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The Importance of FOSS and Open Standards

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What to know why FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) and open standards are important? South African Minister of Public Service and Administration Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi does a wonderful job explaining in her opening remarks for the Idlelo African Conference on FOSS and Digital Commons. A text version of her speech is also available.

Let's hope that more politicians and decision makers around the globe become as informed as those in South Africa.

Just a Few Clarifications

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The Objective Observer wrote an article entitled, "Penguin Suicide Bombers: The Terrorism of Open Source". The article is quite inflammatory although along the way the author tries to justify his handle. In any event, I thought it important to give the author the benefit of the doubt and to try my best to set the record straight... or my version of it anyway... in as positive a way as possible. What follows are the two, somewhat quick emails (please forgive any typos) I sent in response to the article... oh, and I'll be happy to include any responses I get back from him if any.


Proposal for Fedora@Home

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I saw this first mentioned on LWN... but an employee from Red Hat named Bryan Che... who just happens to be the Red Hat product manager for a new Red Hat product, Red Hat Enterprise MRG... has made a request to the Fedora Project Board. The proposal is quite interesting... and given the last couple of sentences, perhaps you have figured it out already.


Something for a fed user

http://fedorasolved.org/

This site should be in any fedora users bookmarks. It covers everything that is needed to install and configure fedora. When I was trying out the newest version of fedora I was unable to get java up and running and the guide that is up there I was able to get it to work on the first try. I ended up not liking fedora very much but I still find myself dropping by there weekly and seeing what is new and anytime that I find myself forgetting something simple. It's a wonderful site that is well designed and easy to move around on. Check it out.


Paid IT support and revenge

I've recently had some very bad experiences with paid technical support and I'm wondering if anyone else shares my dismay.

I'm responsible for about 40 servers which support services for approximately 15,000 people so you might imagine that good 24x7 technical support is fairly important to me. The last several months of dealings with two companies in particular have my blood pressure way higher than it need be.


Multiple USB drives with Fedora Core 8

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I ran into a problem recently with needing more external storage for my home server and hopefully the solution will help someone else.

Being the packrat that I am, I ran out of disk space to store my Mythtv recordings, pictures, and backups. No problem, a quick run down to Costco and an hour later I had two shiny new 500GB USB drives to go with the old 150GB USB drive I already had.


Ouch! Bad Sync

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One of my favorite Firefox extensions I have been using for a year and a half is called Foxmarks. Foxmarks is a bookmark synchronizer that keeps your different Firefox installs all updated with the same set of bookmarks. For me there is nothing more frustrating than not having that one cool link you saved on your computer at home and for the life of me, can't remember how or where I got it to begin with.


My very first entry! ya for me!

Well this is my very first entry for my blog!

I'm going to try and keep this updated as well as I can. I also update a twitter account close to daily as I can...(more on that later).

I have been using Linux as my main OS for the last 4 1/2 years and I'm still blown away by how much stuff is out there. My current systems that I'm running are: Opensuse 10.3, Fedora 8, Backtrack 3(beta), Windows XP (at work).


Turning LiveCDs into LiveUSBs

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I use the SystemRescueCD a lot at work. My work study scoffed at me for actually running it from CD rather than a USB stick... because the USB stick is much faster. I bought a three pack of SanDisk Cruzer Micro 2GB USB thumb drives from CostCo for about $50. I followed the SystemRescueCD instructions and bingo it worked. Ok, it boots up a lot faster now.

So, now to apply it to Fedora and CentOS. Luckily Fedora has instructions. Following those instructions, I could boot Fedora 8 from USB.

I applied the Fedora method to the recently released CentOS 5.1 LiveCD and that worked too. I guess the same principle would apply to any LiveCD .iso you'd want to throw at it... including regular distro install media. They even have a program for Windows users.


Helena Linux Class

I went to sign up for the Linux class at the Helena Adult Learning Center. There was only one other person signed up with 6 minimum required. Looks like it's going to get canceled. I am very disappointed!


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