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Linux distro 'elementary' grows up, starts paying developers

A new bounty program for the elementary OS is a sign of its maturity.
Submitted by Bryan Lunduke on Thu, 04/10/14 - 3:48pm.

The elementary OS (the beginning “e” is lowercase) team has been making some big waves lately. First a video appeared that showcased the next version of elementary (code named “Isis”) and some seriously impressive updates, including visual polish not typically found in most software (Open Source or otherwise).

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Mozilla's Eich steps down as CEO: A sad but necessary move

With his experience and contributions to the open source world, it's sad that Brendan Eich had to step down as Mozilla's CEO. But it had to happen.
Submitted by Bryan Lunduke on Fri, 04/04/14 - 10:21am.

After 11 days on the job, Brendan Eich has stepped down as the CEO of Mozilla. At the root of his departure was his past donations to an anti-gay marriage proposition in California, and the resulting backlash from the community.

I continue to have incredibly mixed feeling about this.

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Canonical flip-flops on Ubuntu's controversial Amazon feature

Submitted by Bryan Lunduke on Mon, 03/31/14 - 5:37pm.

I like Canonical. I really and truly do. They do their own thing, pave their own trail. They take Ubuntu and re-work it to run on TVs, phones, and tablets. Any day now I expect them to announce Ubuntu for Toasters. And that is awesome.

But sometimes Canonical makes me facepalm.

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Boycotting Mozilla isn't the best approach

Some people are boycotting Mozilla products after learning that newly appointed CEO once donated to a campaign to prohibit same-sex marriage. But is a boycott the best approach?
Submitted by Bryan Lunduke on Wed, 03/26/14 - 1:48pm.

Brendan Eich, the newly appointed CEO of Mozilla (makers of the Firefox web browser and the new mobile phone OS, FirefoxOS), gave $1,000 to support California's Proposition 8 (the anti-gay marriage proposition) back in 2008.

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Ubuntu phone isn't important enough to demand an open source baseband

Although it's a bummer that Ubuntu-based smartphones won't be fully open source, it's not really Canonical's fault.
Submitted by Bryan Lunduke on Mon, 03/24/14 - 2:29pm.

Canonical is producing a version of the Ubuntu Linux distribution specifically for smartphones. All good nerds know this – and are, in most cases, at least a little interested in seeing this mobile platform available on readily available hardware.

An Open Source Linux distro for phones? Phones that we can actually buy? Yes, please. I'll take 12.

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GoG is bringing 100 games to Linux

Although support is limited to Ubuntu and Mint, this is a big development for Linux gamers.
Submitted by Bryan Lunduke on Thu, 03/20/14 - 9:55am.

GoG.com, formerly known as “Good Old Games”, has just made a lot of Linux gamers very, very happy. The crew at GoG has announced that at least 100 of the games in their catalog are going to be gaining Linux support – one of the most requested features on GoG's Community Wishlist.

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Linux is like a cheese quesadilla

Except it doesn't always taste as good.
Submitted by Bryan Lunduke on Tue, 03/11/14 - 11:06am.

Today I ate a quesadilla. It was delicious.

It had the perfect amount of melted cheese between a folded-over flour tortilla. But it wasn't the cheese that made this particular quesadilla memorable. Nor was it the tortilla. No sir. Those things were simply the base – the canvas upon which this greasy masterpiece was constructed.

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Calligra 2.8: The Office Suite I am stupid for not using

Why do I ignore good, useful software?
Submitted by Bryan Lunduke on Thu, 03/06/14 - 12:01pm.

Yesterday saw the release of the Calligra Suite version 2.8. With that release, I was reminded of a thought that has been thought by this little brain of mine multiple times before...

"Why am I not using some of these Calligra applications all the time?"

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Examining the ridiculous names of open source projects

Some open source projects have the most ridiculous names, and even more ridiculous stories behind them.
Submitted by Bryan Lunduke on Thu, 02/27/14 - 11:53am.

I recently posted a little comment, over on Google Plus, about some confusion regarding the naming of editions of Ubuntu. That conversation grew from there, and I was reminded of some of the forgotten history of the strange, and rather goofy, naming of some other prominent open source projects.

Let's take a quick stroll through some of my favorites, shall we?

Most of us are familiar with the name GNU, which stands for "GNU is not UNIX." OK. That’s fair. Everyone loves a good recursive acronym. But the GNU project doesn't stop there.

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Is Microsoft becoming an open source advocate?

Microsoft has been showing some signs of warming to the open source world lately.
Submitted by Bryan Lunduke on Mon, 02/24/14 - 4:14pm.

People can change. And, as companies are made up of collections of people, so too can companies.

I try to keep that in mind as I read through Microsoft's official response (which links to a Word document) to the U.K. government's proposal to standardize the Open Document Format. Surprise, surprise - Microsoft is opposed to it.

