OpenGL (Open Graphics Library) is a standard specification defining a cross-language cross-platform API for writing applications that produce 2D and 3D computer graphics. The interface consists of over 250 different function calls which can be used to draw complex three-dimensional scenes from simple primitives. OpenGL was developed by Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) in 1992 and is widely used in CAD, virtual reality, scientific visualization, information visualization, and flight simulation
A student at UC Davis has created some stunning visualizations of open source software contributions, including Eclipse, Python, Apache httpd and Postgres.
Back in the 1980s, when Richard Stallman was the only one talking about the need for “free software,” no one quite knew what he was talking about.
There’s free software and then there’s open source’ he suggested, noting that Microsoft gives away its software in developing countries. With open source software, on the other hand, ‘there is this thing called the GPL, which we disagree with.’
A new study report – free open source software is costing vendors $60 billion per annum; so FOSS Saved Customers $60 Billion dollars.
The public perception of open source is changing fast, says Ubuntu Linux leader Mark Shuttleworth.
Can you code 24 hours non-stop? Hackontest is a new Google-sponsored 24-hour programming competition between different open source projects.
There are a lot of flavors of Linux on the market, each with its own unique features and quirks. Businesses are usually willing to pony up for one of the “Big Two”: Red Hat or Novell/Suse. Regular folks, on the other hand, are more likely to download one of the free alternatives.