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

GeckoLinux offers both seasoned users and new distro adopters an easy way to try an openSuse-based spin that is loaded with features and an ample inventory of the leading Linux desktops.

The developer released a major update of GeckoLinux earlier this week.

Jack M. Germain
Open Source Software Turns 20-Something
02/03/18 11:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1724 Words

For instance, Red Hat launched as a start-up in 1993, with the goal of developing its own Linux distribution for enterprise use.

Other noteworthy dates in open source history: 1994 -- work began on the development of the free database MySQL; 1996...

David Jones
Zealot Loads Cryptocurrency Miner on Linux, Windows Machines
12/22/17 7:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 602 Words

In Linux systems, a "nohup" shell command runs in the background and executes a spearhead bash script. The script checks to see if the machine is already infected and fetches cryptominer malware called "mule."

In Windows, the STRUTS payload runs a...

David Jones
FOSS Community Struggles to Patch Against Spectre, Meltdown Flaws
01/13/18 11:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 614 Words

Suse engineers have been working with partners and the Linux community on upstream kernel patches and have released patches for Suse Linux Enterprise, Matthias Eckermann, director of product management, wrote earlier this month in an online post.

Additional patches for SLE...

David Jones
New Open Source Mobile OS Puts Privacy Front and Center
01/05/18 12:33 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 684 Words

... renowned Linux innovator has developed a new mobile operating system, called "Project eelo," in an effort to provide a level of data privacy that traditional Android and iOS devices fail to offer. The new eelo system will allow mobile phone users to...

David Jones
IBM, Maersk Announce Global Blockchain Shipping Venture
01/18/18 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 615 Words

"Adoption of Hyperledger Fabric by Maersk and its partnership [with] IBM has the potential to remake the shipping sector landscape and its use of information technology," said Brian Behlendorf, executive director of The Linux Foundation, which hosts Hyperledger Fabric 1.0.


Rob Enderle
The End of Silicon Valley
01/08/18 10:55 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1639 Words

Brian Krzanich's Ill-Advised Share Sale
The problem with the Intel chips being a manufacturing defect of some kind appears to be fake news (though the Linux folks are less than amused ), but selling every share you legally can sell...

Peter Suciu
Ominous Processor Vulnerabilities Could Put Most Computers at Risk
01/04/18 2:13 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1271 Words

The security researchers haven't been able to determine if either has been used in the wild to date, but they did note that there now are patches for Meltdown for Linux , Windows and OS X. Work to harden software against exploitation...

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
25 Years of Linux: What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been
08/25/16 12:03 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1830 Words

... Birthday Linux! You're 25! When Linux was born on Aug. 25, 1991, it was little more than a hobby for then 21-year old Linus Torvald. Today the Linux community is estimated to be upwards of 86 million users strong. It has become...

Jack M. Germain
The Power of Linux (Almost) Everywhere
09/26/14 6:03 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1798 Words

... Linux -- the free open source operating system for enterprise, small business and home computing use -- is not used everywhere yet. However, its user base crosses nearly every industry. Linux is in many places today. It's in consumer products like TVs...

Jack M. Germain
Linux Gaming: If You Build It, Will They Come?
07/25/14 11:23 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1547 Words

... long-suffering Linux users who have endured the dearth of high-quality action games on their open source desktops, the wait for better game developer support soon may be over. New technology is making Linux more attractive to game makers. In fact, it may...

Jack M. Germain
Has Linux Conquered the Cloud?
02/12/14 7:32 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1634 Words

... on the desktop may have missed its adoption time line, but Linux in the cloud is a win-win proposition for the post-PC movement. Linux shows signs that it is the go-to cloud platform. Microsoft's Azure may be the only real threat to...

Jack M. Germain
Installing Linux: The Good, Bad and Ugly
01/29/14 6:14 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1914 Words

... or bad, useful or not, implementation of the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface and Microsoft's Secure Boot extension might well foul the fuel driving consumer migration to the Linux desktop. I have extensive practice with installing various Linux distros on older and new...

Jack M. Germain
Cub Linux Is a Worthy Chromixium Offspring
09/09/16 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1220 Words

Cub Linux , an improved rebranding of the innovative Chromixium Linux distro, combines the look, feel and functionality of Google's Chrome OS with traditional Linux performance.

Cub Linux provides a complete Chromebook experience on the hardware of your choice. The innovation is...

Jack M. Germain
Simplicity Linux Digs Deeper Than Its Puppy Linux Pals
05/12/16 7:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1687 Words

Simplicity Linux delivers a simpler way to run a fully powered Linux desktop on any computer you touch.

It is derived from Puppy Linux . Two beta versions released in March offer experimental approaches that stray from the distro's standard releases.


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

... Birthday, Linux Project -- this week you turned 24. The Linux OS has grown up everywhere. Its code and the open source model are found worldwide. People often use linux without knowing it -- when they search on Google , buy metro...

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

... Linux Foundation on Wednesday announced that it was more than doubling the number of scholarships to be awarded this year for Linux training. The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development.


Jack M. Germain
Simplicity Linux Makes Good on Its Easy-Peasy Promise
05/22/15 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1619 Words

The latest edition of Simplicity Linux , version 15.4, recently became available for download. Simplicity Linux delivers just what its name suggests: It is a simpler way to run a fully powered Linux desktop on any computer you touch. Simplicity lets you carry...

Jack M. Germain
Puzzle GNU/Linux: Integrated Pieces Create an Intriguing OS
12/04/14 6:20 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1879 Words

This Linux distro is built around a hybrid desktop that is highly customizable. You might get the impression when you start using it that the desktop environment is a new creation. That would not be completely accurate. Puzzle's user interface is not new.

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