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gNewSense 3.1: The FSF-approved Linux distro that's stuck in 2010

This system sets out with a major goal in mind: to provide a Free Software Foundation-approved Linux distro.
Submitted by Bryan Lunduke on Wed, 02/19/14 - 1:23pm.

Were you happy with your Linux (sorry, “GNU/Linux”) desktop system circa 2010? Is strict adherence to Software Freedom highly important to you?

If you answered yes to either of those questions then gNewSense, which just released version 3.1, may be the perfect Linux distribution for you.

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Making sense of the Ubuntu licensing fiasco

The recent licensing announcement for Ubuntu has caused some confusion.
Submitted by Bryan Lunduke on Tue, 02/18/14 - 10:13am.

I am not a lawyer. And, if I were a lawyer, I would be a terrible one. So if I've gotten any of the following incorrect please, in the name of all that is wonderful in this world of ours, let me know in the comments below. With that out of the way, let's continue.

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Review: Amazing Lenovo Miix 2 tablet is hobbled by Windows 8

To say I am conflicted on this little tablet would be an understatement.
Submitted by Bryan Lunduke on Wed, 02/05/14 - 12:53pm.

I love my Nexus 7. That little Android tablet has been my constant companion for quite some time. The 7-inch form factor is just right for a pocket-able machine to take with me anywhere I go.

But when I saw the new 8-inch, Atom-powered tablets from the likes of Dell, Lenovo and Toshiba... I'll admit, I was a bit envious. The 7-inch screen of the Nexus 7 is great, but I could use just a little more. And I felt like my jacket pocket could handle the extra inch.

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How I fell back in love with GNOME

A love story with a happy ending, thanks to GNOME Shell.
Submitted by Bryan Lunduke on Wed, 01/29/14 - 10:33am.

Many years back, I was a GNOME guy. (At least it feels like many years, at this point.)

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Why the elementary OS team is the perfect home for Shotwell

Photo management software Shotwell was cut loose, but was taken in by the elementary OS team.
Submitted by Bryan Lunduke on Mon, 01/27/14 - 11:03am.

The team behind the elementary OS Linux distribution has taken over development responsibilities for the photo management software Shotwell. And that is awesome.

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Test-driving Twister: The NSA-proof Twitter clone

An impressive piece of technology, the privacy-focused service is still trying to become a useful social network.
Submitted by Bryan Lunduke on Tue, 01/21/14 - 10:21am.

Many of you may have heard about Twister – a Peer-To-Peer, decentralized, Twitter-style social network. The idea is an interesting one - to create a social network that nobody can censor and with zero IP address tracking. A sort of "NSA-proof" Twitter, if you will.

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This Raspberry Pi Tablet is absolutely gorgeous

The PiPad has everything you could want in a tablet, and it was made by hand with a Raspberry Pi.
Submitted by Bryan Lunduke on Thu, 01/16/14 - 1:58pm.

One of the things that I most love about the Linux community is that "do-it-yourself" spirit, that attitude that says "if it doesn't exist, make it yourself." (Or, often times, "even if it does exist, make something similar yourself... just because you can.")

When I first caught wind of the Raspberry Pi (what seems like decades ago now), my imagination went wild. A tiny, low-power, ARM-based computer that I could load Linux on and do whatever I want with? The possibilities were almost endless.

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Why would Ubuntu abandon Nexus tablets?

Ubuntu Touch will no longer support the Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 tablets.
Submitted by Bryan Lunduke on Tue, 01/14/14 - 9:34am.

Effective this month (January, 2014), Ubuntu Touch has officially dropped support for Nexus 7 (2012) and Nexus 10 tablets, as well as the Galaxy Nexus phone. Likewise, Canonical will not be supporting the newer Nexus 5 phone (for the time being), opting to focus all development efforts on the aging Nexus 4 device.

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3 New Year's Open Source Resolutions

Some important resolutions for the Open Source world in 2014.
Submitted by Bryan Lunduke on Mon, 01/06/14 - 12:09pm.

With 2014 upon us, it is time to jot down our New Year’s Resolutions. Most of us will have a rather short list, comprised of items like “eat some food that won't kill me” or “walk around sometimes so my legs don't stop working.” Both of which are good resolutions and all... but they're a bit boring and stale.

So, with that in mind, I've come up with something... a bit nerdier. What follows are my “New Year’s Open Source Resolutions."

Contribute to a new project

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LG's WebOS TV project raises a lot of questions

LG is resurrecting WebOS to put on a smart TV. How well will that actually work?
Submitted by Bryan Lunduke on Fri, 01/03/14 - 10:15am.

It appears the Linux-powered WebOS is set to make a bit of a comeback in 2014. I know. I know. I'm surprised too.

Let's recap...

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