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151 items tagged “opensource”


Sweet Gig. SitePen seek “R&D Associate” to have fun hacking on Open Source software and researching whatever they think is important. # 7th August 2007, 2:47 pm

Django weekly roundup: July 30. Every active open source project needs something like this. # 30th July 2007, 5:03 pm

Grub. Jimmy Wales just announced at OSCON that Wikia have acquired Grub from LookSmart, and will be releasing it as open source. # 27th July 2007, 5:24 pm

gSculpt. Powerful open source modelling software, written in Python and demonstrated (to much applause) as the last lightning talk of EuroPython 2007. # 11th July 2007, 11:48 pm

Implementing Silverlight in 21 Days. Absolutely incredible feat of software engineering by Miguel de Icaza and the Moonlight team. # 21st June 2007, 11:10 am

Croquet. Open-source collaborative virtual world environment built on top of Squeak, a bit like a decentralised version of Second Life. # 10th June 2007, 10:50 am

google-diff-match-patch (via) Robust algorithms to perform the operations required for synchronizing plain text, in Java, JavaScript and Python. # 9th June 2007, 6:15 pm

Semi-synchronous replication for MySQL (via) Google’s patch for MySQL which enables more reliable master-slave replication (a transaction isn’t committed until at least one slave has replicated the data). # 5th June 2007, 10:07 pm

Ten Reasons The World Needs Patent Covenants (via) Sun just made their OpenID patent covenant official. Simon Phipps explains why these are a Good Idea. # 22nd May 2007, 5:09 pm

Arduino. Open source hardware hacking. It’s way easier than you would think. # 17th May 2007, 6:30 pm

VirtualBox. GPL licensed virtualization software; they recently released an OS X version. # 8th May 2007, 9:35 pm

Migrating Microsoft Hotmail from FreeBSD to Microsoft Windows 2000. I’d like to see them try that with Yahoo!’s 100+ properties. # 4th May 2007, 5:54 pm

MSFT and Yahoo: two icebergs, roped together. Yahoo!’s engineering platform and culture is Open Source pretty much all the way down. Microsoft’s isn’t. I wonder how that would pan out. # 4th May 2007, 5:50 pm

Adobe open sources Flex. Ted Leung says that this might indicate the possibility of Adobe open sourcing Flash itself in the future. # 26th April 2007, 11:24 am

New Open Source Utility Library for the Google Maps API (via) Google are taking a hybrid approach to development on their Maps API—an open source utility library layered on top of their closed source, obfuscated core code. # 23rd March 2007, 9:09 pm

opensource @ Joost. Joost is built on top of Mozilla, Redland, SQLite and a bunch of other bits and pieces of Open Source infrastructure. # 12th March 2007, 1:29 pm

Mono-based device wins Best-of-Show at CES. “The Sansa Connect is running Linux as its operating system, and the whole application stack is built on Mono, running on an ARM processor.” # 17th January 2007, 11:21 pm

Correo. New open-source OS X mail client, based on Thunderbird but with a Camino-style native interface. # 12th January 2007, 11:36 am

Apple doesn’t give a damn. Steve Jobs doesn’t build platforms, except by accident. He doesn’t care about your thriving metropolis. All you independent Mac developers: you’re all sharecroppers, and your rent just went up. Way up.

Mark Pilgrim # 12th January 2007, 9:51 am

The Second Life Viewer is now open-source (via) I’d heard that the biggest barrier to this was the need to protect the SL economy from malicious disruption. The FAQ is fascinating, and a real tribute to open-source principles. # 8th January 2007, 6:47 pm


GWT 1.3 Release Candidate is 100% Open Source. At least you can see how the code generator works now. # 12th December 2006, 5:50 pm

Microsoft versus FOSS Configuration Management. Why the Free Software world’s source control works and Vista’s apparently doesn’t. # 7th December 2006, 9:28 am

I want my OpenID! Open ID code bounties worth $5,000. Could this kickstart adoption? # 28th July 2006, 4:02 pm

What are some good software development/open source blogs? is an endlessly entertaining guide to how not to develop software.

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Yahoo! UI Library. Open Source JavaScript widgets and libraries. # 14th February 2006, 1:12 am

DHS Funding Open Source Security. Paying for “source code analysis technology” coverage of Linux, Apache, PostgreSQL and more. # 17th January 2006, 10:18 pm


Taking charge of your own destiny

Scoble has posted 12 reasons that Web 2.0 entrepreneurs are steering clear of the Microsoft platform. It’s an interesting list (the comments are full of treats too) but for me it misses the key reason that open source development tools are so compelling: they put you in charge of your own destiny.

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Enter the hedgehog

The Ubuntu community have released Hoary Hedgehog, otherwise known as Ubuntu 5.04. If you haven’t tried Ubuntu yet, it’s an excellent Linux distribution based on Debian with a strong focus on desktop usability. Unlike most Linux distros, Ubuntu comes with just one desktop manager (Gnome) and one obvious default application for each of the essentials: Firefox for browsing, OpenOffice for office work, Evolution for mail.

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The good and the ugly has a new feature on their search page—a really nice implementation of an auto complete text widget in Javascript. Even better, the search page is valid XHTML 1.0 Strict and uses CSS for the layout. Let’s hope this is an indication of things to the come for the rest of the site, which still mostly consists of tag soup.

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