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EXTON MultiBootCD 6-OS Now Includes 4MLinux, Tiny Core, SliTaz, Porteus & PuppEX

Today, September 28, 2016, GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton informs us about the availability of a new version of his EXTON MultiBootCD 6-OS project, a Live CD that includes six tiny GNU/Linux distributions. Read more

Down the rabbit hole, part 2: To ensure security and privacy, open source is required

If my goal is to secure all of my computing devices, I need access to the source code in order to do a complete and effective security appraisal of the software I am running. It really is that simple. The need for open source software, in this case, has nothing to do with any ethical implications of software freedom—nor do the benefits of open source to software developers enter into this discussion. But having access to the source code is an undeniable benefit in ensuring the security of a piece of software. Read more

Chapeau 24 Linux Officially Released, Based on Fedora 24 and GNOME 3.20 Desktop

Today, September 28, 2016, Vince Pooley has had the great pleasure of announcing the general availability of the final release of the Fedora-based Chapeau 24 "Cancellara" GNU/Linux operating system. Read more

Open source is not to blame for a lack of industry standards

Carol Wilson wrings her hands over the "boring" nature of open source standardization, declaring that "Open source processes can take the fun out of everything, particularly technology wars." Putting aside for a minute the irony of expecting standards to ever be anything more than mind-numbingly dull, Wilson's larger argument misses the point. The problem with open source standards aren't that they're boring; it's that they're largely the same as the proprietary standards that preceded them. In practice, this presents no problem at all. Read more