My dad, Linux, and me

When I was a young girl, I remember my dad showing me Linux on his computer.

He was showing me what was known then as Red Hat Linux—it was a fresh version of Colgate 4.0 from Best Buy. At that time, I was familiar with Windows 95 and knew how to use a computer, but Linux was new to me. It looked like a bunch of code and too technical. So, it was many years later, in January of 2009, that I finally made the switch.

This is my Linux story.

The worn out laptop I was using kept getting viruses. My resistance to getting a new one had been due to my college professor demanding I write my papers using onlyMicrosoft Word. Yet the constant crashing was causing too much stress, so I finally said “Yes” to my dad and “Yes” to Linux.

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A great time to be a Linux person

It’s 2015, and there are no computers in my house that run anything but Linux. Yep, I’m one of those people.

My name is Jim Salter, and I’m a professional Linux sysadmin and developer. I’m the chief technologist of Openoid, and the author and developer of its product, Sanoid, an open source project that aims to make your servers functionally immortal. But, somewhat unusually for people who have taken the full plunge, I didn’t start out that way.

I’m older than MS-DOS, so “what I grew up with” was never really an issue. But my career in IT kicked into high gear coincidentally with the appearance of Windows 95—so as a professional, I “grew up on” Windows 9x and Windows NT. And I loved them! I didn’t really understand all the Microsoft hatred back then—Microsoft seemed OK in my limited perspective, and at the consumer and small business level, Windows really did blow the doors off anything else I had seen. To make things worse, the few hardcore Linux people I knew argued all the wrong bullet points. I didn’t really care about making old hardware run better, and in the days before global broadband, and the security problems that came with it, uptime wasn’t much of an issue either. (Sure, Windows95 wasn’t great for uptime, but I had NT 4.0 workstations and servers with several years of uptime.)

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Netherlands Fighting to Replace Microsoft’s OpenXML with ODF

The inertia in the administration is huge

The Dutch government is now pushing to have the Open Document Format mandatory in all the administration, a move that would make Microsoft very unhappy.

There is a real battle going on in Europe between the ODF and OpenXML. The Open Document Format is supported by the likes of The Document Foundation, the developers behind LibreOffice, and OpenXML is developed by Microsoft. As you can imagine, OpenXML has become default for Microsoft products, so they have a direct interest in having this particular format being used by administrations from all over the world.

Microsoft doesn’t make money just by selling licenses to people. The vast majority of their revenues comes from selling licenses and support in bulk to companies, city administrations, and government. When a government wants to impose the use of another format, in this case, ODF, it also means that the door towards open source alternative to their applications is also opening. And that means lost revenue.

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Italian military to switch to LibreOffice and ODF

The Italian military is transitioning to LibreOffice and the Open Document Format (ODF). The Ministry of Defense will over the next year-and-a-half install this suite of office productivity tools on some 150,000 PC workstations – making it Europe’s second largest LibreOffice implementation. The switch was announced on 15 September by the

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