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JavaZone Sells Open Source in TV Parodies

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This movie trailer spoof sells a movie that’s definitely not coming soon to a theater near you. If it were, however, you can bet your booty it’d be released under a Creative Commons license.

When I found out that I was going to have the opportunity to substitute for […]

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Teaching New Linux on Old Hardware

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It seems, according to this, that the customer service offered by Reglue far exceeds that offered by any big box retail outlet — and the clients get preinstalled Linux to boot.

In 2005, I found myself at a career crossroad. A career-ending injury threw the biggest of monkey wrenches […]

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Speaking on BSD: The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

Even though these Penguins and Devils players duke it out in the National Hockey League, it doesn't mean that Linux users and BSD users have to do the same in the FOSS realm, right? Right? (Photo Credit: The Pensblog, Creative Commons Attibution 3.0 Unported)

Larry the BSD Guy The BSD devil resides in a penguin’s DNA.

After answering various calls for presentations to a few upcoming shows, it stands to reason that Tom Petty is right: The waiting is the hardest part.

Because I now use PC-BSD on a daily basis, the idea going forward is to pitch talks […]

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Singing About the Year of the Linux Desktop

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In this riff, we leave no stone unturned as we trip through the past seeking portents of the elusive Year of the Linux.

The first song I heard about the Linux Desktop was Hold On, It’s Coming, released in 1971 by Country Joe McDonald. This was an amazing prediction, considering that Linus Torvalds was only […]

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Microsoft’s Linux OS & Open Source Cred

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Microsoft has gone and built a Linux distro. Well, maybe it’s not a distro but some sort of Azure switch to use in the cloud. But anyway, Microsoft want’s you — meaning you open sourcers who never do anything but throw brickbats at the fine folks in Redmond — to know that it’s built on […]

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The Great Austin, Texas Linux Radio Advertising Campaign

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Back in the early 90s, I spent four hours of my mornings co-hosting a local AM radio talk show in Austin, Texas. Truth be told, I fell into the job. I most certainly wasn’t looking for a job in talk radio, or any job for that matter, but from the first day, the host and […]

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Looking Ahead to New Linux/FOSS Promotional Events

Everybody in the whole cell block would love to come to a Linux/FOSS event called ELVIS. (Photo credit: LIbrary of Congress uncopyrighted)

While the FOSS/Linux expo season is winding down – Ohio Linux Fest, All Things Open and the Seattle GNU/Linux Conference (SeaGL) next month, and Fossetcon in November in sunny Florida, before we ramp up for the first-of-the-year 2016 event at SCALE 14x in January – thoughts wander to other events that could possibly take place […]

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How Microsoft’s ‘Mad Men’ Are Working Overtime

Mad MenI haven’t seen this much hype since…well, since the last time Redmond came out with a new version of Windows.

Anyone who’s a member of the rapidly decreasing demographic that watches commercial television has by now seen Redmond’s prime […]

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