Thank You Fedora 5541 Lbs. of E-Waste not entering into landfills this year, from CrossBytes.org

January 1, 2010

The year 2009 has been a great year for CrossBytes.org

We have kept 5541 Lbs. (2.77 Tons) of E-Waste from entering into landfills this year.

….

Computers may seem like sleek, high-tech marvels. But what’s inside them?

“Lead, cadmium, mercury, chromium, polyvinyl chlorides. All of these materials have known

toxicological effects that range from brain damage to kidney disease to mutations, cancers,”

Allen Hershkowitz, a senior scientist and authority on waste management at the

Natural Resources Defense Council, explained.

“The problem with e-waste is that it is the fastest-growing component of the municipal waste stream worldwide,” he said.

Asked what he meant by “fastest-growing,” Hershkowitz said. “Well, we throw out about 130,000 computers every day in the United States.”

….

excerpt from

Aug. 30, 2009

Following The Trail Of Toxic E-Waste

60 Minutes Follows America’s Toxic Electronic Waste As It Is Illegally Shipped To Become China’s Dirty Secret

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/08/19/60minutes/main4579229.shtml

although the story is fairly long it is worth reading…

this is the reason CrossBytes.org does not recycle we reuse refurbish and through our School Nomination Program we put the computer systems back into use.

This has only been made possible through all of the donations that have been made to CrossBytes.org and through the use of Fedora as the OS

of these older systems that would have otherwise ended up in local landfills or worse overseas in place like Guiyu in southern China.

We at CrossBytes.org do follow the criteria set forth by the Basel Action Network (BAN) in there ‘E-Stewards Standards’ as best as we can.

We make sure that any materials that do need to be recycled go to a company that has signed the Electronic Recycler’s Pledge of True Stewardship.

(IMS Electronics Recycling, Inc.)

So thank you everyone in the Fedora Community for doing such a great job this year.

LinuxCon 2009 A different kind of event for a different kind of place

October 4, 2009

LinuxCon seems to be a considerably different kind of event..Other events focus on high attendance typically driven by enthusiasts; there goal is more targeted on bringing together a smaller cross section of the community, specifically developers, end users, vendors and contributing community members. For this event the Linux Foundation expected over 500 qualified attendees at LinuxCon; 40% developers, 30% end users, 10% community and 20% vendor. I was really only there for the 2nd day, but from what I saw I would definatly say they hit there 500+ people. I saw Software Developers, Linux IT Professionals and Senior Executive Industry Experts.

Spread out over the 3 days of the conference there were over 100 roundtable panels, tutorials, sessions, keynotes, BoFs, and lightning talks. Some of which our very own gave …

–Developer–
Power Management For Everybody(Green Linux)
Matthew Garrett, Red Hat, Inc.

GRO: Surviving 10Gbp/s with Cycles to Spare(Kernel)
Herbert Xu, Red Hat, Inc.

Device-Mapper Remote Replication Target(Enterprise)
Heinz Maueishagen, Red Hat, Inc.

KSM: A Mechanism for Improving Virtualization Density with KVM(Virtualization)
Chris Wright, Red Hat, Inc.

–Operations–
Confining Virtual Images using SELinux (svirt)(Security)
Daniel Walsh, Red Hat, Inc.

Get it Together: Unifying Linux Wireless Infrastructure(Kernel)
John Linville, Red Hat, Inc.

–Tutorials–
Using Ftrace(Kernel)
Steven Rostedt, Red Hat, Inc.

I must say a big thank you for the opportunity to learn and at the same time spread more knowledge about Fedora I had a chance to attend the Linux Kernel Roundtable, which was a discussion on the Linux Kernel; Moderated by kernel developer and maintainer James Bottomley and featured Linux creator Linus Torvalds, The panel addressed the technology, the process and the future of Linux.

Conference Topics Included Cloud Computing, Desktop, Emerging Technologies, Enterprise Linux, Green Linux, Kernel Development, Linux in the New Economy, Linux Migration, Netbooks, Security and much more.

Some of the talks that got my attention since we  (Fedora)  have been working on [NFSv4 – WIP F12/F13] or have already worked into the distro [Ext4 - F11 and F12] were ..

–Operations–
Extending MAC Protections over NFSv4(Security)
David Quigley, NSA

Advantages and Considerations of Converting to Ext4 (Filesystems)
Theodore Ts’o, Linux Foundation

There was other co-located events, including the Linux Plumbers Conference, Novell SUSE Workshop, SELinux Developer Summit and more.

