Open Source


Ubuntu at 10

October 27th, 2014

TEN years ago this month, a new Linux distribution with an unusual name made its unassuming debut. Bankrolled by South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth, who had earned about half a billion dollars in 1999 from selling his Internet security company to VeriSign, Ubuntu was named after an African term for ...

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Elementary OS

March 4th, 2014

FOR some strange reason, the latest version of Ubuntu (13.10) would not install properly on my aging Acer Aspire One netbook, which I have used in the past to test different versions of Linux. This seemed to present the perfect opportunity to try out Elementary OS, a free and open ...

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An OS for hairdressers

January 28th, 2014

OPEN Source advocate Matt Asay writes in a provocative piece entitled “Why the Linux Desktop Doesn’t Matter Anymore.” In the article, Asay says that Linux has “completely failed as a desktop operating system” because it was never easy enough or useful enough for people like his hairdresser, Valerie. Asay, who ...

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The spirit of Ubuntu

December 17th, 2013

AS a user of the Ubuntu since 2006, I’ve been privileged to use a robust, secure and user-friendly operating system and great applications—all for free. This never ceases to amaze me, and I am thankful for the open-source philosophy that made software such as Ubuntu and other Linux distributions possible. ...

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XPocalypse Now

November 19th, 2013

IN less than five months, Microsoft will end support services for its most widely used operating system, Windows XP. This means the estimated 2.9 million XP users in the Philippines – roughly a quarter of all computers in the country – will no longer receive security updates, fixes or online ...

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Ubuntu at 9

Ubuntu at 9

October 22nd, 2013

NINE years ago this month, a new Linux distribution was released with very little fanfare. Nobody at the time realized it, but the new distribution would eventually play a major role in taking the Linux operating system into mainstream computing, and create a community of users that number about 20 ...

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Parlez-vous Linux?

October 8th, 2013

THE French are famous for fine food, wine, fashion and art, and by next year, they will add another feather in their beret: they will have one of the world’s largest government deployments of Linux. Already, the Gendarmerie Nationale, the French police force, is running 37,000 desktop PCs on Ubuntu Linux, ...

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A Mac for a Linux user

October 1st, 2013

IN a recent piece for TechRepublic, Jack Wallen, a long-time Linux advocate, contemplates the purchase of an iMac after years of running his desktops and laptops on Ubuntu or its variant, Ubuntu Studio. As an author, columnist and a producer of multimedia content, jack runs LibreOffice for his writing, Calibre for ...

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