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Jack M. Germain
Speedy Synapse Fires Up Searches and Launches
03/27/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1376 Words

Even better, Synapse does not break my working rhythm the way clicking on a more traditional launch dock does.

Synapse combines finding files and installed programs with opening them. Its simple interface is a sheer pleasure to use. As you scroll thorugh...

Jack M. Germain
Fuduntu: An Innovative Old Linux Revisited
02/27/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1166 Words

First Impressions
I was particularly pleased with the tweaking done to Fuduntu to improve battery performance on my collection of notebooks and netbooks. It was not my imagination that I could work unplugged longer.

I ran the same applications...

Jack M. Germain
Recoll Looks High, Looks Low, Finds Your File With Ease
04/04/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1134 Words

These include both native and external support for text, HTML , OpenOffice , MS Office, PostScript, MP3 and other audio files and JPEG. Add to this list formats including PDF (pdftotext) and RTF (unrtf) formats.

Powerful query facilities let you conduct Boolean...

Jack M. Germain
Cryptography Pioneers Win Million-Dollar Turing Award
03/03/16 12:09 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 678 Words

It is named for Alan M. Turing, the British mathematician who articulated the mathematical foundation and limits of computing. He was a key contributor to the Allied cryptoanalysis of the German Enigma cipher during World War II.

Overdue Recognition Cryptography is...

Jack M. Germain
Musix Linux: Sweet Strains Jarred by Sour Notes
04/30/14 12:45 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1461 Words

That could explain why it could not detect the wireless firmware in two of my test laptops. The ISO image now supports booting from USB or DVD media. However, there is no UEFFI support, so installation is trickier on some of the latest...

Jack M. Germain
Shutterstock's Chris Fischer: Making the Most of Open Source's 'Huge Tech Edge'
07/23/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1530 Words

It just so happens that my Internet is right there. I could give you 20 examples of how we used a Linux project, changed it and sent it upstream.

LI: Why run your own cloud -- which by itself is akin to...

Jack M. Germain
KVM: Linux Virtualization That's Halfway There
01/30/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1239 Words

In my case, the package is called "Qemu-KVM."

KVM is a tad bit more troublesome to get working initially. I found it to be more of a hassle than setting up VMware or VirtualBox -- but once you have KVM working, it...

Jack M. Germain
OpenSUSE's Jos Poortvliet: Collaborate or Become Obsolete
12/04/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1749 Words

But my wife is a programmer. I was studying psychology over 10 years ago. Back then I also played around with Linux. I was quite fed up with Windows. I found the connection between psychology and Linux very interesting. I was studying organizational...

Jack M. Germain
Wine 2.0's New Delights Uncorked
01/27/17 9:33 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 904 Words

It is unlikely to me that Wine will accelerate Linux desktop usage much outside the developer community," he told LinuxInsider.

That said, the inability to run Windows applications more reliably within the Linux operating system is one of the factors that has...

Jack M. Germain
Fedora 25 Beta Resets the Linux Performance Bar
10/14/16 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 989 Words

Red Hat on Wednesday released the beta version of Fedora 25, an open source Linux operating system maintained by the...

Jack M. Germain
HPE Wants Open Source Devs to Kick The Machine Into Gear
06/10/16 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 836 Words

It would not surprise me if HPE found some inspiration in OpenPOWER's success," he said.

Regardless, the open source community will not be able to do much until it is widely available at a reasonable price, noted Rod Cope, CTO of Rogue...

Jack M.Germain
Bodhi Linux 3.2 Promises Clearer Path to Enlightenment
04/26/16 4:37 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1454 Words

At the bare minimum, you need a 500-MHz processor with 128 MB of RAM and 4 GB of drive space. However, the recommended hardware specs are a 1.0-GHz processor with 512 MB of RAM and 10 GB of drive space.

Unlike...

Jack M. Germain
Volkswagen Picks Mirantis to Build Massive OpenStack Cloud
04/07/16 2:50 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 748 Words

Mirantis on Wednesday announced that Volkswagen Group has selected Mirantis OpenStack to power its cloud applications. The selection process involved...

Jack M. Germain
If You Like Fedora, You'll Love Korora
03/04/16 3:30 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 938 Words

I use Cinnamon in other distros and was surprised at how the panel on top did not bother me.

If you love the Cinnamon desktop, you will adore its integration in Korora 23.

Code-named Coral, the entire Korora 23 line...

Jack M. Germain
Glitches Mar Makulu's Appeal
02/17/16 1:11 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1444 Words

Few distros impress me enough to keep using them.

Not so with the Makulu line. I ran different versions of Makulu on various test computers. I alternated among Cinnamon, Aero, Unity, GNOME and Xfce flavors.

Eventually, each one fell out of...

Jack M. Germain
New SourceForge Owners Start Trust Repair
02/11/16 11:57 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 724 Words

SourceForge on Tuesday announced that it has pulled the plug on its DevShare program amid growing rebellion from software developers...

Jack M. Germain
System 76 Unleashes Wild Dog Pro
10/21/15 5:39 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 643 Words

System 76 on Tuesday announced its latest desktop release, Wild Dog Pro, with a range of high-end customizable configurations to...

Jack M. Germain
LibreOffice 5.0 Is the Office Suite Champ
09/25/15 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1167 Words

Calc Changes
I use spreadsheets and word processing documents a lot -- they are integral to my work and family tasks. I use them for tracking expenses and projects, and for keeping records for organizations I'm involved with. I rarely...

Jack M. Germain
At 24, Linux Has Come Out of the Basement
08/26/15 6:56 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1180 Words

"That's where the transformative aspect of Linux affects me," he told LinuxInsider. "Today, working for Linode is the most satisfying and rewarding career move I have made -- and I am not alone in that assessment. We probably should hold daily...

Jack M. Germain
Linux Foundation Beefs Up Scholarship Program
06/17/15 7:18 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 995 Words

The Linux Foundation on Wednesday announced that it was more than doubling the number of scholarships to be awarded this year...

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