Open Source

SourceForge Interview: Open App Launcher

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SourceForge’s “Community Choice” project for September is PortableApps.com, an open-source application launcher that users can install via USB or a cloud drive. The software’s creator, John Haller, shared some thoughts with SourceForge’s editors about the project’s past and future. Click here to find open source developer jobs. Tell me about the PortableApps.com project, please. PortableApps.com is designed to allow Windows apps to move with the user so people can take their own personal PC wherever they go. The apps as… continue…

SourceForge Interview: Open-Source Messaging

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SourceForge’s “Staff Pick” Project of the Month is Miranda IM, an open source, multi-protocol instant-messaging client. Its creators built the software with efficiency, speed, and community customization in mind. SourceForge sat down with project leader Robert Rainwater, who’s been with the project for a decade, to discuss Miranda IM’s background and future direction. Click here to find open source developer jobs. Tell me about the Miranda IM project, please. Miranda IM is an instant messenger application created in 2000 by… continue…

How to Snag That CTO Job

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Chief technology officers (CTOs) need a mix of technical and strategic skills to perform effectively in the C-suite. But more than anything else, CTOs must be motivational leaders with the communication skills to rally the troops—IT employees and non-tech staff alike—around their vision. CTOs combine technical chops with managerial savvy, all in the name of aligning the technical needs of the organization with business and financial goals. “A CTO has to define the technology and technical strategy of the company and… continue…

SourceForge Interview: PDF Split and Merge

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SourceForge’s “Staff Pick” Project of the Month is PDF Split and Merge (PDFsam), which it describes as an “easy-to-use tool with graphical and command line interfaces to split, merge, mix, and rotate your PDF documents.” SourceForge sat down with project manager Andrea Vacondio to discuss PDFsam’s history and future direction. Click here to find open source developer jobs. Tell me about the PDFsam project, please. PDFsam is an open-source desktop utility I started developing in 2005. Its original purpose was… continue…

SourceForge Interview: OpenMediaVault (OMV)

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Over at SourceForge, the September “Community Choice” Project of the Month is OpenMediaVault (OMV), a next-generation network attached storage (NAS) solution based on Debian Linux. The platform offers services such as SSH, (S)FTP, SMB/CIFS, DAAP media server, RSync, and BitTorrent client (amongst others). The project manager, Volker Theile took a few moments to talk about the history and purpose of OMV, which he began in 2009. Click here to find open source developer jobs. Tell me about the OpenMediaVault project,… continue…

SourceForge Interview: CMDBuild

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Over at SourceForge, the August “Staff Pick” project is CMDBuild, a software platform that allows developers to configure a custom database of assets and design-related workflow processes. The SourceForge editors sat down with one of the project managers, Fabio Bottega, to discuss the project’s purpose and direction. Tell me about the CMDBuild project. CMDBuild is an open source, enterprise Web application to model and manage your IT asset database. CMDB stands for configuration and management database but CMDBuild is more… continue…

SourceForge Interview: A New Game Engine

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Over at SourceForge, the August Project of the Month is the community-elected VASSAL Engine, described as “a game engine for building and playing online adaptations of board and card games.” Project manager Joel Uckelman sat down to talk about the project’s origins and future. (Editor’s Note: Here’s the link to the project. Hello, Hacker News folks!) Tell me about the VASSAL Engine project. VASSAL provides a virtual tabletop for playing board games live over the net and by email. It’s cross-platform… continue…

Have Code to Go Along With Your Resume

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Tip of the Day When you’re a software engineer, the resume is a tricky beast. It can describe the technologies you’ve worked with, but can’t say what you were able to do with them or show a hiring manager how well-structured your code is or how scalable your designs are. Hiring managers want to know how you produce software, preferably in an environment like the one they’re going to put you in. Additionally, they need to know that you can… continue…

Black Duck Seeks Open Source Skills

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Black Duck Software believes the future of development relies on the effective and informed use of open source technologies and methods. It’s a highly regarded provider of consulting and software for customers seeking to adopt open source for their applications, governance and management. As part of the open source community, Black Duck connects developers to open source resources through Ohloh.net and to commentary from industry experts through its Open Source Delivers blog. The company also hosts the Open Source Think Tank,… continue…

Women Have a Long Way to Go in Open Source

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Despite being a leading force for innovation in the software world, the open source movement lags even behind the rest of technology when it comes to diversity. The percentage of open source contributors who are women is estimated to be as low as 1.5 percent. The 2013 FLOSS survey by GSyc/LibreSoft paints a more promising picture, putting the number at 11 percent. Either way, the gender imbalance is grossly disproportionate. For women, a lack of open source experience can have… continue…