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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
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    How to use Nativefier to turn websites into native Linux applications

    There are a lot of reasons to want a native application on Linux over a website (like Apple Music if you really wanted to). It runs smoother, has features that people come to expect from a desktop app (like desktop-notifications), and overall fits better into the Linux experience. The trouble is though, not a lot of mainstream applications come to the Linux platform. There is a solution though; you can use an application call...  more
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    German ministry hellbent on taking back control of 'digital sovereignty', cutting dependency on Microsoft - Not about costs but cutting dependencies

    BMI commissioned a strategic market analysis from consultants PwC, resulting in a paper that was published last month. The paper examines the risks inherent in IT dependency on commercial software vendors, with a particular focus on Microsoft because of the heavy use of its products and the way they are interconnected, especially Microsoft Office, ...  more
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    New Website Showcases KDE Plasma Desktop for Linux

    KDE is a very popular, highly configurable and themeable desktop GUI that sits on top of many Linux distros such as Ubuntu, Manjaro, SUSE, Linux Mint, and others. It's also well-known for its high-quality applications such as Krita, digiKam, KDE Connect, etc. So although I've migrated through Ubuntu, Linux Mint and now finally Majaro, KDE has been my desktop of choice also all my Linux flavours I've been using.

    Through some web magic, the webs...  more
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    The Open Organization Community at Opensource.com has published The Open Organization Guide for Educators with free Lesson Plans for an Open Education

    Are students listening passively from the back of the room? Or are they collaboratively shaping what and how they learn as their teachers connect their lessons to projects and contexts outside the classroom?

    What if we could build classrooms, departments, or entire educational institutions on the same values that power open source communities? W...  more
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    How to open source your academic work in 7 steps

    Academic work fits nicely into the open-source ethos: The higher the value of what you give away, the greater your academic prestige and earnings. Professors accomplish this by sharing their best ideas for free in journal articles in peer-reviewed literature. This is our currency, without a strong publishing record not only would our ability to progress in our careers degrade, but even our jobs could be lost (and the ability to get any other job)...  more
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    European governments, wary of American public clouds, are turning toward Nextcloud private clouds for Infrastructure-as-a-Service clouds

    Just like their American counterparts, more than half of European businesses with over 1,000 employees now use a public cloud platform. But European governments aren't so sure that they should trust their data on Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, Google Cloud, or the IBM Cloud. They worry that the US CLOUD act enables US law enforcement to unilaterally demand ...  more
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    Joplin, an open-source Evernote alternative, allows you to store and organize notes, files, and more, without fear of vendor lock-in

    Joplin is an open-source cross-platform note-taking and to-do application. It can handle a large number of notes, organized into notebooks, and can synchronize them across multiple devices. The notes can be edited in Markdown, either from within the app or with your own text editor, and each application has an option to render Markdown with formatting, images, URL...  more
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    OpenSource cloud and file-hosting service provider Nextcloud to power the French Ministry of the Interior - You can use it too

    Nextcloud, a German company, announced that the French Ministry of the Interior will be selecting its next private cloud solution. Nextcloud offers integration services for the Nextcloud open source project, itself a fork of the Owncloud software suite. The French Ministry of the Interior is not the only one to have taken steps in adopting this free solution: the Dutch ...  more
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    The shift toward open-source conversational AI - maybe for savvy companies to control their own AI destinies?

    In July, Uber released a new open-source AI library called the Plato research dialogue system. A couple of months ago, Cisco open-sourced its MindMeld conversational AI platform, after acquiring the company of the same name in 2017 for $125 million.

    Why are so many new libraries being announced? There seems to be a trend of developers adopting open source conversational AI and leaving ...  more
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    Best Linux Distributions For Everyone in 2019 - For Users, Servers, Old Computers, Advanced Users, Best Multi-Purpose

    There are a lot of Linux distributions. I can’t even think of coming up with an exact number because you would find loads of Linux distros that differ from one another in one way or the other.

    Some of them just turn out to be a clone of one another while some of them tend to be unique. So, it’s kind of a mess – but that is the beauty of Linux.

    The list at https://itsfoss.com/b...  more
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    11 surprising ways you use Linux every day - It may not be on everyone's desktops but it is everywhere else that really matters

    Linux runs almost everything these days, but many people are not aware of that. Some might be aware of Linux and might have heard that this operating system runs supercomputers. According to Top500, Linux now powers the five-hundred fastest computers in the world. Go to their site and search for "Linux" to see the results for yourself.

    I've iterated through Ubuntu, Li...  more
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    Microsoft readies exFAT patents for Linux and open source for inclusion at the kernel level

    Microsoft states: It's important to us that the Linux community can make use of exFAT included in the Linux kernel with confidence. To this end, we will be making Microsoft's technical specification for exFAT publicly available to facilitate the development of conformant, interoperable implementations. We also support the eventual inclusion of a Linux kernel with exFAT support in a future revision of the...  more