[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 Android Malware Sprouting Like Weeds


Information stored on an Android smartphone or tablet is vulnerable to almost 4,900 new malware files each day, according to a new G Data SecurityLabs report. Cybercriminals’ interest in the Android operating system has grown, the firm’s Q1 2015 Mobile Malware Report revealed. “The report suggests that Android devices are becoming a bigger target for the bad guys and more profitable than in previous years,” said Andy Hayter, security evangelist for G Data. The number of new malware samples in the first quarter increased 6.4 percent.

Makulu 9 Aero Soars Above the Linux Distro Crowd


The special release of Makulu 9 Aero edition might seem like one flexible Linux offering too many. However, anyone hankering for a Windows-like operating system and the best of what is easy about using Linux could not make a better choice. The Linux OS is notorious for its great variety of distros. Linux is also infamous for having far too many choices. You might put Windows look-alike desktops at the top of such a list. Makulu 9 Aero edition provides the look and feel of Windows 7 without being a true Windows clone.

Red Hat, Samsung Ramp Up Enterprise Mobility


Red Hat and Samsung Business Services on Tuesday announced a strategic alliance to deliver the next generation of mobile solutions for the enterprise. The alliance, announced at the Red Hat Summit 2015, combines the strengths of each company — Samsung’s mobile device portfolio and Red Hat’s open source middleware, mobile and cloud technologies. This mobile solutions partnership will allow the firms to go to market both individually and together, said Cathal McGloin, vice president of mobile platforms for Red Hat.

Container Coalition Seeks Common Standard Creation


Docker and CoreOS on Monday announced the formation of a coalition of 21 industry leaders to create the Open Container Project, a nonprofit organization seeking minimal common standards for software containers for cloud storage. The two companies made the announcement on the opening day of Dockercon, a two-day conference covering all aspects of the Docker ecosystem. Docker will donate its de facto image format standard technologies in the hope that they will serve as cornerstones of the OCP.

Antergos Linux Lowers the Arch Barrier


Antergos is an Arch-based Linux distribution that offers six desktop choices. This is a distro that Linux tinkerers might well embrace, but it comes with a few more stumbling blocks than other Linux options, which could make it a less welcome alternative. Its developers created a cute logo that espouses the notion that Antergos is a distro “for everyone.” In some ways, that is true. The developers smoothed over some of the tripping points that bog down typical Arch distro entry.

Linux Foundation Beefs Up Scholarship Program


The Linux Foundation on Wednesday announced that it was more than doubling the number of scholarships to be awarded this year for Linux training. The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development. Its announcement opened the door for the submission of applications for the 2015 Linux Training Scholarship Program. The foundation will award 14 scholarships this year, up from last year’s five.

Can Android Give BlackBerry New Life?


BlackBerry could be considering equipping an upcoming smartphone with Google’s Android operating system, Reuters reported last week. The move would be consistent with BlackBerry’s strategy to focus on software and device management instead of handsets. Such a pivot would take the company away from its current strategy to regain lost market share with a new generation of BlackBerry smartphones. The launch of BlackBerry 10 devices failed to reverse the tide for the once-dominant smartphone maker.

Linbit Launches New Synchronous Server Storage Software


Linbit on Tuesday announced the release of DRBD9, its new distributed replicated block device product. DRBD9 provides enterprise Linux users with synchronous server storage replication including support for native remote direct memory access, or RDMA, and OpenStack integration. Linbit developed the software to give end-users, OEMs and independent software developers a tool for building redundant, highly scalable and flexible storage architectures. Linbit’s DRBD9 solution expands the core functionality of DRBD.

antiX Linux Doesn’t Fool Around


The antiX distro is both something old and something new. It is a handy and innovative approach to keeping aging computers fast and active. It is also an energy infuser for new computers. I started playing around with antiX when looking for something different to keep some older computers out of the trash heap. antiX is a fast, lightweight distro that is easy to install. It is based on Debian Testing for Intel-AMD x86 compatible systems. It uses Flushbox and IceWN for the desktop environment.

Nutanix Ratchets Up Competition With VMware


Nutanix on Wednesday announced its Xtreme Computing Platform, challenging VMware’s virtual machine software dominance. Nutanix’s XCP comes about one year after VMware introduced its own hyperconverged storage software, which offered customers an alternative to Nutanix’s offering at the time. Nutanix has a 52 percent market share in the hyperconverged infrastructure market. Perhaps one-upping VMware, Nutanix’s XCP delivers an infrastructure-agnostic solution.