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Open Source Machines: New Ideas Are Arriving

Bring up the term open source to many people, and they'll immediately think of community-driven software projects, but we've covered many open source hardware concepts here on OStatic over the years. And, last year, the official Open Source Hardware (OSHW) definition arrived in version 1.1. Recently, TED fellow Marcin Jakubowski delivered an address in which he discussed the open source blueprints for 50 farm machines, ranging from tractors to harvesters. You can get his thoughts in a video, but these farm-focused ideas are only a small part of the open source hardware scene. As NPR notes: "Using wikis and digital fabrication tools, Jakubowski's work enables anyone to build their own tractor or harvester from scratch. The effort is part of an overall project to write an instruction...

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Google Chrome Beats Internet Explorer

Google Chrome has beaten Microsoft's Internet Explorer as the most popular web browser worldwide, for the first time.

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Who Loves Ya, Linux Baby?

If there's anything important in this competitive world, it's the ability to tell one's friends from one's enemies. We here in the Linux blogosphere tend to be pretty good at that, but recently a surprising turn of events left us befuddled. Namely: Mozilla's decision to leave Linux support out of...

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Rocks Releases Mamba

The latest version of Rocks cluster distribution – an open source toolkit for real and virtual clusters – has been released.

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A Tale of Two Suites: Do We Still Need OpenOffice.org?

Would a rose by any other name still smell as sweet? Or would it, perhaps, end up sweeter? That, essentially, is the question at the heart of the forking process, which in turn is at the heart of a key situation today. Namely: Now that we have LibreOffice, do we...

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