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Random rambling on a Monday

September 12, 2011

After perusing the Linux sites all weekend for something to write about, I didn’t really find anything that jumped out at me and went “Blaaaaaaaaaagh!” in my face, to say nothing of fielding assorted questions about my writing, my philosophy and my sanity. Nevertheless, as I try not to write when I don’t have anything to say — I hate to write for the sake of hearing myself speak — it was suggested to me that now that I’ve gotten into a rhythm of writing a lot on this blog, I should keep it up.

It’s a tough business, this blogging.

So I thought I’d address a few things that came up over the past several days. But first, an apology to the Felton LUG on Saturday, since the archaic projector didn’t work for anyone, including me, and I was unable to give a presentation that I would think most everyone in the room is glad they were spared. It was on the Linux Family Trees, and it came before the birthday party for Linux we held. Great cake, great group.

Someone suggested to me that I was not holding to the high journalistic standard of objectivity in my latest writings. He’s right. I’m not being objective, since most of what I write is commentary, not Linux/FOSS news. I don’t pretend to be a Linux/FOSS journalist — were I to be one, I’d certainly maintain the high standards of objectivity that I carry in my day job as a newspaper editor at a daily paper in Santa Cruz, California. But in this realm of Linux/FOSS and all the trappings that entails, I am not a journalist. I’m a commentator, with the emphasis on the root of that word, comment.

While I’m at it, let me address another observation I received in an e-mail. There’s a monumental difference between censorship and asking someone to stop making the same complaint repeatedly after hearing it, say, for the 37th time. In “Moving on,” I was not suggesting that people “shut up” — people should always speak up — but if you find you’re not making headway, you always have the option to look for alternatives. That was one of the main points in the item, for those of you keeping score at home.

Time for breakfast, and as they say on IRC, back later.

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  1. Bob McKeand
    September 12, 2011 at 11:59 am

    You have been everywhere Linux-wise. Your location, near Silicon Valley, allows you
    to converse with the big guys. Your involvement with distros and various Linux/FOSS
    conventions gives you insights that us mere mortals living in the hinter lands can never
    expect to have. So keep commenting, please keep commenting.

    Peace, Bob

    Oh yeah, your grammar isn’t to shabby either.

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