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And for 2014 . . . ?

December 30, 2013 3 comments

This is about the time of year where FOSS pundits decide to take a plunge and predict what the following year will bring. The only thing that is certain — and I can make this prediction with complete certainty — is that these same scribes will sit in the same place a year hence, shaking their heads and wondering what the hell they were thinking a year ago.

Of course, there’s no way I’m being left out of this exercise.

So what’s 2014 going to bring? Get ready.

Next year, 2014, will be the year of the Linux desktop.

OK, someone had to say it.

More likely, though, 2014 will be the year of the Linux gaming console, thanks to Steam OS and the hardware that Gabe Newell and his crew up in Washington state have announced will be released sometime next year.

We’ll have to see what’s in store there, but if that engine fires on all cylinders, then you can add wider acceptance of Linux in everyday life to the list of 2014 accomplishments, piling it atop the progressively increasing acceptance of Android, which is kind of/sort of Linux in spirit, if not in name.

The Steam OS/game console drama is going to be your big story of the year going forward, not some vaporware super-ultra-mega-smartphone or a TV console promised at CES a couple of years ago.

So remember where you heard it first.

Also in 2014 — and for many, this may be more of a warning than a prediction — I am going to be making some personal changes of my own, digitally speaking. Nothing earth-shattering, and the fact that the only way I’m using Ubuntu is only at gunpoint does not change (sorry to disappoint). You’ll have to stand by for news on that.

One more thing: While this is not FOSS-specific, it is still a good read. Melinda Byerley, a founder of Vendorsi, wrote this great blog post about how pattern recognition is, well, complete and utter bullshit, and we’d have a much better 2014 and later if folks seeking to fund and grow projects would stay the hell away from it.

Happy 2014, all, and don’t forget that SCALE 12X is coming up sooner than you think; February is right around the corner.

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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Eliminate DRM!

Tuesday afternoon

December 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Well, forgive me, folks — there are a multiplicity of reasons for the delay of this blog item, but allow me the excuse of waiting for the release of Fedora 20 as one reason for writing this on Tuesday instead of on Sunday.

More importantly, however, I can also gleefully blame the delay of this item on this other, more important, factor: The Call for Papers for the Southern California Linux Expo SCALE 12X closed Sunday night. Yours truly — along with the rest of the SCALE Team — have to go through close to 250 propsals for roughly 80-90 speaking slots for the event. No small task, but one that I wouldn’t trade anything to do. All the talk proposals I’ve read so far have been outstanding, and it’s going to be a chore-and-a-half to make the decision about who stays and who goes.

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again — I have the best job in the world as SCALE’s Publicity Chairperson, and it’s an honor to work with the folks who put on North America’s largest community-run Linux/FOSS expo. But between now and February, things will be a little hectic in bloggerville. Consider that a warning.

Meanwhile, as mentioned and linked earlier, Fedora 20 is out and available — for those of you who want to give Heisenbug a run, feel free to do so.

Also, it may be the holiday season, but it’s not too early to register for SCALE 12X if you’re mapping out your expo-visiting plans for 2014. SCALE 12X is going to be a good one — I know I say that every year, but have I ever been wrong about this?

Not much else to report on this week, so be excellent to each other. Not because it’s the holiday season, but because it’s the right thing to do.

See you Sunday, or thereabouts.

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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Eliminate DRM!

Are you a fool?

December 11, 2013 5 comments

Mark Shuttleworth thinks you’re a fool. It’s up to you whether you prove him right or prove him wrong.

Yesterday, C|Net posted a story about how Ubuntu Touch OS has found its first smartphone partner, complete with a photo of a fully bearded (about time) Mark Shuttleworth beaming from ear to ear.

Fantastic. Which carrier/partner/vendor would this be so I can line up and get the hardware? From the article: “He wouldn’t say which company has agreed to use the Linux-based OS, but said it will be offered on high-end phones in 2014.”

Oh. He won’t say. OK. This, of course, would elicit from the most skeptical of us this simple demand: “Partner, or it didn’t happen.”

It goes without saying that we’ve heard this before — grand announcements from Canonical which are only that and nothing more. A huge fanfare at CES in 2012 for Ubuntu TV and nearly two years later, just in time for next year’s CES, it’s not here yet. Two more words: Ubuntu Edge.

And with every grand announcement from a self-appointed leader in the FOSS world, you have to ask yourself how this plays to the wider world outside the Open Source paradigm. If — as some people claim — Canonical/Ubuntu is the “leader” of Linux promotion to the wider public while consistently failing miserably in producing on the projects it proposes, what are folks left to think? One takeaway is that FOSS is a failure because Canonical/Ubuntu can’t or won’t deliver.

Shattering credibility, in large part, is Canonical’s profound “contribution” to Linux and FOSS as of late.

Speaking personally, I’ll just pick up my guitar and play, just like yesterday, and I’ll get on my knees and pray . . . .

What will it be? Are you a fool?

See you Sunday, if not sooner.

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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Eliminate DRM!

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