To many of us, the best-known open source software (OSS) project is the Linux operating system, which has become wildly popular for being free and versatile. Linux also has a reputation for being challenging, at best, for nongeek users. Frankly, even a Linux distribution that claims to pay special attention to usabilitysuch as Ubuntuis still a challenge even for reasonably knowledgeable users like me, for instance. Managing updates, removing programs, disk partitioning, even finding my files are less than transparent processes. A few years back I was stunned to read an article on NewsForge, an online newspaper that focuses…
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