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I’m A Mac, I’m a PC and I’m Linux

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

I recently stumbled across a short collection spoof of ads of Apple’s “I’m a Mac” series by Novell. While playing to the same music and video style, it mocks the self congratulatory styles and adds a third character … Linux.. A woman is used to represent Linux. I was laughing so hard, I had to watch each severl times. Below are the videos, the original post I found these at is here. The videos are all hosted on YouTube.

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I hope you enjoyed these as much as I did.

Until next time…I am root!


Open Source Developer Labs and the Free Standards Group Merge

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

Open Source Developer Labs and the Free Standards Group announced that the are merging in to a single entity to be known as the Linux Foundation. OSDL scaled back operations in early December, 2006. OSDL, still employs Linux founder and advocate Linus Torvalds, the new group will employ about 45 full-time and contract workers. Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Free Standards Group, has been named the Executive Director of the foundation.

OSDL was founded in 2000 and supported by a global consortium of major Linux customers and IT industry leaders. It is a nonprofit organization that provides state-of-the-art computing and test facilities to developers around the world. The Free Standards Group has overseen the Linux Standard Base, or LSB. LSB is an effort to stabilize the API between the operating system and higher-level applications so software runs seamlessly on different distributions of Linux. Bringing the two organization under one roof should provide a greater good than two separate organizations.

The new foundation has the backing of industry leading Linux supporters such as IBM, HP and Intel. However, to date, neither of the former groups had much support from Red Hat. Getting Red Hat on board will key in the success of the foundation.

The foundation has defined its goals as three separate areas of interest.

  • Protecting Linux by sponsoring key Linux developers and providing legal services
  • It’s vitally important that Linux creator Linus Torvalds and other key kernel developers remain independent. The Linux Foundation sponsors them so they can work full time on improving Linux. The Linux Foundation also manages the Linux trademark ( and offers developers legal intellectual property protection through such initiatives as the Open Source as Prior Art project (, the Patent Commons, and sponsorship of the Linux Legal Defense Fund.

  • Standardizing Linux and improving it as a platform for software development
  • A platform is only as strong as the applications that support it. The Linux Foundation offers application developers standardization services and support that make Linux an attractive target for their development efforts. These include the Linux Standard Base (LSB) and the Linux Developer Network. All major Linux distributions comply with the LSB.

  • Providing a neutral forum for Collaboration and Promotion
  • The Linux Foundation serves as a neutral spokesperson to advance the interests of Linux and respond with authority to competitors’ attacks. It also fosters innovation by hosting collaboration events among the Linux technical community, application developers, industry and end users to solve pressing issues facing the Linux ecosystem in such areas as desktop interfaces, accessibility, printing, application packaging, and many others.

The merger is expected to be complete by early February.

Adobe Flash Player 9 Released

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

Adobe announced the release of Adobe Flash Player 9 today. While I’ve been using the beta version since it was released, I am glad to see an official release. This reconfirms my view that Adobe is interested in providing cross platform solutions.

Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced the availability of Adobe® Flash® Player 9 for Linux, the next-generation client runtime for engaging with Flash content and applications on Linux open source operating systems. Adobe Flash Player 9 delivers a consistent cross-platform experience and extends unprecedented performance and advanced features to the broadest set of developers and users to date. Additionally, Linux developers can create, test and deploy rich Internet applications (RIAs) on the Linux platform using the free Adobe Flex® 2 Software Developers Kit (SDK), Adobe Flash Player 9 and the free Flex Data Services 2 Express.

The player can be downloaded here as either a .tar.gz or .rpm. Now, if we can get Photoshop ported to Linux.

Until next time-