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News about open source software and sometimes open source hardware too...
This is a blog of various articles that I find interesting and I curate them to stay on this topic with about 3 to 7 posts per week in this group - I'm running it on the same principles as a G+ Collection. Anyone is free to comment and discuss the posts as long as it stays on the topic of the post. Note you canb filter on hardware or software as categories for this Collection.



  • Danie van der Merwe
  • Danie van der Merwe
    Use HackMD to collaborate on open source projects using markdown editing

    HackMD.io is an open source, collaborative Markdown editor. It allows people to share, comment, and collaborate on documents. As open source software, users can choose between using the online platform or installing it as a local service using the upstream project CodiMD.

    HackMD's primary feature is obviously the text editor; it leverages the Markdown language, provides handy tools like inserting checkboxes and horizontal...  more
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    Microsoft demos end-to-end open source voting verification system ElectionGuard, code will be on GitHub

    ElectionGuard aims to enable end-to-end verification of voting. Voters receive a tracking code and can check via a web portal that their vote has been counted, and, crucially, not altered. The portal does not show the content of the vote, protecting voter confidentiality. "It will not be possible to 'hack' the vote without detection," said Microsoft's Tom Burt, CVP of Customer Security and Tr...  more
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    Get going with EtherCalc, a web-based alternative to Google Sheets for real-time online collaboration

    Spreadsheets can be very useful—and not just for managing your finances. That said, desktop spreadsheets have their limitations. The biggest is that you need to be at your computer to use one. On top of that, collaborating on a spreadsheet can quickly become a messy affair.

    Enter EtherCalc, an open-source, web-based spreadsheet. While not as fully featured as a desktop spreadsheet, EtherCalc p...  more
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    9 Open Source Password Managers to Secure Yourself With

    People use password managers so that they don’t have to remember all the usernames/passwords of the websites they visit. Instead, they can just remember 1 password, and then access all the other passwords whenever they need. In addition to that, this allows you as a user to increase the length and the complexity of the passwords you use, because now, you no longer have to remember them, so you can make your Facebook’s password something li...  more
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    World Bank Group encourages the use of open source software for all governments

    The World Bank Group recommends governments use open technology - open source, open data, open standards and open innovation - to enable open collaboration and inclusive development ecosystems. Stela Mocan, who leads the group’s technology and innovation lab, says this lets governments build future-proof digital infrastructures and service-delivery platforms.

    According to Ms Mocan, the World Bank Group is increasin...  more
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    4 Best Adobe Illustrator Alternatives for Linux - Inkscape, Karbon, Vector Paint and Adobe Creative Cloud (PlayOnLinux)

    Adobe Illustrator is considered to be the best when it comes to illustration and design on Windows and Mac, but the app isn’t available on Linux. So, if you’ve recently switched to an open source, Linux operating system, you’ll need to find a suitable alternative to use. Here are the best Adobe Illustrator alternatives for Linux.

    PS: GIMP is probably not considered an illustr...  more
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    3 easy ways for Windows users to try out Linux

    People are talking about Linux more and more in the mainstream these days, and even Windows users are starting to take an interest in the platform. However, trying out a new type of operating system can be scary if you’ve never used it before. Since Linux has a perception of being difficult to install, but here is a list of 3 easy ways you can try out Linux, while keeping your Microsoft Windows PC intact.

    See https://www.addictivetips.com/ubuntu-l...  more
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    How to install the official Snap Store app on Linux

    Canonical has snapped up their official app store to an easy to install storefront for installing apps. So, if you’re sick of using the command-line to search and install your favorite snap apps, this app is for you! Follow along as we show you how to install the official Snap Snap store on Linux!

    Note: the Snap store sometimes doesn’t work very well on non-GTK desktop environments. So, if you plan to take advantage of the Snap Store, be sure...  more
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    10 Excellent Free Mind Mapping Software for Linux Users - Some are cross-platform and open source too

    Mind maps are diagrams used to organize information visually in hierarchical ways that show relationships among the elements that make up the map. Drawing mind maps have been proven to be highly effective for getting information in and out of the brain especially when combined with logical note-taking that typically details or summarizes the roles of the map’s components along the way.

    There a...  more
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    Open hardware for musicians and music lovers: Headphone, amps, and more

    The world is full of great open source music players, but why stop at using open source just to play music? You can also use open source hardware to make music. All of the instruments described in this article are certified by the Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA). That means you are free to build upon them, remix them, or do anything else with them.

    From 3D-printed instruments to devices that pull sound out of the ...  more
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    How to Install Software through Flatpak on Ubuntu - Flatpak is package management that works on all Linux distros

    Flatpak is a universal package system for software deployments, application virtualization, and most importantly package management that works on all Linux distros. With a Flatpak package, you don’t need to worry about any dependencies and libraries as everything is already bundled within the application itself. A notable feature of Flatpak is that all apps work in a sandbox approac...  more
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    KDE has adopted non-proprietary and decentralized instant messaging services and is now running its own community-managed instance of Matrix

    KDE is now officially using Matrix for collaboration within KDE! Matrix is an open protocol and network for decentralised communication (which means you can follow and comment from a different instance of Matrix where you already have a presence), backed by an open standard and open source reference implementations for servers, clients, client SDKs, bridge...  more