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. In all of this, I never forget that it’s hard to be a …

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. The first story comes from Wired Magazine and it’s titled “Giant Robot Imprisons Parked Cars“. Seriously, people kill …

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. Before anybody gets too excited, I’m not suggesting that Compaq, MDG, Dell, Lenovo, or insert-your-vendor-here, is lying on purpose. As Mark Twain might have said, there are …

Tricking a Website into serving up its videos with Konqueror

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!. First, the video file that is being served up is a wmv format file (Windows Media Video …

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? If one who could enter the alien psyche then perhaps we might catch a glimmer. Alas, time, and survival, are of the essence. And if you manage to avoid the aliens and their erratic firing patterns, there are also asteroids and other assorted space hazards …

Ubuntu and Kubuntu Dapper Drake Arrive!

  There has been a lot of excitement regarding the development of the latest release of Ubuntu, code named "Dapper Drake" (release 6.06). Having spent several months writing "Moving to Ubuntu Linux" (my new book, based on Dapper Drake), I can honestly say that the excitement is justified. This is great Linux distribution, polished, and professional. In fact, Kubuntu 6.06 is now what I am running on my notebook. I'm particularly fond of the new live CD because you can install your K/Ubuntu system directly from the live distro. No need for two disks to do the job. Just click …

Report from Calgary Linuxfest: better late than never!

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. I felt particularly honoured to be the …

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. As usual, 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 …

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. The first story regards a new site by the OpenOffice.org people. It’s called Get Legal : Get OpenOffice.org and it echoes a point I’ve made on numerous occasions. If you want proprietary, commercial software, buy it. If you want free software, there are (sometimes better) alternatives and OpenOffice.org happens to be one of those products. Closely …

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. To view the video, do the following from the command line : realplay http://boss.streamos.com/real/marketing/dls2006/mbr_dls2006-session1_edit_060424.smi   Or fire up RealPlayer from your menu and just open the above …