Category Archives: Linux

Using computers to promote freedom

Over at the Pirate Party UK forum, Vanders writes: What Iran and China can teach us When the Iranian people began to protest the election result, the Iranian government were swift to act. The mobile telephone Short Messaging Service (SMS) … Continue reading

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Open letter to SanDisk

I recently bought a SanDisk USB flash drive, because it worked with Linux. Here’s the letter I subsequently wrote to them: FAO Keith Norman, Regional Sales Director, UK & Ireland Dear Mr Norman, I recently bought a SanDisk Micro Skin … Continue reading

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OLPC XO-2 hardware will be open source

The second generation One Laptop Per Child computer, the XO-2, will use open source hardware, so that anyone will be able to make copies of it. Accroding to Nicolas Negroponte: One important thing about the XO-2 is that we’re going … Continue reading

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Are we nearing the tipping point for Microsoft?

Glyn Moody thinks we may be close to the point where many customers stop using Microsoft’s products altogether: As someone who has been following Microsoft for over 25 years, I remain staggered by the completeness of the Vista fiasco. Microsoft’s … Continue reading

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Ubuntu on netbooks and phones

Canonical (the company behind Ubuntu) are partnering with ARM to put Ubuntu on netbooks and smartphones: Mobile phone chip designer Arm has announced an alliance with the makers of the Ubuntu open source software. The deal will produce a version … Continue reading

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All Russian schools use free software

All Russian schools use free software, writes Glyn Moody: I’ve often lamented how few schools in the UK use free software, and how difficult it is to break the lock that Microsoft has on the entire educational system. The pathetic … Continue reading

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Linux not supported at Democratic Convention video

The currently ongoing Democratic National Convention has a streaming video service where you can see the proceedings from your computer. But only if you run certain operating systems; Linux isn’t included. If you do try using it with Linux, you … Continue reading

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