Category: OpenSource

Python and open source advocate Steve Holden wants to help Portland live up to its open source moniker

Steve Holden, a staunch proponent of open source and one of the leading folks in the community surrounding the Python open source programming language. And guess what? He lives in Portland now, too.

When it comes to describing the Portland tech scene—and I’ll admit I’m more guilty of this than most—it’s championed as the de facto hub of the open source community. I mean, OSCON and Open Source Bridge are held here. Our open source user group activity is off the charts. And, tired or not, we’ll always play the Linus Torvalds card.

But there’s still more to be done. And last night, someone challenged the entire town to do more. Who? Steve Holden, a staunch proponent of open source and one of the leading folks in the community surrounding the Python open source programming language. And guess what? He lives in Portland now, too.
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Sprechen Sie open source? Here are two upcoming events where you should be doing that speaking

there’s no better opportunity to share what you know than speaking at conferences so throw your hat in the ring for two big open source opportunities: Open Source Bridge and Linuxfest Northwest.

Sure, sure. Portland is the de facto hub of open source. That’s no secret. But some things are. Like all that open sourcey knowledge you have crammed into your brain. That’s not right to be keeping all of that awesome open sourceness to yourself, is it?

The correct answer is “No. No it isn’t.”

But how do we share that knowledge effectively? Well, there’s no better opportunity to share what you know than speaking at conferences. And right now, you can throw your hat in the ring for two big open source opportunities: Open Source Bridge and Linuxfest Northwest. Read More

Facebook in Oregon: Sure there’s Prineville, but did you know there’s the OSU Open Source Lab too?

Facebook is still very interested and supportive of the open source community. A significant contribution to the Oregon State University Open Source Lab just goes to prove that. Introducing Supercell.

[HTML1]When it comes to Facebook and Oregon, the data center in Prineville gets an awful lot of attention. As well it should. Based on reports, it’s changing the town—and potentially the state—for the better.

But where else is Facebook having an effect in Oregon? You might be surprised to learn that for an organization that gets continual press about its market valuation, the Facebook crew is still very interested and supportive of the open source community. (I mean, it is a gigantic PHP app, after all.) And the latest effort—a significant contribution to the Oregon State University Open Source Lab—just goes to prove that. Introducing Supercell. Read More

GovHub: Portland’s open source and open government love child could be destined to help all open government entities

For all the talk of “open data” and “open government,” there are very few centralized resources that help provide folks with a one stop shop for finding information about these resources and entities.

But all of that may change thanks to the efforts of some Portland folks. Introducing GovHub, a new site for open source and open government collaboration. Read More

Crank on Calagator to make sure the Portland tech community stays connected–and other communities stay connected too

But did you know that the whole Calagator goodness is open source? That’s right. Anyone who wants to start a calendar system, slurp events from other hCalendar marked up systems, and make their community a whole heck of a lot more happy, can download Calagator code and build a calendar of their own.

If you’re interested in staying up-to-date on tech events in Portland, then you need look no further than Calagator, the tech calendar for Portland.

But did you know that the whole Calagator goodness is open source? That’s right. Anyone who wants to start a calendar system, slurp events from other hCalendar marked up systems, and make their community a whole heck of a lot more happy, can download Calagator code and build a calendar of their own. Just like Corvalligator. And BendCal. Read More

WHEREAS Portland loves open source: City of Portland declares Open Source in Government Week

City of Portland has done in recent history, they just declared this week “Open Source in Government” week in Portland to celebrate open source and the GOSCON —the government open source conference—being held here, this week

[HTML1]Let’s just get this out of the way: Portland, Oregon, is the de facto hub of open source.

There. I said it. What? Don’t believe me? Well, in addition to all of the other open source loving things the City of Portland has done in recent history, they just declared this week “Open Source in Government” week in Portland to celebrate open source and the GOSCON—the government open source conference—being held here, this week. Read More

Annoyed by FarmVille, Mafia Wars, or FrontierVille? Thank Portland’s Puppet Labs for helping configure Zynga’s servers.

Puppet Labs’ open source server configuration management product Puppet helps Zynga scale more effectively by enabling them to configure thousands of servers almost instantaneously.

[HTML3]If you’ve ever spent any time online at all, you’ve likely encountered someone who wanted you to help them buy a cow or join a mafia family or survive Oregon Trail 2.0 without dying of dynsentery. Because Zynga‘s games are some of the most popular games online.

But without Portland-based Puppet Labs, that might not be the case. You see, Puppet Labs’ open source server configuration management product Puppet helps Zynga scale more effectively by enabling them to configure thousands of servers almost instantaneously. Read More

City of Portland: Calling all Androids! Well, at least these specific models of Android devices.

The City of Portland is ready to test an app for the open source Android operating system. Got an Android device? Want to help the City test its app? Right this way.

[HTML1]Remember back when the City of Portland launched an iPhone app? Remember one of the first questions out of the gates? That’s right. When was the City going to offer apps on other platforms?

Well, the City of Portland has been working on those other platforms and devices. And now, they’re ready to test an app for the open source Android operating system. (Or maybe not so “open.”) Got an Android device? Want to help the City test its app? Right this way. Read More

Third time’s a charm: Open Source Bridge 3, June 21-24, 2011. This time… it’s personal.

When it comes to open source, Portland is the place to be next summer. Not only will we be hosting OSCON 2011, we’ll also see the third installment of everyone’s favorite completely volunteer run open source conference Open Source Bridge.

When you ask? Open Source Bridge 3 will be held June 21-24, 2011. Three days of open source developer goodness and—if things hold true to previous eventss—around 72 consecutive hours of hacking. Read More

Some strings attached: Puppet Labs acquires open source framework Marionette Collective

Portland’s Puppet Labs which has opted for the buy decision by acquiring the open source project, the Marionette Collective. The acquisition was announced to day at the Puppet user event, Puppet Camp.

When startups get funding, it’s common practice for them to go into a series of build versus buy decisions in regards to their technology. Sometimes, it’s simply faster and easier to incorporate an existing project—especially if that project includes some compelling resources—than it is to start from scratch.

Such is the case with Portland’s Puppet Labs which has opted for the buy decision by acquiring the open source project, the Marionette Collective. The acquisition was announced to day at the Puppet user event, Puppet Camp. Read More

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