Clip from the 2006 Free Software and Open Source Symposium

During my keynote at the fifth annual Free Software and Open Source Symposium at Seneca College, York University, I suggested the creation of something I called “The Linux and Open Source Marketing Board”. I envisioned it as an industry umbrella organization whose purpose it is to send a consistent, positive message, about FOSS (of which Linux is the poster child) to both the public and other members of industry. The following clip highlights that section of the talk. [video: autostart=false]

Free Long Distance . . . Really!

If you are still recovering from the last time you paid your long-distance bill, Chef Marcel may be able to offer some relief. How? By using your Linux system and a Voice over IP program, of course. That just happens to be the focus of this edition of Cooking with Linux, posted for your free reading pleasure on LinuxJournal.com. In that article, I cover some great applications including one that might just be the perfect VoIP client, one you may never even have heard of, the amazing Wengophone! Enjoy!

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. dies

A giant in the world of literature, some of it science-fiction, has just passed away. Kurt Vonnegut Jr., whose works include Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat’s Cradle, Breakfast of Champtions, and many others. I attended a lecture by Vonnegut a number of years ago (in Stratford, Ontario). In trying to explain what he (and other writers) did for a living, he pointed to another legend, Robertson Davies, who was sitting just a few seats from the front. How cool is that, I thought. Sitting in the same room with Kurt Vonnegut Jr. and Robertson Davies. Smoking is not what killed Vonnegut, but I …