Month: August 2016



Nayu OS gives users the ability to use their Chromebooks without being chained to Google’s ecosystem. It also adds a couple of nice features that other Chrome OS alternative don’t have.

What is it?

Nayu OS is a project from Nexedi, an open source software company based in France. Nayu OS was created with the goal of taking advantage of the speed, low price point and portability of Chromebooks without being tied to Google services and proprietary software.


Built with Developers in Mind

While Chromium OS already exists to be an open alternative to Chrome OS, Nayu OS goes one step further by adding tools for developers. Nexedi originally created Nayu OS to aid in developing their other projects. They decided to release it to publicly for others to use.

The developer related features include:

  • Removal of SSH daemon from running by default
  • Git support
  • IPv6 support, even on ISPs that only support IPv4
  • node.js, workarounds needed for npm to work
  • Google Account not required to login
  • Python support
  • Open source ERP

The developers are working on a several of new features including:

  • WebDAV server support
  • GPG command line utility
  • Zeroconf over Babel


Because Nayu OS is disconnected from the Google ecosystem, certain standard ChromOS features are turned off.

  • No Flash support
  • No external device support
  • No chrome web apps
  • Documents can’t be stored on Chromebook
  • Can’t install packages
  • Can’t execute custom binary

The Nayu OS project exemplifies why FOSS is so great. If there is a piece of software you use, dollars to doughnuts there is a FOSS alternative available to keep your data safe and give you more features.

I’m a developer, so this OS does appeal to me. However, I appreciate the fact that someone is taking Chromebooks and making them do something useful. This OS make the Chromebook platform an inexpensive way for someone to become a developer.

Have you tried Nayu OS? Does this sound like something useful to you? Let us know in the comments below.


source:it’s f.o.s.s.

Apple Open Source Projects

Apple Open Source Projects

Today’s industry player is the increasingly controversial Apple. Although Apple doesn’t advertise it, Apple has a long-time strong relationship with open source communities. Apple contributes to many open source projects as they incorporate them into iOS and the newly branded macOS, not to mention the pillars of the Apple operating systems being a mix-up of FreeBSD, the Mach Kernel, and the Darwin Kernel, plus much more open source software like the GNU Utils.


The benefits of opening up code come two-fold and tend to feedback into itself. First, the public benefits when the code is opened simply by having access. Then, the author benefits because the public can make recommendations, and possibly even changes. When the codebase becomes better as the result of the dialogue generated by the public forum around the code, it draws more attention. This is how the humble Linux kernel started and came to dominate the world of operating systems.

So, let’s take a look at the list of top Apple open source projects:





In 2014, Apple shocked the world with the announcement of its Swift programming language. Swift is a modern programming language with loads of features. It has seen unparalleled adoption rates and boasts quite out-of-the-box library considering it can leverage both C and Objective-C libraries and frameworks. Apple surprised the world, yet again, when they decided to open source their new language. Since then, Swift has gained popularity on Apple and Linux platforms.




Initially released in 1998 as KHTML, and part of the KDE project, WebKit has been around for quite some time. WebKit is the rendering engine that powers Safari, both desktop and mobile, as well as Google Chrome, desktop and mobile. WebKit has extensive standards support while maintaining performance, which is key with the sheer amount of media in modern websites. WebKit is a powerful piece of technology that continues to deliver.

ResearchKit and CareKit



These are two frameworks that are nothing but good intentions. ResearchKit is a framework that will allow medical professionals develop applications that can accurately track and measure illness and disease to an unprecedented degree, and combining with CareKit, it puts power in the hands of the patients themselves. Patients can easily supply their doctors with day-to-day updates pertaining to the progression or recession of medical conditions. This benefits both the patients as well as the medical research community. These two open source frameworks can potentially revolutionize medicine.

It’s easy to see that Apple takes open source seriously. They’re major contributors, and not just to the projects they lead. Be sure to check out the links provided to see where else Apple contributes as well as the contributions of other companies.

source :fossbytes