The ‘exhibit hall’ for LinuxCon was very interesting, it was set up along with there attendee lounge areas and meals. There line of thinking being more of a showcase which is not an exhibit hall – an excerpt from there convention schedule..

‘just a highly visible marketing opportunity. Interspersed in the common gathering areas for maximum visibility, we select a number of companies that were afforded the opportunity to share their company’s product or technology solution.’

There promise to the Attendees was . .

‘We promise that we will not waste your time with an extensive and unnecessary exhibit hall that shows you nothing new. Instead, we have asked a limited number of companies to showcase an innovate product or technology they think you might be interested in seeing.’

Based on their promise and the way they have their ‘TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE’ set up I think that we should rethink how we set up our Fedora booth for this convention [LinuxCon]. I think we should show off the things that we are thinking of
putting into Fedora — Rawhide — things to come — We as a Fedora community say ..

‘The Fedora Project always strives to lead, not follow.’

and quoting from ‘Is Fedora For Me’ https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Is_Fedora_For_Me

‘Following the “release early, release often” methodology, Fedora has a short lifecycle to enable upstream projects to get feedback from a large number of users, enhance features further, close gaps, and fix issues rapidly — thereby furthering our mission of progress of free and open source software.’

So if we do another booth lets show them what we have in store for them let them take that back to tell other people of what is coming.. lets really show them how we strive to lead, not follow. Lets get the feedback maybe even collaboration. Let us take the lead in bringing people together, , and maybe even distros. If we do not do a booth I think we should at least do a few lightning talks on the knew things that we are adding and or trying out. [Rawhide]

LinuxCon is organized by The Linux Foundation, a non-profit consortium that is working with the community to protect, promote and standardize Linux.

Now a little about OSCON…

After reading an article in Linux Format Magazine ..We here in Portland, Oregon might be getting OSCON back.. it seems that a number of people were unhappy with the conference location. Previous OSCON’s have largely been held in Portland, Oregon, which could almost be described as the Silicon Valley of the north. Holding OSCON in San Jose, part of the real Silicon Valley, seems to have attracted more day trippers, but the numbers seemed to have been down, which might encourage O’Reilly to return to Portland in time for next year. So Portland might just be very busy…

Linux Plumbers Conference, Novell SUSE Workshop, SELinux Developer Summit, LinuxCon, LDAPCon, Technical Advisory Committee(TAC) and more .. and maybe OSCON to return..

LinuxCon 2009 A different kind of event for a different kind of place.. Silicon Valley of the North.

I am very tired .. I will post some pictures later on..

If you can’t make it to LinuxCon this year, participate through live video stream.

September 22, 2009

A quote from the website –

‘If you can’t make it to LinuxCon this year, you can participate remotely through our live video stream, including all presentation slides in parallel. Keynotes are free’

http://streaming.linux-magazin.de/en/program-linuxcon.htm

The

2:00 PM – Roundtable – The Linux Kernel: Straight From the Source

The Linux kernel forms the heart of any Linux distribution. Instead of hearing from vendors and packagers, in this session you can hear directly from the lead maintainers of the Linux kernel on its past, its present and where we go from here.

Was great hope you all can catch some of the live video streams..

This is through Linux Pro Magazine in conjunction with The Linux Foundation..

Vancouver Fedora 11 Release Party Report – What we learned

July 23, 2009

1. Need to act like a product demonstrator.

This is some things that I have jotted down from notes that I have had for a while.

We should aim to appeal to the market that we are promoting to and remember these people are not experts, but rather they are ordinary, average people seeking information/help. Remember, your advantage here is identifying with the customer, i.e. I used to be like you, now my “problem” is solved because “I simply did x,y,z.” Provide a solution to their problem.


Instead of simply demonstrating the features behind the product, we need to sell the benefits behind the features. This is a critical persuasion technique. Identify the potential problem before offering a solution.


Take a few seconds talking about how you have used your company’s products in your home and business. By doing so, you show that you care about the product and your not just getting paid to ‘sell’ something with which you have no personal connection.


The majority of speakers are not “qualified experts” with extensive proof that their product works (for example testimonials, screenshots, endorsements, etc). And that’s fine – provided you position yourself in your presentation as an “average guy who overcame the problem” and come across as believable.


Remember, people want to like the person behind the product. There is an old saying that lenders invests in people, not buildings or things. They need to respect and admire the person behind the company before they considers investing. Your listeners want to make an investment in you. Make them feel good about the person they’re backing.


Although your Unique Selling Point is one of your greatest assets, do not be intimidated by this. Your USP can be as simple as supplying your phone number on your web site, or your customer service, or your willingness to offer support. Your USP has to be something that you are able to offer over and above your competitor, so think about this carefully and detail its benefits in your presentation. Once you have found something that separates you from your competition, push it hard.


