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July 11, 2008 Leave a comment

No, I haven’t been here obviously. I’ve been organizing the Lindependence 2008 month in Felton, and you can find out more about it here.

Let me get this out of the way, and you can be assured that I will return with my usual pithy comments on the state of all things digital.

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

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When you’re hot, you’re hot

May 19, 2008 Leave a comment

I made a reference to this in the Lindependence 2008 Felton Diary blog today, and for those who know me, you know how I hate to be redundant.

However, it bears repeating: This Miami boy, who still pronounces the city’s name properly as My-am-muh and who picked up and left for more temperate climates in Northern California in the late ’80s, doesn’t handle the heat as well as he used to. Having said this, last week’s heat wave knocked me out.

So while the mercury is starting to ramp up yet again, I need to get going to make up for lost time.

If you’re going to stick around the ethereal realm of the Internet, a good read would be Helios’ open letter to Microsoft shareholders. It’s a good one — one I wish I had written.

61 degrees and rising under clear skies (and a heck of a moon last night, no?)

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Announcement

May 8, 2008 Leave a comment

[ahem]

In order to keep the Lindependence 2008 stuff more focused, I’ve started a blog called “Lindependence 2008 Felton Diary” which can be found here.

The first item is the Declaration of Lindependence, of which I think Jefferson and Adams would be proud.

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Twin brothers of separate mothers

April 30, 2008 8 comments

One of us is a battle tested, recently retired career Army man who is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm. The other is a former peace and social justice activist with portfolio who rose through the Green Party’s California ranks before taking up FOSS evangelism with a vengance.

One of us lives in Texas, where the stars at night are big and bright (clap four times here), while the other lives on the Central California coast, where — and it’s a law, I think — every sentence must end with the word ” . . . dude.”

One of us swears by KDE, the other prefers GNOME but really has an affinity for Xfce. One of us calls the operating system “Linux” out of laziness. The other makes a point of referring to it as “GNU/Linux” because the “GNU should get its due.”

Ken Starks and I have our differences. I would be willing to bet he doesn’t think Texas cheated in the Rose Bowl when they beat USC for the national championship a year ago (they did), nor do I think he would agree with me that the former Texas governor cheated in the 2000 election to win the presidency (he did ). Ken grew up a Cubs fan — anyone who knows me knows how much I detest the Cubs (’89 NLCS, anyone?) — but he now follows the Houston Astros, while I live and die, mostly die, with the San Francisco Giants.

Yet it’s safe to say that Ken and I are united in one thing: Promoting Linux (as he’d say) in the home desktop/laptop and small business environment; that, and making sure everyone knows they have FOSS options to their proprietary computing experience.

My introduction to Ken — I haven’t actually met him in person yet — came after what I thought was a slight in a Blog of Helios of one of my heroes, Abbie Hoffman. Yes, for those of you keeping score at home, Ken is the ever-outspoken helios. He and I started exchanging e-mails afterward, discussing — among other things — how to get GNU/Linux (thank you) in front of everyday people who would benefit from being out from under the thumb of Microsoft’s monopoly.

A result of these discussions is our partnership in HeliOS Solutions, where I do what he does in Texas on the West Coast, down to initiating a Komputers4Kids program in Felton. Another result is the project called Lindependence 2008, which we had discussed ad nauseum starting late last summer and had refined through the fliter of The Tux Project in the meantime.

So if you were to tell me a few years ago that I’d be teaming up with a Army vet on a project to save the digital realm for FOSS, I would have laughed myself into a new pair of underwear. If you were to tell Ken that he’d be teaming up with a tree-hugging, pony-tailed hippie, he’d probably have the same reaction.

Yet here we are, and that’s where we should be: United for the operating system, whatever we choose to call it, and united for the promotion of FOSS programs that work as well, and in some cases better, than proprietary software it should replace.

If our partnership is a testament to anything, it shows that promoting GNU/Linux and FOSS transcends background, upbringing and politics. In fact, it even transcends sports in general and, as much as I hate to admit it, baseball in particular.

(And, Ken, Texas did too cheat in the Rose Bowl . . . )

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

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We interrupt this blog . . .

August 28, 2007 4 comments

. . . to bring you the following special announcement.

Larry the Open Source Guy has now become Larry the Free Software Guy.

[Thank or blame -- however you want to look at it -- this essay by Danijel Orsolic at Libervis.com.]

The blog written in the past by the blogger formerly known as “Larry the Open Source Guy” appears here, and the “Larry the Open Source Guy” site will discontinue.

We now return you to our regularly scheduled blog, which is already in progress . . . .

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GNU/Linux wins in 2008 (or, Hillary does Windows)

July 5, 2007 Leave a comment

As Independence Day draws to a close in the U.S., I happened upon a blog item by Douglas Karr with the headline “Is the next President of the United States running Linux?” Karr’s blog item, of course, outlines the major party candidates and what their campaigns are running, and the results were quite interesting.

For example, Democrats tend to be friendlier toward Free/Open Source Software (FOSS). Of all the Democratic candidates, Sen. Hillary Clinton does Windows — the only Democrat in the field of GNU/Linux and FreeBSD users. Here’s the rundown:

GNU/Linux: Joe Biden, John Edwards, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, Bill Richardson, Wesley Clark, Al Gore.

FreeBSD: Christopher Dodd, Barack Obama.

Windows: Hillary Clinton (it bears repeating — would you vote for a woman who runs her server on Windows?)

The Republicans are not as friendly to FOSS, which comes as no surprise. The Grand Old Corporate Party lines up with Microsoft, with a few exceptions. Here’s how America’s right wing votes, server-wise:

GNU/Linux: Jim Gilmore, Rudy Giuliani, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney.

FreeBSD: None.

Windows: Sam Brownback, Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunter, John McCain, Tom Tancredo, Fred Thompson, Tommy Thompson, Chuck Hagel, Newt Gingrich.

I don’t know what the Green Party candidates for president are using. But if they were like me during my campaign for California Insurance Commissioner in 2006, they’ll be on GNU/Linux, especially if they’re using the servers at the Green Internet Society (a tip of the hat, not to mention eternal gratitude, goes to Cameron Spitzer, the ubergeek who runs GIS).

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Now call it ‘Lindows’

June 14, 2007 1 comment

It goes to show you why I’m not a gambling man. In my last item, I said that Mandriva would be the next distro domino to fall — or at least be a target for the Death Star in Redmond — but either they said non to any offer, or they haven’t taken the bait just yet.

But scratch off another one: Linspire made its way to the dark side today by selling out FOSS in making a deal with Microsoft.

Microsoft — which once described GNU/Linux as a cancer — can’t seem to help itself from partnering with distro makers and Linux software sellers, adding Linspire to the list. Ironically, Microsoft and Linspire have a, um, “history,” as Microsoft’s lawyers went head-to-head with Linspire in the past; apparently that’s all history.

Like Xandros, Linspire is a featherweight in decline who drank the Kool-Aid for a variety of reasons outlined in a letter from the Linspire CEO on this very topic.

Talk about FUD: Linspire CEO Kevin Carmony says that Microsoft will “deliver a ‘better’ Linux.” Ask yourself this: When was the last time that Microsoft delivered a better anything when it comes to software? Stuck for an answer? That’s because it never has.

To show you how “1984” this is, I bet Kevin Carmony really believes all the nonsense he (or one of his PR hacks) wrote, as tragic as this might be. Try not to laugh too hard when reading it, too, and realize that the Apple vs. Microsoft comparison doesn’t fly here.

[FSF Associate Member](Larry Cafiero, editor/publisher of Open Source Reporter, is an associate member of the Free Software Foundation.)

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