Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Upcoming event: CloudCamp Brussels

Check out the place to be for tomorrow, 30. October 2008 !

CloudCamp in Brussels

This event is the best opportunity to get in conctat with other cloud-computing enthusiasts, to discuss and to get facts about technical details plus the business perspective. Register here and cu there :)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

podcast: openQRM and cloud computing

Had the chance to meet John Willis at last weekend's T-Dose open-source conference. He is the man behind the "IT Management and Cloud Blog" and he created a podcast about "OpenQRM - The Little Four are Back" for his "CloudCafe" blog. Thanks John !
Enjoy :)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Get the facts about ERP at

If you want to get facts about ERP do not miss the Event on Open Source ERP solutions at the 18 november and 2 december 2008 !

Profoss ( is organising an informative event on 19 november and 2 december 2008 in Brussels about open source ERP solutions, proposing talks by specialists in ERP and enterprise IT. This event is aimed for IT professionals looking to expand their knowledge of the ERP market.

Will be present:

  • Fabien Pinckaers, Founder and CEO of OpenERP,
  • Pierre Spilleboudt, President of Audaxis who will present an open source ERP evaluation method
  • Norbert Wessel, sp├ęcialist in Adempiere and frequent speaker
  • Ron Kramer, sp├ęcialist in OpenBravo
  • Dirk Tombeur, from Microsoft, who will talk about interfacing open source ERP solutions with proprietary products
  • Andreas Kuhne, from Trustable, who will give an example of pripheral software integrated with open source ERP solutions

Case studies will also be presented, enabling participants to discover the implications of an ERP roll-out in their company, with not only possible associated problems but also the solutions to apply.

Due to its goal of objective information, this event is a must for all people interested or involved in the ERP domain, open source or not.

All details about this event and the registration form are available at the Profoss website at

Thursday, October 9, 2008

my mom on linux

Bottom line first: This is a story of success !

My lovely mum was used to a Windows 2003 system which was fully filled with crap programs she never need. With some assistance she got quite familiar with email, surfing in the net, capturing and modifying pictures from her digital camera, scanning paintings, chatting with skype and so on.

So it recently happens that her system got unstable. It turned out to be a physical harddisk-failure crashing the system after a random amount of time. Luckily my mom made her homework and had all her personal data burnt to CD's already. Good mum, I am proud of you.

Since I did not plan to futher maintain any windows system (not to mentioned that I for sure won't install Vista on her computer) I switched her to Linux :) ... my mum seemed to got a bit afraid of this idea, anyway.

I bought a new harddisk and an additonal external USB harddisk for her, replaced the bad disk with the new one, gave the latest Ubuntu CD to my mom and told her :
"Now, please install your computer".

... she looked at me as if was from outter space. I quickly convinced here to start.

So, you know what happened. In less than 10 mouse clicks she had her new Ubuntu Linux-system up + running.

She asked : "That was it ? The installation is already finished now ? Unbelievable ..."

With some help she then put all her personal data back, enabled the mediaubuntu repository, installed skype, get used to openoffice (within some minutes) and enabled the remote-desktop option so that I always can help her from remote. Worked out pretty well I thought and was curious if she adadapts to it and how long it will take.
Now a good week is over since she moved to Linux and here are some quotes from here :

"This Linux made my computer a lot faster than before."

I asked her if the new system is kind to her and she replied :
"Oh, yes, very kind. It is much more convinient and easier to use now"

She told me :
"Really nice, this Linux system. To be honest I was quite afraid that everything will be different and I would need to learn lots of things from the scratch. But no, things are simple to understand and I am already back working with it like I was used to before. It is just easier and more transparent now."

Last thing on my todo list for her is to install a simply rolling backup cron job using rsync to backup her home directoy on the external usb disk. No big deal and we will all slepp better then.

My resume is that switching my mum to Linux was exactly the right thing.
Now her system is maintainable and she really starts to like it very much.
Another positive side-effect is that the friends who previously helped my mum with her computer do not have any clue from Linux so they won't be able to install any useless crap-software she do not need anyway.
Mum is happy and me too, hehehehe. Thought it would be a good example of Linux arriving on the Desktop.

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