Always, always speak in an informal, friendly manner – position and offer yourself as approachable on the subject.

2.To many people do not know what Fedora is, a few knew what Linux was.

We need to make an effort to disseminate what Fedora is. This is something that I had noticed at LFNW, OSCON (when it was here in Portland) and at this Release party. My numbers came out to be about 50% knew what linux is and only about 15%-20% knew what Fedora was. So in my opinion we need to promote more towards the 80%-85% of the general population that do not know what Fedora is. For us to put a advert poster etc. that says ‘. . .Fedora Release party . . ‘ without explaining what Fedora is, well that means we have to hope that the 15-20 people out every 100 that read the poster are interested… not very good advertising if it is only written towards 15-20 percent of your reader base.

I am not the only person that has noticed this just recently ..

this was written to the Ambassador list by J. Palander

“Hi all,

Does somebody have any statistics how well Fedora brand is known?
Or do we have some official statistics available by Fedora project?
(Joerg, do you know?)

I rise this question because I have faced the problem many times, that
people does not know what Fedora is. If I explain that it is one of the
Linux-distributions, then they may understand what it is all about.

I just made a _very small_ survey on my area by stopping 10 people from
the streets and showed them a Fedora logotype and asked just 3-4
questions:

1) In what profession do you have/work?

2) Do you know what this is (showing the Fedora logo)?

and if answer was “NO”, I asked
3a) Do you know what Linux is?

if answer was “YES” (**, I asked
3b) Do you use Fedora now or have you used it before?
4) Do you use any other Linux now or have you used some before?

This is what I got:

1) Unemployed, Salesman, Student, Student, Taxi-driver, n/a, Retired,
Dentist, Salesman, n/a
2) No, No, Yes, Yes, No, No, No, No, No, No
3a) No, Yes, Yes, Yes, No, Yes, No, Yes, No, No
3b) -, -, Yes, Yes, -, -, -, -, -, -
4) -, -, Yes, Yes, -, -, -, -, -, -

(** All answers like: “is it an operating system?”, “it is a computer
program”, “yes, its our server” etc. was accepted as “Yes”.

This gives me a feeling that Fedora as a brand is not known (as is) well
and we ambassadors can only do something for the issue.
I think that the Fedora-graphics team should think also an alternative
logo which says something like “Linux Fedora” or “Linux Fedora OS” or
“Linux Fedora Operating System” etc. This just to point out that it is a
Linux and it is an operating system. This could help people to know that
there is an alternative available for Windows etc.
…..
Jukka”

3. Make sure to have wires bundled in organized fashion.

All the loose wires looks very un-professional. Need to make sure all clutter is hidden.

4. Need to make sure to have some kind of talk or presentation.

I think at least 1 presentation along the line of ..The benefits of Fedora(Linux) over other Operating Systems.. is an absolute necessity and also lets the people know what Fedora (Linux) is in general before even listening to the presentation, or coming to the event what ever it is.

5. Some kind of R.S.V.P.

Using e-mail, twitter, facebook, blogs and a phone # we should be able to get a reasonable R.S.V.P. system set-up. I know that everyone will not R.S.V.P. and not everyone that  R.S.V.P.’s will show up, but at least we will have some kind of idea.

Vancouver Fedora 11 Release Party Report – Walking with the Lions

July 18, 2009

When and Where

Reports

Pictures

Attendees

  1. Kevin Higgins
  2. Tammy Higgins
  3. Amanda Rasler
  4. Matt McKenzie

We arrived with our table and equipment about 20 minutes early to set-up. There was already one person who was there and waiting for us. He sat and watched us set-up the 2 laptops, OLPC   the computer and of course all of the media and swag.

The gentleman has is own business and is using Fedora 10 on all his boxes. We got into a long discussion about servers, software and hardware raid. I do not know that much about raid and scsi servers I am just learning myself. I was very honest with him and let him know that I do not know that much about what he was wanting answered but I was able to direct him to the websites that could help him out.

I had my belief that letting someone know that you do not know,  but directing them to the right place or people is an invaluable asset, and is one of the core ideas around Fedora “Friends”. He ended up taking a install DVD live CD and a pamphlet.

We had 1 or 2 people come in from the Twitter account, a few that came in from the Flyers. So I have learned that even with the work on the main road to Fusion Cafe stopping a lot of the people, Internet is the way to advertise, so we have now set-up a Face Book account for CrossBytes just to ‘advertise’ the Fedora Events in our area, that with Twitter. and blogging. I think the next Event will be even better than this one.

