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An Elevator Pitch for Open Source

Every year I attend the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference as an exhibitor. This year's conference was busier than any I've ever been to. So many people had either heard of us (ByWater Solutions) or Koha or just about open source in general. One librarian though approached our booth...

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OSCON 2013: We're Live Blogging!

We're live blogging from OSCON 2013 in Portland, OR. Keep coming back here for updates. Tweets from @opensourceway at the hashtag #oscon. read more...

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Shutterstock's Chris Fischer: Making the Most of Open Source's 'Huge Tech Edge'

Shutterstock has a nearly insatiable appetite for data storage. From its inception, the company -- a global provider of licensed photographs, vectors, illustrations and videos -- refused to pay higher prices just to stuff its storage needs into somebody else's cloud. Instead, the almost 10-year-old image-storing warehousing operation built its...

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Are Donations Effective for Open Source Projects?

The other day I came across a new initiative for funding open source development called the Bitcoin Grant. While interesting at first sight, I was wondering: How is this better than the traditional donation button most open source projects have? The Bitcoin Grant then seems to limit who can donate and...

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Fighting the Misconceptions of Open Source

After almost 10 years in open source, Robin Muilwijk is still fighting the misconceptions that come with working in the industry. He says the toughest part is finding the right balance between openness while continuing to promote the open source way of doing business. read more...

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