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
December 1st, 2016

November’s Top Ten

Top 10 FOSS Force articles

These are the ten most read articles on FOSS Force for the month of November, 2016.

1. Linux Foundation ‘Fails’ Linux Mint: Suggests Upgrade to Windows or Mac by Christine Hall. Published November 7, 2016. Those using Linux to register for a Linux Foundation webinar are told to try using Windows or OS X instead.

2. Malware Found on New Windows Computers (Not What You Think) by Christine Hall. Published November 23, 2016. An investigative team for a Seattle television station discovered that finding malware on clean computers to be an everyday practice at Office Depot.

3. Kicking the Tires on Arch Based Antergos by Christine Hall. Published May 30, 2016. We decided to take the Arch Linux based distribution Antergos out for a test drive. Here’s how it handled, out in traffic and on the track.

4. In Search of a Linux Calendar by Christine Hall. Published January 7, 2016. “It was time to do some calendar hunting. And because I’d saved myself from Google’s always-at-the-ready suite of online tools, I started my search with…well, Google.”

5. Mickey Mouse Open Source, Close Call at WordPress, and More… by Christine Hall. Published November 25, 2016. Also included: FBI hacks 8,000 with single warrant, new Cinnamon desktop release, “government-backed attackers” after journalists, and FOSS Force adds beef to newsfeed.

6. David Graham: Your FOSS Rep in the Canadian Parliament by Robin “Roblimo” Miller. Published November 3, 2016. Linux and open source has a friend in the “Great White North,” and we don’t mean one of the McKenzie brothers. As an MP, this friend works to bring awareness of open source to Ottawa as he serves the interests of the people of his district in Quebec.

7. Our First Look at Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon by Christine Hall. Published July 25, 2016. It’s been almost a month since Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” was released, so we decided to take it for a spin and have our first ever look at the Cinnamon desktop.

8. A Loopy Non-Interview With Linux Advocate Marcel Gagné by Robin “Roblimo” Miller. Published November 10, 2016. Roblimo again takes another virtual trip up to the Great White North, that would be Canada for the benefit of the NSA and those of you taking notes at home, and has way too much fun hanging out with Linux advocate Marcel Gagné.

9. San Francisco’s Muni Hacked by FOSS Force Staff. Published November 28, 2016. Muni, San Francisco’s transit system, is back to normal after being hit by hackers who reportedly sought a $73,000 ransom.

10. A Down and Dirty Look at Xubuntu 16.04 by Christine Hall. Published May 2, 2016. In our look at Xubuntu 16.04, we find it to be stable, quick and intuitive. It’s a distro that makes our short list of recommendations for those wishing to move from Windows to GNU/Linux.

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