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The Curious Case of the Disappearing Distros

Well the holidays are pretty much upon us at last here in the Linux blogosphere, and there's nowhere left to hide. The next two weeks or so promise little more than a blur of forced social occasions and too-large meals, punctuated only -- for the luckier ones among us -- by occasional respite down a...

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The Importance of Being FOSS

It's a fact of life in virtually every community that there will be countless daily distractions -- news announcements, controversies, squabbles -- that take up the majority of our time and energy, leaving little for the big picture. The Linux community is no exception. That's why it was such a reli...

Land of the Free, or Home on the Open Range?

Here in the Linux community, there's never any shortage of opportunities to wax philosophical about the success of our favorite operating system. After all, the traditional model had nothing to do with it, strictly speaking, so FOSS fans can't be blamed for wanting to extol the virtues of the free a...

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Here’s Lookin’ at You, Kid: Dreaming of Privacy in 2014

Well another year has come and gone here in the Linux blogosphere, and what a different world it is as we enter 2014. Certainly most notably, our friends at the NSA have made it clear that any notions of privacy have pretty much gone out the window. Go Tor! Speaking of Windows, XP's final days are n...

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Microsoft’s Bizarro World LinuxCon Sponsorship

Here in the Linux blogosphere, there are several hypothetical scenarios that most agree would surely make the Earth stand still. Flying pigs, of course, is one of them; numerous others, however, involve Microsoft doing something that promotes Linux. It was perhaps no great surprise, then, to witness...

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The Linux Desktop: Not Dead, Just Broken

Faithful readers of the Linux Blog Safari column here at LinuxInsider may recall the woeful report a few weeks back that a murder had been committed -- by Apple, no less! -- and that the Linux desktop was dead. It was a distressing report, to be sure, not least because there was no corpse in sight. ...

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Linux’s Brilliant New Gaming Career

The legendary Mark Twain is said to have once observed, "If you don't like the weather in New England, just wait a few minutes," and much the same sentiment could just as well be applied to life here in the Linux world. To wit: Not so very long ago, gaming was held up as one of the big obstacles kee...

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Dell’s Increasingly Excellent Linux Adventures

The weather outside may be frightful, to adapt a phrase for the scorched and overheated world here in the Northern hemisphere, but there's no denying that July is turning out to be delightful for our favorite operating system. Not only did Linux get a heaping helping of recognition in the big Higgs ...

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Linus, Linux and the Millennium Technology Prize

It doesn't happen often here in the Linux blogosphere that FOSS fans agree unanimously on -- well, on pretty much anything. Truth be told, there's generally good reason for the dissension. Take Microsoft's latest maneuvers, for example -- are they good news? Bad news? It's not always easy to tell. L...

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Red Hat’s Billion-Dollar Coup

We've all known for some time now that Red Hat would soon be FOSS's first arrival to the billion-dollar club, but somehow that advance knowledge didn't make the official news any less exciting. No indeed! So when the word broke late last week that that much-anticipated milestone had finally been ac...

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Linux Loses Flash Player – but Does Anyone Care?

Adobe has been a fickle friend to Linux in recent times. Not only did the company put the brakes on mobile Flash last year, but it also put Linux users on a roller-coaster ride for 64-bit Flash and it pulled the plug on AIR for Linux. The latest affront? Coming soon, there will be no more standalone...

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Android’s Latest Flavorful Dessert

It's no secret that Linux fans tend to be fiercely proud of Android, representing as it does Linux's biggest consumer-focused success so far. Excitement over the newly unveiled version 4.0 of Google's wildly popular mobile platform, however, just may be setting a new record. Buzz over the latest ite...

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How Sweet Is Ice Cream Sandwich?

It's no secret that Linux fans tend to be fiercely proud of Android, representing as it does Linux's biggest consumer-focused success so far. Excitement over the newly unveiled version 4.0 of Google's wildly popular mobile platform, however, just may be setting a new record. Buzz over the latest ite...

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A Tale of Two Licenses

Well the wild ride that was August appears to have tapered off a bit as the month drew to a close, so Linux bloggers have finally had a few days to stop and catch their breath. Bartenders throughout the blogosphere have had a chance to restock their supplies, and conversations have, for the most pa...

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Shelter for Linux in the Software Patent Storm

Patents, patents, patents. Such a to-do about software patents! The news this week has focused on little else, thanks in large part, of course, to Google's much-discussed purchase of Motorola Mobility. It's fairly widely agreed that patents were the motivating factor behind that purchase -- not a...

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Linux, Linux Everywhere

How many out there use Linux? I bet if I asked 100 people, less than 10 percent would say yes. To be fair, people think in terms of computers, laptops, netbooks, and desktops, and that demographic is 90 percent Windows, 90 percent Microsoft-centric. But computers and OSes that power them permeate al...

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Is Linux In Trouble, or Is It Just Something About East Texas?

Hardly a week goes by here in the Linux community without some company or other claiming that Linux and everyone who uses it is violating their patent -- or patents, more frequently. Not uncommonly, it's Microsoft doing the suing. Most recently, however, it was Bedrock Computer Technologies, a comp...

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Android and the Great Openness Debate

Fragmentation has long been a criticism of Google's Android mobile platform, but until recently, its reputation for openness had been relatively undisputed. Of course, it's not hard to be seen as open when your principal competition comes from Cupertino. On the other hand, recent decisions in the Go...

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Litigious Times in Android World

There's nothing like a splashy success to make the lawyers start crawling out of the woodwork, and that's just what we've been seeing in spades with regard to Android over the past few weeks or so. Just recently it was the hullabaloo over Android's licensing and headers, of course, and now it's star...

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How many out there use Linux? I bet if I asked 100 people, less than 10 percent would say yes. To be fair, people think in terms of computers, laptops, netbooks, and desktops, and that demographic is 90 percent Windows, 90 percent Microsoft-centric. But computers and OSes that power them permeate al...

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