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Microsoft and Ballmer and Nokia, Oh My!
September 09, 2013
The days of summer may be dwindling at last here in the Linux blogosphere, but that doesn't mean things are cooling off. No indeed, the unseasonably scorching temperatures have been matched only by the sizzling nature of the news -- in particular, Ballmer is out, and Microsoft is purchasing Nokia! More than a few Linux bloggers have been stuck in the doldrums, truth be told.
Linux at 22: Another Year, Another Step Closer to World Domination
September 03, 2013
It seems like only yesterday that we here in the Linux blogosphere were celebrating Linux's 20th birthday, but now here we are, two years later. Linux has reached the ripe old age of 22, and its creator -- Linus Torvalds -- marked the occasion in characteristically understated fashion. Specifically, echoing his original message from 1991, Torvalds published a similarly worded note late last month.
Ode to Groklaw: A Requiem for What Was Lost
August 26, 2013
It's not often we here in the Linux blogosphere must cope with death -- figuratively speaking -- in the projects and products we love. After all, when it's open source, what may "die" one day will likely be reborn the next as something new thanks to the beauty of forking, among other things. Just recall Fuduntu -- it may have closed its doors earlier this year, but soon afterwards Cloverleaf was born.
The Age of Asymmetrical CRM
August 21, 2013
Am I making up a term? Maybe. This column is inspired by the continuing dreadful news out of PC land. Last week Dell announced its profits for the just finished quarter dropped 72 percent year over year and Lenovo took over the No. 1 one spot in PC manufacturing from HP, though both companies saw declines. Even though the declines in PC shipments are serious, the numbers being produced are still prodigious.
Who's Afraid of Linux Malware?
August 19, 2013
There once was a time when Windows users could feel relatively safe and secure as they made their online excursions around the World Wide Web. Those days ended relatively quickly, of course, followed soon afterwards by a similar waning of confidence on the Mac side. For those of us who prefer Linux, however, the Age of Innocence -- as one might call it -- has lasted much longer.
Is That Your Bot, or Are You Happy to See Me?
August 14, 2013
Oh, bother. "Only 35 percent of the average Twitter user's followers are real people," suggests a recent article in The New York Times. The rest? Bots or robots, of course. It seems that email bots, spam bots and other algorithmically driven software entities have been adjusted to hold conversations (too strong a word, really) -- to tweet and retweet with us mortals.
1 Small App, 1 Giant Feather in Linux's Cap
August 13, 2013
What a difference a day makes, as the old saying goes -- or, perhaps more aptly here in the Linux community, what a difference an app makes. Which app, you may ask? Why that would be Microsoft Office for Android, of course -- the arrival of which a few weeks ago has caused no shortage of jubilation in the Linux blogosphere. "It looks like Linus has won," noted a recent article.
Chinese News Agency Earnestly Reports Satirical News on Bezos' Post Purchase
August 08, 2013
The Borowitz Report, a satirical chronicle of daily news, is frequently the Most Popular item on The New Yorker's site. Not everyone gets the humor. Xinhua, the Chinese government's official press agency, took notice of a Borowitz Report article that claimed Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' recent US$250 million purchase of The Washington Post was an accident.
Twitter Noise Can Bump Up a TV Show's Nielsen Ratings
August 07, 2013
Nielsen this week released a study that indicates there is a causal relationship between Twitter conversations and TV ratings. The findings suggest the volume of tweets could actually increase the number of TV viewers for certain shows. Nielsen's conclusion lends strength to the idea that the microblog could serve to complement the networks, and even create added value for the programs.
Bad Apple: China Investigating Alleged Supplier Pollution
August 05, 2013
In what amounts to a serious environmental breach or a continuation of China's anti-Apple PR blitz -- or both -- Chinese regulators are scrutinizing a pair of Apple suppliers in China over pollution allegations. The factories in question, located in Kunshan, an electronics manufacturing hotbed about 40 miles west of Shanghai, are reportedly dumping large amounts of heavy metals into local rivers.
