At the start of the summer, you may recall Project Harmony causing a certain amount of controversy on the subject of contributor agreements in open source communities. My position on them was and is that they are a rarely needed and exceptional tool that should be avoided unless essential,... Read more
HP's attempt to kill the TouchPad proved two things: the appeal of a $99 tablet and the power of open source communities. The first is clear--even if you hadn't decided how a tablet would fit into your life, it's a lot easier to figure it out for $99 than for $500. Too bad the BOM to build the... Read more
Over the past 18 months, the Mozilla community has been revising the Mozilla Public License. See earlier post. We recently announced, in true community development fashion, a release candidate--the text that we hope will become MPL 2.0 after one last set of eyes review it. This piece is a brief... Read more
Koji is an open source build system. While many are familiar with Koji because of the Fedora Project's use of it, Koji is a generic system that is used by different groups around the world.
Personal Democracy Forum‘s TechPresident recently published a post on the drawbacks of "civic hackathons" – weekends where, generally, developers and designers set out to solve city problems through coding and rapid prototyping in the course of 48 hours or less. This post, from TechPresident... Read more
When Larry Huston faced the challenge of revving Procter & Gamble's innovation engine to contribute to $5 billion in annual topline growth, he opened up the ranks of the company's vaunted R&D operation to some 1.8 million scientists and researchers around the globe.
On opensource.com, our community is very important. This is why we started the contributor spotlight earlier this year. But we wanted to also recognize community members who contribute in ways other than writing articles--things like rating and commenting, voting in polls, and sharing our... Read more
Does this describe you? You've been using open source software or contributing to open source projects for a long time. Perhaps you are in a job where you utilize open source tools regularly, or maybe you are just fooling around with them for fun or to learn new skills. You've been known to tell (... Read more
I'm a junior in high school and still learning what open source is all about. I recently visited Red Hat to find out more. Although it was my first time working in an open source environment, I quickly learned from my interview with Max Spevack about the importance of... Read more
Reading some stories recently, it would be easy to conclude that there was some sort of a decline in open source. I'll not pretend to have new and objective data on the subject, but having just returned from OSCON in the USA I have to say rumours of the death of open source are premature.