open source software

open for business
In January 2013, I started exploring open source solutions to help implement my business idea. I used Wordpress, Joomla, and OpenShift to create FilmBoxFestival, a platform for streaming documentary films. Note: It is still in the testing phase. I created, validated, and gained traction for my... Read more
2 comments Posted 26 Feb 2014 by Nabeel Hussain Feed
developing possibilities
Vendors and original equipment manufacturers (OEM)—and their IT customers, governments, and academics—are all using, buying, and making open source software, and often all three activities at once. This is a good way to think about one’s relationship with open source software projects. There are... Read more
2 comments Posted 24 Feb 2014 by The Outercurve Foundation Feed
Watching gibbons play is like nothing else on earth: they show astounding flexibility, speed, and grace as they swing, run, and jump. These long-armed primates are found in forested areas of Southeast Asia and move by swinging and leaping from tree to tree. Their sense of fun is almost tangible in... Read more
21 comments Posted 13 Feb 2014 by Ross Parker Feed
Until I started graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I had never heard of open source. However, every computer science department of any age and stature uses open source software to support their infrastructure. One or another variant of Linux was always being installed on our... Read more
0 comments Posted 3 Feb 2014 by Anne Mulhern (Red Hat) Feed
Analyzing corporate contributions
In proprietary software, the company contributes 100% of the code. If you think about a traditional proprietary software product, it has a development community of one: the software company itself. The company’s ability to support that product, to influence the features that come in future versions... Read more
8 comments Posted 29 Jan 2014 by Chuck Dubuque (Red Hat) Feed
The open source license you choose for your project, or for the projects you choose to contribute to, can have significant effects on how what you contribute is used. One question that has garnered quite a bit of interest recently is the fall in popularity of copyleft licenses in favor of... Read more
8 comments Posted 28 Jan 2014 by Marcus D. Hanwell Feed
True story. A project team was in need of an open source tool. Following their company's policy, the team requested their Information Systems (IS) department download the tool. They were soon bombarded with a host of questions and a form that needed to be filled out, which they complied with. Not... Read more
2 comments Posted 21 Jan 2014 by Girish Managoli Feed
trust your students with open source
In Zen Buddhism the concept of Shoshin, or "Beginner’s Mind," teaches us to approach learning with openness and a lack of preconceptions. Zen Monk and teacher, Shunryu Suzuki famously wrote: "In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few." When we cast aside... Read more
14 comments Posted 14 Jan 2014 by Charlie Reisinger Feed
Women use the Internet 17% more than their male counterparts yet are underrepresented in programming and open source. Public libraries (and public schools) have a critical role to play with improving the dearth of diversity in coding and open source. Over the holidays, I completely lost my... Read more
5 comments Posted 12 Jan 2014 by Carolyn Fox Feed
Youth in Open Source Week
Our first-ever Youth in Open Source Week at Opensource.com was January 13 - 17, 2014! We were excited to offer you a solid week of content focused on how kids and teens are using open source today. See the full list of articles here.
4 comments Posted 10 Jan 2014 by Jen Wike Huger (Red Hat) Feed

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