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Pure Open Source System

Too much web content is closed source

It isn't my personal collection of music and/or video, I can even get by with the open source drivers for my video display, since I don't play games, but there is a lot of web content which is in a closed source format at present.

Until Microsofts

Until Microsofts stranglehold on the desktop software market and huge influence on what hardware drivers and Web media formats are used, I will have to say yes to needing to use proprietary and closed source drivers & codecs etc.
Maybe in the future a rule will be implemented which forces software vendors like microsoft to supply all drivers & codecs as open source and freely available to any OS platform to level the playing field for all OS's and eliminate favoritism of any particular OS.

Not Now

I'll have to use the obvious Broadcom Drivers as I do on OpenSuSE 10.2 on this machine. I will have to get crossover office to run Project 2003, CCS Microchip compiler, Eudora until it does get done by Mozilla Foundation IE 6 for banking and work. They use Domino and Lotus Notes but the web portal depends on IE Active X. Likely for my C6180 HP scanner, fax, and Photoprinter. Of all things Piccasa from Google, naturally Skype.

So I can get rid of XP Pro which is groaning under a registry that is huge. This notebook HP came with Vista which was stabbed through the heart. I wish Dell made a DV2310US with AMD Turion x 2, 12 Cell battery, camera and mic. (In short a Black Mac with AMD and Nvidia.) If someone wants to make it with Laid up Kevlar top and bottom so much the better. Why is there no aftermarket Top and bottoms for Laptops and iPods like Fiberglass car fenders?)

I develop uClinux drivers and applications at work on this machine which runs currently has closed drivers but it's a pain to be without my email etc.

Vista-Windows Me II Edition

I wish I could...

However, I believe the open-source movement is gaining momentum as there tends to be a significant shift in collaboration, not just with coding, but with any knowledge. Even though I do watch videos in .mov format occasionally, I am confident that many users can cut this and many other formats, including DVDs (although this would very well lead towards video piracy, unless laws change to allow owning unoriginal DVDrips of DVDs that are owned).

I think the first main area that needs improvement in the open-source arena is that of video drivers. Hopefully ATI will follow through and offer some open-source drivers that can be custom-tuned for maximum performance, as I believe this will also force Nvidia to follow suit.

There's three things I couldn't live without

  • Access to MP3s, including podcasts and my collection (actually, MP3 playback is open-source; it's just got cloudy patent issues).
  • Access to streaming Flash media. It's not just for entertainment; there's a lot of CSPAN and public television content in Flash format out there.
  • The ability to play the *.mov and *.wmv files I download (movie trailers; stuff from the Daily Show/Colbert Report).

I don't need to watch encrypted DVDs on my computer, although I do, but it's interesting to note that libdvdcss is also technically open-source. It's just got DMCA issues.

Only Nvidia driver

I have nothing closed source on my machine apart from the nvidia drivers. Once there are open source nvidia drivers appear, I'll be 100% open source.

PURE not for now

There are a lot of drivers and apps closed source that I need

More in Tux Machines

Leftovers: Software

Linux and FOSS Events

  • Debian SunCamp 2017 Is Taking Place May 18-21 in the Province of Girona, Spain
    It looks like last year's Debian SunCamp event for Debian developers was a total success and Martín Ferrari is back with a new proposal that should take place later this spring during four days full of hacking, socializing, and fun. That's right, we're talking about Debian SunCamp 2017, an event any Debian developer, contributor, or user can attend to meet his or hers Debian buddies, hack together on new projects or improve existing ones by sharing their knowledge, plan upcoming features and discuss ideas for the Debian GNU/Linux operating system.
  • Pieter Hintjens In Memoriam
    Pieter Hintjens was a writer, programmer and thinker who has spent decades building large software systems and on-line communities, which he describes as "Living Systems". He was an expert in distributed computing, having written over 30 protocols and distributed software systems. He designed AMQP in 2004, and founded the ZeroMQ free software project in 2007. He was the author of the O'Reilly ZeroMQ book, "Culture and Empire", "The Psychopath Code", "Social Architecture", and "Confessions of a Necromancer". He was the president of the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII), and fought the software patent directive and the standardisation of the Microsoft OOXML Office format. He also organized the Internet of Things (IOT) Devroom here at FOSDEM for the last 3 years. In April 2016 he was diagnosed with terminal metastasis of a previous cancer.
  • foss-gbg on Wednesday
    The topics are Yocto Linux on FPGA-based hardware, risk and license management in open source projects and a product release by the local start-up Zifra (an encryptable SD-card). More information and free tickets are available at the foss-gbg site.

