Category Archives: FOSS Stories

Pineapple Funds donates $1 million to the Free Software Foundation

By | February 2, 2018

The anonymous Pineapple Fund has donated $1 million worth of Bitcoin to promote and defend free software, computer user freedom, and digital rights. The Free Software Foundation (FSF) announced it has received a record-breaking charitable contribution of 91.45 Bitcoin from the Pineapple Fund, valued at $1 million at the time of the donation. This gift… Read More »

Intel’s Memory Flaw causes Linux kernel redesign and update.

By | January 5, 2018

A fundamental design flaw in Intel’s processor chips has forced a significant redesign of the Linux and Windows kernels to defang the chip-level security bug. Programmers are scrambling to overhaul the open-source Linux kernel’s virtual memory system. Meanwhile, Microsoft is expected to publicly introduce the necessary changes to its Windows operating system in an upcoming… Read More »

Why hackathons should insist on free software.

By | September 18, 2017

Hackathons are an accepted method of giving community support to digital development projects. The community invites developers to join an event which offers an encouraging atmosphere, some useful resources, and the opportunity to work on useful projects. Most hackathons choose the projects they will support, based on stated criteria. Hackathons fit the spirit of a… Read More »

5 myths busted: Using open source in higher education

How a PhD student finished his degree in fine arts using Linux despite the naysayers. Have you ever heard someone say, “It’s impossible to do X with Linux”? Me too. This is the story of how I busted the myths about open source in my own head and used Linux to finish my PhD in… Read More »

NEWS: Linux Kernel 4.12 has been Released!

Linus Torvalds released Linux kernel 4.12 on Sunday, July 2 and remarked how it was “one of the bigger releases historically.” Indeed, just shy of 12,000 commits, only 4.9 was significantly larger, and that was because Greg Kroah-Hartman declared it an LTS release. Despite Torvalds’ unassuming comment about how there’s “nothing particularly odd going on”… Read More »

Why I have come to love Ubuntu Linux.

Free and Open source software (FOSS) have come to play a large role in my PC use. On a daily basis, apart from my Ubuntu Linux operating system itself, I use at at least seven open source software on the average. So much so that when I do find my self on a windows machine… Read More »

Ubuntu’s Unity desktop environment may continue… as a third-party fork

Canonical has announced that it’s abandoning plans to develop versions of the Ubuntu operating system that run on smartphones and tablets… and that means the company is also giving up on the unity desktop enviroment that was supposed to provide a “convergence” experience no matter what type of device you were using. Starting with Ubuntu… Read More »

Use AnBOX for running Android applications natively on Linux

Android is the most popular operating system in the world right now and also the most popular mobile operating system there is. It is important that android app be able to run n PCs for quite a number of reasons – most importantly for development purposes for app developers on Linux. Before now to run… Read More »

Ubuntu kills Unity, Mir and Touch, going back to Gnome and to focus on IoT.

With a sad heart Ubuntu, through the mouth of its founder Mark Shuttleworth, has decided to pull the plug on a couple of projects (unity, phones, convergence) under its wings. According to him: “…I’m writing to let you know that we will end our investment in Unity 8, the phone and convergence shell. We will… Read More »

An Open Source Collaboration that’s helping kids learn in South Africa.

Following a joint venture by Enterprise Linux, and open source solutions provider, SUSE South Africa and Limpopo Connexion, an Offline Content Project launched which ensures schools get access to educational information even when they have no internet connectivity. This project, which has been running since April 2016, was officially highlighted recently in Polokwane to coincide… Read More »