8 Open Source Projects from Google


For many Google has become the patron saint of open source, and the number of open source projects Google supports or directly develops seems to increase every day. Some of Google’s own open source projects, like Android, have become as common as their proprietary competitors, yet many do not even realize they are using software with free and open source components.

Open Source Web Management and Design Tools


There are several useful free and open source applications available for download that allow you to do everything from designing the graphics for your site to editing blog posts. This list is not comprehensive, but rather provides the categories for each step of website management, as well as open source examples of tools you can use. Some popular open source text editors are: Bluefish – Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows.


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Social Media Lessons from the “Open Source” Movement

Convince & Convert

Chris Moody , Senior Marketing Manager at Red Hat , joins the Social Pros Podcast this week to discuss “open source” as the original social media on the internet, why Red Hat is the #3 place to work according to Glass Door , and (shockingly) why Google+ is a better platform for his business purposes than Twitter. Chris Moody, Red Hat @cnmoody.

Is Proprietary Or Open Source Better For Business?

Small Business Mavericks

Many people continue to use his computer systems in an open source world despite their distinct proprietary nature. Some people would rather use the Barnes & Noble Nook over Amazon Kindle simply because the former uses the ePub format for its books, which is open source. Google’s open source Google Connect can be found on many websites, but it is far from being anywhere near as popular as Facebook. Is it proprietary or open source?

Open Source Intelligence: A Key Under The Proverbial Mat

Forbes Social Media

Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) is a common name given to public information that can be leveraged to gain a competitive edge on a person or organization. This article discusses the weaponization of this information and mitigation of such data exposure

Open Source is a feature, not a benefit

The Way of the Web

Open source is a wonderful thing. But reading Matthew Ingram’s post last week about the lack of adoption for an open Twitter alternative highlighted the key reason why so few open source projects become mainstream success stories at the level of WordPress or Firefox. There’s a painful truth here for developers currently flocking to the latest cool open source project on Github.

How the Open Source Makers revolution is continuing…

The Way of the Web

I’m obviously a big fan of the open source philosophy – in addition to using WordPress as a content platform, I’ve been heavily involved with the Jigoshop open source eCommerce project , worked with Magento for clients including Jigowatt , and take a keen interest in the use of Creative Commons and GPL licensing for content. Disruptive Technology Hardware 3d printing arduino makers open source electronics open source hardware

Is Open Source the new black?

The Way of the Web

Live cross-platform mobile gaming arrives → Is Open Source the new black? July 15th, 2010 · View Comments It seems as if Open Source is becoming fashionable, particularly when it comes to maps. Although I believe open source is a very useful and viable way to work, I do worry about companies leaping into it without some careful planning and research.

Get involved in Open Source eCommerce

The Way of the Web

If you fancy getting involved in Open Source eCommerce, then you might well be interested in the fact that Jigoshop (a client of mine) has opened up beta testing for new versions before they are officially released. So if you like WordPress, eCommerce, Open Source, Finding Bugs, Helping People and more, then do sign up. Clients jigoshop open source testing

Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) | Safe or Not?


As the name suggests, Free and Open Source software (FOSS) is a crossover between Free Software and Open-Source Software. To understand all of this in-detail, let’s first understand what is an Open-Source Software? What is an Open-Source Software?

Open source development, forking and GP licences

The Way of the Web

I’ve spent the last 24 hours concentrating on some work for friends and clients, Jigoshop regarding their use of the GPL Licence V3 and the repercussions of ‘forking’ a project under that licence, so if you’re at all interested in open source, you might want to head over and read the latest post to see what’s going on. open source forking free software gps licence v3 jigoshop wordpress ecommerce

Client solves Ecommerce for WordPress via Open Source

The Way of the Web

And the other is that it’s one of the first times I’ve been working on a project which is delivering something via Open Source, rather than using OS products as an end user. The benefits of a true Open Source Ecommerce solution. I don’t often write about clients on my blog for various reasons, but I wanted to spread the word about Jigoshop, which is a great Ecommerce for WordPress solution that I’ve been working on for a couple of months now.

Why aren’t there more women in open source (and what are you gonna do about it?)

Janet Fouts

I’m a big fan of open source and as a woman who mangles a line of code here and there, I’m constantly amazed when I see how few women there are working in the field. Instead it’s a celebration of some very cool women who work in open source right now and an invitation to you who might be thinking about working on an open source project, or making the choice to support open source projects and developers yourself.

Can Open Source be Helpful to Extend Apple’s Home Automation to More Devices?


