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.
There was a somewhat quiet, cost-free acquisition of sorts in the Linux world earlier this year when Red Hat announced it was joining forces with Red Hat Enterprise Linux community clone CentOS. The move, which effectively brings organization, governance, backing and technology of CentOS under Red Hat’s brim, is interesting for a few reasons. First, it illustrates the continued presence and power of unpaid community Linux distributions like CentOS. Second, it’s part of the changing Linux market, which is being driven by cloud computing and new types of uses on the rise.
GitHub cofounder Tom Preston-Werner has resigned following an investigation into harassment charges made by developer Julie Ann Horvath, who departed the company last month. “The investigation found no evidence to support the claims against Tom and his wife of sexual or gender-based harassment or retaliation, or of a sexist or hostile work environment,” said Chris Wanstrath, GitHub cofounder and CEO, in an announcement on Monday.
Well it’s been a wild few weeks here in the Linux blogosphere, thanks not just to XP’s demise but also the long-overdue discovery of the all-pervasive Heartbleed bug. That the bug is “catastrophic” appears to be beyond dispute; in fact, “some might argue that it is the worst vulnerability found … since commercial traffic began to flow on the Internet,” as at least one commentator suggested. The fact that the flaw exists in OpenSSL, of course, is what’s made the topic particularly pertinent to those of us in the FOSS world.
Open source software continues to gain momentum — but what is not growing is an open desire among individual software developers to port their commercial Windows wares to Linux. Open source support is not a mere in or out decision. Some software makers shape their business models to take advantage of open source support for some products but not others. For other software developers, making a commitment to support FOSS often goes well beyond the notion of putting one’s money where one’s mouth is.
The latest version of the uGet Download Manager rekindled my interest in grabbing files without relying on a Web browser. uGet version 1.10.4. was released last month. Written in C, it uses GTK+3 for its user interface, and it is packed full with improvements. It is very reliable and stable, with 11 years of growth behind it. The uGet website has received a makeover to better support users, according to Michael Tunnell of the uGet Project. To help spur a new round of development, the project team for the first time is seeking donations.
Google announced a $100,000 developers’ challenge prize on Wednesday, the second day of its Project Ara modular phone developers’ conference. The top two runners-up will get all-expenses paid trips for two or three people to the next Ara devcon — there will be a few more held this year — and guaranteed hardware for the project, said Project Ara lead Paul Eremenko. Judging will be based on both objective and subjective criteria.
The challenge will be unveiled officially in mid-May, with a detailed set of rules, Eremenko said.
Google Glass, which has been the focus of considerable controversy, went on sale Tuesday — for one day only — at $1,500, with Android KitKat and new features that include improved battery life, photo bundles, photo replies and voice command sorting.
However, one feature — video calling — has been eliminated because fewer than 10 percent of Explorer beta users employed it. “Today we hope to bring even more Explorers into the program to reflect an even more diverse group of people,” said Google spokesperson Chris Dale.
Well the Linux landscape shifted dramatically last week, and not just because of the discovery of the Heartbleed bug. No indeed, there’s another key reason this little planet of ours isn’t the same as it was a week ago, and that’s none other than Windows XP’s long-anticipated end of life. “As of April 8, 2014, support and updates for Windows XP are no longer available,” wrote Microsoft. The news was hardly any surprise, of course — but neither was the cry for help that rang out soon thereafter in the Linux blogosphere.