Open Source Means Strong Security

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“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. The open source way moves us all towards that goal.

Open Source and the Promise of Sustainable Nutrition Security

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Jerry and I had a great conversation about open sourcing of agricultural scientific models, such as those used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in their climate change reports.

Open Source vs. Proprietary: CMS

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There are a myriad of options, open source options are among the most popular, possibly the most popular. On the proprietary side, there are a number of options, and they fall into three categories: Single-source proprietary custom CMS (from one web shop, or web host). And there are open source options that can do much of the same work for much less money. CMS Nonprofit Tech Open Source Web Tools blackbaud convio commonground drupal plone sharepoint wordpress

6 Reasons Open Source Makes Sense

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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.

How Open Source Sparks Innovation and Advances Social Good

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Adopting an open source philosophy has proven to be quite effective for us at Benetech in our work furthering technology-for-good. I recently had the opportunity to give an interview for Red Hat’s online magazine, Opensource.com , and discuss Benetech’s culture of “open.” Ultimately, we believe that open source is more about transparency and innovation than about releasing software. The open source methodology also helps stimulate innovation.

Open Source vs. Proprietary: Overview

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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.

Open Source vs. Proprietary: Web Server Software

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On top of proprietary UNIX, people will generally run associated open source server software for web, database and development frameworks. On the open source side, Linux is by far the most popular, with BSD in second place. MySQL and PostgreSQL are the open source database systems most in use for web servers, with PostgreSQL being a pretty distant second to MySQL. source: wikipedia ). Open Source Web Tools apache iis Linux microsoft UNIX web

Open Source vs. Proprietary. Who won?

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This epic battle between Open Source software (or Free software) and proprietary software is coming to a close. Speaking of Apple and FOSS, Apple’s OS X and iOS are based on the BSD operating system – another open source *NIX that has been around for a while. This is both made possible by open source software, and is completely proprietary. Open source software has won. Open Source Operating Systems cloudcomputing opensource

Open Source vs. Proprietary: Browsers

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The browser wars between proprietary and open source browsers have changed in some ways from the days that it was simply Internet Explorer vs. Netscape. This drop has been primarily, but not exclusively due to the open source browser, Firefox. On the open source side, Firefox is certainly the leader, with a bit less than 30% of the market. Chrome, which is sort of an open source browser, is now getting around 14% of the market.

Open Source vs. Proprietary: Graphics and Video

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On the open source side, the projects that stand out are GIMP (a Photoshop replacement) and Inkscape (a vector graphics program – like Illustrator). I’ll leave it to the graphics professionals to say for sure, but they are both worth a look if you don’t want to plunk down hundreds of $ for Photoshop and Illustrator, and/or you like to work with open source tools. On the open source side, one program you must know about is VLC by VideoLAN.

SaaS vs. 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 SaaS vs. Open Source September 24, 2008 I just finished writing a post for the Idealware blog about choosing SaaS vs. Open source. I said in that post: At one level, whether or not the software underneath the SaaS is open source is not relevant. SaaS is not, by definition either proprietary or open source.

Diversity and Open Source

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It comes out of Kirrily Robert’s keynote at OSCON about women and open source. of open source communities. Some open source communities are more diverse than others. In her keynote, Kirrily talks about two open source projects, Archive of Our Own and Dreamwidth that have a majority of women involved, which is rather unusual. Kirrily has a set of really good guidelines for open source communities: Recruit diversity.

Diversity and Open Source

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It comes out of Kirrily Robert’s keynote at OSCON about women and open source. of open source communities. Some open source communities are more diverse than others. In her blog post, Kirrily talks about two open source projects, Archive of Our Own and Dreamwidth that have a majority of women involved, which is rather unusual. Kirrily has a set of really good guidelines for open source communities: Recruit diversity.

Open Source vs. Proprietary: Desktop Productivity

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I’ve been using this tool since it actually was StarOffice, more than 10 years ago, when it was first open sourced by Sun in 2000. Nonprofit Tech Open Source nptechI recently wrote a blog entry about LibreOffice (LO), the fork of OpenOffice.org (OOo) that came after the acquisition of Sun (the old holder/maintainer of OOo) by Oracle. For the purposes of this blog entry, at this moment in time (early 2011,) LibreOffice and OpenOffice.org are the same.

Open Source Strategic Planning

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Paul Connolly, who has been a guest blogger on this blog before , covered the session on Open Source Strategic Planning. In 2009, the foundation began by harvesting almost a thousand proposals for future directions from community members through online crowd-sourcing.

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.

Open Source Feminism?

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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 Feminism? She’s got some great video blogging, including a short one on “ open source feminism.&# Although women were only 25% of the Penguin Day attendees, that’s actually pretty darned good for open source related events.

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.

Open Source Feminism: An Intervention with Wikipedia

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The internet is powered by open source technology—exciting software that's built collaboratively from the bottom-up. Open source is meant to be free and equal, but then why do men continue to dominate open source sites like Wikipedia? Though the whole point of open source technology is that it’s made stronger and better through collaboration, actually figuring out how to use the technology is not an equal playing field. Sarah Mirk.

