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Open Source Project Brings 11th Century Kannada Verses Online

Kannada Language project

Vachana sahitya is a form of rhythmic writing in Kannada poetry that evolved in the 11th century C.E. and flourished in the 12th century as a part of the Lingayatha movement. More than 259 Vachanakaras (Vachana writers) have compiled over 11,000 vachanas. 21,000 of these verses which were published in a 15 volume set, “Samagra Vachana Samputa,” by the Government of Karnataka, a state in South West India, have been digitized. Two Wikimedians along with [...]

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March’s Top Ten

These are the ten most read articles on FOSS Force for the month of March, 2014.

1. Linux for Seniors 101 by Ken Starks. Published March 3, 2014. Reglue’s Ken Starks writes on the trials and tribulations of teaching computer skills to seniors.

2. Breaking Microsoft’s Chains by Moving to LibreOffice by Christine Hall. Published March 11, 2014. A preview of a workshop on Linux migration at the Great Wide Open conference in Atlanta.

3. [...]

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Making a Difference the Linux Way

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The year of the Linux desktop.

The phrase has been a comical punching bag for a number of years. At the turn of every new year the question can be found on hundreds of Linux-centered websites.

“Will this be the year of the Linux desktop?”

The fact is, we’ll never see “the year of desktop Linux.” Not the way we imagine it anyway. Many of us long for the time when Linux will become a [...]

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ATMs Might Go Linux, MS DOS Source Released & More…

Brendan Eich Mozilla CEO

FOSS Week in Review

Is Microsoft reading your Hotmail?

Last week we learned of the arrest of Alex Kibkalo, a Microsoft employee who’s charged with leaking an unreleased version of Windows 8 to a French blogger. According to Wired, during the course of an internal investigation in Redmond, an unidentified source approached Steven Sinofsky, who was then president of Microsoft’s Windows Division.

“The source gave Sinofsky a Hotmail address that belonged to the French blogger [...]

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Poll: You Mainly Use Desktops & Laptops

Desktop wins pollIt’s hard to remember that it wasn’t that long ago that we only had a couple of choices to meet our computing needs. As recently as 2007, the year before Obama was elected, someone looking for a new computer basically could choose between a desktop or a laptop. In mobile, Research In Motion offered the Blackberry, which candidate Obama was famous for using — and [...]

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Should Firefox Be Boycotted?

FOSS Force Mozilla's New CEO Poll
Should Mozilla be boycotted because new CEO Brendan Eich once donated $1,000 to oppose same sex marriage?

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