Why Open Source Freeriding is a Good Idea
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published February 24, 2015
In the wake of a high profile controversy, it's clear: so-called freeriders should be encouraged, not condemned.
Tags: Linux, open source, free software
Open Source Debate: Copyleft vs. Permissive Licenses
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published February 11, 2015
Which license works best for software developers?
Tags: license agreement, software development, open source, copyrights
Are Linux Graphic Apps Ready for Professionals?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published January 21, 2015
If you answer "No" then your impressions about Linux graphic applications need updating.
Tags: Linux, graphics software, open source, graphic design
50 Open Source Mobile Tools
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published January 20, 2015
Some of the best open source mobility management solutions, mobile security applications, mobile development tools and mobile apps for workers.
Tags: Open Source App, open source, Mobile Enterprise Applications Platforms
Linux Foundation Helps Launch IoTivity Collaboration Project
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published January 15, 2015
In a sign of the times, yet another Internet of Things project lands at the Linux Foundation.
Tags: Linux Foundation, internet of things, open source, IoT
Linux Foundation AllSeen Alliance Expands Internet of Things Efforts
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published January 06, 2015
New AllJoyn Gateway Agent integrates cloud computing services with Internet of Things.
Tags: internet of things, IoT, open source
Shuttleworth Explains Why Open Source is More Secure than Closed Source [VIDEO]
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published December 30, 2014
Mark Shuttleworth reflects on security issues of 2014 and the 10 years that Ubuntu Linux has existed.
Tags: open source, Ubuntu, Linux, Shuttleworth
Can Jolla Deliver the First Open Source Tablet?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published December 18, 2014
Critically praised for its phone, Jolla is now developing a tablet.
Tags: Jolla Phone, tablet, open source
Debian vs Ubuntu: Which is Best for You?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published November 24, 2014
Choosing between Debian or Ubuntu depends on your preferences regarding platform support, ease of use, level of user control and other key issues.
Tags: Debian, open source, Ubuntu, Linux
Free Software, Free as in Beer
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published November 20, 2014
Being available at no cost may not define free software, but it is responsible for many of its ups and downs over the years.
Tags: free software, open source, Free Software Foundation, Linux
The Case Against Rolling Release Linux Distros
By Matt Hartley | Article Published November 17, 2014
In many cases, using a rolling release Linux distro requires more work for the user.
Tags: Linux Distro, Linux, open source
OpenStack: Do The Needs of the Many Outweigh the Needs of the Few? [VIDEO]
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published November 11, 2014
OpenStack's executive director and its COO answer the most vulcan of questions.
Tags: open source, OpenStack Cloud, cloud computing, OpenStack
Ubuntu Laptop Buying Guide
By Matt Hartley | Article Published November 03, 2014
Selecting the best Ubuntu laptop for your needs requires understanding the market for Linux compatible laptops.
Tags: laptop, ubuntu Laptop, Linux, open source, Ubuntu
LibreOffice vs. OpenOffice: Why LibreOffice Wins
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published October 27, 2014
When comparing LibreOffice with OpenOffice, there are eleven clear reasons why LibreOffice is superior.
Tags: open source, LibreOffice, OpenOffice, OpenOffice.org
Open Source Replacements for Audio/Video Apps
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published October 15, 2014
The best open source apps for audio and video, whether you're creating or consuming multimedia content.
Tags: open source, Open Source App, video app, audio playback
ChromeOS vs Linux: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
By Matt Hartley | Article Published September 16, 2014
In the battle between ChromeOS and Linux, both desktop environments have strengths and weaknesses.
Tags: Chrome, open source, ChromeOS, Linux
Mozilla Looking to Go Cross Platform for Development
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published September 12, 2014
HTML is supposed to be cross platform, so what not have a cross platform web development tool?
Tags: Mozilla Firefox, open source
Does Docker Need an Open Source Foundation? [VIDEO]
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published September 04, 2014
Docker founder Solomon Hykes explains his views on whether a third party foundation is needed for the open source container virtualization effort.
Tags: Docker virtualization, docker, open source
35 Open Source Tools for the Internet of Things
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published August 21, 2014
Open source Internet of Things is growing fast. These software and hardware projects can help companies and DIYers experiment with Internet-connected devices.