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.

The How and Why of Nonprofits Contributing to Open Source | NTEN

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The How and Why of Nonprofits Contributing to Open Source | NTEN : "For the last 15 years or so, we’ve seen consistent growth in nonprofits’ appreciation for how open source tools can support their goals for online engagement.

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. 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

Can open source software save organizations money?

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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.

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.

Declaring Open Source

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Declaring Open Source: "Declaring Open SourceA one-line patch to the U.S. Code would make open source software a charitable deductionBy John S. Irons, Carl MalamudFebruary 1, 2007The U.S. Code is the operating system of our system of government, the line-by-line instructions that govern our federal government. The code contains provisions for pretty much everything you can think of and lots of

Free and Open Source Tool #16: CiviCRM

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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 #16: CiviCRM April 21, 2008 In honor of the webinar that is happening in a couple of weeks, I figured I’d talk a bit about CiviCRM. CiviCRM is a nonprofit-focused open source tool, centered around membership, fundraising, events and such.

Open Source CRMs – people like them?

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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 CRMs – people like them? and although the sample sizes were small, and not representative of the nonprofit sector as a whole, the people surveyed seemed to like the open source tools available. There were 6 open source (or sort of open source) tools that showed up on this survey.

Free and Open Source tool #14: SugarCRM

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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 #14: SugarCRM March 27, 2008 Since I’ve been covering CRMs for the webinar today, I figured I’d switch categories on my free and open source software list.

Free and open source tool #1: Thunderbird

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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 #1: Thunderbird January 3, 2008 Before the holidays, I promised that I’d do 100 posts this year on free and open source tools. Generally, Thunderbird falls into the category of free and open source software that “just works.&#

Nuggets of news from the open source world

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This is old-ish news, but the acquisition of companies behind open source software by big behemoths continues with the acquisition of Jabber by Cisco. He says: “Red Hat and other open-source companies, in other words, are focused on the future, because that’s what their model requires in order to earn renewals from customers. Things might be shifting, though, due to both open source and SaaS as catalysts for change.

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.

How to find out about free and open source software

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Free and open source tool #12: Miro

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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 #12: Miro February 26, 2008 Miro used to be called “Democracy Player&#.

So where is open source in the nptech ecosystem?

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology So where is open source in the nptech ecosystem? January 16, 2008 I’ve had a few interesting things happen lately which is making me wonder about what’s happening with open source, and the perceptions of open source in the nonprofit sector.

Free and open source tool #15: MPower Open CRM

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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 #15: MPower Open CRM April 14, 2008 I am so far behind, it’s not funny. My goal is to catch up by the end of this month, so that I’ll still be on track to make it to 100 free and open source tools by December. And, it’s got completely open APIs.

The “Open Source Software is Free” myth

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology The “Open Source Software is Free&# myth July 14, 2008 I had a startling realization a few days ago. No credible nonprofit technology open source advocate has ever suggested that open source software was free to implement. No one would think that anyone thought that implementing open source software was without cost.

Free and open source tool #10: Filezilla

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techPresident – Information Age Volunteerism - Open Sourced! Crowdsourced!

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techPresident – Information Age Volunteerism - Open Sourced! Information Age Volunteerism - Open Sourced! Crowdsourced!: Crowdsourced!My My mom friended me on Facebook last week - we've formally entered the Information Age. The transformation touches so many aspects of our lives, from family relationships to the seeds of our economy. But despite my mom's online habits (and the empirical evidence it

Is Your Organization Ready for Open Source Software?

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What does this mean when weighing your open source options? Change Management Leadership Open Source Open Source tech leadership Paul Keogan. Founder and Principal. BackOffice Thinking. A new core technology decision is not just about choice; it's about ownership. You know your organization needs to make a core technology change.

The How and Why of Nonprofits Contributing to Open Source

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Debunking the myths of contributing to open source, one frequently asked question at a time. For the last 15 years or so, we’ve seen consistent growth in nonprofits’ appreciation for how open source tools can support their goals for online engagement. Community drupal Leadership Open Source Sean Larkin. CEO and Co-Owner. ThinkShout.

Pizzigati Prize for Open Source Software Developers

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From the Foundation Center’s RFP bulletin: The Tides Foundation Invites Nominations for Award Honoring Open Source Software Developers Who Add Value to Nonprofit Sector. Deadline: March 2, 2009. The Tides Foundation is accepting nominations for the $10,000 Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest.

MechonHadar.org: Open Source Judaism in a Modern Design

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The post MechonHadar.org: Open Source Judaism in a Modern Design appeared first on The See3 Blog. The Jewish learning institution Mechon Hadar came to See3 with a challenge.

Supported Open Source

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At this juncture where I have a sense of what it's like to work in a small org and am also looking at and helping larger orgs and foundations to make decisions about tech and use it in smart ways, I’m thinking a lot about something I call "supported open source." "How Should I go with a closed but well-supported system or should I venture out into the Badlands of Open Source?" That is supported open source.