Open Source

By Michael | Stories about open source and people making it possible.

A Farewell to Printrbot

It’s with a heavy heart that we must report Printrbot has announced they are ceasing operations. Founded in 2011 after a wildly successful …

Star Trek

New Espruino MDBT42Q Breakout Unveiled By Adafruit

Adafruit has announced the launch of a new product in the form of the Espruino MDBT42Q Breakout which is now available to purchase directly from the …

Microcontroller

Dual Source Laser Cutter Built Like a Tank, Cuts Most Anything

Laser cutters aren’t the sort of thing that you might think about making at home, but there’s no reason not to if you are careful and do your …

Makerspaces

Stunning portraits of open source revolutionaries

Faces of Open Source is part art project, part public service announcement, and entirely a celebration of the open source revolution<p>A rough and …

Mozilla's large repository of voice data will shape the future of machine learning

Mozilla's open source project, Common Voice, is well on its way to becoming the world’s largest repository of human voice data to be used for machine …

The Eudora™ Email Client Source Code

<i>Software Gems: The Computer History Museum Historical Source Code Series</i><p>Electronic mail is one of “killer apps” of networked computing. The ability …

Digikey Tips Its Hat To Kicad With Its Own Library

Digikey might wow us with their expansive stock, but now they’re wowing us with a personal gesture. The US-based electronics vendor is nodding its …

Open-source Circuit Simulation

For simple circuits, it’s easy enough to grab a breadboard and start putting it together. Breadboards make it easy to check your circuit for mistakes …

GitLab open sources its Web IDE

GitLab has announced its Web IDE is now generally available and open sourced as part of the GitLab 10.7 release. The Web IDE was first introduced in …

Google’s updated DIY Vision and Voice kits include a Raspberry Pi Zero

Google’s AIY Projects (a clever play on “DIY” and “AI” that makes no sense when you actually think about it) pair a Raspberry Pi with the accessories, software, and requisite cardboard to make your own Google Assistant smart speaker or object-recognizing smart camera. They only launched last year, …

Raspberry Pi

How to start an open source program in your company

Many internet-scale companies, including Google, Facebook, and Twitter, have established formal open source programs (sometimes referred to as open …

GitHub: Our dependency scan has found four million security flaws in public repos

The code repository site says its security alerts are moving developers to patch known vulnerabilities.<p><i>Video</i><p><i>GitHub: EU copyright crackdown could hurt</i> …

Microsoft, Cisco, HPE and others sign on to open-source licensing initiative

A group of technology giants that includes CA Technologies Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Co., Microsoft Corp., SAP SE and SUSE …

38-year-old code-writing tool released for general use

One of the world's early computer software editors, developed by the University of Adelaide and still in use today, is being released by the …

BCN3D Sigmax 3D printer goes open source

BCN3D Technologies, a Barcelona-based desktop 3D printing specialist, has released the CAD files, documentation, and GitHub repositories for its …

​GitHub makes open-source project licensing easier with an open-source program

How do you address handling open-source licensing for your program? By using an open-source program!<p>We all know how popular and helpful Linux and …

Raspberry Pi goes Android Auto: Now you can build your own cheap car head unit

Why buy a finished Android Auto head unit when you can hack one together with a Raspberry Pi 3?<p><i>Video: A guide to Raspberry Pi in 60 seconds</i><p>A …

5 open source software tools for supply chain management

<i>This article was originally posted on January 14, 2016, and last updated March 2, 2018.</i> <br>read more

6 open source home automation tools

<i>Editor's note: This article was originally published in March 2016 and has been updated to include additional options and information.</i> <br>read more

A good example of the Long Tail is my own @diydrones, which for the past decade has been a niche community site I run as a hobby. 22m visitors and 120m pageviews. Not big enough to be a business itself, but has spun off multiple multi-million dollar businesses https://t.co/7PlDfyN843

Why isn't open source hot among computer science students?

The technical savvy and inventive energy of young programmers is alive and well. <br>read more

Automotive Grade Linux Showcases Open Infotainment and Over 20 Member Demonstrations at CES 2018

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative cross-industry effort developing an open platform for the connected car, today announced that the latest release of the AGL infotainment platform, Unified Code Base (UCB) 5.0, will be available …

Wizards of ROS: Willow Garage and the Making of the Robot Operating System

How a small band of Silicon Valley engineers started a global robotics revolution Photo: Willow GarageOne of the initial PR2 prototypes, built in …

Robotics

Nerds rejoice: Google just released its internal tool to collaborate on AI

As if giving the world its AI framework wasn’t enough, Google is now letting others work with a once-internal development tool, Colaboratory.<p>The software works a lot like Google Docs, its document collaboration tool, but with the ability to run code and show that code’s output within the document. …

Software

​Microsoft's new open source tool can scan your website for security and performance headaches

Microsoft's Sonar checks accessibility, interoperability, performance, Progressive Web Apps, and security.<p>Microsoft's Edge browser team has released …

Teensy Script Plays Nintendo Switch, Strikes Out

The most recent of the Zelda franchise, <i>Breath of the Wild</i>, is known for its many, many puzzles. One of the more frustrating ones involved bowling …

In its fourth year, the Women in Open Source Awards honor women who make important contributions to open source projects and communities. Nominations will be accepted until Oct. 30, 2017 and winners will be announced at Red Hat Summit 2018.

RALEIGH, N.C. — October 9, 2017 —<p>Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that it is …

Facebook re-licenses React under MIT license after developer backlash

A major barrier to the adoption of Facebook’s React front-end library has been its license. Facebook chose to use a BSD-derived license that contained some troubling terms surrounding patent litigation.<p>But this is no longer an issue, as Facebook has announced it intends to re-license React – and …

Patents

A Smaller, Cheaper RISC V Board

Early this year, the world of electronics saw something amazing. The RISC-V, the first Open Source microcontroller was implemented in silicon, and we …

Arduino