Post mortem on the 2009 vegetable garden

Last year I blogged about the vegetable garden I put in and my trials and tribulations in protecting it from critters. Today my garden looks like what’s shown in the photo on the right. I live and garden in the northwest corner of New York State in the United States.…

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Daily links for 02/26/2010

Ubuntu Linux Now Available to Fed Customers on GSA Advantage – PCWorld Business Center “Canonical’s Ubuntu has become third Linux operating system approved by the General Services Administration for use by federal purchasers. It joins Linux distributions from Red Hat and Novell, already available through the GSA Advantage purchasing program.”…

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The 6th International Conference on Open Source Systems, May 30 to June 2

OSS 2010, the 6th International Conference on Open Source Systems, will take place on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, USA, from May 30 to June 2. From the conference website: Over the past decade, the Open Source Software (OSS) phenomenon has had a global…

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Daily links for 02/25/2010

Linux kernel R&D worth over 1bn euros • The Register “How much would it cost the European Union to cobble together the Linux kernel from scratch? The development costs would reach over a billion euros (or about £900m, or $1.4bn USD), according to researchers from the University of Oviendo, Spain.…

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Daily links for 02/24/2010

VMware vs. Red Hat: The Next Virtual Machine Management Battleground — ServerWatch.com “Two areas where Thadani said he believes Red Hat‘s KVM-based virtualization currently has an advantage over VMware are price and application support. Exact costs depend on the number of hosts and machines being virtualized, as well as the…

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Thinking about open source: There are three types of software …

Most of these kinds of discussions that say that there are two kinds of people or ten best ways of doing something are extremely subjective and involve gross simplifications. I plead guilty here but want to make a few points about the nature of software today and how people think about…

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Daily links for 02/23/2010

A little overagressive on the links today, but there’s a lot going on … The Apache Software Foundation Announces the 15th Anniversary of the Apache HTTP Web Server : The Apache Software Foundation Blog “The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) — developers, stewards, and incubators of 138 Open Source projects —…

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Daily links for 02/22/2010

A Big Victory for F/OSS: Jacobsen v. Katzer is Settled – ConsortiumInfo.org “The result?  F/OSS has achieved a significant victory that will provide comfort to developers that their expectations will be satisfied when they contribute code to a software project.  This is particularly significant for projects that adopt so-called “restrictive”…

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GoOpen conference – Oslo, April 19 and 20

The GoOpen conference will take place in Oslo, Norway, on April 19 and 20 this year. From the website: GoOpen is a two-day event located in Oslo, organized by the Norwegian Open Source Competence Center, founded by the government. We expect 500 participants from Norway and Nordic countries. The target…

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Daily links for 02/20/2010

Stanford mathematician: In reality, simulation is key to math education “A massively multiplayer online game requiring players to employ mathematical concepts could revolutionize the teaching of mathematics at the middle school level, according to Stanford mathematician Keith Devlin. That’s the age when math and science proficiency plummets among U.S. students.…

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Life with Linux: Adapting to the smaller screen on a netbook

This last week my son and I were on vacation and I took along a Simmtronics 10.2 netbook running Ubuntu Linux 9.10 Remix along with IBM Lotus applications like Notes and Sametime. I brought it so I could have reasonable access to the Internet and check in to see if…

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Daily links for 02/19/2010

Joe Sanchez and Leslie Jarmon – The Educators Coop » Second life Learning Curve “This first video focuses on overcoming the learning curve in Second Life. Over the years I’ve conducted quite a bit of research in this area and i wanted to provide an avenue for current and potential…

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Daily links for 02/18/2010

What happens to Sun’s open-source software now? – Computerworld Blogs “In general, we know that Sun’s software product catalog will be cut back and that many Sun staffers will soon be laid off. Historically, when Oracle acquires a company, deep cuts are the rule. For example, Oracle fired about 5,000…

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Daily links for 02/14/2010

After Frustrations in Second Life, Colleges Look to New Virtual Worlds – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education “Defenders of virtual worlds say that’s the important number, showing that the idea of a virtual world for specific activities is already mainstream—the trick is creating a platform that will work…

