This website is a love letter to the idea of open source culture. The future of personal computing is yet to be determined, and while it remains undecided, Applebiter.com will lend its pages to bringing open source tech into the hands of non-experts. My goal is to attract as many Windows and Mac users as possible to trying Linux and the open source ecosystem, perhaps again, as though for the first time. Fantastic improvements have been made in two versions of Linux, particularly, which bring them up to a comfort level that users of proprietary operating systems expect. Applebiter.com will place a heavy emphasis on articles and howtos demonstrating the installation, configuration, and usage of the Ubuntu LTS and openSUSE Leap versions of a Linux-based operating system.

Ubuntu LTS

Ubuntu is a large and ever-growing project, and an award-winning crossover computing platform, some flavor of which is running on desktop PCs, laptops, tablets, phones, IoT devices, and even wearable computing devices. Ubuntu LTS is the Long Term Support version of their main desktop operating system. At the time of this writing, the latest Ubuntu LTS version is 16.04.2, and can be found here.

openSUSE Leap

openSUSE is also a large, and long-lived Linux distro, which is mature and stable, and with its default KDE desktop, it makes a perfect replacement for Windows PCs. Like Ubuntu, openSUSE can be installed on older PCs that used to run Windows XP, if they meet the minimum hardware requirements. openSUSE Leap is the more stable of the two main openSUSE flavors, though it still boasts cutting-edge technology. At the time of this writing, the latest version is 42.2, and it can be downloaded here.

Programming & Tech Literacy

In addition to promoting Linux as an end-user platform, Applebiter.com seeks to promote programming literacy through practical usage. The LAMP development stack goes hand-in-hand with Linux, and has since the early days of the Web. Being based on a handful of different technologies residing on different tiers, it provides a gateway of learning into several, different domains of knowledge, from basic C-like programming with JavaScript and PHP to database-querying languages like SQL, to Web Design.

Ideas in Open Source and Open Culture

Beyond the computer, there are other applications of open source thinking, which includes open culture and open standards, without which open source software is nothing. In my opinion, this is about basic cultural literacy, and that includes the technology that pervades our culture and our lives. We are being shaped by technology. It is only fitting that we should become the shapers of technology, in turn.