This Week in OSS #1 (TwOSS)

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Chromium blacklists nouveau drivers. The nouveau project publishes free and open source versions of NVIDIA's proprietary Linux drivers (by reverse engineering them). From personal experience, these drivers have always had their fair share of issues and never supported the latest hardware. An interesting quote from a Chromium developer, "...we want a stable and secure browser first, and a GPU-accelerated one second." Link


Matt Klein (Lyft, Envoy) wrote a post bringing up the holy war of monorepos. Adam Jacob (Chef) wrote a response.


Syncthing goes 1.0.0 and celebrates its 5 year birthday. Syncthing continuously syncs file trees across two or more computers. Reminds me a lot of Perkeep (née Camilstore) by Brad Fitzpatrick. Interesting that these tools have found a new audience in the era of Cloud. Link

Beat reCaptcha by sending audio to Google Cloud AI's Speech2Text API. A bit of a roundabout (and expensive) process, so not too practical. Link

Scratch 3.0 was released. Scratch is a visual programming language (mainly for children), that came out of the MIT Media Lab. Fred Wilson wrote a great post on some of the new features. While I can't say I've used it, I love to see folks working on making technology more accessible. GitHub

LiteCLI is a CLI client for SQLite. Apparently there is a whole effort called DBCLI to build open source CLIs for popular databases. Presumably there is a lot of shared code and logic. Link

"Grin is a private and lightweight mimblewimble blockchain". Yes, those are words. No, I don't think they mean anything. Link

FBT is an internationalization framework by Facebook. Great to see it released in tandem with a documentation site. Link


Let's Encrypt is now serving more than 150 million websites. They expect to serve up to 120M active certificates and 215M fully qualified domains in 2019. They've done all this with a budget of only $3.6M. Link