I love seeing a trend of large companies embracing open source projects, both from the business angle and understanding that open standards help everyone.
An Aerospace Coder Drags a Stodgy Industry Toward Open Source (via Wired) — see projects on GitHub.
Opening up Cosmos wasn’t an easy swallow for the aerospace industry. It’s historically closed-off: Big companies sell big-bucks programs, and people either shell out or cobble together their own kludgy systems. But a freely available, edit-able, enhance-able program has been a boon to researchers and businesses—anyone that can benefit from a robust system to point satellites and display their data.
AT&T Releasing Its Network Playbook into Open Source (via The Economist) — see projects on GitHub.
This is a big decision and getting it right is crucial… We want to build a community – where people contribute to the code base and advance the platform. And, we want this to help align the global industry.
A Look into Calypso, a talk by Matías Ventura at WordCamp Europe 2016, is an engaging survey of the open source technology running the new WordPress.com publishing interface. Why it’s important, what it’s made of, the values and principles that guide it, and how to use it today for your own projects.
Links and resources mentioned in the video below. You can also download the slides (PDF, 10.4 MB).
These social rules from the Recurse (formerly Hacker School) community’s guidelines describe an excellent model for open source citizenship and interacting with others in a positive way.
These rules are intended to be lightweight, and to make more explicit certain social norms that are normally implicit. Most of our social rules really boil down to “don’t be a jerk” or “don’t be annoying.”
The list includes no feigning surprise, no well-actually, no back-seat driving, and no subtle isms.
What would we build if we were starting from scratch today, knowing all we’ve learned over the past 13 years of building WordPress?
Matt today officially announced the new WordPress.com: Dance to Calypso.
Today we’re announcing something brand new, a new approach to WordPress, and open sourcing the code behind it. The project, codenamed Calypso, is the culmination of more than 20 months of work by dozens of the most talented engineers and designers I’ve had the pleasure of working with (127 contributors with over 26,000 commits!).