Wednesday, February 8

Why not break free?

This article from the Times Online talks about how easy it is these days to get into the FOSS (free and open-source software) paradigm, even down to your operating system.

People whole know little or nothing about computers are easily running Linux and other open-source alternative software, showing that it's not just the domain of the ├╝ber-geek anymore.

Speaking of which, I might soon be setting up a friend with Linux on his 3-year-old Windows laptop that's been getting a bit long in the tooth.

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The Geek Code desperately needs updating, but in any case here's mine (as of 2010-02-28):

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If you really care about knowing what that all means, you either know the code already, or you can get it decoded for you here.