FreeNAS and TrueNAS are merging (open source operating systems for network-attached-storage)

FreeNAS is a free and open source operating system designed for network-attached storage (NAS) devices. For much of the past decade, the project has been led by the folks at iXsystems, which has also produced an enterprise version of the software called TrueNAS. Now iXsystems has announced that FreeNAS and TrueNAS are merging. Moving forward […]

DIY, modular MNT Reform Laptop gets spec bump as it inches toward reality

It’s been a few years since developer Lukas Hartmann and designer Ana Dantes unveiled their plans for a DIY, modular laptop designed to run free and open source software. Since then, the folks behind the MNT Reform project created a small number of early prototypes, introduced new hardware with beefier specs and some other improvements, and […]

Fedora 30 released with flicker-free boot, better high-res display support, and more

The team behind the popular GNU/Linux distribution Fedora have released a major update that brings a bunch of software updates, some new options, and optimizations. Fedora 30 is now available for download from the Fedora website, or if you’re already using an earlier version, you should be prompted to download and install the update. The […]

ReactOS inches toward becoming a viable open source Windows clone

ReactOS is an open source operating system designed to let you run Windows applications without installing, you know… Windows. It’s been in development for more than two decades, and it’s still pretty rough around the edges — there’s a lot of Windows software that doesn’t run on ReactOS, and the operating system lacks a lot […]

Dev kits for Purism’s Librem 5 Linux smartphone are now shipping

Purism hopes to ship its first smartphone in the first half of 2019 which wouldn’t be all that unusual if Purism weren’t a rather unusual company. Actually company’s not even the right word — Purism is a “social purpose corporation” that prioritizes software and hardware freedom, privacy, and security over profit. All of the laptops […]

GIMP 2.10 open source image editor released, finally supports HiDPI displays

GIMP is a free and open source graphics editing program for Linux, Mac, and Windows computers. Its been around for more than two decades, and it’s a powerful tool that’s often compared to Adobe Photoshop… although Photoshop users tend to complain that GIMP’s menus and tools are unintuitive. But it’s hard to complain about the […]

Librem 5 Linux smartphone will support Ubuntu Touch, PureOS, or PureOS with KDE Plasma Mobile

After raising more than $2 million last year to build a Linux-powered smartphone with a focus on privacy and open source software, Purism hopes to deliver the first Librem 5 smartphones early next year. The phone is expected to ship with an NXP i.MX8M 64-bit, ARM Cortex-A53 processor, feature 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a […]

PostmarketOS inches closer to letting you breathe new life into old phones

Most smartphones are designed to be used for a few years and then replaced. But earlier this year a team of developers announced plans for a new operating system called postmarketOS that you could install on older phones to keep using them for years to come. The goal is to give phones a 10-year lifecycle. […]

Mandrake Linux founder is developing eelo: an open source mobile OS (Android without the Google apps and services)

Google’s Android operating system may be open source, but most of the phones and other devices that ship with Android also include a bunch of closed source apps and services including the Google Play Store, Gmail, YouTube, and Google Maps. Mandrake Linux founder Gaël Duval wasn’t satisfied with that, so he decided to create a new […]