Tag Archives: open source

is your open desktop really open ?#opensource #freelibreopensource

is your (free libre) open desktop really (free libre) open ?

this post was prompted by todays project which was to install GNU/linux natively on a HP elitebook notebook so i can run docker and access the @nvidia GPUs in @instaserver @foldingathome containers

phase 1 – install xubuntu


  • NO WIFI DRIVERS (none nothing nada)

so try a bunch of usb wifi dongles


so lets connect notebook to our mobile via an ethernet cable (here’s how)

  • apt update
  • apt install aptitude
  • aptitude update

let try and get missing drivers

  • aptitude install synaptic
  • run synaptic
  • enable PROPRIETARY drivers !

YAY ! NVIDIA VIDEO and BROADCOM WIFI are auto detected


  • install the PROPRIETARY drivers


video and wifi now work

BUT NOTE I and this is the main point I NOW NO LONGER HAVE A FREE LIBRE OPEN SOURCE DESKTOP so I might have well left Microsoft Windows 10 running natively which is what i HAVE been doing for the last 5 years and would have kept doing if hadnt especially wanted to test docker & nvidia GPUs and @foldingathome.

So are you running an open desktop ?

If it is only semi (free libre) open why not run Windows 10 natively and run a TRUE OPEN SOURCE DESKTOP ENVIRONMENT inside Oracle VirtualBox or VMware Player ?

protonmail provide free open source email accounts

protonmail provide free open source email accounts

ProtonMail has numerous PhD scientists and cryptography experts on our full time staff. On a day-to-day basis, we are actively involved in applied cryptography research and development and working to advance the state-of-the-art. We are also involved in the development of OpenPGPjs, the world’s most advanced JavaScript PGP library which is completely open source. Our in-house expertise in cryptography allows us to stay at the cutting edge of email encryption and security.

the power of opensource (eg android opencamera app)

maybe you have been enjoying using the opensource android opencamera app

maybe you love the fixed infinite focus feature and maybe youre thinking i would like another new feature like “auto untilt” !

well thats the power of opensource you can ADD any feature you want yourself just get the free libre open source code, learn java and android mobdev and away you go

PS BUT google first as you may find its already been written and it turns out that “auto untilt” already exists -albeit with the wrong name

FAST fact of the day #kodi (xbmc) does NOT endorse using addons to watch #pirate copies of #lalaland

FAST fact of the day KODI (xbmc) open source media player does not endorse using addons to watch pirate copies of #lalaland

IMPORTANT: The official Kodi version does not contain any content whatsoever. This means that you should provide your own content from a local or remote storage location, DVD, Blu-Ray or any other media carrier that you own. Additionally Kodi allows you to install third-party plugins that may provide access to content that is freely available on the official content provider website. The watching or listening of illegal or pirated content which would otherwise need to be paid for is not endorsed or approved by Team Kodi.

But because illegal KODI addons  are now so popular apparently anti piracy organisations will now be targeting users in Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester :

You can also install KODI on iOS 10

Top 10 pirated films of last year

on 10aug15 all links to the #usedtobe #free-of-charge synergy project #flos #kvm download exes were deleted

On 10aug15 all links to the used to be free-of-charge synergy project #flos #kvm screen sharing exes for m$ windoz were deleted from the synergy site and sourceforge

DO NOT waste time your time signing up for a “FREE” account it does NOT let you download synergy project for FREE unless you are a student or have another qualifying excuse

You will need to download m$ visual studio community and the synergy project sourcecode from git hub and then compile it yourself.

two #goodish reasons to replace your #flos #opensource #goog #android #mobile with a #closedsource #apple #ios #iphone

two goodish reasons to replace your opensource goog android with a closedsource apple ios iphone

1) When you crop a iphone photo it auto straightens it !

and if you live in London or Paris (or other big city)

2) Apple’s iOS iPhone 3D maps leave Google Earth 3D and Nokia Maps 3D looking old fashioned


apple ios iphone 3d map

apple ios iphone 3d map

apple ios iphone 3d map

apple ios iphone 3d map

@screenly #opensource digital signage

screenly opensource digital signage

screenly is a cost effective and versatile digital signage solution with lots of use cases.


use cases

(F)(L)OS(S) fragmentation

one the biggest problems with (F)(L)OS(S) is fragmentation !

even the name itself suffers from fragmentation what do you call (F)(L)OS(S) ?

  • free software
  • open source
  • free libre open
  • free libre open software

do we really need 1000 gnu/linux distros ? or is that part of the price we have to pay for freedom ?