The tattoos and case badges are really great. The construction causing problems was in a way nice since the Media did not get to us and we had to burn our own media and make some origami dvd cases, even so I think they turned out pretty good.

I ended up learning a lot having to use Scribus for the first time. I think that it shall be a great friend of mine, hopefully I will learn enough to be able to do talks at the schools on desktop publishing 101.

A recurring comment was that ….it was good to see a professional looking and organized event from Linux ..you have more than just one thing to show…

We did have the OLPC, a gaming computer, a laptop set-up with an educational spin and Sugar on a Stick. I ended up doing more talking about how Fedora has been getting back towards K-12 education … the k12linux Sugar on a stick and the upcoming Multiseat feature in the upcoming F12.

Matt M. and his wife ended up coming up from Portland OR. to help out and I am very great full for his support and help.

Just a short report for now. will right another one on things that we have learned from this Release party.


Vancouver Fedora 11 Release Party Pictures – Walking with the Lions

July 13, 2009

This was the First Fedora Event of any kind in Vancouver Wa. , and the first Linux event in Clark County since June 4th, 2005.

Just some pictures a full Report to follow soon . .

- – Fedora 11 Release Party – Sat July 11 –  Vancouver Washington – -

Setting up the Table

Setting up the Table

20 Minutes later finished setting up. .

20 Minutes later finished setting up. .

Was at Fusion Cafe before we arrvied and waited to talk to us . .

Was at Fusion Cafe before we arrvied and waited to talk to us . .

A good example of the Fedora Tattoo

A good example of the Fedora Tattoo

Matt McKenzie hooking up to the free wifi and getting ready to set up Live usb station.

Matt McKenzie hooking up to the free wifi and getting ready to set up Live usb station.

Origami Desktop Live Media Case that we designed and made.

Origami Desktop Live Media Case that we designed and made.

A great example of the Empowered By Fedora Tattoo

A great example of the Empowered By Fedora Tattoo

Waiting for the ISO to transfer to his Acer from jump drive.

Waiting for the ISO to transfer to his Acer from jump drive.

Origami Live CD/Install DVD Media and Pamphlets . .

Origami Live CD/Install DVD Media and Pamphlets . .

Explaining about Sugar, OLPC, Sugar on a Stick and Fedora's Involvement. .

Kevin explaining about Sugar, OLPC, Sugar on a Stick and Fedora's Involvement. .

Kevin talking about Education Spin, k12linux and the upcoming multiseat feature in F12

Kevin talking about Education Spin, k12linux and the upcoming multiseat feature in F12

Waiting, Listening and just staying cool on a Hot day inside Fusion Cafe.

Waiting, Listening and just staying cool on a Hot day inside Fusion Cafe.

Just some pictures a full Report to follow soon . .

- – Fedora 11 Release Party – Sat July 11 –  Vancouver Washington – -


By

Kevin Higgins

user : CrossBytes

Fun and games at the Fedora 11 Release Party

July 11, 2009

The day has gone well.  The road construction

on 205 has slowed the day down some.  The gaming

computer is having a great visual impact. Of course

the OLPC grabs them as they walk by the table.

The weather is warming up and that will bring more

people to the Fusion Cafe to cool off.  Great Impact

area.

Come in and walk with the Lions.. Reign with the new Fedora 11 Leonidas Distribution

June 20, 2009

Come in and walk with the lions
Take home a Free DVD or Live CD and you shall

Reign

Reign

Reign with the new Fedora 11 Leonidas Distribution

Need a break from the recession Try out the Fedora Linux Operating system for free Take home a live cd or an install DVD for free . .
The cost advantage of Linux is huge. In a nutshell, you get the complete OS, thousands upon thousands of applications AND support for the grand total price of….$0! We’re not talking a watered down, feature deprived OS either…we’re talking a full-blown, complete, enterprise ready OS…for free.

Tired of Viruses, spyware, malware . .
Viruses are less of a threat on Linux. The very way a Linux system is designed makes it very difficult for a virus to function as it does in Windows. This also applies to spyware, malware, etc. The fact that almost no viruses are written for Linux also adds a nicer sense of warmth. Fedora comes with SELinux (Security-Enhanced Linux) which is a Linux feature that provides a variety of security policies, including U.S. Department of Defense style mandatory access controls, through the use of Linux Security Modules (LSM) in the Linux kernel; and a built in firewall makes Fedora Very safe and secure.

