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[Solved] What does "Its foss" mean?

Post by EternalStudent » Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:34 pm

I have seen "It's foss" posted all over the place but for the life of me I can't find a meaning for foss. Please educate me.
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Re: What does "Its foss" mean?

Post by karlchen » Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:40 pm

The sentence reads, "It's FOSS". (It is FOSS)
And here is what FOSS is: Free and open-source software
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Re: What does "Its foss" mean?

Post by michael louwe » Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:48 pm

EternalStudent wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:34 pm
I have seen "It's foss" posted all over the place but for the life of me I can't find a meaning for foss. Please educate me.
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To add on, FOSS is fine and dandy for software until FOSS has to meet head on with OEM hardware devices which are mostly non-FOSS or closed-source or proprietary in order for the OEMs to recoup R&D costs and ROI, eg Nvidia and AMD graphics cards/GPU, and Broadcom and Realtek Wifi adapter cards.
....... Hence, hardware OEMs seldom support desktop Linux(= world market share of about 2% only), eg the Sierra Wireless EM7355 4G LTE modem cards in Lenovo T440 laptops do not work out-of-the-box/ootb in LM 19.x but work ootb in Win 10/8.1/7(= about 90% world market share).

In short, it can be easy and free of costs for tech-geeks to develop new FOSS, eg in their basement or attic; but not so for them to develop new hardware+firmware. That's the real world = "There is no free lunch in this world."
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Re: [Solved] What does "Its foss" mean?

Post by EternalStudent » Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:56 pm

@karlchen
Thank you for the answer. Closing thread.

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