DuckDuckGo's 2016 open source donations

Also in today's open source roundup: PieMessage offers iMessage support on Android, and have MacBooks disappeared from Linux conferences?

DuckDuckGo's 2016 open source donations

DuckDuckGo's 2016 open source donations

A couple of months ago DuckDuckGo asked for nominations for open source donations from its community, based on the theme of raising the standard of trust online. The DuckDuckGo community responded with gusto, and now the company has revealed all of its choices.

The DuckDuckGo blog has the complete list of donations:

Thank you all for the nominations for our 2016 open source donations program. As usual, there was a wide variety of projects that could benefit from additional funding and fit the theme of raising the standard of trust online. We try to make this a joint effort with the commuity and you didn't disappoint!

$25,000 to the Freedom of the Press Foundation for SecureDrop

$25,000 to the Freenet Project

$25,000 to the OpenBSD Foundation

$25,000 to the CrypTech Project

$25,000 to the Tor Project for onion services

$25,000 to Fight for the Future for Save Security

$25,000 to the Open Source Technology Improvement Fund for VeraCrypt

$25,000 to Riseup Labs for LEAP

$25,000 to GPGTools for GPGMail

More at DuckDuckGo

PieMessage offers iMessage support on Android

Folks that have switched to Android from iOS often miss having access to Apple's iMessage service. But now there's an app called PieMessage that will let Android users access iMessage…provided they own a Mac.

Chris Smith reports for BGR:

Did you switch from iOS to Android and find yourself missing iMessage? After all, there's a lot to like about Apple's text application that features end-to-end encryption, file transfers, and cross-platform support – as long as you're using either iOS or Mac.

Those Android users who happen to own MacBooks and iMacs will be happy to hear that there's a new app called PieMessage that brings iMessage support to their Android handset.

The app requires a server to route messages to an Android device. In this case, it's a Mac that handles the workload: For incoming texts, the Mac will simply route the message towards the Android device.

The app is available on GitHub, and while it may be an exciting piece of software, there's always the chance that Apple will block this type of functionality in the future – these do-it-yourself solutions may also pose security risks. That said, PieMessage could help you stay in touch with friends and family who are iPhone users by using a chat app they already enjoy.

More at BGR

Have MacBooks disappeared from Linux conferences?

MacBooks used to be a very popular laptop choice for folks at Linux conferences, but it seems that the popularity of MacBooks among Linux users may be waning. A writer at Network World notes that there are a lot less MacBooks at Linux conferences these days.

Bryan Lunduke reports for Network World:

I honestly don't remember much about any of the sessions I attended all those years ago. But one memory stands out like a spotlight pointed straight at my face: almost every single laptop I saw in use at Ubuntu Live was a MacBook.

I recently returned from LinuxFest Northwest. One of the most noteworthy things from that event? I saw only one Mac laptop in use by the attendees of the event. One. And, you know what? It wasn't running Mac OS. It was running Linux.

In past years, the vast ocean of Apple logos really undercut any statement of "Linux is great." People would, inevitably, retort with, "Then why are all the 'Linux People' using Macs?" Admittedly, that was a great point and has been a source of shame for many of us for a very long time.

But now things are different. The Apple logos are (mostly) gone from Linux conferences.

More at Network World

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