Community

Open Source Software and New Users

Free/Libre and Open Source software versus closed and proprietary software doesn’t matter.  It’s not the answer to solve all our problems.  It’s not the question we need to ask anyone and everyone either.  It simply doesn’t matter.  Well, it might matter to you and I…but it doesn’t matter to most people out there. No matter what you say and do.  No matter what ideals you preach to people.  No matter what concepts about freedom you tout to them…it just won’t … Continue Reading →


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HostGator, Linux and The Dukes of Hazzard

If you’re old, like me…let’s say, over 30 years old…you might remember the television show “The Dukes of Hazzard”.  Waylon Jennings, a popular country music singer during the late 70’s and early 80’s sang the theme song.  The lyrics are: Just the good ol boys, never meaning no harm Beats all you ever saw, been in trouble with the law since the day they was born Many times in IT job settings, you’ll find that you need to become one … Continue Reading →


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Would You Like a Native Client for Google Drive?

If you’re like me, you think that the more native applications that are available to Linux users, the better.  In the case of Google Drive, there isn’t a native synchronization enabled client for Linux.  This is especially sad if you think about how Google got to where it is today…building its entire search infrastructure on the backs of customized Debian servers.  Not to mention that Android…which is powered by Linux…has a native client available in the Google Play store. Why … Continue Reading →


Linux Choices

How-To Choose the Right Distribution of Linux

Which distribution is the RIGHT distribution?  Is there such a thing?  When you start your journey with Linux you might here something like this: – Ubuntu is the best distribution for the desktop – Linux Mint is the best distribution for a home user and the desktop – Debian is the best way to go because of its stability and solid base – Mandriva isn’t as good as Mageia – Mageia isn’t as good as Mandriva – Red Hat is … Continue Reading →


A Canonical Controversy

Remember these past few months where Ubuntu/Canonical’s contribution to Gnome (or lack thereof) was called into question and the topic was on the tip of every Linux news website tongue (see closing thoughts for info links)?  Let’s throw some gasoline on that fire for your Friday!!  It’s time for a Barbecue! Today, Mark Shuttleworth’s blog was added into Planet Gnome after he made a request for it to be added.  Why is this a controversy?  Mainly because some people want … Continue Reading →


Zealots and Narcissism

Many times in my journeys of distribution hopping, I’ve run across rabid fans and communities [1] I’ve written a guide for new users on how to understand the vitrol that rabid zealots spew in Linux communities [2] Those problems are all very easy to see…but these articles deal with only the tangible problems in these areas.  What are the reasons these problems exist?  Is it because of one or two individuals?  Is it mob mentality?  Are people just waking up … Continue Reading →