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Episode(s) of 30 Days

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I've seen every episode of the 30 Days series. While it has 2 seasons, each season was only 6 episodes. I thought that FX had decided to go for a 3rd season but I can't find any info on it.

This episode is for my brother-in-law and a friend in Great Falls... and anyone else who cares.


Is Red Hat still relevant? You bet.

I recently attended a Linux Installfest and the primary distribution recommended by those heading up the event was Ubuntu. That's all well and good but during their Linux dog-and-pony-show a statement was made regarding Red Hat that struck me. I don't recall the exact wording that was used but it was something along the lines of... Red Hat used to be very popular but not anymore. I wasn't really offended by the statement nor do I completely disagree with it... but a lot remains to be said about the importance of Red Hat within the Linux community. Red Hat is certainly king in the "Enterprise" space with Novell a respectable second... but many still seem to be unaware just how much Red Hat contributes to the development of many projects and the rapid progress of Linux.

Whenever I see any articles about Red Hat on any of the Linux community sites (think Slashdot), the comments will invariably mention a few things that I consider to be myths about Red Hat. They include:

  1. Red Hat is the "Microsoft of Linux"
  2. Red Hat abandoned the desktop/home user market
  3. Red Hat costs a fortune
  4. Red Hat created "rpm hell" and rpm based distributions suck

I do not want to even attempt to address each individual myth but I do want to make a few points about Red Hat in an effort to educate people to the fact that Red Hat does a lot for the Linux community and is a major (if not THE major) contributor.


A New Year, a New Zimbra

Zimbra Collaboration Suite 5.0 GA came out today or was it yesterday / last year? After reading the release notes(PDF) and doing a complete backup, I upgraded both my work and personal Zimbra servers. I have been using Zimbra for as my work and personal email server for... oh... something close to two years now. Over that time there have been a number of upgrades and they have always gone smoothly.

What's new with Zimbra 5.0?

Well, you could read the release notes to see, but I'll give a brief summary of some of the things that stand out in my mind:

  • Briefcase - A file storage area with a nice file manager
  • Tasks - Create to-do lists and manage tasks through to completion
  • Instant Messaging - Beta - User to user chat
  • More sharing - Mail folders can be shared, new HTTP calendar sharing, share Briefcase files
  • Documents - Now out of beta... online text and spreadsheet documents
  • Faster login - They split up the javascript into functional pieces so you don't have to load everything at login time
  • Little touches - folder summaries, public or private calendar entries, updated help system, email priorities, enhanced tagging, and automatic http to https redirection

First episode of Firefly?

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There's some new service named hulu that seems to be backed by the bigwigs in Hollywood or something. Oddly enough, they are allowing for embedding of full episodes on user's websites and this is a test.

I've seen the entire Firefly series (part of a first season that was cut short by cancellation) and it is quite good. Enjoy this first episode.


Alan Cox and the state of free software

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Found this on the Red Hat Magazine site and wanted to help it get wider distribution so here it is. You know who Alan Cox is, right?

Bob Young on Richard Stallman

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Bob Young was one of the original founders of Red Hat... but he left Red Hat some time ago to establish lulu.com. Anyway, Bob gave a speech back in Oct. 2007 from which I took this little clip... where he discusses our hero Richard Stallman. Enjoy.

Kalispell Users Group???

All -

I am quite interested in starting / sponsoring a Kalispell area linux user group. Any interest from the community? Also - any assistance/advice from the other Montana chapters would be awesome!

Best,

--Kaz


Numerous Linux positions open up in Kalispell

Hey all,

Hope you don't mind the info - but there are numerous Linux positions open up in Kalispell. We are looking for system engineers, developers and a DBA.

Drop me a line if you are interested or stop by the company website at http://www.availmedia.com

Thanks!

--Kaz


PowerShot S2 IS in Linux

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I have a Canon S2 IS camera. It is a mid-level camera which I am happy with. In my resent family migration to full throttle Linux this past month; I have been the only one to have fired up XP one time to access pictures from this camera. Back in Fedora Core 6 and I think even up to resent kernel updates, I was able to mount my camera. The PowerShot S2 is not a mass storage device so you can't just mount it to get the pictures. Instead it uses the Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP).


The Hell with HP

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Last summer I had it with HP support. My first dealings with them proved to be successful back in 2006, but something terrible has happened since. My brother who lives in Oregon needed help with getting his HP PC up and running after it had been infested with "Internets". I felt bad that I instructed him to to re-partition his box without checking with him first if he had his OEM cd's. Okay... secretly I wanted to get him to use those LiveCD's I sent him the year prior; just kidding, but that was what was left for him at that time.


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