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Don’t Be Afraid of the GNU/Linux Community

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

By Justin Breithaupt

Ever tried to please the GNU/Linux community? Has it ever worked? If your really lucky it has and you haven’t received any hate mail or been banned from any sites. If your not so lucky and you make mistakes you might be on the other side of the fence but does that mean your down and out?

I’ve experienced this other side of the fence first hand and yet seen projects succeed despite what the media says or the GNU/Linux community. Why is this? It’s because the GNU/Linux community is divided among itself and can’t focus on what really needs to be done or who or what the real threat is.

Just for the fun of it why don’t I make a quick list of sites I can’t post on or have been banned from:

Lxer.com (not banned they just won’t let me post)

Wikipedia.com Banned

PCLinuxOS.com Banned

distrowatch.com (not banned they just won’t let me post)

linuxtracker.com (not banned any more and can post)

ect. the list goes on.

I’ve had anti-Christian activists groups rise up against me and the Jehova’s Witness made up of PCLinuxOS moderators. They were the hardest to shake off my tail and my hat goes off to them for the 2007 Internet Troll awards.

But you see I was young in the GNU/Linux community and didn’t know these bullies existed or how to behave. It was a completely new world for me to contribute by making something. I never knew there were any dangers in it. I figure if I would have kept up the defense long enough they probably would have sent someone to kill me. I’ve had a lot of people warn me about that too.

So what did I do that was so wrong? Well I’m going to spell it out to you. First I installed illegal codecs into my distro and released it without understanding what illegal codecs were, 2nd I made people jealous by making their software better and improving upon it and I even gave them credit, 3rd after they all started complaining to me and getting angry I reacted by trying to fix my mistakes and then asked them what to do and they banned me from PCLinuxOS.com and linuxtracker.com.

At this point I had to make a decision to stop or keep trying to make something I thought was wonderful for my Windows users to switch to. During this time I made my first real mistake and started speaking out against the bullies that harassed me. This never works. The only thing that works is to quietly try to do the best that you can and know that others will eventually realize that you really have something assuming that you do. I spoke to several people including Ken Starks, Richard Stallman, and others. They encouraged me and gave me good advice.

After following the advice about 85% of the hate mail and comments stopped. Months later I was able to use linuxtracker.org again.

The first month I put out my distro over 40,000 people downloaded it. I got many positive remarks from CEOs and customers all over the world. They said it was the best distro they had ever seen for Windows users to switch to. I was not done. I still am not done.

The current result you see of Ultumix 0.1.7.7 containing the Mac4Lin interface and a Windows like interface is still not complete. I would say that 50% of the features that I want people to experience are in Ultumix 0.1.7.7 and that when I’m able to put money into the project I will hire programmers to help me to finish making my dreams into reality.

In one of Richard Stallman’s letters he says that it’s ok and he encourages you to sell free software. Of course now I know that my distro is not free-software according to Richard Stallman’s standards and that I’ll have to put out a free version as well. If it has the same name Richard Stallman says the FSF won’t support it.

I’ve had a lot of time to set back and reflect on what has happened and what will happen in the FSF and Open Source community. I have decided that there exists a problem that separates the two and that the Open Source community is devided among itself. That’s why I purpose a new idea to you. This idea is called the Freedom-Software Community. http://pediaopeness.wetpaint.com/page/Freedom-Software+Community+TM . The main statement is not finished yet and it’s a work in progress or beta but I have faith that together we can make it work.

The Freedom-Software Community is more powerfull than Linux Haters!

Friday, July 18th, 2008

By Justin Breithaupt.

Recently I’ve been talking with Richard Stallman for 2 – 3 weeks on the subject of running free-software. ( Richard Stallman is the president and founder of the FSF or Free Software Foundation. ) What I got out of reading Richard Stallman’s writings and e-mails was that free-software as in freedom is software that has it’s source code released to the public and the public is allowed to modify and redistribute that software as well. This does not necessarily mean free as in cost. This includes drivers and firmware as well.

