Monthly Archives: January 2014

It Pays To Sell GNU/Linux

For years I have watched the web-stats for GNU/Linux languish in Mexico. No longer. In the summer of 2013, retailers, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer and Canonical got together in Mexico and sold PCs. It does pay to have actual salespeople … Continue reading

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Schools and Public Libraries

When I was young, public libraries played a huge role in my education. Schools had tiny libraries, barely usable and overwhelmed by numbers of users. We just could not afford to buy a ton of books beyond a few door-to-door … Continue reading

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Lightworks For GNU/Linux

“After being in beta for almost a year, Lightworks, a professional video editing and mastering software, has reached version 11.5 stable, this being the first Lightworks release for” GNU/Linux. That’s the good news, a professional video editor now works for … Continue reading

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POPCON and LibreOffice

Debian has a package called popcon which monitors the popularity of Debian packages during and after installation. Popcon is an optional package. The one who installs can choose to install it or not. It reports the results for those who … Continue reading

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Think M$’s Software Is $FREE? Think Again!

“The site apologized to those still using IE7 for the fact its new jobs board doesn’t render properly in their browser. IE 7 is seven years old. It runs on Windows XP and Windows Vista. Microsoft will stop providing extended … Continue reading

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LibreOffice Keeps Improving

I’ve been using LibreOffice for years and the only problems I’ve encountered have been with my “wishlist”. It keeps improving one way or another and the team at The Document Foundation has just released LibreOffice4.2 with a long list of … Continue reading

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UK Government Defines TCO

“Ministers are looking at saving tens of millions of pounds a year by abandoning expensive software produced by firms such as Microsoft. Some £200m has been spent by the public sector on the computer giant’s Office suite alone since 2010. … Continue reading

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Lenovo On The Move

Lenovo acquires Motorola Mobility…“Under the terms of the Acquisition Agreement, Lenovo will acquire the Business for total consideration of (i) $660 million in cash, subject to adjustments for working capital, deferred revenue and net debt, (ii) $750 million in ordinary … Continue reading

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SJVN Runs GNU/Linux on a Chromebook

“there are still some things a Chromebook can’t do as well as a traditional fat-client style desktop. For me, it’s graphics. I don’t do much graphics work, but I do some and when I do my program of choice is … Continue reading

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Finnish Schools Save Big With FLOSS

“Municipalities in Finland that have switched their schools to Linux and other open source solutions are saving millions of euro. Typically, our centrally managed open source computers are at least 40 percent cheaper than the proprietary alternative. The total savings … Continue reading

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More Decay Of Wintel Seen In 2014

One of the key elements of the Wintel plan for monopoly for desktops, bundling the OS with every PC shipped is coming undone.“Scheduling delays and weakened consumer demand for notebook PC replacements are forcing leading PC brands—including Apple, ASUS, HP, … Continue reading

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A Fine Example Of FLOSS, Students and Teachers Working Well

“Many school 1:1 programs restrict what students may do and learn with their devices. Installation or modification of software is typically restricted, often draconically, to IT personnel. This common practice cripples learning and dishonors students’ autonomy. In contrast, our program … Continue reading

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