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Upcoming TV shows

Hello everyone,

A couple of weeks ago, I did a taping of Tech Books with Carolyn Weaver. She invited me in to talk about my new book, "Moving to the Linux Business Desktop" and Linux in general.

The show airs on Book TV, G4TechTV Canada, and Rogers cable as well. What this means is you can actually catch this one without having to subscribe to digital cable (assuming you live in the greater Toronto area. Anyhow, here are the times.


Linuxworld Expo Canada video

Hello everyone,

Yes, I know I've promised a write-up of my day at Linuxworld Expo in Toronto (which happened last week) and I'll have something up today, but . . . in the meantime, I have something else for you.


My week at Linuxworld Expo in Toronto

Hello everyone,

It has been one heck of a week, but it has also been a lot of fun. As the title implies, the week of April 18th was the week for Linuxworld Expo in Toronto. Before I forget everything that happened in one massive blur, let me spend a few minutes recounting the events here.

Today was day one of the LinuxWorld Canada Expo in Toronto. This three day
event takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The first day is primarily tutorials and presentations of various kinds. It's the academic side of the expo while tomorrow and Wednesday is the marketing. That's when the show floor opens up and companies start showing off all their really cool stuff.


It was business, but not serious. (PPRacer)

Now there's a weird subject line if ever there was one.

Hello everyone. Yesterday (March 5th), I did a half hour interview on Tech Books (with Carolyn Weaver) talking about Linux in business and, since it was a book show, my "Moving to the Linux Business Desktop". The show is taped in three seven minute segments followed by a 3 minute wrap-up. During the second break, I fired up a game of PlanetPenguin Racer (PPRacer, for short) which everybody on the set loved so much, we used it as the intro for the third segment. I think I said something like, "See, that's what business really wants from their desktop operating system . . . cool games!" I was kidding, of course. Sort of.


Two New Articles

My original plan was to tell you about a new article that is the centerpiece of's Open Source sale. It's called "Making DVD Movies with Linux" and yes, it's written by me. This article was a lot of fun and I do recommend that you check it out if you want to transfer those home movies to DVD using Linux.


A Process Smorgasbord (Cooking with Linux)

by Marcel Gagné

This article first appeared in the December 2002 Linux Journal


Eye-Popping Panels (Cooking with Linux)

By Marcel Gagné

This article was originally published in the February 2005 issue of Linux Journal.


Regarding Podcasts

I've been busy this evening working on my new book, something my editor will surely be glad to hear. After a few hours at it, I took a much needed break. That's when I remembered that I had mentioned podcasting in a recent Monday night chat. In fact, the current poll question asks about podcasts. The bottom line appears to be that most people don't know what a podcast is.

If I enter the word "podcasting" into Wikipedia, I get some interesting information.


Processor trivia revealed by your Linux system

Do you sometoimes feel like really getting to know the processor in your computer? You know, getting up close and personal? Then try this at home (or work, or wherever). Open up a shell prompt and type the following.

cat /proc/cpuinfo

Lots of cool information related to your processor will appear, such as your processor's speed, the model, who makes it, and the ever popular bogomips, to name a few. Another way to see this information is to run kinfocenter and click on the Processor item in the sidebar (see image below).



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