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September 1st, 2016

August’s Top Ten

These are the ten most read articles on FOSS Force for the month of August, 2016.

1. Why Desktop Linux Still Hasn’t Taken Over the World by Christine Hall. Published August 15, 2016. The reason why use of the Linux desktop has never taken off has nothing to do with the operating system and everything to do with money.

2. Reviving Old Macs Using Linux by Phil Shapiro. Published August 23, 2016. These days, thanks to Apple’s move to Intel about a decade back, bringing new life to an old Mac by installing your favorite Linux distro is just as easy as it is with a standard PC, as you will see in this video.

3. Five Favorite Linux Distros by Christine Hall. Published August 8, 2016. Like everybody, we love “five best” lists. Trouble is, how can we come up with a five best list of anything when we haven’t even begun to look at them all? What we can do is list “five favorites,” like we’ve done with this list of five favorite Linux distros.

4. Dumping Windows Overboard Because Linux Does It All by Robert Glen Fogarty. Published August 4, 2016. In this week’s installment, our GNU/Linux newbie decides to go all in and take the training wheels off his Linux laptop.

5. Manjaro Linux: Should You Trust Love at First Sight? by Christine Hall. Published August 10, 2016. If first impressions can be trusted, Manjaro Linux would seem to be a Linux lover’s dream. But how much can you really tell about a distro on a short test drive?

6. The Positives and Negatives of Arduino by Isaac Carter. Published August 17, 2016. The big news in the single board computer realm recently hasn’t been with the Raspberry Pi, but with actions centering around Arduino…or should we say Arduinos?

7. When Slashdot Was the Hub for FOSS News and Discussion by Robin “Roblimo” Miller. Published August 4, 2016. The original Slashdot crew was declared redundant in early 2016 by the site’s latest owner, Slashdot Media. Timothy Lord was the last of the early Slashdot editors to be let go, and has posted more stories on Slashdot than anyone else, ever, so we turned to him to learn how and why Slashdot helped the FOSS movement grow and eventually infiltrate mainstream IT.

8. STEAMpunking Linux: The Physical Computing Stack by Rob “drtorq” Reilly. Published August 9, 2016. Combining steampunk with Linux and single board computers like the Raspberry Pi automatically seems like an idea fraught with cool possibilities. So does the bigger picture, which Reilly hits on in this article.

9. How to Install Ubuntu on a Chromebook Pixel by Phil Shapiro. Published August 16, 2016. Chromebooks are really nice laptops, except for one tiny problem which is…well, Chrome OS. This week, our contributing video editor found an easy to follow step-by-step guide for installing Ubuntu on a Chromebook Pixel. Problem solved.

10. Our First Look at Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon by Christine Hall. Published July 25, 2016. It’s been almost a month since Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” was released, so we decided to take it for a spin and have our first ever look at the Cinnamon desktop.

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