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Archive for January, 2007
I’ve been somewhat remiss as a current OpenOffice project lead in spreading news to the Ubuntu community. So, here’s my first attempt to do better.
Please welcome two new OpenOffice incubator projects:
I’ve also run across an interesting non-Ubuntu project that is worthy of note. Open Street Map is a project to collect GPS data and make public domain (GPL/CC) maps.
What’s so cool about IPV6? I like Alex Lightman‘s hypothetical version the best:
Ok, so we know these are hypothetical examples but they are achievable with IPV6. What are some of the practical things you can use IPV6 for now?
1) IRC6 – connect to IRC via IPV6 and get a wicked cool mask:
* [Rinchen] (~Rinchen@2001:4830:152d:0:20e:cff:fe74:b250): Rinchen
2) USENET – connect to news://newszilla6.xs4all.nl and read your news via IPV6
3) Play Quake
4) Go MUDing at Fatal Dimensions. To connect, just telnet to port 4000 on mud.fataldimensions.org.
6) Surf IPV6 sites or perhaps abstract your surfing via a Gateway
7) Sync your time via NTP
8) IM over IPV6 with Jabber – e.g. use amessage
9) VOIP and IPTV – watch this space for announcements in 2007
10) Setup an IPV6 website. One of the easier ways is to be afraid.
My local ISP doesn’t provide native IPV6 although there are several out there that do. I’ve tried just about every tunnel broker and have found SixXS to be the best. Did you know that the SixXS IPV6 infrastructure currently in place has lots of available bandwidth? Translation = speedy!
I am very happy with my own personal setup. I have one my servers in the basement setup as the IPV6 tunnel and router. I use it to vend out my IPV6 subnet addresses to my IPV6 ready devices. One day I hope I can get native IPV6 service. I’ve considered forcing all of my traffic over IPV6 but some of my apps that I use for work haven’t got their head out of the IPV4 world.
If you’re interesting in giving IPV6 a whirl, head over to SixXS and follow the 10 easy steps to IPV6.
Get yourself some water and a napkin because this is a drool-fest. Gizmodo eat your heart out.
I stirred up quite a bit of excitement with my previous post concerning a new System76 laptop prototype that I spotted at my CoLoCo presentation to NCLUG. I am now able to release some of the backstory and details.
A few days before the presentation I emailed Carl from System76 with my dream specs for a laptop. He replied the same day that he had just gotten a prototype of their new machine that matched my specs to the letter minus a DVI-out connection. Carl brought it up to the presentation. I was so impressed I, like others, asked when I could put my order in. I shot Carl an email the next day and he did something special. As many of you know System76 is not only a big Ubuntu supporter but they also very much support LoCo teams. I’m fortunate enough to be currently running the LoCo where System76 resides. As a special favour he allowed me to place an order before the company was tooled up to take regular customer orders on this new model. I thought, “wow, that’s really nice!” so I put in my order about a week ago expecting it to be mid-February when the first production run completed and I would take possession.
Imagine my surprise when Carl called me today, Saturday, and told me my laptop was ready. System76 did a final production ready test run this week and Carl was able to snag me one of those machine. (You rock Carl!) I understand they are still tooling up the manufacturing floor (and their website) to handle this new model so right now I am the luckiest geek on the planet for about two more weeks.
If you follow the System76 Board on the Ubuntu Forums, you’ll know that System76 has recently announced updated specs for many of their Ubuntu laptops in the last week or so. Be sure to check those out when you are done reading here.
Ok, I can’t keep stalling. Here’s what I know of Specs and Pricing. I don’t have all of the details but I will tell you what I believe I know. Keep in mind this could change or I could be flat out wrong.
My machine (which is probably mid-way above the base model):
Thumbnails – Click for 800×600 res (so much for my bandwidth)
Perspective Shot against my workstation:
If you haven’t given Gajim a whirl lately, now is your time to grab it and have a go.
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