I assure you, we are alive and active. JeremyW and I have gotten very busy, we've both gotten new (day) jobs, I'm getting married, and we have a lot on our plates. We've got several posts almost finalized, but we want to verify all the steps work in Jaunty. Look for new material later this month and in July.
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This post could very easily have been titled "Boring Legal Stuff", but it's a necessary part (a.k.a. evil) of running this blog.
It's been too long since we last posted. JeremyW and I both took new jobs late last summer and fall, so we've been quite busy. But with the snow on the ground I can finally get some fun work done. Installing the latest build of Xubuntu, the Alpha 3 release of Jaunty Jackalope!
For those of you unfamiliar, this is what the majestic jackalope looks like: The version I will be discussing today has a much more sleek look to it. And Xubuntu's take doesn't leave a mess on the carpet. This is version 9.04, and with it comes XFCE 184.108.40.206 and Linux Kernel 2.6.28-3.4. The goal of this release is to improve the experience and remove transitional barriers for new users as well as decreasing boot times. By the time of the official release Jaunty will include XFCE 4.6, improve Samba integration, decrease login time, and make Xubuntu better for multimedia use. There have already been some good improvements in appearance and login speed, and they are working on logging the events occuring upon boot and login to find ways to increase the speed. It's already much faster than Vista, though that wouldn't take much. My boot time on my old laptop was 43 seconds, as opposed to 1:22 with the same setup in 8.04. Results may vary with your setup, but that was my experience.
Thankfully, OpenOffice.org 3.0.1rc2 is finally included in the repository. It isn't installed by default for the sake of making the iso fit on a CD. OpenOffice.org continues to improve, and for the average user is as good, or for some better, than Microsoft Office. My qualm had always been how bad the graphs look, but they are looking and working much better in 3.0.1, I recommend any Linux or Windows user to at least give it a try.
Firefox 3.0.5 is included and is the default browser for Jaunty. It also comes with Pidgin for chat, Thunderbird for an email client, and the Remote Desktop Viewer for all your online needs. I'm still eagerly waiting for Google to finally port Chrome to Linux, a surprising omission on their part. Firefox is still an incredible choice, and is an Ubuntu staple.
Wireless support continues to improve, and a novice user should have no problems getting online right after an install. Joe Tillamook out there should be able to install and get to work quickly and trouble free without calling their Linux-capable friends.
We're still 3 months away from the release of 9.04, but the Alpha 3 release is still looking amazing. For either a seasoned Linux veteran, or a new convert, it is arguably one of the best combinations of ease of use and speed out there.
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Objective: The purpose of the Equal Access to Technology (EAT) Initiative is to, as the acronym implies, “feed” the minds of those with fewer means to use and learn about high-tech devices, technology, and programs; especially children.
Implementation: The EAT Initiative has three main methods to obtain the objective: 1. Identifying those in need and getting them the resources they need to become competitive in an increasingly technical world. 2. Make the technology affordable enough to be within their grasp. 3. Educate those in need as to how to use the technology and how to obtain the information they will need to continue learning on their own.
In following these methods we will work with the county commissioners, social workers, and youth services to identify and aid those in need. We will also offer discounts on our already low price items to help defray the cost to those in need, and even offer technology for free to those with the least means. We will also work at developing and supporting free software for use by those in need as well as the general public. Education will be offered in the form of booklets, resource centers, and classes when needed.
Every day gifted children are being held back by limited funding and opportunities to expand their abilities to the full potential. Programs will be developed to help push these children forward and allow them to build important technical and programming skills, at the same time building their math skills and taxing their minds.
Through these ways we hope to bridge the digital divide, starting locally and thinking globally. If other entities will follow the EAT Initiative as well we can work together to make sure no mind goes hungry for knowledge.