The philosophy of Ubuntu

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If the Ubuntu philosophy guides us as people on this planet, it shouldn’t matter how indirect or direct the impact of those injustices are because we are all connected to each other simply by virtue of occupying this world together

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.

Trending Sources

Do You Ubuntu?

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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.

Screencasting in Ubuntu and Free Software

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He replied with a blog post and screencast about doing screencasts with Linux and a screencapture tool called xvidcap and kino , a basic video editing package that comes with Ubuntu.

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!

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.

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. I have no problem getting just about all of my work done using Ubuntu. I’m looking forward to Gutsy Gibbon, Ubuntu 7.10 Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Linux ready for the desktop?

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.) Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Frustrations March 9, 2008 As some of you who follow me on Twitter know, I ran into frustrations a few days ago with WPA.

Alternatives to MySQL

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The problem is that the major Linux distributions (Ubuntu, Debian, RedHat) don’t yet have MariaDB in their repositories, so it will be a while before MariaDB is an easy apt-get or yum away from installation (there are some independent repositories and builds.). For those of us that depend on MySQL everyday, the buyout of Sun (which had bought MySQL) by Oracle did not bode well.

sharing data on two computers

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While traveling around, my shiny new, lightweight Ubuntu netbook (a Dell mini 12) connects to the Internet, has Open Office, Remote Desktop, and enough other stuff that I am fine. I’m not here to sing the virtues of Ubuntu; I want to talk about the challenges of having data on more than one computer. It happens so fast, I generally don’t have to double check that something I worked on in Word on Windows will be there when I open it up later in Open Office on Ubuntu.

Last 10 (selected) delicious.com links

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EC2StartersGuide – Community Ubuntu Documentation. EC2 and Ubuntu – Alestic.com. The reason I post these is because 1) I think they might be helpful resources, and 2) you can get a feeling for what I’m working on, or thinking about (or wishing for.) For instance, the reason there are so many links about Amazon is that we are now beginning a project that uses amazon in earnest, with some others possibly on the way. PolicyTool for Social Media.

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). Last week, during the quarterly staff retreat, NTEN staff toured Free Geek.

Browser Security and Choices

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I have been using the Linux version on my Ubuntu netbook, and it has been fantastic. In my personal experience, it’s much faster than either Opera or Firefox running on my small Ubuntu notebook. Browsers have been in the news again lately.

Technology providers and Linux

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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. The basic philosophy of Ubuntu “Linux for human beings&# is certainly one that makes sense for a lot of nonprofits, and it also has made Ubuntu the easiest distribution to set up and use, especially on the desktop. Ubuntu is based on Debian).

Why I won’t be buying Leopard

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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. at 7:57 pm You make some very good points and I think I will “go Ubuntu&# too. have you thought about which laptop might be best to load Ubuntu up on?

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. I’ve been through a pretty interesting transformation in the last 2 months. I’ve gone from being a Mac/iPhone user, to being a ThinkPad/Android user, and not looking back.

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.

Tools I use: Personal Web Presence

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In the relatively rare case where I need to use HTML/CSS for web pages (there are a few legacy sites I maintain for friends) I use Bluefish (on Ubuntu.). I’ve had a web presence of some sort since way back when most personal URLs looked something like: [link] In 2002 or so, I ditched HTML for a series of CMS systems for my personal stuff. I started out using the CMS I wrote in Perl, called XINA. Those were the days.) Anyway, that was then, and this is now. Here’s what I use.

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.

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. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Varied Technology Links (only a little zen) October 19, 2006 For you Windows types, IE 7 is out , and they found a vulerability 24 hours after release.

Sweet tasting dogfood…

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This migration, unlike the Mac OS -> Ubuntu migration, has been completely painless. 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.

Free software and sustainable computing

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But computers of that vintage can pretty happily run Ubuntu Feisty (the current Ubuntu version).

