Sunday, May 16

Free Software for Free People!

Last sunday I've been dancing at a Cuban bar called Floridita with two friends of mine after having spent a boring evening at Paddy O'Brien's, where most of the people are about 15 years old. :) I did really need to chill a bit after some hard days of manifestations and events! ;) However, it was cool to see that Hacktivism is growing here in Austria.

On wednesday I did participate at the manifestation against software idea patents here in Vienna; together with Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Movement and the GNU Operating System, we expressed our discontent with the decision of the Council of Ministers to introduce software idea patents in the European Union. Fotos of the event can be found at: - Please join us fighting software idea patents in the EU!

After the manifestation we went to a pub where I met an activist who invited me to drive with him to the opening of the GNU/Linux days in the city of Linz. Here we spent the whole day. RMS hold two interesting speeches on Free Software and the threat of software idea patents in the EU and transformed himself into Saint IGNUsius, of the Church of Emacs. Thursday evening we went to the restaurant of the Rosa Lila Villa where I haven't been for years.

Friday I spent the whole day at this guy's place trying to install Debian GNU/Linux on his Laptop. As the Knoppix distribution of the GNU/Linux Operating System has a good hardware recognition and as he was already working with this Live-CD Operating System I decided to use it as installation base. Unfortunately, we faced several problems while installing the system on the harddisk and fine-tuning it, although it worked without any problems (but a little bit slow) while running from CD. Well, after this stressing day I went to my friends at quintessenz at the evening, where I agreed to help out at the JUX project - a Knoppix variant particularly made for youth.

Wow, I've been so busy these days that it took me three days to write this brief blog-entry. :) Next time I'll speed up a bit, I promise... *smiling*


Wednesday, May 5

Microsoft is a Virus itself

Right now I am sitting here at a friends' place, helping him to get rid of all those cute viruses and trojan horses or worms he has on his computer. Last time I was here I had to fight with a worm that even the Anti-Virus software itself had not recognized as malicious. At the moment the Anti-Virus programme has found 21 viruses, but I know that it won't help just to delete them. If you really want to protect yourself from Sasser and other attacks, you shouldn't use software like Internet Explorer, Outlook or Word at all. Also from a political viewpoint it would be best to avoid Microsoft applications and Windows as a whole and use Free Software and switch to a stable and secure system like GNU/Linux instead. Do not rely on propietary software like your firewall or your Anti-Virus software, but trust this fast growing community that has already proven in the past its ability to fix severe bugs within hours... You could be a part of it!

Watch out and spread the word!



Sunday, February 8

redtux is back


Hi folks!

I finally found some time (and motivation) to do some work on my site. As you know, it's all work in progress, but I have now scanned some pictures and am working on some help for Windows users to use Free Software. I noticed that most people come here through a GNU/Linux operating system, which means that I couldn't attract the majority of those guys and girls out there who _really_ need some help. *smile*

Apart from that I am working on my quasi network - setting up some very old (80486 etc.) PC's for different purposes (playing CD's and ogg vorbis files, a terminal just for surfing, another one for SSH sessions, one for running screensavers all the time :) and so on). If you have any ideas, just mail me. I have totally nine PC's available (at least) and enough disk space, but a small amount of memory (RAM) and pretty bad video cards (donations are welcome *lol*).

This Blog Entry is being written in the GNOME Blog Poster (gnome-blog) - I can really recommend this handy tool. If you don't like GNOME (for what reason ever) try a similar programm; it's really worth, as you don't have to open your webbrowser every time you want to post something. (Okay, it didn't work; had to go to - but next time it will work for sure - at least I hope so. *g*)

NB: I am also running a Blog at (Jabber) - who knows if I'll manage to have a technical log book beside my personal weblog some day. :)

carpe diem,