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Map of open source conferences and events

Map of open source conferences and events

We've already asked you to help compile a list of open source events and conferences. Now we've got a map. What's missing? Leave a comment with the event name, location for 2012, and URL. Anything you mention here, we'll also add to the list in our Resources section. Feel free to share this map, download the data, and reuse it.

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Kdenlive Part 5: All About Audio

Kdenlive Part 5. All About Audio.

Traditionally, the film editing process was regimented and compartmentalized. The assistant editors helped organize footage, the editor cut the picture, a sound engineer mixed the sound tracks, and a music composer provided the score. In today's quickly evolving landscape of film production, these roles are becoming less clearly defined and many of these tasks are falling upon the editor alone. And in the independent world it's been this way for a very long time. » Read more

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What SOPA means for [fill in the blank]

What SOPA means for [fill in the blank]

Today the House Judiciary Committee spent four hours debating HR 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act, better known as SOPA, despite early successes of momentum against it. No vote was taken.

Yesterday, many of those those who get their news from newspapers saw an ad taken out in major papers around the country by a few names you might recognize. It read: » Read more

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Charity begins at your homepage: The joys and pains of funding good will online

Charity begins at your homepage: The joys and pains of funding good will online

Whether tax season or holiday cheer brings about your generosity, now's the time of year for it. Last year we looked at ways you could check up on a charity organization before you give. And that's still a good idea. » Read more

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Kdenlive part 4: Color correction

Good photography doesn't just happen. Careful attention to lens settings, depth-of-field charts, and lighting will produce quality images but even those, since the days of the earliest photography, have been taken into the darkroom and adjusted. » Read more

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Stray Cinema turns filmmaking into an open source creativity experience

Stray Cinema

Stray Cinema is an open source film project, experimenting with the open source ethos to market and distribute films.

To participate, anyone in the world with an internet connection can download feature footage for free, and create their own version of a film. Unique edits can then be uploaded back onto straycinema.com, where they are voted on by the online community. The top five films are screened alongside the directors original edit at a mulitmedia screening event. » Read more

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Open source chocolate space invaders

Chocolate space invader

There are no words in this phrase I don't like: open source chocolate space invaders

The "source code"--mold instructions and chocolate recipe--aren't available yet, but they do intend to release them.  » Read more

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What a stint with an open source project can add to your life

What a stint with an open source project can add to your life

There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer. Some of the most amazing projects in the world have seen the light of day only because of the contributions of these selfless individuals. The same holds true for hundreds of open source projects from Fedora to Mozilla to WordPress. What motivates these people to become part of an open source project? Not money, or at least not only money. What benefits do these "unpaid workers" reap from their participation in such projects?

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GOG.com, DRM-free game distributor, chooses data security over ease of checkout

Credit cards good here

GOG.com wins points for openness by being a distributor of DRM-free games, but now they're going even further by choosing to protect their customers' data over the convenience of a faster checkout.

After the wide security breach of the Playstation Network, GOG surveyed its users about the issue--"68 percent said they would rather GOG.com not even have the option of storing personal information," wrote Ben Kuchera in the Ars Technica story. » Read more

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Perspective from an open source newbie

Gandhi quote at Red Hat headquarters

In my first week at Red Hat, having come from a long history of using proprietary software in the corporate workplace, it only took a few hours to wash away more than fifteen years of plugging overly long license codes into software before I could sit down and use it. What had become second nature during those years vanished the moment I began using an open source desktop. » Read more

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