FedEx Will Pay You $5 to Install Flash on Your Machine
We certainly hope that FedEx shows more concern over the safety of its drivers and pilots than it shows to customers wanting to order printing online.

FedEx is making you an offer you
iCub the Open Source Robot
It occurs to us that the iCub might be the perfect companion for an only child. Probably cheaper in the long run than a little brother or sister, and it can be turned off at night.

The Screening Room

Linux Action Show to End Eleven-Year Run at LFNW
Six more episodes before the popular Linux podcast, Linux Action Show, ends its nearly 11-year run in a live broadcast from LinuxFest Northwest.


Jupiter Broadcasting's long-running
No, Evil Hackers Aren't After You
Humankind has outgrown the need to have monsters hiding under our beds. Now we let them hide in our phones, computers and microwave ovens.

Roblimo's Hideaway

OMG! I think I see a giant camera lens on
Four Things a New Linux User Should Know
When you move from "that other operating system" to Linux, you're going to find that in most ways you'll be in familiar territory. However, that's not always the case. We sometimes do things a little differently
Should the U.S. Army Have Its Own Open Source License?
Should the U.S. armed forces begin releasing software under an OSI approved open source license rather than as public domain?

Roblimo's Hideaway

This question has generated many pixels'
GitHub CEO Chris Wanstrath on Open Source
Did you know that the software Stephen Hawking uses to speak is open source and that it's available on GitHub? Neither did we.

The Screening Room

At the Computer History museum, GitHub CEO Chris
February 1st, 2014

January’s Top Ten

These are the top ten most read articles on FOSS Force during the month of January:

1. Firefox OS: The Return of Microsoft’s Netscape Fears by Christine Hall. Published January 10, 2014. A look at Firefox OS’s use of HTML5 and what impact that might have on other operating systems.

2. Blame FUD for Microsoft’s Dominance in Schools by Ken Starks. Published January 16, 2014. Mr. Starks attempts to get information from the Austin, Texas school board on their contract with Microsoft.

3. You Say GIMP Was Right FOSS Force Staff Report. Published January 22, 2014. A look at the results of our FOSS Force poll that dealt with GIMP’s decision to pull out of SourceForge.

4. Lumpis Linux: A Windows User’s Dream if I Ever Did See One by Ken Starks. Published January 2, 2014. How to get someone adamantly opposed to moving away from Windows to give Linux a try.

5. Those Krazy Kids & KDE by Ken Starks. Published January 13, 2014. A group of kids learning Linux get to choose which desktop environment they prefer.

6. Chrome Eavesdropping, Balkanized Internet & More… FOSS Force Staff Report. Published January 25, 2014. The Target credit card breach, HP’s return to Windows 7, a vulnerability in the Chrome browser and the reactions abroad to the NSA scandal are all covered in this Week in Review.

7. Rollapp’s Online LibreOffice Nearly Ready for Prime Time – But Not Yet by Christine Hall. Published January 7, 2014. A review of Rollapp, a service offering online, browser based versions of LibreOffice and other open source programs.

8.Why Did Linux Mint Ax mintConstructor? by Ken Starks. Published January 29, 2014. What do you do when a tool you use is suddenly pulled from your distro of choice?

9. Dammit Jim, I’m a Doctor, Not a Computer Engineer by Ken Starks. Published January 8, 2014. College bound high schoolers express their opinions on how we’ll interface with computers in the future.

10. Is Red Hat Working for the NSA? by Christine Hall. Published January 23, 2014. There are some who are convinced that Red Had is secretly working with the NSA by building back doors into RHEL. Ms. Hall thinks not. What do you think?

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