July 6, 2015

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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?

Is Novell Selling FUD or Linux?

Companies with inferior products are often tempted to create Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. Paul Rubens wonder if Novell's FUD campaign a sign of a company that is afraid of the truth.

Why Are Computer Hardware Vendors Such Snoopy Control-Freak Weirdos?

You think you own your stuff that you paid your own money for? The Sony PS3, the XBox, the Palm Pre? Think again---these titans of tech are not selling products...

The Curse of the Living Windows

In which Emery Fletcher discovers that getting online with Linux means missing out on a host of "benefits" offered only to Windows users.

Forget Linux, We Need Fisher-Price Computers

There is a persistent and annoying myth that nobody should have to bother with learning to use a computer competently, but rather should wait until that far-off day when computers are perfect and effortless, and even dead people can use them. Your editor has a bit of fun and shoots this down.

Linux and Free/Open Source Software: Why Code For Free? (part 1)

How can anyone make a living writing Free software? Why should a coder work for free? These questions, and others, are answered in this two-part series. Today we learn why Free and Open Source software are very important even to end users who are not coders.

All About Google's ChromeOS, by the Pundit Savant

Emery Fletcher knows just as much about Google's ChromeOS, the reigning champion of blogware, as any other commentator in the whole world, and generously shares his insightful insights with a grateful audience.

If Microsoft Sold Office Furniture

Imagine if office furniture were manufactured and sold by Microsoft...buying furniture would be so much simpler!

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server-- the Pointless Linux?

The server market is shaping into a Linux vs. Windows battle as UNIX declines. Red Hat Enterprise Linux is strong and growing. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES), backed by Novell, should also be strong and growing, but it isn't as it continues the Novell tradition of continually getting whipped by Microsoft. Does SLES even have a reason to exist?

Driving a Stake Through 'Free Software Can't Innovate'

Linux Planet Classics: Like Dracula, the old myth that free software can't innovate keeps returning. But this accusation is one that's overdue for a stake through the heart. Those who have experienced free software projects firsthand know that they depend on innovation and generally foster it. Bruce Byfield aims to retire this moldy canard.

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