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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 →


Disillusioned by the Community

There are times when I don’t want to admit that I use and love Linux. It’s true…at times, I’m embarrassed to tell people that I’m part of the community as a whole. You may wonder when these times are…right now is one of those times.  I despise infighting found in free and open source software…specifically, I really don’t like it when people have one sided experiences and apply their experience to ALL areas of Linux and open source software.  Case … 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 →


A Little About Ubuntu

I’m not a hater of Ubuntu by any means.  I think it’s done a ton of good for Linux.  It’s opened many doors and perceptions of users everywhere.  It’s available to more people than any other distribution in history.  However, I do have a problem with some of rather “excitable” users in the Ubuntu community. Let’s take a look a look at why I’m not all over Ubuntu as a Linux Blog. Perception is as Perception Does When I say … Continue Reading →


Laying to Rest the Mandriva/PCLOS Debate

The one thing about FOSS that I love is that you can take whatever you need from various sources and build what you opine is a better wheel. Take Ubuntu for instance…they took Debian and made it into something that many users are happy with. Is this wrong? Not at all. Each day, many non-commercial distro makes wake up and check various distributions for updated security fixes. They pull source rpms, updated tar.gz’s, and debs into their distro, make minor … Continue Reading →