A Quick Plug
Katherine Druckman chats with Petros Koutoupis and Kyle Rankin about FOSS (Free and Open Source Software), the benefits of contributing to the projects you use, and why you should be a FOSS fan as well.
This week, we talked about why it’s important to contribute to the open source software you depend on. The talk was largely inspired by a recent DrupalCon panel on a similar topic. You may recognize one of the panelists, and we’ll be sure to share a link when a recording is available.
For this episode, we pulled Petros and Kyle into the conversation to share their experiences with various projects, and in particular, Purism’s upstream first policy. We outlined the business case for contribution, as well as the ideological case, and offer a few suggestions about where to start.
We hope this return to our open source roots proves useful, and inspires you to find ways to support the technologies that interest you.
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Our previous guest Evan Greer has released a new single worth checking out. Enjoy!
This Week’s Reading List
Upstream (software development) - Wikipedia — In software development, upstream refers to a direction toward the original authors or maintainers of software that is distributed as source code, and is a qualification of either a version (released by the original authors, based on their upstream source code), a bug or a patch.
Heads — Heads is secure BIOS replacement that provides tamper-evident features to detect when the BIOS or important boot files have been modified. The official project page can be found at the official Heads GitHub page and we base our Heads BIOS off of this code. On Purism laptops Heads is built as an executable on top of the same coreboot BIOS that we have used in the past but instead of coreboot running SeaBIOS to detect and boot into your devices, coreboot runs Heads instead.
Some Thoughts on Open Core | Linux Journal — Why open core software is bad for the FOSS movement.
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