[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.

Defending the Free Linux World


The Open Invention Network, or OIN, is waging a global campaign to keep Linux out of harm’s way in patent litigation. Its efforts have resulted in more than 1,000 companies joining forces to become the largest defense patent management organization in history. The Open Invention Network was created in 2005 as a white hat organization to protect Linux from license assaults. It has considerable financial backing from original board members that include Google, IBM, NEC, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony.

Docker CTO Solomon Hykes to Devs: Have It Your Way


Docker has moved from an obscure Linux project to one of the most popular open source technologies in cloud computing. Project developers have witnessed millions of Docker Engine downloads. Hundreds of Docker groups have formed in 40 countries. Many more companies are announcing Docker integration. Even Microsoft will ship Windows 10 with Docker preinstalled. “That caught a lot of people by surprise,” said Docker founder and CTO Solomon Hykes. Docker is an open platform for building, shipping and running distributed applications.

Should We All Be Contributing to FOSS?


It’s surely a testament to the shocking nature of the recent news about Devuan that the Linux blogosphere has been a rather quiet place of late. Yes, there was last week’s Turla news, and yes, the holiday season is looming large, likely dampening more than a few spirits. Still, the atmosphere definitely has been subdued down at the blogosphere’s seedy Punchy Penguin Saloon, as Linux fans have pondered this dramatic development in the ongoing Systemd saga. How, bloggers seemed to be wondering, did things get to this point?

4MLinux Is So Lightweight It’s Anemic


4MLinux is a unique mini Linux distribution that tries to be what it is not. Its limited-purpose design is too basic for even lightweight distro functions. Much of any benefit users might derive from 4MLinux mimics what already is available from USB-launched pocket Linux distros such as Puppy Linux, Porteus and Knoppix. However, much of the advanced functionality of these other distros is missing from 4MLinux. The 4MLinux name is derived from this distro’s specialized uses: Multimedia, Miniserver, Maintenance and Mystery.

How Linux Works Is an OS Mechanic’s Mainstay


How Linux Works: What Every Superuser Should Know offers an unglamorous view of the Linux OS. It takes readers behind the GUI into the bowels of command line operations. This second edition of Brian Ward’s classic Linux reference book is completely revised, and it offers something for every Linux user. Ward drills down to the technical specifics that developers need — but he also peels back the onion layers gently enough for Linux tinkerers to know what happens when they do stuff with the operating system — and why.

Turla Trojan Unearthed on Linux


Turla, a Trojan that has infected hundreds of 32- and 64-bit Windows computers at government institutions, embassies, military installations, educational institutions, and research and pharmaceutical companies over the years, has been found on Linux systems, Kaspersky Lab reported. The company has discovered two variants of the malware running on Linux. The first is a C/C++ executable statically linked against multiple libraries, which increases the size of its files, Kaspersky Lab said.

Devuan: Unto Us a Fork Is Born


Well, it happened. We knew it was possible; the signs were all there — but more than a few of us were still holding out hope. “Things will surely get better,” we thought. Then the news came. The rumored Debian fork has now become real, and its name is “Devuan.” Dev-what, you may say? Well, the developers have an answer ready: “Devuan is spelled in Italian and it is pronounced just like ‘DevOne’ in English,” they explain. So there you go. “I hate the name; I love the idea,” said Hyperlogos blogger Martin Espinoza.

Puzzle GNU/Linux: Integrated Pieces Create an Intriguing OS


Puzzle GNU/Linux is a strange OS distribution that shows the value of open source ingenuity. It is built around a hybrid desktop that is highly customizable. You might get the impression when you start using it that the desktop environment is a new creation. That would not be completely accurate. Puzzle’s user interface is not new. What developer Roberto Pagliaro does with Puzzle GNU/Linux’s desktop environment is provide a new approach to controlling the user interface. Puzzle GNU/Linux combines elements from Openbox, Kodi and KDE.

Selling a Non-Product: The Multifaceted OpenStack


Is OpenStack best deployed as a server distribution, a service from a cloud provider, or something else? You might think that such a question would have a simple answer. Yet at the OpenStack Summit in Paris last month, seven developers participating in a panel discussion failed to reach a consensus. One reason for the debate over deployment methodology is the lack of any clear product designation. OpenStack is more an entity than a product. “The reality is that OpenStack is not a product,” said Blue Box CTO Jesse Proudman.

Is It Time to Give BSD a Try?


It’s never easy to stand by and watch a relationship in trouble. First there’s the constant bickering, the growing sense of distance, the discontented grumbling and snide remarks. Next, there are the wandering eyes and intentions, and the seeking out of greener pastures. For many longtime Linux users, the past few months have resembled the first phase of that progression as the Systemd Inferno has blazed higher and higher. And now? A seemingly innocent post inquires about “workaday software for BSD on the desktop.”