Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Open source at LinuxWorld could blow away software slump

Filed under
OSS

The twice-yearly LinuxWorld Conference & Expo provides an opportunity to check the pulse of the open source community. This time around, in San Francisco starting August 8, that pulse will be racing.

I expect to see more new open source products unveiled than ever before at this show. In this column, I'll predict a few of the striking developments that IT pros should check out, either in person at LinuxWorld or virtually.

More open source products and commercial initiatives

This may be the biggest LinuxWorld ever in terms of product announcements. The increasing adoption of open source and resultant buzz has made open source the hot topic here in Silicon Valley.

This intense interest in open source software is driven by three critical IT realities:

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

Paid-for Microsoft Openwashing at LinuxCon

Android/Google Leftovers

3 open source alternatives to Office 365

It can be hard to get away from working and collaborating on the web. Doing that is incredibly convenient: as long as you have an internet connection, you can easily work and share from just about anywhere, on just about any device. The main problem with most web-based office suites—like Google Drive, Zoho Office, and Office365—is that they're closed source. Your data also exists at the whim of large corporations. I'm sure you've heard numerous stories of, say, Google locking or removing accounts without warning. If that happens to you, you lose what's yours. So what's an open source advocate who wants to work with web applications to do? You turn to an open source alternative, of course. Let's take a look at three of them. Read more

Hackable voice-controlled speaker and IoT controller hits KS

SeedStudio’s hackable, $49 and up “ReSpeaker” speaker system runs OpenWrt on a Mediatek MT7688 and offers voice control over home appliances. The ReSpeaker went live on Kickstarter today and has already reached 95 percent of its $40,000 funding goal with 29 days remaining. The device is billed by SeedStudio as an “open source, modular voice interface that allows us to hack things around us, just using our voices.” While it can be used as an Internet media player or a voice-activated IoT hub — especially when integrated with Seeed’s Wio Link IoT board — it’s designed to be paired with individual devices. For example, the campaign’s video shows the ReSpeaker being tucked inside a teddy bear or toy robot, or attached to plant, enabling voice control and voice synthesis. Yes, the plant actually asks to be watered. Read more