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FOSS Force Top 10: What you were reading in January, 2023

Here’s a look at the 10 most read articles on FOSS Force for the month of January, 2023.

Brave co-founder and CEO Brendan Eich giving a keynote address at the World Digital Asset Summit in Singapore on May 3, 2018
Brave co-founder and CEO Brendan Eich giving a keynote address at the World Digital Asset Summit in Singapore on May 3, 2018. SOURCE: Brave Software, Inc.

1. Brave: A Great Browser With a Questionable Business Model: This look at the open source Brave Browser is the first of five articles that FOSS Force will be running in January that will look at five web browsers that are alternatives to the dominate browsers, Google Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge. Next week we’ll be taking an in-depth dive into Vivaldi.

OpenMandriva screenshot with rose wallpaper

2. OpenMandriva’s Rolling Release, ROME: Mostly Ready for Prime Time: The folks at OpenMandriva say that with this release, the new rolling release option, ROME, is ready enough for most use cases, although production users should wait for the “all clear.”

3. Why Nitrux Linux 2.6.0 Isn’t for Everybody and Doesn’t Try to Be: With the release of Nitrux Linux 2.6.0, the distribution moves further from the mainstream.

4. Malware Affects at Least 30 WordPress Plugins – Update Now: At least 30 WordPress plugins are actively being exploited by a pair of similar trojans that put a backdoor on websites and redirect traffic to malware infected sites.

Source: Pixabay

5. India’s New Indigenous BharOS Is Basically DeGoogled Android: India’s new Android-based mobile operating system, BharOS, was publicly tested on Tuesday. It’s part of a project to make India less dependent on technology developed outside the country.

Fedora 'Best Linux Distro' winner

6. Fedora Community Grabs the Brass Ring: Wins Our ‘Best Linux Distro’ Poll!: Red Hat’s community Fedora distribution handily wins in the reboot of our annual “Best Linux Distro” poll, followed by Pop!_OS and MX Linux. Thanks to generous contributions from All Things Open and SCALE, the winning project gets conference tickets, t-shirts, and hats!

Mother elephant prodding her child into water

7. Why Content Moderation on Mastodon Isn’t the Train Wreck Some on Twitter Say It Is: While content moderation on Mastodon is far from perfect, it may be miles ahead of what’s in second place.

8. System76 Previews New Beefed-up Pangolin Due in February: In the next several weeks, the preinstalled Linux computer maker, System76, will have a brand new and much improved version of its popular Pangolin laptop on its shelves and ready to ship.

Ken Thompson and Dinnis Ritchie at a computer in the 1970s
Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie at PDP-11/20 circa 1970. Peter Hamer, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

9. With First Keynote Announcements, SCALE 2023 Looks Like a ‘Must Attend’ Event: On Sunday, Scale made its first keynote reveal for 2023 with Arun Gupta, former CNCF chairperson, governing board member at OpenSSF, and VP and GM for Open Ecosystem at Intel. On Monday, Scale made its second keynote announcement: Ken Thompson, the creator of Unix and Go, will be a speaker.

10. ATO’s ‘Open Source Charlotte’ to Hold Inaugural Event January 26: All Things Open’s expansion into North Carolina’s largest city will begin with a free Meetup by podcast host Mike Bifulco, and will be followed in March by this year’s Open Source 101.

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