Category: Linux

Personal PC Server

I was having dinner with a friend and we started talking about the idea of a home server. Imagine a box that sits in your basement, right next to your boiler. This home server stores your photos and music your home movies and files. It stores your email, your settings and all your other PC […]

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Never Reboot my computer

Software should never reboot a computer. I don’t care what files are copied or what DLL’s are moved. I don’t care what registry keys you changed or what drivers are installed. I don’t want software to ever reboot my computer. It drives me crazy when a program thinks it’s so important that I should stop […]

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Linux Thoughts

For years the open-source Linux community has been competing with Microsoft to become the dominant desktop operating system. Linux has made great progress as a server OS but continues to struggle to get a hold on the consumer desktop. Progress has been quick to match features with Redmond but this type of progress will only […]

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More on software installations

The system folder on my computer has 4GB of stuff in it. It’s impossible to tell what’s needed and what isn’t. In a default installation of Windows there is little control over where a program can output data, what files can be read and written or how often the program can connect to the internet. […]

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Linux Distributions

After being warmly received by the Slashdot community on my Linux article 😉 I did some legwork to install some additional distributions. Why does my choice of distribution determine my hardware compatibility? Why do I have to download 5 CD’s if the install only uses 2? Why are there so many distributions that are seemingly […]

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Pondering in Portland

This week I was invited to Portland, OR to speak at the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) architects meeting. The group assembed represented the majority players in the Linux community including major companies, individuals and contributors to desktop Linux. A number of individuals representing both top companies and industry companies were present including Redhat, Suse, […]

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The Linux Attitude

I had the extreme pleasure of being called a F***ing Idiot by Linus the original creator of Linux. It’s with such ferocity and conviction that he called me an idiot that has me concerned about a possible future and direction of Linux as a main-stream easy to use operating system. The main concern is with […]

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Linux Thoughts in Portland Continued

Back in December I was invited to Portland, OR to speak at the Open Source Desktop Linux (OSDL) architects meeting. The attendees represented individuals from all top commercial and community desktop Linux groups including Redhat, Suse, Ubuntu, Mozilla, OpenOffice, KDE, Gnome, FreeDesktop, IBM, Adobe, Real Networks, Linspire, One Laptop Per Child project and many others. […]

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Linux/Unix Case Sensitivity

Case sensitivity is one of the best examples of how programmers expect people to conform to the computer rather then having the computer conform to people. We are human, we make mistakes and we are forgiving in the way we communicate. My name is Gregory but I also go by Greg and sometimes respond to […]

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Linux and Patents

People in the Linux community are asking Microsoft to “show me the patents.” Microsoft is certainly creating some uncertainty but they are very likely on solid footing on some of their many patents. The reason that Microsoft isn’t making a move is because it’s not yet clear who to go after. The desktops? The distributions? […]

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