Linux; likely available by the end of the year

Steam

One of the most popular posts we've ever had on opensource.com was "Steam for Linux confirmed." Unfortunately it was last year's April Fool's Day joke. But check today's date--April Fool's is almost a month ago now, and this time you can actually see pictures.

Phoronix's Michael Larabel has long stood that the Steam client would eventually be released for Linux, while many others considered it somewhere between a persistent rumor and a dream. » Read more

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Open source teaches people how to fish

Open source teaches people how to fish

One of the things I love most about the open source communities I’m a part of is that when I ask a question, I just don’t get the answer, I get taught how to find the answer. » Read more

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The day my mind became open sourced

The day my mind became open sourced

I can remember so clearly the exact day my mind became open sourced. It was a crisp and sunny November day in 1973. After class in middle school, I called up my best friend, Bruce Jordan, and asked, "Can I come over to play now?" Bruce replied, "Sure." I jumped on my red, one-speed Schwinn bicycle and biked like mad the two miles over to Bruce's house. I arrived happily breathless. » Read more

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Forks and spoons, OpenOffice.org and LibreOffice

Forks and spoons, Open Office and Libre Office

When Oracle gained control of OpenOffice, the project forked, and LibreOffice was born. » Read more

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PressurePen: An open source, pressure-sensitive stylus

PressurePen

Charles Mangin, a web developer and consultant based in Raleigh, NC, hoped to recreate the drawing-tablet experience (such as that with a Wacom device) on what we today think of as tablets (like iPads and Android tablets)--and to do it as open hardware. The result is now on Kickstarter: the PressurePen. » Read more

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Developer conference 2012 part III: Workshops, hackfests, and more

Developer conference 2012: Workshops, hackfests, and more

The 2012 Developer Conference (held at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic) included talks on numerous topics and had several side events in smaller rooms. Most of them were practical workshops focused on a certain technology or project. Aslak Knutsen had two of them--the first one focused on Arquillian SPI and the second on development of Java EE applications. » Read more

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