The FSF’s Trick-or-Treat Stunt at the Windows 8 Launch

To “celebrate” the launch of Windows 8 just a few days before Halloween, activists from the Free Software Foundation played a little trick and handed out some treats at a launch event in New York City. With a costume-clad “GNU” leading the effort, the FSF representatives handed out DVDs loaded with Trisquel along with FSF […]

Linux Preloaded: Coming Soon to a PC Near You

It’s no secret that many here in the Linux blogosphere greeted Windows 8 with jubilation — not because they had any intention of using it, but because of the opportunity they think it represents for Linux to capture a greater proportion of mainstream users. That, indeed, was the hot topic du jour last week, but […]

Windows 8: Jack of All Trades, Master of None?

There just doesn’t seem to be any rest for the weary here in the Linux blogosphere lately, what with the release of Ubuntu Linux 12.10 “Quantal Quetzal” last week and the “Rectangle with Rounded Corners” 5 not long before that. Next up? Well, it’s Windows 8, which officially launches on Friday. FOSS fans’ hackles have […]

Google to Get Last Word in Week of Tablet Launches

Google could be poised to roll out new Nexus tablet offerings at next Monday’s press event in New York City. The search giant is also likely to introduce a new smartphone, the LG Nexus 4, powered by Android 4.2. The timing of the event is certainly interesting, as it comes later on the same day […]

Canonical ups the ante over Windows 8, Calls it a "Pain", Announces Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal

“Avoid the pain of Windows 8. All new Ubuntu 12.10 is out now,” reads Canonical’s official banner announcing the arrival of Ubuntu’s latest iteration, Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal. Pretty strong language, I must say. It is a normal practice in the corporate world to NOT name their biggest competitors in an official announcement like this. […]

Linux Foundation Steps Into Windows 8 Secure Boot Flap

Fans of the classic Pink Panther movies will no doubt remember Chief Inspector Dreyfus, the long-suffering supervisor of Inspector Clouseau who became afflicted with a nervous twitch and over time was reduced to homicidal madness. Herbert Lom, the actor who played Dreyfus so brilliantly, recently passed away. Linux fans can surely feel some sympathy with […]

Make a Handy Little Android PC for Light Lifting

As many of us are gearing up for Windows 8′s imminent release, it may well be worth considering some alternatives. I don’t know about you, but after XP to Windows 7, via Vista, the idea of another OS from Microsoft, while not yet causing night sweats, is engendering some trepidation. For one, there are its […]

Zorin Linux Is Heavy on the Windows Dressing

Zorin Linux 6.0 is a very capable replacement operating system for Microsoft Windows. It is also a bother-free alternative to other Linux distros that suffer from the usability issues of the Gnome 3 or Ubuntu Unity desktop interfaces. The Zorin Linux distro is an offshoot of Canonical’s Ubuntu Linux but it has much more of […]

Linux and Windows: Peaceful Coexistence

One of the stumbling blocks in migrating to the Linux desktop is the mistaken view that you can’t take it with you. Your data must remain captive to the Microsoft operating system. Not true at all. A related misconception that stalls many Windows users from adopting the Linux OS is the belief that when you […]

‘A Week with Windows 8′ and Other Tales of Linuxy Virtue