I Need A New Notebook, Captain!

Two long years! That’s how long I’ve put up with my current notebook, a Compaq Presario 2500. To be fair, it’s has everything I wanted and it has worked (almost) perfectly with Linux since I first installed Mandrake on it (before ever allowing it to boot into Windows [ insert maniacal laugh here). In two years, it has run Mandrake (later Mandriva), SUSE, Fedora, and now Kubuntu. Nevertheless, the old notebook has been getting flaky these last few months and it’s time to move on. This is why I now need your help. You see, I don’t know what to …

Virtual Book Launch, Friday, August 18

This coming Friday, August 18th, my new book, "Moving to Ubuntu Linux", will be officially released. For those lucky ones who will be at LinuxWorld Expo in San Francisco, that date might be as early as Thursday as they are planning on having copies to launch the book at LWE. Since I can't make the launch of my book in San Francisco (sniff), I thought it might be fun to do a Virtual Book Launch on Friday.Join me in the #wftlchat IRC channel any time during the day on Friday for a casual WFTL-LUG get-together and launch of Moving to …

It’s Here!! It’s Finally Here!!

The doorbell rang a few minutes ago and since I wasn’t expecting anyone, I had no idea of the surprise was waiting for me. Anyhow, it was the FedEx guy with a package from my publisher. I cracked it open and there it was, the first copy of my new book, “Moving to Ubuntu Linux”!  So, I guess it’s official then. “Moving to Ubuntu Linux” is now available. If you’ll pardon a moment of shameless self-promotion, I’ll direct you to the book’s page at yon friendly URL. In all of this, I never forget that it’s hard to be a …

Giant Robots And Killer Licenses

Maybe I should have titled this Why you should fear proprietary software. I generally leave pointing people to other stories to . . . er, um, well, other people. These stories, however, highlight so beautifully why open source software, open protocols, and open data formats are so important. In fact, it should make everyone wonder why anyone, or any company, would want to lock themselves in to any vendor, especially when it comes to their data . . . or their cars. The first story comes from Wired Magazine and it’s titled “Giant Robot Imprisons Parked Cars“. Seriously, people kill …