Category Archives: FOSS Stories

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 »

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 »