A visual history of open source

In today's open source roundup: See the history of open source in an infographic. Plus: A comparison of LibreOffice 4.0 and Microsoft Office 2013, and a systemd versus sysVinit cheatsheet

The open source movement has brought good things to the lives of countless people around the world. But have you ever wondered how it all got started? Check out this infographic that walks you through the birth of open source in the 1950s to today's thriving open source world.

According to Piktochart:

From operating systems to development tools and programming languages to browsers and thousands of utilities and applications, Open Source has led the way. Now, discover the movement's history.

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A history of the open source software movement
Image credit: InformIT
Hat tip: Arccore on Google+

Note that I've only included a small chunk of the infographic in the quote box above. Be sure to click through to see the entire thing. I think it's a great visual representation of how far open source has come over the years.

The infographic is based on five Wikipedia articles. Here are links to each of them if you want to enjoy some additional reading:

GNU Project

Open Source

Free Software Movement

History of Free and Open Source Software

Open Source Initiative

LibreOffice 4.0 versus Microsoft Office 2013

Technology Personalized compares LibreOffice 4.0 to Microsoft Office 2013, and finds that LibreOffice 4.0 holds its own against Microsoft's office suite.

According to Technology Personalized:

LibreOffice is one of the best productive suites out in the market today. Being a freeware, there is no reason why you shouldn’t try/switch to it, just yet. Popular belief is that a freeware can never be as good as its premium rival, which is true in most cases but not in this one. LibreOffice is gaining ground, being the default productive suite for most Linux distributions and it already has gained a lot of fans. And if Microsoft continues to alienate its users, then they’ll soon be facing a mass upheaval in favor of Libreoffice.

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LibreOffice 4.0 versus Microsoft Office 2013
Image credit: Technology Personalized
Hat tip: Reddit
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