"The VAR Guy is skipping Disneyland this weekend and keeping a
close eye on the Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE), which runs
February 8-10 at the Westin Los Angeles. Here are five trends and
themes The VAR Guy will be tracking at the event.
"5. Ubuntu for Servers: Yes, you know The VAR Guy already runs
Ubuntu on one of his desktops. And Jono Bacon, Canonical's Ubuntu
Community Manager, will offer a keynote focused on Linux desktops.
But listen closely, folks..."
LinuxWorld: SCALE 6X: Interview with Celeste Lyn Paul
"Free/Open Source software has grown considerably from its roots
in the UNIX tradition of the command line interface and early X
Windows-based graphical environments. As desktop use has increased
concurrently with advances in desktop development, serious user
interface and experience issues have arisen.
"Celeste Lyn Paul of User Centered Design, Inc. and the KDE
Project presented, 'A Quick and Dirty Intro to User Centered Design
in Open Source Development,' Saturday at SCaLE 6X. Her talk
emphasized the importance of including designers in the development
Ars Technica: The Future of Firefox: Chris Blizzard Speaks at
"At the Southern California Linux Expo, Mozilla evangelist and
board member Chris Blizzard gave a presentation on the future of
Firefox. He discussed Mozilla's long-term goals, demonstrated some
of the impressive integration improvements that Firefox 3 will
bring for Linux users, and also provided some insight into
Mozilla's recent efforts to bring Firefox to the mobile market.
"Mozilla's long-term goal, said Blizzard, is to 'make sure the
web remains a viable platform.' He spoke about some of the emerging
changes in the Internet ecosystem and expressed concern about new
technologies like Microsoft Silverlight and Adobe AIR, which he
describes as proprietary stacks that threaten to displace open
"The VAR Guy noticed a ton of Apple MacBooks during last year's
UbuntuLive in Portland, Oregon (here are 50 observations from that
event). And this past weekend, a few sharp-eyed bloggers mentioned
that there was a preponderance of MacBooks at the Southern
California Linux Expo.