Every new year I look back at the open source projects that are essential to my computing life and take a moment to thank them by donating a little bit of money toward their continued good works. Beyond that I think it’s just a nice thing to call out some projects that deserve a mentioning. Some even made it back for another year in a row! Here are just some of the projects that I felt needed special mentioning this year:
A few years ago I started a tradition where every new year I take some time to look at the open source/free software I frequently use (sometimes on a daily basis!) and decide which of those projects I’ll make some donations to. While I don’t normally donate a huge amount of money I know that any little bit that I give these projects helps them continue their work and ensures that they’ll be around for me to use this time next year.
I have taken the time to create a GitHub repository for my old Hash Verifier software which you can now find here. I’ve even created different releases to reflect the evolution of the software as found on this website. Hopefully this will make it even easier for you to check out and play around with. GitHub repository link: https://github.com/tylerburton/hashverifier Version 0.1.0.0 (Original post) Version 0.2.0.0 (Original post) Version 0.3.0.0 (Original post)
Some friends and I have decided to give Linux a run for its money. Most of us are experienced Windows users so we figured making the transition to Linux would be 1) a good thing for the resumé and 2) a pretty easy switch. Boy were we ever wrong about #2… #1 is still debatable 😉 The basic premise is this: Is Linux really a practical desktop computer for the masses?