One of the members on my WFTL-LUG mailing list asked an interesting question. He is running Kubuntu Dapper, has mplayer and all the fancy non-free codecs loaded (so he can play all those closed format files like MP3s, asf files, Quicktime, and so on).

Anyhow, he visited the Healthology Website and tried to play the videos on the page. Sadly, it didn't work. The big question, of course, is whether there is any way to get it to work. The answer is Yes!.


SolarWolf : Marcel's Linux Game of the Month

Harken back with me, faithful reader, to the days of yore. Yea and verily, I speak of the days of video arcades, when a quarter of a dollar would buy you frantic minutes whereupon you, as humanity's only hope, were called upon to protect the earth from invading, marauding, aliens.

Why were the aliens attacking?

The better late than never part of the title is because Calgary Linuxfest took place a couple of weeks ago now, May 6, 2006. So . . . before this gets too old, I want to tell you about my trip to the Calgary Linuxfest. This past May 6, 2006, I had the great pleasure of appearing at the inaugural Calgary Linuxfest. Dave Watkins & CLUG (the Calgary Linux User Group) did a fantastic job of putting the event together. That bodes well for the future of this Linuxfest as an annual event.


Live tonight on Computer America : Linux and Games!

Yes, it's that time again. Time to talk Linux on the Computer America radio show. Join me tonight at 10:00 PM Eastern time (7:00 PM Pacific) for an hour of Linux talk. Tonight, forget about work. I mean it! It's an hour of Linux games, games under Linux, native games, ported games, kid's games, grown-up games, and Windows games running under Linux.


Some interesting Open Source and Open Standards News

It's early Thursday but this week has already had some fascinating stories covering the subject of open source and open standards. As these topics, open source and open standards, are near and dear to my heart, I thought I should share them with you.


Desktop Linux Summit 2006 Video

Well, I've just returned from my first Desktop Linux Summit where I had a fantastic time. This event was held in San Diego, California, and on Monday of this week, I opened the show with a talk entitled "Desktop Linux : Barriers to Mass Adoption". As it turns out, the show was videotaped and is available via a RealPlayer stream, so you do need to have a copy of RealPlayer on your system.

It's time for another two hour Linux fest on the Computer America radio show and it should be great. Join me tonight at 10:00 PM Eastern time (7:00 PM Pacific) for two hours of Linux. Once again, I want to emphasize that this is a live show with live callers and that is an invitation to you, mes amis. If you want to be on the air, just dial, toll free, 866-606-8255 (that's 606-TALK) anytime during the show. It would be just fantastic to get some of you on the air tonight!! The second hour will feature Linux podcast aggregators and podcasting software. In the first hour, however, we're going to be talking about FREE and what it means in the Linux and Open Source world. Free/Libre vs Free/Gratis. Why free and open source software is good for the world and why it's good for business too. This is a great time to call in a voice your opinion and have your say on this important subject.


USA LUG reviews "Moving to Linux", 2nd edition

Another great review of "Moving to Linux" has just appeared on the USA LUG Website. Here's a quick quote from the article : "Easy and entertaining to read, yet full of information. I have found this book to be one of the best resources available for examining the easy to use desktop Linux systems and the applications that they run." Yeah, it's somewhat positive [ insert appropriate smiley here ]. To read the whole review, just click this link.




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