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Open Source Means Strong Security

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“Your secure software is open source: doesn’t that make it less secure?” The open source way moves us all towards that goal.

Open Source vs. Proprietary. Who won?

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

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. Open source software has won.

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. Image 2: CiviCRM.

Is Your Organization Ready for Open Source Software?

NTEN

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. It’s time.

Open Source vs. Proprietary: Nonprofit CRM

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

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. CiviCRM is a web-based open source nonprofit-focused CRM/Donation management tool.

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

Tech Soup Blog

Platforms and applications such as Linux, Firefox, RedHat , and Open Office are the poster children of open development. Stay tuned!

Open Source Feminism: An Intervention with Wikipedia

NTEN

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? Sarah Mirk. Online Editor. B h Magazine.

Open Source vs. Proprietary: CMS

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

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). Proprietary stand-alone CMS (such as Sharepoint.).

Open Source and the Promise of Sustainable Nutrition Security

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

When we met, he was therefore especially interested in hearing about Benetech’s perspective on issues related to converting software to open source.

How Open Source Sparks Innovation and Advances Social Good

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

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.” You can read the complete interview on Opensource.com.

Terms and Trends in DIY and Open Source Online Maps

NTEN

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

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. This makes it appealing to organizations seeking to meet their goals on limited budgets, but “open source” can mean different things to different people—and so can “free.”

Open Source vs. Proprietary: Graphics and Video

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

On the open source side, the projects that stand out are GIMP (a Photoshop replacement) and Inkscape (a vector graphics program – like Illustrator). One doesn’t have to pay for these, so it’s a bit hard for open source (or other products, even) to compete. Open Source Software graphics opensource video

Open Source vs. Proprietary: Web Server Software

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

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. source: wikipedia ). Open Source Web Tools apache iis Linux microsoft UNIX web

Comparing Open Source Content Management Systems

NTEN

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. How do these systems actually compare to one another? We took a detailed look at 14 different areas to see how they stack up.

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

Frogloop

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.

Thank You, Gerardo!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

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 ).

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12NTC: Open-Source Mobile Apps for Social Change

Tech Soup Blog

session, Open Source Mobile Apps for Social Change. Why Open Source? Open source is not just about software distribution.

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

NTEN

community Community drupal NTC Open Source Open Source thinkshout Web Sites website IT Staff Stephanie Gutowski.

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

NTEN

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.

6 Reasons Open Source Makes Sense

3rd Sector Labs

Affordability – Open Source is free of licensing fees. Proven – Open Source platforms like Drupal, WordPress, CiviCRM, etc.,

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. Joomla.

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. Craig Sinclair. Digital Media Manager. Manhattan Neighborhood Network.

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SaaS vs. Open Source

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

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. From my perspective, the key is openness. alain mor.ph

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. Kirrily has a set of really good guidelines for open source communities: Recruit diversity. That’s a good question.

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. Kirrily has a set of really good guidelines for open source communities: Recruit diversity. That’s a good question.

Open Source vs. Proprietary: Browsers

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

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. Open Source browsers opensource Software

Open Source vs. Proprietary: Overview

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Comparisons of open source vs. proprietary development environments (i.e. Open Source Technology Zen nptech opensourceAnd I’ll highlight where the comparisons are interesting and compelling, especially for nonprofit organizations. PHP vs.NET and that sort of thing.). CRM/ERP more generally. Document Management.

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

Idealware

Sometimes it seems like open source CMSs should "just work." They often need quite a bit of tweaking to get the job done. Start there.

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

Connection Cafe

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. BBInteractive is back!

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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. Donors are the lifeblood of nonprofit organizations. You need them to survive.

6 Ways to Tell Your Story With Interactive Maps

NTEN

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!

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.

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.&# Let’s get together! at 2:50 pm Thanks for shout out.

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 nptechFor 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?

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. They are really putting their money where their mouth is, in terms of working toward more openness. Hurray! { Be Helpful.

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. That speaks volumes to me. But it needs addressing. {

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. It’s not actually clear what those are.

Why all (major) operating systems suck

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Linux Open Source Operating Systems Technology Zen nptech opensource SoftwareI’ve been a user of a ton of operating systems over time. In the past ten years, I have been an everyday user of the big three, Windows, Mac OS, and Linux, for long stretches of time. And each have places where they shine. That would be perfect. Sigh.).