Welcome! You've arrived at award-winning author Marcel Gagné's personal Website. I am the author of the "Moving to Linux" series of books, a regular columnist for several tech magazines, a public speaker, radio and television personality, and a well known voice in the Linux and open source universe. I created the famous (perhaps infamous) Cooking With Linux which ran for ten years in the Linux Journal. I'm also a published science fiction author and editor, a onetime Editor in Chief, a pilot, a former Top 40 disc jockey, and I fold a mean origami T-Rex.  This site is home to my insights, opinions, gripes, brags, tech stuff, and whatever else comes to mind when I have the time or the inclination to publish it. 

The Death of Capitalism

I've been listening to a fascinating discussion regarding the death of capitalism on CBC's "Ideas" program. I'm only about half way through it, but the subject matter is important and somewhat unsettling.

"My God Is better than your God" is going to get us all killed.

"My God is better than your God" is going to get us all killed.

Enjoy a chilling bedtime story!

Cooking With Linux #8 : Come Rescue Me!

It's the tail end of 2016 and Microsoft now loves Linux, though many would argue otherwise. That's not what this post is about so that discussion will have to on without me right now. However, Linux has been Windows' friend for a lot of years now. Many times over the last two decades, I've used Linux boot disks, not specifically to run a Linux desktop or server, but to repair a Windows system.

Cooking With Linux : Installing Ubuntu 16.10

On today's "Cooking With Linux" installation quickie, I will be taking you through the installation process for the latest version of Ubuntu, release 16.10, also known as "Yakkety Yak". This distribution features the Unity desktop environment.

Cooking With Linux : Installing Linux on a laptop with secure boot.

Welcome to "Cooking With Linux", episode 7 . . . though I may have to rethink this whole numbering thing. But I digress . . . My parents bought themselves a brand new, and red, Acer laptop.

Cooking With Linux : Installing OpenSUSE Tumbleweed

Time for another "Cooking With Linux" installation quickie. This time, we're going to go through the installation steps for OpenSUSE Tumbleweed. This is a rolling release version of OpenSUSE which makes it fantastic for people who like to live 'on the edge' and always have to have 'the latest and greatest'. You know who you are.

Cooking With Linux : Fedora 24 Installation

Let me start by explaining that this is an experiment. Not "Cooking With Linux" per se, but this installation video is something a little different. Consider these particular "Installation Quickies" a subset of my CWL videos rather than the main dish -- an appetizer if you prefer.

Cooking With Linux, Episode 6 : Desktop Extravaganza

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Now, on with the show. 

Rainbowstream, a command line Twitter client

I'm playing with a Linux command line Twitter client called "Rainbowstream" and it's pretty cool. The screenshot shows it running inside a KDE Konsole terminal. It can even display images, sort of, in striking ASCII art.

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