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FLOSS Weekly 417: OpenHMD

Fredrik Hultin is the Co-founder of the OpenHMD project (together with Jakob Bornecrantz). OpenHMD aims to provide a Free and Open Source API and drivers for immersive technology, such as head-mounted displays with built-in head tracking. The project's aim is to implement support for as many devices as possible in a portable, cross-platform package.

How to fix the slow apt-get update issue on Linux machines

Over the last month, an odd issue tripped up Linux distributions that use apt-get for updating and upgrading. Upon issuing the command sudo apt-get update, the process would stall when connecting with any of the default repositories or slow to a crawl when downloading headers during the update process.

Microsoft Says Windows 7 Has Outdated Security, Wants You to Move to Windows 10

Windows 10 is now running on more than 20 percent of the world’s desktop computers, and yet, Microsoft’s bigger challenge isn’t necessarily to boost the market share of its latest operating system, but to convince those on Windows 7 to upgrade.

How to automate database backups with backupninja

Your databases need to be backed up with regularity. Learn how to do that with the help of the Linux tool backupninja.

Mac’s share falls to five-year low

Sales slowdown catches up with the Mac, which cedes share to Windows and Linux

6 ways to secure air-gapped computers from data breaches

Air gapping is a technique that dates back to pre-internet computers. Effectively, an air-gapped computer stands alone, with no network connection. By isolating a computer from the internet, it is thought the data contained within the air-gapped computer is 100% safe from hacking.

Here's why free Linux won't take over PCs in 2017

A: Linux, an open-source (shared for free) operating system, isn’t likely to become widely used on personal computers for several reasons.

FLOSS Weekly 416: FreeDOS

Jim Hall has been involved in free software / open source software since 1993, when he was still an undergraduate physics student. His first experience was with GNU Emacs, and later he contributed a few patches for GNU Emacs on Apollo/DOMAIN.

Is 2017 the Year of the Linux Desktop?

Setting aside how often we hear the phrase "year of the Linux desktop" in reference to the coming year, you might find yourself actually wondering what could be different in 2017. In this article, I'll explain why this is less of an issue than you might think and where I think it's headed as we travel into the upcoming year.

This Intel board computer can be a powerful Ubuntu 16.04 Linux PC

If you want a PC with Ubuntu Linux, you can turn to Intel's Joule single-board computer instead of buying an expensive machine.

How to upgrade to Linux Mint 18.1

It is now possible to upgrade the Cinnamon and MATE editions of Linux Mint 18 to version 18.1.

LibreOffice 5.3 to Launch with a Microsoft Office-like Ribbon UI

LibreOffice is working on a pretty significant overhaul of its interface that would have the productivity suite adopt a new toolbar design similar to the Microsoft Office Ribbon UI.

How to share folders between guest and host in VirtualBox

f you use VirtualBox in your data center, you've probably run into a situation where you needed to move a file from guest to host or vice versa. When you can't figure that out, you wind up having to use Dropbox or some other third-party solution. You don't have to.

Debian vs. Fedora

Debian Linux and the Fedora Project are among the most influential Linux distributions of all time. Not only are both Debian and Fedora among the top ten for page hits on Distrowatch, but many of the other top ten are derived from them. But why would you pick one over another?

Microsoft PowerShell Becomes a More Popular Malware-Spreading Tool

Microsoft PowerShell is a really powerful tool for IT professionals running Windows, and the Redmond-based software giant is making it the default shell in the operating system, but security experts that cybercriminals are also increasingly using it for spreading malware.

Must have Ubuntu Packages

For most people, any default Ubuntu installation will meet their needs. Ubuntu provides users with Web browsing, email, along with various communication tools right out of the box. Heck, even basic backups are provided...although you must take the time to configure it.

Microsoft Office, Google Docs beware: This open-source startup is after your users

Latvian company OnlyOffice wants to create the Swiss watch of office suites and convince people there are valid choices beyond the big brands.

How to gain encrypted email on the Chromebook

I needed to use encryption on my Chromebook. For the longest time I was working with encryption apps, like Minilock. Eventually it became clear this wasn't the most efficient use of my time. So I waited for a better solution.

Best Features Of Linux Mint 18.1 ‘Serena’

Short Bytes: Linux Mint 18.1 Serena is slated to release later this December. Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Mint 18.1 will arrive with Cinnamon 3.2 and Linux kernel 4.4. It’ll remain supported until 2021. The beta version of Mint 18.1 is now available for download and testing.

4 alternatives to the Chrome browser on Chrome OS

This might seem like a question that doesn't even need to be asked. However, now that more and more Chromebooks are gaining the addition of Android apps, it begs the question: Is there a better browser in the Android app store?

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