Canonical's Edgy Endeavor
August 05, 2013
Fans of Ubuntu will have to be forgiven if they've been a little distracted lately. After all, exactly two weeks ago Canonical launched its crowdfunding campaign for the new Ubuntu Edge smartphone. It's not just any crowdfunding campaign, of course -- it's a big one. Really big -- to the tune of $32 million. No one ever said Mark Shuttleworth lacked ambition.
Australia May Tweak Copyright Laws to Knock Down IT Prices
July 29, 2013
Australia has recommended changes to copyright law that would allow Aussie citizens cheaper access to IT hardware, software and digital downloads after a parliamentary inquiry found no good reason for prices to be so high Down Under. The inquiry sought to unearth why IT prices were so much higher in Australia than elsewhere. The probe kicked off last year.
Unfaithfully Yours: The Linux Version
July 29, 2013
The dog days of summer may best be endured at a leisurely pace, but for those of us here in the sweltering Northern reaches of the Linux blogosphere, that simply hasn't been an option. Far from being the lazy month many typically expect, July has brought not only a fiery debate over codes of conduct among kernel programmers but also the launch of Canonical's ambitious Ubuntu Edge crowdfunding campaign.
Linus, Sarah and the Linux Civil Code
July 22, 2013
Anyone who has ever spent five minutes in the Linux blogosphere is probably already well-aware of Linux creator Linus Torvalds' propensity for speaking his mind in the plainest of terms. It was just slightly more than a year ago, after all, that he dropped an "F-bomb" on Nvidia, though that's by no means been the only example over the years.
Tizen Rising: Can a $4M App Challenge Do the Trick?
July 15, 2013
It's no secret that humans tend to be motivated by cash, and developers are no exception -- heck, even Microsoft knows that! Little wonder, then, that Linux developers took in the latest from the Tizen project with such interest. "Tizen is a brand new ecosystem, with a brand new store," the announcement read.
The Linux Desktop Beauty Pageant, Round Eleventy
July 08, 2013
Well the Fourth of July may have come and gone for another year here in the Land of Stars and Stripes, but for Linux fans, every day is Independence Day. Freedom from the dictates of a few giant software behemoths is what we celebrate each and every time we use our computers, not to mention the world of user choice that comes along with that freedom.
Android's Audacious Desktop Debut
July 01, 2013
Well temperatures have climbed discouragingly of late here in the Northern reaches of the Linux blogosphere, with the result that there's been standing room only down at the frostily air-conditioned Broken Windows Lounge. Linux Girl's most dreaded month is upon us, so it's time to hunker down with a chilly beverage and while away the dog days of summer chewing the fat with fellow FOSS fans.
Microsoft's Brilliant Idea: A Bug Bounty Program!
June 24, 2013
It may be largely a locked-down PRISM world we're living in today, but that doesn't mean those of us here in the Linux blogosphere can't still have a little fun once in a while -- especially if it's at Microsoft's expense. The latest opportunity? Well, get this: Microsoft had a really good idea recently. *Really* good! Redmond has decided to... wait for it... launch a bug bounty program!
Pondering Life in a PRISM World
June 17, 2013
Not a single week goes by here in the Linux blogosphere without some assortment of news and events to keep life interesting. It's not often, however, that something comes along with the magnitude of PRISM. Linux Girl was comfortably ensconced on her favorite barstool when the news broke down at the Punchy Penguin Saloon, and it's been chaos ever since.
Testing the Faith of the Linux Masses
June 10, 2013
It doesn't seem too big a stretch to say that fidelity is an increasingly rare virtue in the population at large. Can the same be said of the Linux masses? That's just what TuxRadar apparently set out to learn recently via a thought-provoking Open Ballot. "Do you ever see yourself switching back to Windows or Mac OS X -- or BSD, Solaris, or any other OS -- and leaving Linux behind?" its query read.

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