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Ace Suares: A big Linux advocate on a small island (video)

By Robin 'Roblimo' Miller on November 13, 2008 (7:00:00 PM)

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The word "big" has two meanings here. Ace Suares is not only a big-time GNU/Linux and FOSS advocate, but he is close to 2.5 meters tall and built like a football lineman. He lives on the island of Curacao in the Netherland Antilles, where he and his wife run a small Web design and hosting firm that (of course) runs Linux servers. But trying to convert other IT people on Curacao to the FOSS cause has not been easy, and has caused Ace plenty of frustration over the years. Somehow, he keeps going; arranging conferences, holding LPI Certification classes, and generally talking up Linux to his clients, friends, and even to strangers whose businesses or government agencies might be made more efficient by using FOSS instead of proprietary software. Now we'll get out of the way and let Ace tell his story directly to you in the following video. (It's about 13:20 long.)

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Ace Suares: A big Linux advocate on a small island (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 192.168.1.51] on November 13, 2008 07:19 PM
It's always good to hear from another IT pro who pushes Linux. Sad to hear that much like myself, there are issues with acceptance with FOSS.

P.S. What's with the cigarette smoke at 4:01?

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Proprietary Headaches

Posted by: Lite on November 13, 2008 10:14 PM
Getting people to recognize and use Linux / FOSS isn't happening very fast, but as time moves on I think we will see progress throughout the business. Organizations and companies don't like to pay more, especially if they get fed up with bad service and poor quality from the software companies they are paying now.

Recently my church's tech computer went down because of a corrupt Windows registry. I was going to reload it using the new version of Ubuntu, but they had a proprietary program they purchased and use for showing words and music lyrics on a secondary monitor and some projectors. After putting a clean copy of Windows XP and a fresh install of the projector software on the computer, the projector software kept crashing. Once I reinstalled it a different way, I found out it needed a serial that the church didn't have on record. I went to the company website and they said they would email the serial on the next business day. Unfortunately, it was the weekend so to make a long story short we didn't have working projectors that Sunday.

The projector software expires later in 2009, so hopefully I can try again to convince them the Linux software I want to use is a better, cheaper solution. It might not be easy since the proprietary projector software uses it's own file formats, but I have time to figure things out.

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Ace Suares: A big Linux advocate on a small island (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 79.173.192.239] on November 15, 2008 12:04 AM
i tried linux 5 years ago and i did not like it at all and that made me hate linux so much and hate anyone mentioning it ... that changed after i tried opensuse 11, what an amazing operating system its. i think linux is moving in the right direction and ppl will see how good and solid it is one day. i think linux is ready now specially with distributions like opensuse ( i really really love KDE) ... thank u linux

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Ace Suares: A big Linux advocate on a small island (video)

Posted by: visual on November 16, 2008 06:53 PM
Nice to see that on the island of Curacao in the Netherland Antilles they have internet and people who love linux :)

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Ace Suares: A big Linux advocate on a small island (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 74.193.72.183] on November 20, 2008 08:05 AM
I love the way he speaks and no im not making fu of him i love his deep voice

i also notice thee smoke but thats trivial

I love that he is trying to push linux even more forward

he understands things very well and the buissness world he makes tons of good points

we do need more buissness applications on linux more quickbooks like things

then there will be mass adoption by small buissness

what no crashes?? ever?


im in

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