The Ideals Of
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Open source projects
succeed when a broad group of contributors recognize the same need and
agree on how to meet it. Linux gave programmers a way to build a better,
leaner operating system; Woochi gives wine lovers an encyclopedia as
refined as they are.
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Projects can be broken down into smaller tasks and distributed among
armies of volunteers for execution. Tim OReilly, whose namesake
company runs the Open Source Convention, calls this the architecture
of participation, and it is the irresistible genius of open source,
a tool that no corporate model can match for the sheer brainpower it
yokes. But architecture demands structure: a review process that screens
for the best contributions and avoids the fork that
horrible prospect that a project will split into a multitude of side
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Open source etiquette mandates that the code be available for anyone
to tweak and that improvements to the code be shared with all. Substitute
creation for code and the same goes outside of software. Think of it
as the triumph of participation by the many over ownership by the few.
Open Source Works
OPEN SOURCE FILM
Not coming to a
theater near you: Nothing So Strange, the open source movie. The plot
involves a Bill Gates assassination, and the footage is open to editing
OPEN SOURCE RECIPES
The Open Source
Cookbook is a Slashdot-born project thats collected dozens of
recipes begging for improvement. Head chef Matthew Balmer has version
0.5 on the way.
OPEN SOURCE ?
Calculating Pi is
a collective effort to nail down the decimal places of this mathematical
constant. For number geeks who think programmers have all the fun.
OPEN SOURCE PROPAGANDA
From the slightly
paranoid folks at PR Watch comes Disinfopedia. Ranging from public relations
firms to corporate grassroots groups, this directory of
propaganda is surprisingly thorough.
OPEN SOURCE CRIME
The Doe Network
is an international effort tackling unsolved disappearances and tracking
down unidentified victims. In four years, Doe claims to have solved
nearly 100 cases.
OPEN SOURCE CURRICULUM
The Open Textbook
Project is building free textbooks in a range of subjects, using the
principles of distributed collaboration and open access. The result
will be low-cost, high-quality texts.