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
April 1st, 2014

March’s Top Ten

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

1. Linux for Seniors 101 by Ken Starks. Published March 3, 2014. Reglue’s Ken Starks writes on the trials and tribulations of teaching computer skills to seniors.

2. Breaking Microsoft’s Chains by Moving to LibreOffice by Christine Hall. Published March 11, 2014. A preview of a workshop on Linux migration at the Great Wide Open conference in Atlanta.

3. Meeting Windows User Expectations With Linux by Ken Starks. Published March 24, 2014. How to ease the pain when moving a dyed in the wool Windows user from XP to GNU/Linux.

4. What Operating Systems Do You Use? by Christine Hall. Published March 13, 2014. Most of us use more than one operating system over the course of a week. We wondered what operating systems our readers regularly need to boot.

5. Time Warner’s Live Chat Doesn’t Speak Linux by Ken Starks. Published March 17, 2014. What do you do when your ISP’s support chat won’t run on your Linux box?

6. Ubuntu Keeps MySQL, Why XP Won’t Go Away & More… FOSS Force Staff Report. Published on March 7, 2014. Week in Review for week ending March 8, 2014. Subjects covered include Florida police tracking cell phones without warrants, Canonical’s decision to stick with MySQL, spammers using the domain names of defunct or renamed banks and the reasons why so many users are reluctant to let go of Windows XP.

7. SCO & NSA: The Great Digital Whack-A-Mole Game by Christine Hall. Published March 12, 2014. Christine Hall explains why she thinks the NSA is doing much more harm to tech freedom than SCO ever dreamed of doing.

8. Redmond FUDs FOSS While Forking Android & More… FOSS Force Staff Report. Published on March 1, 2014. Week in Review for week ending March 1, 2014 includes coverage of a Bitcoin stealing botnet, the growth of phones running Firefox OS and calls by the ACLU for the developer community to work to defend against the NSA.

9. Why Not Diaspora? by Christine Hall. Published on March 10, 2014. An article that addresses the issue of Facebook’s popularity in spite of the site’s horrible privacy record.

10. Is Your City Open Source? by Christine Hall. Published on March 19, 2014. A profile of Jason Hibbets, project manager of OpenSource.com for Red Hat and author of “The Foundation for an Open Source City.”

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