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[News] Events in Many Cities Convert People to GNU/Linux and Free Software

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Visions of a Microsoft-Free World

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| Is free software taking over the world one town at a time? Residents of 
| Felton, Calif., recently pledged to go proprietary-free for at least a week. 
| Plans for similar events are reportedly under way in town in Oregon and New 
| Mexico, as well as 100 towns in Italy.   



13 year-old Eric Rufle talks about installing GNU-Linux watch!


Event aims to bring Lindependence to one California town

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| What is going well? Starks reports there will be some national coverage,
| including a possible National Public Radio feature and partial coverage from
| Fox News. Also, there are rumblings of other towns that may wish to try the
| same kind of event. Both Starks and Cafiero have already been asked by others
| if they could replicate this event. In fact, Cafiero says, "I would like to
| consult with those who may be interested in doing a Lindependence project in
| their communities as soon as possible. It doesn't have to be your whole town,
| either -- it can be a local school, a local school system, any group that you
| think might benefit from GNU/Linux and FOSS."


One Down...Three to go.

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| The first Lindependence project set sail into the history books today, July
| 14th 2008.
| It went well. Extremely well.


Alternate Access to the System i

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| Then I ran across something that cheered my heart no end: iSeries Access for 
| Linux. Those who have been following my travails recently might know that 
| I've begun treading the path toward a Microsoft-free environment. I've 
| already removed nearly all of my Microsoft applications, trading in IE for 
| Firefox, Outlook for Thunderbird, and Microsoft Office for Open Office (IBM 
| Symphony isn't quite ready yet). I created my own Linux mail server, and I'm 
| trying to go to the next step. Obviously, I have a major stumbling block in 
| the fact that WDSC (soon to be RDi) doesn't run on Linux, but I have to 
| believe IBM is going to fix that "real soon now." In the meantime, I'm trying 
| to find replacements for other software, and while a Linux 5250 terminal 
| already exists (TN5250), I thought I'd try the IBM version.          


Calling All Distros

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| This event is going to receive national and international coverage. 
| Ironically, a google search for LINdependence 2008 shows as much positive 
| activity internationally as within our own borders or even in the Ubuntu 
| LOCOs in California itself. In a recent google alert, it was amusing to see 
| that several prominent Chinese blogs are watching the project closely. This 
| is a golden 0pportunity for the leadership within Linux and FOSS to take 
| control of their own destiny.      



Lindependence 2008 -- An invitation

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| Lindependence 2008 introduces Linux to the town of Felton, California -- 
| about 6,000 people who live at the foot of the San Lorenzo Valley in Santa 
| Cruz County, California. The plan behind Lindependence 2008 involves 
| assisting those wishing to declare their digital independence for an entire 
| week -- starting on Independence Day 2008 -- by using their choice of distro 
| and FOSS programs.     

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