30 Apr '15, 5pm

Massive Microsoft Machinations For Makers

The possibilities have always been endless. The reality is that closed-source tools require take away time. We have to crack them or work around them just to get on with our projects. Then we have to fear they’ll sue us, patent what we did on their equipment, or somehow lock us out of our own achievements. The Open Source Community worked hard to get to this point with open-source software. Linux allows us to boot almost any CPU with an MMU (so an ATMega328 is out but a lot of 32-bit chips are in). We get the GNU tools from a basic installation: gcc, gmake, vi. We also get the scripting languages that pull everything together: Perl, Python, Tcl. We can see processes, fix problems, and maintain from any distance. This has enabled us to create and support other tools for people that may not be technical but have fascinating ideas. They want to make cute robots, make gardenin...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2015/04/30/massive-microsoft-machinat...

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