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Felton Diary: March 24, 2008

March 24, 2008 Leave a comment

[Note: This is the first of probably a plethora of installments around preparations for, and observations about, Lindependence 2008 in Felton.]

This typical Monday started with a flurry of e-mails sent to those I had e-mailed a couple of weeks ago regarding garnering support from various distros and FOSS programs for Lindependence 2008.

I have to confess, I thought support would be more forthcoming from all segments of what is nebulously referred to as the “Linux community” (I would call it the “GNU/Linux community,” but never mind). By Distrowatch.com’s count, there are about 360 distros and a few hundred FOSS software programs, but so far, here is who has responded positively to our request for support.

AntiX.

Mepis.

Wolvix.

OpenOffice.org.

Mandriva.

OpenSUSE and Kubuntu are discussing it and e-mails have been forwarded to whomever need to read them.

But after two weeks, that’s it.

I’m willing to cut wide swatches of slack here. For the most part, unless I actually have corresponded with someone or actually have an e-mail address of someone in authority in a distro or FOSS program, I sent the message to “Contact Us” and asked the recipient to make sure it gets to whomever needs to see it. Whether that actually happened, only the recipient knows.

(Also, there’s the issue of Debian elections, which excuses them from an answer, but not for long.)

So again, it’s back to the e-mails, mentioning again that this is a good opportunity for distros and FOSS programs to make inroads in Central California, and to see which distros and FOSS programs respond to this opportunity.

This event will go on regardless, and it remains to be seen whether people who talk the FOSS talk actually walk the FOSS walk.

Clear and cool in Henry Cowell State Park, and the rest of Felton.

[FSF Associate Member](Larry Cafiero, editor/publisher of Open Source and Free Software Reporter, is an associate member of the Free Software Foundation.)

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Lindependence in the starting blocks

March 19, 2008 2 comments

No, that’s not a typo. I meant “Lindependence,” as in Linux and independence run together to make what Lewis Carroll used to call a “portmanteau” (read “Jabberwocky” for a great selection of portmanteaus).

Lindependence, short for Lindependence 2008, is the project we have going here in Felton where we’d ideally like the people of the town to throw off their digital chains. More detail can be found here in this interview with nuxified.org.

Read the interview. Meanwhile, people in the area are talking, the groundswell is starting to rise.  It’s going to be an interesting few months in the San Lorenzo Valley.

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Categories: Lindependence 2008

The red Swingline gets a new home

March 2, 2008 Leave a comment

Finally.

After several months of working out of my house since “the fire” at the Felton Trading Post (not my fault, as I mentioned in earlier blogs), HeliOS Solutions West has new digs at 6116 Highway 9, Suite 4B, Felton, California, 95018 U.S.A. 1-831-335-7303.

Please make a note of it, as the recorded phone operator at directory assistance likes to say.

One of the projects of interest based in this office is Lindependence 2008. I’ll be talking more about this in the days to come.

[Oh, and for those of you who don't snicker to yourself when reading the words "red Swingline," the stapler in question is from the movie "Office Space."]

[FSF Associate Member](Larry Cafiero, editor/publisher of Open Source and Free Software Reporter, is an associate member of the Free Software Foundation.)

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