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Jack M. Germain
Barcelona Opts for Breath of Open Source Fresh Air
01/20/18 11:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 981 Words

Barcelona city officials have voted to shut the door on Microsoft Windows in favor of the Linux operating system and open...

Jack M. Germain
GeckoLinux: A Polished Distro Just Got Smoother
01/11/18 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1106 Words

Some of my hardware is notorious for being finicky. Some of the test rigs refuse to play well with software designed for newer technology. GeckoLinux did not fall victim to such troubles.

GeckoLinux 423 has better hardware detection. It worked well...

Jack M. Germain
Massive Intel Chip Security Flaw Threatens Computers
01/03/18 2:45 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 806 Words

A design flaw in all Intel chips produced in the last decade is responsible for a vulnerability that puts Linux ,...

Jack M. Germain
SoftMaker for Linux Is a Solid Microsoft Office Alternative
12/27/17 7:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1179 Words

It took me some time to gegt used to the ribbon menu, since I was unfamiliar with using it on Microsoft Office, but I came to like it.

How It Works
The process is a bit different than scrolling...

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...

Jack M. Germain
GeckoLinux Beta Does openSuse Better
11/08/17 3:13 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 892 Words

GeckoLinux impressed me then. It does not disappoint me now. That infant entry to LinuxLand has matured significantly in Development Release 423.171028.16 Beta, which became available late last month.

This latest release excels in refining the pitfalls of more traditional Suse-based...

Jack M. Germain
Sonar Could Help Devs Build a Better Website
10/31/17 11:31 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 568 Words

Microsoft's Sonar, released last week under an open source license, could help developers build more effective and secure websites. Sonar, a...

Jack M. Germain
AWS Offers Aurora Cloud DB Service Compatible With PostgreSQL
10/26/17 11:05 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1049 Words

"It is no surprise that AWS is positioning the new service as a worthy alternative to proprietary databases like Oracle and SQL Server," King said, "but it is unclear to me how many serious takers there will be."

Amazon expects an...

Jack M. Germain
Anarchy Linux Dispels Fear of Arch
10/20/17 11:20 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1393 Words

Anarchy Linux , the distro formerly known as "Arch-Anywhere Linux" has changed my tune about the terrors of Arch-based Linux as a suitable operating system. In general, however, Arch-anything presents a challenge that may not be worth the effort for typical desktop needs.

Jack M. Germain
Companies Turn Blind Eye to Open Source Security Risks
10/18/17 11:37 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1073 Words

"At least with open source, I can immediately start pulling it apart without NDA or other copyright limitations preventing me from understanding and mitigating my security exposures," he told LinuxInsider.

Unchecked Code Problematic
Unchecked use of open source is...

Jack M. Germain
AWS, Microsoft Offer New Open Source AI Framework
10/13/17 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 896 Words

Amazon Web Services and Microsoft on Thursday announced the availability of Gluon, an open source deep learning library for building artificial...

Jack M. Germain
Container Runtime Brings Greater Flexibility to Kubernetes and BOSH
10/11/17 2:28 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 961 Words

The Cloud Foundry Foundation on Wednesday launched Cloud Foundry Container Runtime, or CFCR, as the default deployment and management platform for...

Jack M. Germain
GNOME and Budgie: 2 Comfy Ubuntu 17.10 Environments
10/10/17 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1344 Words

The initial release of Ubuntu Linux enticed me into abandoning Windows in favor of the Linux computing platform years ago. I never looked back. However, I did shift from Ubuntu's Unity desktop, preferring less drastic interface changes in other Ubuntu-based Linux distros...

Jack M. Germain
Hologram Debuts Open Source Cellular Modem for IoT
10/05/17 4:12 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 752 Words

Overall, the primary advantage of the Hologram modem, from my perspective, is helping accelerate time to market, said Azul Systems' Green.

A potential disadvantage is moving from designs using off-the-shelf boards to configurations that meet high-volume cost targets. That issue could impact...

Jack M. Germain
RoboCyberWall Aims to Block Linux Server Hacks
10/04/17 4:30 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 825 Words

RoboCyberWall on Tuesday launched its proprietary precision firewall solution bearing the same name. RoboCyberWall is designed to protect HTTP and...

Jack M. Germain
ArchLabs Makes Up for Parabola's Curve Balls
10/03/17 3:39 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1702 Words

Parabola Linux caught my interest, so I rolled up my sleeves and devoted many hours to dealing with installation instructions not usually found with more user-friendly Linux choices. Hard-core Parabola Linux users rave about its speed and its minimalistic design. Installing and...

Jack M. Germain
Microsoft Digs Deeper to Bankroll Open Source Initiative
09/29/17 9:20 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 812 Words

Microsoft this week became a premium sponsor of the Open Source Initiative , adding more financial heft to its growing commitment...

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