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. 

23
Aug

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.

17
Aug

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.

16
Aug

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.

09
Aug

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.

25
Jul

Don't Lie To Me! A Call For Hardware Honesty.

Warning! Bit of a rant here . . . At some point in the next couple of months, I'm going to kiss my old notebook goodbye and purchase a new one. I've been looking (when time permits) at the various deals that are out there. So far, I still don't know who I want to give my money to. And this is where the big lie and my search for the truth starts.

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!.

21
Jun

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.

10
May

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.

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