Open Source is a concept that is friendly to community. And, I hope, of interest to Street Prophets Community as a suggested topic for this Monday's Open Thread / Coffee Hour.

From Wikipedia: Unopened bottle of Free Beer with a label in English

A beer recipe called Vores Øl. The beer was created by students at the IT-University in Copenhagen together with Superflex, a Copenhagen-based artist collective, to illustrate how open source concepts might be applied outside the digital world.

Free Beer

Beyond the fold let's have a Open Thread / Coffee Hour, and let me share some thoughts about the Open Source idea. What is for dinner tonight? How are you doing? What is on your mind today? If you are new to Street Prophets please introduce yourself in a comment below.

As I prepared this diary I was a little surprised as to how much I use products created under Open Source Licensing it my life.  Open Source is behind the creation of the Linux Operating System for computers and that is the foundation for the Apache web servers that I use every day at work.  In addition Joomla, a content management system, is Open Source. And, I use Joomla to create websites for work. A little from Wikipedia about Open Source Software:

Open source describes practices in production and development that promote access to the end product's source materials. Some consider open source a philosophy, others consider it a pragmatic methodology. Before the term open source became widely adopted, developers and producers used a variety of phrases to describe the concept; open source gained hold with the rise of the Internet, and the attendant need for massive retooling of the computing source code. Opening the source code enabled a self-enhancing diversity of production models, communication paths, and interactive communities. Subsequently, a new, three-word phrase "open source software" was born to describe the environment that the new copyright, licensing, domain, and consumer  issues created.

Wikipedia: Open Source

The Open Source software movement gave rise to the Open Content movement that has given us Wikipedia, and I use it daily ... and find most of the pictures and quotes that I use in making up diaries for Street Prophets:
Open-content projects organized by the Wikimedia Foundation — Sites such as Wikipedia  and Wiktionary have embraced the open-content GFDL and Creative Commons content licenses. These licenses were designed to adhere to principles similar to various open-source software development licenses. Many of these licenses ensure that content remains free for re-use, that source documents are made readily available to interested parties, and that changes to content are accepted easily back into the system. An important site embracing open source-like ideals is Project Gutenberg, which posts many books on which the copyright has expired and are thus in the Public Domain, ensuring that anyone can use that content for any purpose whatsoever.

Wikipedia: Open Source

As an extension of the Open Source idea groups have created “Open Source” beer such as Free Beer featured in the photo above.

In closing I would like to share a Open Source OpenCola Flavoring formula:

   * 10.0 g food-grade gum arabic
   * 3.50 mL orange oil
   * 3.00 mL water
   * 2.75 mL lime oil
   * 1.25 mL cassia oil
   * 1.00 mL lemon oil
   * 1.00 mL nutmeg oil
   * 0.25 mL coriander oil
   * 0.25 mL neroli oil
   * 0.25 mL lavender oil

The full instructions for making home brew cola can be found at this link: OpenCola. I always wondered what made cola taste like cola and the above is a good approximation.

How about you ... Have you ever benefited from the Open Source movement?

This is an Coffee Hour / Open Thread and all topics of conversation are welcome.

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