Ideas | Open Source

Looking at open source projects and communities and how they are shaping the future of software.

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Open source force multipliers

Adrian Cockcroft says the most successful open-source-based businesses have turned their partners and developer communities into force multipliers for their own marketing and engineering teams.

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Managing machines

Pete Skomoroch covers what you need to know as we shift from a world of deterministic programs to systems that give unpredictable results on ever-changing training data.

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The importance of community

Patricia Posey draws on her non-traditional journey into tech to illustrate how honest investments can build a sustainable community that is integral to the advancement of its members.

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O'Reilly Open Source Awards 2018

The O’Reilly Open Source Awards recognize individual contributors who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, creativity, and collaboration in the development of open source software.

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Ask more questions

Saron Yitbarek explores examples of technical projects in education, health, and grassroots political activism that moved too fast.

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Sharing America's code

Alvand Salehi walks through some of the government’s open source projects available on the newly launched Code.gov.

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Step 1: Punch a tree

How Evan Booth's adventures in real-world transmogrification have shaped his perspective on open source hardware, manufacturing, and finding potential in the unremarkable.

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Why choose open infrastructure?

Source code management, CI pipelines, and IaaS have open alternatives, but most projects are developed on proprietary infrastructure. Christopher Aedo explains how to make open choices.

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Open source in Brazil

Exploring the many trends in business, education, and government that have contributed to the current state of open source activity in Brazil.

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How you got here

Open licenses have served us well for more than two decades, but Cory Doctorow says they need help if we’re going to survive the era in which computers invade our structures and our bodies.

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Brilliant pebbles

Mark Shuttleworth says your next million is more likely to come from an afternoon tinkering on your laptop and a tiny PC than beating your neighbor to web scale on the cloud.