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Using OpenStreetMap to respond to disasters before they happen

OpenStreetMap conference presentation

Kate Chapman, executive director of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, gave Tuesday's keynote at Linux.conf.au about preparing and responding for disasters with the help of communities. » Read more

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Which version of Linux do you use?

Linux reader poll

We did this poll over a year ago and felt it was time once again to ask our readers: Which Linux distro do you use? And, once again, we pulled our list of choices from DistroWatch.com's page hit rankings. These are the top 10 Linux distributions over the last month. » Read more

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The Maker Manifesto: What are you going to do?

open source and the maker movement

This month marks nine years since O'Reilly Media launched Make magazine, which was the first time many who had already been "makers" for some time started using that term. A year later, Maker Faire launched as a place for them to share their creations. Last year 100 Maker Faires were held in on five continents with 530,000 attendees. And 2006 was also the year that TechShop was founded to give those makers a place to have access to industrial tools they otherwise likely wouldn't be able to use, from CNC mills and lathes to laser cutters and welding tools. » Read more

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The best open hardware conferences of 2014, celebrating Public Domain Day, and more

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Open source news for your reading pleasure.

December 30-January 3, 2014

This week's edition of our open source news roundup features some New Year's-related tidbits to start your year off right. Here's what we found:

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Teens and their first job: How to get on the path to a happy career

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I grew up in the 1980s in Columbus, Georgia. You needed a car to get around, so I did not work until I could drive. Within months of getting my driver's license, I got my first job as a part-time computer programmer for a stockbroker.

It is easy to forget that in the 80s, computers and programming were not nearly as pervasive (or popular) as they are today. I had been interested in computers for a couple of years by then. My prized possession was my Kaypro II with 64K RAM and dual floppies. Part-time jobs using computers were rare, so I felt lucky to find the perfect fit. I was tasked with building a computer program that would perform contact management, tracking interactions with potential and current clients. I wish I understood the value of such a system back then. Good thing Marc Benioff did. (Thank you, Salesforce.com.)

I ended up working with the stockbroker for more than two years until I went to college. I learned several very valuable lessons. » Read more

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What's your New Year's resolution? We share open source ideas for 2014.

open source new year's resolutions

Not everyone buys into the whole "New Year's resolution" thing. But we know some of you have a personal to-do list that you hope to tackle in 2014. And we can't help but wonder if any of your resolutions have something to do with open source? » Read more

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How to get involved with open source in 2014

Getting involved with open source in 2014

For open source projects to survive and thrive, it takes all sorts of different people contributing in various ways. We hope you are already participating in the open source community, but if you’re not, 2014 is going to be a great year to start!

Already an open source convert? Why not consider giving back in a new way this year?

Here are seven roles you might consider taking on in the new year. » Read more

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Top 10 open source stories in 2013

open source stories

What a year for open source and the Opensource.com community! We shared almost 600 stories on how the open source way is influencing our world. From business to government and from education to life, we collected inspiring stories, highlighted new projects, and shared how using an open source approach is a better way. These stories were all gathered from various open source communities and we thank you for sharing and contributing. » Read more

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Steering science back to its roots of reproducibility (a TEDx talk)

reproducibility in open science

I gave a talk at this year's TEDx Albany event, "Saving Science - Open Up or Perish," where I talked about something that I am very passionate about. For me, TEDx was an opportunity to try out a very different format from my usual technical talks and dig deep down to tell a very general audience about what's going on in science that should matter to them. I shared my journey from my education in Physics to becoming a software developer working almost exclusively on open source software for scientific research and development. » Read more

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Year-in-Review: Life hot topics on Opensource.com

Life channel year in review

This year was a great one for seeing open source affect new and exciting aspects of our lives. We saw open source reach from science to gadgets, from music to gaming, and much more. Here are some of our favorites from the Life channel in 2013. » Read more

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