FOSS over Miami

Here’s a little Larry-the-Free-Software-Guy history for those of you who don’t already know it: I grew up in Miami and didn’t move to San Francisco until I was 29 (and that was the summer of 1987, so you can do the math). More specifically, I grew up in a strip of unincorporated Dade County sandwiched between North Miami and North Miami Beach. So you’ll understand why I have a tendency to pull for the Dolphins and the U on occasion, and I don’t think twice about driving 30 or so miles down Highway 1 into Monterey County to visit The Whole Enchilada because it has the only Key Lime Pie in this region close enough to be considered Miami-class. Listening to Jimmy Buffett puts me back among the palm trees, retroactively sweating in the 80 degree/90 percent humidity coziness for which South Florida is known worldwide.

But let’s put the nostalgia aside for a moment.

While I was reading a Google feed about Linux, something caught my eye — specifically, a Linux-based cafe/tech store called Planet Linux Caffe, 1430 Ponce De Leon Boulevard in Coral Gables. The store/cafe was mentioned on the Miami Linux Users Group page (MIALUG) — another discovery, and I’m glad to see there’s a growing Linux User Group in South Florida, too — and to go to the cafe’s menu page to order KDE or GNOME to go with the Ubuntu you can drink during or after your meal.

[Extra credit points go to the cafe for having a "Bodhi Linux" on the menu as well.]

This is a great idea — a FOSS-based cafe where folks can pick up a Drupal while learning Drupal, where people can get together over Gentoo and discuss the latest FOSS developments. Order me a Debian to go, please.

So if you’re in the South Florida area, either visiting or residing there, the Planet Linux Caffe should be on your list for a visit; multiple visits if you live there. For those of you FOSS folks who live in South Florida, get involved, too with MIALUG.

(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. November 20, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Coming soon to a coffee shop near you:
    Larry the Free Barrista.

    What a great concept, and it would fit into the
    tech culture of Silicon Valley quite well.
    LUG meetings, Install Fests, an office that is
    not in a closet in your apartment. Home schoolers
    learning CS and IT? Did I mention coffee?
    This sounds like a winner to me.

    My crystal ball has a popup that shows a guy
    wearing a Penguin costume standing out in
    front of the café handing out menus and
    Linux CD’s.

    Some business services or hosting, website design.
    If there is a small back room with space (after getting
    that SPARC box set up) for a couple of hardware jockeys
    to do repairs and Winders salvage that would be a plus.

    A table in the corner reserved for the Colonel?

    Kudos to the guys in Miami. +1 and best wishes for
    a successful venture.

    Thanks for finding this LtFSG, +1 for you too.

  2. November 20, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Remember the wooden roller coaster on Dania Beach? I do…

    • November 20, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      I do. And Pirate’s World . . . :-)

  1. November 18, 2011 at 5:03 pm

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