Tags: internet of things, IoT, Open Source App, open source
Open Source Replacements for Popular Small Business Software
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published July 28, 2014
The best open source applications for office productivity, accounting, collaboration, ERP, security and more.
Tags: Linux, open source, small business, small business IT support, Open Source App
Best Linux Desktop: KDE's Plasma
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published July 21, 2014
KDE’s Plasma earns best Linux desktop honors due to its design, customization and innovation.
Tags: Best linux desktop, Linux desktop, Linux, open source, KDE
Best Linux Browsers
By Matt Hartley | Article Published July 21, 2014
Pros and cons of the best browsers for the Linux desktop, including Firefox, Chrome and other browsers.
Tags: Firefox, open source, browser add-on, browser, Linux, Chrome
eNovance Aims to Solve OpenStack Cloud Business Use-Cases[VIDEO]
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published July 09, 2014
The co-founder of a French cloud vendor recently acquired by Red Hat details the strategy behind his business.
Tags: cloud computing, OpenStack, open source
Needed: An Open SDN Platform
By Guest Author | Article Published July 08, 2014
Software defined networking vendors would do themselves and customers a favor if they focused on open interoperability.
Tags: SDN, software defined networking, open source
Wanted: A Purpose for Open Source
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published July 07, 2014
Open source has come a long way -- but has it lost its original purpose?
Tags: Linux, open source
Switching to Ubuntu: User Tips
By Matt Hartley | Article Published June 23, 2014
Switching to Ubuntu isn’t hard, but these useful tips should ease any potential hassles.
Tags: open source, Ubuntu, Linux
Marten Mickos's Challenge
By James Maguire | Article Published June 04, 2014
The CEO of Eucalyptus talks about open source and the future of cloud computing.
Tags: Eucalyptus, open source, OpenStack, private cloud, cloud computing
Is 'Open' the 'Organic' of the IT Industry?
By Guest Author | Article Published May 27, 2014
As open source has gained adoption, the label 'open' has been placed on many tech solutions -- not always justifiably.
Tags: Open Standards, IT, open source, Linux
KDE's Risky Gamble on New Interface
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published May 20, 2014
Will KDE's new interface defaults escape the problems of its other redesigns?
Tags: interface redesign, KDE, open source, Linux desktop
Should You Upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published May 05, 2014
Advice on making the Ubuntu upgrade decision and tips to make the upgrade process easier.
Tags: Linux, Linux desktop, Ubuntu, open source
GNOME and the GIGO Principle
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published April 29, 2014
GNOME 3 has evolved according to design principles. The problem is, that's not how it was conceived.
Tags: Linux, Gnome, open source
50 Open Source Replacements for Windows XP
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published April 16, 2014
These are some of the best Linux distributions for former Windows XP users and people who have older PC hardware.
Tags: Linux desktop, open source, Windows XP, Linux
My Top Linux Frustrations of 2014
By Matt Hartley | Article Published March 31, 2014
A veteran Linux user talks about syncing, special effects, Office compatibility and other concerns.
Tags: Linux, open source
Why Does Linux Collaboration Work?
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published March 27, 2014
Linux kernel developers admit there is still work to be done to improve collaboration.
Tags: open source, Linux, Linux kernel
Ubuntu and the Unspoken Rules
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published March 25, 2014
Ubuntu's disagreements with the rest of open source are really less about issues than relationships.
Tags: FOSS, Ubuntu, Shuttleworth, Canonical, Linux, open source
Graduating from Ubuntu
By Matt Hartley | Article Published March 24, 2014
A survey of alternate Linux distributions for those users seeking to broaden their horizons.
Tags: open source, Ubuntu, Linux, Debian, Arch Linux
What Happened to the Vision in Open Source?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published March 18, 2014
Pragmatism seems to have replaced idealism in open source. Has corporate success ruined this once utopian branch of software development?
Tags: Mark Shuttleworth, FSF, FOSS, open source, Linux, Free Software Foundation, Richard Stallman
100 Open Source Replacements for Popular Security Tools
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published March 17, 2014
Download open source anti-virus software, firewalls, email gateways, penetration testing tools, security-focused Linux distributions and more.
