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  • 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 […]

  • 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

    • 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 […]

    • 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 […]

    • 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 […]