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Linux: 29 Years and Counting as a Powerhouse OS

When Linux was born on Aug. 25, 1991, it was little more than a hobby for then 21-year old Linus Torvalds. Today the Linux community is estimated to be more than 86 million users strong. Awareness of Linux in the enterprise was nonexistent 29 years ago. Since then Linux has become the backbone of ma...

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ArchLabs Makes Up for Parabola’s Curve Balls

If you want to stretch your Linux desktop acumen from the Debian Linux lineage to Arch Linux, ArchLabs might be a better choice than Parabola. Arch Linux is something of a black sheep when it comes to installing and configuring a Linux distribution. It presents a few more stumbling blocks than other...

25 Years of Linux: What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been

Happy 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 the backbone of large enterprises, and it is installed in governme...

REVIEW

Purism’s Librem 13 Linux Laptop Is Sleek, Private and Secure

The combination of custom-made hardware and a tweaked Linux OS makes the Librem laptop lineup a unique offering with several innovative security features not offered in any other computer. The Librem line is a work in progress. The OS just reached version 2.0 and comes preinstalled on the hardware b...

Corporate Boards Quake as Microsoft Scours for CEO

Corporate America has been quaking in its boots since Microsoft announced in August that CEO Steve Ballmer would retire within 12 months and launched its search for a replacement. Given the enormous task Microsoft's next CEO will face, the compensation is likely to be substantial, and the lure of al...

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Unfaithfully Yours: The Linux Version

The dog days of summer may best be endured at a leisurely pace, but for those of us here in the sweltering Northern reaches of the Linux blogosphere, that simply hasn't been an option. Far from being the lazy month many typically expect, July has brought not only a fiery debate over codes of conduct...

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Microsoft’s Pain in Spain Lies Mainly in Secure Boot

It's not exactly any secret that Microsoft has had its fair share of legal troubles over the years, many of them arising from its pesky little habit of finding ways to shut the door on competitors. So when Secure Boot came along in Windows 8, many considered it just a matter of time before a formal ...

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Stallman and Ubuntu: Sticks and Stones and a Blogosphere Brawl

It was only a few weeks ago that the Linux blogosphere's Punchy Penguin Saloon suffered its latest round of damage thanks to the recent skirmish over the GPL, but now the popular establishment of questionable repute is actually shut down for a week for repairs. The cause this time? Yet another blogo...

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The FSF’s Trick-or-Treat Stunt at the Windows 8 Launch

To "celebrate" the launch of Windows 8 just a few days before Halloween, activists from the Free Software Foundation played a little trick and handed out some treats at a launch event in New York City. With a costume-clad "GNU" leading the effort, the FSF representatives handed out DVDs loaded with ...

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Canonical, the FSF and the Ongoing Secure Boot Saga

What do the Energizer Bunny and the ongoing Windows 8 Secure Boot Saga have in common? Yes, that's right: They both just keep going. Scarcely a week goes by these days, in fact, without some fresh proclamation to fan the flames of UEFI controversy here in the Linux blogosphere. It was just a few wee...

OPINION

The Flowering of Open Innovation

Henry Chesbrough and Eric von Hippel promoted the idea of open innovation as a new paradigm for corporations to reach beyond their own walls as they develop and bring to market new products and services. The idea covered a number of channels for work and ideas, including customers, users and partner...

OPINION

What Open Source Can Learn From Steve Jobs, Part 2

The blind hatred of Free Software Foundation President Richard Stallman toward proprietary programs is such that he has given speeches in which he advocated for software piracy. Stallman wrote this the day after Steve Jobs died: "As Chicago Mayor Harold Washington said of the corrupt former Mayor D...

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All About Jobs and Hiring in Linux Land

Well it's been a busy month of October here in the Linux blogosphere. There's been the ongoing Windows 8 secure boot saga -- which just last week gained the voice of the Free Software Foundation. There's also been the long-awaited arrival of Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot," with all the associated ang...

Oracle Goes Hunting for Big Data

Oracle announced at its OpenWorld conference on Monday that it's ramping up its move into big data analytics. An Oracle big data appliance was one of the announcements made at OpenWorld 2011 by Thomas Kurian, Oracle executive VP of product development. Big data also featured prominently in a Monday ...

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