Tag Archives: software


By | February 6, 2017

I have always wanted to do a write-up on software patenting and how it relates to free and open source software (which I’d still very do). But I saw a very beautiful infographic on the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) website that beautifully outlines the unreasonableness of some certain patents (particularly software patents) and how they… Read More »

Who Contributes to the Linux Kernel?

By | February 5, 2017

The Linux kernel is an enormous open source project that has been in development for more than 25 years. While many people tend to think of open source projects as being developed by passionate volunteers, the Linux kernel is mostly developed by people who are paid by their employers to contribute. According to The Linux… Read More »

Everybody does not have to be a programmer to use open source software, but…

By | February 2, 2017

One of the prides of the free and open source software development model has been the ability of individuals to modify software as a result of the availability if the source code of such software. This has led to many wonderful benefits in the FOSS community. It has reduced the development time of large and… Read More »

The shape of open source

By | January 27, 2017

At its core, open source is about collaboration. Whether it’s version control, licenses, or issue trackers—everything exists to support people working with each other. Open source embodies a model for people to work together, building something greater than they can create on their own. Open source projects on GitHub come in all shapes and sizes,… Read More »

How safe is a Personal Packaging Archive(PPA)?

By | January 20, 2017

  Ubuntu is very software rich. That is, there’re a lot of applications that can easily be installed from the “official” Ubuntu Software Centre. But there are some applications that can only be obtained by adding a PPA to your Linux system. Then the question that should lurk in the minds of a user considering… Read More »

What is a PPA?

By | January 3, 2017

Before we go into the topic (PPA) of the post, I would like to enumerate the different sources for applications for a Ubuntu system organized into four separate areas or “components”, based on the level of support offered by Ubuntu and whether or not the program in question complies with Ubuntu’s Free Software Philosophy. The… Read More »

Why be a pirate? Use open source software instead

By | December 16, 2016

Close to half of all computer users around the world tend to get their software illegally, and business decision-makers are no exception. That’s one finding from a recent survey commissioned by the Business Software piracy Alliance (BSA) lobby group, which reported the results in a blog post  last week. “An especially troubling finding in the… Read More »

Does Microsoft Finally Get Open Source?

By | November 7, 2016

  When Microsoft first started addressing market pressure toward open source, the company didn’t get it. Probably it’s more accurate to say Microsoft didn’t want to get it. Or wanted to pretend not to get it. A key exhibit was the Shared Source Initiative (SSI), an early 2000s initiative to allow certain parties to view… Read More »