If your running hardware that has non-free software / firmware in it you can’t use it because that’s against the FSF and if that hardware requires non-free drivers you can’t use it according to the FSF.

I did research to find hardware that supported a modern PCI Express video card with 3D that would work with the free drivers. I also looked for motherboards.

What I did find was obsolete and would require me to spend more money to aquire. At the time I was trying to start a business charging kids to play games on my computers. (playing just free-software games would have been ok).

So now we have rulled out free-software only GNU/Linux distributions and hardware out of the picture. What is the alternitive?

Open Source / FOSS is the alternative. Businesses and countless others such as Ubuntu have went to Open Source / FOSS which is the idea that non-free software and free-software can coexist. This sounds great doesn’t it? The problem is that these people get lazy and don’t try to make free-software and become independent of non-free software any more. Instead they get money from big companies like DELL, IBM, HP, ect. to put non-free drivers in their kernels so that the vendor’s hardware will be supported with Ubuntu’s kernel even though it has non-free software in it and it will work on almost any computer. Sounds great Right? But how does this help make us independent from Corporate America and all the non-free software? It doesn’t.

The other problem is companies like NVIDIA are making it harder to use their proprietary drivers. ATI however has the respect of the FSF for now. NVIDIA drivers for newer cards and chipsets don’t seem to play friendly with GNU/Linux distributions unless you download Ubuntu’s latest kernel. Why? Why are all the rest of us left in the dark? Why must we become dependent on Ubuntu and Corporate America?

A perfect example of this is Ubuntu 8.04. It’s kernel is not even up to date enough to support the newest NVIDIA drivers that are out there and in some instances you can’t install it. I based the latest version of Ultumix TM off of Ubuntu. I updated the kernel and guess what it works! But why should you have to update the kernel every month. Any GNU/Linux hardcore hacker will tell you that’s a bad idea and will make your programs and system unstable.

The thing is whenever it’s possible to use free software to do your work you should but you should not be limited to just using free-software all together. Likewise the developers should work harder to create free-software, drivers, firmware, ect. We also need hardware made by companies that support the free-software idea that the drivers and frimware should be free-software.

The other major problem in FOSS is that the different distros and communities fight with each other to get to the top of distrowatch.com and say they are the best.  I’ve heard officials from the Ubuntu community say to me that they believe that their distro is the best one out there and that users should only be presented with Ubuntu. Why I asked? Because of the confusion of choice they answered. Free-software is all about freedom of choice and not a one world takeover. Lets get back to the GPL guys. And worst of all the people who are really in charge of these projects have lost control. Their moderators go wild in the forums and make people angry and ban people for nothing.

So now that that’s all clearly spelled out to you take two tablets of Tylenol as we discuss the solution.

The Freedom-Software Community TM or FSC can and will solve all of these problems if Linux distributions join in. The FSC has not officially or publicly announced it’s presence before. That’s because they are still working on writing it’s philosophy for people to follow.

Here is the basic idea:

You are expected to use free software when:

1. There is hardware that is supported by free-software and the hardware is in no way more restricted than when it’s using non-free software.
2. The abilities of the non-free software that are needed are not met by the free software.
3. When the expenses of using free-software are affordable. Example of when this would not be the case: You want to run the hardware that supports free-software and has all the abilities of similar hardware that only supports non-free software but the hardware that supports the free-software is either obsolete or too expensive for the average consumer.

At any other time you are expected to try and use free-software and even if these conditions above don’t exist you are expected to try to support free-software in whatever way you can.

There are more aspects to the Freedom-Software Community that prevent fighting and arguing and promote unity and community. You will have to wait for the announcement in the news to hear that unless your an active member of the Ultumix TM Project.

The FSC TM is a Trademark of Justin Breithaupt.

