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FOSS Week in Review

My highly esteemed colleagues seem to have covered all the big stories this week on these digital pages, which leaves me to wrap it up on a Friday morning with the following:

Get those proposals in: The Call for Papers for the 13th annual Southern California Linux Expo — SCALE 13x, for those of you keeping score at home — ends in less than three weeks from today. Specifically, the CFP […]

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Groupon & GNOME: Doing the Right Thing


First things first: I’m not heavily invested in GNOME. In fact, once GNOME 3 came out and — gasp! — no icons on the desktop, I said “vaya con dios” and made skid marks racing to Xfce, KDE and Openbox (on the CrunchBang box) on various machines in the lab. The reason is a matter of personal taste. For the most part, I like icons on my desktop, not in a tray on the side, […]

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Enhancing Education With FOSS

No Microsoft Allowed

There are no profound revelations here…at least not in this post. It just serves to reinforce something we already know.

When we go into a home to give a child a computer, one of the first things we do is explain to them that we have installed Linux on their computer, not Windows. This announcement is usually met with blank stares or shrugs. They don’t care. They are just jacked that they are finally entering […]

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Linux Distros & the ‘Except When We Don’t’ Syndrome


When my colleague Ken Starks wrote on FOSS Force the other day about his gripe with Linux Mint’s handling of updates, I was a little amused because I had just dealt with this issue during the recent Bash crisis. I run Mint Maya with Xfce and I expected to find the Bash fix in Synaptic, but it wasn’t there. When I eventually found the update manager, I actually quite liked the set up. Having system […]

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Chillin’ With the Community at OLF


Seems I’m never really able to completely discuss Linux festivals in one article. There are so many little nooks and crannies to explore and report. This year’s Ohio LinuxFest isn’t much different. The visual overload was intense, but I guess the “overload” word already gave you the understanding it was intense. It most certainly was.

From blinking BSD horns to standing room only keynotes and talks, Ohio LinuxFest hit the sweet spot between geek and […]

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