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.

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

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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.

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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

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Mpower Open, the vendor who took their high-end CRM/DMS product, MPX , open source last year, has adopted a new name, Orange Leap. The combination of Orange Leap and The Guru are a web-based CRM/DMS and reporting system aimed squarely at Salesforce.com and Convio Common Ground. Orange Leap is possibly going for what is now often called the “ Open Core &# business model, although it’s not entirely clear.

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

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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. Of course, many of these points are open to interpretation.

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. I wrote a case study about it in the NOSI primer – it can allow for really great flexibility in building phone systems.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Thoughts on the Future of Open Source and Nonprofits

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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."

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.

Penguin Day: Pre-NTC Open Source Learning Opportunity

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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.

Nonprofit Data Migration Made Easier with Carr Partnership

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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.

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

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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. RIAs and Scripting - Rich Internet applications, scripting, and tools.

Optimize Drupal with Pre-rendering

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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).

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Welcome to our New Website

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Carr Systems’ growth has prompted us to redesign our site to better reflect precisely what it is that we do for our customers, who those customers are, and the unique approach that makes us an ideal solution for SMBs, nonprofit organizations and public agencies. Additionally, Carr Systems remains more committed than ever to Open Source solutions such as Drupal Gardens, CiviCRM, and WordPress.

Cambodia has faster growing number of open source software users?

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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.

The Face of the Web: What’s Coming for Content Management Systems

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If you’ve ever designed, built, managed or administered a website, you’re no doubt intimately involved with a Content Management System (CMS), a specific software application or set of programs used to create and manage digital content. As 2017 quickly approaches here’s a brief look at the Content Management Systems leading the web design and management market. Like WordPress it’s an open-source platform, allowing users to modify and share code freely.

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Open Mobile Camp report

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I’ve been a very long time cell phone user (had one since 1998), but I haven’t been involved in implementing a mobile system for an organization, so I had a lot to learn. And, even more specifically, I’m interested in how to leverage CiviCRM and mobile devices for a range of interesting applications. So how do you get SMS data into a database system like CiviCRM? You need an SMS gateway, and systems such as RapidSMS to gather data.

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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

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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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My Top 16 tools of 2008

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They also span the range of proprietary, SaaS, and Open Source. Open Source Tools. Having been bogged down with my own open source CMS tool before 2005, then having taken a break from development, I missed out on the prime years of Drupal’s development. It has become arguably the most popular open source CMS, and is a very able platform for creating all sorts of great web applications. Adobe Air , and applications.

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Reaping the Benefit of Open Platforms

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As a full-time user of both Firefox and Thunderbird, I’m really enjoying the benefits of these open platforms, and the immense creativity of people who create add-ons. There are tons of other add-ons for all of the Mozilla Suite applications.

Raspberry Pi for Educators

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It includes a CPU, graphics processor, RAM, USB port (multiple ports in later models), audio and video ports, and an Ethernet port (later models only), and runs a Linux-based operating system. They tend to include other useful components like an SD card with an operating system pre-installed.

Nonprofit Newsletter: Free Tools to Create and Merge PDFs

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The idea is to take advantage of a PDF’s ability to retain a consistent appearance across different computer systems: to simplify the job of the newsletter editor, who must put together a lot of different reports submitted by the various committee chairs; to enable readers to share the newsletter easily, regardless of.( Tags: Non-profit technology nptech Non-profit Communications collaboration PDF open source application software newsletters

CiviCRM and Drupal (& Joomla)

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology CiviCRM and Drupal (& Joomla) January 26, 2009 CiviCRM was the first nonprofit-focused open source CRM (one of only two, at this moment.) All that said, it’s a great application whether in Joomla, Drupal or standalone.

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Open source = new kind of vendor lock-in? | Non-Profit Tech Blog

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Pipes (1) Strategy Open source = new kind of vendor lock-in? 03.20.06 | 17 6 Comments [link] Open+source+%3D+new+kind+of+vendor+lock-in%3F 2006-03-21+02%3A43%3A12 Allan+Benamer I happen to be the member of a few non-profit technology e-mail lists. However, I wouldn’t recommend using Plone/Zope for a smaller non-profit simply because it’s more of an application framework and not “just&# a CMS. In open source similar but different.

The search for good web conferencing

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology The search for good web conferencing August 17, 2007 I decided, perhaps rashly, that one way of exposing people to, and training people on, open source software, was by doing web conferencing. It is a free service right now, which is good, and the software behind it is open source, which is even better.

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Resolve to Quit Smoking with BecomeAnEx.org

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Beaconfire inherited a website which used a custom application that helped smokers track their smoking habits and learn to quit. But with Legacy’s increasing need for the community to be more integrated with the custom application and with integration options that didn’t work for Leacy, another solution was needed. In this case, we took the best assets of the existing system and built from there.

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Deadline Approaching for $10,000 Pizzigati Prize

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Each year, the Tides Foundation awards a $10,000 cash grant to an individual or group who has created an open-source software project that benefits nonprofits and movements of social change. Previous winners have developed open-source applications and systems that are free, shareable, and benefit organizations that work to benefit others. It is in his honor that the Tides Foundation works to promote open source software and promoting social good.

Good Lessons from a Bad Economy

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Randy McCabe, MPower Open. With the limitation of lower revenues and the pressure to cut costs, this is an ideal time to innovate around your operations and systems costs while still funding programs and activities and, yes, increasing investment in donor development. Navy have been broadly adopting open source software. Nonprofits should seize this opportunity to embrace innovations like open source applications that are becoming the standard for the future.

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Pipes (1) eCRM , mpower Mpower Open Podcast 03.20.08 | 3354 19 Comments [link] Mpower+Open+Podcast 2008-03-20+21%3A40%3A16 Allan+Benamer Open source? 3354 19 Comments [link] Mpower+Open+Podcast 2008-03-20+21%3A40%3A16 Allan+Benamer 48) { this.width = 48; this.height = 48; } ; if (this.width On 03.20.08 I focused specifically on their “Open Source&# definition. Josiah definitely covers the open source license issue.

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Tidbits

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Tidbits June 11, 2008 The Tides Foundation is accepting applications for the 2008 Antonio Pizzigati prize , a $10,000 annual award for outstanding contributions to software in the public interest. The application deadline for this year’s prize: September 1, 2008. Check out the new images and videos of Android , the open source phone.

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Facebook Linked In Twitter Home About Home Bye bye dotproject Bye bye dotproject Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 January 2007 10:35 Written by Steve Wednesday, 17 January 2007 10:35 I wrote earlier about our integration between Salesforce.com with dotproject , an open-source project management application. Integrations are great when you have multiple systems that each provide important functionality for you.

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Exploring Data for Impact

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We are exploring this in Benetech Labs , where, together with our partners, we examine the viability of new software-for-good projects, prototype, and test new applications with the potential to deliver large-scale benefits to society.

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Facebook Linked In Twitter Home About Home Jitterbit: Integration with Salesforce.com Jitterbit: Integration with Salesforce.com Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 November 2006 11:47 Written by Steve Tuesday, 14 November 2006 11:47 I sat in on a webinar for Jitterbit open source integration server. The goal of Jitterbit is to make your integrations easier by allowing you to connect various data sources together based on rules and schedules you create.