Author Archives: Robert Pogson

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.

Germany Seeks The Most Secure IT In The World

It could be all over for Wintel in Germany if a proposed law on security in IT bears fruit.“The Federal Government wants Germany’s IT systems and digital infrastructure to be the most secure in the world” The idea is that … Continue reading

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Neelie Kroes Supports ODF In Government

Neelie Kroes is a smart and influential European bureaucrat. When she tells people “choosing open standards is a very smart business decision indeed” people listen.“When open alternatives are available, no citizen or company should be forced or encouraged to use … Continue reading

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Udine, Again

Last year, I wrote about Udine using FLOSS in their infrastructure. Well, it’s in the news again.“The move, the city says, will allow it to save roughly €400 on the cost of software licensing for each machine, a total of … Continue reading

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Schools And GNU/Linux

Emiel Brok has a good article on using GNU/Linux in schools.“I was part of a commission to bring a new curriculum to a higher vocational school for sysadmins. More than half the people present were convinced Linux and open source … Continue reading

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Ho Hum “9” Inaction

If you seek innovation in IT, don’t look to M$.“A number of clips are up for watching, detailing how Windows 9 will handle multiple desktops, the return of the Start Menu, and more.” They just don’t get it. We’ve had … Continue reading

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Linus On GNU/Linux And Computers In Education

As part of an interview, Linus Torvalds mentioned some of his observations/opinions on GNU/Linux and computers in education.“It has been interesting to see how the fact that they are using Linux on their laptops at school really hasn’t been a … Continue reading

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Hearing Footsteps

Many years ago, I worked at the University of Manitoba Cyclotron Laboratory. The accelerator itself was in an underground bunker with concrete and equipment all over the place. A lot of the machinery made whirring sounds but there was one … Continue reading

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When And Why A GNU/Linux Distro Dies

Today, Bodhi Linux is on Death’s doorstep. The leader is quitting, leaving behind a git repository. Bodhi is a nice idea, a light desktop distro that is well documented and using APT packaging. It certainly delivers what many folks need. … Continue reading

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Italian Court Attacks “The Tax”

We should all live in Italy! Maybe not. Their criminal law system stinks… but they got it right when considering the defacto monopoly bundling M$’s OS creates.“The judges sharply criticised the practice of selling PCs only together with a non-free … Continue reading

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What You Get For $680

These days, there are lots of adequate PCs for ~$100 but if you have a need for CPU-power, like gamers or video-editors, you probably want to spend a little more.“Pros:Meets all my needs for my video games. I am able … Continue reading

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GNU/Linux And ChromeOS Double-Team The Desktop

If we listened to the naysayers we’d believe GNU/Linux had ~1% share of the desktop. “It’s going nowhere”, “Can’t”, “No way” etc. are expressions they use but when you look at the numbers we can see GNU/Linux on the desktop … Continue reading

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Linus On (desk)Top

At DebConf14, Linus Torvalds had a Q&A session. One topic was GNU/Linux on the desktop. At one point, about 8:45 in, he details a major problem with GNU/Linux on the desktop, from the viewpoint of developers dealing with a bunch … Continue reading

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