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Submission + - apps.sandstorm.io: Open source web apps, installed with one click->

paulproteus writes: Sandstorm is an open source project whose mission is to bring open source and indie web apps to a wider audience. Most web apps exist in the software-as-a-service model, where the app author runs a hosting service. But for open source web apps, the developers aren’t a big corporation with resources to run servers for you, so you typically arrange your own hosting.

To make open source web apps viable, installing apps on a server needs to be so easy that everyone can do it, so today we launched a new, open source server app marketplace. You can use it to install any app packaged for Sandstorm, either on your own Sandstorm install or, also new today, on Sandstorm hosting.

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Comment Re:Back doors & binaries (Score 1) 359

Only problem having the source code does not mean you can actually understand it. A lot of open source code is obfuscated, sometimes I'm wondering if its deliberate

The GPL handles this by requesting the "preferred form for modification." Consider reading the GPL sometime; it's a really well-written document that considers a lot of these issues.

Submission + - Sandcats.io: free dynamic DNS for Sandstorm users->

paulproteus writes: Sandstorm is open source server software that makes it easy to install web apps like Ethercalc or Let’s Chat. But that’s not much use if your server doesn’t have a name, and setting up DNS correctly for a server can be a complicated, fiddly process.

I've been working on sandcats.io, a free dynamic DNS service for Sandstorm users, and it's now ready. It now takes 120 seconds to go from an empty Linux virtual machine to a working personal server, DNS and all. I'm hopeful to get Slashdot's feedback!

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Comment File a take-down notice (Score 3, Insightful) 180

YouTube has a standard DMCA complaints procedure. I recommend that Yoon Mi-rae and the label follow that process, partly because it actually works which is great in this case, and partly to give Sony a taste of their own medicine.

Here is the link: https://support.google.com/you...

(Note that I have a bunch of experience with the take-down process, including participating in an EFF lawsuit ~10 years ago; see https://www.eff.org/document/d... .)

Submission + - Thirteen open source workshops at colleges in 2013-> 1

paulproteus writes: Three years ago, Slashdot covered a "How To Get Involved In Open Source" workshop I helped run at the University of Pennsylvania. I'm part of the team that put that together, and in 2013, we ran 13 events, 7 of which were organized by women in CS groups. There's still no shortage of students that want to get involved, so read how we're going to run even more in 2014!
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Comment This is w/r/t CPython, not random code in Python (Score 5, Informative) 187

The Slashdot summary is confusing, as is the eweek.com headline. Reading the article, it is clear that it is about the code that powers the official Python interpreter, AKA CPython, AKA /usr/bin/python. When I clicked the link, I thought Coverity had surveyed the entire world of open source Python code and discovered that Python programmers as a whole publish higher quality code than people who e.g. program in Ruby. That's not what the article's about.

It'd be great if the headline in Slashdot were to be fixed to say, "Python interpreter has fewer code defects compared to other open source C programs, says Coverity."

GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - The FSF Adapts the Kickstarter Approach to Fund-raising 3

ChronoEngineer writes: Recently the Free Software foundation launched a new fund-raising system starting with the GNU Mediagoblin project. Rewards from its new tiered donation reward system include physical objects such as a 3d print of the project's mascot as well as digital ones (Rewards List). This gives free software projects an alternative crowd-funding source where all of their contributions go to advancing free software since the administrative cut taken from the earnings goes to the Free Software Foundation. Chris Webber, of GNU Mediagoblin, mentions this as one of the reasons he chose the FSF over Kickstarter for his project.
GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - GNU Mediagoblin Project launches->

paroneayea writes: "The GNU project is starting a new federated web application project called GNU MediaGoblin, written in Python. From the article:

    The GNU Project is taking a shot photo sharing. On May 2nd, the wraps came off the GNU Mediagoblin project. If successful, the GNU Mediagoblin could solve several problems that haven't been addressed well by existing photo sharing services — namely privacy, data ownership, reliability, and software freedom.

    So what's GNU Mediagoblin? The project is starting with the goal of creating a federated photo sharing site that could stand alongside popular services like Flickr, DeviantArt, Picasa, and Facebook. Eventually, the project hopes to tackle other types of media, but the first target is photo/artwork sharing. Right now? It's very much a work in progress."

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Submission + - Want new contributors? Teach them how to build it->

paulproteus writes: "If you work on an open source project and want more help, try inviting people to set up their development environment.

That's what worked for Vidalia and the GIMP. Last Friday, they asked people to build the app for the first time. At the anointed time, enthusiastic users hopped on to the project's IRC channel. By the end of the day, both projects retained new faces on IRC, and Vidalia's bug tracker had new patches attached. The event invitation felt urgent, by listing a specific time, and showed a willingness to bring new people on board; we think those were the keys to success. (Plus, you can read about the event in an attendee's own words.)"

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