“Windows is AWESOME” and “Year of Linux Desktop” at LinuxFest Northwest

lfnwtotemLinuxFest Northwest descends upon Bellingham, WA in just a few short weeks — April 25th and 26th.

And, as is tradition, I’ll be there.

Unlike past years, I will not be recording my annual “Linux Sucks” video at this conference.  LinuxFest Northewest has been the home of “Linux Sucks” for over half a decade now — and it’s time to take that show on the road.  I’m currently on the hunt for a new conference to bring the next installment of that series to.  Preferably somewhere on the East Coast of North America or Western Europe to give some new folks a chance to be there in person.  (If you have an idea for a particularly fitting venue, drop me an email!)

But, fear not!  I have two presentations on the schedule that are going to be — to put it mildly — a freaking blast.

On Saturday the 25th, I’ll be presenting the following with James Mason (who was so much fun to co-present with last year, that I’ve decided to do it again with a new presentation):

2014 was the Year of the Linux Desktop. You missed it.

For years we’ve been hailing “the year of the linux desktop.” 2014 was no exception.  A relatively static set of complaints have stymied adoption of Linux as people’s primary computing interfaces — These complaints function as a set of core benchmarks for Linux adoption.

Over the course of 2014, those benchmarks were quietly surpassed.  Come see how Linux has, unexpectedly, finally fulfilled its desktop promise everywhere, from kids at school to professionals at work.

The second presentation, on Sunday the 26th, is one that I gave earlier this year at the Southern California Linux Expo — and it was so much damned fun that I just had to do it again (and get a good video recording this time):

Windows is AWESOME

Listen up all you neck-bearded, hippy-dippy Linux nerds!  You think Linux is all that and a bag of chips?  Well, you’re wrong.  Windows is the true king of awesome operating systems.  Give Bryan Lunduke a few moments of your time and he’ll prove it to you.  (Note: If you’ve seen the “Linux Sucks” videos, that’ll give you a hint for what to expect.  In other words… “watch the whole thing before you punch Bryan in the nose”.)

Both will be recorded, with videos posted to my YouTube channel after the event.

And, of course, when I’m not doing my dancing monkey routine I’ll be at the openSUSE booth.  If you happen to be at LinuxFest NW, be sure to swing by.  It’s where all the cool kids hang out.  :)

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Updated site design

Lunduke.com is getting a bit of a face-lift.  If you experience any trouble, feel free to let me know (contact links up top).

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That’s right. I have a puppet.

Mr. Lunduke meet the World.

The World meet Mr. Lunduke.

If you’re not already subscribed to my YouTube Channel, I recommend doing so.  This is going to be fun.

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New Video show from Mr. Lunduke starts in January.

It’s been quite some time since I’ve done a regular, video podcast (unless you count my once-a-year “Linux Sucks” series).

BryanStarting the first week of January, that’s going to change.  In a crazy big way.  Twice a week — Tuesdays and Thursdays — a technology show hosted by yours truly will be blasting into your eyeballs.

Did I say it was hosted by me?  That’s only partially true.  Technically it’s hosted by a puppet version of me.  That’s right.  A Muppet-y version of Bryan Lunduke will be interviewing guests and reviewing hardware and software.

Everything is in place.  The puppet looks awesome.  The guests and reviews are lined up for the first few weeks.  The audio gear and recording computer (running only Linux, of course) is all in place.  Even the artwork and production workflows are prepped and ready.

But I could still use your help on one final thing: I need a new video camera.  Because the one I have is kinda crap.

My (amazing) wife has been cool with me investing time and money into this new show… but if I suggest to her that I need to buy a fancy new video camera there is a chance that her amazing-ness will turn into “grumpy-towards-Bryan-ness”.  And I’d like to avoid that.  I’m also going to avoid asking for donations (all of you are amazing — and I don’t want to take advantage of you guys).

So, instead, I’m going to try to raise the funds for a new camera through a sale of my books and whatnot (basically everything on the front page of Lunduke.com in one bundle).

It’s one of those “set your own price” sales that we all love so much.

Plus I’m offering a “ready-to-print” gift card.  So if you want to give a cheap, nerdy, awesome present to someone (and you want to put as little effort as possible into it) this is the way to go.

[Update: Sale is over!]

You can either pick up this bundle right here (using that little form above) or over on the official sale page.  Either way.  Works exactly the same.  And every penny goes directly towards the new camera for the show.  What sort of camera will the show be filmed with?  That depends, entirely, on how much money this sale raises between now and December 25th.  :)

I’ve gotta say, I’m pretty excited.  This project has been in the works for the better part of a year now — the planning, the designs, the production details… it’s been a heck of a process.  But well worth it.  I can’t wait till January 6th, when you guys get to see the very first video.

Oh!  In case any of you were wondering: I will still be a co-host on Bad Voltage, the audio-only, once-every-two-weeks podcast I record with Jono Bacon, Jeremy Garcia and Stuart Langridge.  No change there.

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The laziest, cheapest, nerdiest [generic holiday] gift ever.

[Sale has ended!]

Buying a [holiday] present sound hard?  Buying a [holiday] card sound even harder?

Worry no longer!  I, your humble servant, can provide you with a nerdy gift option that is off-the-charts lazy (and cheap as heck)!

Here’s how it works:

Step 1) Pay whatever you like.

Step 2) Get an auto-magically generated email with a ready-to-print card (filled with DRM-free, nerdy gifts) attached.

Step 3) Print that card.

Boom.  Done.  [Generic holiday festival] shopping complete!

Super-duper lazy?  Don’t even print the card out!  Just forward the email to the recipient!  They’ll admire you for your dedication to laziness!

What lovely, nerdy gifts does this (extremely fancy) card include, you ask?  Why only some of the finest, nerdy books, games and comics on this lovely little planet of ours!

GenericHolidayCard1) [book] – Linux is Badass

2) [book] – Linux for Hank

3) [book] – The Bible.  With Robots.

4) [game] – Linux Tycoon

5) [comic book] – 2299 Act 1

6) [comic books] – Road-Sign Hank and the Aliens issues #1 & #2

Normally that would cost $23 if purchased individually.  That’s right.  You’re giving a super awesome gift and you didn’t even need to wrap anything.  Also you’re awesome.

Lazy?  Sure.  But awesome!

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