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Surprisingly cool GNU/Linux distros

March 2, 2012 -- William
Last modified on August 2018
Linux surprise

There are distributions of GNU/Linux that are really cool although not as popular as Debian or Fedora. The best thing about Free Software is that, with so much freedom and choice, it seems everything is possible... and it is! Here goes a selection of some of these distributions that surprised me in a very pleasant way.

[VIDEO] Mark Shuttleworth talks about Free Software, Open Source, Debian and Canonical

January 24, 2012 -- William
Last modified on July 2018
Mark Shuttleworth

In this interview by Gabriella Coleman at the Debian annual conference of 2006, Mark Shuttleworth, project leader of Ubuntu and founder of Canonical Ltd., talks about Free Software, Open Source, Canonical Debian and proprietary software.

The gnu and the lion, a high tech tale

October 17, 2011 -- William
Last modified on October 2016

This is a story that does not start with “once upon a time” and does not end with “and they lived happily ever after”. This story is about the concrete jungle, it's about the wild world we live in. This is a story about the ugly things that happen behind the scenes while the show must go on... this is the story of the fight for survival of two operating systems.

What is the “source code” and how can it be open?

October 3, 2011 -- William
Last modified on August 2016

Since the large adoption of computers in our everyday lives, the “source code” is everyday more a part of our daily reality. From the mysterious symbols depicted in the Matrix (...and there's even a movie called “Source Code”),  to the actual Open Source software we use, we can see references to this “code” everywhere. But what is this source code and how can this code be open (or closed)?

How do Free Software and Open Source developers earn money? (the FO$$ economy)

September 19, 2011 -- William
Last modified on January 2018
money by epSos.de under CC

This is a rather common question and shows how the software market today is actually quite weird. Before starting, remember that “free” in “Free Software” is about freedom and not about price. People do make money with FOSS. You will see how the development and sale of FOSS is much more intuitive than of proprietary software.