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On the radar

Yep, I know we’re only a day removed from Sunday, but there are a couple of things on the radar that deserve addressing today, a beautiful Monday on which I don’t have to work.

Like . . .

mark_32milMissing the mark: Nine days left, $22 million and change to go. So it doesn’t look like the Ubuntu Edge campaign will make its goal next week, but Mark Shuttleworth is not deterred, claiming victory in a wide assortment of articles that are easily available across the tech news realm. Yet more importantly, and probably more telling, is a commentary by Fabian Scherschel — a European journalist/magazine editor who can be heard weekly on Linux Outlaws — which speaks to the issue so well, it is something I wish I had written. Take a few minutes to read Fab’s analysis — I’ll wait.

But after you’re done with Fab’s article . . . .

The polls are open: Vote early and often — Foss Force is into its second round of polling for their Best Personal Linux or FOSS Blog Poll, and round two ends Monday, August 19. Thankfully, I made the first round, and my doppelganger on the Debian/CrunchBang side, Larry the CrunchBang Guy, also made it to the 19 candidates on the list.

The list of blogs that made the 19 finalists are outstanding and I’m honored to be in this group. To say the least, I could easily vote for many of these over my own with a clear conscience — Benjamin Kerensa’s blog or Matthew Garrett’s blog for starters — and my good friend Ken Starks’ Blog of Helios has been a fantastic read for years. My suggestion is to read ‘em all before you vote.

Anyway, vote for two in this round. The next round — the finals — are going to be a one-vote affair starting next Monday.

A huge debt of gratitude is owed to FOSS Force for hosting this poll on behalf of those of us who blog for the love of FOSS and blogging, as opposed to picking up a paycheck for it (though, truth be told, many — me included, especially me — would gladly do it for a check). The poll is giving all of us on the ballot a huge amount of exposure, and I think I speak for all of the candidates when I say, “thank you!”

Oh, before I forget: This blog mentioned Ubuntu Edge and, of course, it’s time for the windup and the pitch.

Want to give some money to projects that really make a difference? Give instead to:

Reglue (especially Reglue, which is creating a new generation of FOSS users as you read this sentence)

Partimus (bringing Linux boxes to classrooms in the San Francisco Bay Area, or any other project like it)

CrunchBang (or your favorite distro, if it accepts donations)

Tux4Kids (the folks who bring you Tux Paint and other educational FOSS programs across platforms)

Or even taking a look at the list of projects at Software for the Public Interest and choose one of those.

This blog, and all other blogs by Larry the Free Software Guy, Larry the CrunchBang Guy and Larry Cafiero, are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND license. In short, this license allows others to download this work and share it with others as long as they credit me as the author, but others can’t change it in any way or use it commercially.

(Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and develops business software at Redwood Digital Research, a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment.)

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  1. Bruce Byfield
    August 13, 2013 at 5:56 pm | #1

    Fabian Scherschel writes well, but I have trouble seeing Ubuntu Edge as mere publicity. I mean, Ubuntu hardly needs more; it already has certain sections of the media following its every move uncriticially.

    Rather, I see Ubuntu Edge as a classic display of hubris. It shows that Ubuntu/Canonical has an alarming degree of uncritical support, but it also shows that support is much less than Shuttleworth expected — to be precise, about one third of what he has assumed.

    This would be a humbling result for most people. Whether it will also be Shuttleworth is another matter. But, regardless of his ability to learn, Ubuntu Edge may come to be viewed as the high water mark for Canonical’s ambition.

    • August 13, 2013 at 6:20 pm | #2

      I don’t think it was mere publicity, Bruce, but with failure imminent (at least as far as the Indiegogo campaign is concerned) I think that’s the spin right now from corporate.

      Also — and I didn’t mention this in the blog item because I wanted folks to draw their own conclusions from Fab’s commentary — I think that Canonical is hemmorhaging credibility when they have these lofty projects that never leave the drawing board (if they even get from Mark Shuttleworth’s brain to the drawing board in the first place). Ubuntu TV is Exhibit A, and a guy from Canonical who spoke to our LUG yesterday said that it was his opinion (and he stressed that it was not official, but it was his gut feeling) that if Canonical didn’t make the goal, Ubuntu Edge would never see the light of day. And I hate to be the one to say it (no, that’s not sarcasm), but just as SCO has become a litigation company offering a Unix operating system, Canonical is dangerously close to becoming a marketing company offering a Linux operating system.

      I would love to be wrong about this, and only time will tell.

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