Thursday, January 28, 2010

opensource.com versus "open source web"

I received this email from Red Hat this afternoon.  Interesting stuff:
Dear Red Hat Magazine readers,
We posted a little while back to let you know we were thinking about making some changes. And now we have some news.
We had to get all the i's dotted and t's crossed, but now that the ink is dry and we're warming up the servers, we wanted to invite you over to check out our new space. We haven't got all the furniture in yet, and it won't be exactly the same as Red Hat Magazine--but we hope you see the same potential in it that we do.
We're excited to introduce http://opensource.com

More and more, people are talking about open source principles at work in business, government, law, and education. We intend for opensource.com to be a place to share stories and ideas for places where open source is having an impact on the world. We want to shine a light on where the open source way is multiplying ideas and effort even beyond technology.

And we want you to be a part of the conversation.
Register, contribute, and comment. Starting with your ideas on what you think opensource.com should be:
This change also means the Red Hat Magazine email list will become the opensource.com email list. While opensource.com will not include technical content, our hope is that we will continue to provide many of the same kinds of interesting content that you were accustomed to receiving from Red Hat Magazine in the past.
We plan to send monthly updates with top-rated articles from highlights@opensource.com. If you're not interested in receiving these emails, you can always unsubscribe here.
You can also follow opensource.com on identi.ca or Twitter at @opensourceway
And subscribe to receive content feeds via RSS.
Want to get an idea of the kind of content you can expect to find on opensource.com? Here are few articles to get you started:
Thanks for reading, and we hope to see you at opensource.com.
Coincidentally, Alex Smith publishes an article on the British government's approach to data sharing over at LabourList today.  It's unclear if the terminology used - "open source web" - refers to access or software.  Some clarification would be useful.  If it does refer to the software and Gordon Brown does truly get the web, it would be nice to see a similar approach being implemented in our schools and further education colleges.

By the by, the Microsoft ad for Office I mentioned in a previous post has disappeared from my local further education college's intranet this evening.  Question is whether it will remain disappeared - but it does seem wrong that a publicly-funded institution should be selling the idea of Microsoft software to a captive audience.  Don't you think?  (Even more so if there's even the whiff of a commission changing hands.)

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