Tired of waiting for months for the next service pack . .
Linux is in a constant state of development and improvement by professional and semi-professional developers who donate their time and skills to the various projects. In addition, the majority of the system and available applications are Open source, so if you wish and you had the ability, you could add any feature you needed.

Tired of spending hours on hold to speak to someone in a call center on the other side of the planet for support.
As hard as it is to accept, you can easily get support when you do run into difficulties. In addition to the plethora of online forms, both independant and those provided by Fedora, there are also more and more 3rd party service providers that offer service contracts for Linux systems. Good to have in a corporate/business environment. There is also support offered by more and more traditional Technology names such as Dell, IBM, Novell, Sun and others. And finally, for support a little closer to home, there are Fedora Ambassadors in almost every state now and in most major cities they have Linux User Groups that can and do offer help and advice.

Want to learn new skills, gain deeper insights into how computers work. For those that enjoy the how/what/why of life, Linux is an excellent choice and Fedora is the place to start.

Fedora 11 Release Party Vancouver 2009

Saturday, July 11
12:00 pm onwards
Venue: Fusion Cafe
Directions: 13503 SE Mill Plain Blvd Vancouver,WA 98684

More Info

How Many Users in the First week 105,748

thats 15,106 installs a day

which means a new user installed Fedora 11 every 6 seconds . .

So lets all get together and

REIGN with Fedora 11

Why Donate Your Computers – We Refurbish not Recycle – We Install Fedora and make an otherwise slow computer usable for internet/homework.

June 11, 2009

This is why you should keep your computer out of the landfill (Thank You BestStuff).

E-Waste Statistics You Should Know:

1. About 220 million tons of old computers and other tech hardware are trashed in the United States each year (Environmental Protection Agency, 2001).

2. About 63.3 million desktop computers will be taken out of service in the year 2002, and 85 percent of them will end up in landfills across the country, constituting an ever-growing environmental hazard (National Safety Council, 2001).

3. By the year 2005, one computer will become obsolete for every new one put on the market (Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, 2001).

4. Fifty percent of computers being recycled are in good working order. They are discarded to make way for the latest technology (Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, 2001).

5. Experts estimate that we will have more than 500 million obsolete computers in the United States between 1997 and 2007 (Poison PCs).

6. Five hundred million computers in the world contain 6.32 billion pounds of plastics, 1.58 billion pounds of lead, and 632,000 pounds of mercury (The Basel Action Network, 2002).

7. The average lifespan of a computer has shrunk from four or five years to two years (National Safety Council, 1999).

8. About 70 percent of heavy metals found in U.S. landfills comes from discarded electronics such as circuit boards, wires, steel casings and other parts (The Basel Action Network, 2002).

9. Only 12.75 million computers, including monitors and keyboards, will be recycled in the United States in 2002 (The Basel Action Network, 2002).

10. Americans are buying more computers than people in any other nations. Currently more than 50 percent of U.S. households own computers, and therefore, generate the most e-waste (The Basel Action Network, 2002).

Refurbish is often confused with recycling, but they are really quite different. Refurbishing is the process of major maintenance or minor repair of an item, either aesthetically or mechanically, that lengthens the life of an item. Recycling, on the other hand, involves processing used materials into new products in order to prevent waste of potentially useful materials.

* Refurbishing/Reusing keeps goods and materials out of the waste stream
* Refurbishing/Reusing advances source reduction
* Refurbishing/Reusing preserves the “embodied energy” that was originally used to manufacture an item
* Refurbishing/Reusing reduces the strain on valuable resources, such as fuel, forests and water supplies, and helps safeguard wildlife habitats
* Refurbishing/Reusing creates less air and water pollution than making a new item or recycling
* Refurbishing/Reusing results in less hazardous waste
* Refurbishing/Reusing saves money in purchases and disposal costs
* Refurbishing/Reusing generates new business and employment opportunities for both small entrepreneurs and large enterprises
* Refurbishing/Reusing creates an affordable supply of goods that are often of excellent quality.

Fedora has empowered  CrossBytes to be able to make otherwise slow computers usable for internet/homework.

Thank You to all of the people involved in the Fedora Project.. all of you have allowed us to open a whole new world  to many people.

Fedora 11 absolutely rocks on older machines using ext4 as the default file system.

The foundation for the Fedora surge I have envisioned has been laid.

June 1, 2009

May has been a great month for CrossBytes
We have received over 50 Computers; over 12 laptops; over 30 Monitors . .
and much more . . .
All are being installed with Fedora 11 –
95% of the donated computer equipment has gone directly into our School Nomination program.
We are trying to work out a Release event and Computer System give-a-way or
some thing along those lines…wow talk about F11 testing…


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