Open Source Means Strong Security

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

“Your secure software is open source: doesn’t that make it less secure?” We strongly believe not only that open source is compatible with digital security, but that it’s also essential for it. It helps establish that the safe has no design flaws or a second “back door” combination other than my own chosen combination that opens the safe. The analogy of the strong safe with an open design is directly applicable to secure software design.

Open Source vs. Proprietary: Overview

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Since I wrote my post on “Open Source vs. Proprietary&# last week, and especially after Thomas Taylor’s very apt comment that the battle is not over in many corners, I decided that, well, what the heck, it was a good time to write a series about open source software options, and their comparisons to proprietary, in 2011, more than 12 years after this whole thing started. Comparisons of open source vs. proprietary development environments (i.e.

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6 Reasons Open Source Makes Sense

3rd Sector Labs

We talk a lot about Open Source technology (and we use it quite extensively too) so it might make sense for us to take a moment and explain why we are such advocates. Affordability – Open Source is free of licensing fees. Proven – Open Source platforms like Drupal, WordPress, CiviCRM, etc., Robust – We aren’t big fans of this overblown word, but in the case of Open Source it works.

Movable Type goes Open Source

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Movable Type goes Open Source December 13, 2007 This is old news, sort of. A ways back, Six Apart promised that it would open source MovableType , their flagship software product, and the software that underlies their TypePad service. They are really putting their money where their mouth is, in terms of working toward more openness.

Gender, Race and Open Source

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Gender, Race and Open Source June 29, 2007 My session on Free and Open Source software and the US Social Forum went great yesterday. There were a very wide range of people there, from folks who didn’t know a whole lot about open source, to those who were developing open source apps.

New leap for open source CMS vendor

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Mpower Open, the vendor who took their high-end CRM/DMS product, MPX , open source last year, has adopted a new name, Orange Leap. Orange Leap is possibly going for what is now often called the “ Open Core &# business model, although it’s not entirely clear. Both new products are based in Java, and are going to be released as open source. Tags: opensource CRM Open Source Nonprofit Tech DMS

Open Source for Nonprofits: Programs to Try (Part 2)

Tech Soup Blog

One of the best ways to gauge whether open source would work for your organization is to look at some actual examples. To read about how open-source software might benefit your nonprofit or public library, check out part one of this series. In that spirit, here are some leading open-source solutions in three categories relevant to nonprofits: CRM. Making the Right Decision About Open-Source Software.

The power of open source VOIP

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology The power of open source VOIP December 18, 2007 Today seems to be Asterisk day. Asterisk is the open source PBX application that works by using VOIP.

Open Source for Nonprofits: What to Know (Part 1)

Tech Soup Blog

For this reason, nonprofits are good candidates for open-source software (OSS), which can offer the functionality they need, without the glitz, glamor, and high price point of commercial systems. The Ponemon Institute's recent "Open Source Collaboration Study" revealed that 74 percent of IT professionals think OSS offers better continuity and control than closed-source software. Of course, many of these points are open to interpretation.

Is Open Source Right For Your Organization

Idealware

Lots of people seem to be talking about “open source” software these days, but for non-techies, it’s not always easy to find out more about this option. The term “open source” itself means that the actual source code written by programmers can be viewed, modified or downloaded by anyone, and the software is typically developed, marketed and distributed by a loosely organized community of individuals rather than a vendor. Types of Open Source Software.

News in open source and open standards

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology News in open source and open standards April 3, 2008 Here’s a few interesting tidbits gleaned from the net: It appears that Microsoft’s bid to get Office Open XML, their new office standard did get through ISO. Venture capitalists are liking open source more and more.

Free and open source tool #7: Firefox

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Free and open source tool #7: Firefox January 31, 2008 This almost feels like cheating, talking about Firefox. Firefox, is, of course, the FOSS application that is on more desktops than all the others, combined. And, further, because it’s open source, there are some great spin-offs, that I’ll talk about later.

Free and Open Source Tool #13: Flock

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Free and Open Source Tool #13: Flock March 9, 2008 I’m running behind, so I need to catch up in the next week or so. These posts on open source applications are so helpful.

How to find out about free and open source software

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology How to find out about free and open source software September 20, 2007 You’ve been told that insert_cool_open_source_software_project_here might be the ticket for a specific function or system you’d like to implement in your nonprofit organization.

Affirmative Action for Open Source Applications

Idealware

I love the tenants of open source software. What's not to like about software that's open to customization or modification, and (typically) costs nothing to download? And I fully support anyone's right to advocate for open source - there's certainly plenty of room to provide education and support to nonprofits, and to lobby organizations that publish information (yes, like Idealware) to balance out vendor's lobbying influence.

Free and open source tool #2: Limesurvey

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Free and open source tool #2: Limesurvey January 4, 2008 I am in the process of writing a survey for NOSI, which you will hear all about next week. Like many free and open source software tools, it leans toward the powerful, flexible side, rather than the slick, easy to use side. It’s a LAMP stack application.

