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Video: Default to Open

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Red Hat produced a video entitled Default to Open: The History of Open Source and Red Hat. Since it is about history, it has a number of older clips... bits and pieces I've seen before but quite a bit of new stuff too. Enjoy it embedded in webm format or use the link below to download it for local playback.

Default_to_Open.webm (~27 min, 121 MB)
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Review: SanDisk Sansa Fuze

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Sansa FuzeSansa FuzeThis is the second Sansa product I have bought. The first one was the Clip that served me well for a few years until it died. In need of a new device I saw the refreshed product line from SanDisk that includes the Fuze+, the Clip+ and Clip Zip. For hardware I'm usually a very late adopter. For software, being a Fedora user, not so much.

I tend to buy stuff for myself from the discount computer sellers online like newegg.com, tigerdirect.com and geeks.com. I had a $25 credit from geeks.com so I decided to check out what they had and found a refurbished black 4GB Fuze model for $28.88. They also had a Fuze+ model but it was about twice that... so I opted for the Fuze.

Video: 20th Anniversary of Linux Gallery Tour

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The Linux Foundation has put together a 20th Anniversary of Linux Gallery with a timeline and a lot of donated items from various companies and members of the Linux community. As luck would have it, I ripped this from youtube so I could repost it in webm format and noticed that in the original the metadata for the audio stream said - creation_time : 1970-01-01 00:00:00. While that isn't quite true for Linux, which was started in 1991, it is basically the Epoch time considered to be the start of the UNIX universe. :)

If you can't play it in your browser, you can download it here:
20th_Anniversary_of_Linux_Gallery_Tour.webm (29 MB, ~6 min)

Video: Greg Kroah-Hartman and Linus Torvalds

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Greg and Linus sat down for an open discussion about Linux and its 20th anniversary. They even take questions from the audience. This is from the LinuxCon Japan 2011 held in early June. They had a very similar discussion in August at LinuxCon North America but the video for that hasn't been released yet. Having seen both, I think this first one actually covers more stuff. Unfortunately the introducer takes a few minutes before we get to see Linus and Greg. In webm format.

If you can't view it in your browser or would like to download it, here's the link:
20_Years_of_Linux-Linus_and_Greg.webm (170 MB, ~51 min)

Video: Linux Kernel Report - 20 Years Old Edition

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Jon Corbet did another of his Linux Kernel talks at the LinuxCon Japan 2011 in early June. This is his Linux 20th Anniversary edition where he goes into a lot of the history of Linux so this talk is a bit different than his previous ones. Here it is in webm format.

Can't play it in your browser or want to download it? Get it here:
linux-kernel-report-age-20.webm (166 MB, ~50 min)

Audio: When Patent Trolls Attack

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NPR's This American Life did a feature entitled, "When Patent Trolls Attack" and it is something I think all technology folks should listen to so I embedded it below. Sorry for the limited media format choice provided.

I called it: CentOS 6 release date

In the interview I did with Troy Dawson of Scientific Linux, I mention that my prediction for CentOS 6.0 is July 11th... but that interview is dated June 6th. Not so prophetic really... but I know I had been saying that for a while. Well, it looks like CentOS 6.0 is coming out on July 11th... or maybe the 12th... depending on when they do he bit flip.

I decided to search my IRC logs for "July 11" to see how far back I originally guessed. I knew that it has been at least a couple of months earlier than June. here's what I found:

[Monday, April 04, 2011] [04:52:57 PM]
<dowdle> bodhi_zazen: And then the plan is for 2-3 weeks after 5.6 is out, 6.0 will be released. I'll believe that when I see it. My guess for CentOS 6.0 is July 11.

[Tuesday, May 10, 2011] [03:16:31 PM]
<dowdle> kaptk2: I don't think anyone is going to displace CentOS anytime soon. I think Scientific Linux is good too... and I'm sure it is growing given the fact that CentOS 6 is so late. My release guess for CentOS 6 is July 11th. :)

[Thursday, July 07, 2011] [11:27:31 AM]
<dowdle> kaptk2: FIIK. My guess for a release date was July 11 and I thought that was overdoing it... but it looks like not. If you want it now, use Scientific Linux.

[Friday, July 08, 2011] [01:21:29 PM]
<dowdle> kaptk2: But of course the dir perms are too restrictive so it'll probably be a few days before they do the bit flip. I want a prize if my July 11th prediction is correct. :)

Update: Looks like they did something unusual and flipped the bit (where the directory is publicly readable) today... on a Sunday... so I was off by one day.


Video: GNOME 3 Shell (and Fedora 15)

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After looking around for a good introduction video to GNOME 3 I found this one. It is the best one I've found so far. Unfortunately it seems to only be available in flash format. Since Fedora 15 was one of the first distros to ship GNOME 3, it also covers Fedora some. Enjoy.

Opinion: On Canonical, Red Hat, and their communities

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When I can, I try to participate in The Linux Link Tech Show when it is streaming LIVE... but even when I can't I often listen to the archived recordings. When I find something interesting I'll sometimes shoot Dann Washko an email with my thoughts. This morning I found myself writing a long email to him on a subject they covered on their June 15 episode (#407). I thought I'd post it here too.

It just so happens that several of TLLTS regulars had attended the Southeast Linuxfest the weekend prior and one of the conversations that Dann encountered there was about Canonical and Ubuntu. Dann spoke about the questions and opinions he heard raised and asked for everyone else's opinions but he didn't get a whole lot of feedback so I thought I'd provide him with some.

I'll admit yet again... I'm a big Red Hat and Fedora fan and I am biased... and I sometimes even serve as an apologist for them. While I think everything I say below is "fair and balanced"... I'm sure there are plenty of folks who disagree with me... and maybe one or two who agree... I do encourage feedback and comments from all sides. Read on at your own peril. :)


Interview: Troy Dawson from Scientific Linux

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Troy DawsonTroy DawsonRed Hat Inc. rules the "enterprise" Linux market with their Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) product line. Novell Inc. (now owned by The Attachmate Group) is second with their SUSE Enterprise Linux product line. To the best of my knowledge, there aren't any free SUSE Enterprise Linux clones but there are a number of free RHEL clones. CentOS is the most well known RHEL clone but with the seeming unending delay of the 6.0 release (July 11th is my guess), CentOS has received quite a bit of criticism leading some users to investigate alternatives. As a result, Scientific Linux is getting a lot of long overdue attention given the fact that it too is a solid enterprise clone... that has been around for a long time... that has a lot of support behind it.

MontanaLinux is proud to present an interview that was conducted via email with Troy Dawson who is a long-time Fermilab employee and Scientific Linux developer.

About Troy Dawson

Montana Linux: Please tell us about yourself... as much as you feel comfortable with... as open or as closed as you want to be... family, education, work, hobbies, etc.

Troy Dawson: My name is Troy Dawson. I have a Bachelors degree in Physics and a Masters degree in Computer Science. I have worked at Fermilab since 1993. I was initially an accelerator operator, and then transferred over to computing in 1999.

I've been working with Linux since 1999.

I am married with two kids. I am very active in my church. I think my main hobbies are family, church, and computers.

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