No, it isn't one of those Internet urban legends, myths, rumors, or misinformation that end up being disproved on snopes.com. There really is a free operating system out there that's pretty much running the Internet, supercomputers, and your DVR. So what is it about Linux that's made this operating so popular for everyone from individual users to enterprises to governments (even the Space Station uses it now in their laptops)? Is it the cute penguin? Linus Torvalds' charming personality? Here are five attributes of Linux that epitomize Linux as a successful operating system. (Did I mention it's free!?)
A report from Coverity last year found that open source code typically has fewer defects per thousand lines of code than proprietary software code does. Now, following the analysis of more than 450 million lines of software code through the Coverity Scan service, Coverity's 2012 Coverity Scan Open Source Report, which was released Tuesday, concludes that "Linux remains the benchmark for quality."
Think Web trackers aren't following you? Think again. Just by visiting this Web site, roughly half a dozen ad networks and Web analytics companies have deposited tracking cookies on your machine. Don't freak out, it's not as bad as it seems. In fact, there's an awful lot of hype, fear, and misinformation surrounding Web tracking — and both sides are guilty of overstating the dangers of tracking, as well as the benefits. How much do you know about Web tracking? Take the following True/False quiz to find out
LunaMetrics' infographic listing all of the sizing information for images on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. A great time-saving resource, and constantly updated!
I have been using Linux for several years now and have had an excellent experience. However, I am always seeing articles, written by alledged computer geeks, telling me how Linux will never make it as a desktop operating system for many reasons, e.g., it's too hard to learn, it doesn't have enough available software, etc. But I find that most of these people don't really know much about Linux to begin with. And if it's not that great of an OS then why has one of the world's largest technology corporations chosen to use it as the OS for its new laptop computers?
Linux is now more than two decades old. Throughout its history there have been many government entities that have decided that Linux is the ideal operating system to handle their mission-critical computing needs. This list gets larger every day. Here are a list of some of the more notable migrations to the Linux platform in the public sector.
Everyone who is on your Twitter followers list is a potential stalker. Twitter, more than Facebook, makes it easier to stalk someone. Just go back to your list of Twitter followers and try to recollect how many you actually remember the first point of contact.
With Twitter it starts off real easy — an email drops into your already crowded inbox telling you that someone has started following you. Good Twitter etiquette demands that you drop a thank you tweet. But a busy day has far more pressing demands. An "anonymous" friend has just walked into your daily life.
Are we being too paranoid? Is the social sphere filled with more online fiends than friends? It could be when the "friend" starts suffocating you with tweets beyond normal limits — the classic case of Twitter stalking.
Google has issued a list of 52 (yes, fifty-two) "launches" it made to its in April. These include items such as categorizing paginated documents, country identification for Web pages, using more text from the beginning of the page in search snippets, smoother ranking changes for fresh results and exclusion of fresh content identified as particularly low-quality, more efficient generation of alternative titles, the finding of more authoritative content, and keyword stuffing classifier improvement (which decent content writers or Web editors shouldn't be doing in the first place). The list is an important one if you do any work (business personal or otherwise) on the Web.
If you're wondering — or perhaps even fearing — what changes 2012 will bring to your desktop, this may be a good time to take matters into your own hands and choose a system that puts you in control — Linux.
With no time to spare, hundreds of people missed a free Joshua Bell concert, which others had paid $100 to see. If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?