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Jack M. Germain
Debian Forked: All for Devuan and Devuan for All?
01/26/15 3:53 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1419 Words

"I'm perfectly happy to continue my involvement as a Debian developer, and my involvement in one derived distribution (Ubuntu) is already more than enough to keep track of," Watson told LinuxInsider.

He resigned from the technical committee simply because it became...

Jack M. Germain
Samsung Smart TVs Hint at Tizen-Run IoT
01/12/15 11:29 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 700 Words

Samsung announced at last week's International CES a new line of smart TVs powered by the open source Tizen operating...

Jack M. Germain
RoboLinux Smooths the Linux Migration Path
06/05/14 1:16 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1365 Words

I run several favorite Linux desktops on my arsenal of work computers. I tend to favor the Linux Mint Cinnamon desktop on well-endowed hardware and the Xfce desktop on distros running on my older and slower gear.

I tested RoboLinux on a...

Jack M. Germain
Enlightenment Linux: It's Not What You Think
05/16/14 8:35 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1672 Words

I followed one prominent approach hawked on an Ubuntu user forum and rendered my recent installation of Ubuntu 14.04 desperately needing a complete reinstallation.

Since Enlightenmnt uses a different set of system tools to handle Internet connectivity, I had to install strange...

Jack M. Germain
SDF Cofounder Chris Davis: Bad Guys Will Need a New M.O.
04/09/14 7:25 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1308 Words

Chris Davis: I am not the sole creator of SDF, but I took the most active role in getting it started. My background since 1995 or 1996 has been in the security field. More than 90 percent of all the malware distributed...

Jack M. Germain
Android-x86 Just Might Make a Good Linux Desktop Alternative
03/20/14 3:33 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1716 Words

Reading the files from the optical drive took much longer than with most other Linux live session DVDs in my experience.

A much better approach is to create a bootable USB stick and burn the files to that device using Unetbootin or...

Jack M. Germain
Dear Adobe: Make Software for Linux Too
02/18/14 5:27 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1269 Words

For me, the only reason [for] installing Windows is Photoshop," Gao Nagy, a Linux server administrator living in Budapest, Hungary, told LinuxInsider.

If Adobe executives have been considering such a business move, they haven't been champing at the bit to let...

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.

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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...

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