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Open Thread Thursday: Release early, release often?

You may be familiar with the Thomas Edison quote: "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." In the open source way, the principle is sometimes referred to as rapid prototyping, or "release early, release often." The idea is that faster prototypes can lead to faster failures. And faster failures lead to faster solutions.

What do you think? Do you agree with the philosophy? And if so, how can we help organizations see small failures as steps toward big successes?

Share your thoughts below.

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Video: Robots that make things! (And how sharing is the best way to run a business and your life.)

A few folks from Red Hat's video team had the opportunity last summer to attend the first Open Video Conference in New York. We met some inspiring, open minded, and highly motived people and even got the chance to talk to a few of them on camera. (You know, just doing our job.)

One person that we absolutely had to talk to was Bre Pettis: video blogger, open source advocate, entrepreneur, and all around great guy. Bre is one of the founders of MakerBot Industries, a company that makes "robots that make things." Awesome robots. Awesome things. » Read more

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Why Open Source and Open Standards are Essential to Combat Disastrous Global Climate Change

By Roger Burkhardt, Ingres CEO.

We have to speed up energy innovation to the pace demonstrated in the growth of the Internet if we are to prevent irreversible climate disruptions that will irreparably harm the planet for our children and all those that follow. The scale and speed of change required to ward off disaster cannot be achieved using conventional models. We need to constantly compress seven years of innovation into one – the pace described as innovating on “Internet time”. » Read more

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Open Thread Thursday | Business: Can the truth really set you free?

There's a lot of talk about openness and transparency in the world of business these days. So we wanted to ask: What does it really mean to be an open company? Where are you seeing companies act in a more open way? And where do you think companies can benefit most from transparency?

We'd love to hear your stories. Share your thoughts below. You can also discuss them with us on the freenode IRC channel #opensource.com. » Read more

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Can open source save US health care?

With all the talk about health care in the United States, I decided to get the perspective of an entrepreneur focused on bringing open source to health care. I posed five questions to Matt Mattox, a friend and former Red Hatter, about the current state of US health care, but with an open source twist. Can open source save health care? Let's get Matt's take: » Read more

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Sound off: What is open government?

Last month, the Obama Administration issued its Open Government Directive, that requires each US agency to publish an Open Government Plan by April 7, 2010. Open Source for America (OSFA) intends to grade the various U.S. government agencies and their policies and practices as they relate to open source software and openness more generally. And they’re asking for YOUR help in shaping their Draft Guidelines for Open Government Plans. » Read more

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2 reasons why the term "crowdsourcing" bugs me

Interesting article in Forbes about the way Threadless, the awesome t-shirt company, thinks about community-building. For those of you who aren't familiar with Threadless, they do about $30 million in revenues with a unique cultural/business model that merges a community of t-shirt creators and consumers into one happy family (you can read more about them in the Forbes article). » Read more

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Video: Innovation, collaboration, and government mandates

If you haven't already, you should meet Venky Hariharan. He's one of the most passionate and articulate advocates for open source and open standards in India or anywhere else. Every time we meet, I get a little smarter. At our last meeting, we were lucky enough to have a video camera. » Read more

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Welcome to the conversation on opensource.com

As the CEO of Red Hat, this is a day I've been looking forward to for quite some time. In my travels, I often find myself talking to people from all walks of life who see opportunities for the lessons of open source to be applied broadly to the world around us.

At Red Hat, we've used open source principles as the backbone of a successful technology company. We know there are opportunities to apply the open source way broadly in business, in government, in education, in the law, and throughout our lives. » Read more

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Hello world:

Welcome to the business channel on opensource.com. In this channel we plan to explore how the principles of open source are influencing the world of business.

I have been working at open source software companies for the past 10 years and have experienced first hand how the open source model creates better software faster. I hadn't spent as much time thinking about open source beyond software.

This all changed for me last year. » Read more

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