Debunking The Oatmeal and the perception of Linux as difficult to use

Oatmeal and laptop

The Oatmeal made a webcomic that's been reformatted and recently passed around Facebook and other social media. It's titled “How To Fix Any Computer” and pokes fun at Windows, Apple, and Linux each in its own way. And although I love The Oatmeal, this comic’s screed on Linux promotes a myth that needs to be dispelled. The "How to fix Linux" instructions begin: » Read more


Open source at DrupalCon Denver

Open source at DrupalCon Denver

March 19 will be here before you know it. Thousands of people will flock to Denver, Colorado for a week of learning and networking with Drupal community members. DrupalCon is the official conference of the Drupal community and draws an international audience. If you are not familiar with Drupal, it’s an open source content management platform that powers millions of websites--including and » Read more


SCaLE celebrates a successful tenth year as a premier Linux conference


The Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) was one of the earliest regional Linux gatherings and celebrated its tenth year late last month. Many of today's local Linux conferences draw inspiration from it; just last August, Linux Journal interviewed SCaLE organizer Gareth Greenaway for a behind-the-scenes look at the event's success. » Read more


OSI announces new initiatives and seeks your input

New OSI initiative

OSI is changing, and you can help! I spoke at FOSDEM in Brussels on Saturday on behalf of the Open Source Initiative (OSI), where I serve as a director. My noon keynote covered a little of the rationale behind OSI and a quick synopsis of its last decade from my own perspective and then announcements on OSI's behalf about the work we’re doing to make OSI strong and relevant for a new decade. » Read more


UC Santa Cruz library chooses Creative Commons

CC logo

In response to requests for reuse of its content, like guides and how-to information, the University of California Santa Cruz library has adopted a Creative Commons (CC-BY) license for all of its content.

"Many of us like to use Creative Commons licensed material in our own writing and teaching, so it made sense for us to do this," says Katie Fortney, the Library's Scholarly Communications Officer. "Here at the Library - at most libraries - we're paying a lot of attention to copyright and technology issues, and we want people to know that." » Read more


Moderator's Choice 2011: Seth Kenlon

Moderator's Choice 2011: Seth Kenlon

Along with our annual People's Choice Award (announced last week), we also have a Moderators' Choice Award, selected from the previous year's authors across the site by the editors. This year's winner is Seth Kenlon. » Read more


2011 People's Choice Award: And the winner is...

People's Choice Award

Thanks to everyone who voted for a People's Choice Award winner last week! Looking at the votes took some time due to a few folks who appear to have been dedicated enough to set up vote-bots. We appreciate your enthusiasm, but our authors are champs on their own, no additional help needed. But now that the votes are all in, we're pleased to announce that this year's winner is David Doria, who wrote several stories for our Education channel last year. » Read more


When metadata comes to Twitter

When metadata comes to Twitter

Chris Lehmann is the principal of the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I love reading his education-related tweets because of his many interesting ideas, insights and observations. There's another side to Chris, though. Chris is a rabid sports fan, and he'll unleash a torrent of tweets during certain sporting events. I can appreciate his sports fervor, but to me those sports tweets are more noise rather than signal. I'd love to be able to tell Twitter, “give me all of Chris Lehmann's education-related tweets and none of his sports tweets.” (I also want Chris to continue tweeting his sports tweets, because those are an essential part of who he is.) » Read more

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Lego could have encouraged STEM education for girls--but launched the Friends line instead

FLL World Festival photo by Flickr user bnewendorp

There's been some outrage over the new Lego Friends line, intended to bring more girls into the addictive world of Lego building. Initially, I felt it was a fair extension of the Lego product family. Now I'm concerned about the messages Lego is sending to our future builders and innovators--both boys and girls. » Read more


Steam rumors are flying again, but Desura beat them to open source

Steam rumors are flying again, but Desura beat them to open source

The Desura game client is not only available for open-source-loving players, but also now for developers. They've released the client on Github as Desurium under GPL v3.

Desura is similar to the Steam gaming platform in that they both are a way for gamers to buy » Read more