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June 18, 2020
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Linux Foundation and Harvard announce Linux and open-source contributor security survey

Except for the desktop, Linux and open-source run the IT world. With great power comes great security responsibilities. While open-source security issues can be overstated, the simple truth is antique, insecure open-source software is everywhere. The Linux Foundation knows this. To address it, the … Continue reading

June 17, 2020
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Parallels and Google to bring full-featured Windows applications to Chrome Enterprise

You’ve long been able to run some Windows apps on Chromebooks with CodeWeaver’s Crossover Chrome OS, a beta program. And if you absolutely have to run Microsoft Office — not Google Docs — Microsoft supports Office and Microsoft 365 on Chromebooks. But that still … Continue reading

June 10, 2020
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Dell XPS 13 Linux Developer Edition (2020) hands-on: A great laptop for hard-working developers

For years, most major computing manufacturers ignored Linux desktops. Oh, Dell kept selling them, and smaller Linux vendors like Purism, System76, and ZaReason kept the Linux desktop flame alive, but that was about it. Now, Lenovo has re-engaged with the Linux desktop, and Dell continues to … Continue reading

June 9, 2020
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Best Linux Foundation classes in 2020: Intro to Linux, Cloud Engineer Bootcamp, and more

Before I started writing about technology, I was a Beltway Bandit. That is, I was an IT contractor working for NASA and the Department of Defense. In those days, my job skills were Unix and mainframe system administrator, database programming, … Continue reading

June 8, 2020
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Ubuntu opens the door to talking with Linux Mint about Snap

The popular Linux Mint distribution’s developers were fed up with how Canonical‘s Ubuntu Linux was dealing with the Chromium web browser in its Snap application installation system, so they took action. Clement “Clem” Lefebvre, Mint’s lead developer, decided that Mint’s default software installation APT will block Snaps, Snap’s core program, from installing … Continue reading