Odds and sods

Linux for the GNU South — it’s going on right now (if you’re reading this the day the blog appears).

Yep, that title — also the name of an album by the Who — is what the British (and, I would imagine, our Canadian neighbors) call bits and pieces; which is what we’re going to talk about today since this week was full of news and I have been staring at my living room thinking, “How the &@%*! am I going to move all this stuff?”

A difference of opinion, or . . . ? Ken Hess writes on ZDNet an item about businesses going (or maybe not going) completely virutal here, but wait — maybe you should keep one or two just in case the cloud dissipates. Contrast this laugher to Caitlyn Martin’s response here, where she calls this “the most ridiculous article I’ve read in a very long time.” Me? I side with Caitlyn — clearly. This is not the first head-scratcher Hess has produced, nor will it probably be the last. A corollary to this is Andy Updegrove’s ominous look at a “cloud-free” future forced upon us here.

Dead horse, meet foot: I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the OpenOffice.org transfer by Oracle to Apache. I’d like to think something good will come of this, but I think that since joining the two projects seems to be all but impossible (for a couple of good reasons, but some not so good), we can thank the suits at Oracle for screwing up an outstanding FOSS project. Meanwhile, for all those who have an interest in keeping what OO.o started going in the right direction, get right over to the Document Foundation and pitch in.

Name, rank, and serial . . . OK, just your name will do: First, thanks for all those who liked the list blog that ran this week. I need to point out a matter of personal policy on this blog: I don’t post responses that are anonymous or come from someone named/called/nicknamed “anonymous” or any variety thereof (i.e., “anon”). I bring this up because I have got responses from people who wouldn’t name themselves — two excellent responses that I would like to post — and I’ve written each of them to ask them to identify themselves so I can post their comments. Initials would work.

Well, I should stop stalling and start packing up.

[FSF Associate Member] (Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started developing software in his new home office. Watch this space.)
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  1. Colonel Panik
    June 12, 2011 at 6:44 am

    Head in the clouds? I can see allure of this cloud storage but no thanks.
    Maybe, in a pinch, I would put something into off site storage. Just for a
    moment because I forgot my thumb drive or I needed to send something
    that would not fit in an email attachment. But maybe not. I don’t keep
    much of anything on my computer. With the governments penchant for
    grabbing any and all personal effects, without warrant or reason, at any
    time it is much more prudent to bury the gold in the backyard.
    Andy Updegrove has a crystal ball, he has seen the future.

    Oracle has poisoned every product it has touched. May they have a long
    and successful stay in Hell. Open Office may or may not hang around.
    With Libre Office up and running, from my side running better than
    OO.o, we are in good shape.

    You won’t accept “anonymous” but something like Colonel Panik can
    slip through?

    Keep your head in the clouds and your feet on the ground.

    Peace, Bob

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