What Is Linux
I get asked a lot when I talk about Linux. What is it? What's it for? Why do you keep talking about it?
Well, here's my take on what Linux is.
What Does Open Source Mean For Small Business?
I posed the question to a bunch of bloggers lately "Anyone have any open source or other software questions they need answered," and the first reply was "Yeah, what exactly *is* open source software?" Well, here's my version of the "What is open source" and how I apply it to small business.
Three Reasons Small Business Owners Should Shop For Open Source Software
I can think of a lot more, but these three points are what come immediately to mind when I think about why using open source products is a smarter way for a small business to go than using proprietary software.
Switched Another One To Linux
I've moved another family from Widows (8 this time) over to Linux Mint. After a few days, so far so good.
Help With Linux IT Support
You're running Linux. Something breaks. Now what? Where can you find Linux IT support? Well, there are a few places to go and things you can do to speed the process along.
A Sudo Example — I Can Not Believe I Missed This One
I came to Ubuntu from Fedora. By default, Red Hat based systems don't have sudo set up (or didn't) on new installs, so it was quite a change when I landed in UbuntuLand, where the people think su – is a terrible idea. While I disagreed for a long time, I can now think of a sudo example that has changed my mind.
How To Evaluate Open Source Small Business Apps
I found an awesome page this week that illustrates some of the methods you ought to be using when figuring out how to implement open source small business applications.
Three Advantages Of Open Source Software
That's it? Only THREE? There's way more than three advantages of open source software, but here's three big ones to get you thinking.
Open Source Replacements for Proprietary Software Applications
One of the things I get asked about most are open source replacements. “What can I use instead of X…” is generally how it goes. Every once in a while I'm stumped, but most fo the time there are one or two (or more) open source replacements for whatever proprietary application is in question.
Where Does a New Person Find Information About Open Source Software
I forget that I've been at this a while, and that finding more information about open source software is something I do without even really thinking about it. For those of you who aren't as used to knowing where to look, here's my take on how you find information about open source software. Just so you know, it gets frustrating sometimes. But it's no worse than when I was looking for how to fix my proprietary software problems, and there's usually an answer I like at the end of the search.
After leaving my blog out in the cold for almost three years, I'm warming it back up again.
Wake Up on an Acer Aspire 7750 Works Again After Kernel Upgrade In Fedora
Since installing Fedora 18 on my Acer Aspire 7750 (I ran Ubtuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin on it before) I've had a couple of display problems. Well, backlight problems to be more specific…
Trying Out DuckDuckGo
I've been getting sick of Google's search results for a while, so I started looking both both a new personal search engine, and one for the site.
Upgrading from Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid) to 12.04 (Precise)
Many people's transition from one LTS version of Ubuntu to another went fine. While mine didn't, and I'm happily running clean installs on three computers I use regularly now, I did find some oddities on my Acer Aspire 5517 laptop.
ERP Software For Small Business
ERP software for small business can be a minefield of buggy and/or expensive software. I was looking into OpenBravo and OpenERP for a bit, but the project has been tabled for now.
Blocking Cookies With Firefox
With an Add On, selectively blocking cookies is easy again in Firefox. YAY!
Openbravo Is NOT Happening For a Client
For the moment, OpenBravo isn't happening for a customer of mine.
Small Business Calendar Software Testing
One pricey bit of stuff is small business calendar software. I'm looking for one set up that's NOT so pricey, and open source to boot. I think I've got it.