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As more print newspapers and magazines go out of business, there are articles and blogs bemoaning the loss of paper-and-ink journalism. Citizens will not be informed and democracy itself will fall.

Forgive me for being cold-hearted, but all of this bewailing is missing the point.

The geek world is full of exciting drama and conflict if you know where to look. We're going to take a look at "Pragmatic Version Control Using Git" by Travis Swicegood, which I believe is the first printed Git book by a major publisher. But before we look at the book, let's take a quick stroll down memory lane because the birth of Git is a fascinating story, all full of thunder and drama.

Having some scripting skills opens up a whole new world of creativity and time-saving hacks. In Linux, UNIX, Free/Open/Net/BSD, and other UNIX-type operating systems the command shell and scripting tools are fundamental parts of the operating system. Learning how to write your own simple scripts isn't that hard, especially when you have a great teacher. Here is a handy reference of some of the excellent howtos by Akkana Peck and Juliet Kemp on LinuxPlanet.

I had to read this story Lenovo analyst: Linux on netbooks is doomed" several times because I couldn't quite believe what I was reading. Was this really Lenovo's Worldwide Competitive Analyst saying things like "You have to know how to decompile codes and upload data"? Really?

One of the best parts of Linux Today is the reader comments. Sometimes they outshine the so-called "professionals." They make me laugh, they make me go "Hmmm, good stuff", and sometimes I'm puzzled why folks even bother to post some things. I couldn't post everything worthy, so please enjoy this assortment of recent comments.


Today my computer broke. Which is not a showstopping catastrophe because I have computers all over the place. Kind of like the Mad Tea Party-- no need to wash the crockery, just move to a new place setting. But eventually you run out of clean place settings, and eventually I'll run out of computers, so I suppose I better fix it.


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both sides of copyright issue-- perils of advertiser-supported

fair use


stickin it to da man

mix tapes

internet sharing

The anti-Linux propaganda du jour, being dutifully parroted by "news" publications everywhere, is that Windows now owns 96% of the netbook market, and that Linux netbooks are returned four times more than windows netbooks. Both are untrue and have been debunked repeatedly. Yet they persist-- why?

A consequence of Linux's amazing growth is a growing new user population that is not accustomed to having any power. Folks, you have the power-- you don't have to sit around all sad because Linux is missing an application or feature that you need. What you do is roll up your sleeves and help make it happen, because that is how Linux works, and that is what makes Linux--and all Free and Open Source software-- so good.

Opinions on whether Mono is dangerous, and on whether it should be avoided or accepted fly thick and fast. If you're bored with the whole deal feel free to go read something else, but I suspect that the controversy is going to grow as more Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu, ship with Mono applications by default.



Here are some comments collected from here and there that I thought represented the major points in the endless Mono debates, and that are understandable to non-coders. I'm not a developer so I could be totally off the rails here, but these made a lot of sense to me and seem to clarify the issues.