Activity tagged “opensource”
Really great free-as-in-speech fonts.
Fantastic article about how to effectively dive into the source to debug problems with a system in production. A bit of a misleading title: anyone who deploys open source code should know how to do this stuff.
A CMS-oriented datastore, open sourced today at DevChatt. Interesting, and worth a closer look, I think.
Official Ubuntu (8.04 and 9.10) AMIs.
A nice outline for how open source code documentation might be organized. I'm less than convinced that there needs to be a “standard,” but as a sort of conceptual framework for organizing docs this does a great job.
Really awesome Google Calendar-style interactive calendar rendered with jQuery. Drag & drop events, callbacks for everything, awesome.
Good advice on how to put Open Source experience on your resume.
It's decisions like this that make me confident and happy about my choice of PostgreSQL. I can barely wait for hot standby to land, but features are worthless if they're not stable. Maintainers willing to make tough cuts like this one are what makes quality software.
Interesting licensing move on Drizzle: the server is still GPLv2 — no embedded MySQL for you! — but the client is BSD licensed, so there aren't the same weird linking shenanigans as for MySQL. Good progress.
An interesting look at the choice to use a “weaker” open source license like the BSD, and some good arguments against the GPL.
The first (that I know of) open source, non-centralized laptop tracker. Gotta give this a shot.
Handing security problems is the *worst* part of being an OSS maintainer. Learn from what the Ruby folks did wrong.
Wow, the stupidity of this is astounding. Good news for PostgreSQL, I guess.
“Hi, this is Bruce Perens. I need your signature to help me protect Open Source.”
Fantastically good thinking about how Open Source leads to a different — I'd say better — kind of software market.
Brett's (preliminary) slides on contributing to Python. I need to prepare something similar for Django.
Bug 340318 – whenever you go to gmail.com the redirects on gmail makes FireFox freeze then crash [@ nsXBLService::GetBinding] [@ js_HashString]
Watch as the reporter goes batshitinsane and starts flaming the deveopers trying to help him. This is the wortst part of woking on Open Source: dealing with assholes like this.
Until today I trusted OSI implicitly. Now I'm not so sure.
Maintaining Permissive-Licensed Files in a GPL-Licensed Project: Guidelines for Developers - Software Freedom Law Center
Important guidlines from the SFLC on how to properly relicense permissively-licensed (i.e. BSD/MIT) code. Good to see that something positive came out of the whole Atheros driver kerfuffle.
OLPC announces a “Give 1 Get 1” program. That's awesome: I've been hearing rumors of such a program for over a year; good to see it become official.
Interesting work to integrate Django and Babel. Even if you don't need translation, there's some useful date/time/decimal formatting template filters here.
How to script conversion of documents through OpenOffice (and a big wad of duct tape). Works with NeoOffice, too!
Lots to think about.
A book on natural language processing in Python.
A good writeup of different patterns of using distributed VCS. I'm especially interested in the description of the Linux workflow; the fact that it works so well is almost completly counterintuitive.
Like top, but for network usage. Highly recommended.
A development toolbox in a single disk image.
Amen! Open source needs an Anti-License Proliferation Treaty.
“SaverLab: Runs Mac OS X screensaver modules in regular windows.”
Some open source bits from Theo Schlossnagel & co. Worth keeping an eye on, for sure.
“Correo blends technology from two popular Mozilla projects, Camino and Thunderbird, to create a polished native Macintosh application.” This could be huge.
Cute little wiki built on Camping
The best summary of what constitutes a “derivative work” in open source. It's more complex than it needs to be :(
Linden Lab open sources the client side of Second Life. Interesting…
Hell freezes over
“This project aims to create an archive of user contributed clip art that can be freely used.” As is true of most open source, the majority looks like crap, but there are still some real gems.
“…like Google Maps for time-based information.” Holy crap this is cool.
“It would be nice if I could have an “Agile Project in a Box” Linux distro or “megaframework .deb file” based on Ubuntu with Subversion, Trac, Buildbot (the Python equivalent of CruiseControl), Selenium, and Mail/News/Forum/Feeds software (Gmane?)
Melt is a campaign initiative which will allow people from around the world to join up, talk about and take action on the issue of climate change.
“Rosetta is a tool for translating open source applications into your language.”
Is there a market for paid Django apps?
A quote from Mark Shuttleworth on the dangers of tribalism.
A quote from Guido van Rossum on commit privileges.
What’d you do the day you started your job? Got your commit access to the company’s source control, right? Wait, what?
Last week, I wrote on Twitter that “closed-source software gets worse with each release (Microsoft, Adobe, …). Open-source software gets better (OOo, Ubuntu, …).” Here’s where I try to expand on that quip.
Twenty questions about the GNU Public License.
So here’s a question I get asked a lot: “How big is Django’s community?” Read on to see me fail to answer this question.
My take on Microsoft versus Linux.