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03.05.14

GNU/Linux Everywhere: New Stories, More Evidence

Posted in GNU/Linux at 8:58 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Success Stories

Ivory Coast, Romania, Latvia, India

  • The Ivorian Adventure of Jerry and Emma

    Before Emma, the JerryClan-Ivory Coast had flirted with Ubuntu, but that was before encountering the beautiful EmmaBuntus distribution.

  • The Laptops Have Landed!

    The laptops are running Linux, specifically Ubuntu 13.10, along with several dozen free and open source programs. Our program is believed to be the largest open source 1:1 implementation in Pennsylvania. By using open source software exclusively, we estimate an initial cost savings of at least $360,000 on licensing fees.

  • Education ministry Romania endorses Ubuntu

    Romania’s Ministry of Education urges the country’s schools to consider switching to open source solutions such as the Ubuntu distribution. This will help the schools to avoid legal problems with using unlicensed copies of proprietary software, the ministry confirmed today.

  • Romanian Edu Ministry recommends Ubuntu for schools
  • Ex-state secretary: Romania must move to Linux

    A former Romanian secretary of state, Constantin Teodorescu, is calling on the country’s public administrations to switch to Linux and other open source solutions. “The Romanian government should contact the budgetary heads at all public administrations and explain that they can switch everything to free software”, he writes on his blog on Friday. “Let’s get this straight, and end this tragedy”.

  • More and more Linux in Riga children hospital

    The Children’s Hospital in Riga, Latvia, is using the Ubuntu Linux distribution for an increasing number of tasks. About half of the hospital’s 600 workstations are now running Ubuntu, says Juris Alins, working in the hospital’s IT department.

  • Latvian hospital uses GNU/Linux
  • India’s NCERT recommends GNU/Linux for schools across the country

    National Council Of Education, Research and Training (NCERT) has released a notification on their website which promotes the use of Free and Open Source software in Indian schools. This notice is released well in time, as other schools, colleges and government institutions in India are already moving to open source software to save costs and prevent vendor locking. NCERT is responsible for maintaining standards in most government and private schools and educational institutions in India.

Chromebook

  • Can You Survive on a Chromebook Alone?

    When Google announced Chrome OS, many people scoffed at the viability of a browser-based OS. Currently, however, Chromebooks are among the most popular inexpensive computing devices today. The search giant has done a great job of making an OS that is light enough to function on entry-level Atom-based SOCs and even low-powered ARM silicon. With the launch of many new Chromebooks (click hear to find out which one we think is the best chromebook) we wanted to see if a person could survive with a Chromebook playing games, videos, word processing and more for an entire week. Read on to see how the OS fared against Windows in our seven-day challenge.

  • Google may cancel Chromebook subsidies, say Taiwan makers

    There has been breakthroughs in sales of Chromebooks, with devices selling well in the inexpensive notebook segment in the US, and widely adopted for educational use through government procurement projects, the sources said. Chromebook shipments in 2014 are expected to increase to 4-5 million units, the sources indicated.

  • Tiny Tango PC can also be configured with Chromium OS, Ubuntu Linux pre-installed

    Tango PC, the small form factor desktop rig that can fit in the palm of your hand, was already an impressive concept based on the fact that, despite its size, it’ll be powered by desktop hardware while also booting to traditional desktop operating systems like Windows 7 and Windows 8. On top of that though, Tango also announced that Tango PC owners will also be able to configure their miniature desktop computer to ship with alternative operating systems like Chromium OS and Ubuntu Linux pre-installed.

  • Four Chrome extensions to make Chromebook web reading easier

    Here are four Chrome extensions that make it easier to read web pages on your Chromebook. These extensions will let you skip making the font sizes of web pages larger to improve readability.

  • Buying Chromebooks for their Hardware, not their OS

    I think computers like Chromebooks are the way of the future, but not because of their operating system – because of their hardware. Relatively low cost laptops with SSDs for storage and an insane battery life are everything I want in a computer.

Skills

Recommending GNU/Linux to a Friend

  • Recommending Linux to a Friend
  • What Makes a Classic Linux Desktop ‘Classic’?

    Based on the figures in LinuxQuestions’ Members Choice Awards, 84% of Linux desktop users prefer a classic desktop. By contrast, innovations like GNOME 3 or Ubuntu’s Unity lag far behind. Which raises the question: what accounts for the popularity of the classic desktop, and what are the implications for the design of graphical interfaces?

