Category archives for OpenSource

Item 1: Linux has perfectly good fonts these days, and they are getting better. Patents held by Apple Corporation did not allow basic technology (the Bytecode Interpreter)to be implemented in Linux fonts (without paying). FreeType (the Linux font system) worked around this and things were workable, but still, having the Apple technology would have been…

I like the idea of an edition of Ubuntu for scientists. I like the idea so much that I wrote a blog post about it a while back. So I was very pleased to see that there is a project called Ubuntusci that is moving along nicely and that may fill in this niche. But,…

Possibly. Quite possibly: Diaspora: Personally Controlled, Do-It-All, Distributed Open-Source Social Network from daniel grippi on Vimeo. Hat tip: Ronja Addams-Moring

Wouldn’t that be great? Hey, there’s an Ubuntu Christian Edition, an Ubuntu Muslim Edition, and another Ubuntu Christian Edition. Why not an Atheistubuntu? Or a Skeptibuntu? or, more usefully, I would think, Sciencebunutu with Atheistic tendencies? (And for those of you who like to cross certain boundaries there could be a Science Fiction Edition. Called,…

What is Markdown and why use it?

The joys of markdown are many. Markdown is a formatting “language” like HTML that you can use to specify the final appearance of text. When you use a “word processor” like Microsoft Word or Writer, the text you generate is “marked up” (or “marked down” as it were) with formatting codes that determine how…

Robert Gentleman and Donald Nickelson have joined the board of REvolution Computing. Gentleman is co-creator of this OpenSource statistical package which is widely used by researchers. The news was released moments ago, and here is a press release from the company:

Although if Microsoft wasn’t the Gorilla in the Room example of Proprietary the contrast may not be as stark. Maybe…. JH at Linux in Exile discusses the anti-Google “bug” in IE that MS left in place for months.

Now that USB 3.0 is out, when will Linux get it?

The Freesound Project

If you haven’t seen, ah, heard it, you should check it out. Free sounds. For free.

Ubuntu, Imma gonna let you be my operating system, but first, I gotta ask you to stop acting more like Windows with every new release. K?