8 June 2010

Notepad++ leaves SourceForge over export restrictions policy.

[via:Hacker News]

20 May 2010

“Google, Mozilla and Opera announced a new open video format today called WebM. As part of the WebM project, Google is is freely licensing the VP8 compression technology. This new open video format will use a modified Matroska video container (.webm). WebM format support is available today in Firefox, Chromium, and Opera development builds. All videos that are 720p or larger, uploaded to YouTube after May 19th, will be be encoded in WebM.”

WebM uses the open Ogg Vorbis sound codec.

[via:Jani Uusitalo]

2 May 2010

H.264/MPEG-2 camcorders’ license allows shooting only for non-commercial purposes

[via:Miiro Lindfors]

7 April 2010

Qubes: a Xen/Linux based, open source local virtual machine based desktop OS

Read the introduction post on Rutkowska’s blog (which you might have stumbled over before if you remember Blue Pill).

The project sounds tremendously interesting as it might end up giving anyone access to strong desktop security/sandboxing of a type already available in an “enterpricey” form in products like Citrix XenDesktop.

[via:Mikko Hypponen]

31 January 2010

Facebook Rewrites PHP Runtime For Speed


20 January 2010

The Open-PC project

[via:Joonas Mäkinen]

6 December 2009

Etherpad to remain active until code is open sourced

Google bought this lovely web based multiplayer notepad the other day, with an initial plan to shut the whole thing down, but people complained. If you need to work on text or code with other people, try Etherpad, it really is Fully Qualified Awesome.

The AppJet framework, on which Etherpad is based, is probably something Google needs for allowing third parties to develop on the Wave platform. The framework is Java based, which in other words means that self-hosting a future open version might be a bit trickier than setting up WordPress on your typical ten dollar web host.

[via:Joonas Mäkinen]

25 October 2009

Whitehouse.gov migrated to Drupal

Some details and name-dropping.


24 July 2009

Richard Stallman on the Swedish Pirate Party’s potential negative impact on Free Software

See also: rms


8 March 2009

Free Chromium builds without Google Chrome’s EULA asshattery

Chromium is the free software base on which Google’s new browser is built.


28 February 2009

Despotify: an open source, Proof of Concept Spotify client

See also: Spotify


23 November 2008

Handbrake 0.9.3 released: Linux GUI available (Ubuntu 8.10 .deb packages included)

HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows.”

This is a must have tool for anyone who needs to convert video for playback on specific devices, for online publishing or backup purposes. Thanks to its multi-threaded nature, it works efficiently with modern multi-core CPUs. The new release is notable for Linux users, as earlier versions lacked a graphical user interface for this platform.

8 September 2008

Nmap 4.75 includes visual network topology mapper

This is something I’ve wanted for a long time: the world’s most famous networking/security software utility can now draw pretty pictures.

5 August 2008

Free Culture Showcase to be included on Ubuntu disc images

“For the next release of Ubuntu we want to […] show off some free culture artists by putting their media on millions of Ubuntu systems around the world. […] The deadline for submissions is 4th September 2008.”


3 August 2008

FireGPG – easy GNU Privacy Guard for Firefox (including Gmail)

“FireGPG is a Firefox extension […] which brings an interface to encrypt, decrypt, sign or verify the signature of text in any web page using GnuPG. FireGPG adds some features to the Gmail interface, to let you use GPG’s features directly in your webmail. More webmails will probably be supported in the future.”

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