Apple Starts Serving Free Beer

Well we’ve had a few weeks of fun here in the Linux blogosphere dissecting Linux poll results, but last week brought those inwardly focused musings to an abrupt end. The cause? Yet another news flash from the outside world. The conversation was in full swing down at the blogosphere’s Punchy Penguin when a turtleneck-clad stranger burst through the saloon’s swinging doors.

Upcoming WordCamps

WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences that celebrate everything related to WordPress, and are a great opportunity to meet other WordPress users and professionals in your community. This has been a great year for WordCamps — there have been 56 so far in more than 20 countries, and there another 15 on the calendar before the year’s […]

Dozens and Dozens of Distros: Is It Too Much of a Good Thing?

Well it was another relatively quiet week here in the Linux blogosphere, despite the arrival of a certain Saucy Salamander in town. Linux Girl and the other regulars down at the blogosphere’s Punchy Penguin Saloon had braced themselves for the worst as the Big Day approached, but the launch festivities appeared to be relatively subdued this time around.

Which Distro Is Best for Beginners?

Well it was a relatively quiet week here in the Linux blogosphere, where all the code is strong and the UIs good-looking. Yes, we had the good news about Tor and its NSA resistance, and yes, the Unu three-way gaming device and the Lenovo Android laptop both generated some excitement of their own. Truth be told, though, Linux fans have been overloaded with good news lately.

Using Blender to Create Simutrans Graphics

Sarlock, a fellow member of our community, published an interesting and detailed step-by-step tutorial that teaches you how to use Blender, a free 3D computer graphic tool, to create graphics for Simutrans, focusing on buildings.
The tutorial also introduces you to the basic functions of Blender.

If you were wanting to learn Blender but you didn’t [...]

Intel’s Quarky Arduino Adventure

With all the cornucopia of Valve-related announcements for gamers over the past few weeks, it may be difficult to imagine that the Linux world could have any more good news in store. That supremely encouraging gaming news, surely, was enough to last us a few good months here in the Linux blogosphere. Well think again! Our friends at Intel have been busy at work with the interests of a different set of users in mind.

Valve: The Linux Steam Engine That Could?

Valve cofounder Gabe Newell has made no secret of his disdain for Windows 8 and his newfound love for Linux as a gaming platform over the past year or so. It seems fair to say, however, that few here in the Linux community expected the colossal bear hug of support Valve gave our favorite operating system last week. First, it announced SteamOS; then it was the hardware side.

Valve Beta Boosts Linux Gaming Full Steam Ahead

Valve Software will later this year beta test 300 hardware boxes running its Linux-based SteamOS, a standalone operating system for entertainment appliances in consumers’ living rooms. The prototype box for the Steam platform, which is optimized for gaming in the living room, is completely upgradable and open. Beta testers are encouraged to hack or mod the box.

World With New Limits: The Coming End of Moore’s Law

Here in the tech community, declaring the birth or death of an era is a tried-and-true path to social fame. For that reason, proclamations to that effect are pretty dang common. Those of us here in the Linux community are pretty accustomed to such announcements by now — just witness the never-ending "year of Linux desktop" and "death of desktop Linux" rotation that seems to besiege us year after year.

Goodbye, Encryption; Hello, FOSS

Few would deny that the world has changed since the National Security Agency’s PRISM surveillance program was revealed, and not for the better. Here in the Linux blogosphere, FOSS fans have been mulling the implications ever since the unsettling news broke back in June, but just recently things have taken on an even darker cast. Turns out not even encryption techniques can hold the NSA at bay.

Microsoft and Ballmer and Nokia, Oh My!

The days of summer may be dwindling at last here in the Linux blogosphere, but that doesn’t mean things are cooling off. No indeed, the unseasonably scorching temperatures have been matched only by the sizzling nature of the news — in particular, Ballmer is out, and Microsoft is purchasing Nokia! More than a few Linux bloggers have been stuck in the doldrums, truth be told.

Linux at 22: Another Year, Another Step Closer to World Domination

It seems like only yesterday that we here in the Linux blogosphere were celebrating Linux’s 20th birthday, but now here we are, two years later. Linux has reached the ripe old age of 22, and its creator — Linus Torvalds — marked the occasion in characteristically understated fashion. Specifically, echoing his original message from 1991, Torvalds published a similarly worded note late last month.

Ode to Groklaw: A Requiem for What Was Lost

It’s not often we here in the Linux blogosphere must cope with death — figuratively speaking — in the projects and products we love. After all, when it’s open source, what may "die" one day will likely be reborn the next as something new thanks to the beauty of forking, among other things. Just recall Fuduntu — it may have closed its doors earlier this year, but soon afterwards Cloverleaf was born.

Who’s Afraid of Linux Malware?

There once was a time when Windows users could feel relatively safe and secure as they made their online excursions around the World Wide Web. Those days ended relatively quickly, of course, followed soon afterwards by a similar waning of confidence on the Mac side. For those of us who prefer Linux, however, the Age of Innocence — as one might call it — has lasted much longer.

1 Small App, 1 Giant Feather in Linux’s Cap

What a difference a day makes, as the old saying goes — or, perhaps more aptly here in the Linux community, what a difference an app makes. Which app, you may ask? Why that would be Microsoft Office for Android, of course — the arrival of which a few weeks ago has caused no shortage of jubilation in the Linux blogosphere. "It looks like Linus has won," noted a recent article.

Canonical’s Edgy Endeavor

Fans of Ubuntu will have to be forgiven if they’ve been a little distracted lately. After all, exactly two weeks ago Canonical launched its crowdfunding campaign for the new Ubuntu Edge smartphone. It’s not just any crowdfunding campaign, of course — it’s a big one. Really big — to the tune of $32 million. No one ever said Mark Shuttleworth lacked ambition.

LibreOffice QA volunteers: armed and ready

The current budget of the the Document Foundation reserved some funds to provide the most active members of the LibreOffice QA team with TDF-owned netbooks. These netbooks where specifically selected to be configured with a platform the volunteer does not use on his primary machine, thereby allowing these volunteers to have multiple native platforms at […]

Unfaithfully Yours: The Linux Version

The dog days of summer may best be endured at a leisurely pace, but for those of us here in the sweltering Northern reaches of the Linux blogosphere, that simply hasn’t been an option. Far from being the lazy month many typically expect, July has brought not only a fiery debate over codes of conduct among kernel programmers but also the launch of Canonical’s ambitious Ubuntu Edge crowdfunding campaign.

Linus, Sarah and the Linux Civil Code

Anyone who has ever spent five minutes in the Linux blogosphere is probably already well-aware of Linux creator Linus Torvalds’ propensity for speaking his mind in the plainest of terms. It was just slightly more than a year ago, after all, that he dropped an
"F-bomb" on Nvidia, though that’s by no means been the only example over the years.

Getting Close to LibreOffice 4.1

I still remember the second I pushed the “send” button of the very first TDF press release, on September 28, 2010. A simple gesture, and a giant leap forward for the free office suite ecosystem. On that day, though, the feeling was completely different. With some friends, I have made the following parallel to give […]