Open Source Adapted Bicycle Pedal Comes to the Rescue
Accessibility has always been important to designers of open source software. Now that open source has come to design, that's more true than ever, as demonstrated with this open source bicycle
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.


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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.

There hasn't been this much news about a single Linux distro
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.
May 1st, 2014

April’s Top Ten

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

1. What Would You Do to Improve Linux? by Ken Starks. Published April 21, 2014. Reglue’s Ken Starks asks readers what they would do to make Linux better if they could. Great comments!

2. Making a Difference the Linux Way by Ken Starks. Published March 31, 2014. Software freedom and Linux is about more than just bringing a better operating system to your PC. It’s also about bringing technology to those who can’t afford it. Oh yes…there’s also the learning experience that’ll help educate the programmers of tomorrow.

3. Ikey Doherty Talks Evolve OS & Budgie Desktop by Ken Starks. Published April 24, 2014. FOSS Force’s Ken Starks has a talk with Ikey Doherty on his latest FOSS project — a new distro and a cool new DE.

4. Open Source Project Brings 11th Century Kannada Verses Online by Pavithra Hanchagaiah, Omshivaprakash H L and Subhashish Panigrahi. Published April 2, 2014. There’s more to open source than great programs for the desktop. This story explains a project that will not only help to bring India’s rich cultural and literary history to the digital age, but which will be an aid to other countries as well.

5. Windows XP, Internet Explorer, Security Bugs, Black Hats & Linux by Christine Hall. Published April 30, 2014. Three weeks after Microsoft shuts down support for Windows XP, a security vulnerability is discovered in Redmond’s browser, Internet Explorer. This is especially worrisome to those still running XP as no security patch will be forthcoming.

6. Microsoft Snoops In Skype, Dissed By HP & More… FOSS Force Staff Report. Published May 24, 2013. Week in Review for week ending May 25, 2013. Subjects covered include Microsoft’s loss of influence and their using Skype as a spy tool.

7. 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.

8. Newbies Guide to Debian 7 – Part Three by Gustav Fridell. Published September 19, 2013. This is the third of a three part series on Debian 7, focusing on the installation of apps.

9. 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.

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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