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Dealing With Real-Life, Everyday Security Threats
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Four Things a New Linux User Should Know
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The Future of Desktop Ubuntu
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Libreboot Reorganizes: Seeks to Make Amends
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It's Windows Time in Linux Land Again
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January 1st, 2017

December’s Top Ten

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

Top 10 FOSS Force articles

1. Make Raspberry Pi Portable With 5-inch Touch Screen by Phil Shapiro. Published December 9, 2016. You can be your own Geordi La Forge and build yourself a fully capable GNU/Linux pocket computer with this uber inexpensive five-inch touch screen and a Raspberry Pi.

2. Eight Things to Do After Installing Linux Mint Xfce 18.x by Christine Hall. Published December 27, 2016. After you get Linux up and running on your computer, there are still a few things left to do. Here’s a short list that newcomers might find helpful.

3. FOSS DOS for 21st Century Hardware by Jim Hall. Published December 6, 2016. The founder and coordinator of the FreeDOS Project writes about FreeDOS 1.2, which is scheduled for a Christmas Day release. There is good news for classic gamers and nostalgia buffs: this one’s got games.

4. Dear CIO: Linux Mint Encourages Users to Keep System Up-to-Date by Christine Hall. Published December 22, 2016. Regardless of what you may have read elsewhere, the Linux Mint team takes security very seriously and wants you to keep your system up-to-date.

5. New IoT Botnet, Attackers Target Tor, and More… by Christine Hall. Published December 3, 2016. Also included, Flash on life support, Mageia’s new release, Ubuntu sets date for “Zesty Zapus” and our News Wire gets an RSS feed.

6. System 76 Talks With Ubuntu, WordPress Ups Game and More… by Christine Hall. Published December 11, 2016. Also included: Fedora community says goodbye to Matthew Williams, Solus gets a new package build system, end-of-life for Fedora 23 and IoT security.

7. Saying Goodbye to Net Neutrality Under Trump by Christine Hall. Published December 13, 2016. One of the things we can expect to see after Trump takes office in January is the demise of Net Neutrality, which some say will signal the end of a free Internet.

8. Is Linux Kernel Growth Sustainable? by Christine Hall. Published December 14, 2016. A tech writer who still counts on her fingers and toes, tries to wrap her head around the size of the Linux kernel, and wonders when its weight will cause it to crash through the Earth’s mantle. She’s being silly, of course. Or is she?

9. Family Farming and Open Source Wireless Networking by Phil Shapiro. Published December 6, 2016. It’s not just huge corporate farmers that are incorporating technology into their methodology. Smaller, more traditional farms are inventing their own technologies, often depending on open source.

10. A Nonreview of Linux Mint Xfce 18 ‘Sarah’ by Christine Hall. Published December 26, 2016. With Linux Mint Xfce 18.1 “Serena” due to be released any day now, we decided it was too late for a full review of Mint Xfce 18.0 “Sarah,” and opted instead for this down-and-dirty “nonreview.”

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