Extend Apple’s Home Automation Through Open Sources. Image source: apple.com. Image source: homebridge.io. This is where the Homebridge open source HomeKit extension comes to the rescue that helps other devices to connect with the Home app.

Social Media On The Farm: Crisis Management, Market Research, Education And APIs

The Realtime Report

Some farmers report that they are now getting more market intelligence from Twitter than from traditional sources such as the USDA. A group called Open Food is collaborating on an open source API to share data about food. Social Media Case Studies #AgChat #drought12 agriculture API crisis management crowdsource education farm farmers food open food open source

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OSSCamp Summer Edition

The Marketing Blog

OSS Camp is a platform for promoting Open Source Projects from India. Name Topic Abstract 1 Sonali Minocha MySQL Optimization 2 Kinshuk Sunil Open Source Game Development A look at Tools & Technologies facilitating Indie and Open Source Game Dev 3 Vishwajeet Singh Subversion 1.5 Home About In the Media Xtees.com – A Unique t-shirt selling hub YoMacha: India’s Hot or Not ? June 20, 2008.6:57

FamilySearch.org To Discuss Living/Dead Relationship Technology With New RootsTech Conference

Stay N' Alive

In fact, I even have mockups from before Facebook was popular on a way to take my previous Open Source project, Jeans (the original platform for this blog, in fact – click to see my very first post!), Facebook Technology social Brewster Kahle Family history Hewlett Packard Internet Archive open source phil windley social networkOne of my favorite things to do is research my family history.

FamilySearch.org To Discuss Living/Dead Relationship Technology With New RootsTech Conference

Stay N' Alive

In fact, I even have mockups from before Facebook was popular on a way to take my previous Open Source project, Jeans (the original platform for this blog, in fact - click to see my very first post!), open source Technology social network Internet Archive Hewlett Packard Brewster Kahle social Facebook phil windley Family historyOne of my favorite things to do is research my family history.

On stage for Jigoshop…

The Way of the Web

I recently popped along to the WordPress London Meetup on behalf of my client, Jigoshop, who provide a free, open-source WordPress eCommerce platform. As part of a double act with Lead Developer Robert Rhoades, I attempted to explain a little about how Jigoshop operates as a business based on a free download, open source code, and working with the WordPress community, whilst Rob explained some of the tips for working with the software as a designer or developer.

49% of the world’s top 100 blogs are using WordPress

The Way of the Web

Blogging open source wordpress domain names platforms setup wordpress hostingAn interesting study released yesterday by Pingdom reveals that 49% of the top 100 blogs as ranked by Technorati are using WordPress as their CMS platform.

Catching up on essential tech reading: Hackers and The Art of Intrusion

The Way of the Web

It’s interesting that the book ends with the lone figure of Richard Stallman, the ‘last true hacker’ and founder of the Free Software Foundation , as the rise of Free Software / Open Source has fueled a resurgence in open software and hacking which has again led to hardware innovation in 3D Printing, Drone aircraft and more. Mitnick apparently judged the voracity of the exploits and is pretty open about how trustworthy he considers each tale.

Donations as Revenue: Social Media Business Podcast

Laurel Papworth

Technorati Tags: age of stupid , chip in , chipin , donations , drupal , fundable , joomla , LAMP , monetize , Money , Online Communities , open source , paypal donate , pledgie , pligg , revenue , Social Media Business , social networks , sourceforge , whedonesque , wordpress. Episode 2 of monetizing online communities looks at donations – an overlooked revenue stream and the social media tools that enable donations online.

Fighting for the internet, and for my son…

The Way of the Web

The reasons I’m against the attempts by large media companies to shore up their moribund traditional business practice by funding politicians to bring in laws are simple: I believe that a free and open internet provides far more benefits to the whole of society than it damages, and that copyright is an incentive for creation which is meant to serve society as a whole, not restrict innovation and ideas in the service of extending profits for large corporations.

A quick sneaky peek…

The Way of the Web

Uncategorized business solutions design development digital platforms jodanma open sourceThere’s not much there yet, but just had to share some of the excitement that’s building behind this image… And there’s a basic holding page at Jodanma.com if you’re at all intrigued, with a lot more to come (We can’t reveal our first clients yet, for example, but they’re great ones!).

If you’re in or near Nottingham tonight or Birmingham tomorrow…

The Way of the Web

Regardless of the opinions that he may be difficult to get along with, or whether we should be calling it Free Software or Open Source etc, the fact is that without his work and inspiration, we might not have any of the amazing software which has been produced under the range of ‘Copyleft’ and similar licences, enabling anyone to work with, change, adapt and modify code and evolve it.

