Represent #! at SCALE

As some of you already know, I’m the publicity chair for the Southern California Linux Expo, better known as SCALE or, in February’s version, SCALE 11X. If you didn’t know that, now you do.

Chairing the publicity committee allows me to enjoy the expo from the media room, herding the cats known as the tech media who come to report on this event, which — next to OSCON — is the most popular and well-attended Linux expo in North America. As an aside it’s also the largest volunteer-produced Linux expo in North America as well. But I digress.

So why am I telling you all this?

CrunchBang has a booth at SCALE 11X in February. I arranged for the booth, I’ll be making DVDs for the booth and I’ll provide some hardware (ThinkPads, to be sure) in order for folks to make live USBs, if they provide them to us, just like we did this year at the booth at Linux Fest Northwest in Bellingham, Washington. Stickers — like this one for Linux Fest Northwest back in April — will probably be part of the mix as well.

The only glitch is that I can’t staff the SCALE 11X because of the aforementioned cat-herding duties. So now I’m looking to the CrunchBangers out there who a.) are going to SCALE 11X in February, b.) are thinking about going to SCALE 11X in February and need some incentive to go, and c.) are going to/thinking about going to SCALE 11X and want to spend some time in the booth promoting CrunchBang.

So if anyone is interested, you can write to me at larry-at-socallinuxexpo.org and we’ll get you the exhibitors’ credentials and all the other stuff set up.

If you can’t make it to SCALE 11X, there’s always Linux Fest Northwest next year, too — we’re already signed up for the April show in Microsoft’s backyard in Bellingham.

This blog, and all other blogs by Larry the Free Software Guy, Larry the CrunchBang Guy and Larry Cafiero, are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND license. In short, this license allows others to download this work and share it with others as long as they credit me as the author, but others can’t change it in any way or use it commercially.

Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started developing software at Redwood Digital Research (RDR), a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment. RDR is based in Felton, California, USA.

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Only the lonely

Yesterday, a new CrunchBanger named Alain posted an item in the Off Topic/General Chat forum section entitled CrunchBang Loneliness. To paraphrase briefly, he says he’s got CrunchBang set up just the way he wants . . . so what to do now? What do we spend most of our time doing?

I can only speak for myself, and did so in the thread. First, I’m usually never finished with my CrunchBang setup. From time to time, search parties have had to look for me once I venture into the monthly Screenshot Thread in the Artwork & Screenshots forum (here’s November’s listing), and the same can be said for The New Monster Conky Thread here in the Tips, Tricks and Scripts section.

Then there’s just hanging out in the forums, helping out where I can when a question I can answer — those few-and-far-between rare ones — comes up, or welcoming newcomers to CrunchBang or just learning a thing or two reading through some of the past forum posts.

Yeah, it’s almost as bad as Facebook, but not quite.

So, Alain and others in the CrunchBang realm, there’s never a shortage of things to do around the CrunchBang world.

[Now to post the song mentioned in the title in the “What are you listening to right now?” section in General Chat/Off Topic before fellow Roy Orbison fan VastOne does . . . ]

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Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started developing software at Redwood Digital Research (RDR), a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment. RDR is based in Felton, California, USA.

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A new look

“I will be performing some maintenance on the web server and the forums . . . . Apologies for any inconvenience,” Philip Newborough said yesterday before begging our pardon, regarding the fact that the site and server could be down for a little while.

Yet when it came back today, CrunchBang now has a new, and very much improved, web presence on its new site. There is a lot more information available about CrunchBang right off the bat, and the forums — arguably the best in the wider Linux world — are a lot cleaner and easier to read.

In a few words: I. Love. It.

To be sure, the new site takes a little getting used to, and the navigating to the forums — what was once an almost autopilot move — took a little looking at first (big hint: Click on the Community button in the upper right). Also, want to find something? Yes, the search field in the upper right is gone, but just click on the magnifying glass in the upper right, and you’re ready to find what you’re looking for.

It seems that Corenominal has “lightened up” — that is, the background is no longer #000000 and, to paraphrase one person who posted on the forums, “grey is the new black.” While there might be some loss in contrast, it still looks very clean.

All of all, the changes are not that radical. For those who are not that jazzed about change, these changes in the site are easily adaptable because they’re somewhat intuitive. In addition, the panels of information one can read using the arrow keys on either side of the panels is very informative.

The only drawback for me — and it’s a personal one — is that now I have to try to match the background of this blog to the background of the forums. But never mind — CrunchBang is moving up in the FOSS world, and the new site is one sign that it’s moving in the right direction.

This blog, and all other blogs by Larry the Free Software Guy, Larry the CrunchBang Guy and Larry Cafiero, are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND license. In short, this license allows others to download this work and share it with others as long as they credit me as the author, but others can’t change it in any way or use it commercially.

Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started developing software at Redwood Digital Research (RDR), a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment. RDR is based in Felton, California, USA.

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