Cisco, Motorola, Netgear Team Up To Expose Wifi Patent Bully

Last year, we wrote about a crazy patent troll, named Innovatio, who had sued a ton of restaurants and hotels, claiming that anyone who used WiFi was violating its patents. It was even claiming that individuals who use WiFi at home infringed too -- but that it wouldn't go after them "at this time." Instead, it preferred to focus on shaking down tons of small businesses, offering to settle for $2,500 to $3,000 -- which is cheaper than hiring a lawyer to fight it, no matter how bogus. We noted at the time that Motorola and Cisco had gone to court to try to get a declaratory judgment to protect its customers. Read More

Firefox 16.0 Officially Lands in Ubuntu

Mozilla Firefox 16.0 is now available for the following Ubuntu operating systems: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin), Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot), Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx).

As we've stated in the announcement for Mozilla Firefox 16.0 Ubuntu users are the happiest ones, because Canonical updated the Firefox web browser to version 16 in the same day with the official release announcement from Mozilla. Read More

Early Benchmarks Of The Linux 3.7 Kernel

While the Linux 3.7-rc1 kernel has not even been released yet, most of the feature pulls have now made their way into the mainline Linux kernel tree. Here are some of the first benchmarks of the Linux 3.7 kernel to see if anything has changed for the Intel x86_64 Linux performance with this very exciting kernel. Read More

Linux System and Network Administration Bootcamp W/Free Laptop!

LinuxCertified,Inc. a leading provider of Linux training, will offer weekend Linux system administration bootcamp on October 20th - 21st, 2012 in South Bay (CA). This workshop is designed for busy information technology professionals and is designed to cover the most important Linux administration areas. Read More

Getting the Most From Ubuntu: 20 Tips

We've all heard the hype about how making the switch to Ubuntu is suppose to be the ultimate desktop experience for Windows converts. Ask any Linux power user, however, and you'll find this opinion tends to vary.

Regardless of your thoughts on Ubuntu vs. other distributions, the fact remains that – properly setup – an Ubuntu installation can perform as a highly effective desktop. Read More

45 Free Android Apps for Productivity

Clearly, free Android apps can be part of highly productive tablet use.

Okay, sure, maybe you're not meant to use a tablet for productivity. Tablets are supposed to be for consuming content, for texting, email, and web browsing rather than creating content – or so some people think.

But if you hang out at coffee shops or pass through airports, you only have to count the tablets to know that people are using these devices for serious work, and in growing numbers.

The desktop, apparently, is not dead so much as in the process of being miniaturized. The free Android app is a key player in that. Read More

Linux is Full with Educational Software

If you are having problems with getting good educational software that is affordable, then think again because Linux is here for you. Okay what a lot of people are not aware of is that there is a lot of wonderful educational software that can be used on the Linux operating system. Of course Linux as you may already know is open source and freely distributed, which means that it is also free. Now here is a list of the different educational software that you can use on the Linux operating system. Read More

7 Questions to Ask Open Source Vendors

Open source vendors can save institutions money and resources, but it's important to ask the right questions up front to avoid surprises.

With their budgets under increasing pressure, many campus IT directors are considering open source projects for the first time. On the face of it, the savings can be significant. Commercial emergency-planning software can cost upward of six figures, for example, whereas the open source Kuali Ready might run as little as $15,000 per year when hosted by a consortium. Read More

NVIDIA Announces New Legacy Linux Support

NVIDIA has announced today the graphics cards that are no longer supported by their mainline Linux graphics driver going forward but will be moved to a new 304.xx Linux legacy driver branch.
The information that NVIDIA officially posted today is basically the same as what I wrote two weeks back in NVIDIA To Discontinue Linux Support For Some GPUs. With the NVIDIA 304.xx proprietary driver series that they're currently on, they will be ending support for GeForce 6 "NV4x" and GeForce 7 "G7x" graphics processors. Read More

Five things Desktop Linux has to do to beat Windows 8

In 2007, thanks to netbooks and Vista, Linux briefly exploded onto the desktop. Microsoft soon realized they were losing the low-end laptop market and they brought XP back from the dead and practically gave it away to original equipment manufacturers (OEM)s. It worked. Linux's popularity receded. In 2012, Microsoft is once more bringing out a dog of a desktop operating system, Windows 8, so desktop Linux will once more get a chance to shine... if it can. Read More