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Daily links for 02/13/2010

UbuntuGlobalJam – Ubuntu Wiki “The Ubuntu Global Jam is an incredible opportunity for the Ubuntu community to unite together around the weekend of 26th – 28th March 2010 to work together to improve Ubuntu. Everyone is able to contribute to the Jam, and everyone is welcome and encouraged to get…

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Virtual Life with Linux: Free textures

As a complement to my Life with Linux blog series, I’m introducing another series which explores what I can do in virtual worlds and immersive Internet environments on Linux. In the previous installment in this series, I discussed setting up a very basic four region world in opensim. Other than…

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Daily links for 02/11/2010

Q&A: IBM’s Alistair Rennie on the big picture for Lotus | Between the Lines | ZDNet.com “IBM is spreading access to its Lotus social and collaboration software all over the various computing platforms. But what’s the big strategy here? I spoke with Alistair Rennie (right), IBM’s Lotus general manager, about…

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Virtual Life with Linux: Standalone OpenSim on Ubuntu 9.10

As a complement to my Life with Linux blog series, I’m introducing another series which explores what I can do in virtual worlds and immersive Internet environments on Linux. Last night I decided to play with OpenSim, aka OpenSimulator, which is, according to its website: OpenSimulator is a 3D Application…

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Daily links for 02/10/2010

LinuxQuestions.org Announces 2009 Members Choice Awards “LinuxQuestions.org, one of the most active and popular forums for Linux users on the Net, just released the results of its annual Member’s Choice Awards. Readers chose their favorites from text editor to distro, and everything in-between. According to LQ founder Jeremy Garcia, the…

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Daily links for 02/09/2010

Microsoft’s Office business faces more competition – MarketWatch “However, the business division’s quarterly decline – which took some of the shine off an otherwise blockbuster performance by Microsoft‘s Windows operating system – also underlines the software giant’s need to maintain a key growth engine in the face of increasing competition.”…

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Daily links for 02/06/2010

Microsoft to Drop Linux, Unix Versions of Enterprise Search – PCWorld Business Center “Microsoft will no longer offer Linux or Unix versions of its enterprise search products after a wave of releases set to ship in the first half of this year, the company announced in an official blog post…

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Daily links for 02/05/2010

Open source industry veteran Matt Asay joins Canonical as chief operating officer | Ubuntu “Canonical Ltd., the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, announced today that open source industry veteran Matt Asay has joined the company as chief operating officer (COO) — responsible for aligning strategic goals and operational activities, the optimization…

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Linux Foundation Announces 2010 “We’re Linux” Video Contest

After the great success of last year’s video contest, the Linux Foundation has announced this year’s competition: SAN FRANCISCO, February 5, 2010 – The Linux Foundation (LF), the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced the 2010 “We’re Linux” video contest. The contest seeks to find…

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Daily links for 02/04/2010

What to Expect at LinuxCon 2010 this August in Boston! | The Linux Foundation “How is LinuxCon different than other events? In a number of ways. This is an event specific to the Linux community, but within that, it encompasses all matters Linux. Other events specifically target certain groups in…

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What would ODF support for WordPress look like?

I was having a conversation today with a friend and somehow we got onto the topic of support for ODF, the Open Document Format, in WordPress. Drupal has some import support for ODF word processing files and that effort appears to be quite active (in the sense that there was…

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Daily links for 02/03/2010

Open Source Bridge: The conference for open source citizens / June 1-4, 2010 / Portland, OR “Open Source Bridge is a new conference for developers working with open source technologies and for people interested in learning the open source way. “ tags: open-source The New Face of Open Source: Facebook…

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Daily Links for 02/01/2010

NZ Post to Try Linux Desktop | BlackBerry Developer’s Journal “The New Zealand Post is one of three government agencies looking to rip out their Windows desktops and replace them with Linux and open source applications.” tags: linux, open-source, new-zealand Advice on building a Linux box “In this article I…

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