FOSS Force News Wire

Tech Writer Matt Hartley on Covering and Using Linux

Matt Hartley

The FOSS Force Video Interview

It would be difficult to find anyone who’s been hanging in FOSS circles for more than a week or two who isn’t familiar with FOSS media maven Matt Hartley. We thought we’d invite him along for a video interview to see what he’s really like.

Matt Hartley uses […]

Continue reading Tech Writer Matt Hartley on Covering and Using Linux

OSCON for the Rest of Us Starts Today

OSCON logo

With the two day training classes and tutorials out of the way, OSCON gets cranked up today for the rest of us — in its new Austin, Texas home.

Things get cranked-up for real in Austin, Texas today at OSCON. Although the conference started on Monday, the first two days were reserved for […]

Continue reading OSCON for the Rest of Us Starts Today

The Best Windows 10 Commercial Ever

Microsoft Windows 7 warning

We interrupt this weather report with a very important announcement. Despite our best efforts, your local TV station has not yet upgraded to Windows 10. We warned them that something like this was bound to happen sooner or later.

We absolutely had to share this with you.

On Wednesday morning on KCCI, the CBS […]

Continue reading The Best Windows 10 Commercial Ever

A Young Linux-Loving Singer-Songwriter

Emily Fox

The Video Screening Room

What’s a young lass from the UK who writes songs, makes videos and sells her albums online doing being featured on a FOSS site? Maybe it’s that penguin on the wall.

Emily Fox is a talented musician and Linux-loving youth in the United Kingdom. Her musical talent […]

Continue reading A Young Linux-Loving Singer-Songwriter

Poll: You Vote to Outlaw Tracking by Advertisers

The FOSS Force Poll Our latest poll indicates that our reader’s would support legislation that would prohibit tracking by advertisers.

Back on February 15 when we ran an article calling for a ban on advertisers’ practice of tracking users who just happen to drive by an ad, much less click on it, we ran a […]

Continue reading Poll: You Vote to Outlaw Tracking by Advertisers

Singing About the Year of the Linux Desktop

131hook32973

In this riff, we leave no stone unturned as we trip through the past seeking portents of the elusive Year of the Linux.

The first song I heard about the Linux Desktop was Hold On, It’s Coming, released in 1971 by Country Joe McDonald. This was an amazing prediction, considering that Linus Torvalds was only […]

Continue reading Singing About the Year of the Linux Desktop

LXer Suffering From Scattered Outages

LXer temporary landing page

Breaking News

Last updated Tuesday, February 16 at 12:15 a.m.

If you’ve been trying to get on LXer and having no luck, it’s not just you. Today the site is unreachable for at least much of the U.S.

The popular Linux and FOSS website LXer seems to be unreachable in many parts of the U.S. […]

Continue reading LXer Suffering From Scattered Outages

Why Internet Advertising Needs to Be Regulated

Advertising Mad Man falling

The tracking policies of the major online advertising networks are threatening the future of free content on the Internet.

Back in the late 1980s, cigarette smoking was permitted in supermarkets where I live, but there was a move afoot — a ballot issue I believe — to put an end to that. At the time […]

Continue reading Why Internet Advertising Needs to Be Regulated