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  • The second annual TOR challenge was recently wrapped up by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. 1,635 new TOR relays were set up during this year’s challenge, a huge improvement over last year’s 549 new relays. The goal of this challenge is to improve the TOR network and make it more secure for anyone who uses it, […]

  • 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 […]

  • According to Michael Parks, there are two types of people in open source communities, Tool-igans and Product Jocks. Tool-igans are people who are willing to dig deep into technology and build new infrastructure with whatever they can get their hands on. Product Jocks focus more on end-products and use a more broad understanding of technology […]

  • Each open source community has a distinct, unique, and often strong culture that affects how that project progresses. Whenever a company or individual wants to work with an open source community it is important to understand how the culture of the community fits with their needs. Open source cultures cascade through related projects through the […]

  • Education is typically built from 3 parts, 1) exposure to content, 2) learning the content, and 3) verifying the content has been learned. Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have drastically scaled up the ability to accomplish the first phase of learning, but so far little has been done for the other two. The industry is […]

  • There are many ways for non-coders to get involved with open source projects. Most projects need things like bug reports, feature requests, testing, documentation, language translation, and promotion. Just about anyone can find a way to use their skills to the benefit of open source. More from OpenSource.com

  • Random Articles from the OST Archives

    • 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 […]

    • 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 […]

    • 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 […]

    • 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 […]