Friday , 19 July 2019

Tag Archives: source

Two things Canonical can do to heal the rift in the open source community

This previous week, after my last Ubuntu Unity post I uploaded, I obtained a great deal of e-mail pertaining to Ubuntu’s default desktop computer. A few of the e-mails were loaded with appreciation concerning the effectiveness as well as user-friendliness of Unity. Others … not a lot. Yet from that increase of interactions, something ended up being extremely clear to ... Read More »

Android and open source once again pushing boundaries of technology

It was only a matter of time before the Android platform made its way (in an official capacity) to the desktop. This is happening thanks to HP and their new all-in-one Slate 21 tablet. This tablet is powered by Android 4.2.2, will ship in September, and has a price point of approximately $399 USD. But that’s not really the true ... Read More »

Learn how to compile from source Linux software with AbiWord 3

Compiling from source is the only way to use a lot of free software that your Linux package manager can’t find, ready for download, in an Internet repository. Thankfully, compiling is often much easier than you may think. In this post, I’ll explain the most common way to install from sources on Linux — suggesting, as a practical example, that ... Read More »

10 things the open source community got right in 2013

    The year 2013 was one of the best years for open source in recent memory. It seemed like every month of the year brought yet another announcement either by or for the community that celebrates all things Linux and open source. From gaming to massive, national adoption, open source might well have enjoyed its most diverse line of ... Read More »

Learn how to compile from source Linux software with AbiWord 3

Compiling from source is the only way to use a lot of free software that your Linux package manager can’t find, ready for download, in an Internet repository. Thankfully, compiling is often much easier than you may think. In this post, I’ll explain the most common way to install from sources on Linux — suggesting, as a practical example, that ... Read More »

Encryption for the paranoid: Verifying TrueCrypt source code and binaries

TrueCrypt is easily the most popular and highly-regarded encryption program there is. TrueCrypt is capable of encrypting complete drives, partitions, folders, or individual files. Somewhat ironically, TrueCrypt is also well known for its ability to hide data in plain sight. Along those lines, it is interesting to note that all of the TrueCrypt developers have remained anonymous, with all communications going ... Read More »

Open your wallet and bring your buying power to open source

I’ve been writing about Linux and open source for nearly 20 years. In that time, a good number of desktops and laptops have graced my office. Some of those desktops were hand-built by me, and some were purchased from big-box stores. Embarrassingly, it’s taken me this long to bite the bullet and purchase a desktop machine with Linux pre-installed. Why ... Read More »

10 disappointments for open source in 2013

    The open source movement began 30 years ago, in 1983, when Richard Stallman published the GNU Manifesto. Since then, there have been thousands of open source titles to storm the forts of the end user desktop, the small to medium businesses, and even the enterprise and corporate culture. However, that doesn’t mean every software title, internal decision, or ... Read More »

10 predictions for open source in 2014

    The year 2013 was a solid year for open source. There were plenty of highs and certainly a few lows. However, I believe that Linux — continuing to build on its solid groundwork — will have the best year yet in 2014. Some of you may be shaking your heads at yet another prediction of world domination by ... Read More »