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

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.

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). So much so, in fact that someone came up with another project called Gimpshop , which re-does the UI to better match Photoshop. One doesn’t have to pay for these, so it’s a bit hard for open source (or other products, even) to compete. On the open source end, there are some notable entries.

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 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 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. Project Management.

The Hidden Cost of Open Source LMS

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Open source learning management systems have become increasingly popular, and on paper they always sound good. The term free is usually a misnomer; there is almost always a cost associated with using open source LMSs. How long will this project take?

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.

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.

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

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Success and survival require constant courtship of donors, vigilant monitoring of costs, and effective management of projects and stakeholders. Platforms and applications such as Linux, Firefox, RedHat , and Open Office are the poster children of open development.

How to find out about free and open source software

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Or you’re just curious about projects you’ve heard about. How do you go about finding out whether it’s the right software, and whether the project has a healthy community, since you don’t want to adopt a project that doesn’t?

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.

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.

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.&#

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.

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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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.

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 #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 #9 : Pidgin

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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 #9 : Pidgin February 5, 2008 While I’m on the subject of chat, I figured I could talk about Pidgin. 1 trackback } Free and open source tool #9 : Pidgin - Affordable Web Developer - Just another WordPress weblog on Affordable open source web development.

Free and open source tool #8:XChat

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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 #8:XChat February 5, 2008 This is, really a post both about a tool ( XChat ) and about IRC (Internet Relay Chat.) It is a tool which is used predominantly in the open source world, for developers and users of open source projects to talk to one another, and get support.

Free and Open Source Tool #11: Azureus

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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 #11: Azureus February 15, 2008 Azureus (now called Azureus Vuze) is the best bittorrent client I have ever used.

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.

Free and open source tool #3: Dokuwiki

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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 #3: Dokuwiki January 15, 2008 I have become a fan, nay, a devotee of DokuWiki. I’ve always liked wikis, and I have used MediaWiki a lot in the past, and I do like it. Dokuwiki is different in a number of ways, most primarily in that it is one of the wiki systems that stores things in files, not databases.

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.&#

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. And, further, because it’s open source, there are some great spin-offs, that I’ll talk about later.

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? Which lead me to think about the idea of open sourcing OpenSocial apps. Can we build a library of OpenSocial applications that have open source licenses? at 2:42 am Hmmm, I am not sure that open source opensocial applicaions would matter so much.

Free and open source tool #4: GIMP

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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 #4: GIMP January 17, 2008 GIMP stands for Gnu Image Manipulation Program. I’ve come to depend on it, first because I couldn’t justify paying for a Photoshop upgrade when I moved to an Intel Mac. Now, it’s one of a very few choices that work on Linux – and it’s the best by far.

Free and open source tool #6: Joomla!

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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 #6: Joomla! Joomla does have an interesting history – it was the fork of a project (called Mambo). January 29, 2008 I don’t exactly know where the exclamation point came from, but if you want a scarily easy CMS to install, Joomla is a place to start.

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

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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 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.

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.

Free and open source tools #1 – #100

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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 tools #1 – #100 January 17, 2008 I just though I’d take a brief pause to explain my criteria for these 100 tools that I’ll be covering this year.