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 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

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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 vs. Proprietary: Nonprofit CRM

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Because of this, the deck has always been stacked against open source tools in this arena. Both NTEN and Idealware are the best sources for information about the range of options for this toolset – that’s out of scope for this post. However, Salesforce in particular has a leg up that most other proprietary tools don’t have, because of their open APIs and their incredibly robust development platform.

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.

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

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.

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

How Individual Change Agents Can Help Us Build a Stronger Social Economy

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How to Respond to the Rise of the Open-Source Activism. From where I stand as a CSR professional, effectively working with open source activists looks like transforming from a Corporate Social Responsibility mindset to a Human Social Responsibility mindset.

Open Source and the Promise of Sustainable Nutrition Security

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

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.

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.

Terms and Trends in DIY and Open Source Online Maps

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The advent of HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, and other modern web technologies has paved the way for new, open source, cross-platform compliant mapping technologies to develop stylish and interactive maps. geographic information systems GIS mapping nptech nten online mapping Open Source IT StaffSean Larkin. Partner. ThinkShout.

Is Open Source Right For Your Organization

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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.

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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.

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

Comparing Open Source Content Management Systems

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Chris Bernard, Senior Editor, Idealware Idealware's first report on Open Source Content Management Systems for nonprofits, published in March of 2009, covered WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and Plone. Wrapping Up While none of these systems is perfect for every organization, open source Content Management Systems work well for many nonprofits.

Steal My Idea, Please! Why An Open Source Attitude Can Make Apps Go Viral

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111% open rate, 80% participation on the site, 1/3 forwarded it. Last week I got ripped off, but for the first time, I’m happy about it. They didn’t just steal my wallet and phone—they took something that me and a team of people spent months to create.

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Thank You, Gerardo!

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He also championed an open source ethos so that our work can be broadly shared (you can view all our open source projects on GitHub ). a11y accessibility Bookshare engineering executive Gerardo GoRead innovation open source Read2Go

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12NTC: Open-Source Mobile Apps for Social Change

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session, Open Source Mobile Apps for Social Change. Why Open Source? Open source is not just about software distribution. Open source as a philosophy also promotes accessibility, transparency, inclusivity, open data, and integration with other tools.

Reflections on Drupal Day: Creating a One-Size-Fits-All Day for Nonprofit Professionals and Technologists

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community Community drupal NTC Open Source Open Source thinkshout Web Sites website IT Staff Stephanie Gutowski. Special Projects Coordinator. ThinkShout.

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How to Pick the Best Tools for Your Organization: A case study

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Open Source open source tools Strategy tools IT Staff Grace Andrews. Co-Founder, Director of Business Development. GraphAlchemist. With so many shiny tools to choose from, how can your organization choose which is/are best for you? Here are some questions to get you started. When it comes to a term as broad as “tools,” understanding what an organization or individual’s goals are vital to identifying what to use.

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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.

2009 NTC Preview: Laura Quinn on Open Source Content Management

NTEN

I spoke with her about her session at the 2009 NTC , " Comparing Open Source CMSs: Joomla, Drupal, and Plone ", and why CMS seems to be the area where open source has really taken off in the sector: . If there's one thing I've learned in my 6+ years at NTEN, it's that people love to hate their web sites. Perhaps that's why there are so many choices when it comes to CMS (oodles of which are rated in our CMS satisfaction survey ).

Reflections on 14NTC: Technology Experimentation and the Ad Hoc Open Source Society

NTEN

In the true spirit of collaboration, NTC attendees collectively stewarded an ad hoc open source society. Craig Sinclair reflects on his experience, why he supports the open source movement, and shares examples of open venues for experimentation. Following his Ignite presentation at the 14NTC, Craig Sinclair reflects on the ad hoc open source society that formed, and open venues start experimenting. Craig Sinclair. Digital Media Manager.

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

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

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: 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: 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.

Five Tips for A Successful Open Source CMS Project on a Budget

Idealware

Sometimes it seems like open source CMSs should "just work." Anyone who's built a site in an open-source CMS knows that that's far from true. Here are five tips for making an open-source web project manageable, affordable and successful.

Open Source Donor Management Systems: Know Your Options

NTEN

Costs vary as well -- and there are even some Free and Open Source options. by Social Source Foundation. You’ll need someone familiar with installing and configuring open source systems on a Web server in order to get you up and running. A free, open source installed system with a Microsoft Access interface and SQL Server back-end, Metrix is flexible and reasonably powerful, but includes few donor-centric features out of the box.

6 Ways to Tell Your Story With Interactive Maps

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Data interactive maps Leadership mapping MS-DS nptech nten Open Source Paul Chamberlain Strategy Communications Paul Chamberlain. Senior Web Produces. MS-DS. If you're into interactive maps, it's a good time to be alive! Seems we've entered a golden era of interactive mapping, with no shortage of exciting ways to display geographically-specific data.

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6 Ways to Tell Your Story With Interactive Maps

NTEN

Data Leadership Open Source Strategy Communications Paul Chamberlain. Senior Web Producer. If you're into interactive maps, it's a good time to be alive! Seems we've entered a golden era of interactive mapping, with no shortage of exciting ways to display geographically-specific data. In the last few years, we've seen exponential growth in interactive mapping software that presents data from all sorts of angles.

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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.

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.

Website Nirvana: Salesforce + Open Source CMS Integration Showdown

NTEN

We'll take a look at how to handle integrations between Salesforce and a trio of open source CMS solutions -- Plone, Drupal, and Joomla -- at our upcoming webinar, " Salesforce + CMS Integration Showdown: Plone, Drupal, and Joomla ". > NPTech NTEN Open Source salesforceIt's the dream, isn't it? CMS + CRM = website nirvana.

@BBInteractive is Back, and It’s Better Than Ever!

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As part of the success services team, I have the fortune of working with the very best and brightest online fundraising, web design, social media, open source development and digital marketing professionals in the world—all rolled up under one amazing team called Blackbaud Interactive @BBinteractive. Nonprofit News @BBInteractive design Digital marketing Online Fundraising open source development Social Media web design

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. 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