Tag: open-source

Geezam! Barcelona Declaring Independence from Proprietary software
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Geezam! Barcelona Declaring Independence from Proprietary software

Just when I thought that the Catalonia referendum would have been the only surprise happening in Spain, the city of Barcelona is on a path to full technological independence. The mission has been dubbed the "full technological sovereignty" of Barcelona. According to Zdnet.com, they will be performing a full migration from proprietary to open source software by spring 2019.   What this migration entails? Their first step will be to target key application such as Microsoft Outlook and Exchange Server. Those will be replaced with Open-Xchange servers. Microsoft Office suite maybe replaced with the more powerful tool, LibreOffice and Internet Explorer will be kicked to the curve by Firefox. Operating system level migration will be done at a later date and Ubuntu is said to be th...
SMBE – Running on Open Source Software
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SMBE – Running on Open Source Software

Welcome to another post in the series, where I'll be expressing my views on open source technology and the benefits to Jamaica. This is the second write-up and I'll be showing how open source software benefits the business sector. If you missed the first post please feel free to catch up. The economics and social benefits derived from the application of open source technology in the Small and Medium Business Enterprise (SMBE) has been tremendous. The sector has seen an upward trend in the rate of adoption for open source technology and it is expected to continue growing in the coming years. This sharp upswing is not a result of open source offering a more cost-effective option but also stability, security and agility to the industry. Yes, open source has been a force for change on a...
Linux and Other Open Source Technologies: The Benefits for Jamaica
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Linux and Other Open Source Technologies: The Benefits for Jamaica

This is my first blog post on this platform and without further ado, I wish to say many thanks to the Geezam blog community for having me on their platform. The work that you guys are doing is amazing!   My Theme Hi! Have you ever thought about the technologies used by some of the most successful companies around the world - take for example Facebook, Google, Airbnb & Twitter? Have you thought about the tools that were used during their initial stages of development? News flash, they all started out using Linux or other forms of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Now, they are "all grown up" and FOSS still forms part of their critical infrastructure. With that chain of thought, have you ever thought about why some of our main institutions (governmental and non-govern...
HP allows webOS to go Open source
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HP allows webOS to go Open source

After buying Palm last year for over a billion dollars and acquiring the much touted webOS mobile operating system as part of the package HP has pulled the plug on direct development of the webOS platform instead choosing to release the source code to the open source development community. Press release HP today announced it will contribute the webOS software to the open source community. HP plans to continue to be active in the development and support of webOS. By combining the innovative webOS platform with the development power of the open source community, there is the opportunity to significantly improve applications and web services for the next generation of devices. webOS offers a number of benefits to the entire ecosystem of web applications. For developers, applicatio...
Comeback Kids: Google Chrome OS – The Cloud and Open Source Swan Song
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Comeback Kids: Google Chrome OS – The Cloud and Open Source Swan Song

Google Chrome OS, the Open Source Cloud based Operatng  System said to be the ultimate challenger to Microsoft Windows on Netbooks that was based on Google’s foray into the browser wars, was not a failure in the strictest sense, as ironically, it is yet to even make a debut, thus it cannot said to have failed, having not been rejected by anyone. It is included in my article series, as due to repeated promises of its launch and yet lack of failure to appear, one is left to ponder if this is some prank by Google on the Netizens, already used to Cloud Computing in the form of applications such as Google Mail (Gmail) and Google Docs, two excellent products thus far. Google Chrome, which was debut in June 2010 in more a case, as mentioned before, of a product that came designed to be ported wit...