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David Eaves' OSCON keynote encourages open source communities to apply negotiation theory among contributors

OSCON podium

David Eaves (read his opensource.com posts) is an open government and open data expert with a background in negotiation theory. In his OSCON 2012 keynote today, Eaves described how the broad open source community has spent a lot of time wrestling with the art of community management and told attendees how he believes negotiation theory could be applied to improve those communities. » Read more

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What's a Beefy Miracle anyway? The story of the Fedora 17 release name

Beefy Miracle

Last October, I received a message via Twitter from a hot dog. This hot dog, calling itself The Beefy Miracle, informed me that the latest version of the Fedora operating system, Fedora 17, was going to be named after it. The voting was close, but Beefy Miracle ended up winning by almost 150 votes, and it was released yesterday. » Read more

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Penguicon--Would you like some sci-fi in your open source?

Penguicon

Perhaps you've looked around a Linux conference and noticed more than a few "Han Shot First" t-shirts. Or maybe you enjoy sci-fi cons and are always pleased to see costumes powered by Arduinos. This year, the tenth annual Penguicon celebrated what happens when you cross those streams. » Read more

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MediaGoblin 0.3.0 released: See what's happening with this media hosting project

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. » Read more

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SAS v. WPL decision addresses boundaries of copyrights on software

copyrights on software

Last week the European Court of Justice (ECJ), the highest court in the European Union on matters of EU law, issued a judgment in the case of SAS Institute Inc. v. World Programming Ltd., C-406/10, which was referred to the court for a preliminary ruling by the UK's High Court of Justice for England and Wales, Chancery Division. In keeping with the previous advisory opinion by Advocate General Yves Bot, the ECJ judgment affirms limits on the degree to which EU national copyright law can restrict the rights of software users, and clarifies the important distinction in copyright law between copyrightable expression and noncopyrightable idea. The judgment provides binding interpretation of certain EU Directives relating to copyright, namely Articles 1(2) and 5(3) of Directive 91/250/EEC (14 May 1991) and Article 2(a) of Directive 2001/29/EC (22 May 2001).

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Forges and foundations: Chalk and cheese

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 foundations have played an important role in the past few years. How will OSS forges and foundations evolve over the next 2-3 years?" Answers range from growing or decreasing equally in terms of adoption, one growing at the expense of the other, or staying the same. I’m troubled because forges and foundations serve open source project communities in radically different ways. » Read more

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Open source software for getting your taxes done

1040 form

If you're in the US, you've still got a week left to do your taxes--or at least file an extension. (They're not due until April 17 this year.) For all the procrastinators out there (and next year's exceptionally early planners), there are a few open source tools for helping you get that chore out of the way: » Read more

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Open Advice offers guidance for new open source contributors and the more experienced

Open Advice logo

A new book sharing the perspectives of 42 open source contributors launched this month at FOSDEM. Open Advice, edited by Lydia Pintscher, shares what those successful people wish they'd known when they got started with open source software.

In the foreword, Georg Greve, founding president of the Free Software Foundation Europe, explains why such a book is important, even to those barely aware of free and open source software: » Read more

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Debunking The Oatmeal and the perception of Linux as difficult to use

Oatmeal and laptop

The Oatmeal made a webcomic that's been reformatted and recently passed around Facebook and other social media. It's titled “How To Fix Any Computer” and pokes fun at Windows, Apple, and Linux each in its own way. And although I love The Oatmeal, this comic’s screed on Linux promotes a myth that needs to be dispelled. The "How to fix Linux" instructions begin: » Read more

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OSI announces new initiatives and seeks your input

New OSI initiative

OSI is changing, and you can help! I spoke at FOSDEM in Brussels on Saturday on behalf of the Open Source Initiative (OSI), where I serve as a director. My noon keynote covered a little of the rationale behind OSI and a quick synopsis of its last decade from my own perspective and then announcements on OSI's behalf about the work we’re doing to make OSI strong and relevant for a new decade. » Read more

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