Operating systems: upgrade or reinstall? guilt or pleasure?

Through the years I’ve run many versions of Microsoft Windows. For the last two and one-half years I’ve had Apple Macs, so I’ve used both OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard. I don’t even know how many different desktop Linux distributions I’ve installed, but I’ve certainly installed Linux at least…

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Working with Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala: initial impressions

I’ve been playing with the latest Ubuntu desktop release, 9.10 Karmic Koala, since the first beta and I’ve now been using it full time for business work for three days. Here are my impressions and comments: For some reason, the beta seemed much more stable than the Release Candidate that…

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Starting an open source business: preliminary thoughts

I’ve been very surprised as I’ve looked around the web that there doesn’t seem to be very many good guides about the nuts and bolts of starting an open source business. There are odds and ends, yes, and conferences that have sessions here and there, but given all the thousands…

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I’m waiting

Every once in a while I realize that I’m waiting for something. Here are some of those things. I’m waiting for … The next release candidate of Ubuntu Linux 9.10. Fedora Linux 12. Winter. I know it’s coming, and I’m tired of being teased. The World Series, but only if…

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Two new books for today

Here are a couple of books that have been released recently that you might want to look at. Protocol Politics: The Globalization of Internet Governance (Information Revolution and Global Politics) Laura DeNardis Protocol Politics examines what’s at stake politically, economically, and technically in the selection and adoption of a new…

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Trying out Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala beta: dual boot Thinkpad T400

In my post of yesterday, I tried installing the latest Ubuntu 9.10 beta on a netbook and under VMWare Fusion on an Apple MacBook Pro. The first pretty much worked, while the second did not. Yesterday evening (what do you do on Saturday nights?) I attempted to install the beta…

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IBM Lotus Symphony free download

Several people have asked me about Lotus Symphony, the free office productivity suite included in the package we announced this week for Africa with Canonical (Ubuntu) and Virtual Bridges (VERDE). The primary Symphony site is here, and the download section is here. Versions are available for Ubuntu Linux, Red Hat…

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IBM and Canonical partner on software package for Africa

The Wall Street Journal broke the story this morning of a partnership between IBM and Canonical to provide a software package for users of netbooks and other thin clients in Africa. The package, which can be configured in several ways to provide both netbook-based and cloud-based software, is expected to…

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First 2010 Ubuntu Linux release to be Lucid Lynx

Mark Shuttleworth announced that the next LTS (Long Term Support) version of the Canonical Ubuntu distribution of GNU/Linux, to be released in April, 2010, is to have the nickname “Lucid Lynx.” It follows, of course, Karmic Koala. You don’t need to know these names to use Ubuntu. Personally, Ubuntu has…

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Life with Linux: On the Road

Since my last entry on this topic two weeks ago, I’ve had the chance to bring my work Lenovo Thinkpad T400 running Ubuntu Linux 9.04 on a few business trips. I’ve also done a few tweaks, added a few apps, subtracted a few apps, and generally lived with this environment…

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Life with Linux: More apps

I’ve been working on tuning the Linux installation I have on my work Lenovo Thinkpad T400, and it’s time to add a few more applications. I’ll break them down by category. User Interface One feature I really like on OS X for the Mac is the ability to change the…

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Life with Linux: Up and running, and changing the look

In the previous entry on this topic I did some basic personal customizations to my Ubuntu 9.04 Linux installation on my Lenovo T400 laptop. As I left it, I was about to install the IBM internal software layer that contains things such as Lotus Notes, SameTime, and Symphony. That went…

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Life with Linux: First customizations

By the end of the last entry, I had installed and updated a basic, vanilla Ubuntu 9.04 Linux desktop on a Lenovo T400 laptop. There was nothing about the installation that was special to the hardware or to how I wanted the environment to be. I’ll now start customizing, and…

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Life with Linux: Simplifying and starting over

Ok, so yesterday I talked about dual booting Fedora and Ubuntu. Last night I played a bit with the multi-boot situation, looked at some upgrade options, learned more than I wanted to know about the grub boot loader, and generally thought about the situation. This morning I blew away everything…

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So you want to be an open source contributor?

I’m sometimes asked by people how they can participate in open source projects. Alternatively, I’m asked for support money by people who have very specific open source projects they want to do, but that’s another blog entry. If you have coding skills and want to use them to develop open…

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Keynotes announced for LinuxCon 2009

The Linux Foundation has announced the keynotes for LinuxCon 2009. These are: Joe “Zonker” Brockmeier, openSUSE Community Manager, Novell; Bdale Garbee, Open Source & Linux Chief Technologist at Hewlett Packard; Mark Shuttleworth, Founder of the Ubuntu distribution and Canonical; and me With great appreciation to the LF, I did not…

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LinuxWorld 2008 Prediction #3: Linux and x86

Although I’ve previously published the slides for the talk I gave at LinuxWorld 2008 in San Francisco, I thought it might be useful to add some additional comments in the blog about each of the eight predictions I made. This is not the full text of what I said nor…

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