*NIXEDCAST Coming to An Ear Near You

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Thomas Holbrook II | *NIXEDBLOG

The *NIXEDCAST: Intro The *NIXEDCAST: Intro

I have decided to do it everyone.  I am going to record audio for everyone to listen to everyday.  Unlike podcasting, I will be oggcasting.  Since I happen to be too lazy to learn enough about XML, I figured I would use this blog in order to announce when a new show has come out.  I have no plans on using any third party website for podcasting in the future, because most of them require MP3 files, which has patent issues, and thus hurts independent artists.  In order to encourage more people to use OGG, one must already be using it themselves, hence why I am doing The *NIXEDCAST in this format.

The Ultumix Computer Radio Show Live!

Friday, May 30th, 2008

By Justin Breithaupt: usacomputertec

The Ultumix Computer Radio Show Live!


Well I was thinking of an extra way to get some income and advertise my computer services at the same time and so I thought why not start my own Radio show? It’s easy. So all I have to do is make some commercials to put on my show and that should be pretty easy.

Personal Message from the Host:

You can call in and ask Justin Breithaupt about Computers. Subjects will include GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Macintosh, hardware, Viruses, Security, Internet, ect.
Phone Number: (724) 444-7444 Call ID: 20068 If you would like to call Toll Free you can call: (865) 329-7705 (not a toll free number) and we will hang up on you and call your number back. It will show up as an unlisted number.
If you would like to sponsor this Live Radio Show simply e-mail us at ultumix@mindblowingidea.com or call and leave a message at (865) 329-7705.
If your interested on being on the show or doing a private interview about a Computer product, service, or device then please contact us the same way as mentioned above. We don’t have to record it at our normally scheduled time.

Scheduled Time:

Saturdays
Time: 08:00 PM EDT

How to participate:

Call in:

  1. Dial: (724) 444-7444
  2. Enter: 20068 # (Call ID)
  3. Enter: 1 # or your PIN

Join from your computer:

  1. Click here to join the call or just listen along
  2. (Optional) Become a TalkShoe member

Facebook user? You can join this Call directly through the TalkShoe Community Calling Facebook application.

Listen to the Recording:
If you missed this event or want to hear previous recorded episodes click here.

Quick Update.

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Thomas Holbrook II | *NIXEDBLOG

Hey everyone, I figured I would offer a quick update concerning the magazine. I decided to keep everything at $1.95 until the third issue.  Then I will raise the price to $3.95 per issue.  Also, to the person who commented on Justin not following the recommended format, thank you for doing that.  For those who wonder why I allow Justin to post, it is for a few reasons:

  1. I count him as a friend, and I decided to do him a favor.
  2. I want to be as inclusive as possible.  I have offered other people the opportunity to blog here as well.  That offer still stands.
  3. Justin offers a different perspective.  Of course I do not agree with everything he says.  However, the one important thing that can come of him posting is to cause people to think, talk, discuss, etc…. The same goes for me posting.

If you would like to write here, feel free to let me know.

How Ultumix GNU/Linux can save you over $10,000.00 a year and recent news…

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

How Ultumix GNU/Linux can save you over $10,000.00 a year.

The current Price of Windows Vista Ultimate: $209.99 – $319.99

Microsoft Office 2007 Professional: $500.00

Norton 360 V2.0: $79.99

Quickbooks: $700.00

PC Game Average Price $46.99 x 128 = $6,014.42

Nero CD DVD burning software $59.99

SONY Vegas Movie Studio $89.99

Adobe PhotoShop $624.99

Microsoft Money Plus $59.99

The Bible $10.00

Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 $689.99

Adobe DramWeaver $398.99

Synaptic Backup Utility $382.99

Windows Server Enterprise 2008 $2,799.99

Loosing All Of Your Data! $Priceless.00

Total: $12,731.32

These programs would be needed to replace the functionality you get with Ultumix GNU/Linux. Also you could still get Viruses with Microsoft.

Recent News.

Well we have been wanting to start from scratch for a long time now. Ultumix was first based on PCLinuxOS and then (and currently) on Linux Mint KDE 4.0. Now we want to start over and base our distribution on either Ubuntu 8.10 or Slackware with both a KDE interface and Gnome. Basically here is what it is in a nut shell:

The KDE based version will be like the current Ultumix but with more hardware support and it will be less bloated. We also want to make a 64 bit version.

