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Linux gaming steams ahead, Wikimedia sticks with open formats, and more

open source news and highlights

Open source news for your reading pleasure.

February 17 - 21, 2014

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we look at great news for Linux gamers, Wikipedia sticking to their open roots, and two great open hardware projects that might just help us reinvent the future.

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May open source be with you

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My introduction to open source software began when I was sitting on a server room floor, with my head in my hands, completely frustrated with a Windows 2000 server. Every night there were some services that would crash. Every morning I would get yelled at by my over-bearing boss. I was new to the company, it was my first IT job fresh out of Network Admin college, where I graduated at the top of my class, but I couldn't fix this problem because it was a "known Microsoft issue," and I just had to wait for the update. » Read more

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Building an open source community

Building an open source community

I have told the story of how FinTP, the first open source application for processing financial transactions, was born. Here, I would like to present a deeper view on how the community is being built, its structure and governance and why I think people should join such communities. I myself am a founding member of two communities, the first being built together with my friends after our first bachelor party, from a desire to preserve our spirit of joy and good vibes. The second one is the open source community around FinTP, called FINkers United. » Read more

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Get started in open source online and offline

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What skills do you need and which projects should you participate in as beginner in open source?

These are common questions for beginners to open source software, hardware, communities, and methodologies. New folks to open source can start their discovery online and offline. Events and projects of many different kinds will help beginners find what they are good at and allow them to get to know their own skills. » Read more

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OpenStreetMap competes in the Olympics, SourceForge revamps, and more

open source news and highlights

Open source news for your reading pleasure.

February 10 - 14, 2014

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we see the revamping of SourceForge, OpenStreetMap excelling at the Olympics, and more

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The force of gravity still applies for 3D printers

launch of the 3D printer revolution

Just a month ago, our geek wish of getting a 3D printer was granted: a Makerbot Replicator 2X arrived at our office. Since then we've been busy learning by trial and error about the possibilities and limitations of 3D printing. You can read my review of the Printrbot Simple Kit.

So far, in short, I can describe 3D printing as: Building an object, by depositing layers, and creating every layer by drawing it with melted plastic. The key to understanding 3D printing, and thus learning how to do it better, is to think about the objects as a stack of layers. Then, consider how the layers will look like as they are being stacked. » Read more

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Beginners in Open Source Week

how to get started in open source

Opensource.com will publish articles focused on where beginners can start in open source from February 17 - 28. These stories will include accounts of first time experiences working for an open source company, working on open source software, and building open source apps. Plus, find useful tips for how you can get your newbie friends into open source.

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Take our reader survey for a chance to win a $100 gift card

annual reader survey

This is your chance to tell us what you think about Opensource.com. And to win a a $100 Amazon gift card! Complete the  Opensouce.com Reader Survey and help us improve our community and publication. » Read more

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Creative Commons enables the return of the game Glitch

open source game art and code

If you never had a chance to play the delightful Flash-based MMO game Glitch—soon to be rescued from the pit of dead games thanks to Creative Commons assets—I'll let its new tenders explain: » Read more

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Scientific analysis and visualization is better with open source

open source software for science

Marcus Hanwell is a physicist by training, but his background in science led him down a different path than most reseachers. Today he is a contributer to a number of open source projects aimed at helping the scientific community better analyze and visualize their data. If you've got a question about finding the right open source tool for a scientific application, Marcus can point you in the right direction.

At Opensource.com, Marcus is a member of the Community Moderator program. He writes about everything from specific tools to open access of scientific publications to event recaps. You might also find him in the comments helping drive discussion.

In addition to tools specifically oriented toward scientific research, Marcus frequently uses a number of more general-purpose open source development tools and workflow applications to make his life easier. Learn more about how Marcus uses these tools in his life in this Community Spotlight interview.

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