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
January 1st, 2017

2016’s Top Ten

These are the ten most read articles on FOSS Force in 2016.

1. SourceForge and Slashdot Have Been Sold by Christine Hall. Published January 28, 2016. Slashdot Media, which owns the popular websites SourceForge and Slashdot, has been sold to SourceForge Media, LLC.

2. How Well Do You Know Your Linux History? Published January 12, 2016. So you think you know your Linux history, eh? It’s time to put on your thinking cap and find out whether or not that’s true.

3. 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.

4. DuckDuckGo Wants Answers to Linux Questions by FOSS Force Staff. Published April 28, 2016. The search engine that works to protect your privacy is looking for some Linux “Instant Answers” for programmers. Would they like some answers to everyday Linux questions as well?

5. Five Linux Distros that Break the Mold by Christine Hall. Published April 4, 2016. Do you want to try something completely different? Here are five Linux distros that are most likely different than anything you’ve taken for a spin.

6. 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.

7. Mozilla a Step Closer to Thunderbird Decision by Christine Hall. Published April 26, 2016. The Mozilla Foundation has hired Simon Phipps to examine and evaluate options for the Thunderbird desktop client, which is seeking a new home. His initial report was made public on Monday.

8. SCO Is Undeniably and Reliably Dead by Christine Hall. Published February 29, 2016. On February 26, IBM and SCO filed an agreement with the US District Court in Utah to accept a ruling of dismissal of the last remaining claims by SCO against IBM.

9. ‘We’re From Microsoft and We’ve Been Remotely Watching Your Computer’ by Ken Starks. Published October 4, 2014. It’s getting harder and harder to scam little old ladies these days. They’ll just up and switch to Linux on you.

10. 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.

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