Tags: Security Intelligence, open source, Security Software, Linux, privacy, NSA
Nine Lessons Other Desktops Can Learn from KDE
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published February 25, 2014
Acknowledgement of KDE's recovery from its user revolt is long overdue.
Tags: open source, Gnome, KDE, Linux
How to Avoid Breaking Ubuntu
By Matt Hartley | Article Published February 24, 2014
Ubuntu, like any Linux distro, isn't infallible, but these tips will better secure your desktop.
Tags: Ubuntu, open source, Linux, distro
Demand for Linux Professionals is Growing
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published February 19, 2014
New report, sponsored by the Linux Foundation, once again shows that Linux is where the money is for IT professionals.
Tags: IT jobs, Red Hat, open source, Linux
What Makes a Classic Linux Desktop 'Classic'?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published February 18, 2014
Why are classic desktops the most popular choice among Linux users?
Tags: MATE, Ubuntu, open source, Gnome, KDE, Linux desktop
Ubuntu vs. Rolling Release Distributions
By Matt Hartley | Article Published February 10, 2014
With a rolling release Linux distribution, users don’t have to downgrade an entire release cycle because of one or two bad packages.
Tags: Manjaro Linux, open source, Ubuntu, Linux
Firefox Set to Get a New Look, Better Sync
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published February 03, 2014
Australis design overhaul comes to Firefox's Aurora alpha channel today.
Tags: Austrailis, Firefox, open source, Mozilla Firefox, browser
What Chrome OS Needs to Expand Adoption
By Matt Hartley | Article Published January 28, 2014
Driven the low cost Chromebooks, the Chrome OS has major potential to expand market share – if it can improve functionality.
Tags: Chrome, Chrome OS, Google, Chromebooks, Linux, open source
KDE Desktop vs. GNOME Apps: The Great Paradox
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published January 27, 2014
Polls show that KDE is the most popular Linux desktop. Yet more users prefer desktops that use GNOME technology. What's the explanation?
Tags: KDE, Linux desktop, open source, Gnome, Ubuntu
100 Open Source Apps To Replace Everyday Software
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published January 21, 2014
For home users, small businesses or enterprises, these popular open source applications can help with day-to-day computing tasks.
Tags: open source, free software, Linux, apps
2014: The Year of Free Hardware
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published January 20, 2014
The open source software market could have a dramatic effect on the tech hardware industry this year.
Tags: hardware, open source, Linux, open source community
GNOME: Key to Linux Desktop Unification?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published January 13, 2014
A look at GNOME's development indicates it will play an enduring role in the growth of the Linux desktop.
Tags: Gnome, open source, Linux desktop, Linux
Why Do Users Choose KDE?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published January 02, 2014
Users of the Linux desktop talk about why they prefer it over alternatives.
Tags: KDE, open source, Gnome, Linux
The Linux Software Store Conundrum
By Matt Hartley | Article Published December 18, 2013
Surveying the choices, the Linux OS could use a better retail online outlet.
Tags: open source, Linux, Ubuntu
The Ultimate Guide to Open Source Software
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published December 17, 2013
The best open source downloads available for home users, enterprises, small business and other organizations.
Tags: open source, downloads, free software, enterprise software, Linux
The Linux Desktop: 2013 in Review
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published December 10, 2013
The Linux desktop’s big trends included crowdfunding, the Ubuntu controversy, GNOME, Steam, and more.
Tags: open source, Ubuntu, Canonical, Gnome, Linux desktop, Steam OS
Linux Foundation Builds Internet of Things Effort
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published December 10, 2013
Two dozen companies come together in effort that will build an open source Internet of Things framework.
Tags: Linux, internet of things, open source
The Burning Bridges of Ubuntu
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published November 26, 2013
Ubuntu and Canonical are still having community problems -- and at least part of the problem is their public statements and actions.
Tags: KDE, Linux, Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu, Canonical, open source
100 Open Source Replacements for Audio and Video Tools
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published November 20, 2013
Open source applications make it easy to create, listen to and view digital audio and video content.
