Google’s Phone Plans

It strikes me that the problem with Google’s open phone plans is that the carriers all still suck and are the opposite of open. Google should just buy one of the carriers and run it in a reasonable manner. If it turns out that you can’t make money running a high-quality, neutral network and being nice to your customers then they would still make up the difference by driving lots of traffic to their web apps.

Wanted: Unsupported Linux Devices

Greg Kroah-Hartman’s Linux Driver Project is an effort to connect a group of more than 300 volunteer Linux driver developers with hardware companies that need drivers written. Their problem: they can’t find enough unsupported devices to keep them busy. I’m pretty sure I have a few wireless cards at home that don’t work, so I’ll give those a try.

Ubuntu 7.10 Released

The latest version of Ubuntu, 7.10, has hit the streets. This is the first version that I haven’t tried any of pre-releases for so I can’t wait to give it a spin. The new feature run-down is here.

Rushkoff Switches to Ubuntu

Author Douglas Rushkoff gets frustrated with Windows Vista, installs Ubuntu and loves it. I felt like quoting this entire post but I’ll restrain myself.

Yes, I’m working on it right now, and it makes even the Mac OS seem like a forest of unnecessary gizmos. Linux is blazingly fast compared with Microsoft’s OS, utterly simple, complete with any application you can imagine and – more amazingly – based on an entirely different philosophy than Windows. There’s a spirit of abundance and transparency in this Linux universe. Need something, and you just grab it. Pay, if you like, what you like, when you’ve determined its of value to you.

Dell Ideastorm

Dell launched a new, Digg-like web site a few days ago called Dell Ideastorm. Users can submit ideas for new Dell products or services and have them voted up by the community. The idea with the most votes by far is pre-installed Linux, number two is pre-installed

Linux Phrasebook

Linux Journal has a sample chapter from Scott Granneman’s new book Linux Phrasebook, which looks like an introduction to the Linux command line only organized by task with lots of examples. I like this format because it’s how I try to keep my own notes on things I need to do. It’s also much easier than wading through man pages for the options you need.