Tag Archives: FLOSS

Great Day!

Beast has been having a hard time connecting hard drives and its soul for a year or so. Intermittent problems are so hard to diagnose. Finally, an in-law donated a used PC, we moved over the hard drives and fired … Continue reading

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The OS Wars Continue

“Beijing has ordered all government offices and public institutions to remove foreign computer equipment and software within three years, in a potential blow to the likes of HP, Dell and Microsoft.”   See Beijing orders state offices to replace foreign … Continue reading

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Here Comes Buster!

It’s been a while since I upgraded to a new version of Debian GNU/Linux but the opportunity arrived last month. I waited until today, being bored out of my mind by endless Trumpisms, news-cycles and the weather. I’d been putting … Continue reading

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The Battle For Freedom In Schools Continues

“Six years ago, my school district faced a problem common to all public school leaders: not enough money to bring powerful learning technology to students.So we chose a different way — the open source way — and as a result, … Continue reading

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Finally, My ARMed Box Is In Sight

“SolidRun opened $550 pre-sales on a “HoneyComb LX2K” Mini-ITX board with a “CEx7 LX2160A” COM Express module that runs Linux on NXP’s 2.0GHz, 16-core -A72 LX2160A with up to 64GB DDR4 and dual 10GbE SFP+ ports. SolidRun announced pre-sales of $550 … Continue reading

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It Just Got A Whole Lot Easier To Buy A GNU/Linux Notebook…

“In case you’ve missed it, last year, Google started making it possible to run desktop Linux on Chrome OS. Since then, more Chromebook devices are able to run Linux. Going forward, all of them will be able to do so, … Continue reading

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The GNU/Linux Desktop, Again

““The current situation with dozens of distributions, each with different rules, each with different versions of different libraries, some with certain libraries missing, each with different packaging tools and packaging formats … that basically tells app developers ‘go away, focus … Continue reading

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IBM And Red Hat

“IBM is acquiring Red Hat, a major distributor of open-source software and technology, in a deal valued around $34 billion, the companies announced on Sunday. According to a joint statement, IBM will pay cash to buy all shares in Red Hat … Continue reading

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Thin Clients Revisited

I’ve long advocated using GNU/Linux thin clients in schools and offices. It just makes sense to save licensing costs and simplify maintenance. IGEL reports “Shipments of Linux-based endpoint devices” were 35% of units shipped in 2017. See “Linux and the … Continue reading

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ARMed PCs

“With PC makers like Asus and HP beginning to design laptops and tablets around ARM chips, ARM itself has decided to emerge from the shadows and unroll its roadmap to challenge Intel through at least 2020. ARM’s now-public roadmap represents its … Continue reading

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A Mystery In My Keyboard

The keyboard on Beast is an ancient Fujitsu thing, built like a tank, nicely curved surface, and with reliable hysteresis and feedback. This morning I went to use it and the keyboard had lost its mind. Keys weren’t mapped. “Enter” … Continue reading

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Dist-Upgrading Odroid-C2

TLW’s little Odroid C2 was getting a little confused so I thought to upgrade the software. In particular FireFox was an old version and rather obnoxious at times, pausing and being unresponsive. So I checked it out and found that … Continue reading

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