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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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  •  Cookie Jar .... (5+ / 0-)

    not much to report this Monday on my Democratic Club, other than today I'm going to meet with the pastor running for city council. This meeting is being arranged by another power group in Vallejo that is very supportive to Democrats.

    I'm bringing a copy of the 2012 California Democratic Party  Platform, excerpts from Talk To Action diaries about Dominion Theology, and a copy of the assessment guidelines for the Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index.


    "Upward, not Northward" - Flatland, by EA Abbott

    by linkage on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 09:57:49 PM PDT

  •  I don't know if it counts, but since I'm thinking (3+ / 0-)
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    paradise50, Ojibwa, DJ Rix

    about it and I can make an argument that it does...sure it does!

    I used Open Source information to lose over 100 pounds in the past year or so.

    What? I went to the library, read a book about debunking diet and exercise myths, used it to structure my own weight-loss plan, followed it rigorously, and it worked. I'm down to a thirty-inch waist, 38 inch hips, have cut the sizes I wear more than half (22-24 down to 8-10), and feel great.

    And when I started, my main motivator was to debunk the idea that dieting worked. Really. I believed it wouldn't work, but I also believed I couldn't show that it wouldn't if I didn't try really hard.

    Then when it started working, I've never been happier to be wrong. :)

    Rachel with Gothic Victorian Staff 2 by *Windthin on deviantART

    Same shirt, thinner me in it every time.

    The Winter Queen 1 by *Windthin on deviantART

    And lastly, me closest to now:

    Rachel and Maui 5 by *Windthin on deviantART

  •  ...I have used open source things my... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...whole life if you consider any information you gain by reading books, magazines or on the internet count.

    When I think about it, most stuff I know about was "open source." I think only corporations have closed source stuff...I'd still like to know what's in "secret sauce," and just what are the "herbs and spices" in KFC (not really, I don't eat any crap like I take it back)...

    Ignorance is bliss only for the ignorant. The rest of us must suffer the consequences. -7.38; -3.44

    by paradise50 on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 02:40:39 PM PDT

  •  Scared (2+ / 0-)
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    paradise50, Alexandra Lynch

    I went to see the heart Doctor today and was told my EKG was abnormal and may indicate blockages. I have a Stress Test on Thursday. My Doctor's Office called and just left a message to call back so I can pretty much assume that the rest of the blood tests for the cholesterol etc. were not good like the first tests were or they would have said so on the voice mail. Having lost both parent's to heart attacks I am really scared right now.

    Supper was Hot and Sour Soup. I'll need to type up the recipe although I'm thinking of calling it Not for Wimps Hot and Sour Soup.

    "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

    by michelewln on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 04:08:06 PM PDT

  •  Tonight's dinner was (2+ / 0-)
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    michelewln, Throw The Bums Out

    potatoes sliced and fried with chopped onion, green pepper, and kielbasa. There is no recipe, you just do it.

    It is yummy, but I will have to watch my nightshade intake for the rest of the week; too many nightshades and I have more fibro pain.

    I am having a lot of shoulder stiffness and pain, and I don't really know why.

    When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

    by Alexandra Lynch on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 05:35:33 PM PDT

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