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October 8, 2009

Utah Open Source Conference

by @ 7:54 am. Filed under oss news

Pretty excited to be going to UTOSC 2009:

January 29, 2008

Education in the Philippines : Spreading the Freedom of Linux

by @ 1:01 pm. Filed under General Linux, Linux News, oss news

Linux is beginning to thrive pretty nicely in Philippines schools. You know, that’s where it should start. I wrote about the need to introduce Linux into the educational system almost two years ago. Where else will people learn about it? Are you going to rely on peoples’ desire to spend untold hours learning how to use Linux? Let’s be honest, it is easier than it used to be, but people don’t like to spend time learning. The world is getting more and more impatient with each passing day. People don’t like to spend time learning, unless it is spoonfed to them. Meaning: if you take your average person and sit them in front of two computers, one with Linux, and one with Windows, they will choose the one they’re most comfortable and familiar with. That’s just what human beings do. However, if you sit someone down and get them exposed to Linux, provide them a course or ten, and personal instruction and help, they are 10,000% more likely to accept it.

Try throwing a LiveCD at someone and tell them to learn Linux. It won’t work. Sit them down, show them the latest Compiz Fusion-enabled system, and they will be mesmerized. Spend some time with them. Be objective with your explanations about why Linux is a great alternative. Give them a stable environment where they can get the help they need, and people will be much more likely to use Linux. This is the potential of the education system. It provides a stable environment where people can learn. You just need to have a competent instructor that can explain things well, just like any other type of class.

There are a ton of ways that putting Linux into High Schools and such will benefit many, many, many people. The younger generations will be able to know life without the agony of dealing with proprietary operating systems. They will know the freedom of open source. Who knows, they may even spread the concept to things like Open Source cars. Maybe an open source aircraft? How about an open source spacecraft? What about open source scientific and physics research? Once people grasp the mindset that sharing benefits all, this type of thinking will spread to other industries. Not immediately, but soon enough, you’ll see that the sharing of knowledge benefits humanity. Capitalism is based off the concept of making money. That is fine. It’s the people who push it to the extreme and hoard knowledge to make their $10 Billion+. How much do you need, seriously?

I’m seeing a future where people will move more towards the knowledge sharing mindset and the guy hoarding resources for gross amounts of personal gain will be shunned. Wait, that’s already happening. Many people who know both Windows and Linux (according to M$’s own survey) prefer Linux. Look at what is happening with the RIAA and the MPAA. People are fighting their iron-fisted tactics and winning.

At the same time, it seems like our society is getting more and more greedy. What is really happening is that the chasm between general benevolence and general selfishness is widening. People seem to be moving further to one end or the other of that continuum.

Whatever.

How much do you know about Linux? Would you like to know more? 🙂

January 16, 2008

Sun snaps up MySQL

by @ 11:04 am. Filed under oss news

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How about the acquisition of MySQL by Sun? Here is a bit of the announcement:

“Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire MySQL AB, an open source icon and developer of one of the world’s fastest growing open source databases for approximately $1 billion in total consideration. The acquisition accelerates Sun’s position in enterprise IT to now include the $15 billion database market. Today’s announcement reaffirms Sun’s position as the leading provider of platforms for the Web economy and its role as the largest commercial open source contributor.” source

That is a good thing to see. With the huge improvements in Postgres 8.x, it will be nice to see what Sun does to forge ahead with development of MySQL. Here is a picture of the guys in charge:

Sun / MySQL deal
Jonathan Schwartz, Rich Green, Marten Mickos (CEO of MySQL) and Greg Papadopoulos

Also, for more info and to answer more questions, take a look at the details provided by Groklaw on this story.

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