open source

open source

The Internet Was Built on the Free Labor of Open Source Developers. Is That Sustainable?

A look at the complicated business of funding open source software development.
Daniel Oberhaus
2.14.19
rss

The Rise and Demise of RSS

Before the internet was consolidated into centralized information silos, RSS imagined a better way to let users control their online personas.
Sinclair Target
1.9.19
open source

What I Learned By Quitting Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft

Triple check your recovery codes, don’t link Facebook to different apps, and other lessons from a month without Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, and Google.
Daniel Oberhaus
12.14.18
open source

How I Quit Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Amazon

A reflection on my month without Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Amazon, plus a how-to guide if you want to quit the biggest companies in tech.
Daniel Oberhaus
12.13.18
open source

The Last Independent Mobile OS

Alternative mobile operating systems have come and gone over the years, but only Sailfish has survived the iOS and Android duopoly.
Daniel Oberhaus
12.13.18
Hacking

Someone Defaced Linux.org Website With ‘Goatse’ And Anti-Diversity Tirade

Someone took control of a Linux unofficial community website and replaced its regular content with a NSFW meme, a dox of a transgender open source developer, and anti-diversity messages.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
12.7.18
voting machines

This MIT PhD Wants to Replace America's Broken Voting Machines with Open Source Software, Chromebooks, and iPads

In 2006, Ben Adida wrote a 254-page PhD dissertation on "cryptographic voting systems." Now, he wants to fix America's broken voting machines.
Jason Koebler
11.6.18
Linux

The Culture War Comes to Linux

After Linux adopted a new Code of Conduct, a small group of programmers threatened to rescind their code from the project. Lead Linux developers say the threat is "hollow."
Daniel Oberhaus
9.26.18
open source

Creator of Linux Apologizes For Being a Jerk and Says He’s Working on ‘Understanding Emotions’

Linus Torvalds, the creator of the open source Linux operating system, apologized for his “lifetime of not understanding emotions” and “flippant attacks in emails.”
Daniel Oberhaus
9.17.18
Ice Ice Baby

Open Source Devs Reverse Decision to Block ICE Contractors From Using Software

Only a day after a software developer decided to revoke access to a popular open source program from any organization that collaborated with ICE, he was booted from the group and the license was changed back.
Daniel Oberhaus
8.30.18
open source

Major Open Source Project Revokes Access to Companies That Work with ICE

On Tuesday, developers behind Lerna revoked access for any company collaborating with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Daniel Oberhaus
8.29.18
Github

13,000 Projects Ditched GitHub for GitLab Monday Morning

Gitlab told Motherboard that the company gained 50,000 new projects in the lead up to Microsoft's announcement that it acquired Github.
Daniel Oberhaus
6.4.18
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