The two ‘gadget’ purchases I need to make in 2011

The Way of the Web

But they’re probably as important, if not, more important, than ever… An Arduino Kit : As they describe it, ‘Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software’ As I see it, it’s a great way for someone who isn’t particularly practical to finally play around with how things work in an relatively cheap way, without risking laptop or Xbox 360 destruction.

Open social bookmarking service to rival Delicious

The Way of the Web

open source social networks delicious diigo freelis.us A quick check has shown that I’ve been using Delicious since November 2006 , although my addiction to Google Reader means I’ve never used social bookmarking as heavily as some friends and colleagues.

Thank you and some free books for Christmas reading

The Way of the Web

Blogging books ebooks free books gaming hacking inspiration marketing open source pdf Virtual Worlds WritingIt’s the season of goodwill, so it seems a perfect time to say thank you to everyone that’s visited my blog, followed or message me on social networks, or kindly referred me to potential new clients. Plus everyone that’s helped me set-up sites, answered my own questions, and anyone that’s come along to the #DPiP meetups or chatted at conferences etc.

Simon Property Group Is Breaking Barriers Around Unified Commerce

Forbes Social Media

Think of it as open-source retailing Why shouldn’t the mall owners become stakeholders in all aspects of unified commerce?

Giving Away The Keys To The Kingdom: More OSINT Vectors

Forbes Social Media

The second post in a series about open source intelligence, this article provides more in-depth information related to information made public that can be weaponized

Linking The OSINT To The Employees

Forbes Social Media

Social Media is one of the main sources of open source intelligence. In this article, LinkedIn is assessed as a source of OSINT about both employees and companies in addition to mitigating controls and employee training

Pinning The OSINT To The Board

Forbes Social Media

Continuingthe odyssey of social media and open source intelligence (OSINT), this article reviews the potential threats in Pinterest and possible mitigations from a perspective of usability as opposed to avoiding using the platform

Migrating From Magento To Shopify

The Realtime Report

It represents an Open Source type of commerce, which means that it is free to use, it is developed to generate virtual stores, promoting the different tangible and intangible physical products. Migrating From Magento To Shopify.

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7 Linux Alternatives to Common Windows Business Applications


LibreOffice is completely free and open source and is actually a successor to the popular OpenOffice, which got its last update in 2014. GIMP (The GNU Image Manipulation Project) is another open-source alternative to its Windows counterpart.

The Love Of OSINT Via Dating Sites

Forbes Social Media

They are also a place where adversaries can hide in plain sight and collect open source intelligence (OSINT) on the victim for further stalking, extortion, exploitation, harassment or worse Dating sites are a place for like-minded people to connect, meet and find love.

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Looking for a Beneficial Summer Internship? Google It.

The Social Media Incubator

Google is offering the “ Summer of Code 2013 ,” which is an internship for students who are willing to work on open-source projects. then students also applying to work on said projects, and finally the two groups get connected together for a summer of open source coding madness.”. Searching for a meaningful summer internship can be difficult for many college students who are actively looking to add helpful experience to their résumés.

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Why I Don’t Know My Password

Ari Herzog

I use an open-source password manager called Bitwarden that creates the passwords and auto-logs me into websites that require them. For the better part of a decade, I employed a mnemonic password system to remember every password for every website that required one.

Best Free Alternatives to Microsoft Office Word


Standardization is tricky, so make sure that the platform you’ll use can also be opened in Microsoft Word. Additionally, sometimes it’s extremely difficult to open older files because the formatting standards changed through the time. It’s hard to open older files. Libre Office is open-sourced by its huge community that works on bringing useful updates and assets daily. That means that its source-code editable and can be changed for free. Open 365.

Google Waves Goodbye To Wave…Should They Do The Same To Google+?

SocMed Sean

If you would like to continue using Wave, there are a number of open source projects, including Apache Wave. There is also an open source project called Walkaround that includes an experimental feature that lets you import all your Waves from Google. This morning I received a very cute email in my Inbox from Google. This is what it said: Dear Wavers, More than a year ago, we announced that Google Wave would no longer be developed as a separate product.

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Piwik: The Google Analytics Alternative

Small Business Mavericks

For the longest time Google Analytics was the only free open source analytics program. But there is a new alternative to Google Analytics that is free and open source and is picking up speed. At the very least, it was the best of breed so to use any other was virtual suicide. Many online marketers opted to use a paid analytics program so they could keep their information private and away from Google’s eyes, or they had other reasons.