Media that spy on and data-mine the public are capable of destroying humanity's most precious freedom: freedom of thought. Ensuring that media remain structured to support rather than suppress individual freedom and civic virtue requires us to achieve specific free technology and free culture goals.Read more »
The desktop is not going to disappear suddenly because there is a movement to include mobile devices. On the contrary, I see years in which a business will adopt a multitude of new devices, and the infrastructure needed to make them all work coherently.Read more »
The battle to position Linux on the desktop has always been tenuous. Because the OEM relationships and marketing dollars will always promote the proprietary solutions.
However, the advancement of mobile devices and the major shift to cloud based data storage and applications delivery means that the "desktop" space is perhaps no longer an area worth fighting to gain a share.Read more »
Blender's Open Movie Projects have already proved that it's possible to produce stunningly high-quality 3D animated films exclusively using free software in a studio setting. Now, a new animated short film called Tube, inspired by the ancient epic poem of Gilgamesh, is expanding on that work to bring free culture to the masses.Read more »
A day worldwide where Free Culture art is exhibited, as much as possible, and celebrated. Be it a photo exhibition, a concert, playing music in the streets or organization movie screening, as long as it is clear to the public that what you are showing is Free Culture you would be right on target. Find or arrange an event in your neighborhood.Read more »
Describe a new feature in a free software project, crowdfund the financing and a developer will build it.
Are you familiar with finances? The GNU AGPL v3 licensed code is looking for new masters with economic and communications skills.Read more »
In this interview with Catalyst's Director, Mike O'Connor sheds light on how enterprise scaling of Lamp and use of CMS including DRUPAL and MOODLE can dramatically benefit companies.Read more »
OpenGameArt.org, the Free Software Foundation, and the Creative Commons are teaming up to bring the Liberated Pixel Cup, a free-as-in-freedom game making contest starting on June 1st and going through July 31st.Read more »
Guido Günther joined the Debian Project while completing his degree in physics at the University of Konstanz. He helped with development of Debian for new processor architectures, and co-initiated Debian’s Groupware Meetings. He also enjoys contributing to the GNOME project, and advanced Free Software virtualisation technologies. He works as a professional Free Software developer and consultant.Read more »
In this special edition of The Linux Week In Review, I will discuss the coming growth of GNU/Linux running on tablet computers. GNU/Linux on tablets was indirectly predicted by various devices on Star Trek years ago. The Star Trek PADD undoubtedly ran Free Software because commerce and for-profit motivations were a thing of the past by the 23rd and 24th centuries.Read more »
Stevland is a GNU/Linux distribution, based on Ubuntu, designed so that people with disabilities can enjoy access to the Internet, regardless of their level of computer knowledge. It includes a full-screen wizard designed to help kiosk users set their accessibility preferences.Read more »
Our latest interview is with Amit Saha, responsible for Fedora Scientific, a Fedora based distribution geared towards scientists, students and professionals alike. The distribution is packed with software like GNU Octave, R, Maxima and many more. Give Fedora Scientific a spin! Enjoy the interview!Read more »
Bruce Perens talked at the linux.conf.au 2012 about the goals of the free software movement (He still calls it "open source"... despite) and the challenges ahead (e.g. legal) and the opportunities like open hardware.Read more »
This new book "Open Advice" is the answer to "What would you have liked to know when you started contributing?". 42 prominent free and open source software contributors give insights into the many different talents it takes to make a successful software project, coding of course but also design, translation, marketing and other skills. They are here to give you a head start if you are new.Read more »