2019/02/14: On the surface, the open source software community has never been better. Companies and governments are adopting open source software at rates that would've been unfathomable 20 years ago, and a whole new generation of programmers are cutting their teeth on developing software in plain sight and making it freely available for anyone to use. Go a little deeper, however, and the cracks start to show. The ascendancy of open source has placed a mounting burden on the maintainers of popular software, who now handle more bug reports, feature requests, code reviews, and code commits than ever before.
At the same time, open source developers must also deal with an influx of corporate users who are unfamiliar with community norms when it comes to producing and consuming open source software. This leads to developer burnout and a growing feeling of resentment toward the companies that rely on free labor to produce software that is folded into products and sold back to consumers for huge profits. From this perspective, Heartbleed wasn't an isolated example of developer burnout and lack of funding, but an outgrowth of a systemic disease that had been festering in the open source software community for years. Identifying the symptoms and causes of this disease was the easy part; finding a cure is more difficult.
Continued development on a project for the sake of continued development is often counterproductive. Sometimes a project arrives at a point where it’s time to take a rest and just concentrate on fixing bugs and staying on top of security issues for a while. To be sure, this isn’t true of all software projects
Italian proponents of the use of free and open source software by public administrations are protesting a decision by the town of Pesaro to switch from using OpenOffice to a proprietary cloud-based office solution. They say the city has garbled the cost calculations and omitted a required software assessment study.
Alongside the impressive technology advances of the last two decades, many see a destructive use of software patents corrupting the marketplace for ideas.
Last year I was interviewed by the mercurial Kai Brach for his magazine Offscreen, which seeks to highlight the human side of technology, and does so in style. You should subscribe. Quite understandably, Kai doesn't normally allow the contents of Offscreen to be republished online, but wanted our conversation to get a wider audience, so
Does anybody still think of a phone as a way of just making calls? According to Informate Mi less than 10% of the time you spend on a phone is spent giving calls. That's because phones have evolved from single function device to
Fourteen years ago I noted that disk drives were growing so fast I couldn't fill them up. Between 1997 and 2002, storage capacity doubled every year, allowing me to replace a 3 gigabyte drive with a new 120 gigabyte model. I wrote:
Over at Fusion, Felix Salmon tells folk to chill out over The Great Technical Glitch of July 8, 2015 when a computer glitch grounded all mainland United flights, the NYSE went down for the day, and
Ubuntu Linux developers are focusing efforts on mobile apps for Snappy Core, shifting away from the Ubuntu Software Center in Canonical's open source OS.
Without us noticing, we are entering the postcapitalist era. At the heart of further change to come is information technology, new ways of working and the sharing economy. The old ways will take a long while to disappear, but it's time to be utopian
For centuries, experts have predicted that machines would make workers obsolete. That moment may finally be arriving. Could that be a good thing?
There was once a time when women and men shared an equal interest in the programming world.
Functional programming, UX, tech, econ
Cards are fast becoming the hot new design paradigm for mobile apps, but their importance goes far beyond mobile. Cards are modular, bite-sized content containers designed for easy consumption and interaction on small screens, but they are also a new metaphor for user-interaction that is spreading
Eppure, i produttori continuano come niente fosse ad impedire l'esercizio di questo diritto al consumatore. HP pretende la restituzione del computer, mentre Lenovo e Fujitsu dicono che il rimborso non esiste. Acer richiede una serie di passaggi assurdi come l'invio presso la propria sede del PC a spese dell'utente al solo scopo di effettuare la cancellazione dell'hard disk. Asus chiede l'invio presso una propria sede in Olanda. Pressoché tutti negano l'assistenza all'hardware nel caso venga rimosso il software preinstallato. La somma che verrebbe restituita è poi irrisoria, nonostante la Cassazione abbia stabilito che debba essere quella di mercato: si va da Samsung che rimborsa 1 euro fino ai 50 euro di Sony per il rimborso di Windows 8 pro, un software che vale oltre 200 euro sul mercato.
This proposal has been said many times over the last couple of years and lately repeated by Daniel Brunner, head of the IT department...
This is the text of a speech I gave as the opening address to the Library of Congress's Digital Preservation 2014 conference July 22 in Washington, DC. The audience was composed of professional
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The Language Atlas of UNESCO shows that 197 Indian languages are endangered. I believe if the FOSS community works together, we can save them.