Posts with the tag Free Software:
The situation where an unskilled user can enjoy a well-working computer does only last so long.1 Either the user becomes good at maintaining the computer, or it will stop working correctly. That’s because computers are not reliable. If not used carefully, at some point, they will behave unexpectedly or stop working. Therefore, one will have to get their hands dirty and most likely learn something along the way.
Some operating systems are more prone to gathering cruft, though.
If you want to distance yourself from the craziness of the world around and
happen to be a computer geek, only a few things are more satisfying than
blasting hordes of demons on Doom. Here is how to install
GZDoom - an OpenGL port of Doom released under
the GPLv3 license - and a mod
called Brutal Doom on Fedora 31.
As Deep learning is becoming more and more popular, there is an ongoing debate on whether it’s possible to create Deep Learning applications with a Free Software license. See for example this discussion on the debian-devel mailing list.
The argument we often see is that:
It’s impossible to study the inner workings of a Deep Learning software (for example, an image classifier or a text generator) or improve it, because one cannot understand how it’s going to make predictions only by looking at the weights of the Deep Learning model Training a Deep Learning model requires a specialized and expensive hardware that runs non-Free software But the first statement misses the point of Deep Learning programs.