How to get started with open source
Taking the first steps in any journey can be scary. There are new obstacles to hurdle, unfamiliar landscapes to traverse, and usually the destination is shrouded in mystery. But that's also what makes new ventures exciting and worthwhile.
The collection of stories in this eBook are about striking out on the open source way. Whether you're an individual, seeking information on moving away from closed software, or an organization looking for free and open alternatives to the utilities that help your business succeed, these are stories about finding your footing in the world of open source. Several are “origin stories” about how experts discovered open source, and how they've flourished in the time since. Others are focused guides on finding the right software, using a specific open source tool, or introducing your neighborhood or town to the power of the open source way.
Remember that it's not easy to get started with anything new, but, as an old Buddhist saying goes, “It is better to travel well than to arrive.” We hope these stories will help you travel well along the open source way, and keep you traveling for years to come.
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Articles in this eBook
- Open source alternatives for small businesses
—Aseem Sharma, Opensource.com Community Moderator
- How to contribute to OpenStack
—Rich Bowen, Red Hat
- Get started in open source online and offline
—Robin Muilwijk, Opensource.com Community Moderator
- Building an open source community
—Mihai Guiman, technologist
- 5 ways open source is transforming tech in 2014
—Eren Niazi, Founder of Open Source Storage
- How to get started in civic hacking
—Andrew Hyder, civic hacker
- Who helps your Linux distribution run smoothly? Thank a packager today
—Luis Ibanez, Opensource.com Community Moderator
- With greater permissions, comes greater responsibility
—Heiko Rupp, Red Hatt
- May open source be with you
—Cory Hilliard, student
- Consuming open source software: How to use and buy it
—The Outercurve Foundation
- What's the best Linux desktop environment for me?
- How to teach hacking in school and open up education
—Pete Herzog, Co-founder of ISECOM
- Get more contributors to your project with better documentation
—Amye Scavarda, technologist
- Open source tools to build your best business
—Nabeel Hussain, technologist
- Things newcomers to open source rarely ask but often wonder
—Shauna Gordon-McKeon, programmer, OpenHatch
- A beginners guide to understanding OpenStack
—Jason Hibbets, Red Hat
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