Author Archives: Beth Lynn Eicher

The Foundations of a Community: Western PA Linux User Group – Part One

WPLUG is the Western Pennsylvania Linux Users Group, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. The official founding of the group is dated to September 26, 1997 at 11:37:08 EDT. I was not there as I was still a frustrated yet loyal … Continue reading

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Open Letter from a Microsoft Share Holder

Dear Microsoft, I am a shareholder of your company. The world is still waiting for your Q4 FY2010 report so that we will know how much money you made as of June 30, 2010. We are all on Microsoft Chief … Continue reading

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What will I buy?

Regardless of what Darryl the Microsoft fanbody VMS developer from Australia does, I bought stocks celebrate the wonderful success of What Will We Use. What Did I Buy 20 shares of ARMH– the low-power microprocessor behind Apple iPhone 4 and … Continue reading

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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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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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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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