Ubuntu open week

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Ubuntu open week November 26, 2006 Next week is Ubuntu Open Week , a series of events and classes about Ubuntu Linux , and for people interested in getting involved in Ubuntu. Ubuntu seems to be becoming the linux distro of choice for a lot of people, and so far, it’s my favorite.

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Linux, Ubuntu Feisty Fawn, and Me

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Linux, Ubuntu Feisty Fawn, and Me May 21, 2007 I’ve been a part of the Nonprofit Open Source Initiative for a long time, and I’ve been advocating for the use of open source software in the nonprofit sector for years. But here’s Ubuntu week 1, not edited or smoothed out.

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Floss Manuals and Open Source Video Editing Tools

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I found out that thanks to Adam Hyde of FlossManuals.net , he will be distributing free printed guides to open-source software and he will also be giving out digital cameras to up-and-coming Cambodian photobloggers. You'll find links to an array of manuals for often used open source programs like Audacity (there was even a link to a print version you can purchase via LuLu if you like paper and I do). Anyone else out there using Open Source video editing tools

5 Questions: Working with Open Source Software and Vendors

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Session: Working with Open Source Software and Vendors. Free and Open Source Software. Whether it is on the desktop like Firefox and Open Office or the Ubuntu Linux operating system, or on servers (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) and running CMSs and CRMs (like Drupal and CiviCRM). Free and Open Source Software is mature, robust and enterprise ready.

Why all (major) operating systems suck

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Why Linux (in my case Ubuntu) sucks: I have to go through arcane (and luckily for me, fairly painless) procedures to get simple things to work ( like plugging a headset with a mic into my jack! ). Linux Open Source Operating Systems Technology Zen nptech opensource SoftwareI’ve been a user of a ton of operating systems over time. In the past ten years, I have been an everyday user of the big three, Windows, Mac OS, and Linux, for long stretches of time.

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Alternatives to MySQL

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I’ve mentioned this before, and I do think the conventional wisdom is that open source software (which includes OpenOffice.org, MySQL and Java) will not flourish at Oracle. It makes sense – Oracle has never had a culture of fostering open source software, and it seems unlikely to obtain one. It’s been an also-ran in the open source database race, and I was, for many years, quite faithful to it.

Screencasting in Ubuntu and Free Software

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At Penguin Day, one of the issues discussed was nonprofit adoption of Open Source software and the issue that there aren't enough technology stewards, translators, documentation, and training available to the end user to make adoption easier. Aside from the usual mechanisms, I think blogs like Susie's Blog that focus on nonprofit adoption of open source software and screencasts can be useful tools.

I got an Ubuntu T-Shirt at NP Commons Today!

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Yep, an open source t-shirt. My New T-Shirt Originally uploaded by cambodia4kidsorg. One of the other meeting attenders was wearing one and I asked him where he got. Turns out a friend made it, but he offered me a copy

Sweet tasting dogfood…

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Sweet tasting dogfood… July 15, 2007 Part of the process I’m going through of “eating my own dogfood&# that is, using free software (open source) tools whenever I can includes taking myself off of proprietary platforms whenever possible. This migration, unlike the Mac OS -> Ubuntu migration, has been completely painless.

Happy Birthday, Gutsy Gibbon!

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October 18, 2007 Ubuntu Linux has a new release, version 7.10, called “ Gutsy Gibbon.&# (Really I don’t know where these names come from!) It seems that with Ubuntu, Linux is getting closer and closer to being a completely viable and usable desktop for everyone. { Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Happy Birthday, Gutsy Gibbon!

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Giving up, a little

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Giving up, a little August 6, 2007 As you might know, I migrated from using a MacBook Pro laptop as my primary desktop, to eating my own dogfood, as it were, and using Ubuntu Linux as my primary desktop.

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Frustrations

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In Kubuntu, the distribution of Ubuntu I had installed, the WPA-enabled Network Manager isn’t installed by default (or at least it seemed not to have been installed when I did it – could have been my fault.) Of course with my mac, I opened up the system preferences, checked a button, and, voila! And, as Dustin pointed out in the comments to my venting post earlier, a lot of this is not the fault of open source desktop software developers.

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Linux ready for the desktop?

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August 9, 2007 It’s been 7 weeks of using Ubuntu 7.04 (better known as Feisty Fawn) as my primary desktop. Open Office works better on Linux than on the mac, as does thunderbird and firefox For a few things (mostly system/network tools) there are some incredibly awesome options, amazingly good for free (as in beer) software, and better than software you’d pay for. I have no problem getting just about all of my work done using Ubuntu.

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Mpower Open Podcast | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Pipes (1) eCRM , mpower Mpower Open Podcast 03.20.08 | 3354 19 Comments [link] Mpower+Open+Podcast 2008-03-20+21%3A40%3A16 Allan+Benamer Open source? 3354 19 Comments [link] Mpower+Open+Podcast 2008-03-20+21%3A40%3A16 Allan+Benamer 48) { this.width = 48; this.height = 48; } ; if (this.width On 03.20.08 I focused specifically on their “Open Source&# definition. Josiah definitely covers the open source license issue.

