Opinion

  • At first glance, systemd might appear to be yet another “holy war” in the long list of debates that have raged within the Linux community. However, unlike the debates over emacs v. vi, GNOME v. KDE, and BSD v. GPL, it seems most users and developers aren’t being given a choice over the use of […]

  • The community forms the backbone of any open source project and it is vital to the success of any businesses that are involved. Often, disagreements over code can lead to personal attacks that shun people away from the community; this can cause major problems with the long term sustainability of the open source community. By […]

  • Linux has taken over many key segments of the technology industry, leading many to believe it has finally “won” the tech war. Its true that many companies have opened up to open source and have even begun contributing back to it, but there are still major gaps when it comes to consumer open source products. […]

  • The same technological trends that led to complex legal issues with file sharing in digital music and video are now beginning to emerge in the production of goods through the development of consumer 3D printers and other distributed manufacturing technologies. Organizations like PSFK Labs are exploring methods of improving the monetization of goods and services […]

  • According to Michael Parks, there are two types of people in open source communities, Tool-igans and Product Jocks. Tool-igans are people who are willing to dig deep into technology and build new infrastructure with whatever they can get their hands on. Product Jocks focus more on end-products and use a more broad understanding of technology […]

  • Each open source community has a distinct, unique, and often strong culture that affects how that project progresses. Whenever a company or individual wants to work with an open source community it is important to understand how the culture of the community fits with their needs. Open source cultures cascade through related projects through the […]

  • There are two primary classifications of cost when producing goods. Setup cost is the expenses associated with designing and making the first unit. Marginal costs are the cost of producing an additional unit. In the Information Era the marginal cost of open source is increasingly approaching zero. This means businesses that rely on proprietary products […]

  • Participating in open source can foster a sense of optimism and hope, open up new skills and abilities, and encourage deeper engagement in learning within the individuals involved. This article is chocked full of examples of open source expanding the potential of the human mind. More from OpenSource.com

  • It seems the average computer user has always been wary of moving away from an operating system they are familiar with, like Windows, to Linux. Things appear to be changing today as computer technology becomes much more ubiquitous in our society. This personal story shows some examples of people opening up to Linux and finding […]

  • Microsoft has not been a friend to open source for most of its history, however it seems the company is now attempting to reap the benefits of open source designs. By comparing their platforms to Linux, and through changes to their internal code sharing policies, Microsoft is slowly warming up to open source development, but […]

  • The undeniable success of Google’s Chromebook shows there is a demand for computing devices that operate primarily in the cloud. Linux has all of the foundations for creating a functional cloud operating system and it seems conditions are ripe for someone to develop a distribution based on this idea. More from Tech Republic

  • Android has been the most successful consumer Linux distribution in-large because it works extremely well out of the box without the need for additional configurations or fixes. This is not the case with most Linux distributions, and in a world where users simply want to unpack their electronics and immediately start using them, the learning […]

  • A number stories have been emerging recently on the failures of open source, but it seems these articles might have missed aspects of the bigger picture. Despite a lack of perfection, open source has made substantial gains in many areas of the tech industry in recent years, and many more companies are finding ways to […]

  • Random Articles from the OST Archives

    • Each open source community has a distinct, unique, and often strong culture that affects how that project progresses. Whenever a company or individual wants to work with an open source community it is important to understand how the culture of the community fits with their needs. Open source cultures cascade through related projects through the […]

    • Android has been the most successful consumer Linux distribution in-large because it works extremely well out of the box without the need for additional configurations or fixes. This is not the case with most Linux distributions, and in a world where users simply want to unpack their electronics and immediately start using them, the learning […]

    • According to Michael Parks, there are two types of people in open source communities, Tool-igans and Product Jocks. Tool-igans are people who are willing to dig deep into technology and build new infrastructure with whatever they can get their hands on. Product Jocks focus more on end-products and use a more broad understanding of technology […]

    • It seems the average computer user has always been wary of moving away from an operating system they are familiar with, like Windows, to Linux. Things appear to be changing today as computer technology becomes much more ubiquitous in our society. This personal story shows some examples of people opening up to Linux and finding […]