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PBS Digital Studios Asks ‘Should Everything Be Open Source?’

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The Video Screening Room

The DMCA doesn’t just make it illegal for you to circumvent DRM to rip and burn a DVD of ‘War Games’ or to install a pirated copy of Windows. It also can make it illegal for you to repair or modify things you own.

Public television and radio in […]

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DuckDuckGo Gives $225,000 to Open Source Projects

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DuckDuckGo, “the search engine that doesn’t track you,” involves its users in the selection process as it hands out nine $25,000 awards to mostly FOSS projects.

It appears as if people have been using DuckDuckGo’s privacy centered search enough to make the company successful. Certainly not we-control-the-world successful like Google, but successful enough […]

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Linus Torvalds Talks Careers in Linux and FOSS

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The Video Screening Room

In this brief training video from the Linux Foundation, Linus Torvalds shares why he’s passionate about Linux and open source software.

Back in 1991, a Finnish graduate student had an itch he needed to scratch — and Linux was thereby born. Hear how Linus Torvalds today feels about the […]

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A Down and Dirty Look at Xubuntu 16.04

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In our look at Xubuntu 16.04, we find it to be stable, quick and intuitive. It’s a distro that makes our short list of recommendations for those wishing to move from Windows to GNU/Linux.

For a look at Ubuntu’s new LTS release, 16.04 or Xenial Xerus, I decided to forgo “Ubuntu prime” in […]

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RMS Gets Award, OwnCloud Founder Resigns & More…

Richard Stallman LibrePlanet 2012.

FOSS Week in Review

Also: Ubuntu gets ready for Yakkety Yak (don’t talk back), Tails has a new release with an updated TOR browser and Android apps are coming to a Chromebook near you.

Here in the Tar Heel State, MerleFest, featuring performances by John Prine and John Oates sans Daryl Hall, dominates […]

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DuckDuckGo Wants Answers to Linux Questions

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The search engine that works to protect your privacy is looking for some Linux “Instant Answers” for programmers. Would they like some answers to everyday Linux questions as well?

DuckDuckGo, the search engine centered around privacy, is asking for the community’s help in improving its results for Linux related searches. On Wednesday, “Bill” with the […]

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Thumbs Up for Ubuntu MATE 16.04 for the Raspberry Pi

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The Raspberry Pi Report

Our Pi guy finds a lot to like as he gets down and dirty with Ubuntu MATE’s latest and greatest release for the Raspberry Pi.

Before 16.04 was released, Ubuntu MATE was already setting the pace for what an operating system for the Raspberry Pi should and could be. Prior […]

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Mozilla a Step Closer to Thunderbird Decision

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The Mozilla Foundation has hired Simon Phipps to examine and evaluate options for the Thunderbird desktop client, which is seeking a new home. His initial report was made public on Monday.

On Monday, Mozilla’s executive director Mark Surman posted an update on Mozilla’s efforts to find a new home for its Thunderbird email […]

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