Just found out about Ohloh, which is an open-source community website that allows users to give each other "kudos", and the number of kudos that you give and recieve affects your standing within the open source community. What I found most interesting though is that Ohloh will aggregate information about projects gleaned from the source control commits, source code, and community status of t[...]
My Big Buck Bunny DVD came in the mail today!! It came a bit faster than I expected, but that's nothing to complain about! I have to hand it to the Big Buck Bunny folks, they really did I much better job with this movie than with the previous one in terms of quality of the timing, music, animation, and finishing. It provided a much more fluid and enjoyable movie. The DVDs have a good amount [...]
The Google Open Source Blog mentioned the Blender Foundation's project Big Buck Bunny in their most recent post about the Libre Graphics Meeting. Hopefully that will get some more exposure for what I think is a really cool and successful project to improve the quality and usefulness of open source software. The chairman, Ton Roosendaal, is truely an amazing person.
I took a look at the Google summer of code mentoring organizations for 2008 and was surprised to see BBC research listed. They were probably previous participants but it seems that BBC maintains a number of open source projects on their open source page. The most notable ones seem to be the ones that they are going to use the interns for, Kamaelia, which is apparently a test system for large [...]
I have been reading the OLPC News blog for a while now and frankly I'm kind of tired of hearing about how American geeks are complaining that it's hard to get an XO or that it has taken a while for them to get their XO laptop or that the box was empty when it arrived. Here's a clue for those who are wondering why OLPCs service is sub-par. The XO laptop is was not made for American gadget addi[...]
Gnucash 2.2.3 was released the other day and contains my first contribution to the project. Albiet, a pretty small and lame patch for a small bugfix, but a patch nonetheless!! I hope to do some more work particularly on the QIF import, eventually making it work with the generic importer, and then expand my contributions to include improvements for multi-currency and reporting.
While I love sourceforge and I really don't have room to complain because for it's free services and support, CVS and SVN server, website hosting, bug and feature tracker, and file release system, I can't help but feel that it comes off like an unfinished basement. The homepage and project pages are covered with advertisements, and where there aren't advertisements it feels like it's missing[...]
I was recently thinking about open source projects to contribute to and bouncing around in my head the idea an open source integrated library application. Something like a card catalog, database, check-in/check-out system. So I started pinging sourceforge to see if anything like that existed and was surprised that I found it nearly void of projects like that. So I went to the wider world and[...]