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Can’t Make it to LinuxCon this Year? Watch online for free

2009 is shaping up to be one of the worst years in modern memory for corporate travel funding, which is one reason I’m extremely grateful that the registrations for LinuxCon so far have been good. Because of the tough economic climate, we wanted to make sure Linux users and developers all over the world could participate in LinuxCon without leaving their cube/office/RV/tent/etc. You can watch and participate in LinuxCon keynotes for free by registering here.

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The Perils of Linux Maturity: Torvalds Fakes Emerge in Twittersphere

Rolex, movies, Gucci, and even Sharpie pens, among other consumer goods, are well known for reaching a level of ubiquity where people start producing fakes or knock-offs. From our industry, even Steve Jobs’ personal brand warranted a knock-off in the form the FakeSteveJobs blog. Linux, too, has reached that level of ubiquity and maturity. We all use Linux every day via our bank ATMs, our cars, our netbooks, the Internet (Google, Facebook and more), and the list goes on.

Thus, the Linus Torvalds knock-offs have naturally come forth.

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I Was at the First LinuxCon

People often say things like this as a badge of honor. Some of us even keep event badges hung from our office doors as a tally of the events we’ve attended.

Linus Torvalds's picture

Programming

I've actually written code lately, although for some reason it's been all these stupid projects. First I needed to fix the kernel tty refcounting, then I got all OCD on the git SHA1 routines.

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The Value of Linux Job Skills Rises 50%

Last week, Datamation published an article on the rise in value of Linux job skills in today’s economy. Linux system administration skills are now the number 2 hottest IT job skill. In the last year, the value of Linux skills has risen 50 percent, an astounding rise in a tough economy.

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How To Survive LinuxCon

I’ve frequently been accused of packing too much into our Linux Foundation events, making it nearly impossible to choose one session without missing other “must attend” ones. At this accusation, I proudly raise my hand and say, “Guilty as charged.” But by admitting guilt, I am not admitting repentance.

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Enterprise IT Hits Bottom - Open Source Holds an Intervention

Sometimes you need to hit rock bottom before you can get the help you need. IDC acted as an “interventionist” today publishing a new report showing how open source is growing in the down economy.

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Linux Paves Way for New “Open Source in America” Coalition

Linux has a strong history of deployments in government agencies around the globe and has helped drive the adoption of open source applications in government in recent years. But, we have a long, winding road in front of us. Research firm Gartner predicts that only 25% of government vertical, domain-specific applications will either be open source or contain software developed by a community by 2011.

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Parenting gold star (?)

It's summer.

Which in our family means summer camps.

Oh, the kids are happy playing together, and we usually have one or two of the neighbors kids running around too, so it's not like they tend to get bored. But Tove is a big believer in making doubly sure that they don't go stir crazy around the house, so summer camps it is.

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Not-so-evil empire

I'm usually not enamoured with the customer service of big companies, and you always tend to hear all the horror stories. But I want to give a shout-out to Comcast.

Yeah, that Comcast. That same one that everybody loves to hate.

I switched from DSL to cable a couple of days ago, mainly because I had been hoping for a long time for our phone company (Qwest, who I also have had nothing but good service from) to offer faster DSL speeds. And they never did. So I decided that I should look at the alternatives.

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