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  • Inkscape Workshop at Smallworld

    Last weekend, I had the first Inkscape workshop at smallworld. It was very successful, we had 13 participants.

  • Bugzilla Bug Tracker Was Key to Recent Firefox Security Snafu

    The Bugzilla bug tracker has been a major part of how Mozilla has kept Firefox secure and stable for a long time, but according to the company, it was also the key to a recent attack on Firefox browser users. "An attacker was able to break into a privileged user's account and download security-sensitive information about flaws in Firefox and other Mozilla products," Mozilla said Friday in an FAQ about the security snafu (PDF doownload available). "Information uncovered in our investigation suggests that the user re¬used their Bugzilla password with another website, and the password was revealed through a data breach at that site."

  • Open source platform as a service doesn't always come easy

    Open source platform as a service can ease cloud app development and deployment. But it also poses these six challenges for developers and the business.

  • WordPress 4.3 getting slow you might need an update

    I recently received Debian bug report #798350 where the user had a problem with wordpress. After upgrading to version 4.3, the webservers performance degrades over time. The problem is also reported at the wordpress site with bug WordPress ticket 33423 including the fix.

  • Apps, bots, drones, and 3D printers: Coming to a school near you?

    I work at a university, in the computer science department, and my college-age students have access to all this technology and more. Imagine the things they're able to do and create—better yet, imagine the things they'll be able to do and create in five years with the next generation of all these technologies in the workplace and at home.

  • 15 open web advocates to follow on Twitter

    Working on the Open Web is a niche area of the greater open source community. Usually the work does not get the same level of fanfare of other areas of open source, but the work is very important.

    Here, I've compiled a list of 15 people helping move the Open Web forward you should follow on Twitter. All of them are doing amazing work and have great content to share and will help keep you up to date on important things happening on the Open Web.

  • Every Lesson Is an Experiment with 'Open Source' Science Class

    If you ask Rosalind Poon about the science class of yester-year -- the kind my generation, my parents' generation and their parents' generation attended, where the entire class follows the same instructions for an experiment like it was a recipe for baking cookies -- it doesn't explain how real science happens.

    "If you think about champagne or penicillin," said Poon, teacher consultant with the Richmond School District and a trained biology teacher, "a lot of our discoveries are discovered by mistake."

  • Three New Experiments in Science Education
  • A closer look at the world's first open digital cinema camera

    The journey of the AXIOM camera began years ago with simple, small devices, and then gained suuport in 2014 with a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign that exceeded its funding goal. A couple months later, a grant from the European Union gave the project the financial momentum it needed to move forward.

  • Reedsy Launches Open Source Author Survey

    How much money do authors typically make? And how much does it cost an author to self-publish a book?

    Questions like these are part of a new author survey launched by Reedsy, an all-encompassing self-publishing platform.

  • Open Data: 'civic engagement' is on the cusp

    Mark Headd is the key guy when it comes to developer evangelism at Accela -- the firm provides cloud-based 'civic engagement' solutions for government.

  • Pratham's big free for all

    On International Literacy Day today Pratham Books threw open a portal that makes their collection of original books free to download, read, and disseminate.

  • International Literacy Day: A digital open source for books and images

    It's part of children's rights: the right to education. And Pratham Books takes children very seriously. Their motto: a book in every child's hands has been something that they have worked together for, for many years.

  • HippyVM Sounds Interesting, But Only If It Would Work Right

    HippyVM is an open-source project that's striving for 100% compatibility with Zend PHP while being more than seven times faster than stock PHP and more than twice as fast as Facebook's HHVM.