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Video: The seeds of open source

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Video by Islam Elsedoudi, Kim Jokisch, and Tim Kiernan.

Sometimes open source ideals make for the strangest–and most wonderful–bedfellows. We met Dr. Vandana Shiva–physicist, scientist, environmentalist, and activist–several years ago. Her work saving seeds and protecting traditional knowledge in the farming industry parallels the openness, transparency, collaboration and freedom of open source ideology. Her simple, clear explanation of why knowledge should be shared–and the devastating results should it be hoarded–is part of the essential truth that makes the work we do so incredibly important. But don’t take our word for it.

Get more information about Dr. Shiva’s work.

Take some time to think about copyright this week

The State of Things is a show produced by North Carolina Public Radio. This week host Frank Stasio interviewed James Boyle, a Duke law professor and co-founder of the Center for the Study of the Public Domain, about his new book The Public Domain. Boyle explains how the public domain is getting smaller and smaller and the ways modern copyright laws are strangling accessibility to 20th century culture.

And speaking of Creative Commons, have you taken their non-commercial survey yet? If not, the deadline’s been extended. They want to understand how people feel about the term “noncommercial use.”

The power of Collaborative Innovation

With 1.4 billion people connected, the Internet is the greatest collaborative network that mankind has experienced. One of the consequences of the growth of this network is a shift in the way knowledge is being created and distributed. As we move to an interconnected world, the balance of power is shifting from old, proprietary models of knowledge creation to the open source model that emphasizes collaboration and sharing. From management gurus to consulting firms to leading business schools, everyone is taking note of this new phenomenon that goes by various names like ‘Collaborative Innovation,’ ‘Open Innovation,’ or ‘Distributed Co-creation.’

The open source movement has pioneered the Collaborative Innovation trend, and it is no surprise that the rapid growth of the Internet and the equally rapid growth of the open source community have mirrored each other. The Linux® operating system and Wikipedia website are both good examples of open source projects that embody the ideals of Collaborative Innovation. And those in the technology industry aren’t the only ones to take notice. Policy makers and corporate leaders in all markets are exploring how this powerful trend can be harnessed for social and economic development. » Read more

Open source for the future. Art, music, and sustainablity at Monome

My name is Adrienne, and I’m a graphic designer at Red Hat—I create meaning using type and image. The other day I stumbled upon a story involving music, sustainability, and open source. Needless to say, I was intrigued.


Fig 1. the original Monome

Brian Crabtree and Kelli Cain are the artists and creators behind Monome. At first glance, this cool device is simply a white square with a grid of buttons. It produces music and the buttons light up. It seems random, but the lights and music are synchronized.

Monome is a musical interface that connects to a computer–and is controlled by the applications the computer runs. It respond to the keys being pressed, and the LEDs light up–it is, at its simplest, a programmable controller for music, video, games, or art.

The beauty of an open process allows people to build on the idea, creating more than anyone could originally imagine (just like Fedora). People have manipulated Monome to do a number of things. » Read more

Who’s using Creative Commons? Now you can find out.

Today Creative Commons launched the Case Studies Project, a large community effort to explore and document the use of Creative Commons around the world. At the same time, Creative Commons Australia is holding a conference on “Building an Australasian Commons.” There the project is being announced with the publication of a publicly available booklet featuring some of the best global case studies.

Despite having just launched, the site is already full of studies. A few you’ve heard of. Most you probably haven’t. Here are a few I thought were interesting:

Architecture for Humanity. “Design like you give a damn.” Co-founder Cameron Sinclair won a 2006 TED prize for the project. How do they use CC? “We use the Developing Nations licence for the designs of our buildings. Once the first prototype building is completed, we can essentially give away the designs to other communities in other developing nations.”

Blender. If you’ve done any 3D animation, you know about this successful open source project. The entire production files of two movies–Elephants Dream and Big Buck Bunny–are released under the Creative Commons Attribution License.

The University of Southern Queensland OpenCourseWare. This project applies the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 Australia license to ten courses. From October 2007 to March 2008, there were over 26,000 visitors to the site. The most popular class? C++.

The Case Studies Project is set up wiki-style, so it’s just waiting for your contributions.

FUDCon report from the Fedora Project Leader

FUDCon comes on the heels of the Red Hat Summit, with many of the speakers and developers doing double-duty. Even Red Hat’s CEO showed up for both events. Did you miss out? Never fear, there’s always another FUDCon coming up, and the Fedora Project Leader is happy to give you the report from this one.

From FUDCon Boston, June 20, 2008:

The Fedora Users and Developers Conference (FUDCon) is in full swing on its second day. We have another full day of exceptional hacking taking place on the third floor of the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Just as the Red Hat Summit is drawing to a close downstairs–winding up with a half-day of sessions and panels–we’re just now kicking into high gear. This has been an exceptional way to introduce open source customers to the larger ecosystem behind the products they love, and the community that powers Fedora, the upstream for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. » Read more

Now open: Red Hat Network Satellite 5.1.0

With this announcement at the Summit, Red Hat® Network® enters a new, more open era. We caught up with Mike McCune from the RHN team, and he sent us this quick run-down of the new release and the project’s decision to go open source.


Responsible for 1,000 systems? One hundred systems? Ten? If so, you likely have processes in place for maintaining these systems, if only to preserve your sanity! Perhaps you have custom ssh scripts to command the systems remotely, or maybe you have your own yum repositories to maintain software patches critical to your systems. If the burden of maintaining these systems causes you a headache or your needs go beyond the methods you use today, Red Hat has tools available to make your life as a system administrator easier. » Read more

Red Hat Summit keynotes: Wednesday, June 18

Starting off this year’s Red Hat Summit was a triplet of keynotes: a Red Hat leader (CEO Jim Whitehurst), a Red Hat partner (Jim Stallings of IBM), and an open culture visionary (Dr. John Halmaka, CIO of Harvard Medical School.) This ordering of keynotes is representative of how the Red Hat commmunity is structured–a balance between enterprise and open communities, with Red Hat in the lead. (These keynotes will be available in their entirety from the Red Hat Summit page.) » Read more

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