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Tonight Live: Government Plots, Microsoft's Festering Wounds and Taking It to the Street

Apr 02, 2002, 22:00 (9 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Jeff Gerhardt for this link. ]

Tuesday, Feb 2nd, 2002
from the home of Wayne's World, Aurora IL
Tonight LIVE on www.thelinuxshow.com

At 6pm pt, 7pm mt, 8pm ct, and 9pm et.... Kevin Hill, Jeff Gerhardt, Doc Searls (Linux Journal), Arne Flones and Russ Pavlicek; have (may have) another outstanding show lined up tonight on The Linux Show!!

NOTE on Broadcast: tonight we wil be bringing you some of the stories we would have covered last week. The rumor that we were forced off the air because of our announcement of the formation of GeekPac is 100% not true, but happened because of loosing one of our major network connections, and so we were unable to broadcast.

In Segment One - Hot News: We will be covering the hot Linux news of the last few weeks. In particular we will talk about the best of this years April 1st Internet Hoax's. There were lots this year.

In Segment Two- Introducing The Open Technology Consortium (GeekPAC) or A more aggressive step at securing our future.

Tonight we ask the listeners indulge us a bit as we introduce our New Political Action Committee The Open Technology Consortium. We will have a URL available for users to review our initial Position Statement by ShowTime. The need for such a PAC should be obvious.

It has become apparent. Regardless of the efforts the founding members of the PAC have attempted to use to influence the outcome of political events that impact the mixed communities of; the Open Source development community, the Internet and ISP communities, the Linux community and the "non-Microsoft centric" portion of the general IT community; that those efforts have failed.

It is now time to take a more aggressive, attack direct to the seat of power in Washington DC. The creation of this PAC is to effect a sense of UNITY between several technology communities, and allow a common reference to carry a diverse message.

Please join us on the show, and check our IRC Chat(irc.thelinuxshow.com #linuxshow).

And an additional message:

Greetings from The Linux Show,

We are presently looking for a place on both the west coast and the east coast to collocate servers for The Linux Show. We are also looking at a couple partners overseas (Europe and Japan).

One of our major sponsors in the past was VA Software (formerly VA Linux Systems). We owe a lot to the people at VA for the support they have given us over the years, even when we have been critical of their business.

But, VA has gone through a consolidation as of late and was in the process of shutting down their "Community Server Room". We were recently informed that VA could no longer support the Community Server Room effort as they had in the past. Understandable in these tough IT times. We were told we had about a month to move our west coast server, to a new location.

When to everyone's surprise, the ISP that was providing bandwidth on the Community Server Room, shut our bandwidth down 2 hours ahead of ShowTime last week.

So, we are presently looking for a co-location partner on the west coast specifically, and anywhere else where is seems that it will help our ability to continue broadcasting.

The amount of bandwidth we consume is actually pretty small. We do fill our own pipe, but we only use about 500Kbps per mirror (about 1/3 the capacity of a T1 for a total period of about 90 PEAK minutes a week. The rest of the week the consumption is nominal. The vast majority of our bandwidth is provided by our own network resources. The purpose of our need for Mirror Partners is that we need a buffer for "overflow". If there is no overflow, our own resources become overwhelmed and can overtax our available bandwidth. This can cause a cascading terminal failure.

This happens primarily right at the start of the show at 8:00pm CST each week. Our peak request for streams is during the first 30 minutes of show time.

So, this email has been sent to you as a request for participation as a "GeekCast" affiliate. Even though GeekCast and The Linux Show are owned by a for profit business, IBSS, Inc of Illinois (USA), we run it as if it were a non-profit. We call ourselves the NPR (national Public Radio) of the Linux Geek universe. Advertising is kept to a minimum so that we can focus on the topics and issues. But, our partners do get advertising consideration for supporting us. Therefore, you joining with us as a mirror sponsor will get you advertising on TLS for the duration of your participation. This advertising will appear on both our broadcast and our website.

If you do not have bandwidth available, we ALWAYS need sponsors to help underwrite our 800 number call in system. That is the second most expensive part of running the show.

We ask that you consider this opportunity to help preserve one of the significant parts of the Linux Community.

Jeff Gerhardt

Remember tune in at 6pm pt, 7pm mt, 8pm ct, and 9pm et.

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