gQuigs writes: There are two days left for it to get 22,000 people. It's not the petition I would have written, but I think it's close enough.
"Each year our educational system wastes billions of dollars for the purchase and support of proprietary operating systems and application software in our schools. The software is rigid and inflexible, opaque in its design and mysterious to our children.
We advocate and propose the gradual replacement of privately owned software with restrictive licensing in favor of open source alternatives with GPL type licenses. In as much as possible we should have our students using software that complies with the definition of free software as defined by the Free Software Foundation.
The GNU/Linux operating system, underlying source code, tools and documentation are readily available to students already. Their use should be encouraged as the tools and code are available cost free."
gQuigs writes: "A friend's email was recently "hacked" into and it sent a phishing message to me. I reported the email to Google, and then went on to try to report the sites to different places. It actually involves three different sites,
* Redirect from About.com to
* Malicious news site (pretending to be CNBC7) describing how the final site is totally legit. [Aside: I am working on firefox extension WebCott for boycotting news agencies among other things, hence I have a relatively complete list of legit news sites]
* Actual site asking for personal information so you can work from home and make thousands a month
I reported all the sites to About.com, NBC, Google, and likely more, but AFAIK no action has been taken by anyone. The About.com redirect (the easiest to take down is still up) and no browser warnings in Chrome or Firefox. I reported this on May 25th.
Where do you report malicious sites? How effective have you found doing so?"
gQuigs writes: I am a big supporter of including the Duck Duck Go search engine in Firefox 4. Duck Duck Go is a search engine that donttrack.us, gives back to FOSS, and runs a Tor Hidden Service for even more privacy. Currently many browser give out the search spots based on revenue deals and market-share. The thing is, that will only let the players already leading the search game, stay the only players in the game. Perhaps, it's time for some real competition in the search industry.
gQuigs writes: An Adobe Employee has responded to an idea about Producing the Creative Suite for Linux. "I have forwarded this feedback on to the appropriate team who will consider it for future releases of Adobe software." We have an opportunity to show a lot of demand for this by clicking the Like button. Everyone remember Dell IdeaStorm and Ubuntu?
But we can use this as a rallying call to do more. Let's Finish Off IE6 (remove the links to IE8 and Safari if you want, and maybe add one for Opera). And how many of you end up upgrading your family's browsers over the holidays? Good job keeping them safe, but bring everything you need this time on a USB stick, and then get back to enjoying the holidays.
gQuigs writes: "Hitslink confirms it, Linux has reached 1% marketshare. Hopefully, the first 1% is the hardest. Yes, other more technical sites have had Linux at much higher levels, but this looks like a better indicator of market-share over all users.
gQuigs writes: "Collectively we can name node 3 of the International Space Station after Ubuntu. Taking on Stephen Colbert might be just what Ubuntu needs to get the attention of a lot more users that may not have heard of it. Also Ubuntu really is a better name that captures the international collaboration that is the space station.
gQuigs writes: Canonical released the Ubuntu Landscape Client a while ago but it is still not publicly available. It has been available to Enterprise users of Ubuntu for some time, and is one of their selling points. Does this not violate the promise that enterprise versions will be free? I filed a bug (linked in link). I ask Slashdot, An I overreacting? http://gquigs.blogspot.com/2007/11/am-i-overreacting.html
gQuigs writes: "Coverity's Scan has helped developers find and fix 6,035 defects in open source code. Today they launched it anew for Scan's birthday. 100 New projects were added including dbus, cups, flac, gnupg, and many other libraries. Go check it out and see if the project you like is covered. The New 100 are listed here: http://scan.coverity.com/rung0.html Number of Defects not included (yet)."
gQuigs writes: My contract with Cingular is up and now I get the ability to get a new phone for free (as in beer) with a new contract. I was hoping that someone has found a good phone running Linux with a built in Audio Player (MP3,Ogg, etc). Suggestions?
Of course I would also like to see: A gstreamer like modular multimedia framework. I want to be able to add whatever multimedia capabilities I want. Does such a thing exist for phones?
Connectivity with PC with no special software (USB, standard drive)
I so far have found phones that run Linux, but not with Cingular, Free or with the Audio options. I have a Family talk plan so staying with Cingular is preferred.
gQuigs writes: ""With the 2008 elections right around the corner, the United States Pirate Party is looking for candidates to run for National, State, and Local offices." Volunteers are also needed to do other tasks. There's an IRC gathering that you should come to. Read all about it! http://pirate-party.us/node/334"
gQuigs writes: "As a talkative GNU/Linux I get asked a lot of questions. How hard is it for me to switch? What's different? Better? Worse? Be honest. Wouldn't it be nice if their was a clear, simple website to show them? http://www.getgnulinux.org/ is the website you've been asking for."