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Have We Passed Peak Distro?

There have been a lot of news reports and blog posts that have been making waves in my pond lately: the too many Linux distros argument. I actually chimed in on this topic a few years ago by contributing with a post about how the landscape of Linux distros are like a garden. A garden… Read more »

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Open FOSS Training

Over the years, I’ve ranted and complained about the state of FOSS documentation and the barrier to entry for the casual user. With mixed success, I’ve championed various efforts to provide FOSS training and documentation. Recently, I was contacted by a friend of mine who has put together a team of individuals dedicated to providing… Read more »

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The Bigger Linux Metaphor

Who was it that said that Linux was like lumber? Was that Doc Searls? I don’t think it was Mad Dog. Well, I don’t see how the metaphor fits. Linux is not lumber, it’s a tool based on a legacy of programming. But none of the tools we use now (and I’m being really general)… Read more »

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Making the switch from Windows to Linux

I have been helping folks break away from Windows and switch to either Linux Mint or Ubuntu for a while now and I’m going to share part of an email I got this morning with you. It really exemplifies the reaction I get when people start using a Linux distro for the first time. You… Read more »

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Why Open Source Software?

Hi, my name is Albert Westra. Back when I was around 12 years old, my best friend introduced me to the operating system we all know and love (and grieve for) Mandrake. Back then, I wasn’t really all that interested in open source software. Heck, all I really cared about Mandrake was the fact that… Read more »

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What do you do with bugs?

Software bugs are an everyday fact of life, and the sad truth is we’re never going to be free of them. What causes them, and what we can do when we encounter them is what we’ll explore here. Anyone who develops software starts on their own computer. They have a specific make and model of… Read more »

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Introducing Jed Reynolds

I’m honored that Matt Hartley asked me to contribute to Freedom Penguin. In upcoming articles, I’ll be sharing some stories about things I’ve learned during my journey as a professional programmer analyst. I program in multiple languages like Java, Perl, bash, and also write end user documentation in PHP and do my own CSS. I… Read more »