Monthly Archives: December 2014

Censorship Is A Dull Instrument For The Internet

Censorship by government is always an issue but blocking GitHub because some terrorists use it“Internet users in India are starting to lose to access websites including GitHub, Internet Archive, Pastebin, and Vimeo under an order from India’s DoT (Department of … Continue reading

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The Year Of The Small Cheap Tablet In UK

Chuckle. It must be a lot harder to sell a laptop/desktop legacy PC these days.“You can buy tablets for under £30, but for just over that (including shipping) you can get a 7” Quad Core device, and Amazon is now … Continue reading

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Heartbeat of Canada

Canada is my country. I’m proud of it. It’s huge, diverse, clean, and full of kind people. While Canadians occasionally make a mess of things, they tend eventually to try to fix things up. I have that feeling about use … Continue reading

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How About 2014?

SJVN, as usual, has a good piece on how FLOSS and */Linux fared in 2014. He touches on the bad things like the systemd wars and the good things like M$ loving */Linux and Android/Linux taking over the world. I … Continue reading

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OMG! GNU/Linux @ Walmart.com, sort of…

Remember the netbooks with GNU/Linux at Walmart, years ago? They are back, in a way…“The Acer TravelMate Series of notebooks features dependable processing power, wide-ranging communication capabilities, and indispensible security solutions to empower mobile professionals like” Walmart.com lists a bunch … Continue reading

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Sinofsky, The Creator Of That Other OS, Sees The Light

It’s amusing reading some of the trolls here expounding on the superiority of that other OS and deriding GNU/Linux or Android/Linux for whatever imaginary sins lie there.“My personal view is that there is no longer an ability to add more speed-bumps … Continue reading

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Come On! The Year Of GNU/Linux On The Desktop Was Ages Ago. Now We’re Mopping Up.

M$ liked to brag that after the long march bringing forth a new release, mopping up was the most fun.“Chromebook shipments to U.S. schools leapfrogged iPad shipments in the third quarter and are nearing 50 percent of the educational market.” … Continue reading

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Measuring Lock-in

Anyone who thinks there is a free market in software needs to wake up! In the EU a census was taken of tendering documents. “all the 972 tender notices published on TED from April 1st to June 30th 2014 were … Continue reading

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A Chance For Ordinary Users To Give Back To FLOSS

Most of us are not coders. I’m a coder but don’t do C… That is a barrier to giving back to FLOSS in the form of code but there are opportunities. Today, The Document Foundation invited users to contribute to … Continue reading

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For A Limited Time, “Linux For Dummies”, 9th Edition – eBook $0

I just noticed Distrowatch is promoting “Linux For Dummies”, 9th Edition – eBook (usually $22.99) FREE until 12/23. I’m not particularly fond of that title but it is a voluminous book about using GNU/Linux and for $0 you can’t complain … Continue reading

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ENOUGH! Says Nuffer

Just as SCOG kept creeping out of its grave to sue someone else somewhere else, GROKLAW sprang to life long enough to store the PDF of the ruling“It is further ORDERED that, with respect to all remaining claims and counterclaims, … Continue reading

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Slovakia – Yet Another Government Discovers GNU/Linux Is The Right Way To Do IT

The folks who suggest using GNU/Linux costs more obviously can’t do the maths. Here’s an example.“The Slovak Republic’s Bureau of Statistics has used PCs running Ubuntu Linux for recording votes in the country’s municipal election on 29 November. Using open … Continue reading

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