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Comment Re:How many emergencies in the past 12 years? (Score 1) 117

First, calculate the chances of a disaster vs. where you can actually find customers and IT talent. There are not too many highly trained systems administrators in rural New Mexico. Also, can you get enough customers to pay the bills for your multi-million dollar co-location facility? Seems to me the location is worth the risk. If you are well prepared, you can mitigate the damages. It is more of a risk to have a crappy business location.

Comment Re:True (Score 4, Insightful) 302

I have seen this as well. It's not uncommon for someone coming from Windows to ask "What is a good Linux distro to learn on?". Some knucklehead will pipe up with Gentoo, LFS, or Slackware so that they "learn" linux.

Most new users have embraced Linux by starting with Ubuntu rather than getting frustrated and giving up like in the "good ol' days".

Comment Re:Here's why I'm glad it's all open source (Score 3, Informative) 49

In other words, Mr Shuttleworth, so long and thanks for all the fish.

Actually, I would say thanks for spending a lot of money to create and promote a Linux distribution that even non-linux geeks have heard about. He has done more to increase exposure of Linux than most anyone. It's unfortunate that Canonical isn't doing well since I think most people would say that building a sustainable model to keep Linux in the spotlight is a good thing for the community as a whole. Guess what?... servers and bandwidth cost money. Advertising and putting on events cost money. When was the last time you contributed to your local LUG to keep it afloat?

Comment Marketing (Score 1) 347

Actually, the most useful these days would be a marketing degree. Web design was once thought of as the balance between graphics design and programming, but now days everything comes down to SEO. Being able to design a site (and landing pages) that get good placement on google is more valuable.

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