“How can I help Free Software?”

Ocak 28, 2011 at 8:48 AM (Uncategorized) (, , )

Free Software is great. And the biggest advantage of it is being dependent on actual individuals. And this is where you come into play:

1. Use it

It’s that easy: just use it. While installing (or compiling) you may run into errors. You may run into bugs while using the software. Report them to the developers. Every software developer needs specific information with that bug report. Don’t worry, they will guide you through it. You may even submit feature requests.

2. Translate it

If you can speak any other language than English (in may case, Turkish) translate the software. There are very good translation softwares to use, like Poedit and Qt Linguist. That way you will be helping the software to be more reachable for people speaking that language.

3. Create tutorials

If you got hold of the software, you can contribute to the wiki of that software, put together a blog post, or even record a video explaining the software. You can also CC Licence it in the spirit of Free Software.

4. Code

You can learn a programming language and contribute to the code. For example C++ and Python are very straightforward and easy-to-learn languages. You can even learn GTK+ or Qt and start GUI programming.

Alright, what have we learned so far? You don’t have to be a full-time hacker to help Free Software. Even only by using the software you will be of a lot of help.

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Microsoft’s Lock-in Finally Broken in Turkey

Aralık 17, 2009 at 1:02 PM (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

It’s a good day for free software. Why? Because Microsoft will no more be able to force Windows pre-installed PC’s onto Turkish citizens.

Lawyer Nihat Karslı -who is the president of Pardus Users Group (Pardus Kullanıcıları Derneği) and also a member of Linux Users Group- filed a lawsuit against Windows pre-installed PC’s. Consumer Court of Ankara (Ankara 1. Tüketici Mahkemesi) ruled for Karslı and banned the forced sales of Windows operating system with a new PC. We’ll see if this ruling will be taken seriously by PC stores.

Regardless of this ruling, the interest in Free Software have been rising steadily in Turkey. I have been observing this for a couple of years now. Firefox is the first thing people install after a new Windows format-reinstall cycle. OpenOffice.org has gained a lot of ground (now more and more government PC’s are OO.o installed). Most important is that people have been installing a flavor of Linux on their PC’s.

I hope this will be a breaking point for all PC users in Turkey because Free Software is a far better choice for most them.

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Software Freedom Day

Eylül 19, 2009 at 6:36 AM (Uncategorized) (, , )

Today (September 19th) is Software Freedom Day. It’s always good to have an excuse to increase the awareness of Free Software.

Today what all of us free software users should do is to tell just one computer user about free sotware. Tell them about community, tell them about sharing, tell them about collaboration. For free software isn’t just about free of charge computer software, today should not be just about that, either. Tell them about why you are using free software instead of proprietary ones, show them that they have a choice.

When they learn what free software is, show them a couple of alternatives: GNU/Linux, BSD, Firefox, OpenOffice.org, GIMP, Blender, Inkscape, Ardour, Audacity, Hydrogen, Rosegarden, Avidemux… and many more.

Happy Software Freedom Day!

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Freezing Moon: Two new games for Linux

Eylül 11, 2009 at 2:06 AM (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

Freezing Moon is a foundation aiming at development of free and open source games. As can be seen on their gallery, they’re using Blender for most things, and that what cought my attention.

They are working on two games right now: one of them is a fantasy MMO RPG/RTS based on Norse Mytholgy called Ancient Beast and the other one is a FPS with post apocalyptic sci-fi theme called Dark Shift. Looking at the concept arts and the 3d models so far I must say I’m impressed.

Always nice to have new FLOSS game projects and I think they deserve the support.

Good luck mates!

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Gutenberg + Calibre = Happiness

Eylül 6, 2009 at 10:40 PM (Blogroll) (, , , , )

I love reading. I love reading books, magazines, blog posts, forum entries, and anything that can be read. But for me there’s a shortcoming to this: I don’t have enough money to buy hundreds of books since I’m just a student. So I have found an amazing solution: Project Gutenberg and only the greatest e-book software, that is Calibre.

Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks.

When I say “free”, I mostly mean the books that have become a part of public domain through time. The wonderful thing about this is the best books written to date mostly belong to the public domain. Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Immanuel Kant, Leo Tolstoy, Maksim Gorky, Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, and many more great writers are just a click away from you now. My personal favorite lately is Sir Conan Doyle and the infamous Sherlock Holmes series. You can download over 50 books of him.

calibre is a one stop solution to all your e-book needs. It is free, open source and cross-platform in design and works well on Linux, OS X and Windows. calibre is meant to be a complete e-library solution and thus includes library management, format conversion, news feeds to ebook conversion, as well as e-book reader sync features and an integrated e-book viewer.

Calibre has a very nice interface, the viewer is simply amazing and you can convert your pdf files to -for example- .epub format and read your e-books with ease. Calibre remembers where you left and auto-scrolls to that page on the next run.

All in all I’m having great time with these and I’m sure a lot of people out there would be happy to know about this. Thanks to all people who puts even the slightest effort in keeping amazing works, such as these, going.

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