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LQ Poll Results Expected and Unexpected

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Linux Questions — the place you go where you really need a Linux or FOSS question answered because, well, most of the smart FOSS folks are there answering them — released the results of its Members Choice Awards for 2015.

So when the membership of LQ speaks — or at least votes on FOSS programs — you should probably listen. Don’t take my word for it: Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols thinks so, too.

There were some […]

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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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Tux Paint: Doing FOSS Right

Tux Paint version 0.9.22, released last week, contains many improvements.

One could argue that the measure of how good software is, or what kind of effect it has on the wider world, can be based on the hard statistics of use, punctuated by glowing reviews, which add up to ongoing popularity and ubiquity. But the true impact of how software transcends mere popularity to positively change the world can be measured solely in how it affects people’s lives.

The journalist in me could give you […]

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‘Magicstick’ Mobile Charger Review

Magicstick mobile device charger

The Magicstick Mobile Charger is a handy little device for keeping a smartphone charged and ready when away from a power source. However, some might find the $49.99 price a little steep.

When away from home, most of us can charge our mobile devices in our cars, or if we have a desk job, at the office either using a USB port on our computer or through an outlet. But what about folks who […]

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Freeware: Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth

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Just because software is free doesn’t mean it’s free software.

This may confuse those who only know the Windows world, where the software animal known as “freeware” is readily available but truly free software is a bit more scarce. They may be excused for thinking, when we Linux users talk about “free software,” that they use free software too. After all, doesn’t a free antivirus program qualify as free software? Or what about that gee-whiz […]

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