My name is Larry Cafiero, and I am a journalist Living and working on the Central Coast of California. I work on the news desk of the Santa Cruz Sentinel in Santa Cruz -- that's what I do for a living, My avocation is evangelizing for FLOSS through my magazine and Web site, Open Source Reporter, and my blog, which is "Larry the Open Source Guy". The magazine, a bimonthly, is schedule to premiere in the fall.
[Since this always comes up: I'm a firm believer in, and an unequivocal advocate of, Free Software, as defined by Richard Stallman and the Free Software Foundation, of which I am an associate member. The reason my business partner and I settled on the name "Open Source Reporter" was a.) because Free Software Magazine was taken, and b.) to avoid the explanation of "free-as-in-no-cost" software, we found the term "open source" covered free software without the baggage. However, there is a good chance the print version will be called "Open Source and Free Software Reporter" since FLOSS Magazine is already taken (it's a fashion magazine . . .)]
I got into FLOSS through political channels, interestingly. As a Green and the California candidate for Insurance Commissioner last year (270,218 votes, 3.2 percent), during the campaign I complained to one of the Green Party's IT guys the fact that I didn't have the software to compete with the major party candidates. On the contrary, he said, and introduced me to the FLOSS alternatives to the proprietary programs I thought I lacked. Hence, I was converted to GNU/Linux and now I try to convince people to see what FLOSS alternatives are available to the proprietary hegemony from both Redmond and Cupertino.
Let's see . . . what else? I'm a Deadhead, environmentalist, father of one, I drive a '94 Jetta which in about a month will have the specialty license plate "GNU LNUX" (there are only 7 letters available, and "LINX" looks like "links"), and by reading this far without falling asleep, you can see that I talk too much.
But I would invite you to read my site (and magazine, when it comes out) -- anyone who writes or blogs should drop me a line and I'll link to it -- and thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself.
Hi Larry, welcome to Nuxified. We're glad to have you.
About the name, just a thought; Free Software Reporter would sound good to me, personally, as well.
Anyway, I hope you have a good time in this community.
I am an IT professional based in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. At home, I use BLAG (a Fedora-based distro) on both desktop and laptop, but by day I use a Windows 2000 desktop to administer both Windows and Solaris-based application servers. We use Open Software solutions like Nagios and Hyperic in house, but are looking to expand the Linux influence into the enterprise server environment.
Hello and welcome to Nuxified.
I hope you find your experience here extra special sweet.
My name is Paul, I'm a webmaster for some time now and following a thread at Digital Point I stumbled on this forum, it seems very interesting so I think I will stay for a while.
Hi Paul, welcome aboard. Good to see a fellow DP member here.
hi all, i met Olivier (france) during the last RMLL 2008 and i promise him to help from time to time and here i am.
I am a fun of php and i use esentially ubuntu (i started with fedora and reddhat). I speak french and english.
I draw (dream to make a cartoon one day :-)), play guitar, write poems.
Right now i don't know exactely how i can help, can somebody help ?
I've sent you the contact info for Olivier. He can probably help most since you've talked to him.
Nuxified.org is a general Free Software support forum with one subforum dedicated to GNU/Linux Matters, which is here.