Tags: video, free software, Linux, audio, open source tools, open source
OpenStack in China Attracts Big Deployments
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published November 07, 2013
The open-source OpenStack cloud platform isn't just a proof-of-concept in China, it's being used on a daily basis to serve hundreds of millions of users.
Tags: open source, OpenStack, cloud computing
IBM's OpenStack Ambition Laid Bare in Hong Kong
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published November 05, 2013
The CTO of IBM's cloud effort explains why open source OpenStack will change everything.
Tags: open source, cloud computing, OpenStack
77 Open Source Replacements for Expensive Applications
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published October 22, 2013
This update on a popular list reveals a changing relationship between proprietary and open source software, due to cloud computing's influence.
Tags: enterprise software, Linux, open source
Seven Things You Can Do in KDE (But Not on Other Linux Desktops)
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published October 21, 2013
If you don't know KDE, you don't know what the Linux desktop can do.
Tags: Linux, Linux desktop, open source
OpenStack Havana Cloud Gets Enterprise Ready
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published October 17, 2013
Red Hat knows a thing or two about making open source technologies enterprise grade and has made some key contributions to OpenStack Havana.
Tags: Linux, Red Hat, cloud computing, OpenStack, open source
Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published September 24, 2013
Ubuntu and Canonical are looking as if they've peaked, with a string of questionable moves.
Tags: Shuttleworth, open source, Canonical, Linux, Ubuntu
Red Hat Grows Linux Revenues, Displacing Unix and SUSE
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published September 24, 2013
Linux leader Red Hat's second quarter fiscal 2014 financial results showing continued growth.
Tags: Linux, open source, SUSE Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat
Linux Commands: Video of Time-Saving Commands
By Matt Hartley | Article Published September 17, 2013
A look at some Linux commands that save time and improve work efficiency.
Tags: open source, Linux desktop, Linux
9 Features To Make You Reconsider GNOME
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published September 10, 2013
Two and a half years after GNOME 3 appeared, it's overdue for a second look.
Tags: Linux, GNOME desktop, open source, Gnome
50 Noteworthy New Open Source Apps
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published August 27, 2013
Check out these newer open source tools for development, database management, collaboration, science and more.
Tags: open source apps, Linux, open source
Open Source Cloud: Video Roundtable
By James Maguire | Article Published August 22, 2013
Open source is great for a lot of things, and perhaps for the cloud too, but some anxious companies still ask: Is open source cloud for us? In this Google Hangout, we discuss this technology with some of the biggest names in the open source cloud sector.
Tags: cloud computing, open source
Six Hadoop Myths Exposed
By Jeff Vance | Article Published July 30, 2013
Hadoop is a great Big Data tool, but it might not be what you expect.
Tags: Hadoop, open source, analytics, big data
The Current State of the Linux Desktop
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published July 30, 2013
It's a contradictory era on the desktop today.
Tags: Unity, desktop, Linux Mint, KDE, Gnome, Ubuntu, community, open source, Linux
Open Java Is Coming to Microsoft Azure
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published July 25, 2013
Java PaaS and IaaS products will become available on Azure before the end of the year.
Tags: Azul Systems, OpenJDK, Microsoft Azure, cloud computing, Java, open source
Apache Releases Open Source OpenOffice 4
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published July 23, 2013
New sidebar is among the many new features in the open source office suite release.
Tags: open source, OpenOffice, Apache
Cisco Buys Security Vendor Sourcefire
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published July 23, 2013
The networking giant will pay $2.7 billion for the acquisition.
Tags: Cisco, Snort, network security, Sourcefire, open source, merger and acquistion activity
Ubuntu Edge: Canonical's Big Gamble
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published July 23, 2013
Is the new limited edition phone cutting-edge or over the edge?
Tags: FOSS, Canonical, Ubuntu Edge, open source, Android, smartphone, Mark Shuttleworth
Ubuntu vs. Kubuntu
By Matt Hartley | Article Published July 22, 2013
Kubuntu offers many of the same features as Ubuntu, but uses the KDE desktop instead of Unity.
Tags: Kubuntu, desktop, KDE, Ubuntu, Linux, open source, Unity