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Mozilla believes the high-tech industry has lost its soul by putting profits ahead of people and is going to try and do something about it. It has announced Mozilla Ventures, a US$35 million venture capital fund to finance early-stage startups producing products and technologies that advance values ...

Troubles with software supply chain safety have recently grabbed a chunk of negative headline space. That, plus the latest open-source industry news.

It's the time of year when I'm fortunate enough to evaluate new tech products that I believe merit attention. Keep in mind that my comments are not intended as deep-dive reviews but as initial impressions to spur you to do further investigation and research.

Previously, you could only get Tuxedo OS pre-installed on the company's line of computers. Now anyone can try it as a separate distro, making good on its mission statement to have Linux accessible to the general public.

PRODUCT REVIEW

Poly Studio P5 Packs Professional Webcam Properties

In the wide-open field of videoconferencing tools spawned by the pandemic, the Poly Studio P5 professional webcam should be high on your list of candidates for home or office use.

Ubuntu Linux users can now grab some free security help to make keeping up with patches and maintenance easier, data scientists express open-source security concerns, and Chainguard has launched the first Linux OS developed for supply chain security.

HOW TO

Unix Basics It Pays To Know

It pays to know these Unix basics considering there is often a Unix/Unix-like OS somewhere in the abstraction hierarchy. If that layer is unsound, the whole edifice risks collapse.

Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, introduced the legislation that seeks to address open source software risks in government. The proposed Bill, S. 4913, now awaits action by the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

As the open-source model continues to prove its sustainability in the enterprise, the software community is ramping up its security mindedness. That concern was evident in recent weeks as leading Linux groups led the way for better code security.

My Linux reviewing wanderlust got the best of me with the release of Linux Mint 21, as I was curious about what I might be missing. I discovered quite a few features that my current Cinnamon edition does not offer.

Intehill’s P15NF 15.6″ QLED portable display can boost your work and play performance. This plug and play, no configuration required portable panel is an ideal FreeSync HDR gaming or work monitor.

Cloud-native microservices platform Lightbend wants open-source licensing to better meet developers’ needs and is doing something to make that happen. However, the replacement fix is not a traditional open-source license. Rather, it transitions there in time.

OPINION

How Not To Do CX, Lenovo Style

I bought Lenovo’s Chromebook Duet 5 for an attractive price from a major national electronics store. In hindsight, that was a purchase I wish I could undo.

Canonical and Microsoft reached a new agreement to make their two cloud platforms play nicer together. Meanwhile, Microsoft apologized to open-source software devs. But no apology was rendered for BitLocker locking out Linux users. Get caught up on the latest OSS news.

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