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December 16, 2008 1 comment

On a day when it’s 38 degrees F (that’s 3 Celsius to those of you keeping score in metric) at midday in Felton, I’ve locked myself in my office, turned on all the routers and switches and I’m mercilessly making the coffeemaker spew out gallon after gallon of hot water while making gallons of green tea.

Unlimited bathroom breaks — check.

So while I keep my keyboard warm with rapidly flying fingers, I wanted to bring up a couple of things, like

My good friend and former Santa Cruz Sentinel colleague Tom Dunlap has written an interesting blog item on Social Networking. It’s worth a read — go ahead and click on the link. I’ll wait. Tom touches on the point that social networking is not just for arranging parties anymore — the organizational and, yes, corporate element of social networking shouldn’t be ignored, and some of the larger distros like Ubuntu and Fedora realize this.

Distro reviews are not movie reviews, thank you very much. Unlike the latter, which can be done as soon as the film ends, road testing a distro takes — or should take, anyway — a little more than a couple of hours. Hence, the reason I haven’t given my review of Fedora 10 yet is that I’m not finished with it. Suffice it to say in a preview of the review that I have it on two machines and I have yet to find any flaw with it — this could be the best distro I’ve ever used. Ever. But then you’ll have to wait and see why when I write my review.

Lindependence goes overseas: Okay, save all those outsourcing jokes, but I’ve gotten an inquiry about holding a Lindependence event in Mumbai, India, which I am pursuing with all diligence. I’m not going there, but it would be great to have an event outside the confines of the U.S. of A., as well as a testament of the reach of giving people a choice in their digital pursuits.

Watch this space.

[FSF Associate Member](Fedora ambassador Larry Cafiero runs HeliOS Solutions West in Felton, California, and is an associate member of the Free Software Foundation.)

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Thanks, Mike

September 16, 2008 1 comment

Mike Cassidy, the Silicon Valley Dispatches columnist at the San Jose Mercury News, did me, the Linux community and everyone who uses Free/Open Source Software a great favor today by writing his column about Lindependence and what we’ve done, so far, in Felton.

The column is here. Go ahead and take a look. I’ll wait.

[And if for some reason that link doesn't work, just go to SiliconValley.com and click on the link with my picture next to it.]

I want to thank Mike for a.) having an artesian depth of patience with both Bob Lewis and me while we shoveled metric tons of history and general GNU/Linux information his way in the few hours that Mike stayed here (no, we didn’t keep him hostage), and b.) writing a column that I think captured the essence of Lindependence in Felton.

Karen Borchers also took great photos of me in the so-called “underground bunker.” My only regret is that she didn’t have her “slim-down-by-50-pounds” lens with her to make me look more like, oh I don’t know, Michael Phelps.

So, thanks Mike and Karen.

[FSF Associate Member](Fedora ambassador Larry Cafiero runs HeliOS Solutions West in Felton, California, and is an associate member of the Free Software Foundation.)

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Random thoughts to live by

September 4, 2008 Leave a comment

While writing and doing other things that come with everyday life, I came across (or actually had a hand in) the following things:

Lindependence heads north to Portland: I’ve outlined this more in the Lindependence 2008 Diary blog, but it bears repeating. Lindependence takes a trip to Portland become a different kind of Trail Blazer; that is, bringing GNU/Linux and Free/Open Source Software to northern Oregon. David Kaplan, the organizer up there for Lindependence Portland has a Web page here for the event itself, and if you’re in the area, by all means stop by. I’ll be talking more about this as time goes on, without fail.

Happy birthday to GNU: GNU leaves the 18-24 demographic behind and joins the adult world in turning 25 years old on Sept. 27. It was on that day in 1983 that Richard Stallman (who I had the honor of chauffeuring around Northern California in February) announced that he intended to create a Unix-like system that would be completely open and hackable, giving anyone the right to modify and distribute it. British comedian Stephen Fry — known to some as the comedian Dietrich in the movie “V for Vendetta” (although his oevure is far more extensive) — has made this video outlining the history of GNU and its place in the digital realm with aplomb.

Chrome dome: For the past seven hours, I’ve been using Google’s Chrome on the Wintel box at my desk at the Santa Cruz Sentinel (which I mention so this blog pops up on the Google search by my boss, Marc DesJardins — Hey, Marc!), and I have to say that it has done everything I’ve asked it too so far, except run the Stephen Fry video. What I did get was the message saying that there was an error and that the browser had to shut down. Uh oh. So long blog entry. But what happened was that Chrome actually just jettisoned the offending tab, leaving the other four intact. Very cool, Google. Here’s hoping that the Linux version of Chrome is better than the Linux version of Picasa.

Film, as they say, at 11.

[FSF Associate Member](Fedora ambassador Larry Cafiero runs HeliOS Solutions West in Felton, California, and is an associate member of the Free Software Foundation.)

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