But wait, there’s more

August 8, 2011

Yes, I know LinuxCon is next, and that’s in mid-August, but I think they’ve got the publicity thing covered, especially with the 20-year thing and with Linus being there and all. But if you’re going to the next show, make it the Ohio LinuxFest in September. Bradley Kuhn and Cathy Malmrose are keynoting, so you’ll not want to miss that (especially Cathy — Go ZaReason!)

Because there’s no proverbial hornet’s nest to stir up in the near vicinity, I guess I’ll just touch on a few topics and issues that have popped up on the radar as of late. Like

Ohio Linux Fest: There’s some big to-do up in Vancouver next week, something about twenty years of a widely used operating system that puts Windows to shame, a guy named Linus who doesn’t like GNOME 3 and other luminaries in the Linux constellation of stars, blah blah blah. But for those who can’t make that, you might want to head to Columbus, Ohio, to discover the Ohio Linux Fest next month. The event runs from Sept. 9-11 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in downtown Columbus. The keynoters are Cathy Malmrose, of ZaReason fame, and Bradley Kuhn, of Software Freedom Conservancy fame. As this is the last big event of the year now that Utah Open Source Conference is in mothballs this year until next spring, it might be a good chance to get in a show before the year’s out.

But wait, there’s more.

Weighing in on SCALE: The folks at the Southern California Linux Expo — that’s SCALE 10X in January (that’s right, I said January) — plan to pull out a few stops for the show’s 10th anniversary. Rather than divulge what I already know, I can tell you they’ve moved up the show to Jan. 20-22, which is on the tail end of linux.conf.au — LCA2012 if you’re keeping score at home — which runs from Jan. 16-20. Can two different hemispheres handle two big expos back to back? Oh, easily.

But wait, there’s more.

Tails, you win: Another candidate for the distros-to-try-when-I-get-some-free-time list is called Tails, which stands for The Amnesic Incognito Live System. Michael Reed of Linux Journal writes a rather in-depth article about it on the LJ web site. While it sort of mirrors the latest OS offering from our own Department of Defense, it goes a few steps further for those who are not government workers and/or who want to take those few extra steps in the way of ensuring privacy.

With that, it’s time to hit the redwood trail.

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  1. colonelpanik
    August 8, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Tails, powered by Tor, god of slowness.
    Pure Debian with enough security to make
    it worthless.
    I have a quadcore running at 2.7 with 4gigs of RAM
    and it still is slow.

    I see no installer, this is just for secure web work when
    you need secure web work done.

    But it is Debian, look and feel. Synaptic is a little thin but
    I think that is for security.

    More latter

    Peace, Bob

    • August 8, 2011 at 9:13 pm

      I don’t think you’re supposed to install it. I think it’s just supposed to run off the CD/USB or whatever it’s running off of.

  2. Bob McKeand
    August 9, 2011 at 6:42 am

    Live CD only. You can go to your favorite HotSpot and surf
    with impunity, knowing that even the 12 year old hacker at the
    table over in the corner will not LuzSec your laptop.

    At some point I will run TAILS and watch from another computer
    running “etherape”, that should be fun.

    So we have LPS Linux, a gift from Uncle Sam and TAILS Linux,
    The Amnesic Incognito Live System.

    Both have good encryption tools and TAILS adds “tor” for obfuscation. Be careful out there.

    Keep the humor in Linux.
    Peace, Bob

  3. Bob McKeand
    August 10, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Now hear this! Now hear this!
    This is the Captain speaking.
    All hands listen up!

    Mrs. Panik found a winner, I am not bragging about myself here.
    The distro of the moment is……. Kororaa Linux
    When you finish laughing maybe you can look at:

    Based on Fedora 14. This distro is installed on the Dell Mini 12,
    known at our house as the Dell from Hell.

    Kororaa ran 100% as a live distro! Mrs. Panik said it was the easiest install ever! It has few packages or applications from
    the start, they want you to go get what you want/need. Look
    and feel is Fedora 14. It comes with Good Gnome rather than
    the evil Bad Gnome.

    I shall reconnoiter a bit more and report back if there are any
    issues, stability and such.

    Keep the humor in Linux
    Peace, Bob

    • August 10, 2011 at 2:49 pm

      Or maybe you forgot this LtFSG item in May: http://wp.me/p6IMd-g5

      I like Kororaa and I still talk to lead developer Chris Smart — csmart on IRC, usually in #fedora or #fedora-kde — from time to time.

      An excellent choice, Colonel and Mrs. Panik!

  4. Bob McKeand
    August 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Okay, now I see the problem. Not being a Fedora type I almost
    always passed by the posts here that were just about Fedora.
    Now that my wife has had some positive experiences with said
    distro the Colonel reads more of Larry’s musings, in fact I never
    miss a word now.

    Fedora, who knew?

    Keep the humor in Linux
    Peace, Bob

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