I (Adam) am a university student living in the UK. This state is pretty much dead now, but you can contribute via. GitHub and I will upload your reviews (if they seem alright!) if you so wish. As far as I know, there isn’t a FOS review site exclusively about FOSS on the web! The site was here to fill that gap.

Why Free and open-source software (FOSS) is amazing!

Open-source is brilliant, anyone in the world can contribute to the source of the program, they can also copy and adapt (fork) the source. This is fantastic because open-source software is generally free (as in ‘free beer’) because anyone could adapt it and release it separately for free if it wasn’t and is still about the same quality as closed-source (proprietary) software.

In open-source, an unlimited number of programmers can contribute in their free time to the project AND paid, full/part-time programmers from other companies that provide support for open-source software or use it extensively or are just feeling generous and contribute. So you have the multitude of programmers programming for fun as well as some serious full-timers putting it all together.

In closed-source, the software is often not free or has catches (e.g. funded by other paid software (iTunes – funded by Apple device sales), advertisements (Google), limited time (Spotify) etc…) and they only have some full/part-time programmers, they don’t tap into the extra power that comes from open-sourcing code and letting people code for your project in their free time.

So I am going to write exclusively about free and open-source software to show you how powerful and how amazing it is.

System Specifications:

Newer Laptop: Lenovo ThinkPad
Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS “Trusty Tahr” 64-bit [Firefox freezes when opened for first time]

Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU P8700 Processor @ 2.53GHz × 2
Mobile Intel® GM45 Express Chipset (Graphics)
1.9GiB RAM

Desktop: PackardBell
Ubuntu GNOME 14.10 (development branch) “Utopic Unicorn” 64-bit [X11 won’t load, probably need to reinstall working proprietary nVidia graphics driver]
Windows 8 Pro with Media Center (unactivated)

Intel Pentium M Processor (Dual-Core) @ 2.5GHz
nVidia GeForce 7050 Graphics (256MB GRAM)

Old Laptop: RM
Xubuntu 14.10 (development branch) “Utopic Unicorn” 32-bit [Fully working!]

Intel Pentium M Processor (Single-Core) @ 1.5GHz

Tablet: Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-F
Android 4.2.2 “Jelly Bean”

ARM Processor (Quad-Core) @ 1.2 GHz
(£120 at the time)


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