“Linux Sucks 2016”

On January 21st, in Pasadena, CA (at the Southern California Linux Expo), this happened:

It was an absolute blast.  Huge thanks to the organizers of SCaLE for letting me take over your ballroom for the evening and fill it with my ridiculousness and stupidity.  Thanks as well to the friends who came out to help me film the whole thing.  Even more thanks to the amazing people that made cameo appearances.

And, of course, a big thank you to my supporters over on Patreon for helping to fund this sort of insanity.  I’ve got some more fun stuff like this in the works thanks to all of you crazy kids.

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Bryan Lunduke for openSUSE Board

GeekoVoteI, Bryan Lunduke, am officially running for a seat on the openSUSE Board.

Consider this post to be my campaign platform.

The short, short version:

“openSUSE rules.  Not enough people know that.  Let’s change that.”

Seriously.

Leap?  Crazy cool.  Tumbleweed?  Best rolling-release distro available.  And the tools that surround openSUSE are simply amazing.   I think more people should know about — and use — all of it.

Now, let’s be honest.  I have very little to offer the openSUSE community.

  • My organizational “skills” are roughly equivalent to that of a drunk grizzly bear.
  • I’m never on time to anything.  Ever.  I’m pretty sure I have no internal clock.
  • If anyone ever gave me full control over the openSUSE budget… I’m fairly confident I would spend every penny on small, green Chameleon plushies.  Just to see how big a pile of them I could make.
  • My decision making abilities are highly questionable.  I once paid full price for a non-matinee ticket to “Dude, Where’s my car?“.
  • My taste is also questionable.  I saw it twice that week.

But I do have one skill — I know how to make noise about Linux.  A lot of noise.  Here’s a few examples:

  • I recorded a video, about Linux, with a crummy camera and got over a million views.
  • I wrote the lyrics for the SUSE “Uptime Funk” music video.
  • I’ve been a professional tech journalist — writing for Network World, Linux.com and a handful of Linux magazines — for 3 1/2 years.
  • Been the Social Media guy for SUSE for over 2 years (holy cow… it’s been 2 years?).
  • And I can’t seem to go more than 5 minutes without being on a Linux-oriented podcast.
  • I even wrote a kids book about Linux.

Noise.  Noise I can make.  And, on the openSUSE board, I would do exactly that.  (Along with attempting to do all the other things that we’ve already covered I really suck at.)

If you’re an openSUSE Member, you can vote for me (or any of the other candidates) when voting opens later this month.

 

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Linux Sucks 2014 breaks 1 million views

I’m just going to put this right here.  One million views.  For a single, slightly fuzzy, low-light video with barely passable audio.

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If you’re not already planning to attend the Southern California Linux Expo in January of 2016 (just over a month from now)… you better get on that.  The 2016 edition of “Linux Sucks” is going to “kick it up a notch” in every way imaginable.

An room that can hold nearly a thousand people.  High quality audio and video.  And the show… holy cow.  Missing this will make you sad.  Trust me on that.  Just make sure you’re there on the first day — Linux Sucks happens on the evening of Thursday, January 21st.

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“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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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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