The Gnome based version will have the mac4lin interface so that it will be more friendly for Mac users. If we can get someone to donate a Macintosh computer to us for use we will compile a version for the Mac as well.

We also have the 2008 Olympus Rally Race up and running now where people can view the race and the pictures of the race at www.ultumix.com .

Jack Blood In Need of Assistance.

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

Thomas Holbrook II | *NIXEDBLOG

Jack Blood, the host of Deadline Live on Genesis Communications Network is in need of assistance. He recently suffered a broken leg and currently has no insurance. Those who are interested in helping may donate through the widget below. Another alternative involves copying and pasting this widget to other sites and blogs.

Tux At The Races and the new Ultumix phone number.

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Area1 As you can see here Tux is at the races!

Tux at the Olympus Rally (X-Games Tryout) was a success. We had 2  4×4 foot signs up at Area 1 and Area 2 and one sign each at area 3 and 4. People asked me about the signs as well. The video and the rest of the pictures will be up soon on the internet at www.ultumix.com just click 2008 Olympus Rally.

NEW!* Call: (865) 329-7705 You will be charged as if you were making a local phone call!

Linux on ESPN This Weekend! April 19-20 2008

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

Justin Breithaupt | *NIXEDBLOG

You read right! Watch ESPN on the 19th and 20th. Ultumix GNU/Linux will be on ESPN this weekend in Garfield County. As you see here on the Map there are 6 courses. 4 of these races have spectator areas. I will be putting up 2 billboards at each of these spectator areas with the Tux Penguin and ULTUMIX.COM written on top. Click Here To See The Bill Board Design. The Race is known as the Olympus Rally. since they will be driving past 2 spectator spots every day I will be making 4 signs and posting 2 at each of the two tracks each day. I don’t know if I will sell many computers or get any donations but I’m sure that these signs will be worth the $10.00 laminate board I’m putting them on. :) If your in the local area and this race was anything like last year’s race I hope to see you there.

If you would like to help by donating to this cause please go to www.mindblowingidea.com/Ultumix and donate ASAP. Thanks.

To digg this article please go here.

To All the Little Guys Out There

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Thomas Holbrook II | *NIXEDBLOG

In an effort to bring attention to some of the lesser known distros out there, a new e-mail address has been created.  It may be used for purposes of announcing a new release, updates, news, and more.  One question that comes to mind may be, “What is the point to all of this?”  There are already distro news sites such as Distrowatch, but some distributions are bound to not be listed on even the most mammoth of sites.  There are distros out there that are not getting attention, despite potential technical merit.  In other words, there is a void that needs to be filled.

For those who are a part of a distro and who want to make announcements concerning their distro, here is the e-mail address: distros@thenixedreport.com.  The following is a list of subject lines that may be used to simply communication:

  • Release: Whether it is alpha or a final release.  By using this in your subject line, you are indicating that a distro has been released.
  • Update: This can pertain to updates for the distro in question, such as new versions of software suites or security updates.  Since online repositories are often used, information pertaining to repository updates, such as changing repository addresses and more, may also use this word in their subject line.
  • Site: Any news pertaining to the distro’s website may use this word.
  • Staff: Any news pertaining to changes in developers, webmasters, etc… This can come in handy when announcing a new developer coming on board or a new leader being elected (depending on the distro).

Of course, when using either of the above, it may be a good idea to indicate the name of the distro before the word.  The format would be as follows: [Distro Name] [News Type]  For example, if Linux Mint were about to change the location of one of their repositories, the following would work: Mint Update

Information on Released Distros

If a new release is available, then the version number of said distro should suffice.  However, it is recommended to offer as much information as possible.  For example, what version of the Linux kernel does it use?  If a different kernel is used altogether (other than Linux) then what version is that kernel?  Which web browser is included?  What about e-mail clients and office suites?  How about the version of X.org or XFree86?

Where that Information Goes

The information provided will be posted in the news section on THE *NIXED REPORT website.  If a longer release is available on the distro’s website, a link will be created so the rest of the announcement can be read.