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In information technology (IT) and software development fields, there are a few fairly common misconceptions about the use of open source software. These misconceptions were debunked in a discussion at POSSE RIT 2012, and we’d like to share (and spread) that conversation.
MediaGoblin
MediaGoblin, which released version 0.3.0 this month, is a free and open source media hosting platform. Chris Webber, project founder and lead developer, took a few minutes to talk to us about the project so far and its future.
1 comment Posted 16 May 2012 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
open source makes you bolder
I earn a living at a public library in the Washington, DC area. About a year ago I was trying to explain Twitter to someone for the fifth time that week. The person listening to me just wasn't getting it. "I need to give a public talk about Twitter here at this library," I muttered to myself. "... Read more
4 comments Posted 9 May 2012 by Phil Shapiro Feed
edu scratch
I work at a public library with 28 Linux stations made publicly available in four separate rooms. The room in which I spend most of my time has 10 computers, and elementary and middle school students stop by daily after school to use them. About 90 percent of the children use the computers for... Read more
14 comments Posted 4 May 2012 by Phil Shapiro Feed
Can an ipad be used to promote free and open source software?
I have many Linux-using friends who have no plans whatsoever to buy an iPad, and I respect them for having that stance. They are opposed to closed, locked, proprietary systems. I share their general values, but have chosen to buy a third-generation iPad and plunge headlong into creating iBooks... Read more
6 comments Posted 1 May 2012 by Phil Shapiro Feed
What do you get when you mix the Free Software Foundation, Creative Commons, and OpenGameArt? We'll know the answer for sure come August, because these three organizations have joined forces to create the Liberated Pixel Cup. A contest where artists and developers will come together, to create... Read more
0 comments Posted 27 Apr 2012 by Juan Rodriguez Feed
Open source companies create shared value
The free-market capitalistic definition of companies' goals was, for a long time, very simple: to make as much profit as possible. With that in mind, the only difference between a success and a failure was the investor's return on investment. Short-term profit became priority number one. However,... Read more
2 comments Posted 23 Apr 2012 by Hervé Marcy Feed
Forges and foundations: Chalk and cheese
Black Duck Software and North Bridge Venture Partners, working with 451 Research, are conducting the sixth annual Future of Open Source Survey. I took the survey, but one question caused me concern, considering what I do for a living. Question 11 states, "OSS [Open source software] forges and... Read more
2 comments Posted 18 Apr 2012 by Stephen R. Walli Feed
Bohemian broadband and the FOSS/maker culture
Last month, Verizon announced their HomeFusion broadband Internet service, which provides faster-than-DSL Internet service to a broad swath of rural America. After paying a one time fee of $200 for a device that hangs on the side of your house, you can live anywhere Verizon's LTE cell phone service... Read more
16 comments Posted 12 Apr 2012 by Phil Shapiro Feed
Iceland's public administrations moving towards open source
All public administrations in Iceland are increasing their use of free and open source software. The country's government recently launched a one year migration project for all of its public institutions. "The goal of the project is not to migrate public institutions to free and open source... Read more
0 comments Posted 26 Mar 2012 by Gijs Hillenius Feed

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