web25: Happy 25th Birthday to the World Wide Web

The following is a  post extracted from Google’s official blog.

 On March 12, 2014 the World Wide Web turned 25-years old. The post was written on that day by none other than the father/inventor of the web himself.

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First web server, used by Tim Berners-Lee. Photo via Wikipedia

First web server, used by Tim Berners-Lee. Photo via Wikipedia

written by: Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Twenty-five years ago today, I filed the proposal for what was to become the World Wide Web. My boss dubbed it ‘vague but exciting’. Luckily, he thought enough of the idea to allow me to quietly work on it on the side.

In the following quarter-century, the Web has changed the world in ways that I never could have imagined. There have been many exciting advances. It has generated billions of dollars in economic growth, turned data into the gold of the 21st century, unleashed innovation in education and healthcare, whittled away geographic and social boundaries, revolutionised the media, and forced a reinvention of politics in many countries by enabling constant two-way dialogue between the rulers and the ruled.

There are a few principles which allowed the web, as a platform, to support such growth. By design, the Web is universal, royalty-free, open and decentralised. Thousands of people worked together to build the early Web in an amazing, non-national spirit of collaboration; tens of thousands more invented the applications and services that make it so useful to us today, and there is still room for each one of us to create new things on and through the Web. This is for everyone.

Today, and throughout this year, we should celebrate the Web’s first 25 years. But though the mood is upbeat, we also know we are not done. We have much to do for the Web to reach its full potential. We must continue to defend its core principles and tackle some key challenges. To name just three:

How do we connect the nearly two-thirds of the planet who can’t yet access the Web?
Who has the right to collect and use our personal data, for what purpose and under what rules?
How do we create a high-performance open architecture that will run on any device, rather than fall back into proprietary alternatives?
There are no easy answers to these, and many other questions. Remember though that the Web was built by all of us, and so we all can, and should, play a role in defining its future. So please get involved. Send a birthday message to the Web using #web25 on any social media platform or by using this site. Support the work of the World Wide Web Foundation and the Web We Want campaign. Engage with the World Wide Web Consortium to imagine and build the future standards that will keep the Web the powerful platform for innovation that it is, starting with a symposium on the future of the Web.

Please visit this site (webat25.org) regularly for more details on events to celebrate the Web’s birthday and for more on how you can be involved in shaping its future. By working together, I believe we can build a Web that truly is for everyone: one that is accessible to all, from any device, and one that empowers all of us to achieve our dignity, rights and potential as humans. Let’s use this landmark birthday as a crucial step on that path.

22 Years of Linux. 22 Years of Freedom

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This week, one of the most recognisable and powerful forces in open-source software (Ubuntu) turned 9-years-old. Ubuntu is a computer operating system that is based on Linux, the mecca of open-source computing. Well, this year we celebrate the 22 Years since the inception of Linux. A beginning that stood for freedom, openness  and community. The Linux community is by far, in my opinion, the most improved and helpful computer community there is out there- and this all began with one email from a curious Linus Torvalds.

Here’s an infographic from Linux Foundation, celebrating 20-years of Linux. Take a look at this “Then and Now”infographic representing how far we’ve come:

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Happy Birthday Ubuntu!

It was on this very day back in 2004 that Mark Shuttleworth took to the Ubuntu mailing list to announce the inaugural release of Ubuntu 4.10 – codenamed the ‘Warty Warthog’ due to its rough edges.

Nine years, and some nineteen releases on, the Ubuntu desktop we find ourselves sat in front of today bears little resemblance to that of its younger self. The distro went, virtually overnight, from a Debian-based curiosity – “A space tourist making a Linux distro?!” – to becoming one of the most recognisable and powerful forces in open-source software.

– OMG Ubuntu

 

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The PS3 DualShock controlled PiCar

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What do you get when you have a RC-car, a PS3 dualshock controller, a python script,  a Raspberry Pi and some spare time on your hands???

Yep, you’ve guessed it. A Raspberry Pi powered “remote” controlled car. The best thing is- it’ll feel like you’re simply playing Need For Speed around your kitchen floor.

Check out Bjorn Jorgensen’s hacker guide on GitHub

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