First, the good news: members of the House of Representatives in the US Congress are now allowed to use open source technology in their offices, rather than the very limited list of proprietary offerings they were given in the past. Second, the bad news: how the hell is it 2015 and this is only becoming an option now? I guess we can't change the past, and so let's celebrate the House of Reps finally getting to this point -- which just happens to coincide with the upcoming launch of the House Open Source Caucus (led by Reps. Blake Farenthold and Jared Polis).
Traditionally, members of the House of Representatives have been presented with a limited plate of options when choosing technology to run their offices and manage their web presences. Members that wanted to take advantage of open source solutions — which are restriction-free, reusable and frequently more cost-effective — faced significant uncertainty and were pushed towards a small selection of proprietary options.
Advocates of free software are protesting a tender by the school board of the Spanish region of Extremadura requesting proprietary software licences. The advocacy group, Extremadura Focus Initiative, is supported by the new, incoming government of the region and by several of Extremadura’s school teachers.
Cinnamon 2.6.12 Desktop Environment Is Now Available for Linux Mint 17.2
Today, July 1, Clement Lefebvre released the twelve maintenance release of the modern and open-source Cinnamon 2.6 desktop environment for the Linux Mint 17.2 (Rafaela) operating system.
Firefox 39 Release Delayed Due to Last Minute "Stability Issue"
The first Firefox 39 stable release was supposed to be unveiled by the end of June, but it looks like it's being delayed due to a stability issue.
Best Android tablets for work and play: July 2015 edition
It is no exaggeration to say that there are hundreds of different Android tablets on the market to choose from, but if you filter this down to "best" tablets then this list boils down to only a handful.