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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

    • GitHub has published the results of their 2017 open source survey that highlights many of the challenges the open source industry is currently facing. They “collected responses from 5,500 randomly sampled respondents sourced from over 3,800 open source repositories on GitHub.com, and over 500 responses from a non-random sample of communities that work on other […]

    • 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 […]

    • 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 […]