Free and open source tool #5: WordPress

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Free and open source tool #5: WordPress January 24, 2008 It seems like a good day to talk about WordPress. Here is yet another amazing free and open source tool getting a lot of good attention. It is another of those open source software applications that “just works.&#

Open source your Open Social Apps?

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Open source your Open Social Apps? The salient quote: Why not roll your own social network, include the OpenSocial API, and have applications, groups, widgets and portals to your site in any number of the “OpenSocial” platforms? Which lead me to think about the idea of open sourcing OpenSocial apps.

Open Source Database solutions part I

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Open Source Database solutions part I January 1, 2007 I’m throwing up my hands. more on Open Standards and Benkler (actually, Benkler is up next – I’ve got two chapters to review). I’ve been using varied Unix-based databases since then (as well as others including Access and Filemaker Pro), and most have been open source.

Open Source Database solutions part I

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Open Source Database solutions part I January 1, 2007 I’m throwing up my hands. more on Open Standards and Benkler (actually, Benkler is up next – I’ve got two chapters to review). I’ve been using varied Unix-based databases since then (as well as others including Access and Filemaker Pro), and most have been open source.

SaaS vs. Open Source

Idealware

Of course SaaS has been around quite a while, primarily in the CRM/Fundraising space, with products like eTapestry, Convio, Kintera, and, most recently, Salesforce.com and Common Ground (Convio's fundraising application built upon Salesforce.com). So how does SaaS relate to Open Source, and, if you are choosing software to implement, how do you weigh the open source vs. SaaS options?

Thoughts on the Future of Open Source and Nonprofits

NTEN

Based on my informal assessment of attitudes and interest in the NTEN community about open source software, I think there's a significant and growing number of folks and organizations who are either interested in, already using, or even evangelizing open source solutions. Some folks may not have gotten up to speed on more recent developments, however -- and might be relying on "stale data" about open source tools: "Not ready for prime time."

Building Community with Open Source

NTEN

There are two major hurdles that must be overcome for an online community to succeed: the selection of appropriate community (or "social-networking") features that make sense for the community in question, and, secondly, actually implementing those features in your online application. When this happens, the community rarely benefits from the resulting application. Open source software reacts to rapidly changing technology. Jonathan Hedstrom, OpenSourcery.

Is Open Source Software Right For Your Organization?

Idealware

Open source software is software written by programmers that can be viewed, modified or downloaded by anyone, and the software is typically developed, marketed and distributed by a loosely organized community of individuals rather than a vendor. But “open source” can mean different things to different people—and so can “free.”. There’s much about open source software to make it interesting for nonprofits. PublishDate: November 2011.

Khmer Open Source

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I came across this one for Khmer Open Source Project. Databases and applications will be developed directly in Khmer, with easy, standard ways to handle names and data. Here's the link to the draft of the master plan for implementing open source in Cambodia. I also emailed Dirk Slater to find out what he knew about this project: Its really interesting how Open Source is taking off because of localization issues.

More Open Source from Mobile Commons

Mobile Commons

We’ve had so much positive feedback on the release of our open source legislative lookup application that I’d like to announce a few more projects that we’ve open sourced this week: Mobile Giving Client for Ruby: Mobile Commons software enables non-profits to collect charitable donations over SMS. We wrote a Rails plugin that makes including these timelines in your web applications very easy.

More Open Source from Mobile Commons

Mobile Commons

We’ve had so much positive feedback on the release of our open source legislative lookup application that I’d like to announce a few more projects that we’ve open sourced this week: Mobile Giving Client for Ruby: Mobile Commons software enables non-profits to collect charitable donations over SMS. We wrote a Rails plugin that makes including these timelines in your web applications very easy.

Penguin Day: Pre-NTC Open Source Learning Opportunity

NTEN

Full details about this opportunity to explore open source software are at [link]. Sessions will include: Introduction to Free and Open Source Software. Introduction to Free and Open Source Desktop Applications. Free And Open Source Online Advocacy: Tools And Best Practices. Online Fundraising With All Free and Open Tools. Making sense of Free and Open Source Content Management Systems.

Can open source source software save you money?

Idealware

One question that will inevitably be asked: can free and open source software save organizations money? Open source software is both free as in "beer" as well as free as in "kittens." Nonprofit organizations that did migrations to open source software from proprietary packages with large license fees during relatively fat economic times are reaping the benefits of that change now, and are in good shape to weather the storm.

Work on the Biggest Social Challenges of Our Time!

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Are you driven to make a real difference from a leadership position in the open source community, at the heart of Silicon Valley and at the unique intersection of technology and social change? We’re looking for an innovator who can help us strengthen Benetech’s reputation, recruit the greatest talent to enhance our team, cultivate and forge new relationships with partners, funders, and technologists, and guide our growing community of open source developer volunteers.

