I first met Stephen O’Connor, a fifth grade public school teacher at Wells Central School, at the New York State Association for Computers and Technology in Education Conference in 2007. I don’t recall the exact subject of his presentation, but I came away from his presentation with some new information that helped me implement Moodle in my classroom. He pointed me in the direction of a good hosting company that allowed me to work on Moodle, Drupal, and Wordpress development, which I was most interested in at the time.
At another of his presentations, I came away with a wealth of information about licensing content and the differences between Copyright and Creative Commons. I’ve been following Steve on Twitter for a long time, and he continues to be a great source of learning about open educational resources.
It has never been a better time to understand the components that fit together to make the hardware we use work. To do that, lets look at my five favorite open hardware projects.
First, what do I mean by open hardware? I mean that the components that make up a device are available for the user to see. No secret formulas. The ingredients are completely transparent, and if you chose, you can source the raw parts and assemble them yourself. You can also learn from the process of assembly and with a team spirit share any problems encountered, then improving the formula of the device. For example, you could suggest better parts or improve the code to make it run faster.
Announcing the next monthly theme: Beginners in Open Source
Open source projects take all kinds. Writers, programmers, marketers, developers, project managers, community managers... the list goes on. There are a number of talents, and personality types, that are condusive to the collaborative processes that characterize open source projects and communities.
Join us in celebration of our 5 year anniversary on January 25, by taking a moment today to vote in our 2015 Opensource.com Community Awards.
The People's Choice Award recognizes the community's favorite contributors from 2014. Voting is open from January 19 - 28. We've come up with a list of eight individuals who have made a significant impact—either by contributing multiple articles or being involved in a story that resonated with our community and generated a big response. You may notice that we've excluded previous winners, Community Moderators, and Red Hat associates from the list.
Voting ends on Wednesday, January 28.
Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at the future of the Steam Machine, a new twist on classic board game Scrabble, and Linux titles Nosgoth and Pillars of Eternity!Open gaming roundup Week of January 10 - 17, 2015
Welcome to the Opensource.com weekly Top 5!
Every week, I check out the stats and chatter to see what stories have been most popular with our readers this week.
Last week, we filmed a short preview video that we shared on social media to give you a prep for the full-length video that is on our YouTube channel. Don't forget to subscribe so you don't miss a video.
In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at Arduinos in Antarctica, a new open source project to stop human trafficking, a standard for the Internet of Things, and more!Open source news for your reading pleasure. January 10 - 16, 2015
Are you interested in creating an open source cloud using the latest and greatest that OpenStack has to offer? We're here to help. We have gathered some of the best howtos, guides, tutorials, and tips published over the past month into this easy-to-use collection. Check out the list, get ready to learn, and if you get tripped up, remember that the official documentation for OpenStack is there to help.
I'm not exaggerating when I say that Mozilla's Portland coincidental work week was an example of perfect collaboration between staff and community members.
Portland coincidental work week is multiple work weeks, happening in the same city, at the same time, all within a few city blocks of each other + some opportunity to get together as one big group as well as with other teams as it makes sense. Then, on the last day, we have a giant party, Mozilla-style!—from the Mozilla Wiki
I was invited to this unique meetup by Mozilla's localization team, which I've been volunteering with for 10 years as a language localization (l10n) coordinator for Hindi.
For the past few years, cloud has been one of the biggest buzzwords among technology enthusiasts. Whether you want data accessibility across devices or need computation power for your business or even develop applications—cloud can help you.
Many people complain about being able to keep up with all the information that they need to—or think they need to. While for me information overload is impossible, I understand that it can be difficult for others to wean themselves off of the mass of information that faces them.
You are invited to participate in a mapping event with OpenStreetMap (OSM) that will kick off on January 16, 2015 called #MapLesotho Mapathon! Last year, we had 5 out of 50,000 American OSM users participate. By contrast Germany had over 200 and Poland over 40. Let’s show the world that America can map with OSM!
Last year, I covered five of the best open source project management tools, like ProjectLibre and OpenProject. The article struck a chord with readers and continues to prove valuable. So, this year I revisited the tools mentioned in last year's article, taking into account comments and suggestions from readers, and provided an update on where they are today. First, I share five new open source project management tools for 2015. All in all, this article will give you a good look at 11 of the top open source project management tools out there.
As we enter 2015, it’s a good time to reflect on the state of paleontology and the state of open access. Because I’m a dinosaur paleontologist (my apologies to the other 99% of life that ever lived), this post will of course address that clade in particular!
It's an age old question, but it's always fun to hear how distributions change from year to year. What is your favorite Linux distribution?