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What is Open Source?

The term open source (or simply referred to as "open") indicates that the source code for specific programs (OS, server, database, etc) is available to the public, that anyone may alter the source code but must submit the new source code back to the community and especially to the owner(s) of the project, yet regulated by any of various umbrella licenses to protect the project and everyone involved in the development or use of the program(s).

The social benefit of any open project is that many developers may write (code) or fix specific sections of the source code. Working as a community, no single developer owns it, but each receives credit for being part of such project. At the same time, these projects are free of charge to users, who often willingly supply feedback and submit information on bugs on the functionality of the program(s). In general, for almost every commercial program there is an open and royalty-free alternative. The biggest examples nowadays are the various flavors of Linux and BSD — most likely in this order.

The drawback of some open source projects is that there can be little support by the developer(s) for any number of reasons, which normally narrow down to lack resources — much too often time and/or money. Nonetheless other users are more than willing to help.

At the same time, big projects like MySQL make a revenue offering technical support although the product itself is free of charge. In other cases, third-parties offer commercial support for products like Apache. Of course, there is vast on-line and/or printed documentation and literature on these projects.

In the other hand, we can use the term "closed" when referring to proprietary code, not available to the public, regulated and limited by legalities whether the program is free of charge or not. Understanding the latter, closed programs can either be given to the public free of charge (freeware), included in open source projects, offered as a commercial product or marketed in any possible way or combination of ways including as shareware at the sole discretion of the developer(s). In this case, there is more support alternatives from the vendor(s) and third-parties.

I support open source as an extension of the hacker mentality and its rebellious spirit, which offers free of charge alternatives to commercialism, big corporations (somehow IBM not often included), proprietary code technologies and the status quo in general. As I have mentioned in other sections of VintageOS, I currently use Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 on my system and I am more familiar with open standards. Unfortunately this, by no means, makes me an expert on any of these technologies (disclaimer).

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On a side note, I never stop thinking and processing information all around me. As such, one of the subjects that attracts me most (aside from technology and music) is human behavior, not limited to psychology and ethos of the individual and masses. Hence I usually read, study and write essays of my own. From all possible authors in this field, some of my favorites are (in order of interest) Nietzsche, Levinas and Kant. As such, I have published two science fiction books, in which I include my opinion on religion, sociology, psychology, politics, manipulation of the masses, media, science and various technologies.

Under the Thelian Sky, ISBN
             9781494232283, ASIN B00GTQBY04

In Under the Thelian Sky, mankind did not originate on Earth, but rather on Mars. When Mars could no longer sustain life, mankind had to escape and colonized Earth. Many years later, a study was written about the survival of mankind in Mars and its struggle in Earth led by Doctor Ajidan Edejem. We proved to be a species that has survived wars, slavery and other forms of abuse. All the while, the government controlled by "them" wants to keep everything quiet and even kill him for telling others about the unavoidable doom. Years before the extinction of life in Mars, the Thelian society was perfect, yet corrupted. Life was easy, yet difficult if you were different. For every good person, like Ahila Keinj who found peace in The Faith, there were many willing to destroy it all for gain while "they" controlled the fate of many. At the end, an outsider simply known as Operative Logger 9C56 tries to fight "them" and stop "their" manipulation of history and mankind.

You can get Under the Thelian Sky exclusively at Amazon — available on print (ISBN 9781494232283) and e-book (ASIN B00GTQBY04).

In The Daydreamer, Robert James is a normal New Yorker who wakes up one morning unsure what had happened in his life. He is accused of killing the woman he has always loved, but he remembers three possible realities. Which reality could be true? Has he dreamed these realities, seen this events or taken part of these strange acts? Is he a killer or is he being framed? Perhaps he knows the killer better than anyone else without realizing it.


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