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Open source product development most effective when social
Benetech started out in the 90s without even understanding the meaning of the term open source. They just "needed an easy way to interface with different voice synthesizers" to develop readers for people who are blind and "shared the code to be helpful."
Sound familiar? Opensource.com started covering stories like in 2010 and they recur more often than you might think. Stories of people sharing the code to help others—but sharing code to get help developing better code. When code is open, a community has the opportunity to form around it.
Read this interview about what Benetech CEO Jim Fruchterman learned by adopting open source philosophy and furthering technology-for-good.
Read more: http://opensource.com/business/14/7/interview-jim-fruchterman-benetech
OpenStack product management: wisdom or folly?
Two recent, excellent, blog posts have touched on a topic I've been wrestling with since May's OpenStack Summit: What is the role of the Product Management function, if any, in the OpenStack development process?
The first article, "Calling all 'User Landians' to lead OpenStack above the cloud," by Evan Scheessele, talks about the "real user" of OpenStack—those people that need to deliver a solution that brings some sort of value to their organization. The other article, "Who's In Charge Here Anyway?…," by Rob Hirschfeld, speaks to the dynamics of how decisions—which OpenStack features are in in or out—get made in the OpenStack ecosystem.
Read more: http://opensource.com/business/14/7/openstack-product-management-wisdom-or-folly
Giving Sub-Saharan African communities an online presence
People in Sub-Saharan Africa face hurdles to get online. Despite some progress, the region lags behind in Internet connectivity due to the high costs of service and poor infrastructure, according to a recent World Economic Forum report.
This digital divide means some African communities are underrepresented on the web. Without a well-developed online presence, misinformation about them can spread relatively unchallenged.
Read more: http://opensource.com/life/14/7/giving-sub-saharan-african-communities-online-presence
In this episode: Recalling OSCON 2014.
18 interviews with speakers of upcoming OSCON 2014
The O'Reilly Open Source Convention—or OSCON, as it's popularly known—is one of the world's premier open source events. For more than a decade, open-minded developers, innovators, and business people have gathered for this weeklong event, which explores cutting edge developments in the open source ecosystem. This year, Opensource.com visited OSCON, held July 20–July 24 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR (USA).
Open source talks: OSCON 2014 speaker interviews
Eagerly awaiting another year of open source wonders, the Opensource.com community caught up with a handful of notable OSCON speakers to gather behind-the-scenes stories about their passions for open source. Our eBook book collects the interviews we conducted.
Keynotes from OSCON 2014 Day 1
- Shadaj Laddad: The wonders of programming
- Making a difference through open source
- Wendy Chisholm: Introvert? Extrovert? Klingon? We've got you covered.
- Bringing OpenStack based cloud to the enterprise
- Will Marshall: Building an API for the planet with a new approach to satellites
Read more: http://opensource.com/life/14/7/oscon-2014
Keynotes from OSCON 2014 Day 2
We're back with keynote coverage on Day 2 of OSCON 2014! Day 2 talks include:
- Tim Bray: Threats
- Racing Change: Accelerating Innovation Through Radical Transparency
- Simon Wardly: Anticipating the futurean introduction to value chain mapping
- Checking Your Privilege: A How-To for Hard Things Leslie Hawthorn (Elasticsearch)
- Tim O'Reilly: What kind of world do we want to build?
Read more: http://opensource.com/business/14/7/keynotes-day-2-oscon-2014
Keynotes from OSCON 2014 Day 3
We're back with keynote coverage on Day 3 of OSCON 2014! Day 3 talks include:
- Andrew Sorensen: The concert programmer
- Frank Willison Award for contributions to the Python community
- Beth Flanagan: Yes, your refrigerator is trying to kill you: Bad actors and the Internet of Things
- Ryan Vinyard: Open manufacturing: Bringing open hardware beyond 3D printing
- Rachel Nabors: Storytelling on the shoulders of giants
Read more: http://opensource.com/business/14/7/keynotes-oscon-2014-day-3
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In this episode, I introduce myself to the Hacker Public Radio community and discuss a website to which I contribute: opensource.com.