Tell the world how much you think Linux sucks.

This coming Saturday, April 26th, I will be presenting the 2014 edition of my annual “Linux Sucks” (and “Linux Does Not Suck”)… thing that I do.

As part of the event, I have asked some of my friends to record short video clips declaring “Linux Sucks” — which I could then edit all together as a sort of “Everyone thinks Linux sucks” (tongue in cheek) montage.  Don’t we all want to see leaders of some of our favorite distro’s declaring how much Linux blows?  Of course we do.

But, wouldn’t it be even more fun to open it up to everyone (not just Linux “big wigs”)?  Agreed.  Much more fun.

So, if you’d like to get in on the action, here’s the details:

Record two short (just a few seconds long) video clips (using your webcam or phone is fine):

One clip where you declare that “Linux Sucks”.  (You can say any other disparaging things about Linux that you like — “I am so mad at Linus Tovalds right now”, “Linux… is just terrible”, etc. — so long as you start by saying “Linux Sucks” in whatever tone feels right for you.)

Then a second (optional) clip where you declare your love for Linux.  You can say something simple like “Linux doesn’t suck”.  Or you can say whatever else feels right for you.

Then send those video clips to by the afternoon of this Thursday (April 24th).  Download link or as an email attachment is fine.

That’s it.  Takes like 7 seconds and ensures your Linux-based immortality.  Also it’ll be awesome.

Let’s see… what else makes sense to tell you…

- By sending me the video clip you agree to let me do whatever I want with it.  I’m just going to edit them together (and probably trim them up a bit)… but I feel like I should say that to cover my butt.

- Seriously.  Thursday afternoon.  That’s the deadline.  If you send it to me after that you’ll be plum out of luck.  I am going to be editing this together Thursday night.  So no dilly dallying.

- These videos are, for the first time, being recorded properly.  Tripod.  Lapel mic.  Like a big boy.

- The youtube versions tend to get viewed a few hundred thousand times… Looks like the 2012 version is just shy of half a million views.  This 2014 one I expect to break that line.  With gusto.

- Oh, if you work on any specific Open Source or Linux project, be sure to say what your title is in the email you send me.  I’m going to label folks with little subtitles.

That’s about it.  Now go.  Right now.  Record those two quick video clips and send them my way.

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Linux for Hank : The Linux Book for Kids

My new book, “Linux for Hank” is now available.

Page_01It is a kids book.  All about Linux.

It is completely, 100% appropriate to read to your son or daughter — no matter the age.  That’s what it was meant for.  (Though, to be honest, I find it rather fun to read myself.)

It costs $2.  Has no DRM.  And manages to work in rhymes for “Linux from Scratch” and “Gentoo”.  Which might make it the most important kids book ever written.

You can also pick it up as a bundle with my, far less appropriate for children, book “Linux is Bad***“.

One book for the kid.  One book for Daddy.

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“Linux is Badass” : The Text Adventure

Linux is Badass“, the bestselling book (how crazy is that?), included a “Choose Your Own Adventure” story at the end.

LiBTheGameThat adventure has now been made into an old-school text adventure game that can be played with any Z-Machine interpreter (such as Frotz) on any platform (including Linux desktops and Android phones).

If you’ve already purchased a copy of the book from my website, you can re-download it for free (using the instructions in the original email you received after purchasing) and get the game.  Because I like you.  And you are pretty.

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June Open Source Wrap-Up — with hard numbers.

With June now behind us, it’s time to look over how things went during the first full month of everything here being Open Source.

The short, short version: Things went pretty awesomely, with a few areas to work on improving during July.

First off – The donation numbers.

During the June time-frame we brought in $2,652 in donations.  I have a few thoughts on this number:

  1. This is pretty amazing.  We, as a community, pulled together $2,652 to fund Open Source software (and comics/artwork).
  2. This is made even more amazing by the fact that we had relatively little press attention during June (this was somewhat on purpose to give us a baseline of donation numbers — what can reasonably be expected without major spikes in media attention).
  3. Despite that, it does fall quite a bit short of the $5k goal.  So there is work to do in July to improve those numbers.

Because transparency is good, here is a break-down of donations day-by-day.


You’ll notice that donations were pretty steady and consistent during the first roughly 1/3 of the time-frame.  Then things dropped off a fair bit there in the middle.  Then there was a nice spike near the end.

I have a few observations worth noting:

  1. Donations tend to be a bit erratic, day-to-day.  Which was expected (and doesn’t really need to change).
  2. Donations tend to spike 2 to 3 days after a new release of software.
  3. Donations tend to spike immediately after posting a video on my YouTube channel.
  4. People seemed to like the donation perks.  But most donations were straight-up donations with no requested perks.  (That surprised me a little bit.)
  5. The first half of the month was dominated by a larger number of smaller donations.  Whereas the last part of the month had far less total donations, but with larger dollar amounts.

Obviously there’s some work to do to increase those numbers during July and August… but this is an absolutely excellent start, and a good base to work from.

With the financial stuff out of the way, here’s a quick snapshot of some of what was released during June:

  1. A new app was born: Arduino-Make-inator.  (Visual Arduino programming.)
  2. Illumination Software Creator 6.0 was released with full support for Android, iOS, PyGTK, HTML5 and Flash.
  3. App-Make-inator 13.06 was released with a new visual style, animations and a bunch of other goodies.
  4. The official G+ community was created.
  5. The LunduNUX Linux Distro made its debut.
  6. The LunDOS FreeDOS Distro also made its first public appearance.

In other words: A metric ton of new, Open Source software was released.  Which makes me smile.

Looking to July, there’s quite a few goodies on the docket as well.  Here’s a quick snapshot of what is being worked on and/or planned for the next few weeks (as with everything, this can change… but it’s good to have a plan):

  1. Linux Tycoon 1.x, re-written in App-Make-inator (this was actually planned for June, but had to roll into July as I’ve been adding features to App-Make-inator to make this nicer)
  2. App-Make-inator 13.07
  3. Game-Make-inator 13.07
  4. Linux Tycoon for DOS 1.0
  5. New blocks for Arduino-Make-inator
  6. Radical Comic Designer 4.0
  7. Updates to LunduNUX and LunDOS

If you would like to see additional time placed into your favorite software, or on the feature you want most, you can “Buy Bryan For A Day“.  (This is actually how the Arduino-Make-inator came about.  Someone donated to allow me the time to work on it… and, shazam.  Now we have the Arduino-Make-inator!)


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Linux Tycoon on Ubuntu Touch, Android, iOS… everywhere.

I’m just going to leave this right here.


A few extra details:

  • On Monday, June 24th Wednesday, June 26th Wednesday, July 3rd, Linux Tycoon will be submitted to the Android, iOS and Windows Phone stores.
  • On that same day, Linux Tycoon will be made available for download for Ubuntu Touch and Firefox OS.
  • Also.  On that very same day.  Linux Tycoon will be made available as a web app, playable from any modern browser and just about any platform.
  • Linux Tycoon has been completely re-written in the Free, Open Source HTML5 app building suite, App-Make-inator.
  • Full source code, under the GPL, will be released.  (Joining the source code that is already available for the modern desktop and DOS versions of Linux Tycoon.)

That’s right.  All of that “Linux Distro Simulation And Management Game” goodness.  Free.  And Open Source.  And made possible entirely by donations from the awesome, freedom loving people of the world.

Note: The scheduled launch day of June 24th has been pushed back to July 3rd.  Because… you know… woops.  :)

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