[sticky] Tired of paying for Windows? Linux is your answer!

Welcome to PrescottLinux.com, we are a local team dedicated to informing dispirited computer users of the tri-city area that there is an alternative to Microsoft Windows. You may very well have a Dell PC right now, did you know you paid Microsoft a percentage of the cost of that PC? With Microsoft’s versions of Windows, you are paying them for the privilege of providing you with an operating system that will open you up viruses, spyware, and all types of malware. Windows by far is the biggest platform for attracting all the unwanted nuisances floating around on the Internet.

If you have kids in the house going online, then you probably have had problems with your Windows computer catching a virus, and all the popups, hijacking of your computer, etc. It is an expensive nightmare to try to get that computer cleaned out. That’s where Linux has a huge advantage over Windows- It is designed from the ground-up with security in mind.

Linux is Free and Open Source Software, a concept known by the acronym, FOSS. As such, you don’t have to pay for Linux, most of the software that runs on Linux is also free and open source. All your favorite applications, such as Mozilla Firefox, web browser, Mozilla Thunderbird E-mail client, Sun’s Open Office, their office suite that is compatible with Microsoft’s Office, as well as many other programs you are probably using already.

Linux also gives you freedom from knowing that there isn’t a big, centralized corporation controlling what do you with your computer, with just its shareholders in mind.

We will add more posts here to explain the virtues of Linux periodically and hope to inform the public.

New SourceForge Owners Start Trust Repair


SourceForge on Tuesday announced that it has pulled the plug on its DevShare program amid growing rebellion from software developers and a change of ownership. SourceForge Media announced the termination notice with a promise of other policy changes coming soon. DevShare was an opt-in revenue-sharing program for developers that was started in 2013. The program attempted to give open source software developers a monetizing stream by bundling selected software titles with the free downloads.

Amazon Opens Lumberyard to Game Devs


Amazon on Tuesday announced that it has widened its footprint in the game industry, complementing its development studio with the Lumberyard 3D game engine. Based on core components of Crytek’s CryEngine, Lumberyard will support development for PCs and consoles (Xbox One and PlayStation 4). Amazon plans to add support for mobile devices and virtual reality gear soon. The game engine, which is available in a beta build, is free of charge, and there is neither a subscription fee nor revenue-sharing model to bar entry to small development teams.

Rosa Is a Real Powerhouse


The Rosa Desktop Fresh R series optimizes desktop usage and targets advanced users and enthusiasts looking for rich functionality. Add to that mix the default KDE flavoring and you have a compelling Linux distro that challenges your first-choice OS. The typical Rosa user already is familiar with basic Linux offerings and wants a product with a wide set of customization and personalization possibilities. That is what Rosa Desktop delivers. Rosa is a Russian company with a variety of Linux-based solutions.

Canonical Launches 2-in-1 Ubuntu Tablet


Canonical on Thursday launched the Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet, developed in partnership with BQ. The tablet is the first fully converged Ubuntu device, the company said. It will ship with the latest Ubuntu software and is the first tablet with the Ubuntu OS. The tablet has a 10.1-inch multitactile FHD screen made from Asahi’s Dragontrail glass, which is similar to Gorilla Glass. The Aquaris M10 is 8.2 mm thick, weighs about a pound, and has a 1.5-GHz 64-bit quad-core MediaTek MT8163A SOC and a 7,280-mAh LiPo.

Rugged Turing Phone to Run on Sailfish OS, Not Android


Turing Robotic Industries this week announced that it has uninstalled Google’s Android mobile platform in favor of Jolla’s Sailfish OS in its yet-to-appear secure smartphone. The Turing Phone, molded from a single unit of the Liquidmorphium liquid-metal alloy, is designed to be more durable to absorb shocks and prevent screen breakage. Preorder pricing ranges from $610 for the 16-GB version to $870 for the 128-GB model. TRI started taking preorders for the smartphone last year.

Zenwalk 8 Beta Led Me Down a Rocky Road


Zenwalk is a Linux distro that seems to be in a state of flux. I took a gamble with the Zenwalk 8.0 beta edition, released last month, after several colleagues raved about its improvements. Chalk that up to potentially bad advice. It’s not that Zenwalk is a bad distro. It is an uncooperative and strange experience. With all the options available, a lot can be said about not having to struggle with a problematic OS version. The announcement for the upcoming version 8 release prompted some good vibes. I should have tempered my expectations.

Walmart Opens OneOps Cloud Management to the Masses


Walmart on Tuesday announced that it has posted the code for its OneOps cloud application life cycle management platform on GitHub. The company developed the OneOps platform for building and launching cloud-based applications across varied storage environments that change frequently. It lets e-commerce vendors deploy apps on platforms from Microsoft Azure, Rackspace and CenturyLink public clouds to private or hybrid environments built with OpenStack.

Ubuntu is W3Techs ‘Operating System of the Year 2015′

Ubuntu is slowly but steadily improving its footprint in the web server space. W3Tech provides some of the most reliable data regarding the use of various technologies in the web server space. According to W3Tech’s latest set of data, Ubuntu is now commanding 11.1% market-share among websites ‘whose operating system we know’.

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Ubuntu: W3Tech’s Operating System of the year 2015

Up from a meagre 4% share in 2011, Ubuntu’s is now used by 11.1% of all the websites whose operating system we know. This according to the latest set of web server usage statistics released by W3Techs. 
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This massive surge is market-share over the years are among the reasons why Ubuntu grabbed the top spot among operating systems in web-server space in the W3Techs survey 2015. Ubuntu is followed by Gentoo while Scientific Linux came in at a surprising no.3 position. Last year’s winner, Debian, failed to feature in the top 3. Windows on the other hand has never been able to regain its pole position since 2010. 

Other open source technologies such as WordPress, Drupal, Nginx, JQuery etc. feature prominently in the survey. WordPress and Drupal remains the most popular content management systems in use even today. WordPress reached an impressive milestone this year by running a quarter of the web. Java was the fastest growing server-side programming language in 2015. 3.0% of all websites are built with Java, up from 2.8% last year. JavaScript is getting more and more popular as server-side technology, making it the second-fastest growing language. Nginx crossed the 25% mark in 2015, and is the web server of the year for the 6th time in a row. [Detailed report here]

Fast Times With Nelum OS


Nelum OS is a light and fast live-installable Linux distribution family offering three separate releases. The distro is a brand-new entry to the land of Linux, with its initial release posted earlier this month. It is an unusual twist on what you usually see with a Linux release. For example, the virtual desktops can be changed simply by scrolling the mouse wheel or finger scrolling the touchpad. All three flavors of Nelum Linux rely on Openbox as the window manager. Each version is based on a different Ubuntu version.

Snap-Happy Trojan Targets Linux Servers


Security researchers at Dr.Web on Tuesday revealed details of the Trojan Linux.Ekoms.1, which takes screen shots and records audio to acquire sensitive and personal information, mostly from Linux servers. Malware for Linux is becoming more diverse and includes spyware programs, ransomware and Trojans designed to carry out distributed denial-of-service attacks, according to Dr.Web. Researchers did not assess the severity of the threat once the malware infects computers.