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8 Weeks In France – GNU/Linux Triumphs On The Desktop

I’ve only been in France for a few hours on one day when I took a tour of CERN. I went on a “French” day, hoping I could hack it. I couldn’t. My French was too slow. Fortunately the tour-group … Continue reading

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European Commission Open Source Software Strategy 2014-2017

I’d say the EC has a great strategy: “For all future IT developments, the Commission shall promote the use of products that support recognised, well-documented and preferably open technical specifications that can be freely adopted, implemented and extended. Interoperability is … Continue reading

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Who’s Using, And Not Using, GNU/Linux Desktops

According to StatCounter, the top ten users (average 7%) and users just over 1% of GNU/Linux on the desktop, yesterday, were USERS Timor-Leste Uruguay Reunion Comoros Cuba Tajikistan Venezuela Malta Czech Republic Holy SeeShare (%) 16.18 9.13 8.65 7.55 6.01 … Continue reading

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Linux 3.18.10 Is Out

There’s nothing remarkable about a new release of Linux. It happens every week or so in one version of another. This one is a bit special, however,: It’s the first we’ve seen since Sasha Levin adopted 3.18.* for Long Term … Continue reading

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M$ Hammers Loyal Customers

Yep. All the bad things M$ did to lock-in consumers with exclusive deals with OEMs and retailers are “Over one-third of the 436 councils surveyed across the UK have been subject to at least one software licence review in the … Continue reading

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Discovering GNU/Linux

Every user of GNU/Linux either has it imposed on them by some higher power or has an “AH HA! moment”.“This is pretty cool. Can I keep it, please?See Zorin OS: Can I keep it, please?.” I’ve both seen the “Ah … Continue reading

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Apple Breaks FLOSS

“Pulling an open-source project upon which people may depend is total jerk behaviorSee Apple May Have Just Killed An Open Source Project.”It could be a breakdown in communication but Apple just acquired a company and the company’s GitHub repository shut … Continue reading

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European Parliament Leans Towards Free Software

I’ve long held that FLOSS is the right way to do IT. The European Parliament tends to agree:“We find that lock-in and vendor dependence are difficult to reconcile with the principle of openness and of “utmost transparency” to which Parliament … Continue reading

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Yes, Using That Other OS Can Hurt Your Business

Yes. For years my business was education, K-12. I switched to GNU/Linux because that other OS would not work for me and my students: refusing to boot, re-re-rebooting, picking up malware, slowing down, freezing, etc.“A few days ago in the … Continue reading

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2015 – The Year Of The GNU/Linux Desktop

There has been a lot of good news in the web-stats of GNU/Linux this year. It’s become clear to me, despite what others write, that the Year Of The GNU/Linux Desktop can happen and it is happening this year. The … Continue reading

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Russia’s Silver Lining

Hmmm… There’s not a lot of good news out of Russia these days what with them assassinating leaders of the opposition, invading their neighbours, and “the overall IT market in Russia declined 16% in 2014 and an even more dramatic … Continue reading

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Legacy PCs A Niche Market Where GNU/Linux Thrives

2014 was an amazing year in IT, but it was only the beginning.“As recently as 2010, PCs still made up the lion’s share of the total SCD device market, with the combined desktop and notebook categories accounting for about 52.5% … Continue reading

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