One of the greatest things about running Linux is the freedom it provides. Where the division among the Linux community appears is in how we value this freedom.
For some, the freedom enjoyed by using Linux is the freedom from vendor lock-in or high software costs. Most would call this a practical consideration. Others users would tell you the freedom they enjoy is software freedom. This means embracing Linux distributions that support the Free Software Movement, avoiding proprietary software completely and all things related.
In this article, I'll walk you through some of the differences between these two freedoms and how they affect Linux usage.
T-Firefly’s open-spec, Arduino Uno compatible Fireduino SBC offers Rockchip’s dual-core, Cortex-M3 RKNanoD MCU, plus WiFi, RTC, and MP3 audio.
Chinese embedded firm T-Firefly is apparently the new name for T-Chip Technology, which sponsors the Firefly open source hardware project. Its Arduino I/O- and IDE-compatible, dual-core Fireduino board is supported by the Firefly project along with Linux/Android hacker boards like the Rockchip RK3128 based Firefly-RK3288 Reload and Firefly FirePrime. Schematics and the like have already been posted.
AsteroidOS is an open-source smartwatch operating system still in its early stages of development. Developers can currently port AsteroidOS to new smartwatches, or develop, translate and test apps on their own watches. They can also create an Asteroid app by using an SDK that is generated by OpenEmbedded, a build framework for embedded Linux. Developers can use a prebuilt SDK or build it themselves.
RaspTouch mainCheck out the RaspTouch project on KickStarter, from France. It has two main elements: the touchscreen interface and the main body of the player, featuring a ES9023 or ES9018K2M DAC output.
The makers describe it as the “ultimate open source music player”.
Google’s “Project Bloks” education platform is built around a Raspberry Pi Zero that controls baseboards that talk to “Puck” inputs via a capacitive sensor.
Google announced a Project Bloks hacker platform for kids, developed with IDEO and Paulo Blikstein of Stanford University. A prototype has been built based on the Linux-driven Raspberry Pi Zero SBC, and now Google is seeking researchers, developers, and designers who are interested in using the technology “to build physical coding experiences.” Later this year, Google will conduct a remote research study with the help of these partners.
Windows 10 has generally be viewed as a welcome successor to Windows 8, both by businesses and individuals. However it has also come under scrutiny from users that are concerned about data privacy. So why not opt for a free Windows 10 alternative?
We've listed open source Windows 10 alternatives based on features and user reviews. Here's some of the best.
I recently took my first look at GNOME 3. I’d played around with GNOME 2 a couple of times back in 2002 and 2003, not caring for it very much. This was in small part due to the fact that on Mandrake 9.X, GNOME was unstable and prone to crashing, but mainly because I found it wasn’t configurable enough for my taste. I stuck with KDE, which even back in the dark ages of the early 21st century was uber configurable.
There are thousands of uses for the Raspberry Pi: you can use the credit card-sized computer to build an arcade machine, an internet radio, or even a mobile phone.
These have been bolstered further with the Pi 3's built in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The wireless communication methods have meant more devices can interact with the personal computer than ever before.