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A Web-Framework Weekend: LinuxFest Northwest 2010 Preview

By Eric Promislow, April 20, 2010

One of my favorite local conferences is coming up this weekend, namely LinuxFest NorthWest in Bellingham, Washington. The range of sessions has always been somewhat unpredictable, but this year features a healthy number of talks dedicated to developing web applications with the main open source frameworks. I figure it will be a good chance for me to get up to speed on any new developments I missed out on, as well as meeting people who are working in the area locally.

Category: ActiveBlog, open source

Talking Vantrash.ca: A Case Study of how Open Data Needs Open Source

By Eric Promislow, April 12, 2010

"Open Data" has been the flavor of the year. While ten years ago most people were content to access their favorite government-issued pamphlets and documents as PDF documents on the web, a few people knew that there were untold applications locked within the encrypted data in those documents. In the past year or so, many jurisdictions, most notably at the city level, have been releasing sets of raw data.

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Top 10 Quotes from OSBC 2010 and What It Means for Open Source Developers

By Angie Hirata, March 22, 2010

After meeting with and sitting in on speaker sessions at OSBC 2010, here are the top quotes we heard – from speakers, audience participants, and other contacts. And what to take away from it. (Some identities have been protected.)

#1

Category: open source

50% of developers concerned about open source redistribution rights

By Liliya Apostolova, March 18, 2010

A couple of months ago, we commented on the Dr. Dobbs article What Developers Think, written by Jeffrey Hammond, Research Analyst for Forrester Research which concluded developers often use open source without their manager's approval.

Our March developer poll generated some interesting results showing that developers, managers and architects are all concerned with the proper licensing of open source for externally distributed applications.

Mission-critical vs. Business-critical applications: HUH?

By Bart Copeland, March 15, 2010

Power vs Cell

Category: ActiveBlog, open source

ActiveState Top Picks for OSBC 2010

By Angie Hirata, March 11, 2010

As OSBC is approaching, my team and I are busy preparing for the event, to make the most of our time and investment there.

Top PicksHere are our top picks for sessions we'll be attending:

Category: ActiveBlog, open source

A New Year, a New Google Summer of Code

By Andreas Kupries, March 9, 2010

Google Summer of CodeSo you wish to fill the ranks of your project with new blood? Raise its visibility among the multitudes of other Open Source projects?

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Two More Weeks Until OSBC 2010 and We’re Giving Away Passes on Twitter

By Liliya Apostolova, March 4, 2010

Free ticket PyconTwo more weeks until the Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) opens doors to hundreds of open source thought leaders and open source business users in San Francisco, California on March 17-18, 2010.

The True Cost of Open Source Software: New White Paper from ActiveState

By Shannon Yelland, March 2, 2010

Distilling the Debate: Is Open Source Software for You?

If you have researched open source software, even just a little, you’ve likely encountered two distinct worldviews:

  1. believers
  2. skeptics

Believers celebrate open source as free, collaborative code. In this paradigm, open source software isn’t just a free licensing model; it is a movement for building better, more flexible software. But, that’s just one side of the story. Open source skeptics raise compelling counterarguments for why open source software and the enterprise don’t mix.

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The cost of open source software

By Bart Copeland, February 17, 2010

Open source not freeMuch has been said in our inner open source circles about the cost of open source. But now, people outside the inner circle are understanding the value and costs associated with open source. Open source software bits are generally freely available for download, so the acquisition costs are low.

Category: open source, perl, python
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