Leftovers: OSS

  • When Open Source Meets the Enterprise
    Open source solutions have long been an option for the enterprise, but lately it seems they are becoming more of a necessity for advanced data operations than merely a luxury for IT techs who like to play with code. While it’s true that open platforms tend to provide a broader feature set compared to their proprietary brethren, due to their larger and more diverse development communities, this often comes at the cost of increased operational complexity. At a time when most enterprises are looking to shed their responsibilities for infrastructure and architecture to focus instead on core money-making services, open source requires a fairly high level of in-house technical skill. But as data environments become more distributed and reliant upon increasingly complex compilations of third-party systems, open source can provide at least a base layer of commonality for resources that support a given distribution.
  • EngineerBetter CTO: the logical truth about software 'packaging'
    Technologies such as Docker have blended these responsibilities, causing developers to need to care about what operating system and native libraries are available to their applications – after years of the industry striving for more abstraction and increased decoupling!
  • What will we do when everything is automated?
    Just translate the term "productivity of American factories" into the word "automation" and you get the picture. Other workers are not taking jobs away from the gainfully employed, machines are. This is not a new trend. It's been going on since before Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin. Industry creates machines that do the work of humans faster, cheaper, with more accuracy and with less failure. That's the nature of industry—nothing new here. However, what is new is the rate by which the displacement of human beings from the workforce in happening.
  • Want OpenStack benefits? Put your private cloud plan in place first
    The open source software promises hard-to-come-by cloud standards and no vendor lock-in, says Forrester's Lauren Nelson. But there's more to consider -- including containers.
  • Set the Agenda at OpenStack Summit Boston
    The next OpenStack Summit is just three months away now, and as is their custom, the organizers have once again invited you–the OpenStack Community–to vote on which presentations will and will not be featured at the event.
  • What’s new in the world of OpenStack Ambassadors
    Ambassadors act as liaisons between multiple User Groups, the Foundation and the community in their regions. Launched in 2013, the OpenStack Ambassador program aims to create a framework of community leaders to sustainably expand the reach of OpenStack around the world.
  • Boston summit preview, Ambassador program updates, and more OpenStack news

Proprietary Traps and Openwashing

  • Integrate ONLYOFFICE Online Editors with ownCloud [Ed: Proprietary software latches onto FOSS]
    ONLYOFFICE editors and ownCloud is the match made in heaven, wrote once one of our users. Inspired by this idea, we developed an integration app for you to use our online editors in ownCloud web interface.
  • Microsoft India projects itself as open source champion, says AI is the next step [Ed: Microsoft bribes to sabotage FOSS and blackmails it with patents; calls itself "open source"]
  • Open Source WSO2 IoT Server Advances Integration and Analytic Capabilities
    WSO2 has announced a new, fully-open-source WSO2 Internet of Things Server edition that "lowers the barriers to delivering enterprise-grad IoT and mobile solutions."
  • SAP license fees are due even for indirect users, court says
    SAP's named-user licensing fees apply even to related applications that only offer users indirect visibility of SAP data, a U.K. judge ruled Thursday in a case pitting SAP against Diageo, the alcoholic beverage giant behind Smirnoff vodka and Guinness beer. The consequences could be far-reaching for businesses that have integrated their customer-facing systems with an SAP database, potentially leaving them liable for license fees for every customer that accesses their online store. "If any SAP systems are being indirectly triggered, even if incidentally, and from anywhere in the world, then there are uncategorized and unpriced costs stacking up in the background," warned Robin Fry, a director at software licensing consultancy Cerno Professional Services, who has been following the case.
  • “Active Hours” in Windows 10 emphasizes how you are not in control of your own devices
    No edition of Windows 10, except Professional and Enterprise, is expected to function for more than 12 hours of the day. Microsoft most generously lets you set a block of 12 hours where you’re in control of the system, and will reserve the remaining 12 hours for it’s own purposes. How come we’re all fine with this? Windows 10 introduced the concept of “Active Hours”, a period of up to 12 hours when you expect to use the device, meant to reflect your work hours. The settings for changing the device’s active hours is hidden away among Windows Update settings, and it poorly fits with today’s lifestyles. Say you use your PC in the afternoon and into the late evening during the work week, but use it from morning to early afternoon in the weekends. You can’t fit all those hours nor accommodate home office hours in a period of just 12 hours. We’re always connected, and expect our devices to always be there for us when we need them.
  • Chrome 57 Will Permanently Enable DRM
    The next stable version of Chrome (Chrome 57) will not allow users to disable the Widevine DRM plugin anymore, therefore making it an always-on, permanent feature of Chrome. The new version of Chrome will also eliminate the “chrome://plugins” internal URL, which means if you want to disable Flash, you’ll have to do it from the Settings page.