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What are we supposed to do with citizen inquiries such as this?

Posted in Dollhouse and Linux with tags , on October 3, 2010 by toresimonsen

I’ve made a lot of inquiries into government programs, but what happens to these things? It seems, not even the government knows….

Here is a small example regarding the use of Open Office instead of Microsoft licenses. (It’s been so long, it might be Libre Office).

(At the request of commentors, I have cut and paste the text rather than post the jpgs).

from
Tore Simonsen

to
Tony.Rees@state.mn.us
date
Wed, May 20, 2009 at 9:55 AM
subject OET questions.

I am just inquiring as to whether as part of the budget cutting process, the State of Minnesota has considered a transition to OpenOffice.

I am wondering how many Microsoft Licenses are currently being paid for?

What are the total costs of these licenses?

How many of these licenses are for Microsoft Office?

What the total costs of these licenses are?

How many new licenses OET plans to be purchasing during the new budget cycle?

Whether the state of Minnesota has considered making a transition to OoO? 

It appears to have saved the French police some money, has such an option been considered in Minnesota?

http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2009/03/french-police-saves-millions-of-euros-by-adopting-ubuntu.ars

Short follow up email:

From: Tore Simonsen [mailto:toresimonsen@gmail.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 11:55 AM
To: Tony Rees (OET)
Subject: OET questions.
 
I am just inquiring as to whether as part of the budget cutting process, the State of Minnesota has considered a transition to Open Office.

The response:

from
Tony Rees (OET)
to
Tore Simonsen
date
Thu, May 21, 2009 at 7:47 AM
subject
RE: OET questions.
mailed-by
state.mn.us

Larry:
 
Received this yesterday.  What are we supposed to do with citizen inquires such as this?  Investigate and reply?
 
Tony
 
Tony Rees
Financial Analysis Manager
Office of Enterprise Technology
658 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55155
651-201-1106
tony.rees@state.mn.us
http://www.oet.state.mn.us

Another email from me:

Tore Simonsen
 to Tony

show details 5/22/09

It was not my intention to cause you any unnecessary work.  I assumed the information was readily knowable and that it would just require a quick answer.

I was able to review several useful reports on your website. The closest thing I found to documenting the costs was the Enterprise Information Technology Portfolio Report (2009). For example, it stated that the Medical Practices Board planned to upgrade to Windows Vista and MSOffice 2007 to the SLMB Boards. However, I could not locate the specific costs of such measures for that or any other agency.

I was surprised I could not identify the costs for MS Windows orOffice licenses in that report. As for the Microsoft licenses, I can only assume that the number is at least 25,000 and probably closer to 32,000. ( I read in 2005 it was 25,000 but I see you are currently upgrading 32,300 Outlook licenses.)
It appears that the Air Force has adopted an approach which might be adaptable for Minnesota1. To paraphrase their model: ‘We want to pay for unique intellectual property when they are best of breed, but not succumb to code and vendor-specific lock-in situations. Acquisition of proprietary solutions needs to be a conscience choice, not an assumption. The default should be open technology development where standards and interfaces are open and accessible and best of breed software is utilized, all coupled with the Air Force exercising data rights.’ (emphasis added).  

As a steward of public money in a materially constrained environment, I would hope you are actively considering open source alternatives.  I would think that in a financially challenging environment, such alternatives would be compelling, if not simply necessary.

In an October 2008 review available online at Ars Technica, the reviewer wrote:

“Although OpenOffice.org has not yet reached full parity with Microsoft Office, it is maturing at a rapid pace and is already capable of meeting the basic needs of many average computer users. It is an ideal choice for schools and is an increasingly viable choice for small businesses and home users that don’t rely on the more advanced capabilities of Microsoft’s office suite.”

In any event, it seems less important that I am aware of the specific costs of your Microsoft licensing arrangements than you are.  My hope is that your agency is aware of and considering opensource alternatives at state agencies.  I am also concerned that many open source alternatives, available for free download online, do not have the staff to submit materials in an RFP process and therefore may be overlooked during the decision making process.

Thank you for taking the time to review this information.  
  
