Been busy with work and family lately. I did finally upgrade all the machines to Ubuntu Hardy, I must say its been great, and am look forward to 8.10. Intrepid Ibex is compelling with its updated wifi stack and hardware support in general.
It’s nice to not have to worry much about the OS I’m using. I think GNU/Linux has several distros with mature desktop user design that will enable it to become ubiquitous on the desktop. It’s fun to pop in a Ubuntu CD or USB stick a boot a modern, well equipped desktop into a machine that is not functioning with its original and often outdated system, and have everything working without an additional download!
I think we are getting back all the fun and sharing community that existed back in the earlier Amiga, C64 and neighborhood BBS days, but with added accessibility for newcomers, an atmosphere of conscientious freedoms, and a neighborhood that transcends not only distance but culture. By conscientious freedom, I mean the awareness of responsibility we begin to feel as we understand the nature of Free Open Source Software. Putting these beliefs in context with increasing endangerment and loss of our personal freedoms might make us more aware of what we need to do to restore hope and foster change. Every bit helps.