April 23, 2014

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Seeking the One True Linux: Is Linux Distro-hopping a Thing of the Past?

Distro-hopping is easy and fun. Linux users distro-hop to solve problems and to try new software. But is it necessary? Haven't most Linux distributions reached a state of polish that makes distro-hopping unnecessary? Brian Proffitt wonders if distro-hopping shouldn't be discouraged.

Will MeeGo Save Maemo?

The pairing of Nokia's Maemo with Intel's Moblin was a bit surprising at first, but in many ways it makes sense. Because Nokia's Maemo Linux platform was going nowhere fast.

Computing, Even in Linux, is All About Failure

Hardware failures, power failures, and most of all, storage media failures. Ever notice how fragile digital storage media are? Are we ever going to get digital storage media that can match plain old paper, and other analog media, for reliability and longevity?

Goofy Pro-Linux Story to Counter Pundit's Awkward Efforts to Install Firefox

Emery Fletcher muses on how a rank Linux beginner can figure out how to install the latest Firefox release, even when professional tech journalists can't.

Will Linux Really Save the World?

I don't believe it is exaggerating to say that Linux/FOSS is all that stands between technology tyranny, corporate tyranny, and the hope of something better.

When Will PCs Be Powerful Enough?

Since the advent of personal computers, we have been on a never-ending upgrade path to get better performance. Now even our low-end PCs are powerhouses, but we're still not there. Will we ever get there?

Nine Open Source Predictions for 2010

Bruce Byfield, avoiding a look back at his last years' predictions, looks ahead and makes nine specific predictions about what to expect in 2010.

The Learned Helplessness of Windows

How much of the market dominance of Windows over Linux is due to people who either cannot or do not want to use pliers, who are afraid that any attempt to alter their machine is doomed to failure?

Open Source Projects and the Meritocracy Myth

Despite the beloved, oft-stated myth of the meritocracy, open source projects aren't always led by the people who are most able.

Linux Documentation From A User's Viewpoint

Linux newbie and excellent writer Emery Fletcher weighs in on the subject of documentation for Linux users, and why it is a good thing.

Linux Bug #1: Bad Documentation

The Internet and Google enable laziness in FOSS development because they make it too easy to abdicate the job of proper documentation to "The community." Telling users and potential contributors to use Google, mailing lists, and forums is not documentation.

Why 'Free as in Freedom' is More Important Than Ever for Linux Users

Bruce Byfield wonders why isn't "free as in freedom" more important to more Linux users? Is it all about free as in free of cost, or "free as in freeloader"?

Darl Is Out, Farewell Master Gamer

Darl McBride, to the glee of many, is out of a job. I think this signals the real end of all The SCO Group litigation, because I think Mr. McBride was hired specifically to litigate rather than run a software company.

De-Programming Windows Refugees

Linux is the easiest of all operating systems to use, and yet the complaints about how it is too hard are louder than ever. What the heck is going on?

Sexism is Alive and Well in Linux/FOSS

The official mythology of FOSS states that it is a meritocracy, and that only the code matters. The reality is not nearly so happy. On September 19th, the GNOME Foundation and the Free Software Foundation will host a mini-summit on women in FOSS. Will it do any good? How much of a problem is it really?

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