DuckDuckGo Ups Ante: Gives $300K to 'Raise the Standard of Trust'
For the seventh year in a row, the search engine that promises not to stalk your online moves puts its money where its mouth is, this year by donating $300,000 to organizations that
System76 Saying Goodbye to Bland Design
Considering that System76 chose to unveil its new design plans to The Linux Gamer -- no invite went to FOSS Force, BTW -- we can't help but wonder if a System76 Steam Machine isn't in the works.

The Screening
The Great Debian Iceweasel/Icedove Saga Comes to an End
Now that Thunderbird is back in the Debian repositories, the decade long dispute that led to all Mozilla products in Debian being rebranded has ended.



The hatchet is finally completely
Back Yard Linux
It's not as lonely being a Linux user as it once was. These days you're liable to find people throughout your neighborhood using Linux.



My how times have changed.

It wasn't long ago that Linux
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
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
March 1st, 2014

February’s Top Ten

These are the ten most read articles on FOSS Force for the month of February, 2014.

1. Recommending Linux to a Friend by Ken Starks. Published February 21, 2014. Our Mr. Starks explains how he got one nothing-but-Windows user to try and like Linux.

2. Maintenance–The Achilles Heel of Linux by Ken Starks. Published January 30, 2014. Should Linux users fight back again “broken” aspects of their favorite distro because “that’s just the way it is?”

3. KDE Tops Desktop Poll by Christine Hall. February 12, 2014. Visitors to FOSS Force choose KDE as their favorite desktop.

4. Why Did Linux Mint Ax mintConstructor? by Ken Starks. Published January 29, 2014. Fighting back when a distro suddenly and without warning drops a needed tool.

5. Is Microsoft Considering Windroid? by Christine Hall. Published February 13, 2014. Looking at rumors that Microsoft is moving to make Android apps work on the Windows Phone.

6. The People Vs the NSA by Christine Hall. Published February 10, 2014. Our rally-the-troops prequel to “The Day We Fight Back” online protest that happened on February 11th.

7. Torvald’s Thumbs Up, Gates’ Computer Skills & More… FOSS Force Staff Report. Published February 8, 2014. This Week in Review for the week ending 2/8/14 deals with electronic spying at Canadian airports, a proposed temporary fix for net neutrality by Congress, Linux Torvalds nice words about Nvidia and Steve Wozniak’a suggestion that Apple make an Android phone.

8. Google Beats Troll, Ellison’s Oracle ‘Unbreakable’ & More… Foss Force Staff Report. Published February 1, 2014. Week in Review for week ending 2/1/14. Topics covered include the NSA’s involvement in industrial espionage, Microsoft’s income from Android devices compared to Windows Phones, a statement from former FCC Chairman Michael Copps urging the FCC to deem ISPs “common carriers” and Google’s court win against patent troll Beneficial Innovations.

9. Brute Force Attacks on WordPress Sites Underway by Christine Hall. Published February 10, 2014. A news story concerning a brute force attack that was being waged on WordPress sites.

10. Satya Nadella, Who’s Next at Microsoft by Ken Starks. Published February 18, 2014. An analysis of what Satya Madella, the new CEO at Microsoft, might bring to the table.

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