  • When Friends Tell Friends to Use Linux

    Last but not least, Starks’ article is “wrong a bunch of ways,” blogger Robert Pogson told Linux Girl.

    In fact, “the Linux kernel is very similar on every distro,” he explained. “If there is no driver for some hardware in a particular distro, build a kernel from kernel.org or change hardware.

    “You have to get your priorities straight,” he added. “Because some manufacturer may not have provided a driver for Linux is no reason not to use Linux. On the other hand, there are dozens of benefits of using GNU/Linux.”

    In all of Pogson’s years of using Linux, “I have only seen a very few pieces of hardware I could not use: two printers, a wireless thingy and that’s it,” he recounted. “I used to use the Vesa driver if I could not get a driver for some video card. Along the way I have had more than a decade of excellent use of GNU/Linux.”

    In short, “I would recommend it to a friend,” he concluded. “I would recommend Debian GNU/Linux even for a newbie. I would never recommend that other OS for any purpose. It’s just too burdensome.”

  • Linux for Seniors 101

    She was on her computer at home doing something or the other when suddenly things went bad for her. The menu bar and the task bar disappeared, including the “Start” button and she couldn’t close or change anything on her screen. In a panic, she called friends to try to see if she could get guidance to fix it. One friend told her that the same thing had happened to her and it turned out to be a virus. Olivia was told to turn her computer off immediately and reinstall Windows. That was the only way to proceed.

    All of her family pictures and all of her files…gone. She and her friend reinstalled Windows and spent the next two days getting her computer back into shape.

    When I was giving the keyboard shortcut portion of the class, I noticed Olivia holding her hands over her mouth as her eyes grew wide. I thought she was going to cry. It turns out that Olivia had accidentally hit the F11 key while she was typing. She had no controls, no cues or hints as to how to get her computer screen back to normal. She had no idea she had accidentally hit the F11 key or that hitting it again would return things to normal. When she discovered how easy this was to fix she was both relieved and angry. She even left her seat to come forward and give me a hug as she recounted the story.

  • Life without a Windows Desktop

    During this period in time, the most common issue I ran into was Windows malware disrupting my client’s ability to use their computer(s). After a while of fixing the same old problem, I decided I was ready for a change. During this transitional period, I became more familiar with the various popular Linux distros that were available: Red Hat, Mandrake (Mandriva), and the live Linux CDs that followed a short time later.

    Flash forward to now, I use Linux on the desktop almost exclusively. For my day-to-day duties, Linux on the desktop allows me to create written content in addition to occasional video how-to tutorials. I can email, print, scan and store files on my computer in much the same way as those of you who use Windows do. The key difference is that I choose to use an operating system where the key support comes from the community, and not from some large corporation.

  • DistroWatch, Without Windows, and Others

Advocacy

  • Linux Advocacy – My Take

    To conclude, my point isn’t whether or not its wise to highlight the failings of one distro compared to another. My point is simply this: Linux Advocacy in its simplest and clearest definition is not MyLinux versus YourLinux. It is simply Advocating the use of Linux.

  • Wow! Tux Machines IS BAACCCKKKK

    I noticed a huge pop in my web stats for today and wondered why. The cause was a link on Tux Machines. There was a recent change of ownership. Now Dr. Roy Schestowitz and Rianne Schestowitz seem to be the main authours. In a couple of days they produced a huge number of informative articles mostly links to diverse sites advocating FLOSS and GNU/Linux. I love it.

Pessimism

  • Linux Distros Gone Today, Here Tomorrow

    It’s always “somewhat interesting and entertaining to see the ebb and flow of the top Linux distributions,” said 451 Research’s Jay Lyman. “One of the highlights is typically the Linux operating systems with staying power. After years of jockeying, we’ve seen Ubuntu in the top few distributions consistently for some time, which speaks to its desktop and developer popularity.”

  • The magic of the disappearing Linux distros

    It’s long been the case that the world of Linux distributions offers at least one compelling choice for virtually every taste and purpose, but — much like those dissatisfied with the weather in New England — users who don’t see a distro they like need only wait a few minutes.

    We’ve lost a few distros since 2013 began, but we’ve also gained some interesting fresh blood. “You win a few, you lose a few,” as the old saying goes; fortunately, the overall pool of choices remains as rich and diverse as ever.

  • China’s home-grown Linux OS shutters [COS]
  • Linux distributor Red Flag Software disappears overnight
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