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Articles from 2008

This began as a list of original articles found on tuxmachines.org, either by me or someone else, but it has since morphed into a list of original articles found on tuxmachines.org and the articles I've had published elsewhere.

  1. Why the world isn't ready for Linux* - Dec 30, 2008
  2. My New Laptop and Linux* - Dec 25, 2008
  3. Revised Slackware keeps it simple - Dec 23, 2008
  4. openSUSE 11.1 makes Christmas come early - Dec 18, 2008
  5. The State of UK Terrestrial Web TV* - Dec 15, 2008
  6. How about "just using" instead of "migrating"?* - Dec 12, 2008
  7. Meet PCLinuxOS 2009 (Beta 1) - Oct 18, 2008
  8. Foresight Kid's can inspire young minds - Oct 09, 2008
  9. Sidux grows on you - Oct 08, 2008
  10. What Using Linux Means to Me* - Oct 06, 2008
  11. Why I Choose Linux* - Oct 06, 2008
  12. What I wish I'd read months ago about KDE3 vs. KDE4* - Oct 02, 2008
  13. Mandriva 2009/KDE 4.1 Revisited* - Sep 27, 2008
  14. The worlds best Linux Distro is now available* - Sep 26, 2008
  15. Michael Larabel talks about Phoronix - Sep 15, 2008
  16. Some Reasons NOT to use Linux. Ever. At all.* - Sep 11, 2008
  17. Dell Mini 9....* - Sep 09, 2008
  18. Linux-powered LinPC desktop is a bargain - Sep 08, 2008
  19. Mandriva 2009 Beta 1 & KDE 4.1 - A Brief Report* - Aug 15, 2008
  20. Gentoo 2008.0: Return to greatness? - Aug 7, 2008
  21. Parsix GNU/Linux 1.5r1 - Aug 04, 2008
  22. Tux's Dream* - July 25, 2008
  23. Welcome to my Nightmare - July 21, 2008
  24. Proprietary software? Counsel objects - July 17, 2008
  25. Desktop Distros* - July 14, 2008
  26. Linux is a tool* - July 8, 2008
  27. Penumbra Overture - If You Dare - July 5, 2008
  28. On OpenSuse 11* - July 1, 2008
  29. Battle of the Titans - Mandriva vs openSUSE: The Rematch - June 25, 2008
  30. New media center OS is pleasing to the eye and ear - June 23, 2008
  31. Kudos to openSUSE 11.0 - June 20, 2008
  32. Tuxpaint is fun for kids and adults - June 9, 2008
  33. Openoffice.org mailing labels solution* - June 8, 2008
  34. A Tiny Look at TinyMe 2008.0 - May 25, 2008
  35. No is Ark verdict - May 21, 2008
  36. New group advocates for FOSS in libraries - May 19, 2008
  37. Hardy Heron converts an Ubuntu skeptic - May 9, 2008
  38. Top 5 Tiny Distros - May 3, 2008
  39. New SymphonyOne distro plays a different tune - Apr 30, 2008
  40. First look at Draco GNU/Linux 0.3 - Apr 21, 2008
  41. PCLinuxOS Gnome links two worlds - Apr 10, 2008
  42. First look at Dreamlinux 3.0 - Apr 07, 2008
  43. GoblinX packs a lot into compact Slackware-based distro - Mar 21, 2008
  44. Drupal keeps getting better - Mar 20, 2008
  45. First look at PC-BSD 1.5 - Mar 17, 2008
  46. Latest Slax release needs more time in the oven - Mar 04, 2008
  47. Parsix: Persian distro makes GNOME look good - Feb 25, 2008
  48. Create a backup server with Restore - Feb 19, 2008
  49. Vector Linux 5.9: Light, fast Slackware-based distro* - Feb 13, 2008
  50. First look at Zenwalk Linux 5.0 - Feb 11, 2008
  51. Litrix: Linux from Brazil to your desktop - Jan 24, 2008
  52. SimplyMEPIS 7.0 is a keeper - Jan 18, 2008
  53. KDE 4.0: Everything that has an end, has a beginning* - Jan 18, 2008
  54. Osmo: A daily organizer - Jan 09, 2008

* - Posts by other contributers.





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The Last Independent Mobile OS

The year was 2010 and the future of mobile computing was looking bright. The iPhone was barely three years old, Google’s Android had yet to swallow the smartphone market whole, and half a dozen alternative mobile operating systems—many of which were devoutly open source—were preparing for launch. Eight years on, you probably haven’t even heard of most of these alternative mobile operating systems, much less use them. Today, Android and iOS dominate the global smartphone market and account for 99.9 percent of mobile operating systems. Even Microsoft and Blackberry, longtime players in the mobile space with massive revenue streams, have all but left the space. Then there’s Jolla, the small Finnish tech company behind Sailfish OS, which it bills as the “last independent alternative mobile operating system.” Jolla has had to walk itself back from the edge of destruction several times over the course of its seven year existence, and each time it has emerged battered, but more determined than ever to carve out a spot in the world for a truly independent, open source mobile operating system. After years of failed product launches, lackluster user growth, and supply chain fiascoes, it’s only been in the last few months that things finally seem to be turning to Jolla’s favor. Over the past two years the company has rode the wave of anti-Google sentiment outside the US and inked deals with large foreign companies that want to turn Sailfish into a household name. Despite the recent success, Jolla is far from being a major player in the mobile market. And yet it also still exists, which is more than can be said of every other would-be alternative mobile OS company. Read more