Open Source Weekly #12 - A fast and sustainable web(site)

I spent the past two days rebuilding my website from scratch, ditching Bootstrap, JQuery and custom fonts (you’ll be horrified to learn how much traffic custom fonts are accountable for) in order to improve its performance, readability and computing resources usage. I’m pretty satisfied with the effort: now, any page reliably loads in less than 1 second worldwide without a CDN (yeah, even in Australia) and the theme overhead is approximately 10 KB.

Open Source Weekly #11 - Flavors of Linux

Hello everyone 👋 This week we are going to talk about Linux and especially which flavor of Linux to choose. I know this is a rather controversial topic but as I’m often asked, I felt it was time to write it down. Dear esteemed reader, please don’t feel offended if I don’t talk about your favorite one 🙏 Did you know According to lwn.net there are between 500 and 600 different Linux distributions.

Open Source Weekly #10 - The Fediverse

Hi everyone 👋 As you may have noticed I have updated the website (from opensourceweekly.org to fatalentropy.com) because it was too much of a burden for me to maintain 2 websites. If you use an RSS reader, please update your feed to: https://fatalentropy.com/feed.xml Otherwise Open Source Weekly will continue as before, if not with better quality :) Did you know What is the Fediverse? The Fediverse (a portmanteau of “federation” and “universe”) is a network of platforms whose principal purpose is publishing and sharing content.

Open Source Weekly #9

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well 🙏 I’m about to release the new version of my open source project Bloom (encrypted Notes, Calendar, Contacts, Files…) which will feature end-to-end encryption. Before that I’m looking for feedback on the cryptographic design, so if you are a cryptography / security enthusiast you are welcome to join the discussion on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/crypto/… on Stack Exchange: https://crypto.stackexchange.com/questions/80186/… on Hacker New: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22945405

Open Source Weekly #8 - Content curation

Great news for CLI lovers: starting today, all the weekly emails will be sent with both a HTML and a Text version 🎉 We all know that the world shifted from a material-based economy to one based on the capacity of human attention. Yet, because these social networks and apps made us believe that they are essential to our lives, we (I?) are still relentlessly giving them our limited attention.

Open Source Weekly #7 - SIMD

Today we are going to talk about high performance. Not the standard distributed cloud blahblah but high performance on a single core on a single machine. Please welcome SIMD instructions. Did you know? What are SIMD instructions? SIMD (for Single Instruction, Multiple Data) are special instructions on CPUs and GPUs that allow them to perform an operation on multiple bytes with only one instruction. It is often called vectorization because operations are applied to a vector of data with a single instruction.

Open Source Weekly #6 - Ecology

Faster than expected. The past few weeks taught us that when sh*t is knocking at the door, it’s already too late. Unfortunately, there are a lot of other subjects where serious people are warning us that our current trajectory is not good. You get it, today we are going to talk about ecology 🌱 I don’t expect politics to understand negative externalities overnight so it’s our responsibility to build a sustainable future.

Open Source Weekly #5

Welcome for your weekly dose of inspiring open source projects! Open source is more than ever relevant in these tough times and the world is slowly discovering that centralization and closed ecosystems literally kill people 😷 Projects Drop-in Minimal CSS This is THE revelation of the week. We can code websites without using HTML classes by simply styling native HTML elements like nav, footer, main… This is really great because then we can completely change the theme of websites by simply changing the stylesheet.

Open Source Weekly #4 - Gaming

You are certainly asking yourself what to do with this sudden amount of free time now we are all in quarantine and no longer have to commute every day. The answer is obvious: VIDEO GAMES!!!! Welcome for a special edition of OpenSourceWeekly.org dedicated to gaming 🕹️ Gaming on Linux You no longer need windows for gaming, really (Nabil 👋). Thanks to a joint effort between the community and some companies like Valve (which have great interest not to rely on Microsoft Windows, which is trying to eat their game distribution market).

Open Source Weekly #3

While pursuing my goal to use 100% Free and Open Source software, I created my Fediverse account yesterday to gradually replace Twitter. You can follow me @sylvain@kerkour.fr to never miss one of my posts or ideas 👋 If you don’t have a Fediverse account yet you can create one here: https://mastodon.social. What is the Fediverse and why is it better than Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and SoundCloud combined? I will explain everything in detail in a future issue :) Projects https://github.