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Free Bassel Khartabil

Bassel Khartabil

Bassel (Safadi) Khartabil has been under arrest in Syria since March, 2012. Photo: Joi Ito, CC-BY-2.0

As of today, Bassel (Safadi) Khartabil has been detained by the Syrian government for 943 days.

For those of you who may not be aware of his plight, Bassel, a 31-year-old Palestinian-Syrian, is a respected computer engineer specializing in open source software development. He has [...]

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What Would You Do for a Gigabyte Internet Connection?

Google Internet gigabyte fiber

We knew it was coming several months ago. At first, just from flimsy rumors, but then mention of the free Time Warner speed upgrade began showing up on credible news sites. Credible enough for me to call Time Warner and find out where these upgrades would take place. When I found out that our small town of Taylor, Texas was included in the upgrade area, I became separated by only 3 degrees from Happy Dance. [...]

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Easy Netflix on Linux

Netflix on Linux Mint XFCE

Linux’s got Netflix. No fuss, no muss, easy-peasy Netflix, straight out-of-the-box.

It wasn’t so long ago that common knowledge dictated that the reason GNU/Linux wasn’t getting traction was software, namely MS Office and Photoshop. Those days are long gone. Office is now pretty much irrevelant, with many if not most home users (at least the people I know) opting for Open Office or LibreOffice. Meanwhile, Photoshop’s moved to the cloud and although it still won’t [...]

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One Week: Three FOSS Expos

Jon 'maddog' Hall (photo: campuspartybrasil, CC-BY-SA-2.0)

The week after next the FOSS world will be brimming with opportunities to find out more about what’s going on in three separate shows around the country. If you are within a day’s drive of any of them — or if you are not adverse to flying — making it to one of them would be well worth the effort.

In the South, there’s All Things Open, which is being held midweek — Oct. 22-23 [...]

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‘Hello World’ Indiegogo Fundraiser Reaches Goal

Hello World fundraiser

Sometime overnight, the Hello World educational video project, which has been trying to raise a little money through an Indiegogo campaign, reached its goal — with twelve full days still to go in the campaign. The funds will be used to purchase new equipment.

As of 11 a.m. EDT, the organization’s Indiegogo webpage is showing that it’s so far received donations totaling $2,145, nearly $100 over the goal of $2,048. The organization had chosen to [...]

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Upcoming Events

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all-day Ohio LinuxFest @ Greater Columbus Convention Center
Ohio LinuxFest @ Greater Columbus Convention Center
Oct 24 – Oct 26 all-day
Hosting authoritative speakers and a large expo, the Ohio LinuxFest welcomes all Free and Open Source Software professionals, enthusiasts, and everyone interested in learning more about Free and Open Source Software.
all-day SeaGL – Seattle GNU/Linux Confer... @ Seattle Central College
SeaGL – Seattle GNU/Linux Confer... @ Seattle Central College
Oct 24 – Oct 25 all-day
SeaGL is a grassroots technical conference dedicated to spreading awareness and knowledge about the GNU/Linux community and free/libre/open-source software/hardware. Our goal for SeaGL is to produce an event which is as enjoyable and informative for[...]
Nov
4
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all-day Open Source Developers’ Conferen... @ Griffith University Gold Coast campus
Open Source Developers’ Conferen... @ Griffith University Gold Coast campus
Nov 4 – Nov 7 all-day
While OSDC will be host to a wide range of presentation topics, from running an open source business or community, to more technical presentations, the overall conference theme for 2014 is Open – Open Source[...]

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