And we’re doing it again…

I’ve been rather busy of late, but we restarted the Leiden Anglophone Linux Group a few weeks ago with quite a successful meeting. A new member with GRUB issues on Ubuntu found us via the Leiden Expats Facebook page and David was able to diagnose and fix them without a problem.

Last week’s meeting was a little smaller and the other three participants had all worked together. We didn’t end up discussing Linux much.

My plan is to have two more meetings before the end of the year. The next one will be Thursday 29 November. Steven recommended a place near Hooglandsekerk that looked quite hospitable.

De Branderij
Middelweg 7-9
2312 KE Leiden

Has anyone tried the Haiku OS of late? Techmonks has posted instructions for installing the latest version to a disk partition here. I’ve not tried it yet, but am going to try it in a VM this weekend. I like the idea of a non-Linux open source operating system almost as much as I like Linux.


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I pretty much missed out both on Pi day (3/14 in US reckoning). I did, however, enjoy a very nice apricot crumble at Bennies in Leiden.

I’ve also, so far, missed out on the Raspberry Pi. I haven’t tried very hard to get one, and figure once all the hoo-ha dies down a bit, they’ll be easier to come by.

That said, there is a very cool set of pix over on Flickr including one of the Raspberry Pi running an Atari emulator.

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FOSDEM participant

At last night’s LALUG gathering, Finne Boonen spoke about her presentation at this year’s FOSDEM. Her research examines open source projects that have contributions from both paid staff and volunteers.

Alas, I’ve not had a chance to watch, but you can see her presentation here:

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Leiden start-up looking for expertise

Nick Hogan has posted the following to the LxP (Leiden Expats) Yahoo group and it might be of interest:

Launching a tech start-up based in Leiden and looking for technical personnel and/or networks of engineers and data scientists. If you have any experience in the following areas or know others who do, please drop me a line.

– Ruby and RoR
– Pentaho
– Big Data BI
– MySQL & PostgreSQL DBA
– Linode, AWS and Rackspace hosting and API programming

Nick’s email address is: nickATnickhoganDOTcom

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And we’re back

Had a lovely time in the UK, got a lovely Kindle Keyboard for xmas and have been busy loading it up. My wife also knitted me a beautiful scarf which I’ve been wearing every day.

I’ve been busy clearing out my RSS feeds, but my main source for Linux news ( requires a lot of attention. I hope to post some new goodies at the weekend.

For those of you keeping up, the next meeting is this coming Tuesday. Gracious but time flies. See you at F&F!

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Balls and Noble

My mom (a Win/iOS user who won’t be converted) was happy to find an item via Barnes & Noble that she thought I’d have to ship over to the US from Europe. When I mentioned that that was another feather in the B&N cap given how they’re handling the Microsoft protection racket, she asked what that was all about.

I shared the following:

The Nook, like most non-Apple tablets, uses the Android operating system. Android is based on the Linux kernel.

Microsoft claims they hold patents on a number of aspects of Linux. For the last year or so they have threatened to sue manufacturers of Android devices if they don’t pay a fee. At this point, MS makes more money off of non-MS smart phones than they do off of Windows Mobile phones.

In fact, back in May, they were making more off the $5 protection fee they negotiated off the sale of HTC Android devices than they were off their own products. (Reference)

Here’s the MS announcement of their legal action against BN.

And a summary of the B&N response. (This is the payoff article and worth reading all the way through.) The long and short of it? MS’s claims are BS and in many cases the patents should have been denied based on prior art.

The fantastic Linux Outlaws podcast titled their last episode Balls and Noble in honour of B&N’s stance against Microsoft. (This suit got about 3 minutes in the podcast, but there are links to follow in the show notes here as well:

Kudos of all sorts to Barnes and Noble for taking this on. I’m sure I have more to say on the subject, but it’ll wait til further developments.

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Sorry for the lack of update

For a number of reasons including work being a little heavy, NaNoWriMo (which I’m not winning!), I’ve not been updating. There will be one more meeting this year, this coming Tuesday 29 November, at F&F, and then a break for a few weeks.

I hope your Thanksgiving (or whatever late November feast you partake of) was grand and that the December holiday of your choice is also good fun.

See you Tuesday? I hope so.

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