Open Source Adapted Bicycle Pedal Comes to the Rescue
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Linux Action Show to End Eleven-Year Run at LFNW
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Dealing With Real-Life, Everyday Security Threats
No one has ever been shot by a hacker who was breaking into their computer through the Internet. Not so for thieves coming in through the back door.

Roblimo's Hideaway

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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
The Future of Desktop Ubuntu
With all the changes happening at Canonical, you might wonder what this means for the future of desktop Ubuntu, besides the return to the GNOME desktop.

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Libreboot Reorganizes: Seeks to Make Amends
It appears the people developing Libreboot have done some of the hard work necessary to fix potentially toxic personal dynamics after last year's controversy, when the project removed itself from the
It's Windows Time in Linux Land Again
Using Windows. What a horrible thing to ask a Linux user to do.
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 for Red Hat and author of “The Foundation for an Open Source City.”

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