Archive for September 9, 2007

Miscellaneous ramblings

September 9, 2007 Comments off

Back to school: The last time I had a college ID, Gerald Ford was president, disco was ravaging the country and I — try not to laugh — entertained thoughts of studying architecture. Of course, Ford passed away and disco faded away (only to become part of a ’70s-based sitcom) and my all-but-non-existent math skills had no chance to fade away, guiding me from this failed endeavor to become the next Frank Lloyd Wright and propelling me into the writing field.

But 32 years after proudly graduating at the middle of my class from Monsignor Edward Pace High School in Opa Locka, Fla., I am a college student again, this time at Cabrillo College in Aptos, Calif., where my sole class to date is Intro to Unix/Linux.

Jim Griffin, a pretty enthusiastic and all-around good instructor, teaches the course. I have about 30-some-odd (meaning there are about 30, some of them odd) classmates and the course seems to be pretty easy, so far — that year of self-study masquerading as throwing myself into FOSS didn’t hurt. Needless to say, I will keep you posted on the class and my yet-to-be-announced efforts to start a Cabrillo LUG. Oops . . .

Born free: A couple of those who commented on the blog’s name change — as well as those of you who e-mailed me personally — seem to think that I am a recent convert to free software. Nope — I’ve always been on the side of “free as in freedom” (although I have absolutely nothing against free beer!) since I converted to the FOSS side. Again, with what’s being touted these days as “open source” not being so — or defined in a kind of “1984” doublespeak — and when even the OSI is having a hard time redefining what “open source” is, then clearly it was time for a name change.

RMS . . .SF . . OK?: Richard Stallman does a series of talks in Northern California this week: Stanford on Monday (Sept. 10), San Jose State on Tuesday (the 11th), Berkeley on Wednesday (the 12th) and the University of San Francisco (a block from where I used to live when I first moved to San Francisco) on Thursday (the 13th). The Berkeley event may need an RSVP, but the others are free — as in freedom and free beer. A schedule is available from the Free Software Foundation — click on the day of the week for the event time and location.

Hello, Columbus: For those of you Buckeyes (and those of you in the neighboring states) finding yourselves with free time on Saturday, Sept. 29, make your way to the Greater Columbus Convention Center for Ohio LinuxFest 2007. Fedora’s Max Spevack and Bradley Kuhn, of the Software Freedom Law Center, are keynoting. From what I’m told, it looks like it is ramping up to be a good event — don’t miss it.

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

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