I have to admit I didn’t know anything about the F-Droid store, but I think I’m going to check it out.
So this is it: I believe in open source. We have a number of very, very good desktop-compatible distributions these days, and most of the time they just work. If you use well-known or supported hardware, they’re likely to “just work” pretty much as well as the two obvious alternatives, Windows or Mac. And they just work because many people have put much time into using them, testing them, and improving them. So it’s not a case of why wouldn’t I use Windows or Mac, but why would I ever consider not using Linux? If, as I do, you believe in open source, and particularly if you work within the open source community or are employed by an open source organisation, I struggle to see why you would even consider not using Linux.
This is a really nice essay. Switching to Linux isn’t as hard as people think. There’s some learning curve, but it’s a manageable one. And the freedom and control you get back is immeasurable.
The politics of the Linux desktop | opensource.com
Thunderbird is one of my favorite tools. It’s easy to customize, yet not overly-fiddly. It does one thing well (two, if you count its calendar). I’m glad Mozilla is keeping things rolling with Thunderbird. There have often been rumblings they were trying to bail on it.
This is an interview with Boone Gorges for my podcast. Boone is a developer who understands the importance of free and open source software, and in this episode he articulates why it’s so important. He also talks about how the term ‘coding’ makes computers seem more magical than they actually are. I think readers here will enjoy Boone.
I don’t understand the particulars of this situation but it’s weird. My only comment is that I donate to Software Freedom Conservancy every year and if you want to support lots of great free and open source software projects, you should consider it, too: https://sfconservancy.org/supporter/#annual (the t-shirt is great, also!)
When I look at Mac laptop users today, they seem cornered by Apple’s design decisions. I hope that the next generation of MacBook and MacBook Pro models show a little more diversity—designs with their own personalities and strengths and weaknesses. The more diversity in design, the more opportunity Apple has to make bold product-design decisions without cornering its most loyal users.
A great sentiment, but there’s no financial incentive for Apple to do this. Which is why so many of us choose Linux—so we’re not dependent upon the magnanimity of businesses.
This project makes me proud to be a librarian. A library doesn’t like a vendor, so they’re building an open-source product for everyone.
“Still, that Kodi has swallowed piracy may not surprise some of you; a full six percent of North American households have a Kodi device configured to access unlicensed content, according to a recent Sandvine study. But the story of how a popular, open-source media player called XBMC became a pirate’s paradise might.”
I’m not a huge fan of articles that conflate open source and hacking. I dare say proprietary, closed-source software is also occasionally involved in illegal activities. The license has nothing to do with it.
This is why free and open source software is good for business: things can’t be changed unilaterally the way they can with proprietary software. The voice of the community strengthens the software.
A colleague and I started a podcast! It’s dedicated to spotlighting the interesting work in our university system, but my first interview touches on a lot of issues that will appeal to free and open source people—things like making scholarship more transparent.