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FOSS Knowledge, Part 3: Reaching the Goal

In my last two posts, I discussed the evolution of open source knowledge: where we came from, where are we now, and how did we get here. I provided some examples of common misunderstandings and knowledge gaps and suggested that such gaps may be due to the need to take action without taking as much time to prepare and plan as is optimal.  The sum total is that misconceptions and misunderstandings about open source persist both within and outside the software industry. 

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Open Recall: Scratch 2.0, Plans for Vim 7.4, GlusterFS 3.4 Beta

In this edition: a beta for GlusterFS 3.4, version 2.0 of the Scratch interactive programming tool and language, GNU Awk 4.1.0, plans for the upcoming Vim 7.4, and version 2.0 of the open source data management platform CKAN...

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Debian 7.0 Wheezy: New Features You Need to Know About

The Debian project earlier this month put the finishing touches on their latest release: Debian 7.0, code named "Wheezy." This release marks the availability of two new architectures and a number of major updates and new features. Here, Linux Foundation Senior Engineer Jeff Licquia highlights the features you need to know about.

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Qt 5.1 Beta 1 Released With Many Platform Features

The first beta release of the Qt 5.1 tool-kit is now available. As the first major update to the Qt5 platform, this release comes with plenty of new features for developers and end-users...

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No Open Source Project Should Be an Island

Here on OStatic, we've frequently debated whether fragmentation is good for open source projects, or not so good. We've published posts arguing that centralized management of open source projects and documentation could have big benefits for users, and we've run many posts on successful forks of open source projects. When the topic of fragmentation comes up, people often gravitate toward arguments surrounding how centralized funding could advance many open source projects, or how centralized marketing efforts could.  But what about development? Recently, at the Libre Graphics Meeting in Madrid, the developers of GIMP, MyPaint and many other free graphics applications got together and talked about an important topic: how to work together better. A Libre Graphics World post covers how developers for GIMP, MyPaint, Krita and Tupi--some of the very best free graphics programs--discussed the idea of working together on projects such as creating a simple common file...

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