Linux server market grows 36% in Canada; Windows 27%

Quick entry that makes me think of a blog entry of mine from a little while ago. It falls into the good news for Linux though I’m sure it could be made to sound bad with a little work [ insert appropriate smiley here ]. Anyhow, according to a tiny little ZDNet blog entry, RedNova News has a story that IDC Canada reported that the Linux server market in Canada grew more than 36% in the 2003-2004 period. In comparison, the Windows server market grew some 27%. Wow! Talk about your complex trackbacks. Sounds a lot like “I know somebody …

Anti-BitTorrent news spawns an avalanche of criticism

How’s that for a headline? As I sit here writing a column about BitTorrent, it seems somehow appropriate to note how much BitTorrent has been in the news lately — most of that news has been bad. Now, John Dvorak thinks he’s got it figured out and the smell seems to be coming out of Redmond. Microsoft, after all, has come up with a better P2P file sharing product, or at least, they plan on coming up with one some day, something called Avalanche. It seems that some security expert has claimed that BitTorrent is distributing spyware (say it isn’t …

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. What I discovered recently, was a collection of Star Trek fan films, some of them pretty darn good. Now, I was already familiar with Star Trek New Voyages, a lovingly crafted continuation of the original series voyages with Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and all the gang. …

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. What I discovered recently, was a collection of Star Trek fan films, some of them pretty darn good. Now, I was already familiar with Star Trek New Voyages, a lovingly crafted continuation of the original series voyages with Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and all the gang. …

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. — Marcel

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 . . . Check out this article by Heise online titled Linux server revenue continues to grow at double-digit pace which proudly proclaims that Linux server sales continue to grow at a double digit pace for the 11th consecutive quarter (“According to IDC about 10 percent of that revenue was generated by the Linux server business, which grew year over year by 35 percent and …

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. Many, many people were involved in the liberation of Europe against the Nazis. While we …

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. WED. MAY. 18/05  10:00 – 10:30am         THUR. MAY. 19/05 8:30 – 9:00am   SAT. MAY. 21/05  7:30 – 8:00am Last week, …

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. Check out this link for a video I put together of the event (just over 10.5 meg). I took this footage using my Sony Handicam so the original is high quality digital video but I shrunk it to something that makes more sense for the Web. The command I used to do that (for the curious out there) is as …