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A moment of Zen

December 30, 2010

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Back in the day — and that day was when I was a resident at the San Francisco Zen Center, robed and meditating in the early ’90s — I remember happening upon a couple of relevant descriptions regarding the nature of attaining enlightenment.

One of them I made up, and I’ll tell you about it personally because it’s too lengthy to go into here. The other one went something like this (and I’m paraphrasing here): Enlightenment is like walking in a mist and eventually finding, while you walk, that you’re soaked to the skin.

Now that you’re at the third paragraph, you’re asking yourself, “That’s . . . um . . . nice, Larry, but what does that have to do with Linux or FOSS?”

Simple: Yesterday, I wrote that 2011 was not the year of the Linux desktop, and that it would come eventually.

I was wrong about this.

The fact of the matter is that every year the Linux/FOSS community has been walking through the mist of the acceptance — arguably, approaching the embrace — of the Linux desktop until now we find ourselves soaked in it.

So the year of the Linux desktop is already here, just as it has always been here.

[FSF Associate Member] (Fedora ambassador Larry Cafiero runs Redwood Digital Research in Felton, California, and is an associate member of the Free Software Foundation.)
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  1. Kai Tamkun
    December 30, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Every year is Desktop Linux year 🙂

    • December 30, 2010 at 3:53 pm

      Exactly, Kai.

  2. Colonel Panik
    December 30, 2010 at 4:48 pm


    There are many Zen moments lurking in Linux. Enjoy them.

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