OSS Update for the week of March 19

Before the phrase open source became widely adopted, developers and producers used a variety of phrases to describe the concept; open source gained hold with the rise of the Internet, and the attendant need for massive retooling of the computing source code. The open-source software movement was born to describe the environment that the new copyright, licensing, domain, and consumer issues created. From business, to how you can contribute to Open Source Software – check out the below articles from the blogosphere:






Computer Engineering: Open Source Software for Business

Businesses are always trying to find out a way to manage things better, and increasingly, they’re turning to open source software to do so. But what does open source software have to offer businesses, precisely? This article provides an overview.


My top ten open source software

In writing this post, I’ve learnt that the issue of open or closed source is more subtle than I had thought, with pros and cons for each in different situations. Here are my top ten picks of open source software that I use on a regular basis on my netbook.


Nature endorses open source software in journal submissions

Interesting article about Nature editorial endorsing open source software for journal submissions. No mention of climate models, but it certainly seems to play in their insistence for reproducibility .


What Is The Spirit of Open Source?

In my previous post, I attempted to make a distinction between Open Source and Open Source Software. Some folks took issue with the post and that’s great! I love a healthy debate. It’s an opportunity to learn. One minor request though. If you disagree with me, I do humbly ask that you read the whole post first before you go and rip me a new one.


14 Ways to Contribute to Open Source without Being a Programming Genius or a Rock Star

Plenty of people want to get involved in open source, but don’t know where to start. Here are several ways to help out even if you lack confidence in your technical chops.




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