Tore Simonsen

1Linux.com (April 2007). “Open Technology within DoD, Intel Systems”.http://www.linux.com/feed/61302.“Our goal is to increase technical efficiency and reduce software lifecycle costs within DoD,” said Chuck Riechers, Principal Deputy, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition. “TheOpen Technology Development roadmap sets out a strategic vision that encourages the use of open standards, open data interfaces and best-of-breed open source software solutions when and where appropriate. “We are not mandating that it’s either “open” or “proprietary” solutions,” he continued “We want to pay for unique intellectual property when they are best of breed, but not succumb to code and vendor-specific lock-in situations. Acquisition of proprietary solutions needs to be a conscience choice, not an assumption. The default should be “open technology development,” where standards and interfaces are open and accessible and best of breed software is utilized, all coupled with the Air Force exercising data rights. Further, we need to move toward an increased competitive, collaborative and interoperable environment across the Services and industry for technology development. This strategy will help to minimize redundant development efforts and enable more agile development and deployment of systems.”

Another response

Tony Rees (OET)
 to me

show details 5/22/09

Although I am relatively new to OET and was not here for the start of the FY2010 budget process, I am attempting to answer the thrust of your question related to open source software.  I have contacted the technical people and will get back to you as soon as I hear from them.
 
Regards,
 
Tony Rees
Financial Analysis Manager
Office of Enterprise Technology
658 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55155
651-201-1106
tony.rees@state.mn.us
http://www.oet.state.mn.us

Last email:

Michael Muilenburg (OET)
 to me

show details 6/3/09

Hi Mr. Simonsen –
 
Thanks for your emails.  We appreciate the ideas and input.  We continue to evaluate our software licenses and options and will take your thoughts into consideration.
 
Thanks again,
 
Michael Muilenburg | Office of Enterprise Technology
658 Cedar Street | Saint Paul, MN | 55155 
651.556.8005 phone | 651.215.3877 fax 

Our Savior Job Club- BYOC

Posted in Dollhouse and homeless, Dollhouse and Jobs, Dollhouse and Linux with tags , , on March 23, 2010 by toresimonsen

I attended Our Savior’s job club last night. Basically, the job club is focused on resume writing and online applications.

Unfortunately, the computer lab at Our Savior appears inadequate for the job. The computer I was working on did not have any Microsoft Office products on it. I suggested they put OpenOffice on the machines. The computer also did not have Adobe Acrobat reader. I was able to read the resume I had on my USB by uploading it to my GoogleDocs account. Such a measure is not practical.

There was no way, I could use the machine to effectively create a resume. WordPad was the most advanced program on there.

In the meantime, the computer lab was being redesigned to avoid perceived threats to “security”. Most people will wonder what threats to security there could possibly be to a homeless shelter computer. The computers are dilapitated and have no important information on them. Most people simply want to be able to use the computers to their fullest abilities as a way of communicating with the rest of the world to advance their own opportunities. People are interested in social networking and job seeking and creative endeavors. As IT continues to focus on security it overlooks functionality and the machines are increasingly useless. Job sites get blocked, documents do not get created, and connections are not made.

It remains unexplained why there is not an emphasis on making sure that people can use the machines to the fullest extent possible rather than an emphasis on simply restricting use in response to phantom threats.

Soon, Our Savior Job Club will basically be BYOC or forget it. Of course, I’ve always maintained they overlook the obvious solution of USB bootable systems which would allow for some user flexibilty while bypassing many security concerns…

1005 down to Linux USB for now.

Posted in 1, Dollhouse and Linux with tags , on March 22, 2010 by toresimonsen

In an unfortunate setback, my 1005PEB suffered a serious setback this morning. It appears the touchpad was not running under Windows 7. I checked for viruses, but this did not solve the problem. Unfortunately, I carelessly booted the Windows recovery partition. This would wipe my entire drive, so I immediately canceled the process. Apparently, even if you exit the recovery mode at the first available opportunity, it alters your MBR and thus crashed my Grub boot loader.

As most people know, I routinely use Linux on USB distros and for now am resigned to running EB4 on a flash drive until I can fix my Grub boot loader. (Yet some people still wonder why I have at least 2 different Linux distros on flash drives at any given point…)

Our Savior Summary

Posted in Dollhouse and cancer, Dollhouse and homeless, Dollhouse and Jobs, