The 2016 Open Source Yearbook Now Available For Download

In 2015, published the first Open Source Yearbook, a collaboration with open source communities to collect a diverse range of stories from the year.

Thanks to contributions from more than 25 writers, the 2016 edition is even bigger and highlights more than 100 organizations, projects, technologies, and events.

Get your free PDF download of the 2016 Open Source Yearbook.

Source: Announcing the 2016 Open Source Yearbook: Download now

The second edition of this book hits the high spots of the Open Source ecosystem. From the Raspberry Pi to OpenStack, from sysadmin tools to games, from public policy to hot careers, it’s all in here. The book is available on the web as a linked set of articles and as a nicely designed 94 page PDF. Be sure to check it out.

Kdenlive 16.12.1 released with Windows version | Kdenlive

Kdenlive 16.12.1 released with Windows version | Kdenlive

Darktable is an open source photo workflow app and RAW developer

darktable is an open source photography workflow application and RAW developer, a virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers. It manages your digital negatives in a database, lets you view them through a zoomable lighttable and enables you to develop raw images and enhance them.

Source: Chapter 1. Overview | user manual | darktable

Winds :: Powered by

Winds is an open source & beautiful RSS reader built using React/Redux/Sails/Node 7 and Stream ( It showcases personalized feeds powered by the API. This tutorial explains how the personalization API works ( Try the online demo:

Source: Winds :: Powered by

Disney Open Source

Open Source Software is important to The Walt Disney Company. Disney has established an Open Source Program to encourage our developers to utilize Open Source, contribute to Open Source projects, and to release software as Open Source. We’ve created this site to highlight Disney’s Open Source projects. We encourage you to explore our projects and we welcome your collaboration and contributions. This is just the beginning; there’s more to come, so stay tuned!

Source: Disney Open Source

This is intriguing. As one might expect many of the projects deal with animation and film making. I think this highlights the movement to open source the basic tools that are being developed to help corporations do their thing.

rclone – rsync for cloud storage

Rclone is a command line program to sync files and directories to and from

  • Google Drive
  • Amazon S3
  • Openstack Swift / Rackspace cloud files / Memset Memstore
  • Dropbox
  • Google Cloud Storage
  • Amazon Drive
  • Microsoft One Drive
  • Hubic
  • Backblaze B2
  • Yandex Disk
  • The local filesystem

Source: rclone – rsync for cloud storage

This looks interesting. It’s open source on Github, cross platform, and could solve any number of issues when working in the cloud.

How to use Krita for animation |

Animation isn’t easy, but the good news is that open source supplies plenty of high-quality animation tools.

Source: How to use Krita for animation |

Sage: Open Source Mathematics Software: RethinkDB, SageMath, Andreessen-Horowitz, Basecamp and Open Source Software

Companies can be incentived in various ways, including:

  • to get to the next round of VC funding
  • to be a sustainable profitable business by making more money from customers than they spend, or
  • to grow to have a very large number of users and somehow pivot to making money later.

When founding a company, you have a chance to choose how your company will be incentived based on how much risk you are willing to take, the resources you have, the sort of business you are building, the current state of the market, and your model of what will happen in the future.

Source: Sage: Open Source Mathematics Software: RethinkDB, SageMath, Andreessen-Horowitz, Basecamp and Open Source Software

Good article that outlines an open source business model that may work without VC investment.