Category Archives: Community

Open source development is often said to be mostly about communities: building communities of users and developers, and working closely with these communities to seek sustainable outcomes for the project.

Why you need to evaluate sustainability

When you’re considering free and open source software, whether for procurement or as a basis for developing new software, you need to take account of sustainability. This means evaluating whether the project is capable of delivering improvements and fixing problems with its products in a timely manner, and that the project itself has a reasonable prospect of … Read more

An OSS Watch for your wrist!

At OSS Watch, our name means we get a lot of spam offering to sell us watches, so I decided to find out if there really is an “OSS Watch”. It turns out there is, or at least, an “OS Watch” since it’s more about the watch being open than the software it runs. The … Read more

VALS Semester of Code – FOSS Projects Wanted

The VALS Semester of Code is an upcoming project that will work with universities and FOSS communities to give students real-world experience working in software projects.  Unlike Google Summer of Code, Semester of Code students will be participating for academic credit as part of their degree courses, and we hope that after completion of their … Read more

Software Freedom and Frontline Services

There are many reasons why organisations choose open source software. Sometimes Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is a key factor. Sometimes the FOSS offering is the market leader in its niche (such as Hadoop for Big Data, or WordPress for blogs). Sometimes its the particular features and qualities of the software. However, one of the … Read more

Open Source Open Standards 2014

The Open Source, Open Standards conference is in London on the 3rd of April 2014, and this year OSS Watch has joined the list of supporters for the event. I attended the conference in 2013, which was well attended from across the public sector and from open source companies and organisations. You can read my … Read more

Should Markdown become a standard?

We’re big fans of Markdown at OSS Watch; the lightweight format is how we create all the content for the OSS Watch website (thanks to the very nice Jekyll publishing engine). Markdown is more or less a set of conventions for semi-structured plain text that can be fairly easily converted into HTML (or other formats). The idea is … Read more

A new Voice in the crowd

6 Months ago, 4 journalists quit their respective jobs at the leading UK Linux magazine, Linux Format.  Today, a new magazine hit the shelves of the country’s newsagents: Linux Voice. With the same team behind it, Linux Voice has the same feel and a similar structure to old issues of Linux Format. However, Linux Voice … Read more