Open Source Articles Authored by Jeff Macharyas
Published on Opensource.com
Just don’t forget the goggles and scarf.
Heard of Jenny Everywhere? Me neither, until I was looking for media to use for an open source character drawing contest I was involved in. As I Googled my way around the internet, I happened upon Jenny Everywhere. Jenny is described as “existing in every reality and being able to shift between realities.” Jenny Everywhere is also referred to as “The Shifter” and was created, according to Wintle, because there were no truly open source or public domain characters. This enables artists and writers to place the character into just about any medium they choose.
To be a good graphic designer, you must be adept at using the profession’s tools, which for most designers today are the ones in the proprietary Adobe Creative Suite.
However, there are times that open source tools will get you out of a jam. For example, imagine you’re a commercial printer tasked with printing a file created in Adobe InDesign. You need to make a simple change (e.g., fixing a small typo) to the file, but you don’t have immediate access to the Adobe suite. While these situations are admittedly rare, open source tools like desktop publishing software Scribus and text editor Gedit can save the day.
Open Source by M. M. Frick
Casey Shenk is a vending-machine technician from Savannah, Georgia by day and blogger by night. Casey’s keen insights into the details of news reports, both true and false, lead him to unravel a global plot involving arms sales, the Middle East, Russia, Israel and the highest levels of power in the United States. Casey connects the pieces using “Open Source Intelligence,” which is simply reading and analyzing information that is free and open to the public.
I bought this book because of the title, just as I was learning about open source, three years ago. I thought this would be a book on open source fiction. Unfortunately, the book has nothing to do with open source as we define it. I had hoped that Casey would use some open source tools or open source methods in his investigation, such as Wireshark or Maltego, and write his posts with LibreOffice, WordPress and such. However, “open source” simply refers to the fact that his sources are “open.”
Although I was disappointed that this book was not what I expected, Frick, a Navy officer, packed the book with well-researched and interesting twists and turns. If you are looking for a book that involves Linux, command lines, GitHub, or any other open source elements, then this is not the book for you. (Recommendation and review by Jeff Macharyas)
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