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NTEN Visits Free Geek

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Free Geek keeps costs low and in line with its values by sending computers out with the free and open source Ubuntu operating system (rather than purchasing Windows licenses, for example). In addition to recycling and refurbishing technology, Free Geek provides a wealth of classes that are free and open to the public. Last week, during the quarterly staff retreat, NTEN staff toured Free Geek.

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Why I won’t be buying Leopard

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There are a number of reasons for my deciding to slowly leave the Macintosh platform: I want to focus more energy and time on free and open source platforms – I might donate what I would have spent on Leopard to some deserving projects. at 2:57 pm As someone who started with an Apple II, then a Pineapple(clone), then a Timex-Sinclair 1000 & 2068, then Performa 450, then PowerComputing(clone), then PC’s with Win98 and now Ubuntu, I guess I understand.

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Technology providers and Linux

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I’m really interested in helping technology providers get up to speed, so that the amount of support available for nonprofits using Linux (and open source in general) increases. Ubuntu As this article states, Ubuntu is a very popular distribution right now, and Canonical is working hard to get Ubuntu in as wide a range of hands as possible. Ubuntu is based on Debian).

Leaving Apple Behind

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I’m actually quite happy – I can run both Windows 7 and Ubuntu Linux on my laptop, and I like Android (and my Droid 2 phone) a lot. And, of course, using Ubuntu on the desktop is fun. It does feel a bit weird to use Windows sometimes, considering my years as an open source advocate. I’ve been through a pretty interesting transformation in the last 2 months.

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Goodbye Microsoft…

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My next step, after installing the basic Debian system, is to switch the install to Ubuntu. at 5:33 am Which Ubuntu? Then, I tried to install Ubuntu (Edgy Eft) via netboot. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Goodbye Microsoft… March 29, 2007 Just today, I received in the mail some Sony Vaio Picturebook laptops, courtesy of Gavin’s regular potlatch program.

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Varied Technology Links (only a little zen)

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Get Ubuntu , and have done already. But if you really want to have done with stuff like this, get Ubuntu. A company going in the other direction: Eudora is going open source (no, they are not open sourcing old Eudora code, they are changing direction to use Mozilla Thunderbird as the underlying technology.) There is a new site, called " Campus Reader " which aggregates feeds from college news sources.

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Last minute tidbits

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So next year, I’ll be doing 100 posts on particular free and open source tools. 1 trackback } Free and open source tool #1: Thunderbird » Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology 01.03.08

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The evolution of web hosting

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A lot of organizations of all types want support, and are willing to pay for it, and Red Hat is, at this point, built the best business model around this than any other distro ( Canonical , with Ubuntu , is sneaking up behind, but I’m not sure it has the “enterprise&# style some people look for.) In October I went to a presentation by Rick Clark, the Ubuntu Server Team Manager.

Free software and sustainable computing

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So I’ve been thinking a lot about the role of free and open source software in environmentally sustainable computing. But computers of that vintage can pretty happily run Ubuntu Feisty (the current Ubuntu version). Sometime in September, NOSI will be releasing the new version of the primer on open source software for nonprofits.

My wish for Web 2.5

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Unfortunately, the nptech world hasn’t yet caught on to the “Planet&# phenomenon of the open source world (see Planet Ubuntu Women.) These are sites that are simply aggregators of the blogs of those involved in a particular open source project (like, in this case, women involved in Ubuntu ). Open for suggestions!

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Why sometimes eating your own dogfood makes you want to throw up!

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With all of the amazing examples of really great free and open source software, here is an example of one that just isn’t what it should be. { We are trying to eat our own dog food re: transparency and openness in social media. at 10:09 am It is the most recent version available for Ubuntu Gutsy (the distro I’m running now.) Switching to the open-source driver ‘nv’ immediately solved the problem!

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Linux desktops?

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On the Windows side the hardware manufacturers make proprietary drivers for Windows, and very few make drivers for Linux, or open source their drivers so that Linux developers can use them. And, of course, designers need software that just don’t have high enough quality open source alternatives yet. Linux has made huge usability strides in the past few years, as has open source software in general, so I think the future is still bright. {

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Varied and sundry

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I’m on week 3 of my Ubuntu laptop migration – things are smoothing out – I’ve got audio working, I can listen to mp3 and audio streams. There’s been some interesting activity in the realm of women in open source. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Varied and sundry June 1, 2007 It’s been a week of mostly not work, which is a nice rest.

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Linux Desktop Migration

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Walmart was selling $200 PCs running gOS (no, that doesn’t stand for googleOS, but greenOS, based on Ubuntu 7.10,) and they sold out. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Linux Desktop Migration November 16, 2007 Linux has proven itself as a server platform – no one really questions it. A large chunk (the majority?)

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Beaconfire Survey: Firefox 3 | Beaconfire Wire

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Joanna , Production Specialist : At home, I was automatically upgraded to Firefox 3 beta when I upgraded to the newest version of Ubuntu Linux. Left it open over night. I made the switch fairly quickly mainly b/c Firefox is one of the few open source projects that has such a large community and great momentum behind it, that being an early adopter of a new version involves low risk. As with any beta software, be sure you go into it with eyes wide open.