Christine Hall

Freelance writer specializing in FOSS, progressive politics and culture.

Christine Hall began her career writing for newspapers and other periodicals in 1971 when she penned her first story for the Los Angeles Free Press. Through the 1970s, she was a regular contributor to numerous counter cultural “underground” newspapers and her writing was often distributed by the Underground Press Syndicate. Also during this time, Ms. Hall served for a while as Station Coordinator for CRUD, or “Radio Rochdale,” at student-run Rochdale College in Toronto, Canada. While in Toronto, she also co-founded, with Forest Fusco Jr., Stardust, a monthly science-fiction magazine.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Hall was Program Director of KOCN in Pacific Grove, California, where she was also the morning drive time announcer, and hosted a weekly entertainment program on KAZU, at that time an unaffliated nonprofit listener-supported station serving the Monterey Peninsula in California. At the same time, she penned a music column for a weekly alternative newpaper and was a theater reviewer for the daily Monterey Peninsula Herald.

After returning to her native North Carolina in the middle of the 1980s, she served as Program Director for newstalk radio station WKEW, where she was also the mid-day talk show host. While at WKEW, she spent several years as a staff writer for Omega News, a monthly newspaper devoted to left-leaning politics.

Hall left WKEW in 1990 and after a brief stint writing features for Triad Style, a weekly alternative paper published by the News & Record of Greensboro, she settled-in at ESP Magazine, a weekly entertainment paper published by the High Point Enterprise. For the last eight years she was with ESP, from 1997 until 2005 when the Enterprise folded the paper, she penned a weekly column, Alternative Approaches, which became the springboard for her first website,, which went online in January of 2000. During that time, she also wrote a weekly computer column, Bits & Bytes, under the name Ms. Lin MacDos.

At present, Ms. Hall is the owner and editor of FOSS Force and the political site If This Be Treason.
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Mickey Mouse Open Source, Close Call at WordPress, and More…
November 25th, 2016
Desktop Linux Absent from Zemlin’s LinuxCon Pep Rally
August 22nd, 2016
No, OpenSUSE and SUSE Downloads Haven’t Been Hacked
February 13th, 2017
HPE Boosts SUSE, Rootkit Targets Linux & More…
September 10th, 2016
FedEx Will Pay You $5 to Install Flash on Your Machine
March 26th, 2017
Another Yahoo Security Breach Affects a Billion Accounts
December 14th, 2016
New IoT Botnet, Attackers Target Tor, and More…
December 3rd, 2016
Dear CIO: Linux Mint Encourages Users to Keep System Up-to-Date
December 22nd, 2016
VMware Makes Open Source Move, SCALE Gets Ready & More…
July 8th, 2016
Five Favorite Linux Distros
August 8th, 2016
Is 32-bit Nearing End-of-Life at Some Linux Distros?
July 11th, 2016
Mozilla Relents, Thunderbird Can Stay
May 11th, 2017
MongoDB Ransomware Attacks Grow in Number
January 9th, 2017
How I Came to Be the Third Person in North Carolina to Hear FM Stereo
January 2nd, 2017
Discord at Libreboot Over GNU Withdrawal
September 18th, 2016
Torvalds at LinuxCon Part I: The Highlights and the Lowlights
August 30th, 2016
The Great Debian Iceweasel/Icedove Saga Comes to an End
February 27th, 2017
The Future of Desktop Ubuntu
April 15th, 2017
Libreboot Reorganizes: Seeks to Make Amends
April 5th, 2017
‘Open Source’ Is Now a Word?
February 8th, 2017
Four Things a New Linux User Should Know
March 27th, 2017
Ubuntu Hacked, Linux Journal Extremists & More…
July 15th, 2016
Linux Foundation ‘Fails’ Linux Mint: Suggests Upgrade to Windows or Mac
November 7th, 2016
Encrypted File Sharing Service Tresorit Offers Linux Desktop Client, But…
August 3rd, 2016
Arch Linux Based Apricity OS Shuts Down
May 7th, 2017
‘Refer a Friend’ Ransomware Program
December 14th, 2016
Talos’s $18K Linux Workstation, KDE 1 on Modern Metal & More…
October 16th, 2016
GNU Officially Boots Libreboot
January 6th, 2017
The DMCA as Ransomware
October 27th, 2017
The Linux Foundation: Not a Friend of Desktop Linux, the GPL, or Openness
April 3rd, 2017
The Man Who Didn’t Invent Email Attacks Free Speech
January 29th, 2017
'Linux Journal' Sails Into the Sunset
December 3rd, 2017
Krebs Goes Down, Opera Gets a VPN & More…
September 24th, 2016
Software Freedom in Kosovo, Waiting for Xfce Mint & More…
July 29th, 2016
Oracle Loses Again, Red Hat Competes With FOSS & More…
July 2nd, 2016
Torvalds at LinuxCon Part III: Permissive Licenses and Org Charts
September 6th, 2016
Saying Goodbye to Net Neutrality Under Trump
December 13th, 2016
LibreOffice and Nextcloud: It's Almost Deja vu All Over Again
July 6th, 2016
Web hosting industry announcements from Web Hosting Talk.
June 1st, 2018
Libreboot Leaves GNU Claiming Gender Identity Discrimination by FSF
September 16th, 2016
Torvalds at LinuxCon Part II: Fragmentation and the GPL
September 5th, 2016
Malware Found on New Windows Computers (Not What You Think)
November 23rd, 2016
Linux Action Show to End Eleven Year Run at LFNW
March 28th, 2017
SUSE Pulls 'Game of Thrones' Parody From YouTube to Foil FOSS Force
September 4th, 2017
Homicide Commits Suicide, HP Says It's Sorry & More…
October 7th, 2016
Microsoft Isn't Going Away Any Time Soon
July 20th, 2016
What Malware Is on Your Router?
November 30th, 2016
Needed: A Linux Three in One Distro
July 4th, 2016
Why I'm Unlikely to Ever Return Microsoft's Love
June 29th, 2016
SCO, the Not-Walking Dead, Returns
October 30th, 2017
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