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Bruce Perens tells how he got involved with Linux and Free Software (video)

By Robin 'Roblimo' Miller on April 16, 2008 (9:00:00 PM)

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You've probably seen quotes from long-time Linux and Free Software advocate Bruce Perens, and you may have even have seen his picture a few times. Now, in this exclusive Linux.com video, you have a chance to "meet" him in a little more personal way, and to learn how Bruce got interested in Linux and FOSS -- and why he stays both interested and involved.

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Bruce Perens tells how he got involved with Linux and Free Software (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 199.64.0.252] on April 16, 2008 09:16 PM
What a great and wonderful man. I have only admiration for him and people like him. I hope that I can be more like him.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 82.38.85.41] on April 19, 2008 06:58 AM
A good speech from Bruce, who is an inspirational and admirable person.

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Bruce Perens tells how he got involved with Linux and Free Software (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 68.59.238.40] on April 16, 2008 11:55 PM
As with most video made with FOSS apps, the sound is completely out of synch with the action. Painful to look at, and I use linux exclusively.

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Re: Bruce Perens tells how he got involved with Linux and Free Software (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 69.116.171.108] on April 17, 2008 12:06 AM
I watched this video on my Kubuntu 7.10 laptop, there was no audio/video sync problem, it was perfect, I have to say.

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Re: Bruce Perens tells how he got involved with Linux and Free Software (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 69.20.153.211] on April 17, 2008 02:14 AM
Gosh! So did I and it was great! I am using Ubuntu.. Sorry you had bad video problems.

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Bruce Perens tells how he got involved with Linux and Free Software (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 76.102.223.142] on April 17, 2008 01:15 AM
Wow, what a clip. That would be cool to link to from Wikipedia or somewhere.

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Bruce Perens tells how he got involved with Linux and Free Software (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 69.14.13.58] on April 17, 2008 04:34 AM
That's a great clip. Thanks for making it available. Like most others here, I didn't experience any A/V sync problem. I watched the OGG version using the mozilla-mplayer plug-in. It worked fine, although I had to turn the sound way up to hear the video.

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Bruce Perens tells how he got involved with Linux and Free Software (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 65.209.120.239] on April 17, 2008 06:19 AM
I use one machine that is Vista-only and another that is Ubuntu only. On both machines, I attempt to use FOSS as much as possible. Obviously, this is much easier on the Ubuntu machine.

However, as someone who is just entering the business world, FOSS has a long way to go before it will be able to compete at the enterprise level.

That said, I can do everything I need to do on a personal level from within Ubuntu, and I prefer to do so whenever possible.

I only hope more people will make the move to FOSS software so that people in business will be able to migrate without any problems.

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Re: Bruce Perens tells how he got involved with Linux and Free Software (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 41.242.196.176] on May 14, 2008 11:00 AM
Just why did he stay both interested <a href="http://www.buy-specialist.com">buy</a> and involved at the same time.

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Bruce Perens tells how he got involved with Linux and Free Software (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 130.243.171.231] on April 17, 2008 09:34 AM
Am I the only one who thinks that Bruce reminds me of Ted the lawyer in Scrubs?

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Re: Bruce Perens tells how he got involved with Linux and Free Software (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 24.84.196.212] on April 17, 2008 05:47 PM
Yes, I'm afraid you are the only one. It must be very lonely. Stop watching TV and get outside more and you will feel better, I promise.

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Bruce Perens tells how he got involved with Linux and Free Software (video)

Posted by: Norberto Bensa on April 18, 2008 03:25 AM
Can someone at l.c pleeeeeeeeease rename OGG to ogg?

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Bruce Perens tells how he got involved with Linux and Free Software (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 74.166.251.205] on April 18, 2008 06:18 AM
Was it just me that found his pronuciation of the words linux and debian incorrect?

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Bruce Perens tells how he got involved with Linux and Free Software (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 89.229.67.158] on April 18, 2008 09:32 PM
Thanks for a link to ogg file!

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Bruce Perens tells how he got involved with Linux and Free Software (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 207.6.87.223] on April 19, 2008 08:17 PM
I think his pronunciation of Debian is correct, but I say Linux with a soft "i" myself.

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Bruce Perens tells how he got involved with Linux and Free Software (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 209.91.36.238] on April 20, 2008 05:35 AM
Amazing! Thank you for recording this bit of living history.

It's always a relief when we can see just how a regular guy with a regular job can become a pioneer, and example for us all. In any industry, these pioneers can be found, if they are looked for. Since they are no different than you and me, it would seem to be a good move for the industry to encourage everyone to do what they feel is right and take on challenges that may one day land their work in space or the latest movie technology.

I wonder if we will one day just consider everyone's achievements in their day to day regular work "normal".

Again, this was an awesome and historic piece of work, and in Bruce's own words, it doesn't getter better than that.

I've been using and teaching people how to use FOSS in business and their personal lives for over 10 years, the benefits keep increasing month by month, not every other year or two (or five) like most non FOSS applications.

I believe it's because of the principles behind FOSS, the principles of community and common good of all, that people can step up and make huge strides in development. Anyone with the knowledge can build rebuild and unbuild apps etc. as they see fit.

Bruce is proof that it is lucrative and worth the time and effort to remain unbiased and "open" to whatever comes your way.

Thanks again,
rkrii

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Bruce Perens tells how he got involved with Linux and Free Software (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 68.59.238.40] on April 22, 2008 02:25 AM
Ah, thanks for the pointer to the streaming OGG version, that is perfectly synched.

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