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How open sourcing Android made it a mobile market leader

Friday 25th of July 2014 07:00:00 AM

About 10 years ago, when I got my first mobile phone, I hardly knew anything about its operating system or its processor. Even its screen size didn’t matter. I was just happy to have a "mobile" phone.


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Keynotes from OSCON 2014 Day 3

Thursday 24th of July 2014 04:01:00 PM

We're back with keynote coverage on Day 3 of OSCON 2014! This comes to you (live stream) from Portland at the Oregon Convention Center.


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Open source education for lifelong learners

Thursday 24th of July 2014 11:00:00 AM

In the world of the Internet, where everything is so easily available, it seems like all technology is a benefit to online learners. For those who aren't able to use the available traditional resources for various reasons, open source technology specifically is a huge boon. Let me share my seven-year journey of using open source and how it helped me add more value to both my personal and professional lives.


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How do team dynamics relate to open source?

Thursday 24th of July 2014 09:00:00 AM

Recently I had the opportunity to watch a soccer game (football to the majority of the world). This game was one of the most amazing displays of team effort I’ve ever had the privilege of watching. (Here’s an obligatory link if you don’t know to which game I refer). Almost every score was predicated with a series of passes and touches by various players. There was a level of unselfish play and team spirit I don’t often see when observing professional sports.


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Open source product development most effective when social

Thursday 24th of July 2014 07:00:00 AM

Benetech started out in the 90s without even understanding the meaning of the term open source. They just "needed an easy way to interface with different voice synthesizers" to develop readers for people who are blind and "shared the code to be helpful."

Sound familiar? Opensource.com started covering stories like in 2010 and they recur more often than you might think. Stories of people sharing the code to help others—but sharing code to get help developing better code. When code is open, a community has the opportunity to form around it.


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Keynotes from OSCON 2014 Day 2

Wednesday 23rd of July 2014 04:30:00 PM

We're back with keynote coverage on Day 2 of OSCON 2014! This comes to you (live stream) from Portland at the Oregon Convention Center.


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UK government makes "big step forward" on open document standards

Wednesday 23rd of July 2014 02:00:00 PM

As previously reported on Opensource.com, the government of the United Kingdom forcefully signaled its intention earlier this year to mandate the adoption of compulsory document format standards in public administrations. The government's stated objective was to assure greater choice for both government and citizens and for public administrations to avoid being locked in to software “that is still provided by just a few large companies."


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Giving Sub-Saharan African communities an online presence

Wednesday 23rd of July 2014 11:00:00 AM

People in Sub-Saharan Africa face hurdles to get online. Despite some progress, the region lags behind in Internet connectivity due to the high costs of service and poor infrastructure, according to a recent World Economic Forum report.


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What kind of tablet do you use?

Wednesday 23rd of July 2014 09:00:00 AM

It seems today that the naysayers were wrong: tablets have become ubiquitous. But has open source made its reach into the tablet world to the same extent it has to other areas of technology?


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How open source launched my small business

Wednesday 23rd of July 2014 07:00:00 AM

Open source hardware has truly changed my life. It allowed me to launch my own business. "How so," you might ask? Well, let’s take a little stroll down memory lane, shall we?


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Keynotes from OSCON 2014 Day 1

Tuesday 22nd of July 2014 04:00:00 PM

Our own Jason Hibbets and Jen Wike are live blogging from OSCON 2014!


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Docker security with SELinux

Tuesday 22nd of July 2014 11:00:00 AM

This article is based on a talk I gave at DockerCon this year. It will discuss Docker container security, where we are currently, and where we are headed.


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OpenStack product management: wisdom or folly?

Tuesday 22nd of July 2014 09:00:00 AM

Two recent, excellent, blog posts have touched on a topic I've been wrestling with since May's OpenStack Summit: What is the role of the Product Management function, if any, in the OpenStack development process?


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Milind Bhandarkar talks big data and open source software

Tuesday 22nd of July 2014 07:00:00 AM

Big data. It's one of the most pervasive buzzwords in today's technology world. But it's impossible to deny how deeply data touches all aspects of not just our lives but also business and industry. The amount of data collected about everything is staggering—a typical transatlantic flight generates 30 terabytes of data about the engines alone!


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The value of open source is the open development process

Monday 21st of July 2014 09:00:00 AM

Scott Wilson agrees that open source matters because of open code, but just as important is the process in which the code is made. Open development of code is in the social nature of many programmers, hackers, documentors, and project managers. So, what is it about open development?


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A new OpenStack book, advice for contributing, and more

Monday 21st of July 2014 07:00:00 AM

Interested in keeping track of what's happening in the open source cloud? Opensource.com is your source for what's happening right now in OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure project.

OpenStack around the web

There's a lot of interesting stuff being written about OpenStack. Here's a sampling:


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What is open gaming? A new resource

Monday 21st of July 2014 07:00:00 AM

Today, Opensource.com unlocks an important achievement: the publication of "What is Open Gaming?", a new resource page.


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18 interviews with speakers of upcoming OSCON 2014

Friday 18th of July 2014 01:30:00 PM

The O'Reilly Open Source Convention—or OSCON, as it's popularly known—is one of the world's premier open source events. For more than a decade, open-minded developers, innovators, and business people have gathered for this weeklong event, which explores cutting edge developments in the open source ecosystem. The event will be held from July 20 - July 24 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

And, Opensource.com will be there! We'll cover the keynote sessions, talk with industry thought leaders, and be tweeting about our adventures @opensourceway.


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Google's new container project, open source at LinkedIn, Raspberry Pi B+, more

Friday 18th of July 2014 09:00:00 AM
Open source news for your reading pleasure. July 12 - 18, 2014

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at how LinkedIn uses open source, Google's new container project Kubernetes, Raspberry Pi B+, more!


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In the future, the web must be open

Friday 18th of July 2014 07:00:00 AM

On stage at this year's Great Wide Open conference, Steven Klabnik made a sobering proclamation.

"We have completely failed non-programmers and their ability to use computers," he said.

Klabnik works for marketplace payment company Balanced, where he is—and how awesome is this?—Philosopher in Residence. His job, he says, "is to pay attention to where things are going and also think about where we should be going."


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