Give Me The Dang Button!

I should probably start out by letting you know that it’s now official! Yes, Ubuntu/Kubuntu and all the other *buntus are out in release 9.10, the very Karmic Koala. After months of running 9.10 alphas, followed by betas, I am now running the official Karmic release. Feels good to be official for a change. What about you? Did you attend any of the release parties? Heading out to one of the parties still to come? Throw one of your own, perhaps? I did pop the cork on a rather nice bottle of 2007 Archangel Pinot Noir Rose last night, a …

Penguicon, and a GoH, no less!

I am excited, and honored, to report that I’ve been asked to be a Guest of Honor at the 2010 Penguicon, a combination science fiction convention and Linux and open source get-together all rolled into one. This isn’t as strange as it sounds. Linux, including free and open source software, tends to be quite popular with the science fiction crowd. Conversely, it isn’t hard to find a Linux user who digs science fiction. Did I mention I’m going to be Guest of Honor? 🙂 Penguicon 2010 takes place at the Troy Marriott from April 30 th to May 2nd of, …

Karmic Koala: Ubuntu Gets The “K”

Hear that clock ticking? There are only nine days left to the release of Ubuntu 9.10. It’s all very exciting and that excitement was bouncing about inside my brain as I drove my son to school this morning. A little ditty was echoing in my mind along with what I might write about the big event, when suddenly it hit me. No, not another car. I was paying attention. What hit me was a fully formed vision of the future, nine days hence. Sort of like what happens on FlashForward, the series based on Robert J. Sawyer’s book. Except I …

Cloudy Days On Planet *buntu

I’d like to begin by apologizing for the complete lack of controversy in today’s post. I appreciate your understanding in this difficult time when I am finding it hard to really get upset about anything. But I digress. Pick up issue #2 of Ubuntu User magazine, open it to page 16, and you’ll find an article titled "Cloud View" (by yours truly), the focus of which is Canonical’s new offering, Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud. You’ll find stories hyping this for the upcoming release of Karmic Koala (a mere 14 days away as I write this) but the framework, or a technical …

Sex, Live, and Virtualization

Much has been made of Mark Shuttleworth’s keynote speech at Linuxcon as to whether his speech was sexist, demeaning to women, and whether it was a reflection of the man. Last week, I said Mark was a cool billionaire based on my own personal definition of ‘cool billionaire’. Right now, Cirque du Soleil founder (and billionaire) Guy Laliberté is on board the International Space Station fulfilling one of my of my great personal dreams — ah, to be that rich! If Guy Laliberté also happens to like Linux/FOSS, he’s definitely cool in my books. So after pointing this out about …