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The far and the wide

July 21, 2011

OSCON 2011
Next up: OSCON. Get there if you can, and give them my regards because I can’t make it this year 😦

A wide assortment of issues and items have cropped up in the last several days, all of which are newsworthy and most of which cry out for comment. On the latter, that’s what I do. After all, they don’t call it “commentary” for nothing.

So let’s take a look at some of these digital news blurbs, like

RMS: Just say no to the Cloud: For once, I am completely and unequivocally behind the man behind the GNU. Richard Stallman wrote an article appearing in the electronic version of Der Speigel outlining the dangers of so-called cloud computing. It’s fairly simple — your data, held remotely, is not really your data since you don’t have possession of the drive that physically holds it. Yep, call me “old school” about this, and I’ll thank you for it.

But why is it in Orlando? The release schedule for Ubuntu 12.04 is out and it looks like the UDS — that Ubuntu Developer Summit to the unenlightened — will take place at the end of October or early November, in Orlando, Fla., as usual. Why? Disney World? Who knows?

Who’s on first? Though not a news item per se, Carla Schroder wrote an excellent piece on Linux.com about how to find out who and what is on your network. The Linux.com tutorials and “weekend projects” are generally top notch and very educational, and this one in particular takes one through how to go about doing some router spelunking.

Meanwhile back in the Sunshine State . . .: Florida is getting a lot of attention. Red Hat is holding its North America Partner Conference on Oct. 25-27 in Miami. That’s about 240 miles south of Orlando, where the UDS will be taking place about the same time, possibly. It’s a straight shot down the Florida Turnpike, if you’re interested. According to the VAR Guy, “the event signals a shift for Red Hat, which previously lumped partners and customers together at the annual Red Hat Summit.”

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have an appointment to fiddle with a newly installed version of CrunchBang.

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  1. July 22, 2011 at 9:36 am

    The VAR Guy appreciates the link love. Larry, what’s your area of expertise — IT manager? Consultant? Developer? Interested in learning how and why you cover FOSS. Thanks.

    The VAR Guy

    • July 22, 2011 at 5:15 pm

      Thanks, Joe, and I always find The VAR Guy a good read. Area of expertise? It depends on who you ask. I’d say “documentation,” though I’m getting up to speed on the developer side. I’m a long-time journalist who got into FOSS about five years ago, becoming a FOSS advocate after using it during a statewide campaign for public office. I’ve taken classes at a local community college and I’m a few classes short (the Windows ones) of getting a Linux/Unix Administrator’s certificate. I still work at a newspaper as a copy editor, but I’ve teamed up with a far more experienced fellow to form Redwood Digital Research, where we apply FOSS solutions for the small business/home office environment.

      Hope that answers your question, if it didn’t put you to sleep 🙂

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