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.
Evernote this week launched handwriting capabilities in its app for Android, offering a long-awaited extension of some of the functionality it brought to iOS when it acquired Penultimate back in 2012. “Sometimes there’s no better way to capture an idea than to write it down or sketch it out,” wrote Andrew Sinkov of Evernote’s marketing team in a Wednesday blog post. “Whether a graph from a meeting, an equation from class, or an inspiration while traveling, handwriting can be the most direct way to express what you’re thinking or seeing.”
Not everyone who dabbles in the realm of the Linux OS needs all the enterprise-specific tutelage this guidebook offers. However, it certainly has chapters to enlighten even casual readers interested in learning really useful stuff about using Linux in general.
Sobell assembles in one spot his accumulated experience as a Linux expert and his keen insights about succeeding with two enterprise workhorse distributions in the workplace. He has a decided flare for explaining Linux.
Red Hat on Tuesday unveiled Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite 6, an open source business process management suite that combines business process management, business rules management and complex event processing technologies in a single product offering. JBoss BPM Suite 6 includes all the capabilities of the next version of Red Hat’s business rules platform, JBoss BRMS 6, along with support for modeling, automation, simulation, and monitoring of business processes.
It’s a natural human tendency to want to share a good thing with the people you care about, and Linux is certainly no exception. It can be downright painful, in fact, for FOSS fans to sit by and watch their friends and loved ones suffer in the clutches of other OSes. Even so, is it always a good idea to recommend Linux? One longtime Linux aficionado and blogger isn’t so sure. “Arm yourself with the information needed before telling someone to install such and such distro because it’s great,” warned blogger Ken Starks.
The death of online privacy had already been proclaimed long before Edward Snowden landed in the international spotlight, but if it wasn’t confirmed back then, Snowden’s NSA revelations surely must have extinguished the last vestiges of hope in even the most die-hard optimists. “We’re in a predicament,” said Phil Zimmermann, Pretty Good Privacy creator and cofounder and president of Silent Circle. “Everything we do on the Internet is being captured in a vast database — it’s a kind of Panopticon.”
The first Tizen phones may still be on the horizon, but at least one software provider is already planning ahead. This week at Mobile World Congress, Infraware Technology debuted software that can port Android apps to Tizen. Both Android and Tizen are based on open source Linux, of course, but that doesn’t mean their native apps are compatible. With that in mind, Infraware’s Polaris App Generator is designed to enable Android applications to operate on the Tizen mobile OS without additional development or customization.
Google is ramping up its plans to bring the Project Ara modular smartphone to market by scheduling the first developer conference for the device. The company will hold the conference on April 15-16 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. A limited number of developers will be able to attend the conference in person, but anyone can participate online through a live stream and interactive Q&A. Project Ara’s aim is to allow consumers to fully customize their smartphones.
Bruce Momjian years ago salvaged a nearly abandoned open source database project: PostgreSQL. Today he heads an international group helping to keep its community growing. He also is a key architect for a commercial database company that supports his advisory group and the Postgres open source community. PostreSQL, more commonly known as “Postgres,” owes much of its success in a very competitive database field to the PostgreSQL Global Development Group headed by Bruce Momjian.