Kenneth Gonsalves
Availability of source code

FOSS is __FUN__: The Fifth Freedom, Part 2

Stallman’s classic definition of open source speaks of the four freedoms — the freedom to run the program in any way one likes, the freedom to study the source code and modify it,…

Licensing freedom?

FOSS is __FUN__: The Fifth Freedom

Stallman’s classic definition of open source speaks of the four freedoms — the freedom to run the program in any way one likes, the freedom to study the source code and modify it,…

Is it the best IDE?

FOSS is __FUN__: The Best IDE

In any forum that talks about programming, a frequent topic is, “What is the best IDE for the language/framework under discussion?”┬áThis often leads to lengthy flame wars, because programmers are passionate about the…

A rant on DBAs

FOSS is __FUN__: Get the Basics Right

A few thoughts about databases in general… and some rants about the good old ways. There are a plethora of free/open source databases around, from the good old Berkeley DB, SQLite, MySQL, PostgreSQL,…

FOSS for an MBA

FOSS is __FUN__: FOSS Meets the MBA

How does FOSS development get along with business graduates who know little about the process? The FOSS methodology recognises that software development is a process that never ends. The developer adopts the end-user…

Free your mind

FOSS is __FUN__: Free Your Mind

Golf, par, handicaps — and sub-classing, abstraction and lines of code. Sounds interesting? Last month, I have had the privilege of listening to two presentations on two radically different subjects. The only thing…

The Dvorak keyboard

FOSS is __FUN__: The Dvorak Keyboard

The “what” and the “why” of the Dvorak keyboard, when compared to the older “standard”, the QWERTY keyboard. The standard keyboard has the QWERTY layout, which has remained unchanged for the last 100…

The old way

FOSS is __FUN__: A Testing Time

The other day, I had an opportunity to see how software development takes place in the “industry” — in other words, the proprietary world. I did not know whether to laugh or cry!…

Open Source done right!

FOSS is __FUN__: The Django Project — Open Source Done Right

Here are some ideas for FOSS fans on what makes an open source project successful. We also look at Django, an open source project ‘done right’. What makes one open source product a…

Who are the elite contributors?

FOSS is __FUN__: The Unsung Heroes

There is always an ongoing debate in FOSS circles on how to define a FOSS contributor. What is real FOSS contribution? Who are the elite contributors, and who are the also-rans? This debate…

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