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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)

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.

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.

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.

Poor Man's iPhone

This is a test of Maemo WordPy running on a Nokia 770 N770 Internet TabletInteret Tablet. WordPy can be used to post directly to a Wordpress client and this version was ported to run on the Maemo OS, which is a version of Linux for mobile devices. I refer to the N770 as the poor man's iPhone... Well, it's just a tad over a hundred bucks.

OSS - Community Property

I was reading Karen G. Schneider's recent blog on Enterprise Open Source, and two lines really struck me:
  1. A "significant value of open source software is that its survival depends on a community's needs, not the whims of a corporation."
  2. "The ability to change the software changes the balance of power.
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