Monthly Archives: June 2010

A year from today Microsoft will lack a majority market share.

One year ago at the South East LinuxFest, I, Beth Lynn Eicher indulged in a friendly bet with my friend Nick. “Ubuntu’s Bug One will be resolved in 24 months,” I said. “I’ll bet you $20 that bug one is … Continue reading

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Tell us of a free world

Jon ‘maddog’ Hall has recently blogged about the benefits of speaking at LinuxFest. This is your cue apply to be a speaker at the Ohio LinuxFest by midnight Eastern on Wednesday June 30, 2010. Loyal readers of this blog know … Continue reading

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Admin: New and Improved Blog

This blog believes in freedom whenever possible. At the time of this posting we use: CentOS release 5.2 (Final), a no-cost Enterprise Linux based on free software. Apache, the free software web server which has a majority market share. WordPress … Continue reading

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Gift of a desktop Part 2

I happen to live in a pretty nice part of the world. Food and clean water are ample. Most households have electricity and broadband Internet. A child’s exposure to technology should never be predicated on an ability to pay for … Continue reading

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Microsoft and Tablets

Microsoft may be left behind by the growth of the tablet market. In a few years, Apple has managed to make a space for itself at the center of the smart phone market. While Google’s has joined the fray with … Continue reading

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Welcome Bobbie Lynn Eicher

My sister, Bobbie Lynn Eicher, has agreed to start writing for She currently uses Windows, MacOSX, and Linux so she brings an interesting perspective. Be the first to like. Like Unlike

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I am Fedora

My name is Beth Lynn Eicher and I am Fedora. Before Apple’s “I am a Mac and he’s a PC” ads, long before Microsoft’s “I am a PC and Windows 7 is my idea,” Red Hat Inc. had released a … Continue reading

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Microsoft sells software like its 1984

In the 1980’s IBM, convinced that there was only money in hardware, licensed the operating systems for desktop computers to Microsoft Corporation. The PC was born. Software was shipped as a  boxed set with disks and manuals. Want more software? … Continue reading

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Counting Office Suite – June 2010

Since we are almost 12 months from the deadline of Microsoft’s loss of the office suite majority market share, we do need to discuss how to count. Below is my proposal, subject to Nick’s approval, for counting office market share. … Continue reading

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The gift of a desktop, part one

Giving someone a desktop is a moving experience. I’ve done it hundreds of times. It was my job to deploy desktops with Red Hat or Fedora 2000-2006 for Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science. There, some of the brightest minds … Continue reading

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