Archive for the month 'August, 2010'

Meet Apertus, The Open Source HD Cinema Camera

A while back I listed 10 of the most promising real world Open Source projects on this blog, and today I want to add one more contender to that list: Apertus, an Open Source cinema camera project. Led by Oscar Spierenburg and a team of international developers, the project aims to produce “an affordable community [...]

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Monetizing Word of Mouth: Towards New Ad Spaces

I want to share the following idea for a new WordPress plugin or Open Source widget in the hope that someone might either: implement it; bring an existing implementation of the idea to light; critique it as not worthy of implementation; and/or build on it, make it better. Here goes nothing…

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When do ideas cease to be free?

Two websites were brought to my attention recently, the first is Open Source Ideas and the second (very similar in name) Open Ideas. It prompted me to google the terms “Open Source Ideas” and I discovered a long list of sites that attempt to apply the principles of open source software to thought processes or [...]

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5 Things To Think About Before Launching A Website For Your Open Source Project

I review hundreds of new and existing open source software (OSS) for inclusion in the OSLiving archive, and so inevitably I get to experience a wide range of websites. More often than not, the website experience leaves alot to be desired. Aside from the very large-scale projects for which money (and therefore custom design and [...]

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Open Source Culture – As Seen Through Comic Strips

There has been a proliferation in Open Source Software (OSS) adoption over the past decade, with particular momentum in the last 3 years. Much of the challenge in convincing companies and individuals to adopt OSS lies in demystifying deep-seated stereotypes that have typically framed OSS as an affront to closed source alternatives. It goes something [...]

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25 Free Kick Ass WordPress 3.0-Ready Themes

The consensus is that WordPress has benefited greatly from the explosion of the premium theme market. It has brought new designers, ideas and extensions of the WordPress blogging platform to proliferation. WordPress is far more versatile and complex a CMS than it was in its first few years of development. At the same time, there [...]

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Sites We Like

SourceForge - one of the longest running portals devoted to housing projects from the Open Source community. A great place to find OSS projects to collaborate on.

Open Source Initiative - the OSI maintains the Open Source Definition and offers a range of information on OSS licensing and standards.

OSALT - a brilliant site devoted to open source alternatives. The site compares quality OSS with its commercial peers.

Got a great OSS link? Let us know.