Linux turns 25, kind of runs (part of) the world

The Linux kernel is at the heart of the software that powers most of the world’s smartphones and most of the servers that hold the internet together. But when founder Linus Torvalds first announced the Linux project on August 25th, 1991, it was just one person’s attempt to create  free and open source alternative to […]

Open source audio editor Ardour 5.0 launches for Linux, OS X, and Windows

Ardour is a free and open source digital audio workstation which can be used to record and mix music, podcasts, or just about anything else. The software has been available for Linux and Mac for over a decade. Now it’s also available for Windows. Ardour 5.0 has just been released, and one of the most […]

FreeDOS keeps classic computing alive (LPX Show interview)

It’s been more than two decades since Microsoft started to move away from MS-DOS with the launch of Windows 95. But a generation of computers users grew up with DOS in the 80s and 90s and there are thousands of programs and games developed for the platform. Many are still worth running. Some classic games […]

Replicant 6.0 is under development (Android 6.0 stripped of all proprietary code)

Android is an open source operating system… in that Google typically releases the source code for each new version of Android when it’s ready. But Android is developed largely behind closed doors and the versions of the operating system that ship with most phones, tablets, and other devices included some closed-source software including Google Play […]

lowRISC wants to design a fully-open processor and development board

Free and Open Source Software has earned quite a following since the first Linux kernel was released in 1991. But for the most part FOSS software runs on hardware that’s not entirely open. Even the popular Raspberry Pi computer which is designed to help students learn to program with the help of inexpensive hardware and Linux-based software […]

Replicant 4.2 is Android Jelly Bean without the closed source bits

Google’s Android operating system may be open source — but the version of Android that runs on most phones, tablets, and other devices includes proprietary, closed-source components. While most Android users would probably rather have 3D graphics and GPS than a 100-percent open source operating system, there’s an alternative for folks willing to sacrifice functionality […]

Open source graphics drivers for the Raspberry Pi on the way

The Raspberry Pi is a dirt cheap mini-computer with a Broadcom BCM2835 700 MHz ARM11 with Broadcom VideoCore graphics. A basic model with 2 USB ports, HDMI and Ethernet sells for about $35, and the developers plan to offer an even cheaper $25 model without Ethernet soon. While the processor isn’t very powerful, the Broadcom […]

Lemote unveils world’s first netbook powered entirely by FOSS

According to a MIPS press release, the company is set to demo an 8″ netbook powered by free software. According to Lemote, who manufactures the Yeelong8089, the Android machine is completely closed-source free. From the BIOS out, everything preloaded on the 8089 is completely free and open source. The result: a low-cost,  lightweight, and compact […]