Floss Manuals and Open Source Video Editing Tools

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The only person I recall doing video work on Open Source is James Davis who did this screencast with Ubuntu and wrote a post about it. David Saski from Global Voices and who is running the Rising Voices project will also be at the Cambodia Bloggers Summit in Phnom Penh next week.

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 ). Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology My wish for Web 2.5

Linux desktops?

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I use Ubuntu on a dual-boot (XP) machine. One minor point: have you tried Twhirl on Ubuntu? I’ve had one of the Dell 1420Ns sold with Ubuntu for a year now, and at this point all four of those things seem easy. Ubuntu, Fedora, Blag, Mandriva, Gentoo, and so on. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Linux desktops?

Last minute tidbits

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How do we make change if we keep doing things the same way Platforms Break Open The Search for Good Web Conferencing Open Source Database Solutions, Part I Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants (November) Linux, Ubuntu, Fiesty Fawn and Me Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants (May) Time to find a fundraising solution that can’t be bought Spirituality and Technology And, just to be fair, the least favorite post is What do you expect from a technology provider ?

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?)

Eating my own dogfood. It sometimes tastes yucky.

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Hopefully with nokia, openmoko, gnome, google, ubuntu, dell and some others, this gap will close. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Eating my own dogfood. It sometimes tastes yucky. July 9, 2007 So I talk a lot about both open source software, and the preciousness of one’s own data. I rail against vendors who promote lock-in. I tout the benefits of open source software.

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. 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. I finally finished the first edited version of the scifi novel I wrote last summer. That feels good.

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

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at 10:09 am It is the most recent version available for Ubuntu Gutsy (the distro I’m running now.) Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Why sometimes eating your own dogfood makes you want to throw up! February 29, 2008 OK, so we all know that I have been eating my own dogfood (that is, using Linux on the desktop) for a while now. I even decided not to buy Leopard for my Mac Mini.

Cloud Is Not a Technology Decision

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What hardware, operating system, RAM, DRAM, SAN, UPS, NAS, SSD, IPV6, Ubuntu, Linux, Windows, SQL, MySQL, SAP, Oracle (and any other acronym you wish to come up with that I don't give a twopenny stuff about) do we need?

5 Questions: Working with Open Source Software and Vendors

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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). Note: As we prepare for the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference , we wanted share a wee bit of the wisdom our speakers will be serving up, so as not to overwhelm you when you get to Atlanta. We're asking them all to share their answers to five very important questions.

Drupal 101

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If you use Linux, consumer-focused Linux variants like Ubuntu and Fedora will have current versions of these applications, properly configured. I've been doing a lot of work with the open source content management system Drupal lately, and thought I'd share some thoughts on how to get a new site up and running. Drupal, you might recall, got high ratings in Idealware's March '09 report comparing open source content management systems.

NpTech Tag: People Behind Tags, NpTech Timeline, Twitter, and More Widgets

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Here is an excellent screencast, an introduction to Linux (Ubuntu). Gavin's NpTech Timeline in SlideShare. It's The People Behind The Tags! Steven Cliff's Notes - Saving Internet 1.0

Cloud computing and taming the desktop

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Windows-Mac-Ubuntu each have their proponents in this regard. Cloud computing is one of those buzz phrases that has come to mean everything and nothing depending on your perspective. Cloud computing is neither good or bad: it is increasingly an element of planning and strategy even for small to medium organizations. It is new technology that happens to correspond to, accelerate and enable us to respond to larger economic and social trends.

Getting on Top of Your Task List

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Unfortunately, the desktop app will not run on my trusted lightweight Ubuntu netbook, but the web interface is cool enough I might go back to it again. I’ve been thinking about task management lately. Seemed like a good thing to reflect on over the long weekend. If you are like me, the biggest problem about task management is just plain old too many. Some weeks I feel like I’m gliding through my lists until a loved one reminds me, I just have too many.

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.

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Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

As it is, I’m slowly transitioning to my Ubuntu Linux partition here and moving away from Win XP.