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GNU Linux-Libre 4.19 Kernel Is Now Available for Those Seeking 100% Freedom

With Linux kernel 4.19 hitting the streets, a new version of the GNU Linux-libre kernel is now available, version 4.19, based on the upstream kernel but without any proprietary drivers. Based on the recently released Linux 4.19 kernel series, the GNU Linux-libre 4.17-gnu kernel borrows all the new...
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GCC
The GNU Compiler Collection (GCC ) offers a robust and reliable suite of compilers that has been in use and under constant development for more than 30 years.

GCC: Optimizing Linux, the Internet, and Everything

Software is useless if computers can't run it. Even the most talented developer is at the mercy of the compiler when it comes to run-time performance - if you don’t have a reliable compiler toolchain you can’t build anything serious. The GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) provides a robust, mature and...
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Unix to GitHub: 10 Key Events in Free and Open Source Software History

It's easy to take open source software for granted today, but free and open source software as we know it is the product of a long series of developments that stretch back a half-century. Here's a look at some of the big moments in free and open source history -- from the heyday of free Unix, to...
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Linus Torvalds
To understand the widespread use of Linux today, you need to know the history of the larger free and open source universe.

For Fun and Profit: A New Book on the History of Linux and Open Source

Twenty-six years ago this month, a geeky student in Finland released the Linux kernel to the world. Today, hundreds of millions of people are using Linux. Why? That’s a question I try to answer in my new book For Fun and Profit: A History of the Free and Open Source Software Revolution. Sure, you...
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How Open Source Took Over the World

GOING WAY BACK, pretty much all software was effectively open source. That's because it was the preserve of a small number of scientists and engineers who shared and adapted each other's code (or punch cards) to suit their particular area of research. Later, when computing left the lab for the...
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Classic Emacs Editor Gets a New-School Makeover

Longtime users of the venerable Emacs editor can now use it with a sleek new skin that emphasizes consistency and ergonomics. A new distribution of the Emacs editor, called Spacemacs, repackages the classic developer's tool in a new skin for greater usefulness to a new generation of programmers....
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The Growth of the Linux and Open Source Channel since 1989

The Linux kernel was born twenty-five years ago this summer. Since that time a thriving partner ecosystem has arisen around open source platforms built on Linux, GNU and other free and open source software products. Here's a look at milestones in the evolution of the Linux channel and partner...
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Free As Can Be: gNewSense Is True GNU Linux

The Free Software Foundation's Linux distribution gNewSense is finally out in its fourth revision after a two-plus-year development cycle. The FSF is best known for its unrelenting advocacy for software unencumbered by patents and protected for future use by the GPL, as embodied in software like...
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