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My MissionMy observations and opinions about IT are based on 40 years of use in science and technology and lately, in education. I like IT that is fast, cost-effective and reliable. I do not care whether my solution is the same as yours. I like to think for myself.
My first use of GNU/Linux in 2001 was so remarkably better than what I had been using, I feel it is important work to share GNU/Linux with the world. I have been blessed by working in schools where students and school systems have benefited by good, modular software easily installed in most systems.
I have shown GNU/Linux to thousands of students and hundreds of teachers over the years and will continue in some way doing that until I die in spite of the opposition.
Author Archives: Robert Pogson
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
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
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
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
If you seek innovation in IT, don’t look to M$.“A number of clips are up for watching, detailing how Windows 9 will handle multiple desktops, the return of the Start Menu, and more.” They just don’t get it. We’ve had … Continue reading
As part of an interview, Linus Torvalds mentioned some of his observations/opinions on GNU/Linux and computers in education.“It has been interesting to see how the fact that they are using Linux on their laptops at school really hasn’t been a … Continue reading
Many years ago, I worked at the University of Manitoba Cyclotron Laboratory. The accelerator itself was in an underground bunker with concrete and equipment all over the place. A lot of the machinery made whirring sounds but there was one … Continue reading
Today, Bodhi Linux is on Death’s doorstep. The leader is quitting, leaving behind a git repository. Bodhi is a nice idea, a light desktop distro that is well documented and using APT packaging. It certainly delivers what many folks need. … Continue reading
We should all live in Italy! Maybe not. Their criminal law system stinks… but they got it right when considering the defacto monopoly bundling M$’s OS creates.“The judges sharply criticised the practice of selling PCs only together with a non-free … Continue reading
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
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