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Jack M. Germain
Many Minor Glitches Make Mint 15 More Work Than It's Worth
07/10/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1702 Words

After a week or two of rotating between Mint 14 and Mint 15 on two daily workhorse computers, I find that once the glitz wears off, I forget which version is which when I get bogged down with my work.


Jack M. Germain
Exaile Makes Playing Music Simple and Stress-Free
05/29/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 981 Words

Exaile ranks high on my player list for what it does not have. It spares me having to traipse through a bigger-than-needed set of features. Not being an audiophile, I find I'm intimidated by the tweaking options other music players constantly display,...

Jack M. Germain
OpenGamma's Kirk Wylie: Open Source Is Busting Out All Over
02/26/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 2145 Words

Or how do you know that if I code against your stuff my code has to be released? So they are worried about the virility without necessary knowing the meaning of that word when it comes to the software license. There definitely are...

Jack M. Germain
Fedora 18: Nice Tweaks to the OS, but It's Haunted by a GNOME
02/20/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1428 Words

New Inside
Fedora 18's use of an improved Linux kernel is a significant improvement. My installation package installed kernel 3.6.11 and upgraded it to 3.7.2 after installation. This adds many new device drivers and hardware support. That could make this...

Jack M. Germain
MobileDevHQ's Ian Sefferman: So You Built an App - Now What?
01/18/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1233 Words

You could call Ian Sefferman's initial rise to CEO of MobileDevHQ a bootstrap career move. Seeing the rapid growth of consumer...

Jack M. Germain
Listen: A Great Audio Manager - If You Can Install It
12/19/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 995 Words

However, its cleaner interface makes Listen an easier-to-use audio player I tend to prefer for my daily listening pleasure. At least that is true when the particular distro I am using lets me use the Listen audio player.

Listen is a...

Jack M. Germain
Why Cadence Is Canon at Canonical
11/27/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1580 Words

The latest release of Canonical's innovative open source operating system , Ubuntu 12.10, maintains its twice-annual upgrade pattern. Even though the...

Jack M. Germain
The Fox in the FOSS Henhouse
10/02/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1684 Words

Oracle's proprietary posture may have soiled the welcome mat and vilified its good standing in the FOSS community as CEO...

Jack M. Germain
Linux and Windows: Peaceful Coexistence
09/18/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1524 Words

I am too busy to start from scratch with all my files." Or, "I'm too busy to go back and forth between two sets of files, one on my Windows computer and the other in my new Linux set up."

But you...

Jack M. Germain
GanttProject Packs Prodigious Planning Power
07/11/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1049 Words

None of them left me giddy with praise. But this one has enough going for it for me to consider using as a regular go-to planning tool.

That said, I had a poor first impression with its lack of a menu. GanttProject...

Jack M. Germain
What Does Microsoft Have to Do to Earn FOSSers' Respect?
06/05/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1336 Words

I'm really happy with it for my company. The market place is changing. At the end of the day, it is going to take more of a revolution to see anything more drastic take place," he...

Jack M. Germain
Precise Pangolin: Ubuntu Grows Up
05/09/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1279 Words

A Matter of Choice
Two more big annoyances turn off my enthusiasm for the Unity/HUD desktop. I find it much quicker to navigate a more traditional menu than to play a type-and-match app hunt sequence in the HUD structure. Unity...

Jack M. Germain
Radio Tray: Tiny Web Radio Player Is Handy but Picks Up Some Static
02/08/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1028 Words

However, the deb package installed but failed to run on several of my computers. All it generated was an error message stating that the program failed to execute the child process as no such file or directory existed. However, I physically eyeballed...

Jack M. Germain
Open Source and the Open Road, Part 1
11/22/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1114 Words

A new wave of really cool devices will soon do more than simply integrate your mobile gadgets with your automobile. Pairing...

Jack M. Germain
That Was the Breach That Was
09/27/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1329 Words

What worries me more is what are we not hearing about these breeches. What has been breached that we don't know about yet? There has to be a ton of them, I'm sure," he...

Jack M. Germain
It's a Roll of the Dice for Linux Game Makers
08/23/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1113 Words

Show Me the Money
Unless they are willing to take a gamble, game developers have little incentive to enter the Linux game market. The market needs a strong scent of money for developers to make significant dollars and cents from...

Jack M. Germain
If You're Ready for Arch, ArchMerge Eases the Way
12/12/17 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1271 Words

I would have preferred separate ISO downloads so I could select the desktop of my choice in ArchMerge: Xfce, Openbox or I3. Until you learn how to handle Arch, what you get by default is Xfce4.

Perhaps the developer eventually will...

Jack M. Germain
New Open Platform Helps Enterprises Manage Their Own Cloud Services
12/06/17 11:03 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 844 Words

CoreOS on Tuesday announced the release of Tectonic 1.8 , a Kubernetes container management platform. Tectonic enables enterprises to deploy key...

Jack M. Germain
MX 17 Linux: The Best of 2 Linux Worlds
11/16/17 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1250 Words

... MX Linux-17 Beta 1 , released last week, is a desktop-oriented Linux distribution based on Debian's "stable" branch. It is a cooperative venture between the antiX and former MEPIS Linux communities -- hence its breakaway name.

Normally, taking a first look...

Jack M. Germain
Fixes MIA for Many Linux Kernel Flaws
11/11/17 11:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 823 Words

"If these would have been remote code execution bugs, that would have given me cause for worry," he added.

Because any operating system today is massively complex and written by humans, errors will exist in the code. Linux is served by...

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Most injuries and fatalities in self-driving auto tests are due to human error.