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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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What a Layperson Can Gain From an Enterprise Open Source Conference

Here at FOSS Force we’re very proud to be an official media partner for the Great Wide Open conference that’ll be held in Atlanta next week. Because this is an enterprise conference, I don’t think I need to explain to those who work in IT the benefits of attending such an event. However, those of you who are primarily home users may think there’s nothing for you at a conference focused on professionals.

This isn’t [...]

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Is Your City Open Source?

Jason Hibbets

There is more to open source than software, hardware and the Creative Commons. Open source can also be seen as a guide for living life that is based on principles that go back to antiquity. Openness and sharing aren’t only for computers, electronics and creative writing.

Jason Hibbets is working to convince local governments to adapt open source ideas in their day to day operations. His book, “The Foundation for an Open Source City,” attempts [...]

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