OpenAg – Open Source Food Computer

OpenAg – Open Source Food Computer

MIT Open Agriculture (OpenAg) is a wonderful execution of an open source initiative for controlled-environment agriculture platform referred to as “Food Computer”. All hardware, software and even data is open sourced so More »

Intel Edison bites the dust – No more in IoT space

Intel Edison bites the dust – No more in IoT space

Has Intel finally thrown in the towel in the IoT space? Earlier this year, Intel announced that it will discontinue their IoT platforms namely, Galileo, Joule, and Edison. We wrote about Edison More »

C.H.I.P. and Pi Zero W – US$10 dollar Computers

C.H.I.P. and Pi Zero W – US$10 dollar Computers

We love the little C.H.I.P. Single-board computer. And it boasts some really powerful specs for only US$9. Yes, only US$9. While Raspberry Pi is not far behind in competition with their own More »

Three Raspberry Pi Powered Creative Learning Kits

Three Raspberry Pi Powered Creative Learning Kits

Raspberry Pi is currently one of the hottest devices to build your own creative IoTs, computers and learning kits. But one of the biggest selling points of these kits is the price. More »

Keybase Communications Software– Open Source Alternative to Slack

Keybase Communications Software– Open Source Alternative to Slack

Keybase is Slack like communications tool for teams. But unlike Slack, Keybase communications software is totally open source and there are no premium charges for advanced features. That is, for now at More »

 

Category Archives: Open Source

4 Git Version Control Alternatives

In recent years, Git has become the defacto standard for code management, especially among open source developers. Developed by Linus Trovalds himself, the maker of Linux, it has found a lot of following among Linux kernal developers. Recently BOSS Index ranked it among the top 5 most popular open source projects of 2017. So what other alternatives exist for Git?

Here is a list of some of the Git alternatives that are extremely popular among developers. Incidentally, most of them are open source like Git, except for the one from Microsoft of course.

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Open Source Entrepreneur – Launching a Project Successfully

I have been asked several times how do I launch an open source project. To which I ask them, why not contribute to an existing project rather than build one from scratch? Being an open source entrepreneur who is launching a new project is really a long term effort and not just a weekend gig. So think hard before you make the jump.

There are literally thousands of open source software applications that need help in open source community. From drivers, to web and mobile applications, to mission critical systems and operating systems. Even stuff to put the man on Mars has some critical open source components. Yes, open source is rocket science stuff. So why build one from scratch?

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OSSummit – Open Source Summit 2017 is in LA this year

This year OSSummit, (Open Source Summit) will be held in Los Angeles, California. What is significant about this event is that it combines four different conferences under one roof. Namely, LinuxCon, ContainerCon, CloudOpen and Open Community Conference are all combined into Open Source Summit.

This mega event will be the highlight of the open source event of the year in North America. And if it is successful, we might see other smaller conferences focused around open source opting to join in for a piece of a larger audience.

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Firefox Send – Snapchat for files

If you plan to share a file, especially a large one, with someone over the Internet for a limited time and want it to be a secure share,  then Firefox Send is your answer. This experimental application is designed as open source with its code hosted on GitHub.

Firefox Send allows users to upload files (word, pdf, spreadsheets, movies etc) up to the size of 1GB. The files are then encrypted and the link is sent to the end recipient. Who have 24 hours to download before the file disappears. If the file has been downloaded, the file will be destroyed automatically.

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How to setup virtual environment with Python3

Python3 is now becoming extremely popular over the traditional Python2.7. And the reasons are varied but many. For one, the support for data science libraries in v3 is far better and greater than version 2. But for the most important and critical reason is, the popular Python 2.7 is being officially retired by 2020. Which simply means that there will be no official support for it beyond that year. So it’s time to migrate your code to the latest edition. Here in this tutorial, we will show how to setup a virtual environment for Python3 for our development purposes.

In this tutorial, we will use Anaconda. It is an open source software, primarily designed to support scientific and analytic Python (and R) packages. Over time it has grown to support  more than 700 packages in both Python2.7 and Python3.x versions. So along with the usual scientific packages like pandas, numpy, sklearn, we have the traditional offerings like Flask, Pymongo libraries supported natively. Furthermore, with the use of pip within anaconda, we can download all that is available for Python out there.

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Coco – Opensource Blockchain framework from Microsoft

Microsoft has announced the release of open source based Coco framework for Blockchain technology. What’s most exciting is that they have chosen to make it open source and will be available for download from GITHub early next year (2018).

Microsoft vision is to help the ease the adoption of Blockchain by enterprises. Cisco, and Intel will collaborate and partner with Microsoft to make this framework scale-able and hardware compatible.

Blockchain technology is gaining a lot of interest in the enterprises these days. It is widely touted to be used and adopted initially by Healthcare, Finance, Supply Chain, manufacturing, IoT and many more industries in the next few years.

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BOSS Index – Most Popular Open Source Projects

We all wonder which are the most popular Open Source software that we use today? Is Node.js more popular than Python? Which is more sought after; MongoDB or Cassandara? Everyone has their own opinion and reasons to choose one over the other. But which one is at the top of the list? BOSS Index wants to change that with their unique ranking.

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Ring – Peer-to-Peer Open Source Communications Software Launches

Late July this year, Ring, a peer-to-peer, open source communications software for Linux, Android, Windows and Mac OS X, came out of beta with the release of 1.0. A product of Savoir-faire Linux Inc, the application is released under the GPLv3 license.

The software supports chat, audio and video calls over an encrypted, secure and fully distributed peer to peer communications pathway.

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Three amazing Ubuntu Distros of Linux for 2017

We all love Ubuntu. It has over the course of past twelve years become one of the most popular Linux Desktop Distribution in the world. In this time it has also spawned a whole generation of amazing Ubuntu distros based upon it.

Over the past many years, we have tested many of them. Some were really short lived, like GOS that we reviewed back in the day. But others, like ZorinOS, have survived and grown tremendously and have built a strong following of their own.

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World’s top programming languages are all open source

IEEE does an annual ranking of top programming languages and the results are shared mid year with the general public. For the past many years, proprietary software is losing ground to open source driven software languages. And this year, all of the top ten languages have totally gone open source.

IEEE tracks 48 different languages using 12 distinct metrics with their unique weights applied. This creates a listing which looks for emerging languages, popularity, jobs available among other factors. This year, the list has some new entrants like Go and Swift with Python topping for the first time beating out old rivals like C and C++.

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