open source software

Can I Get a Computer Made in the USA?

Computer

Episode 1763

Jay from Boston, MA

Jay wants to know if there are any computers completely made in the USA? Leo says that even if you could get one, the components would probably be made around the world.  Accessories are another story. But an entire computer being made 100% in the USA? None come to mind. Check out this link at USAProducts.biz.

Falcon Northwest is a computer company that builds PCs locally. Apple assembles the MacPro Towers in Texas. But even then, both source parts from around the world.

What is Kodi and how can it be free?

Episode 1306

Tom from St Louis, MO

Tom has installed Kodi on his Amazon Fire TV. This used to be Xbox Media Center, or XBMC. He's wondering how this can make money if it's free to use. Leo says it's an open source project. Developers may not do it for money, but they do it for recognition or just because they wanted it badly enough. They might also get jobs from it. This all started with Linus Torvalds who wrote Linux in 1992. He kept the copyright but gave it away. The internet also made it possible for programmers to work on a project together without having to be in the same physical location.

What open source media center software can I use on Raspberry Pi?

Raspberry Pi

Episode 1306

Clinton from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Clinton has a minivan with a DVD player and HDMI ports. He got an ATSC converter and an $8 antenna from Amazon so he can get over the air broadcasts. Now he wants to use his Raspberry Pi as a media center. He'll probably want to run OSMC, the Open Source Media Center, which is designed for Raspberry Pi. It's based on the old Xbox Media Center. Raspberry Pi doesn't have any way to capture video, though, so he'll need to find a way to do that.

Is there a third party option to Dell's Click to Fix?

Episode 1296

Brett from Woodbridge, NJ

Brett has a Dell computer and wants to know if there's an open source program that can speed up his computer like Dell does with Click to Fix? Leo says that Dell doesn't share their secrets and Leo doesn't think that it's safe to use a third party open source option for this. Dell's Click to Fix knows its own hardware and as such, can do a targeted fix. Open source stuff can't do that and can be overly aggressive and cause more problems than it fixes.