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Tick-Tock Goes Canonical’s Clock

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Google’s Astonishing Android About-Face

Indeed, "the North American mobile market is changing," asserted Barbara Hudson, a blogger on Slashdot who goes by "Tom" on the site. "Stats show that, for the first time, contract renewals are down," she explained. "People are switching to pay-as-you-go plans that cost less...

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Who Loves Ya, Linux Baby?

Mozilla's move is "Good News for Linux users," offered Barbara Hudson, a blogger on Slashdot who goes by "Tom" on the site. "After all, who needs yet another app store with yet more fart apps?" Hudson explained. "Unlike Apple and Microsoft users, Linux users won't have to g...

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A Tale of Two Suites: Do We Still Need OpenOffice.org?

"You'll have to do some extra work if you want to use OpenOffice," warned Barbara Hudson, a blogger on Slashdot who goes by "Tom" on the site. "I hopped over to distrowatch and started going through the distros, beginning with the most popular, to try to find one that doesn...

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Windows RT and the Dastardly Browser-Exclusion Deed

Barbara Hudson, a blogger on Slashdot who goes by "Tom" on the site, had her own theory as to Microsoft's motivations "Now that we know that Microsoft tried to sell Bing to Facebook, maybe the reason that Microsoft wants to block other browsers is to help drive customers, via...

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To GNU or Not to GNU? That Is the Question

Last but not least, Barbara Hudson, a blogger on Slashdot who goes by "Tom" on the site, took a pragmatic view "Simple fact: The majority of people using Linux nowadays pronounce it 'ANDROID,'" Hudson told Linux Girl. "The old farts can call Linux whatever they want -- nobod...

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Who’s Afraid of a Big Bad Hacking Story?

"The Streisand Effect strikes again!" exclaimed Barbara Hudson, a blogger on Slashdot who goes by "Tom" on the site "Whereas the article would have been limited to the print edition, now it's all over the web for the whole world to read for free," she explained. "Not only tha...

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Ubuntu Linux 12.04: Microsoft’s Worst Nightmare?

Similarly, "having tried the latest Windows 8 consumer preview, I'm confident that any version of Ubuntu released in the last five years will have absolutely no problem beating it," agreed Barbara Hudson, a blogger on Slashdot who goes by "Tom" on the site. Of course, "afte...

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Linux and Gaming: Full Steam Ahead

"This isn't about getting existing Linux gamers onto Steam -- most already dual-boot or run Steam under Wine," noted Barbara Hudson, a blogger on Slashdot who goes by "Tom" on the site. There will soon be millions of perfectly good computers out there with an orphaned Window...

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Oracle v. Google: The Trial and the Errors

"Larry Ellison likes his yachts, so he knows the boat owner's definition of a boat: 'a hole in the water that you throw money into,'" began Barbara Hudson, a blogger on Slashdot who goes by "Tom" on the site. "Oracle's purchase of Sun evokes the same image." 'Trolling for Doll...

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Linus, Linux and the Millennium Technology Prize

The recognition "certainly makes more sense than whats-his-name from Facebook getting Time's 'Person of the Year' award," opined Barbara Hudson, a blogger on Slashdot who goes by "Tom" on the site. "And after spending a day trying out Windows 8 Preview (which will be replaced...

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Microsoft Open Technologies: Same Old, Same Old?

Barbara Hudson, a blogger on Slashdot who goes by "Tom" on the site, took a more measured view "One of the key benefits of open source is that each of the contributors gets to leverage everyone else's contributions, and this certainly applies to inter-interoperability," Hudso...

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Cars and FOSS: Sweet Ride, or Crash in the Making?

"Where to start? The farce is strong with this one," began Barbara Hudson, a blogger on Slashdot who goes by "Tom" on the site. "We all know the key to Apple's success was only selling Apple-brand products and services through iTunes and the App store, and Apple doesn't use ...

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Who Cares About Software Freedom?

Slashdot blogger Barbara Hudson -- who goes by "Tom" on the site -- used to care about freedom, she told Linux Girl "Now? Not so much," she added, "because if there's one thing I've had rubbed into my face far too often, it's that 'freedom' is often just another word for bugg...

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Red Hat’s Billion-Dollar Coup

In any case, "Red Hat is obviously doing more than a few things right -- the billion bucks is just the outward sign, but the decisions that led to it were made almost seven years earlier," opined Barbara Hudson, a blogger on Slashdot who goes by "Tom" on the site. To wit: "...

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Linux on the Desktop – Dead Again?

Last but not least, Barbara Hudson, a blogger on Slashdot who goes by "Tom" on the site, pointed to statistics on Wikipedia According to those, "in July of 2011, 1.51 percent of non-mobile users were using linux," she noted. "That dropped to a low of 1.27 percent in September...

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The Privacy Pickle

Indeed, "we just can't take privacy for granted anymore," agreed Barbara Hudson, a blogger on Slashdot who goes by "Tom" on the site. "It seems everyone is trying to make a buck selling any personal information that they can get their hands on," Hudson explained. "It used to...

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Google’s Great New Adventure

Today we would say that the first implementation of PageRank was a form of crowdsourcing. The crowd was early webmasters, and they helped determine the relevancy of Web pages by linking to them. It didn't take long for "search engine specialists" to figure out how to game the system for fun and profit ...

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Is It Wrong to Make a Profit From FOSS?

Barbara Hudson, a blogger on Slashdot who goes by "Tom" on the site, had a different perspective. 'You Don't Need Software to Live'...

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Nvidia’s Excellent Linux Adventure

In the view of Barbara Hudson, a blogger on Slashdot who goes by "Tom" on the site, Nvidia's move was just business "Today's Latin phrase is "sequere pecuniam": follow the moola," Hudson began. "It's pretty much the same story, whether it's today with the Linux Foundation an...

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