First Post!

July 7th, 2007 | Open Source, The Company

A Mountain… In ColoradoI’m finally composing my first post for this blog. I’m sitting in a friend’s living room just outside of Denver, Colorado. I’ve got a bit of a headache, but I’m content. It’s taken me the better part of the day to get the blog theme put together and everything setup online. I think it turned out just fine.

It’s fun to know that this excellent piece of blogging software, Word Press, is entirely free. The site is hosted, currently, on a FreeBSD box running MySQL, Apache2, and PHP5. We’re discussing switching to some flavor of Linux and I’m considering moving a lot of my development to Python and PostGreSQL. It’s nice to know that, in open source, we have options.

The story of open source success in the server arena is nothing new. More recently, open source has and continues to make big strides on the desktop. Launching this blog today was done entirely via my Dell Inspiron 630m running Ubuntu 7.04. All of my graphic work was performed in The Gimp. I spent some time using the Bluefish editor; but at my widescreen resolution (re: not very tall) and the simplicity of the work, I felt more at home in the basic Gnome text editor.

I’ve just done some serious OSS application name dropping. I’m trying to stress just how powerful open platforms have become in terms of getting work done. In this post, I’m not going to go so far as to say that the software is better or worse. What I will say is that I have a passion for the notion behind open source software. This is why I setup this blog using all open source software. This is why I want Webcraft Studios to exist. Well, that and I want to retire to somewhere tropical some day.

I hope that this blog is both about learning and about teaching. While I’ve used open software off and on for years, I know I have much to learn. Whatever I learn, I intend to share – because that’s the spirit behind open source.

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