North Jersey Linux User Group Is doing A screening of “Revolution OS”


My buddy Murph and The New Jersey Linux User’s group would like to announce the presentation of the film “Revolution OS” at the Darress Theatre in Boonton NJ on Wednesday, March 31st 2010.

Revolution OS is a documentary detailing the roots of the Free Software and Open Source movements that resulted in Linux, as well as many other free software projects.

From the Revolution OS website:

REVOLUTION OS tells the inside story of the hackers who rebelled against the proprietary software model and Microsoft to create GNU/Linux and the Open Source movement.

On June 1, 2001, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said “Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches. “Microsoft fears GNU/Linux, and rightly so. GNU/Linux and the Open Source & Free Software movements arguably represent the greatest threat to Microsoft’s way of life. Shot in cinemascope on 35mm film in Silicon Valley, REVOLUTION OS tracks down the key movers and shakers behind Linux, and finds out how and why Linux became such a potent threat.

REVOLUTION OS features interviews with Linus Torvalds, Richard Stallman, Bruce Perens, Eric Raymond, Brian Behlendorf, Michael Tiemann, Larry Augustin, Frank Hecker, and Rob Malda.

The movie will be shown at 7:30 pm with a brief question and answer session afterward.

With the permission of the director, The showing is free of charge, but there will be a collection (amount of your choice) to cover the costs of the theatre. All additional proceeds will be donated to the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Free Software Foundation.

Copies of various GNU/Linux distributions and other free software will be available at no charge after the showing as well.

If you plan on joining us, please RSVP with your name (no need for registration or email). We would like to have a rough idea of attendance. You do not need to RSVP to come. There will be enough room for everyone.

Any questions can be directed to BobM@NJlinux.org

Thoughts on RMS’ “How the Swedish Pirate Party Platform Backfires on Free Software”


I have just read RMS’ “How the Swedish Pirate Party Platform Backfires on Free Software” http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/pirate-party.html and I’m still formulating my opinion on this but in general I am ABSOLUTELY  against the way copyright is done currently.  When Copyright was introduced to America it was a “Creators Monopoly” and only lasted 14 years.  The originators thought that was more than ample time for you to create something,  make back the money that it cost you in creation, and fund you next idea.  I also think that is more than enough time.

No matter what DRM is evil and douchbaggary

More thoughts to come [as soon as I have them :)]

I really want to see @doctorow and @lessig weigh in on this 🙂

Tried to Flash my n800 to Diablo, Tried Is the Operative Word


Woots! I fail hard! I tried to flash my n800 and failed miserably. I started out following this http://www.internettablettalk.com/forums/showpost.php?p=94459&postcount=2
and it fails at the second command on number 14 with a “sutable usb device not found” error http://linuxcranks.pastebin.com/m1c5b5cc8

Then thelastknowngod showed me this http://wiki.maemo.org/Updating_the_tablet_firmware and it fails with this error “Write failed after 0 bytes
usb_bulk_write: Resource temporarily unavailable”

AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

So now I am sitting here with a fairly useless n800. It still boots but it wont load an OS, so I still have hope, but man am I pissed.

**EDIT: I got this to work, but I had to use my girlfriends vista (puke) box, but the flasher for windows is niiice.