Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Five Free apps you use every day and never realise

Filed under
Software

In no particular order, let’s take a quick look at some free/open source software that you are very likely to use (even if indirectly) every single day, and you don’t even realise exists.

Of course, if you’re a geek (or just have some knowledge of this kind of stuff), you might know about some, or all, of these applications, but still, it’s easy to take some of these gems for granted. So, here’s some recognition for five of those unsung heroes.

1 - OpenSSL

OpenSSL is a free toolkit which powers the encryption in many different applications on the internet. It’s what keeps your credit card details safe when buying online and your passwords are properly secured.

Both servers and browsers, IM applications, or basically anything that uses the internet in a secure manner, probably uses OpenSSL.

That includes Firefox, Opera, Safari, Apache (with mod_ssl to be completely accurate) and many many more!

There are also non-free implementations of the SSL standard, like those found in Internet Explorer (everyone’s favourite love-to-hate browser) and some other server setups too, but among the others, OpenSSL is ubiquitous.

2 - Samba

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

University fuels NextCloud's improved monitoring

Encouraged by a potential customer - a large, German university - the German start-up company NextCloud has improved the resource monitoring capabilities of its eponymous cloud services solution, which it makes available as open source software. The improved monitoring should help users scale their implementation, decide how to balance work loads and alerting them to potential capacity issues. NextCloud’s monitoring capabilities can easily be combined with OpenNMS, an open source network monitoring and management solution. Read more

Linux Kernel Developers on 25 Years of Linux

One of the key accomplishments of Linux over the past 25 years has been the “professionalization” of open source. What started as a small passion project for creator Linus Torvalds in 1991, now runs most of modern society -- creating billions of dollars in economic value and bringing companies from diverse industries across the world to work on the technology together. Hundreds of companies employ thousands of developers to contribute code to the Linux kernel. It’s a common codebase that they have built diverse products and businesses on and that they therefore have a vested interest in maintaining and improving over the long term. The legacy of Linux, in other words, is a whole new way of doing business that’s based on collaboration, said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of The Linux Foundation said this week in his keynote at LinuxCon in Toronto. Read more

Car manufacturers cooperate to build the car of the future

Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) is a project of the Linux Foundation dedicated to creating open source software solutions for the automobile industry. It also leverages the ten billion dollar investment in the Linux kernel. The work of the AGL project enables software developers to keep pace with the demands of customers and manufacturers in this rapidly changing space, while encouraging collaboration. Walt Miner is the community manager for Automotive Grade Linux, and he spoke at LinuxCon in Toronto recently on how Automotive Grade Linux is changing the way automotive manufacturers develop software. He worked for Motorola Automotive, Continental Automotive, and Montevista Automotive program, and saw lots of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) like Ford, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota in action over the years. Read more

Torvalds at LinuxCon: The Highlights and the Lowlights

On Wednesday, when Linus Torvalds was interviewed as the opening keynote of the day at LinuxCon 2016, Linux was a day short of its 25th birthday. Interviewer Dirk Hohndel of VMware pointed out that in the famous announcement of the operating system posted by Torvalds 25 years earlier, he had said that the OS “wasn’t portable,” yet today it supports more hardware architectures than any other operating system. Torvalds also wrote, “it probably never will support anything other than AT-harddisks.” Read more