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August’s Top Ten

These are the ten most read articles on FOSS Force for the month of August, 2015.

1. More Surprises for Windows 10 Users by Christine Hall. Published August 6, 2015. OMG: Solitare is missing from Windows 10. OMG again: There’s no longer Windows Media Player on which to watch DVDs, but Microsoft will let user’s download its bare minimum DVD player if they insist. OMG the third time: User’s of Windows 8 who don’t want to upgrade might see their systems slow down to a crawl as Windows does a preinstall download of Windows 10, just in case they change their minds.

2.Confusing Treasure for Junk in Linuxland by Ken Starks. Published August 11, 2015. In this article, our writer admits to giving perfectly usable, but previously owned, computers loaded with Linux and tons of goodies to schoolkids who need computers. Despicable, we say. Downright despicable. If he can’t afford to give them each a brand spanking new MacBook Air with a three year warranty, then the kids should do without.

3. Five Super Cool Open Source Games by Hunter Banks. Published August 24, 2015. When you get tired of playing mind games with your friends on Facebook, download these and play free and open source games. Pretend that the villain is your deadbeat uncle, Wicked John, as you vaporize him and send him to the hell where bad people in hell go. You will have discovered a much more satisfying way to unfriend people than is offered on FB.

4. Moksha: Just an Enlightenment Fork or the Birth of a new Desktop? by Christine Hall. Published August 20, 2015. When the developers at Bodhi Linux grew unhappy with the way their default Enlightenment desktop was going, they did what many other distros have done — they forked it and created their own desktop. It’s the open source way.

5. A Look at Mageia 5’s Magic by Christine Hall. Published June 22, 2015. A review of Mageia’s latest and greatest, which puts the distro in its historical context.

6. Boycott Lenovo? by Ken Starks. Published August 25, 2015. Lenovo is now installing a rootkit that sits in the bios and reinstalls files to the hard drive even after formatting the hard drive and performing a clean install of the operating system. Sadly, as Mr. Starks points out, this isn’t the first time such things have been done.

7. A User’s Eye View of Bodhi 3.1.0 & Moksha by Christine Hall. Published August 21, 2015. We take a look at Bodhi’s latest and greatest with the “new” Moksha desktop.

8. Good News, Bad News for Canonical & More… by Larry Cafiero. Published August 14, 2015. You’d think that a company earning its living from open source would follow Red Hat’s lead and respect open source concepts, would you not? Perhaps not, especially if the company is led by a space cowboy who’s name is not Maurice.

9. Making the Switch to Open Source Gaming by Hunter Banks. Published August 11, 2015. Now that open source gaming is coming into its own, there’s no need to pay the proprietary folks bucks to have a lot of fun on your computer. FOSS Force’s newest writer explains it all.

10. Putting Lipstick on a Penguin by Ken Starks. Published August 4, 2015. Everybody seems to think that the best way to attract new users to Linux is to make it work exactly like Windows. Trouble is, you can do that all you want, but it’s still Linux inside — and that’s a good thing.

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