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. 


Star Trek fan films

Yes, you guessed it, yet another blog posting that has nothing to do with Linux. One of my regular must visit Websites is a difficult one to explain. In fact, the best way to understand Memepool is to visit Memepool.com. You can discover all sorts of cool -- and often very strange -- things there.


Podcast #4

Hello everyone,

Well, it has been just this side of forever since I last recorded a podcast so I thought, hey, this is the night, May 31, 2005. Tonight's discussion is about spinning the Linux numbers, the WFTL-LUG logo contest, recording Skype conversations, and a brand new program for recording podcasts (yes, I used it for this one).

The podcast is listed in the WFTL Podcasts menu or you can head straight there by clicking here.

Take care out there.


Same story, very different take.

It's a spin doctor's world. Take any information, no matter how positive and somebody will turn it around to make it sound negative. This seems especially true when it comes to Linux. Case in point . . .


VE Day

Lest we forget . . . Today is the sixtieth anniversary of VE Day, Victory in Europe. Sixty years ago today, the Germans surrendered to the Allied forces in Europe. The second World War was over, at least in that part of the world. The war in other parts of the world would not end for a few more months at which time some 68,000,000 people had died. For the younger readers out there, yes, that's 68 million dead. More than 40 million were civillians.


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 Bookpool.com'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.


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