Posts Tagged ‘open-source’

You have heard me mention open-source software in the past.  I have to say that the more I have used it, the more I have come to appreciate it.  I’m talking about GIMP and the like – such as Inkscape, Blender3d, and Scribus.

Inkscape has some very nice features – tiling, cloning, real-time path editing, bitmap tracing – you can have fun for hours and hours just farting around with it.  The graphic below was done in about 20 minutes of vector doodling.

Update #38:  Now I think Enas’ suggestions lead to something more like this…

We’re talking vector graphics, not bitmappers – truly smooth at all scales.

And for photo-editing, your GIMP may indeed lack some of the Photoshop bells and whistles but most all of my graphics are done by or at least kissed by GIMP at one point or another.

Blender3d, you just won’t find a renderer/modeler for a better price.  It has a learning curve to it, but anything worth having will, because unless it is a total pile of crap it (which it most certainly is not) hints at pure capability.  There are a number of good plugin renderers available as well – YAFRAY, Indigo, Luxrender – these I have played with and had varying levels of quality (directly proportional to the amount of time spent learning them, of course).

The one I haven’t tried in-depth is Scribus.  It looks to be seriously capable and has been used in desktop publishing to the extent of book publishing, so the promise is there.

I’m also an OpenOffice user.  I will say that there are some serious flaws (color palette related is a huge one) and the Excel clone will sometimes frustrate you to tears, but like the graphics packages also give you freedom from Microsoft and are available in multiple platforms.  Anything that competes with Microsoft helps keep things honest and boosts quality.


You know, if he honestly means everything he’s just said, I have to say I respect Stupak in spite of his Democratic leanings.  Nobody is perfect, but you can still respect the fact that they stand behind their ideals.

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Here’s a teaser, and then you can go to the article to read all about it…

Stanford University (Stanford, CA) scientists say they are out to reinvent digital photography with the introduction of an open-source digital camera that will give programmers around the world the chance to create software that will teach cameras new tricks, meaning camera performance will no longer be limited by the software that comes pre-installed by the manufacturer.

Virtually all the features of the Stanford camera (dubbed Frankencamera)–focus, exposure, shutter speed, flash–are at the command of software that can be created by inspired programmers anywhere. “The premise of the project is to build a camera that is open source,” said computer science professor Marc Levoy. Stanford imagines a future where consumers download applications to their open-platform cameras the way Apple apps are downloaded to iPhones today.

source: OptoIQ article

Like, isn’t that the coolest damn thing?  Yes, you could control a Canon camera (select models) but this opens up some awesome new possibilities several of which I am itching to try.


Hey, how about a little bit of control over the internet?  Now that it has been given away, it makes it easier for the rest of the socialist/marxist world (read: Europe) to throw weight behind a controlled-internet approach.  Why, if Europe and the rest of the world wanted to do so, then we’d almost have to switch over, wouldn’t we?

Well, our newest cabinet-member-but-not-a-cabinet-member, Susan Crawford, is an internet Czar.  She’s a card-carrying socialist all the way.  If you choose to argue that point, may I just say that actions speak louder than any words she may have uttered.

Quake in fear when you hear an Obama Untouchable – the new priesthood under the Obamessaiah – utter words like these:

We should do a better job as a nation of making sure fast, affordable broadband is as ubiquitous as electricity, water, snail mail, or any other public utility.

Think of all the things the gov’t can do with a self-appointed mandate such as that.

The conclusion of the article reads in a way that makes my bowels turn to water because it stifles a wonderful free-speech medium while empowering the once-failing now-government-subsidized news organizations (that are “too important to lose”).

Net neutrality regulations would destroy private investment and we would end up with a government-owned and controlled network. We’ll have nowhere to go if the government turns out to be not quite as benevolent as some have hoped. That’s a frightening scenario and we should do everything we can to stop the net neutrality regulation that would start us down that path.

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