Friday, 1 April 2016

Internet Messengers lead the way of FOSS to the end users

Posted by Gary Newell  |  at  00:01 No comments

The year 2016 may become pivotal in the world of open source.
It is no longer a secret that many “backbone” systems of the world work on open source products. But a “regular” user, Joe Blogs, is not so familiar with Free Open Source Software.
This is changing. Internet messengers take a lead here.
Telegram is open source for long time now. It grows in popularity.
The tendency is continued by ICQ, the internet messenger that was popular 10-15 years ago. Mail.Ru Group that currently holds the rights to this messenger opened its source code that can be seen here and cached here.
That is only a beginning… ICQ is far from the leading positions it held in the beginning of the century. News agency OBS (Odna Babka Skazala) reports that other messengers, both desktop and mobile, are turning to FOSS world. WhatsApp (link), Facebook Messenger, Viber and even Snapchat announced that they become open source by the end of 2016.
Please continue watching this space for more news.
And before you trust everything in this article, please check the date…

DarkDuck is the author and the owner of blog Linux Notes from DarkDuck and the site BuyLinux CDs, where you can read more about different Linux operating systems and then order disks with your favourite distribution

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Gary Newell started the Everyday Linux User blog in 2010 and has written reviews on dozens of different Linux based operating systems. He has also written a number of tutorials.

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