Article: Open source software

Free, Libre, Open Software

Open source software

WHEN SOMEONE BUYS a new smartphone, often they’re preoccupied with the camera specs or the size of the screen or its storage capabilities. It’s easy to overlook one of the most foundational aspects of these sleek consumer gadgets: their operating systems.

The world’s most popular mobile operating system is Google’s Android. It powers more than 86 percent of smartphones in the world. What’s even more remarkable is that Android is based on the open source Linux operating system.

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Article: Out in the Open: The Tiny Box That Lets You Take Your Data Back From Google

Hardware, Open Manufacturing, Open Source

Out in the Open: The Tiny Box That Lets You Take Your Data Back From Google

THE NATIONAL SECURITY Agency is scanning your email. Google and Facebook are hoarding your personal data. And online advertisers are selling your shopping habits to the highest bidder.

Today, more than ever, people are thinking about how to opt out of this madness without quitting the internet entirely. The obvious answer is to host your own web apps on your own computer server. And thanks to the burgeoning Indie Web Movement, there’s no shortage of open source alternatives to popular services like Google Calendar, Facebook’s photo albums, or Dropbox’s file sharing. The problem is that setting up and managing your own server is a pain in the neck–at least for the average consumer.

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