The realm of closed systems developed in secrecy with closely guarded algorithms and software engineering may become a thing of the past as with the advent of more and more open-sourced systems being deployed across the internet. Cloud computing is set to be ruled by open-sourced applications, developed by big businesses to cater to commercial and personal users. Even the world’s largest and most secretive companies have begun to develop open-sourced systems(in secret of course), as they may be seeing more than just a trend to allow them to have something in case the world does shift all of a sudden to open source. Read the rest of this entry »
Apple is undeniably one of the biggest things in technology today. Mac lovers are growing in number every minute with their obsessions ranging from the iPod to the Powerbook. It really has become a cult following of sorts, with the ubiquitous Apple logo also becoming a status symbol of sorts as Apple gadgets don’t come by cheap.
The good news is that despite the seeming exclusivity that comes with owning an apple-emblazoned thingamajig, even Apple has gone the Open Source route.
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We have already touched on how open source software can be used by businesses for a whole variety of applications, including financial applications. So if open source financial software are secure enough for businesses, then you can bet that there are great open source software you can use to help you with your personal finance.
KMyMoney is one of the best personal finance manager for Linux users, although versions for Mac and Windows users are also available. It is licensed under the GNU General Public License and it is FREE. Unlike many free personal finance software, KMyMoney is not a crippled version and has tons of features and is even often compared to the popular (not free and not open source) personal finance software, Quicken.
KMyMoney has all the bells and whistles of a commercial personal finance software including expense categorization, multiple currency support, intuitive budgeting, credit card and debt tracking, report generation, and even online banking support via QIF, OFX and HBCI. Best of all, it is easy to use, especially if you are already familiar with the usual personal finance apps.
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Did you know that even the software that this blog runs on is open source? Yup, WordPress is developed by the user community. Other popular blogging platforms that are open source are Movable Type and Livejournal.
The advantage of this arrangement is that it puts power into the hands of the people who are most passionate about it. Is that someone who uses the software, or programmers being paid to work 8 hours a day? Of course users who will ultimately benefit from improvements to the software will be more passionate about it. That is one of the reasons why open source is here to stay.
One of the languages developed on top of the Java Virtual Machine is the Jython, and this project began in 1997. the development of the language has been passed on to several lead developers until Sun Microsystems took over and worked full time on it. Jython 2.2 which is the latest release matches up to the CPython 2.2 release but later, its developers shifted to a new direction for its implementation using ASM and ANTLR to hasten development time. With the interactive interpreter found inside the jar file, you can discover the capabilities of Jython, most specially in executing files.
When using the Open Source Software for commercial gain minus the tricks and preserving the community and openness aspects, there are two things to consider: that payment is collected proportionate to the advantage gained from the software; and that active user in the community can have the assurance that their license charges is compensated in relation to their code contributions. This means a user is allowed to have open access to the source code, allowed to redistribute it, and free rights to make changes to the code; being able to initiate some limited charges supported by certain restricted types of program execution, and agreeing to cash or in kind payments.
GlassFish, from Sun Microsystems has just received a much deserved upgrade loading it woth more advanced features adding to it’s already advanced features being one of the computing industry’s most downloaded and used application server. The open-source contains some of the most powerful collection of technologies to come out of the open source industry including OpenESB, OpenMQ, Liferay Portal, SunGlassFish Web Stack and of course the core GlassFish app base. The complete portfolio comes at a price for corporate users but the benefits are way worth their value due to stable operations. Read the rest of this entry »
Google recently closed the registration for its 3-month Summer of Code and announced that this year’s program brings together the talents of 1125 students who will be given stipends worth $5000 each to contribute to 175 Free and Open Source projects: Mozilla, GNOME, and MySQL, among others. The lucky students will even be allowed to use the work they did during the Summer of Code for course credit in their university classes, and of course they will be given free t-shirts.
If you’re interested in contributing or applying as a mentoring organization, it’s too late this year but try again next year!
Free or open source software can also be called “Software Libre”. The European Commission used the term “FLOSS” (Free/Libre/Open-Source Software) in a study on the topic. The term “FOSS” (or F/OSS, Free and Open Source Software) also exists, but has been criticized as Free/Open seems to imply free-of-charge, while Free/Libre makes it clear the reference is to freedom.In India, the free software community sometimes uses the term “Swatantra software” since the term “Swatantra” means freedom in Sanskrit. In The Philippines, “malayang software” is sometimes used. The word “libre” exists in the Filipino language, and it came from the Spanish language, but has acquired the same ambiguity of the English word “free”.
Hello everybody out there using minix -
I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing since april, and is starting to get ready. I’d like any feedback on things people like/dislike in minix, as my OS resembles it somewhat (same physical layout of the file-system (due to practical reasons)among other things).
This is the first post that Linus Torvalds, the father of Linux, made about his new project on an online discussion board in 1991. This project, the Linux kernel, would grow through the contributions of thousands of developers and would cause him to be named one of the heroes of the past 60 years by Time magazine, alongside Nelson Mandela and Pope John Paul II.