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The Cat That Has Linux’s Tongue

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Can you hear me now?

The question, if it’s presented with early 21st century pop culture in mind, is rhetorical. If you are relying on text to speech (TTS) applications in Linux, then it’s not…and the answer is no.

No, you cannot hear me now.

I chose to have my larynx removed during the second week of January in order to insure the cancer in my throat would not return. It’s now highly unlikely, […]

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An $89 Computer With Ubuntu Preinstalled

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There’s a new player in the preinstalled Linux world offering computers with Ubuntu preinstalled for $89, and although this price might suggest bottom of the line specs, the machines are more than powerful enough for most users. They’re also green — very green. They weigh in at 50% less than the average desktop, meaning they use less fossil fuel to ship, and are built in a case made of 100 percent recycled ABS plastic. They’re […]

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February’s Top Ten

These are the ten most read articles on FOSS Force for the month of January, 2015.

1. Welcome the New Breed of Linux Users by Christine Hall. Published February 2, 2015. Linux use is no longer the exclusive domain of geeks and computer nerds.

2. How About a Chromebook on Steroids? by Jim Anderson. Published February 9, 2015. Our guest writer has a vision of a redesigned Chromebook that can do much more.

3. CrunchBang: […]

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Net Neutrality Clears Hurdle & Other Things

FOSS Week in Review

Net Neutrality symbolWell, much of the focus for the week was on the Federal Communications Commission vote on increased net neutrality protections, and according to rational news sources reporting on the issue (e.g., just about everyone but Fox News and their wannabes), this is a good thing.

Enough has been written about it, but I did want to point out a post by […]

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Five Linux Distros for New Users


Those who’re new to Linux want the best distro out there for new users, which means simple things like ease of use, productivity, speed, and security. But which distros are the best for new users? Actually, there is probably no “best,” but there are many distros that are designed keeping the needs of the inexperienced Linux user in mind.

Some of them, like Linux Mint, are tried and true — a solid operating system that […]

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