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Jack M. Germain
Linux Mint Turns Cinnamon Experience Bittersweet
05/24/19 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1939 Words

Given that the current Linux Mint version was released at the end of last December, it may be a bit odd for me to focus on a review some five months later.

Linux Mint is my primary driver, though, so at long...

Jack M. Germain
Budgeting Software Options to Keep Linux Users From Seeing Red
05/17/19 9:48 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 3034 Words

Please email your ideas to me , and I'll consider them for a future Linux Picks and Pans column.

And use the Reader Comments feature below to provide your...

Jack M. Germain
Flexa Launches Crypto-Based Payment App
05/14/19 9:55 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 1059 Words

Flexa on Monday launched a new digital payment network that uses cryptocurrencies to cut processing costs, eliminate fraud and preserve...

Jack M. Germain
Elive Elevates Linux With Enlightenment
05/10/19 9:41 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1569 Words

My one disappointment with the included software is the age of some of the packages. For example, the LibreOffice suite is the version 4.3.3 series. That predates the new user interface in the version 6.2.3 series.

Look and Feel

Jack M. Germain
Microsoft Becomes Master of Its Own Linux Kernel
05/09/19 8:56 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1843 Words

Fully Open Source Tool
The development of Microsoft's own Linux kernel is the culmination of years of effort from the Linux Systems Group as well as multiple other teams across Microsoft, according to Jack Hammons, program manager of the Linux...

Jack M. Germain
POP!_OS Makes Classic GNOME Simpler to Use
05/03/19 9:29 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 2208 Words

I have been hearing good things about this relatively new customized Linux specialty distro for a while. My intent is to review the software and not the hardware options that you can buy from System76 with POP!_OS preinstalled.

The hardware specs...

Jack M. Germain
Open Source Flaw Management Shows Signs of Improvement: Report
04/30/19 1:16 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 2038 Words

Almost two years after the infamous Equifax breach , many organizations still struggle to identify and manage open source risk across...

Jack M. Germain
Feren OS: An Almost Flawless Linux Computing Platform
04/26/19 10:22 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1699 Words

Not everyone finds the Cinnamon desktop to be an ideal computing environment, but for me, Cinnamon offers the best all-around combination of features, productivity and ease-of-use.

Cinnamon has a basic computing layout that is comfy for users coming from most...

Jack M. Germain
Red Hat Breathes New Life Into Java
04/23/19 11:54 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 952 Words

Red Hat is the new keeper of the keys to two popular versions of the open source Java implementation, OpenJDK...

Jack M. Germain
Condres OS Conjures Up Pleasing Arch Linux Transition
04/18/19 12:00 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1544 Words

Something else that impresses me with Condres OS is its software balance. It does not strictly follow the Arch philosophy of minimal software installs -- not that it practices software bloat, either.

Condres OS comes with enough applications to let you...

Jack M. Germain
Hackers Use Microsoft Help Desk to Pull Off Massive Email Breach
04/16/19 10:31 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 1044 Words

"Based on my experiences defining cyberstrategies for firms, only around one-third of companies know which vendors have access to sensitive data, and less than 20 percent actually know if the vendor is sharing the data with other providers," Suman said.


Jack M. Germain
Q4OS and TDE: A Juicy Little Linux Secret
04/12/19 9:46 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1587 Words

I periodically revisit releases of interesting Linux distros and developing new desktops in my weekly quest for exciting and innovative choices. I am always looking to tweak my Linux OS productivity. Some of these weekly forays turn up unexpected delights. Q4OS is...

Jack M. Germain
Microsoft's Edge Goes With the Chromium Flow
04/10/19 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1050 Words

Microsoft on Monday released the first Dev and Canary channel builds of the next version of Microsoft Edge, which is based...

Jack M. Germain
Best Open Source Tools for Staying on Top of Projects
04/03/19 12:21 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 2437 Words

It supports MS Project files and produces reports in PDF, spreadsheet and HTML formats for easy distribution to team members.

This basic feature set may not be the best solution for seasoned project managers looking for a management product that is not...

Jack M. Germain
New Zorin OS 15 Beta Is Worth the Wait
03/28/19 12:08 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 2106 Words

However, its execution in Zorin OS 15 beta makes it much more palatable and inviting for me to use.

Zorin's new desktop look and feel is refreshed and refined. It presents a more welcoming desktop theme, sporting clarity and simplicity. New animations...

Jack M. Germain
Telegram Provides Nuclear Option to Erase Sent Messages
03/26/19 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1574 Words

Telegram Messaging on Sunday announced a new privacy rights feature that allows user to delete not only their own comments,...

Jack M. Germain
SparkyLinux Incinerates the Hassle Factor
03/21/19 10:24 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 2527 Words

Its spark is pushing me to rethink my computing priorities.

Regularly reviewing so many Linux operating systems for Linux Picks and Pans has a serious consequence for my computing sanity. Normally, I have a flirtatious episode with a new release each week.

Jack M. Germain
MOREbot Introduces Kids to Robotics Using 3D Printed Parts
03/19/19 11:05 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1308 Words

MORE Technologies last week launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise US$20,000 for development of its open source robot ecosystem. The...

Jack M. Germain
8 Great Linux Time-Tracker Apps to Keep You on Task
03/14/19 10:11 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 2571 Words

Please email your ideas to me , and I'll consider them for a future Linux Picks and Pans column.

And use the Reader Comments feature below to provide your...

Jack M. Germain
US Government Forging Ahead With Airport Facial Recognition Plans
03/12/19 11:40 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 2068 Words

Plans to bring facial recognition to major U.S. airports by 2021 are on a fast flight path, despite concerns about the...

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