I vividly remember the time when my early opinions about open source software were built around questions that made natural (and perfect) sense to me at that point in my life, like: "Why would someone sell a software product for free?" and "Why should anyone participate in a project that does not... Read more
I know this might sound like an odd question. It first came up in a conversation I had with Gary Hamel, the eminent business thinker and one of the first people to recognize the importance of distributed co-creation and that it will change management in the 21st century. We were discussing how the... Read more
Global research and advisory firm, Forrester, said, "The explosion in open source projects in the HTML, mobile, cloud and big data spaces such as Android, jQuery, PhoneGap, Sencha, Hadoop and Cordova are driving a new model and a golden age of 'app' development." Clearly, Linux had a great year—as... Read more
Now that full-fledged computers are approaching the size of a USB Flash drive and are being sold for less than $75, my interest in designing a Linux computer of my own has been re-awakened. As an educator, I would stock that computer full of free creativity and learning software, logic puzzle games... Read more
In the last couple of weeks we’ve seen the announcement or release of a number of new products: the iPad Mini, an updated version of the full-size iPad, and Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Surface tablet.
The long-awaited beta test for Steam for Linux has arrived. There are only 1,000 spots available for testers, and Valve is looking for experienced Linux users. (I suspect if you can't answer the questions on the application, you probably don't qualify.) Valve also held an internal beta at the end... Read more
Open source can provide schools with high quality, well-functioning IT solutions at low cost, according to a case study done by VTT, a Finnish government research institute. The researchers looked at the use of Linux and other open source applications by the Kasavuoren Secondary School in... Read more
The clock is ticking on your 13 days to grab the six games in this edition of the Humble Indie Bundle, a pay-what-you-will collection of games with the benefits going to the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child's Play. Your loot this time around includes the DRM-free games and soundtracks for:
Enter the black raspberry. Rubus occidentalis. It's an ominous name for an ominous fruit: the black raspberry. As the owner of a new Raspberry Pi, I realized that I was going to have to, at some point, open the box and do something with it.
Our interview with Chris Aniszczyk this month explored why open source software is the key to how Twitter successfully sends over 400 millions tweets a day. To manage that kind of massive, real-time data, they've identified Linux as the best possible system for the job. So, it comes as no surprise... Read more