[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.

Fedora 24 Pushes Linux Boundaries


Red Hat this week announced the release of Fedora 24, an open source Linux operating system maintained by the Fedora Project community. Fedora Linux is the community version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, or RHEL. Fedora 24 is comprised of a set of base packages that form the foundation of three distinct editions: Fedora 24 Cloud, Fedora 24 Server and Fedora 24 Workstation. Delayed four times during its development cycle, Fedora 24 includes glibc 2.23 for better performance, and improvements to POSIX compliance and GNU Compiler Collection 6.

Docker Tunes Up Engine Orchestration


Docker on Monday announced Docker Engine 1.12 with built-in orchestration, which allows automated deployment and management of Dockerized distributed applications and microservices at scale in production. Users can select Docker Swarm mode to turn on built-in orchestration, or they can use their own custom tooling or third-party orchestrators that run on Docker Engine. Docker 1.12 is currently a release candidate. General availability is scheduled for July.

Linux Snap Package Format Goes Multi-Distro


Snapcraft — the Linux package format Canonical developed for Ubuntu — now works on multiple Linux distros, including Arch, Debian, Fedora and various flavors of Ubuntu.
They’re being validated on CentOS, Elementary, Gentoo, Mint, OpenSUSE, OpenWrt and RHEL. “Distributing applications on Linux is not always easy,” said Canonical’s Manik Taneja, product manager for Snappy Ubuntu Core. “You have different packaging formats, base systems, available libraries and distribution release cadences.”

New Linux Lite Is a Powerhouse Distro in Disguise


Linux Lite 3.0 is anything but what its name implies. It is a full-featured operating system that lets you get down to serious business right out of the box. It is one of the few out-of-the-box experiences I have had testing Linux distros in which I actually was set up and working in less than five minutes. Linux Lite runs only the lightweight Xfce desktop environment — but a lightweight desktop environment does not detract from this distro’s usability or functionality.

HPE Wants Open Source Devs to Kick The Machine Into Gear


Hewlett Packard Enterprise on Tuesday announced it was open-sourcing The Machine to spur development of the infant computer design project. HPE has invited the open source community to collaborate on its largest and most notable research project yet. The Machine focuses on reinventing the architecture underlying all computers built in the past 60 years. The new design model switches to a memory-driven computing architecture. The new design model switches to a memory-driven computing architecture. Bringing in open source developers early in the software development cycle will familiarize them with the fundamental shift.

ReactOS Is a Promising Open Source Windows Replacement


If you want to run a clone of Microsoft Windows to escape the drama of upgrading to Windows 10, try ReactOS — but do not expect it to be a fully functional replacement. ReactOS is a free, open source operating system built on the design principles found in Windows NT. ReactOS is a Windows clone and not a Linux distro. However, the release last month of version 0.4.1 brings this unique open source project one step closer to its goal of providing users full compatibility with Windows software on a free OS made almost from scratch.

OpenSwitch Moves Under Linux Foundation Umbrella


The Linux Foundation on Wednesday announced that it has taken the OpenSwitch Project under its wing. OpenSwitch last year began as a joint project of Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Broadcom, VMware, Accton, Intel and Arista. OpenSwitch is an open source, Linux-based network operating system, or NOS, that works with enterprise-grade switches from multiple vendors. OpenSwitch removes interoperability issues and complex licensing structures that are inherent in proprietary systems.

Voyager Offers a Mostly Smooth-Sailing Linux Adventure


Voyager Live 16.04 is a Linux distro that could be an ideal choice for everyday computing tasks — but first it has to step away from its branding with Xubuntu. The once-per-year release of Voyager Live, which hit servers last month, is an Xubuntu-based distribution showcasing the Xfce 4.12.2 desktop environment. Its features include the Avant Window Navigator, a limited Conky desktop display of basic system information, and more than 300 photographs and animations that can be used as desktop backgrounds.

Black Duck’s Free Tool Digs Out Open Source Bugs


Black Duck Software this week released Security Checker, a free tool based on the company’s Hub open source security solution. Security Checker is a drag-and-drop, Web-based tool that allows users to determine if known open source vulnerabilities exist in the components used to build applications. It scans the code in an uploaded archive file or Docker image and provides a report showing the identified open source code and known bugs. The maximum file size for a Security Checker scan is 100 MB, according to Black Duck.

Google’s Abacus May Count Out Passwords


By the end of the year, Android devs will be able to use a trust API from Google’s Project Abacus in their apps, Google ATAP Director Dan Kaufman suggested at last week’s I/O conference. The API, which will run in the background continually, is aimed at doing away with passwords. It will use a smartphone’s sensors to check users’ current locations, typing patterns and voice patterns, as well as for facial recognition. It will create a cumulative trust score that will authenticate users so they can unlock their devices or sign into applications.