Archives January 2011

How autocracies are moving Open Source into the mainstream

The Wall Street Journal has published an interesting followup commentary on the news that the Russians are planning to move to GNU/Linux and on how this is shaping the trajectory of Open Source:

...his real fear is that Russia's growing dependence on proprietary software, especially programs sold by foreign vendors, has immense implications for the country's national security. Free open-source software, by its nature, is unlikely to feature secret back doors that lead directly to Langley, Va.

Continue reading at the Wall Street Journal

— Andrew


How to install and setup a Python Django development environment on Windows 7

Step 1: Install Cygwin & Python

To get started we need to setup a Python environment running under Cygwin. First make your way over to cygwin.com and run their installer.

Most of the installation is just clicking next, and accepting the defaults:

Cygwin Python Installation 1

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Cygwin Python Installation 2

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Cygwin Python Installation 3

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Cygwin Python Installation 4

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Cygwin Python Installation 5

Choose your closest Mirror. We like Internode!

Cygwin Python Installation 6

This is where we stop clicking next and select our packages.

Select Python:

Cygwin Python Django Installation - Package Selection 1

We'll probably need to install a Subversion client, so also select that:

Cygwin Python Django Installation - Package Selection 2

wget will make installing the Django stuff easier:

Cygwin Python Django Installation - Package Selection 3

gcc and gcc++ will be needed later to compile ...

— Andrew


Producing Open Source Software

How to Run a Successful Free Software Project

I came across the book How to Run a Successful Free Software Project the other day, and cannot recommend it more highly for anyone developing or considering starting an Open Source technology product. It's well written, concise and succinct.

This book is meant for software developers and managers who are considering starting an open source project, or who have started one and are wondering what to do now. It should also be helpful for people who just want to participate in an open source project but have never done so before ...

— Andrew


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