June 05, 2018
In late January 1998, Netscape surprised everyone by releasing the source for Communicator, its web browser, making it readily available to all.
That marked a turning point, and the birth of a new term, in software development: Open Source. Coined by Christine Peterson, its introduction was meant to “make this field of endeavor more understandable to newcomers and to business”, clearing the confusion that often accompanied the term Free Software, and “viewed as necessary to its spread to a broader community of users”.
Two decades later, Open Source has unarguably become the norm. Open Source is the driving force behind today’s rapid technological advancements. It powers leading products across all industries. It will continue to enable all of us to create, tinker and lead our future.
Open Source thrives in large part because of its collaborative and democratic nature, giving individual software developers and corporations the opportunity to work together directly on projects of common interests.
As someone who has been a part of this community for only a few years, I’m regularly left in awe at what the Open Source movement achieves in such a short time frame, and can't help but wonder, what's next?
Happy birthday, Open Source!
(Originally published in Linux Format magazine, Issue 235, April 2018)
It has been just over a year since we first announced our effort to implement a Wayland driver for Wine. Here's a recap of what has been…
A step-by-step guide on how to enable 3D acceleration of Vulkan applications in QEMU through the new Venus experimental Vulkan driver for…
Maintaining a non-trivial set of GStreamer patches can be tricky. Thanks to the recent move to a single, unified git repo, you can now easily…
Earlier this year, I joined Collabora as an intern to work on improving testing in libcamera and automating it through KernelCI. Having…
With the LLVM toolchain seeing increasing development and adoption alongside the older, more established GNU toolchain, projects needing…
This summer, Christoph Haag and I had the pleasure of taking part in Google Summer of Code as mentors for xrdesktop, the Open Source project…