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Tales from SCALE

Feb 11, 2008, 19:45 (0 Talkback[s])

The VAR Guy: Five Trends at Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE)

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"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..."

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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 process..."

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Ars Technica: The Future of Firefox: Chris Blizzard Speaks at SCALE

"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 standards..."

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The VAR Guy: Linux Fans Embrace MacBooks

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"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.

"So what's happening here...?"

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