Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

A Look Back at 10 Years of OSI

Filed under

The end of the '90s was a great epoch for the software world. We lived a revolution without being aware...

The spirit of open source and the importance of free software spread worldwide, and ten years later we take as habit things that were completely unthinkable ten years ago.
Sun buying MySQL? Microsoft releasing open source software? $200 Linux PCs at WalMart? Governments that switch to Open Source systems? PDAs, phones, and consoles running free software?

If you want to learn more about those years, you should read the open book Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution.
During February 1998, Eric Raymond and Bruce Perens founded OSI, the Open Source Initiative, with the goal of promoting Open Source culture, especially in the business world.

After 10 years of activity, the foundation has reached many unbelieveable goals, and it has a great future ahead.

To celebrate the moment, Federico Biancuzzi interviewed the two founders, Bruce Perens and Eric Raymond.

Let's start with Perens' interview...

Federico Biancuzzi: What dreams and goals (about open source) did you have when you co-founded OSI?

Bruce Perens: Dreams? What happened was far greater than I dared to dream. Open Source is a key part of enterprise computing, and government computing, and it's in very many people's homes, mostly playing roles they don't notice. It's taken over the biggest computer firms in the world. I talk with a lot of companies, because I make a living helping them make corporate policies and processes for working with Open Source. We find that there are two kinds of companies: those whose executives know they're using Open Source, and those who are using it, but their front office hasn't come to terms with the fact yet. You don't have to sell anyone on Open Source any longer, they already have it.

More Here

More in Tux Machines

Lumina Desktop 1.1 Released

The BSD-focused, Qt-powered Lumina Desktop Environment is out with its version 1.1 update. The developers behind the Lumina Desktop Environment consider it a "significant update" with both new and reworked utilities, infrastructure improvements, and other enhancements. Lumina 1.1 adds a pure Qt5 calculator, text editor improvements, the file manager has been completely overhauled, system application list management is much improved, and there is a range of other improvements. Read more

Radeon vs. Nouveau Open-Source Drivers On Mesa Git + Linux 4.9

For your viewing pleasure this Friday are some open-source AMD vs. NVIDIA numbers when using the latest open-source code on each side. Linux 4.9-rc1 was used while Ubuntu 16.10 paired with the Padoka PPA led to Mesa Git as of earlier this week plus LLVM 4.0 SVN. As covered recently, there are no Nouveau driver changes for Linux 4.9 while we had hoped the boost patches would land. Thus the re-clocking is still quite poor for this open-source NVIDIA driver stack. For the Nouveau tests I manually re-clocked each graphics card to the highest performance state (0f) after first re-clocking the cards to the 0a performance state for helping some of the GPUs that otherwise fail with memory re-clocking at 0f, as Nouveau developers have expressed this is the preferred approach for testing. Read more

Ubuntu MATE, Not Just a Whim

I've stated for years how much I dislike Ubuntu's Unity interface. Yes, it's become more polished through the years, but it's just not an interface that thinks the same way I do. That's likely because I'm old and inflexible, but nevertheless, I've done everything I could to avoid using Unity, which usually means switching to Xubuntu. I actually really like Xubuntu, and the Xfce interface is close enough to the GNOME 2 look, that I hardly miss the way my laptop used to look before Unity. I wasn't alone in my disdain for Ubuntu's flagship desktop manager switch, and many folks either switched to Xubuntu or moved to another Debian/Ubuntu-based distro like Linux Mint. The MATE desktop started as a hack, in fact, because GNOME 3 and Unity were such drastic changes. I never really got into MATE, however, because I thought it was going to be nothing more than a hack and eventually would be unusable due to old GNOME 2 libraries phasing out and so forth. Read more

EU-Fossa project submits results of code audits

The European Commission’s ‘EU Free and Open Source Software Auditing’ project (EU-Fossa) has sent its code review results to the developers of Apache HTTP server target and KeePass. The audit results are not yet made public, however, no critical vulnerabilities were found. Read more