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Steven Vaughan-Nichols
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If you like Ubuntu Linux, you're going to love Ubuntu 14.04.
Summary: I still find Ubuntu with Unity the best desktop of all for users who don't know computers and just want something easy to use.
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Es kann ja gerne jeder mit seiner Wahl der Distribution glücklich werden.
Aber ich habe habe von der Atr wie Canonical/Ubuntu die LSB missachtet die Nase voll. Optisch war und ist es mir sowieso ein Greuel.
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The best new feature in my book? You can finally keep VMs up while upgrading the compute engine. Finally! 
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... A capability demoed live on stage on Ubuntu several releases back ;)
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Some tips and tricks by yours truly on how to get the most from Linux Mint. 
Summary: Want to get the most out of Linux Mint, one of the most popular of the Linux desktops? Then read on!
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If all goes well, I'll be on a half-hour segment tonight at 8 PM Eastern on Robert Cardoza's On The Street radio show. I'll be talking about what to do about life after Windows XP. If you like, you can listen to me chatter on a variety of TV and radio channels or, most easily, via the show's Website:
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PC Magazine Vol. 1 Number 1. No, I wasn't writing for PCMag... yet. 
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Used to translate trs-80 basic programs to basic on the early 8080 boxes.
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If you like Ubuntu Linux, you're going to love Ubuntu 14.04.
Summary: I still find Ubuntu with Unity the best desktop of all for users who don't know computers and just want something easy to use.
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+Clayton Haapala that isn't an Ubuntu problem. It is a problem all across the Linux world.
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Some tips and tricks by yours truly on how to get the most from the Linux Mint/Cinnamon desktop.  
Summary: Want to get the most out of Linux Mint, one of the most popular of the Linux desktops? Then read on!
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Some tips and tricks by yours truly on how to get the most from Linux Mint. 
Summary: Want to get the most out of Linux Mint, one of the most popular of the Linux desktops? Then read on!
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agreed the most annoying thing is no upgrade option I don't know what they are thinking who has time for a clean install?  +Jon Packard you can use any distro you want but still help the project, I'm on Fedora but contributed some codes and in summer if I have more time maybe I contribute more! Both Cinnamon and nemo are in github, also you can reach them in mint dev irc channel; they are nice people!
+Steven Vaughan-Nichols for your second tip in version 2.2 of Cinnamon you can also uninstall programs by right clicking on icons in menu! 
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The irony of this report coming on the heels of the Heartbleed disaster is not lost on me, but facts are facts. There are fewer errors per thousand lines of code in open-source software than proprietary. 
Summary: Coverity, a company specializing in software quality and security testing solutions, finds that open source programs tend to have fewer errors than proprietary programs.
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+David Lawson Not just government security and intelligence contractors around the world have source, but all Microsoft security partners are informed of the details of flaws discovered in Windows sometimes up to 6 months in advance...  that is why I find it quite likely for some, perhaps many of the "undisclosed" vulnerabilities you can see at the Zero Day Initiative to already be leaked to malicious actors..
Your assertion that the efforts of government security researchers do not  put effort into FOSS does on the face of it seem unlikely given the how dependent those agencies are on the code (not to mention vulnerability discoveries and even code contributed)... I don't see how others also examining the code would discourage a government from reviewing the code they are using.
The NSA however in this case has gone off the rails, since they are believed to have been aware of the heartbeat bug but elected not to report it, calling into question the integrity of all government security agencies.
I'm not sure what your point about government security agencies using OpenBSD is intended to suggest, clearly this is also FOSS software, and a complete BSD system shares a great deal of it's heritage and core software with Linux anyway! OpenSSL is a BSD project for example.

Finally, I don't see what any of this could do to change the residiual defect density as shown in the chart above, or the overall defect density as observed by +Richard Beck above... or indeed the average defect severity which in my experience is also sharply in favour of FOSS.
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The nerve of some people! ;-) 
The entertainment industry was today warning fans of the popular HBO series Game Of Thrones to be avoid ‘at all costs’ a series of books by a rogue enthusiast named George R.R. Martin, who has written five whole volumes consisting solely of spoilers for the popular television show. “This man is dangerous and wants to ruin everyone’s enjoyment of a much-loved fantasy drama.” said executive producer D. B. Weiss. “It’s a sad symptom of today’s ‘b...
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has been writing about technology and the business of technology since CP/M-80 was the cutting edge, PC operating system; 300bps was a fast Internet connection; WordStar was the state of the art word processor; and we liked it!

Steven was also the first writer to notice this little thing called the Web and he thought it just might be important some day. Who knew!? :-)
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  • West Virginia University
    History, 1982 - 1984
  • Glenville State College
    English & history, 1974 - 1975