The following sites provide access to most of the Free Open Source Software available on the Internet:
- Apache Software Foundation - Originally the source for the popular Apache web server. Now offers an array of Free Open Source Software web development services, including Java applications servers, frameworks, and application development tools.
- GitHub - Provides access through the GIT configuration management system to large amounts of FORSS
- Mozilla.org – Best known for the Firefox web browser. Also supports development of the Thunderbird email application and related components.
- The Document Foundation - The popular open system office suite, now called LibreOffice, including the Writer word processor, Calc spreadsheet, Impress presentation software, Base database manager, and related tools. Excellent interoperability with MS Office.
- Savannah - Central point for development, distribution, and maintenance of GNU software. See related Free Software Foundation focused on GNU policy and licensing.
- SourceForge.net – Supports tens of thousands of open source projects, including community organization and management tools to help teams develop their software. Many projects are Free Open Source Software, some are COSS.
Paths Are Made By Walking
2012s Baccalaureate speaker at the University of Pennsylvania was an unconventional choice for an Ivy League school. To address their newly-minted graduates, aspiring to dazzling careers, they picked a man who has never in his adult life, applied for a job. A man who hasnt worked for pay in nearly a decade, and whose self-stated mission is simply "to bring smiles to the world and stillness to my heart".
I was sitting at my desk today, looking out the window. I saw an old homeless man crossing the street, carrying a suitcase. I remembered the many times I had looked on from afar, feeling sorry for the homeless but doing nothing. I do give money to homeless people when I walk by, but never really interact with them, beside a smile.
The Second Glance
Have you ever cringed at the sight of a human being who is physically disfigured? David Roche, who was born with a facial disfigurement, spent years trying to hide from himself. At middle age, he discovered his inner beauty, his spirit and his strength, and he has dedicated his life to helping all people find the inner beauty within themselves and in others.
Three Qualifications for the New Politician
There are plenty of politicians who genuinely desire to serve their communities and nations with humility and integrity, dedicating their lives to the cultivation of a wisdom that will benefit society at large; sadly, they are a minority.
The Importance of Imagination
While growing up, Id never really considered how important it is to be imaginative. Its a childhood profession, you could say. It comes naturally. Then we hit an age when were presented with a scantron of bubble-in options, a template for a CV that we need to create, and Excel. At that point, our learning has to fit into certain parameters: within that little bubble, within the one page limit, and within a tiny digital graph. So, what happens to our imagination?It seems to fade.