Beyond Linux Evangelization

August 13, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under advocacy

Beyond Linux Evangelization

Raiden’s Realm’s article about The death of Linux Evangelism, and the rise of Education is a challenge to all of us who spread the word about Linux to people around us. Sometimes we might just be blabbering about Linux and it might look like we’re trying too darn hard to ’sell’ Linux to them even we don’t mean it to come off that way. It’s not a matter of just saying something pro-Linux.
Beyond the sales pitch
Linux is something that has been talked about time and again. Many slogans have come about. Many articles have talked … [Read More]

Linux-related Crafts: Using Old Linux Shirts

August 2, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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Linux-related Crafts: Using Old Linux Shirts

I want to make my own Tux plushie, based on the pattern I blogged about before. However, I am just a newbie when it comes to sewing using a sewing machine so curves are really not easy for me right now. Anyhow, I’ve been looking at some T-shirt surgery guides and I think that some of them are fairly easy to follow. There are two things I’d like to do with some of my shirts.

Use the entire shirt as a bag. Well, if not the entire shirt, then the body of the shirt. The … [Read More]

Advocating Linux in the Classroom

August 2, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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Advocating Linux in the Classroom

Writing about Moodle and iTalc reminded me that the first time I heard about Linux was in college. One of my classmates reported about Linux, GNOME and KDE. I didn’t really understand everything they said but I had an awareness of Linux after that. Then I learned that there was a documentary about Linux showing in the university’s film center so I watched that with some classmates and teachers too. It wasn’t so difficult for them to talk about Linux since we were, after all, in an academic setting where we should talk about these things. … [Read More]

On How Someone Migrated to Linux

July 26, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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On How Someone Migrated to Linux

People are always looking for ways to make migration to Linux less worrisome and painful. There’s a two-part article on Linux Insider by Jack Germain. The first part talks about Linux sharing a room with Windows, and the second part talks about migrating to Linux without separation anxiety.
Ah yes. The experience of moving from Windows to Linux. It’s always something interesting to read because each one has a different story to tell. Some people do migrate to Linux immediately because they want to just get familiar right away and others take their time. … [Read More]

Preparing for a Talk about Linux

July 24, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under advocacy

Preparing for a Talk about Linux

Once people know you are a Linux user, sometimes you end up as the first person that they think of when there’s a chance to share about it. If we want to advocate Linux then we should be prepared for such opportunities.
How does one prepare for a talk on Linux? There are so many things you could say about Linux. Let’s see what could be some things to consider.

Know what the audience will be expecting. They will most likely want a specific topic so it’s better if you need to have an idea as to what they … [Read More]

Fear Not the Penguin!

July 8, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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Fear Not the Penguin!

There are days when I just want to tell friends and co-workers to just use Linux even when they express so much fear.  Why?  Because there’s nothing to fear!   I haven’t had something as tricky as a kernel panic for the longest time.  When it comes to drivers, there are a lot of helpful forums, plus our sys ads are capable of helping us.  Even if they don’t know everything, they are skilled enough to help us through our problems, whether it’s on Linux or Windows.
I see that some of our co-workers have family members who use netbooks with Linux.  … [Read More]

Asus: No More Linux?!

July 2, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under The Free World.

Asus: No More Linux?!

Asus was practically the first to popularize netbooks with Linux on them back in late 2007. However, times have changed. It seems as though Asus really has turned its back on Linux. Why? It’s because the people preferred Windows XP. That is why there aren’t many machines with Linux.
They said that it was a business decision to lessen the models with Linux on their netbooks. Other manufacturers like HP and Dell were said to have triggered the change. The Asus notebooks with smaller hard drives paled in comparison thus losing marketshare. I … [Read More]

Sharing to Those Want to Know

July 2, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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Sharing to Those Want to Know

Carla Schroder’s blog entry today about changing the world one penguin at a time gave me a different perspective on advocacy. It’s not the same as what I’d normally encounter. I’d usually encounter people saying “Let’s introduce Linux to one and all.” But she has a different perspective: Introduce Linux to those who are actually interested. In her words:

In other words, don’t waste your time on people who are not receptive. Using a well-set up computer isn’t very hard for even the greenest Linux greenpea, despite all the propaganda and FUD to the contrary. But no … [Read More]

Geekery and Parenting

June 29, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under The Free World.

Geekery and Parenting

It takes an awesome parent to raise kids who have a healthy appreciation of technology. They will not be afraid to let their children know more technology and they will even teach them how to become responsible as they use various technologies in their lives. It does not mean that they will just let their children run wild among the many internet forums or let them use technology irresponsibly.
Sometimes my co-workers joke around about how they will raise their children. They joke that they will teach them how to program even when they’re just babies. … [Read More]

Get Read for OSCON 2009!

June 28, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under Announcements

Get Read for OSCON 2009!

OSCON 2009 will be held this July 20-24 in San Jose, California at the McEnery Convention Center. It seems that they’re expecting 3,000+ people at the event from different backgrounds who share the same interest: Open Source Software. Hopefully this will be a good time to meet the software developers our favorite open source applications and learn from them.
A sample of topics:

Perl 6: Why? What? How?, Damian Conway, Thoughtstream
Introduction to Google App Engine, Joe Gregorio Google
How to Write Your Own Eclipse Plug-ins, Beth Tibbitts, IBM
Django in the Real World, Jacob Kaplan-Moss, Django
What You … [Read More]

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