Archive for January 31, 2007

El Momento de Verdad

January 31, 2007 Comments off

Most of the pages are finished and ready to be uploaded, and most of the editing is behind me. So having never missed a deadline in my life (not on my own, anyway), OpenSource Reporter goes “on the air” — or the on-line equivalent — right on time for its Feb. 1, 2007 schedule date tomorrow.

So as I systematically and periodically upload pages today (Wednesday, Jan. 31), tonight and early tomorrow morning, I should let you know a little bit about this publication.

For those of you who read this blog on a regular basis (those of you outside my family, that is), you know that OSR is a publication — both electronic- and paper-based — dedicated to promoting the tenets mentioned above in the description of this blog (for a more detailed version of why I’m doing this, go to my first blog installment), and generally to bring free software/open source software to people that deserve fresh alternatives in their daily computing experiences — alternatives that don’t require the imprimatur of the software mandarins in Redmond or Cupertino.

At this point, it’s only fitting to recognize the people who are instrumental in getting this project off the ground.

First, raise a glass to toast my OSR colleague Tod Landis, whose vast technical knowledge is OSR’s “yin” to the “yang” of my journalistic experience. I may put the words on the page, but Tod’s expertise, knowledge and insight are really the spark plug that powers the engine of this publication.

Then, if we can face toward San Jose, Calif., we bow thankfully to Cameron Spitzer, who keeps progressives, lefties and even Luddites on the net, and is arguably the Silicon Valley’s uber-geek without peer. Cameron planted the seeds of OSR through discussions about free software/open source software with me and, as the Green Internet Society’s guru, he hosts OSR on GIS’s server.

Gratitude also goes to my wife Kyoko for the world class, Olympic-caliber depth of patience she has shown to my new-found evangelical zeal, and to my daughter Mirano who, at 9, watches intently over Dad’s shoulder, asks the eternal “why . . ?” and shows a propensity for grasping software (starting with Earthlink’s Trellix to make her own web page) that far outshines her Dad.

Organizations which have paved the way for OSR (not a complete list, obviously) include The Free Software Foundation, Creative Commons and the Electronic Frontier Foundation — all groups which you should go out and join and/or contribute to right now. A tip of the hat also goes to the Silicon Valley Linux Users Group, which fields an inordinate number of questions from this Linux newbie from “across the hill.”

Now, if I only had a bottle of champagne to break over . . . um . . . this PowerMac 9500 that’s sitting next to the coffee table waiting for its Linux install, perhaps that would make it official.