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.
Open Source Virtual Reality, a platform that aims to unify virtual reality input devices, games and output, and Leap Motion, a company that has established itself in the development of motion-tracking hardware, on Wednesday announced what may be a compelling way to control movements in a virtual reality environment. Despite spending years — decades, in many cases — navigating digital worlds with the “A, S, D, W” keys and computer mice, many in the video gaming community are wary of doing so when there are VR displays strapped to their faces.
Docker — the open source application container technology that has drawn broad interest from the enterprise IT industry — recently marked its second birthday since its launch in March 2013. Judging by its growth and traction thus far, and the example set by such open source projects as Linux, Hadoop, Android, OpenStack and Cloud Foundry, expect big things from this young open source software project and community. The Docker technology is being embraced by developers, prioritized by large enterprises, and questioned by central IT teams.
The Software Freedom Conservancy earlier this month announced that it was funding a lawsuit filed by Linux kernel developer Christoph Hellwig against VMware in the district court of Hamburg in Germany. The conservancy entered a grant agreement with Hellwig for the legal action. Its funding of the legal action is part of the program activity of its GPL Compliance Project for Linux Developers. The suit alleges that VMware failed to comply with terms of the GNU General Public License version 2, or GPLv2.
Q4OS has the potential to become a new attention-getter among up and coming Linux distros. But this distro has a way to go before its development reaches full functionality. Right now it is working its way to a non-beta version 1.0 release. New beta versions are frequently released, often a few weeks to a month apart. The latest release was version 0.5.25 on February 4. This new distro is fast and runs extremely well on low-powered aging computers.
Some 60 Linux kernel developers last week adopted a small “patch,” called the “Code of Conflict,” that attempts to set guidelines for discourse in the kernel community and outlines a path for mediation if someone feels abused or threatened. Linux creator Linus Torvalds posted the appeal for good behavior on his personal git.kernel.org page. Torvalds’ call for improved internal developer relations could be little more than wishful thinking, considering his own reputation for fueling heated community exchanges with brash comments.
I am always interested in new desktop approaches. That’s what drew my attention to Evolve OS. Normally, infant releases are too undeveloped to be the focus of a bona fide software review. This is not a criticism, but a reality of the work-in-progress nature of developing an OS. Evolve OS Beta has two innovations that distinguish it from the crowd of Linux distro newcomers. This new arrival is built around a home-made desktop called “Budgie” and a custom package manager forked from Pardus Linux.
Red Hat last week made Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host generally available, following a four-month live beta test. “The beta release was very successful,” said Lars Herrmann, senior director of product strategy at Red Hat. Feedback from customers and partners “helped us refine several features and tools” for the GA version. Atomic Host is a lean OS designed to run Docker containers, providing all the benefits of upstream distribution and the ability to perform atomic upgrades and rollbacks.
ChaletOS began as a personal project of developer Dejan Petrovic. Its name comes from the style of the mountain houses in Switzerland. Just as the Swiss Chalet is a distinctive design, so too is the look and feel of ChaletOS. This operating system has a familiar Windows-like style, with appealing simplicity and impressive speed. Much of that performance credit goes to the use of the Xfce desktop. Its system controls are tweaked to bring unique style-changing capabilities to a classic Linux desktop environment.
Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. Known as “The Great War,” it claimed the lives of more than 10 million soldiers and about seven million civilians, ranking it among the deadliest conflicts in human history. With these numbers in mind, it’s understandable that WWI might be a taboo subject for entertainment purposes. Yet, it is fair to say that game developers have missed an opportunity with World War I.
Nvidia on Tuesday unveiled Shield, an Android TV console that in addition to playing content locally, can stream video games, movies, music, apps and more. Yes, it can play Crysis. That claim, a measure of a gaming PC’s power a few years ago, is how Nvidia is marketing the Shield console. Nvidia’s Shield Tablet led the way with its Tegra K1 processor and its ability to play Android ports of AAA games natively. The Shield console continues that progress by serving up some of some of the year’s biggest games either locally or through Nvidia’s cloud gaming service, Grid.