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How YOU Can Help To Enable Humans with Technology

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How YOU Can Help To Enable Humans with Technology and contribute to the GNU/Linux revolution?

Helping is very simple actually... Just bootup to your favorite GNU/Linux distro, and surf the Internet.

Yes, I said boot to GNU/Linux and simply surf the Internet!

Why does this help? Because when you surf the Internet you leave behind a browser/OS stamp. When your browser stamp says GNU/Linux, you leave a message that says loud and clear "I'm using GNU/Linux and a Web Standards compliant browser - Program your webserver to work with me!!!"

Don't be fooled about the impact you can have with such simple action. Website owners pore over their hit statistics on a daily or even hourly basis. When the website analysts see that you're surfing from GNU/Linux, they will get the message, and you will have helped to maintain open web standards, interoperability, and advancement in computing technology.

Want to go a step further? Be a GNU/Linux advocate. Do you have to be a technology …

Some Ubuntu Kung Fu with alt+f2 (the Run Dialog)

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Here's my short writeup on how to be a more effective Ubuntu GNU/Linux user by using the Run Dialog to quickly start your most favorite programs. I do it all the time.

Using the Run dialog to start xkill can get you out of a pickle. Need to take some notes in gedit real quick? Fire it up with the Run dialog. Need to connect to your Win-Neighbor? Fire up the Run dialog and enter smb://win-box/c$, and with a password - you'll walk right in.

To start the Run Dialog, simply push the alt+f2 keys simutaneously. Doing so will bring up the Run dialog box that looks like this:


To a get a program started from the Run dialog box you can either you can manually enter the command into the field provided and then click Run as shown here:



Or you can click on a program in the "Show List of Known Applications" area and then click Run as shown here:


You can run many graphical programs with the Run command, and you can even Run commands from a file or in the terminal in this fashion(this t…

Mr. Rose, please add "Linux Games" Section to Digg.com

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Dear Mr. Kevin Rose and Digg.com,

Since there is an increasing demand for games to be ported to GNU/Linux and there are literally hundreds of games titles already available for GNU/Linux, we would like request that you add a "Linux Games" section to the Gaming section of digg.com.

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This will help to make a centralized, and useful resource for GNU/Linux users everywhere to find information about Linux Gaming on digg.com.

Thank You.

GNU/Linux Gamers and Diggers

Info for the new GNU/Linux user

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So here's my plug for the new GNU/Linux user (biased towards Ubuntu of course):

I am a big advocate of GNU/Linux in general, but I personally use and recommend Ubuntu because it's quite popular(there are several other distros actually based on Ubuntu: gOS, HP Mi, Mint, Ultimate, probably more) , it has a lot of users(which means more users on http://ubuntuforums.org tat), it's based on Debian(which is a rock solid distro used in all types of servers and other devices), it gets security and other updates quickly(but so does the rest of the GNU/Linux ecosystem), and because Ubuntu provides a major distro release every six months(this means cool new stuff comes out at least twice a year). Note: I'm not trying to give Ubuntu all the credit for any of what I mentioned, GNU/Linux and FOSS in general are very active actually.. it's amazing!

Ubuntu is good, but something that might turn new users off to it is the lack of initial multimedia playback capability. That being sai…

Open Letter to Game Makers - Investigate the niche of GNU/Linux compatibility

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January 11th, 2009

Dear Respected Video Game Maker;

Sometimes it takes one heck of a company to show enough backbone to explore new and exciting markets for their products. One example of this type of company is Dell. I say this because, by selling Ubuntu GNU/Linux directly to users, Dell has taken a courageous and honorable turn away from the typical supporters of the OS monopoly. This truly does make Dell a power player. If you check around, you will find that many other companies are following Dell's lead to offer what users want, and what they need - technology that enables humans with GNU/Linux.

Over the next 1 to 3 years, and beyond, we are set to see the glory of the GNU/Linux operating system take hold as the prominently used end user platform for computers everywhere.

This is why it makes a whole bunch of sense for you to port your games to GNU/Linux.

But don't take my word for it, checkout the links and information below that I've gleaned from the Internet. You&…

Proof - Gamers want GNU/Linux ports

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After the buzz about gaming being a new avenue for GNU/Linux platform adoption(even Mark Shuttleworth is talking about it), I decided to run a little experiment to see whether it seemed like a good idea.

I came up with this experiment simply because I wanted to see whether there are others out there(like me) that want more native games for GNU/Linux. I was delighted by my findings.

The Experiment:
The method I used is simple. Using google.com search, I performed a keyword search of a list of individual game provider websites(see the list below).

Here's an example of the search term to use on google.com (replace valvesoftware.com with the gaming site of your choice):

"linux site:valvesoftware.com"

The above example searches the whole website(and sub-domains of) "valvesoftware.com" for the keyword "linux".

Here are the sites that I ran my experiment on (This is just a short list, there are more. Please try it yourself on any gaming website you can think of):

No…

Dell Inspiron 530n, NVIDIA 9400GT, and Ubuntu GNU/Linux preloaded. One word - AWESOME!!

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As a technology professional I don't usually purchase OEM systems for my personal use. I usually prefer to customize and build systems for myself instead.

But this time around, I decided to put my dollar vote towards a company that is among those who are paving the way to the future of technology by selling computer systems that are preloaded with the GNU/Linux Operating System.

Enter the future. Enter Dell. Enter GNU/Linux. Dell sells Ubuntu GNU/Linux preloaded on the Inspiron (and other models), click here to see.

Quick boot-up, processing muscle, graphics like silk, configurable beyond the imagination, and over 20,000 free software packages at the fingertips with a click of the button. This is the computer that would show a new GNU/Linux user what it's all about.

Here's the details on the one I bought for about $700 (shipped 2nd day):
Inspiron 530,Intel Core2 Duo processor E4600 (2.4GHz 800FSB) w/Dual Core Technologyand 2MB cache
2GB DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz
Dell USB Keyboard
Dell …