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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
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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

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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