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Building an open source community

Building an open source community

I have told the story of how FinTP, the first open source application for processing financial transactions, was born. Here, I would like to present a deeper view on how the community is being built, its structure and governance and why I think people should join such communities. I myself am a founding member of two communities, the first being built together with my friends after our first bachelor party, from a desire to preserve our spirit of joy and good vibes. The second one is the open source community around FinTP, called FINkers United. » Read more

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Open source as an alternative for small businesses

Choosing between open and closed source software

Is it safe to use? What alternatives do I have? Is it easy to install?

These were some of the questions asked by Amandeep, a New Delhi based owner of a small scale clothing company, when I pitched to him a few open source solutions that could make his day-to-day operations more efficient. For someone without any IT background (but a sharp business sense), these were brilliant and relevant questions. The answers to these questions won't just help Amandeep, but if shared broadly may help reduce the apprehension of a significant number of small scale business owners, especially in India. My interactions have shown that a lot of these businesses are looking to grow, enhance their productivity, and most importantly, save costs. » Read more

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How OpenStack parallels the adoption of Linux

OpenStack is developing like Linux

In spite of its considerable momentum, there are still skeptics about whether OpenStack will ultimately succeed. My colleague tackled some of that skepticism in a blog post last year and I’m not going to rehash those arguments here. Rather, I’m going to make some observations about how OpenStack is paralleling, and will likely continue to parallel, the adoption of another open source project that I think we can all agree has become popular and successful—namely Linux. [1] » Read more

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Beginners in Open Source Week

how to get started in open source

Opensource.com will publish articles focused on where beginners can start in open source from February 17 - 28. These stories will include accounts of first time experiences working for an open source company, working on open source software, and building open source apps. Plus, find useful tips for how you can get your newbie friends into open source.

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Analyzing how contributions to OpenStack can be made easier

Community participation

Last month, I asked 55 OpenStack developers why they decided to submit one patch to OpenStack and what prevented them from contributing more. The sample polled people who contributed only once in the past 12 months, looking for anecdotal evidence for what we can do to improve the life of the occasional contributor. To me, occasional contributors are as important as the core contributors to sustain the growth of OpenStack in the medium/long term. » Read more

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Scientific analysis and visualization is better with open source

open source software for science

Marcus Hanwell is a physicist by training, but his background in science led him down a different path than most reseachers. Today he is a contributer to a number of open source projects aimed at helping the scientific community better analyze and visualize their data. If you've got a question about finding the right open source tool for a scientific application, Marcus can point you in the right direction.

At Opensource.com, Marcus is a member of the Community Moderator program. He writes about everything from specific tools to open access of scientific publications to event recaps. You might also find him in the comments helping drive discussion.

In addition to tools specifically oriented toward scientific research, Marcus frequently uses a number of more general-purpose open source development tools and workflow applications to make his life easier. Learn more about how Marcus uses these tools in his life in this Community Spotlight interview.

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Copyright statements proliferate inside open source code

Copyright statements emerging in source code

I was looking at a source file for the OpenStack Ceilometer docs one day and noticed that there's a copyright statement at the top. Now, in no way do I want to pick on Nicholas. There are hundreds of such copyright statements in the OpenStack docs and code, and this is just the example I happened to be looking at.

(Note that my employer has its share of copyright statements in the OpenStack code. Pretty much every company participating in OpenStack does this. I think we need to stop.)

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What open source projects are best for beginners?

Open thread

While Opensource.com is preparing for our upcoming Beginners in Open Source Week starting February 17, we want to hear from our readers about which open source projects are best for beginners. After you've responded to the poll, mark your calendars for: » Read more

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Got questions on open hardware? Ask this engineer

open source why

One of my favorite quotes is "We are what we celebrate." Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST Robotics, says this and it comes up on an almost daily basis one way or another in my work in open source hardware and education. One of the challenges of getting more young people into engineering and computer programming is that we're collectively competing with the high profile status that becoming a famous, professional athlete or musician, or reality show star, promises. I don't expect the mass media to change, because change happens from small groups of motivated people. And, this is where the maker, hacker, and open source software and hardware communities are making great progress. » Read more

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What's the best thing about being an open source community manager?

open source communities

I recently listed five best practices for community managers in 2014. Today, on Community Manager Appreciation Day, we've collected the wisdom of 14 great leaders from a variety of open source communities to find out:

What is the best thing about being a community manager?

 Here's what they said. » Read more

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