Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

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

FOSS and Education: iTalc and Moodle

August 2, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under applications

FOSS and Education: iTalc and Moodle

If you’re running a training center, whether it concerns distance education or not, you need tools to help you manage your classes and facilitate discussions, especially for those who are into distance education learning programs. Issues that need to be addressed include: course management as well as ensuring that the training room is managed well so that learners can focus on the lessons and not be distracted by other applications.
Let the Training Room Come into Order with iTalc
Today, I’ve learned about iTalc. It is an application that lets you manage your training room’s computers by ensuring that your …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

gWaei: a Japanese – English Dictionary Application

June 18, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under applications

gWaei: a Japanese – English Dictionary Application

If you like learning the Japanese language then dictionary applications are essential for you. There is another application I just recently knew about: gWaei. You could choose the dictionaries to use for it. Basically you could have several dictionaries that are being used by this application. You have to add your preferred dictionaries first.
Available dictionaries:
English – Japanese dictionary
Kanji dictionary
Names dictionary
Radicals
All of these are from Jim Breen’s WWWJDIC. By default, you could install them if you want. Otherwise you might need to tell gWaei where else to get the dictionaries.
Searching for words is easy because …read more

Anti-Linux Perspectives and How You Could Deal with Them

June 12, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under The Free World., advocacy

Anti-Linux Perspectives and How You Could Deal with Them

Whether you are Linux newbie or a veteran, you have a perception of Linux and why you find it easy or difficult to use it, right? Trying to advocate Linux to others would take some knowledge about Linux, the free and open source software world and the philosophies involved, as well as understanding what the users’ needs are. This is especially true for those who want to advocate it to their work place. You can’t just force everyone to migrate to Linux one day just because. It takes quite a lot of work and research!
Perspectives could be as …read more

Linux and Free Software in Santa Rosa (California) Schools

June 6, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under The Free World.

Linux and Free Software in Santa Rosa (California) Schools

Schools taking the initiative to wean students away from Windows is already starting in California. As the article Linux Makes the Grade in California Schools points out, this is taking place in Santa Rosa after a pilot program in Petaluma, California.
Their setup is basically:
Ubuntu LTSP + thin clients + servers
Their applications:
OpenOffice.org
Firefox
Typing Tutor
Virtual Machines for Windows-based classroom learning applications
Not all of their software are already free/open source but still, I think that this is awesome anyway. At least they are starting with something within their school district. The schools’ needs are being overseen by Logical Networking …read more

Dell Latitude 2100 for K-12 Students

May 20, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under Geeky Fun

Dell Latitude 2100 for K-12 Students

School’s starting in my country in two weeks’ time and now I read about Dell Latitude 2100s as K-12 friendly. Interestingly enough these nifty netbooks have rubberized casings so that it won’t easily slip from the hands of students. And the units are quite colorful too.
Some nifty features:

optional touchscreen
webcam (say, “Hi, Teacher!”)
labeling window – personalize your netbook so they know who owns which unit
network activity light that warns teachers if their students are using the WiFi connection instead of focusing on their studies
you could get it with Ubuntu, instead of Windows
3-cell or 6-cell battery
option to choose between an …read more

Review: Hackett and Bankwell Issue #1

April 30, 2008 by Clair Ching  
Filed under Geeky Fun

Review: Hackett and Bankwell Issue #1

I was lucky to have received my copy of Hackett and Bankwell Issue 1 this week. (Thanks so much to Intarcorp who sent me a copy!) I saw that there’s a huge penguin on the cover. Yay! Hooray for penguins! It’s an interesting way to study using Linux especially Ubuntu.
Things I liked about it:

It’s in a comicbook format so it’s more like a story.
It has a penguin character! And he’s explaining Linux to the user.
The words are easy to understand.
There are ’screenshots’ in the comic.
Free Software concepts are being explained to users.

Things that need to be worked …read more

OLPC to ditch Linux in favor of Windows XP

April 23, 2008 by Clair Ching  
Filed under The Free World., laptops

OLPC to ditch Linux in favor of Windows XP

After reading the articles on Computerworld and the Inquirer, I felt disappointed. Why? Because it seems that the OLPC team is backing off from their original plans. They are now thinking about using Windows XP instead of Linux on the OLPC. Uh… Hey, that’s so weird, dude!
*sigh*
Reasons mentioned:

Compatibility with Flash sites
Compatibility with other software

And speculations seem to imply that the move by Intel to sell the Classmate PC for a low price was one of the triggers. Why? Because consumers would buy that. And it seems like this shift to Windows XP would help …read more

The Free World: The Linux Learning Station

March 24, 2006 by Jon  
Filed under The Free World.

The Free World: The Linux Learning Station

Disclosure: The Linux Learning Station is my personal project.
I’ve just opened up The Linux Learning Station. What is it? Well, it’s like New Linux User but with videos. I figure I can write a thousand lines on how to use iwconfig or how to edit the /etc/fstab file, but a quick two-minute video will get the process and information out just as good (if not better) and also be more useful to the large percentage of non-English speaking Linux users.
I just received my Aiptek DV4500 video camera the other day and after learning the ropes I’ve managed to make the …read more


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