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 …

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. Before I get into something resembling detail about the days, let give you my general impression. As with the last of these shows in Toronto (previously called Real World Linux), the atmosphere was friendly and all of those attending pretty easy going. There was …

Moving to the Linux Business Desktop slide presentation

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. Today, I did a three hour tutorial based on my “Moving to the Linux Business Desktop” book. As part of the tutorial, I sent up a (GASP!) Powerpoint presentation (made with OpenOffice, of course) to …

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 …

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. I said original plan because I happened to discover that there is a second article out there by me that I didn’t even know about. Actually, it’s an excerpt from my new book and it’s available at InformIT.com (Pearson, …

A Process Smorgasbord (Cooking with Linux)

by Marcel Gagné This article first appeared in the December 2002 Linux Journal François, vite! Our guests will be here any moment. Quoi? You say that you have already prepared everything? Excellent, François! I see that you have already brought up a healthy supply of the 1998 Barossa Valley Shiraz. It will pair nicely with tonight’s menu, don’t you think? Qu’avez-vous dit? Ah, the theme of this issue . . . it is System Administration, mon ami, and tonight I have decided to look into process management. But of course, François, even something as basic as processes can be the …

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