Monthly Archives: September 2012

Free Software – Students Foment Change in College

“Thanks to the success of our student organization, LibrePlanet/Students for Free Culture, the school has just taken big steps to promote students’ adoption of free software. Firstly, all incoming Hampshire College students this semester received a USB drive with download … Continue reading

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Advice the Government of Canada Gives About GNU/Linux

“Basic Security Recommendations Identification and Authentication “ Current implementations of Linux are vulnerable through user passwords. Passwords are stored in clear text, meaning they are easily understood by any user that knows the password file location, and the default encryption … Continue reading

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XL Foods Crashes and Burns

XL Foods is a huge beef processor in Alberta, Canada. They distribute to much of Canada and USA. Last August, they produced shipments that began to be identified as contaminated with a particularly virulent form of e. coli bacteria. Because … Continue reading

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More Stats

This site: Country Vists Avg. Duration United States 70,885 00:03:03 Canada 16,785 00:04:03 United Kingdom 11,414 00:03:45 Australia 9,346 00:08:34 Germany 7,715 00:05:52 Netherlands 4,400 00:01:29 India 3,780 00:01:11 France 3,066 00:00:42 Finland 2,788 00:02:11 Mexico 2,325 00:03:38 …100 more… … Continue reading

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Slackware 14

Slackware 14 has been released and www.slackware.com is hammered. Try mirrors instead. The .iso is 2.2gB. Slackware was one of my early distros. It has very simple package-management but it works. Check out Distrowatch

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Monash University Survey of Entering Students

Between 2010 and 2011, the university clarified their questions to reflect changes in technology 😉 and I gleaned these tidbits: the silly geese confuse OS and hardware but between questions 1 and 2 and the explanatory notes at the end … Continue reading

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FOMCA – Malaysia Promote FLOSS Instead of FreeDOS or NoOS on PCs

The government has been working hard to promote use of GNU/Linux and FLOSS in government but a consumers’ group is agitating to encourage local dealers to sell GNU/Linux and FLOSS instead of NoOS or FreeDOS on PCs to undercut illegal … Continue reading

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Family and Fruits

I wanted to share with you some of the good things in life, family, pumpkins and beets. In spite of the worst drought I can remember since the 1960s, it has been a good year:

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LimuxWatch Gives Up. Munich and GNU/Linux Win

“No posts.” see Munich Linux Watch. 😉 Mayor Ude has a broad smile these days. He started the migration to GNU/Linux in 2003 against heckling from M$ and all its sycophants including LimuxWatch. The migration’s highest priority was not saving … Continue reading

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Governments Cutting the Chains of Lock-in

“Germany should have a policy to increase the use of free software by public administrations. Citizens should not be forced to buy specific software for interacting with their public administration, says Hofmann. The latter is “one of the fundamental reasons … Continue reading

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Rapid Changes in Desktop PCs in Thailand

Thailand is rapidly acquiring IT of all kinds. They have a website for their own web stats, truehits.net. Sure, it’s small, but look at the rate of growth, ~200% per annum. I like that. It’s much better for GNU/Linux than … Continue reading

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In a Retail Competition in Portugal for Notebooks, GNU/Linux Won 10% Share

All this talk of GNU/Linux not making it on the desktop is hypothetical. Where GNU/Linux was tried it has done well. In Portugal, some locally-built PCs were produced in several models. One of them had GNU/Linux and because of that … Continue reading

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