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Software company Ushahidi uses open source skills to help during Kenya mall siege

Ushahidi develops two tools to help

The four-day-long siege of a Nairobi mall ended Tuesday with a death toll of more than 60 people – a number that’s expected to rise as more bodies are recovered. Another 170+ people were reportedly injured in the attack by Islamist militants. » Read more

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Observations from this year's NSA Open Source Industry Day

open source control not desirable

I attended the NSA Open Source Industry Day in Maryland this year and thought I'd summarize what did and didn't surprise me. We'll see if these observations prove controversial or helpful! More importantly we'll see if organizations can effectively manage, govern, and secure their applications given the reality of open source, agile development practices, and component-based development.

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Open source to bridge the global digital divide

open source bridge digital divide

I vividly remember my first experience using the Internet in 2000. The amount of information I was hit with by typing my first search term, university, was far beyond my wildest imaginations. This plethora of knowledge filled my mind with wonder, excitement, and enlightenment. I suddenly had the power to read, analyze, and learn about anything and anyone. The knowledge created by some of the greatest minds in the history of mankind was at my disposal, free of cost and just one single click away. I felt empowered.

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Four reasons we need open source beat making software

make things better

The Beat Making Lab is back, with Pierce Freelon and the Apple Juice Kid. In this video, the music-making duo walks us through why the world needs open source beat making software. » Read more

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Linux Foundation and OpenBEL collaboration has potential to advance science

OpenBEL software helps researchers

A new Linux Foundation Collaborative Project has the potential to advance science through the use of open source software.

The Linux Foundation announced this week that it is joining forces with the life sciences information framework OpenBEL, an open source software project that captures, integrates, stores, and shares biological knowledge through organizations.

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Open source culture thrives in Chattanooga

open source city

Last week I had a chance to visit Chattanooga for several days and received an up close look at the maker and entrepreneurial culture of the city. Chattanooga is home to a municipal gigabit fiber installation, which reaches every home and business in a 600 square mile area. The city is positioning itself as a hub of digital innovation, and from where I sit they're doing quite a good job of that. Some of the smartest minds from other parts of the country are moving to Chattanooga because of the quality of life combined with structural community support for innovators.

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Patterns and practices for open source software success

open source skills

How do you create a successful free or open source software project?

There are two parts to success: » Read more

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Open source has won, let's look to the future

The open source why

My nearly 11 minute keynote at OSCON 2013 this year, felt long enough when I gave it, but in terms of what I have to say about the future of open source, it wasn't even close.

Here I expand on the lessons I've learned from other people working in open source, new technologies emerging in open source that haven't come of age yet, my passion for open source not being a Zero Sum game, and bringing open source to other parts of society and industry.

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What motivates free software developers to choose between copyleft and permissive licences?

open source licensing

Free software licenses can be divided into two broad categories: copyleft licenses (like the GPL), which require derivatives of the software to be licensed under the same terms; and permissive licenses (like the MIT/X11 license), which allow the software to be reused in any project, even closed-source projects. There are variations, of course—the LGPL, for example, is a 'weak copyleft', allowing licensed works to be used in closed-source works, but requiring improvements to the work itself to be released under a copyleft license.

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Say something to the youth of America about open source

hello my name is open source

Selena Deckelmann, a data architect and contributor to PostgreSQL, gave a keynote speech at the Computer Science Teachers Association conference this year called, What open source communities can do for teachers. At the end she encouraged the audience (of teachers) to connect with free and open source developers in their communities to work with them to schedule 15-20 minute talks about their work students.

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