free software

make things better
I occasionally get asked why I spend so much of my free time writing software and giving it away for free. There are a number of reasons for this—I like to build things and I use it as an excuse to practice and improve my skills—but one of the most driving motivators for me is that I see open... Read more
3 comments Posted 7 Aug 2013 by Jeremy Kahn Feed
Review of 4 text editors for Linux
This is a short list of my favorite graphical text editors for Linux that can be classified as IDE (integrated development environment). Here, I give the pros and cons of working with the following:  
19 comments Posted 30 Jul 2013 by Linuxaria Feed
free and open source software in government
See the FSFE's 'free software' questions for federal and local government at the Ask your candidates campaign page. The Free Software Foundation Europe published its free software-related election questions (in German) for this fall's elections to the German parliament, which will take place on... Read more
illegal foss
When the free vector drawing program Inkscape was first released in late 2003, I realized this software could do some part in helping to reduce the number of people incarcerated in the United States. This worthy goal is still within reach. Let me explain. From 1990 to 2000, I spent quite a bit of... Read more
10 comments Posted 18 Feb 2013 by Phil Shapiro Feed
Open source beliefs
Let's say you want to understand what makes free and open source software (FOSS) so vital today—and what makes those who write it so committed to their difficult work. How would you do this?
8 comments Posted 9 Jan 2013 by Bryan Behrenshausen (Red Hat) Feed
patent stop sign
"Patents are here to stay." This is the sort of statement that makes me uneasy. I guess in the 17th century the common wisdom was "slavery is here to stay." In the 18th century giving voting rights to women seemed absurd and foreseeing open borders between France and German was crazy talk in 1945.... Read more
42 comments Posted 9 Jan 2013 by Carlo Piana Feed
open parliament
France is the latest government to move from open source-friendly to open source-active, to paraphrase the European Commission's aspirational reference to Cloud Computing. In late September, French Prime Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, signed a guideline (in French here and a rough translation here)... Read more
0 comments Posted 8 Nov 2012 by Paul Brownell (Red Hat) Feed
community
In his recent post, Glyn Moody asks an important question: "Can open source be democratic?" He describes how free software emerged as a distributed, bottom-up system of writing code. The central defining aspects of that culture are a uniquely open process not just of programming but also of its... Read more
5 comments Posted 10 Sep 2012 by Mirko Boehm Feed
open parliament
For the first time, the European Parliament is about to release one of its own programs as Free Software. The program in question is called AT4AM, short for "Automatic Tool for Amendments". The Parliament is in the business of making laws, and AT4AM automates a lot of the formal stuff associated... Read more
0 comments Posted 18 Jul 2012 by Karsten Gerloff Feed
5 Questions
Meet David A. Wheeler. He's a Research Staff Member for the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) and a well-known speaker, author, and expert on open source software and security. He helped develop the Department of Defense's open source software policy and FAQ and has written other guidance... Read more
0 comments Posted 17 Jul 2012 by Melanie Chernoff (Red Hat) Feed

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