Cambodia has faster growing number of open source software users?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Noy Shoung also predicts that by 2006 more computer users in Cambodia will be using Open Source software versus Microsoft. This not just media hype, it's part of the Cambodian Government's ICT Policy : Government will promote Open Source system(s) in ICT to cut costs in a long term but also to broaden the skills and capacities of ICT professionals.

Office clean-up Part 1 :Open-Source and the GPL

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

This is a musing on the current state of the Gnu Public License, which governs a preponderance of open-source software projects. But first, let's talk about what open-source means for a minute. I know a lot of people in the in the non-profit community think of Open-Source software as "free", as not requiring a license agreement. This is what has permitted such widespread commercial adoption of the open source idea.

Nonprofit Data Migration Made Easier with Carr Partnership

3rd Sector Labs

Indeed, there are impressive Open Source solutions that not only can easily be customized to meet the unique needs of virtually any nonprofit mission, but considerable talent and expertise to guide these organizations through the process. Specifically, Alignment Partners will work with Carr Systems in helping nonprofit organizations create data migration plans to move from systems like Raiser’s Edge to alternatives including Open Source CiviCRM, SalesForce, or Bloomerang.

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CommunityOne West and JavaOne: Free Event in San Francisco for Open Source Developers and Other Techies for Good

NTEN

Here's the official low-down: Get up to speed on dozens of free and open-source projects driving innovation in cloud computing, Web application development, social and collaborative technologies, and more. Enjoy three jam-packed days on a breadth of topics, including languages (Java™, PHP, Groovy, AJAX, Ruby, Python), operating systems (OpenSolaris™, Linux, Android), Web and application servers (GlassFish™, Apache), databases (MySQL™), and services.

Welcome to our New Website

3rd Sector Labs

Additionally, Carr Systems remains more committed than ever to Open Source solutions such as Drupal Gardens, CiviCRM, and WordPress. Custom Development – Carr Systems principally uses Open Source technologies to create custom technology applications (Web and mobile) for its clients. Company News Content Management Custom Technology Data Analytics Data Mining Donor Management Drupal Featured Fundraising Lifecycle Management Open Source Wordpress

NpTech Tag Summary: Face-to-Face or Mediated Experience, Open Source Software Communities, and Blog Days

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Maybe open Social Graphs will help ? The Tools, Thoughts and Things one can Do with a little Time and Hardly any Resources blog lengthy post entitled, Village Green vs Walled Garden , talks about the challenges of getting desktop office applications users to switch. Recent studies are finding that for-profit workplaces believe that desktop applications and office documents should not have a social life.

Interactive Timeline Brings a Non-Profit’s History to Life

Wild Apricot

Tags: application Non-profit technology nptech open source timeline website websites Widgets

Optimize Drupal with Pre-rendering

3rd Sector Labs

The Application. The “academic” debate around Drupal typical centers on whether Drupal is a Content Management System (and hence primarily for standard website) or an Application Development Framework (and hence ideal for data-driven, application production). Without entering the pros and cons of the debate, we’ve successfully deployed multiple applications that layer Drupal over a complex MySQL operational data store.

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Open Mobile Camp report

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And, even more specifically, I’m interested in how to leverage CiviCRM and mobile devices for a range of interesting applications. Use J2ME to write applications for mobile phones, and send the data via SMS to a central database. Thanks to MobileActive.org and the Open Mobile Consortium for a fabulous event. Tags: CRM Mobile Nonprofit Tech Open Source Open Standards civicrm nptech opensource

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OSS User communities

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology OSS User communities December 12, 2006 One of the things that can make (or break) an open source tool is the community around it. Just like evaluating a company that releases as specific application that you are interested in, understanding and evaluating the community around an open source project can be quite important.

Why you should care that Oracle is buying Sun

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

It has to do with the fact that many, many nonprofit websites and web applications are built using MySQL, the most popular open source database management system. Of course, since MySQL is open source, there is no danger of MySQL going away, someone can always fork it. And, ultimately there is a great open source database alternative called PostgreSQL, but support for it is not universal.

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Social Actions Roundup #19: Time to vote in USAID's first open source challenge!

Social Actions

USAID’s first-ever open source challenge – the 2008 USAID Development 2.0 This week, Peter Corbett of iStrategyLabs reports on lessons learned and the buzz this contest has generated for creating more open source challenges for government agencies. Social Action's upcoming ChangetheWeb Challenge hosted its first open conversation to discuss recent updates and share ideas. New Facebook application for Dreambank.

Social Actions Roundup #19: Time to vote in USAID's first open source challenge!

Social Actions

USAID’s first-ever open source challenge – the 2008 USAID Development 2.0 This week, Peter Corbett of iStrategyLabs reports on lessons learned and the buzz this contest has generated for creating more open source challenges for government agencies. Social Action's upcoming ChangetheWeb Challenge hosted its first open conversation to discuss recent updates and share ideas. New Facebook application for Dreambank.