Not just Free and Open Source Software, and not just Hacker Culture. I also wish to highlight other corners which show 'the other side.' The side I come from.
Armed and Dangerous
Eric S. Raymond: hacker, computer language expert, author of "The Cathedral and the Bazaar." Also a gun loving liberal wiccan priest, an OSI founding member and "cyber-culture" sociologist. One of my favorite thing coming from him is his idea for the hacker emblem. He is also known as ESR.
an OSI founding member, he had a falling out with ESR shortly after the Netscape Open-Source episode and subsequently left. Also a former Pixar 3D coder, former HP Global Strategist, currently a software consultant who among others initiated the PalmSource project (let me dig around for that link, its around here somewhere...).
General counsel, FSF. He began his career at the gentle age of fifteen working for IBM, and upon graduating from high school decided to take up law at Harvard, instead. Note that this site is actually a repository of his papers and essays, instead of a regular blog.
Covering IT court cases in the 'States. Particularly the famous SCO Unix vs. IBM case; which wound up becoming a challenge to the GNU GPL. As a result, SCO is almost bankrupt, of course.
Ben Goodger's inside track on Firefox development
Richard Stallman aka. RMS, founder and head of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and Project GNU. I should write much, much more about him. Soon™. But perhaps you can start getting to know him by reading his collected essays, most of which are available at the FSF's philosophy section.
The 7-Zip format is the compression format used by Power Archiver to achive its better-than-zip (meaning smaller copressed-to-original filesize ratio, even better than Rar, GZip, and BZip; though slightly slower) compression. And it's open source (although with some hooks to proprietary Win32 libraries; there are people working on it.
"smart reviews for serious gamers" I first encountered this site looking for an alternative to Gamespot. Sure, there's the Adrenaline Vault, IGN, and other game review sites (which I do visit too on occasions), but I like GameCritics in particular due to its more thoughtful reviews, often taking a cultural viewpoint of the reviewed games' content. Its features are also fun to read.
MSDN's Channel 9
Microsoft developers make a Wiki, purportedly inspired by the Cluetrain...
Open Source for Windows
A repository hosted by Sourceforge listing a collection of Free and/or Open Source Software which have been rebuilt or coded from scratch specifically to work under one or several version of "that other operating system" (as if most of the world knows any other, or has ever seen a computer not using it). It obviously lists Firefox and 7-Zip :p and such stallwarts as WinGIMP and Blender 3D.
Spread Firefox is a grasroots marketing communication campaign, initiated by the Mozilla foundation, to promote the browser. Interesting to note that the site is powered with software from Civic Space, the same group which organized Howard Dean's presidential camaign blog. A related site is Get Firefox.
Also known as K5. "Technology and culture, from the trenches." Some would associate K5 with Slashdot saying that K5's an alternative to it, but increasingly the user contributed articles of K5 has focused more on culture (perhaps arguably cyber culture) and less on specific technology issues.
"News for Nerds, Stuffs that Matters". The original geek discussion site. Many find it a useful repository for news of interest to geeks (I don't claim myself a geek but I do find /. useful too), but some complains that its discussions are a tad too juvenile, one in particular Bruce Perens. As do some regulars of K5.
The Open Source Initiative
Formed 1998, along with the open-sourcing of Netscape Navigator's source, as a marketing campaign for Free Software (Free as in Free Speech, not as in Free Beer), by (controversially) renaming it "Open Source", seeing that (in some oppinion) the term "Free Software" creates too much ambiguity to be understood correctly by the general public.
The Free Software Foundation
"Free as in Freedom". The organisation formed at 1986 by Richard M. Stallman to garner support for his GNU operating system and also to promote Free Software. The organization which gave birth to the GNU-GPL.
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