You Know What Bugs Me About FOSS…?

So, one of these things is not like the other on the Fedora 19 KDE splash screen. Do one of these icons need to be tested fo steroids?

Earlier in the week, my FOSS Force colleague Ken Starks wrote a very poignant column on these pages about how there’s no room for the kind of bullying and other varieties of douchebaggery which seems to appear all too often in forums.

That’s something that really bugs me. Not the fact that Ken brought it up, of course, but the fact that people don’t have the common decency to act with civility in the public [...]

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Fedora 21 Alpha Gets Off on the Right Foot

DevAssistant is one of the new additions to Fedora 21, allowing developers to set up environments for projects.

I say this often – a little too often – and I’ve hammered home the point in various blogs, to say nothing of calling out people who “review” alpha or beta versions of distro releases: Reviewing an alpha or a beta version is akin to sticking your finger in a bowl of cake batter and writing about how a baked cake is going to turn out.

That said, this is not a review of [...]

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How Many Linux Distros Are On the Top Ten?

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the number of GNU/Linux distros there are out in the wild. This is nothing new, as this has been an ongoing discussion among Linux users for at least as long as I’ve been using Linux.

In a nutshell, in case you’re new to the Linux world, some say that the overabundance of Linux distros is overkill, that it weakens the development by spreading developers out on the [...]

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It’s All Linux Under the Hood


The user base for Linux has changed dramatically over the past five years or so, which is yet another sign that the OS is gaining traction on the desktop.

Twelve years ago, when I first started using Linux, about the only people firing up the penguin to accomplish day to day chores were hard core technological geeks. The command line ruled, so much so that many Linux users knew more bash commands than words in [...]

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The GUI & Ease of Use


GUI sounds like an old candy or baking recipe. The success of today’s digital items relies on the ease of operation and functions that tablets, phones, computers and cameras operate with. When I decided to write this article I found this has been a much longer time in the making then I thought.

In the early 80s Apple created the Mac and icons with cursors to activate them started. No longer did you have to [...]

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