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Why Linux Isn't Winning Over Mac Users

Wednesday 14th of January 2015 01:11:15 AM
Despite my affinity for the Linux desktop, I'm still part of the Mac world, thanks to my wife and her preference for OS X.

Is Chrome OS a True Linux Distro?

Wednesday 14th of January 2015 12:14:04 AM
While many in the traditional Linux community criticize and don't take Chrome OS seriously, it is perhaps the most popular Linux distro for notebook computers.

Nine Linux distros to keep an eye on in 2015

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 11:16:53 PM
In today's open source roundup: Nine Linux distributions worth watching in 2015. Plus: Security problems in North Korea Linux 3.0, and Xubuntu or Linux Mint Xfce for an old laptop?

CloudPassage Announces Docker Container Application Security Tools

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 10:19:42 PM
CloudPassage has unveiled advanced security tools for containerized applications running in Docker, the open source virtualization platform.

The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn)

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 09:22:31 PM
This tutorial shows how you can set up an Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do thethings they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on oldhardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge.

MIPS Creator CI20

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 08:25:20 PM
A Pi competitor using a MIPS chip with potentially a lot more power and much more uses for makers and hackers

When the Greatest Generation Can Use Our Help

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 07:28:09 PM
The computer was a three-year-old Dell running Windows 7 Home Premium. Jack told me it had gotten so slow that he had to do something to fix it. A couple of days later came a late-night commercial touting “WinCleaner” as the key to opening the door of renewed computer speed. It was offered as a thumb drive, preloaded with the very same tools that can be found in CCleaner and other Windows malady cure-alls that have been around for years, but without the flashy GUI inside an even more flashy flash drive.

Why Mac users don’t switch to Linux

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 06:30:58 PM
Linux and Mac users share at least one common thing: they prefer not to use Windows. But after that the two groups part company and tend to go their separate ways. But why don’t more Mac users switch to Linux? Is there something that prevents Mac users from making the jump?

ChaletOS 14.04 Screenshot Tour

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 05:33:47 PM
ChaletOS 14.04 is available. ChaletOS is a Xubuntu-based project with a desktop theme that resembles Microsoft Windows. ChaletOS has a style that everyone knows well, appealing simplicity and an impressive speed. All this will let them to fall in love with this system quickly. Because of its small hardware requirements it will revive some old machines and refresh others, not so old.

Slow System? iotop Is Your Friend

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 04:36:36 PM
Back in 2010, Kyle Rankin did an incredible series on LinuxTroubleshooting. In Part 1,he talked about troubleshooting a system struggling with a high load.

Consumer Electronics Show 2015: Open source highlights

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 03:39:25 PM
The 48th annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has come and gone, bringing with it some exciting new open source platforms and products. While it's difficult to capture every open source announcement and unveiling that happened last week, let’s take a look at a few of the highlights:read more

Devs of the C4 Engine Say Mac OS and Windows Are Superior to Linux, Support Dropped

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 02:42:14 PM
Developers of the C4 Engine, a proprietary game engine used in numerous titles, have decided to drop the Linux support because they say the open platform is a nightmare to work with.

Top 5 open source project management tools in 2015

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 01:45:03 PM
Last year, I covered five of the best open source project management tools, like ProjectLibre and OpenProject. The article struck a chord with readers and continues to prove valuable. So, this year I revisited the tools mentioned in last year's article, taking into account comments and suggestions from readers, and provided an update on where they are today. Next, I share five new open source project management tools for 2015. All in all, this article will give you a good look at 11 of the top open source project management tools out there.read more

Free embedded computing conference posts agenda

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 12:47:52 PM
The RTC Group announced the agenda and keynote topics for its annual Real-Time Embedded Computing Conference (RTECC), to be held Jan. 22 in Santa Clara, Calif. This year’s RTECC includes a pair of morning keynotes, an afternoon of conference tracks covering a wide range of embedded, industrial, and IoT-oriented topics, and an evening reception. There’s […]

Internet of Things Blows Away CES, and it May Be Hunting for YOU Next

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 11:50:41 AM
Originally this article’s purpose was to discuss all the exciting happeningssurrounding the 2015 International CES “Internet of Things” Showcase in Las Vegas, Nevada. After all, of the 3600+ exhibitors, there were fully 900 exhibitors with IoT designation at this most-amazing-of-all trade shows, and 170,000 people came through the turnstiles to see the spectacle!

Bucket Fill Transparency with GIMP

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 10:53:30 AM
In GIMP, you might be surprised not to find a bucket fill tool for filling areas with transparency. Here is how to do it anyway.

Linux-based hexacopter avoids obstacles using Intel RealSense

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 09:56:19 AM
Ascending Technologies demoed an enhanced “AscTec Firefly” hexacopter, running Ubuntu on Intel-based computers and featuring six Intel RealSense 3D cameras. One of the coolest demos at CES 2015 was the AscTec Firefly drone demo at Intel’s big IoT extravaganza. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich joined several members of the Ascending Technologies team to play a drone […]

Google pushes to take Oracle Java copyright case to Supreme Court

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 08:59:08 AM
Can software code, and application programming interfaces in particular, be copyrighted? That is the question.

Note-taking apps for Linux

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 08:01:57 AM
In today's open source roundup: Seven apps for note-taking in Linux. Plus: Samsung's Galaxy A7 phone announced, and DistroWatch reviews Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon.

Google v Oracle: US Supreme Court turns to Obama in Java copyright war

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 07:04:46 AM
Seeks 'views of United States' in code ownership caseThe US Supreme Court hasn't decided whether it will hear arguments in the long-running dispute between Google and Oracle over Java copyrights, and it has asked the Obama administration to weigh in before it makes up its mind.

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Completely open source, high-end laptop gets closer to reality

If you've wanted a laptop where all the software is free and open source (FOSS), you've usually had to settle for mediocre hardware. Even FOSS champion Richard Stallman is making do with a ThinkPad that's several years old. At last, though, it looks like you won't have to compromise your ideology for the sake of keeping up with the Joneses. Purism has successfully crowdfunded the Librem 15, a portable PC that combines modern parts (such as a 3.4GHz Core i7 and an optional 4K display) with software that's accessible from head to toe. The operating system (a variant of Trisquel GNU/Linux), hardware drivers and included apps are all free and open -- Purism is even trying to loosen up the BIOS and firmware. Read more

Your simple guide to Open Source technology

What does this mean in practice? First and foremost, it means that unlike traditional software development that is done behind closed doors and with the windows barred and by a small team, Open Source software development by its nature has many eye balls on it all of the time. Anyone can submit bug fixes or improvements and this generally translates into fixes and improvements happening at a much faster rate. Security vulnerabilities and exploits are usually fixed quickly too, which is good for everyone. Read more

Netrunner 14.1 OS Features a Different and Cool KDE Experience – Gallery

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Cyanogen Wants to Wrestle Android Away From Google

Cyanogen, the company behind the popular open source operating system and the OS of choice for last year's OnePlus One, wants to be even more independent from the Google-based software that lies at its foundation. According to Cyanogen's CEO, Kirt McMaster "We're attempting to take Android away from Google." Read more