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A couple of ground rules here

July 14, 2012 1 comment

One of the good things about having a blog is that I get to set the rules here. Like ‘em or not, they’re the rules. Don’t like ‘em? Don’t read the blog. It’s pretty simple.

I bring this up because lately there has been a person who has commented on several items, and on a couple of them he’s resorted to name-calling and other behavior not welcome here. Other than the one where he called me a “jerk,” which I left — I’ve been called much worse, chances are by much better people — I have deleted the others that were pretty much unacceptable.

So, “Ryan” — if that’s your real name — and everyone else who cares to read this blog, commit this to memory: You want to discuss and debate issues here? Fine, go at it. Want to participate in name-calling and other trolltard behavior? Get the fuck out. Now.

It’s pretty simple, folks. Rule 1: Keep it civil and you’re welcome to stick around. Rule 2: No name-calling, period. Rule 3. I have the final say because it’s my blog, period. When you have a blog of your own, you can make up whatever rules you want.

I’m glad we had this little talk.

This blog, and all other blogs by Larry the Free Software 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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Events I’d like to see

September 14, 2011 4 comments

When Ken Starks and I put together Lindependence back in 2008, one of the things that I had hoped would come of it would be bigger and better Linux events. Of course, this is not to say the current crop of Linux/FOSS events are lacking — on the contrary — but permit me to dream big.

A couple of events I’d like to see in the future include:

Tuxstock (or Fossapalooza): Three Days of Peace & Music . . . and FOSS. I have the farm picked out in Bonny Doon, California, on a sunny hillside where we can set up a stage for music — with his band Severed Fifth backing him, Jono Bacon can play the “Star Spangled Banner” a la Hendrix — as well as areas downhill for hackfests, demonstrations, presentations and the like. Connectivity? Satellite, obviously. Solar power for electricity? Check. Details, of course, would have to be worked out — like transportation from Santa Cruz up to Bonny Doon (buses: lots, running all day), and camping would probably be an option. If it rains, there’s always a mud-sliding competition that can go with the Steve Ballmer chair toss event.

Then there’s . . . .

Expanding Linux Venues In the South (or ELVIS): A FOSS event fit for The King, this one would be held in Memphis, as close to Graceland as possible. Everyone would be required to wear blue suede shoes. We could have Elvis impersonators demonstrating various Linux distros and FOSS programs. Shoot, we could have Linus impersonators doing the same thing. And Stallman impersonators doing the same thing. And Jon ‘maddog’ Hall impersonators . . . you get the idea. This is definitely something worth planning, and I’m so far from Memphis. Is someone closer that could take the reins?

Meanwhile, here’s something that I can say with some certainty will happen, and remember you heard it here first . . . .

The Larry the Free Software Guy North American Tour 2012: While it is yet to be named (got one?), you’ll have a chance to hold aloft your lighters and get your T-shirts, backstage passes, etc., for the event of the year (at Linux events, anyway). Scheduled events include FUDCon at Virginia Tech, the Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE), Linux Fest Northwest, COSSFest in Calgary, Utah Open Source Conference (in the spring next year, guys?), Texas Linux Fest, OSCON and Ohio Linux Fest. Got an event? We can add it to the tour.

Of course, I have to fit all this in when I’m not opening the musical portion of Tuxstock playing the acoustic Theremin, but I digress.

This blog, and all other blogs by Larry the Free Software 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.

[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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Random rambling on a Monday

September 12, 2011 1 comment

After perusing the Linux sites all weekend for something to write about, I didn’t really find anything that jumped out at me and went “Blaaaaaaaaaagh!” in my face, to say nothing of fielding assorted questions about my writing, my philosophy and my sanity. Nevertheless, as I try not to write when I don’t have anything to say — I hate to write for the sake of hearing myself speak — it was suggested to me that now that I’ve gotten into a rhythm of writing a lot on this blog, I should keep it up.

It’s a tough business, this blogging.

So I thought I’d address a few things that came up over the past several days. But first, an apology to the Felton LUG on Saturday, since the archaic projector didn’t work for anyone, including me, and I was unable to give a presentation that I would think most everyone in the room is glad they were spared. It was on the Linux Family Trees, and it came before the birthday party for Linux we held. Great cake, great group.

Someone suggested to me that I was not holding to the high journalistic standard of objectivity in my latest writings. He’s right. I’m not being objective, since most of what I write is commentary, not Linux/FOSS news. I don’t pretend to be a Linux/FOSS journalist — were I to be one, I’d certainly maintain the high standards of objectivity that I carry in my day job as a newspaper editor at a daily paper in Santa Cruz, California. But in this realm of Linux/FOSS and all the trappings that entails, I am not a journalist. I’m a commentator, with the emphasis on the root of that word, comment.

While I’m at it, let me address another observation I received in an e-mail. There’s a monumental difference between censorship and asking someone to stop making the same complaint repeatedly after hearing it, say, for the 37th time. In “Moving on,” I was not suggesting that people “shut up” — people should always speak up — but if you find you’re not making headway, you always have the option to look for alternatives. That was one of the main points in the item, for those of you keeping score at home.

Time for breakfast, and as they say on IRC, back later.

This blog, and all other blogs by Larry the Free Software 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.

[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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