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Just because software is free doesn’t mean it’s free software.
This may confuse those who only know the Windows world, where the software animal known as “freeware” is readily available but truly free software is a bit more scarce. They may be excused for thinking, when we Linux users talk about “free software,” that they use free software too. After all, doesn’t a free antivirus program qualify as free software? Or what about that gee-whiz free password manager that’ll generate and store five or six passwords–more if the “pro” version is purchased?
Linux users will also be excused for rolling their eyes before answering, “Nope. Neither of those examples is what we mean by ‘free software.’”
Sure, honest-to-goodness free software is available for Windows. Many, if not most Windows users use a free browser such as Firefox and certainly free office suites such as LibreOffice have gained much traction in the Windows world. Other that that, you usually have to go looking for Windows FOSS, and most of what you’ll find was originally developed to run on Linux. For example, I have my favorite text editor, Bluefish, and my favorite accounting program, GnuCash, installed on the sole Windows machine I use.
But that same Windows machine also has some freeware, which is nonfree, proprietary software that doesn’t cost anything to use or run. Because Windows is inherently insecure I use a “free” antivirus program. Until recently, I also kept a free, but proprietary, firewall installed as well.

Around a year ago, a school in the southeast of England, Westcliff High School for Girls Academy (WHSG), began switching its student-facing computers to Linux, with KDE providing the desktop software. The school's Network Manager, Malcolm Moore, contacted us at the time. Now, a year on, he got in touch again to let us know how he and the students find life in a world without Windows.

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I recorded this on 21 August 2013. I've remixed this as the Rhythm Guitar needed more equalisation.

Lead Guitar - Tracyanne
Rhythm Guitar - Tracyanne
Bass Guitar - Tracyanne
Hydrogen Drum Machine - Tracyanne

Recorded on my Pioneer Computers 2Gig Quad core/8 Gig RAM Ubuntu Studio 13.04 Operating System

The video was put together using KDEnlive

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According to leaked internal documents from the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) that Die Zeit obtained, IT experts figured out that Windows 8, the touch-screen enabled, super-duper, but sales-challenged Microsoft operating system is outright dangerous for data security. It allows Microsoft to control the computer remotely through a built-in backdoor. Keys to that backdoor are likely accessible to the NSA – and in an unintended ironic twist, perhaps even to the Chinese.

The backdoor is called “Trusted Computing,” developed and promoted by the Trusted Computing Group, founded a decade ago by the all-American tech companies AMD, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, and Wave Systems. Its core element is a chip, the Trusted Platform Module (TPM), and an operating system designed for it, such as Windows 8. Trusted Computing Group has developed the specifications of how the chip and operating systems work together.
Its purpose is Digital Rights Management and computer security. The system decides what software had been legally obtained and would be allowed to run on the computer, and what software, such as illegal copies or viruses and Trojans, should be disabled. The whole process would be governed by Windows, and through remote access, by Microsoft.

Now there is a new set of specifications out, creatively dubbed TPM 2.0. While TPM allowed users to opt in and out, TPM 2.0 is activated by default when the computer boots up. The user cannot turn it off. Microsoft decides what software can run on the computer, and the user cannot influence it in any way. Windows governs TPM 2.0. And what Microsoft does remotely is not visible to the user. In short, users of Windows 8 with TPM 2.0 surrender control over their machines the moment they turn it on for the first time.

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This is my Guitar, as you can see it's not actually a Fender Statocaster. It's actually a copy made by Fender in China, so if you like it's a cheap knock off of a real Fender Statocaster, made by Fender in China. It's called a Squier.

Historically Fender originally had them manufactured in Japan, but when the Japanese Squier turned out to be a better Fender than the genuine American made Fender, they stopped manufacturing them in Japan. The Japanese Squiers are actually collectors items.

Anyway mine is a Chinese manufactured Squier. The interesting thing is the only real problem with the Chinese manufactured Squier is the electrics (the pickups and the controls, but mostly the pickups), the wood and woodworking is not significantly different from the American made Fenders, and mine certainly has good tonal quality wood in the body and neck (this is according to a friend who is a Luthier). So with his help I replaced the electrics (replaced the pickups with genuine fender pickups) and redid the earth shielding by taking all earth shields to a single point, there by canceling any hum, and rewired the pickup selector switch to change which pickups work together.

So now for less than half the price of a genuine American made Fender my Franken Guitar sounds just as good.

I was watching Etta James live at Montreaux (1975) and there was Leif Garrett on lead guitar. He must have been 16 or 17.

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This is the Bass Guitar I'm currently using. It's a Fleetwood Barney Fan Fretted 4 String. This one is actually his prototype which he has loaned me while he builds my new 5 string, which will also be Fan fretted.

My new Bass will be built using Queensland Maple for the body and neck, which will be glued as a single piece, rather than bolted together, as this prototype is. The wood will be oiled to show off the grain, rather than painted

I've been looking for Software to aid in the design of speaker boxes. Specifically for speakers for my Tube Guitar Amplifiers. The really interesting thing is there are no, repeat no, applications for Linux, nor any FOSS applications for any other Operating System.

Given this is a highly technical area, I would have thought AT LEAST 1 person involved in the study of Sound and Audio Systems would have developed an application on and for Linux, and licensed it under a Free Software licence

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I recorded this in June , July 2013. This is the first time I've used my new set up. A Pioneer Computers DreamBook with a 2 Gig Quad Core CPU, 8 Gig of RAM and 64 bit Ubuntu Studio. This machine is powerful enough that I can record in Audacity while playing back what I've already recorded with almost zero latency, which makes creating the tracks much easier.

Once again the Tracyannes lineup is

Lead Guitar - Tracyanne
Rhythm Guitar - Tracyanne Bass (Short Scale Fan fretted
Bass built by Fleetwood Barney) - Tracyanne
Drums (Hydrogen Drum Machine) - Tracyanne

My drum tracks are still pretty ordinary, I'm still learning how to put a drum section together. If I can get some help from a drummer I may do a better job of it.

I hope everyone enjoys this track. Thanks for listening.

I saw the Lone Ranger last night. It was at least as bad as the Critics say it is. A real pity, as it could have been a good movie if Disney had taken it seriously and not added all the slapstick and other elements to prove to the less than well endowed intellectually that the Lone Ranger  wasn't real.

That's the second movie I've seen in two weeks that were not worth the effort. The first was World War Z. That's Zed for Zombie, which I think the movie might have been.
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