Welcome! You've arrived at award-winning author Marcel Gagné's personal Website. I am the author of the "Moving to Linux" series of books, a regular columnist for several tech magazines, a public speaker, radio and television personality, and a well known voice in the Linux and open source universe. I created the famous (perhaps infamous) Cooking With Linux which ran for ten years in the Linux Journal. I'm also a published science fiction author and editor, a onetime Editor in Chief, a pilot, a former Top 40 disc jockey, and I fold a mean origami T-Rex.  This site is home to my insights, opinions, gripes, brags, tech stuff, and whatever else comes to mind when I have the time or the inclination to publish it. 


Desktop Linux Summit 2006 Video

Well, I've just returned from my first Desktop Linux Summit where I had a fantastic time. This event was held in San Diego, California, and on Monday of this week, I opened the show with a talk entitled "Desktop Linux : Barriers to Mass Adoption". As it turns out, the show was videotaped and is available via a RealPlayer stream, so you do need to have a copy of RealPlayer on your system.

It's time for another two hour Linux fest on the Computer America radio show and it should be great. Join me tonight at 10:00 PM Eastern time (7:00 PM Pacific) for two hours of Linux. Once again, I want to emphasize that this is a live show with live callers and that is an invitation to you, mes amis. If you want to be on the air, just dial, toll free, 866-606-8255 (that's 606-TALK) anytime during the show. It would be just fantastic to get some of you on the air tonight!! The second hour will feature Linux podcast aggregators and podcasting software. In the first hour, however, we're going to be talking about FREE and what it means in the Linux and Open Source world. Free/Libre vs Free/Gratis. Why free and open source software is good for the world and why it's good for business too. This is a great time to call in a voice your opinion and have your say on this important subject.


USA LUG reviews "Moving to Linux", 2nd edition

Another great review of "Moving to Linux" has just appeared on the USA LUG Website. Here's a quick quote from the article : "Easy and entertaining to read, yet full of information. I have found this book to be one of the best resources available for examining the easy to use desktop Linux systems and the applications that they run." Yeah, it's somewhat positive [ insert appropriate smiley here ]. To read the whole review, just click this link.



Review of "Moving to Linux", second edition

Linux Magazine, the UK version, is running a review of "Moving to Linux : Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye!", second edition, in their April 2006 issue. You can get the magazine at your favorite retailer now . . . but you don't need to buy the magazine to read the review since they are making it available online in PDF format. Thank you, Linux Magazine! My favorite quote is "Simply put, this is the perfect book for non-geeks making or even thinking about making the move to Linux." Perfect! Wow!


Childsplay : Marcel's Linux Game of the Month.

I'm a couple of days late getting this information out so my apologies. A new article of mine is now available on the UnixReview.com Website.

This one is part of my Linux Game of the Month series and it is unusual in a few interesting ways. It is not complex, certainly not fast paced, and requires no high-end graphics card to operate. It is aimed at a very young audience, a group that still appreciates wooden shape-matching puzzles and stacking blocks. It's good, simple, educational fun for the younger set and it's called Childsplay.

Parents of kids 2 to 7 years of age will find this one particularly interesting.

Check it out at yon friendly URL.


Want to see a whole bunch of Linux desktops?

Many of the people on this list (your host included) like to try out different Linux distributions. It's not enough that the one we are using works, we still want to see what the other ones look like. If you're mostly curious about the look and feel, it turns out that there's a Website where you can view screen capture video clips of tons of default Linux desktop installations.


BitTorrent : Criminals All!

Those of you who also subscribe to the WFTL-LUG list will have already seen part of this but I wanted to make sure it made it into my blog as well. I wanted to touch on this whole Bittorrent story because of an experience I've had. It's also part of a personal rant I've had lately about businesses and government treating us like criminals without just cause. Yeah, there's some background ranting that needs to be done to clear up how my ire was raised this far (and perhaps my next blog post should be the beginning of this), but I'm going to stick to the Bittorrent story for now.


Interview on XYZ Computing

The fine people over at XYZ computing are running an interview with yours truly. Those of you who visit regularly may have heard me say (or read me saying) some of these things before, but there were certainly some interesting questions. Click right here to read the whole interview. I think I might have gotten a little out of control, however, when they asked me what Linux could learn from Windows XP.


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