I ran across this keynote speech on Chris Blizzard’s blog, and I think it deserves passing around. This is a keynote speech by Corey Doctorow, who used to be with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. This organisation basically fights for the preservation of the end-user’s rights in a world where the law is still being firmly… Continue reading Digital rights and you: a video presentation.
Lately I’ve taken note of a dark trend in the Linux world, and looking back it’s one that has been present throughout the history of Linux advocacy. Linux users commonly mention that large corporations spread propaganda about the superiority of their products and FUD about competing products in order to get ahead. This sort of… Continue reading The Linux propaganda/FUD machine
Switching to WordPress from iWeb (although I still love iWeb, wordpress has a few nice features I miss). Hopefully a smooth transition!
While reading my regular list of news sites this morning I ran across an article detailing the improbability of Apple releasing a Red Box. To those who are unfamiliar, this is a long-rumored compatibility environment in which Windows applications would run alongside Mac programs, much as Blue Box ran Classic Mac applications within the new… Continue reading Why it would be easy for Apple to develop the mythic Red Box.
As I’ve been using Linux I’ve explored many varieties of software and many desktop environments to see which one had the best fit for me. I eventually began to see that the GNOME desktop environment was becoming the dominant player, and would probably represent the mainstream future of open source desktops. GNOME is a great… Continue reading My Linux killer app: Novell Evolution
I have to say I’m not optimistic about Apple’s recent decision to support dual-booting their new Macs. That’s the sort of sophomoric corporate blunder that can capsize even the healthiest of businesses. In short, I think it’s going to backfire. Companies aren’t going to spend millions of dollars porting software between two operating systems when… Continue reading Dual Booting is Yesterday – Virtualization is Tomorrow.
Since beginning to use Linux I’ve learned to tolerate a lot in the name of free software. Unpolished programs, non-working features, ugly user interfaces – these are the price to pay for freedom from proprietary operating systems designed by corporations. Bit by bit though, I lost patience with Linux. It became obvious that a lot… Continue reading Why Red Hat is doing everything right
Just read an article commenting on the professor who switched one of his labs to Ubuntu Linux; this is something to keep your eye on, as I’m positive within a year if you check back we’ll find the lab has been switched back to proprietary software. Many times people invoke the principles of free software… Continue reading A Linux switcher’s upcoming tale of tragedy
I came across this forum thread in my daily browsing; it details an effort under way to enable virtualization in the open source Qemu emulator using MacOS X as the host operating system. What does this mean? Instead of having to dual boot, this will allow Windows and other Intel based operating systems to run… Continue reading Running Windows on a Mac the right way
This BBC article should make everyone think for a bit about religious tolerance and what it really means. Human beings have lived on this planet for 10,000 years, and one would expect that we’d have gotten past such primitive behaviours by now. “We will invite him again because the religion of Islam is one of… Continue reading Afghan on trial for being Christian