Category Archives: Open Source

NZOSA 2010 – Open Source in Business – Ponoko

This is what they we saying about open source in business during 2010

Ponoko — the hub of a global personal manufacturing eco-system that brings together creators, digital fabricators, materials suppliers and buyers to make almost anything Don Christie introduces the finalists in the category “Open Source in Business” at the New Zealand Open Source Awards Ceremony in Wellington on 9 November 2010. David ten Have accepts the award on behalf of Ponoko. More information about the awards at

Interdisciplinary Studies of Open Source Software (OSS) Projects

Dig into the depths of open source software

Google Tech Talks February, 25 2008 ABSTRACT We all love to hate large software systems. They are hard to build, hard to evolve, and don’t work very well. Why is this? A lot of reasons, some social, some technical, and some socio-technical. We believe that OSS provides an excellent source of data to test hypotheses about the factors that affect important phenomena/outcomes in software projects. Our group at UC Davis, comprising bio-informaticians, organizational behaviourists, physicists, and software engineers, is using a range of different approaches to the analyze the veritable torrents of data pouring out of open source projects to understand how things work in OSS, and what tools and techniques can help. One important issue is IMMIGRATION: how do new people join projects, and how can we help the difficult intellectual and social challenges they face. We present two results: 1.a) Can we build “recommender” tools that help programmers deal with “information overload” by helping them focus their attention? 1.b) Such tools have always been evaluated with user studies. Can we do something more quantitative? 2) What are the factors influencing immigration of new developers in Open source projects? Joint work with: V. Filkov, A. Swaminathan, G. Hsu, and students C. Bird, Z. Saul, and A. Gourley We gratefully acknowledge support from NSF (Science of Design and Human and Social Dynamics Programs), the IBM Faculty Fellowship Program, and the GrammaTech and SciTools

Blink Questions Answered

The Google team answers questions about Blink.

Here are the timecodes for the list of questions from the Chrome Site.

1:12 What will be the relationship between the WebKit and Blink codebases going forward?

2:42 When will Blink ship on the Chrome channels Canary/Beta/Stable?

3:25 How does the plan for transitioning the WebKit integrated in Android to Blink look like?

4:59 Can you elaborate on the idea of moving the DOM into JavaScript?

6:40 Can you elaborate on the idea of “removing obscure parts of the DOM and make backwards incompatible changesthat benefit performance or remove complexity”?

8:35 How will Blink responsibly deprecate prefixed CSS properties?

9:30 What will prevent the same collaborative development difficulties that have hampered Webkit emerging in Blink, as it gains more contributors and is ported to more platforms?

12:35 Will changes to Blink be contributed back to the WebKit project?

13:34 Google said problems living with the WebKit2 multi-process model was a prime reason to create Blink, but Apple engineers say they asked to integrate Chromium’s multi-process into WebKit prior to creating WebKit2, and were refused. What gives?

16:46 Is the plan to shift Android’s implementation over to Blink as well?

17:26 Will blink be able to support multiple scripting languages? E.g. Dart.

19:34 How will affect other browsers that have adopted WebKit?

20:44 Does this means Google stops contributions to WebKit?

21:31 What Open Source license will Blink have? Will it continue to support the H.264 video codec?

22:11 Any user-agent string changes?

23:38 When we’ll be able to test first versions of Blink in Chromium?

24:15 How can developers follow Blink’s development?

25:40 What is about?

26:40 How will this impact Dart language’s progress?

27:13 Will this be a direct competitor against Mozilla’s new engine?

29:03 When will all existing vendor prefixes in Blink be phased out?

30:20 Will you support -blink-text-decoration: blink? 😉

LiveCode by RunRev – Open Source Programming for All

This is definitely a video worth watching. If you would like to write your own apps. check this out?

LiveCode lets you create an app for your smartphone, tablet, desktop computer or server, whether you are a programmer or not. We are excited to bring you this Kickstarter project to create a brand new edition of our award-winning software creation platform. LiveCode has been available as a proprietary platform for over a decade. Now with your support we can make it open and available to everyone. With your help, we will re-engineer the platform to make it suitable for open source development with a wide variety of contributors. Support our campaign and help to change coding forever.

Overview of Open Source Health IT Tools and Solutions

This is the second and final webinar in a series that focuses on open source health information technology (IT) tools and solutions for the safety net community. Open Source health IT tools are lower cost alternatives to proprietary systems. The presenters will provide an overview of different types of open source tools, the benefits and challenges of using open source health IT tools, and how these systems can be used, and provide high quality care to meet population health needs. In addition, our lead speaker is Dr. Rob Kolodner, a former National Coordinator of Health IT and currently the Chief Health Informatics Officer for the non-profit organization Open Health Tools, Inc. Dr. Kolodner will present on various open source health IT tools and how they can benefit the safety net community’s health IT needs. The second presenter, Ms. Eliza Gibson will speak about her experience using an open source cloud computing systems in a newly established urban free clinic. Lastly, our third presenter Dr. Amit Acharya will present on the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin’s use of an open dental EHR system which is interoperable with its in house developed EHR system. The presenters include: Rob Kolodner, MD, Chief Health Informatics Officer, Open Health Tools, Inc; Eliza Gibson, LCSW, Executive Director, Clinic by the Bay; Amit Acharya, BDS, MS,Ph.D., Interim Director, MCRF Biomedical Informatics Core, Marshfield Clinic

Brighten Your Cloudy Future with Open Source As proprietary cloud solutions look to establish themselves in the marketplace, open source technologies are also stepping up to provide customers with the latest innovations and security solutions to meet their needs. This session highlights the four significant IaaS open source cloud projects with basic information, current status, customer examples and why open source clouds matter to you. Who knows, this talk may even lead you to not only using open source, but also becoming a significant contributor.