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Category Archives: Open Source

First fall textbook sprint

05-Nov-10

This Monday 8 November from 1600 to 2200 UTC we’ll be having the first writing sprint for the next version of the Practical Open Source Software Exploration textbook.  Anyone interested in helping or watching should meet in #teachingopensource on irc.freenode.net (webchat interface.)  You can attend all, some, or none of the sprint. 🙂 I’ve been […]

Big weekend in Utah

05-Oct-10

It’s the last day flurry around here as we get ready for Utah Open Source Conference (UTOSC) this weekend. On Wednesday, my girls and Larry and his girl are catching a train in Emeryville, CA.  It’s a 19 hour journey to Salt Lake City, which seems long but is only 7 more hours each way […]

Looking for writers for Teaching Open Source textbook

23-Sep-10

Hey! Do you want to help us write the next version of the first textbook that teaches open source participation? We need writers, editors, reviewers, and researchers to find or create content on: Testing code in FOSS communities. Working in open communities. Different types of open source community cultures. Open communities and diversity. Licensing FOSS  […]

Running a student contributing program the open source way

16-Sep-10

This is a very exciting opportunity where free and open source software (FOSS) and other organizations meet for mutual benefit and the advancement of open source participation. Who might get to take advantage of this?  Perhaps some people who do not yet even know how they can, as a part of their day job in […]

Yay! More new people to play with

09-Aug-10

This morning I caught Simon Phipps’ dent about a 451 CAOS Theory report by Matthew Aslett, “The golden age of open source?”  In that report, Aslett describes our arriving at a fourth stage of commercial open source.  This fourth stage is highlighted by a return to community and collaboration.  Examples given are ones where different […]

Midway point approaching for Fedora Summer Coding

30-Jun-10

The season is clipping right along for Fedora Summer Coding.  The projects are set and running, and we’re approaching the mid-term evaluation period 05 to 12 July. A quick look at the numbers: 15 students and projects. 20 primary mentors, with 15+ more general mentors (includes mentoring the mentors) Three funding sources (two from Red […]

Great stuff at Open Your World Forum, plus me

25-May-10

This Thursday, 27 May, I am going to be closing out a day of awesome talks in an online seminar called Open Your World Forum.  This is a production from opensource.com, and if the quality of the line-up this time is any indication, the producers have some great talent at drawing together a wide range […]

Open Source Bridge and the evolution of the Catalyst in Communities talk

24-May-10

Working on the next evolution of my talk “Being a Catalyst in Communities – The science behind the open source way” for Open Source Bridge next week in Portland.  It was originally given as a SCALE 8X keynote, and it’s mostly me representing Red Hat.  I’m busy reworking the slides based on feedback I got […]

POSSE Cali schedule updated – now 06 to 10 July

12-May-10

Although a bit late in the game, we decided to move our POSSE forward by a day.  This is to keep us from running against the July 4th weekend. We cooked up a poster and information packet you can read, use, and pass around.  It’s mainly about getting people to the main POSSE Cali page, […]

Six slides about The Open Source Way

05-May-10

After a colleague asked me for a few slides about the handbook The Open Source Way: Creating and nurturing communities of contributors, I realized I needed to put together a shorter presentation (with notes!) that could be reused.  As it so happens, I also need some slides for an upcoming online seminar, Open Your World […]