Category Archives: FOSS Stories

WebMaker APP: Offline Web Development Play-Ground

By | August 20, 2019

The true Open-source alternative to CODEPEN for offline web development. WebMaker app (WMA) is a free and open-source front-end web development application. A good way to describe it is as an offline version of codepen. Codepen is one piece of software that has come to play a very important role in my front-end developer journey.… Read More »

Why Microsoft Creates it Own Linux-based Operating System for IoT.

Microsoft creates a new operating system (OS) for internet of things (IoT) devices – the Azure sphere. And guess what, it based on Linux. Yeah that’s correct. It is the first time Microsoft has publicly released an operating system running the Linux kernel. Of course, looking beyond the surface, this should not be surprising. IoT… Read More »

Get Free Unlimited Private Repositories From GitHub

By | January 11, 2019

GitHub has announced that it now allows unlimited private repositories (“repos” for short). For those who don’t know, GitHub is an online code-hosting platform using the open-source version control software system called git. Code stored on GitHub can be modified and improved upon any an individual developer or group of developers; and any changes made… Read More »

Extern OS: the Linux you wish you had

By | October 26, 2018

One of the beautiful aspect of the Linux world is the availability of a variety of Linux distributions (ditros) to choose from. Ranging from the ones that powers space hardware (like rockets and the ISS) to the ones that can power your refrigerator; Linux has it all. Popular ones you would likely hear about include… Read More »

Graphic Server for IoT, mir, released

By | October 11, 2018

Mir is a wonderful software product from  Canonical, the makers of Ubuntu Linux. It has announced the release of mir application (mir 1.0.0). The very first major release by the Mir team.     Mir is graphics rendering server that can be used to render graphics on the screen of internet of things (IoT) devices. It… Read More »

Ubuntu Linux is everywhere and connecting everything

Ubuntu Linux is a very user-friendly desktop distribution (distro) of Linux that has played a significant role in bringing the Linux operating system to the ‘general’ public of computer users. It had become a success story of the strengths of the free and open-source software methodology of design software. Many people have come to fall… Read More »

Microsoft Acquiring GitHub for 7.5 Billion Dollars

Microsoft has finally hit the nail squarely in a much rumoured deal of acquiring GitHub.     Though the talks for the acquisition has been on and off for while according to rumours from unnamed persons close to the companies. Finally the rumours have been put to rest as it announced on June 4 that… Read More »

Microsoft is Making love to Linux in the Windows store.

Bringing the unmatched Linux experience to the world of windows is being made possible by Microsoft through its windows subsystem for Linux (WSL) that has been released as open-source software to the public. Though the then newly appointed CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, publicly declared Microsoft’s love for Linux, many in the free and open… Read More »

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 »