LPI Blog

The Vikings, eBooks, and Open Source

5 August, 2019 - by Marcel Gagné

If you were hoping to read a rollicking tale of those Norse seafaring explorers of old, heading out in their dragon-headed ships to explore and conquer distant lands, launching enthusiastically into battle with sword held high above their horned helmets, you may be disappointed. If, however, a story about exploring the cosmos and open document formats are your thing, then you've come to the right place.... Read more

How to use a compass

8 July, 2019 - by Marcel Kornegoor

As long as I can remember, I’ve disassembled nearly every electronic device I could lay my hands on. Starting with the old pick-up from my parents, my first hi-fi set and Mini Disc player, I continued to perform this exercise professionally as the lead editor of a Dutch audio and video magazine. As soon as you lift the cover of a device, the layout of the PCB and corresponding cabling tells quite a lot about the product.... Read more

OLPC, Peru, and a Vision for Education

1 July, 2019 - by Hernan Pachas

Telling people about the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program in Peru means I can share one of the best things I’ve done in my life, where my values and the basis of free software and open source came together naturally.... Read more

Open Source Journeys: In Conversation With Terry Hancock

17 June, 2019 - by Marcel Gagné

Marcel hangs out and chats with people who have been captured by the spirit and promise of Linux and Open Source software. Open Source is part philosophy, part technology, and part ideology. That's a powerful combination that sparks the imagination in different ways for different people.... Read more

Community Engagement. Looking back. Looking forward.

20 May, 2019 - by Cesar Brod

During the military dictatorship in my country, Brazil, which lasted from 1964 until 1985, a cry by the students at the University of Sao Paulo became popular. At night, all the lights in the University would suddenly be turned off, so the students all cried: "Ninguém solta a mão de ninguém" (Nobody lets go of anyone's hand).... Read more

Zigging while others are zagging

7 May, 2019 - by Evan Leibovitch

These days, at least in the US, it’s common for airline safety announcement to conclude with something like, “We know you have a choice of carriers and we appreciate that you chose us today”. It’s a nice sentiment, but it would be great if that message wasn’t so often undermined by the usually miserable experience of getting on the plane.... Read more