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I have been reading Free Software, Free Society: selected essays of Richard M. Stallman to get a better understanding of OSS.

Give 1, Get 1 starts November 12.

OLPC logoOLPC (One Laptop Per Child) will begin taking orders for the xo laptop starting on November 12 with a nice twist: You pay for two (around $400), one is shipped to you and the other to a needy child in a third world country. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQbtebeftyA] Another interesting news item: EA donates SimCity to OLPC.

Gettin' Gutsy (Gibbon, that is)

I have worked with personal computers since the days of DOS. I've loaded and upgraded every incarnation of the Windows OS, worked with a number of Mac OS versions and have been tinkering with GNU/Linux for about half that time. That said, I have NEVER seen an upgrade of an OS as smooth as my recent upgrade from Ubuntu Linux 7.4 (Fiesty Fawn) to 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon). The steps are detailed on the Ubuntu site.

$199 Green PC (or is it the Google PC?)

How is Walmart able to sell a $199 PC ? I mentioned this briefly in a previous blog. This is a very low end machine, of course (and you will note the monitor is not included)

HOW BBW GET A GUY?

I was just checking my Blog stats and found " HOW BBW GET A GUY?" as search engine terms used to access my blog. I was perplexed by this at first, but then remembered I posted about ALA featuring Banned Books Week in Second Life: BBW in SL. The other keyword of course is in my blog name, but may also have come from my post It's a guybrarian thing It is interesting to see how search terms can be ambiguous.

March of the penguins.

Linux mascotI've been interested in OSS and GNU/Linux for many years and wondered (as well as read) often "Is this the year for Linux?" I do think there is a tipping point and we may be quite near it, a quiet momentum that will tip the balance from a proprietary to an OSS world. I've been running dual booting systems for several years now, but Ubuntu has become my preferred OS. I have no desire to switch to Vista. In fact, it seems Vista may be a force contributing to the tipping point.

I Never Metadata I Didn't Like (not Will Rogers)

Living in Oklahoma, I couldn't resist the tag line of this piece by Jacob Harris in the New York Times' Open Source blog. Another thing I couldn't resist was his mention of the role of librarians in creating metadata (though not by that term) for the NYT since 1851. Mr.

Open MS Word 2007 .docx documents in Ubuntu Linux!

I had an instructor upload a document in the new Microsoft Word 2007 .docx format and was in a panic to open it until I found this import filter for OpenOffice.org. A quick web search produced this page from mypapit. To make the magic work, you simply download this file to your desktop.

Marsha's Computer.

The daily interface with the public in a public library allows me to meet colorful individuals (as I've noted before). Many patrons make the library a frequent stop weekly or for some daily and relationships form. One woman, Marsha, came in every day to use the computers for her alloted two hours. I enjoyed watching her learn to master the computer as I answered her questions from time to time. She would also give me feedback on things I changed on the computers or the general status of Yahoo Mail which sometimes would be slow and generate lots of complaints.

OSS: Easy as cake.

My major project for the class this blog is part of involves a web presence to serve as an introduction to open source software (OSS). I will surely write more about this as time passes. In fact, much of my time is currently spent working on this project as it involves learning how to use and customize the Drupal content management system (CMS). I've talked to many people about OSS and why I think it is so important and it is often difficult to convey the difference between OSS and proprietary software.
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