Community

  • SXSW is a giant event in Austin, TX that attracts hundreds of thousands of people from around the world to see the latest in music, movies, technology, and art. Most people are aware of the bigger events that require badges to get in, but there are also a ton of smaller events that are free […]

  • These 5 FOSS projects focus on helping people in need. Humanitarian OpenStreetMap – After the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the OpenStreetMap community joined together to build maps of Haiti from any pre-earthquake data they could find. After the crisis, the community stayed involved in the recovery process to help continually improve the map information. Literacy Bridge […]

  • Modern agriculture equipment is highly complex and often requires farmers to hire certified technicians whenever there are problems. Many companies have locked down the computers that run their equipment with proprietary software and hardware, and due to the DMCA anyone who modifies the proprietary DRM risks being targeted for copyright infringement. This has led to […]

  • The Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML) has had a number of controversies during heated debates over the development of the Kernel. Most recently, Lennart Poettering, the creator of systemd, wrote an article where he accused Linus Torvalds of encouraging personal attacks on him. The resolution code was written by Greg Kroah-Hartman and was signed off […]

  • The biggest benefit of open source can also be its greatest challenge. While the ability to modify, reuse, and redistribute software freely helps open source innovate at an extreme pace, it also puts the responsibility of it’s improvement in the hands of the users. This means that users of open source have a responsibility to […]

  • Cassidy James, the founder of Elementary OS, a popular Linux distribution, recently came under fire after suggesting that users who downloaded their software without paying were “cheating” the system. He has since retracted those words, but the implications of this statement are still being discussed. Open source is built on the concept that anyone can […]

  • This short talk from Raghavendra Prabhu gives some pointers on how to successfully leverage documentation in an open source community. [00:30] – Good documentation helps communities grow, attracts contributors, enhances the quality of code, and helps make bug fixes. Redis, Docker, the Linux Kernel, Python and Go are just a few examples of projects with […]

  • There is no time better than the present to get involved with an open source project. Maybe you’ve been thinking about it for a while, or maybe you made a resolution for 2015. Either way, these five projects are great opportunities to get you feet wet in open source software. BRL-CAD – 3D modeling program […]

  • Community management is a job that is dynamic and requires a broad skillset. These tips from established community managers in the open source industry can be beneficial to anyone looking to get better at this role. The tips include providing contributors with appreciation and gratitude, celebrating work and making heroes, listening to the major complaints […]

  • Starting a Co-op can be a very similar experience to starting an open source project because they are centered around the concept of people taking action and solving their own problems. Projects like these live or die by the people that volunteer their time, so it is vital to foster a strong community. This can […]

  • Growstuff is an open source project focused on building a crop database from crowdsourced, grower knowledge that helps others learn how to grow food in their area. The open food movement has been around for quite a long time and focuses on making the farm to table process for food more transparent so consumers can […]

  • In this video [6:15] , Jen Wike discusses the efforts the team at opensource.com in building a platform for people to tell stories about open source. Opensource.com has been a platform for users to explain how they use open source in their own work, and the site has had immense success in growing their contributor […]

  • At first glance, systemd might appear to be yet another “holy war” in the long list of debates that have raged within the Linux community. However, unlike the debates over emacs v. vi, GNOME v. KDE, and BSD v. GPL, it seems most users and developers aren’t being given a choice over the use of […]

  • A lot of attention has been brought to the exclusivity of some open source communities like Linux. Lennart Poettering recently described the problems he has had with the Linux community in a recent blog post which discussed the harsh reaction to Systemd which went as far as including death threats. Linus suggests that harsh language […]

  • Florian Effenberger is the Executive Director of the Document Foundation, the organization behind LibreOffice: a popular open source productivity suite. In this interview he discusses how LibreOffice separated itself from the OpenOffice community 10 years ago, and the importance branding played in achieving early success. More from Linux Voice

  • The community forms the backbone of any open source project and it is vital to the success of any businesses that are involved. Often, disagreements over code can lead to personal attacks that shun people away from the community; this can cause major problems with the long term sustainability of the open source community. By […]

  • OpenHere is a 3-day international festival being held in Dublin, Ireland on November 14-26. The festival will promote technologies that are disrupting and reshaping our economy such as 3D printing, cryptocurrencies, and digital sharing. The festival will bring together artists, researchers, engineers, and activists to discuss things like alternative economic models, open source ecology, and […]

  • Mozilla is currently redesigning their logo and is looking to the community for help in the process. The primary goal is to create a logo that doesn’t rely on Adobe Illustrator specific masks so that anyone can open and edit the logo on the design software of their choice. The company chose to do this […]

  • Random Articles from the OST Archives

    • Takoma Park Maryland Library uses Linux for 28 public stations running at the library. The library chose provider Userful, a company that specializes in multi-lingual Linux environments using Fedora. The library has spent considerable effort making the Linux experience feel similar to other traditional desktop environments, and users often aren’t even aware they are using […]

    • A lot of attention has been brought to the exclusivity of some open source communities like Linux. Lennart Poettering recently described the problems he has had with the Linux community in a recent blog post which discussed the harsh reaction to Systemd which went as far as including death threats. Linus suggests that harsh language […]

    • Growstuff is an open source project focused on building a crop database from crowdsourced, grower knowledge that helps others learn how to grow food in their area. The open food movement has been around for quite a long time and focuses on making the farm to table process for food more transparent so consumers can […]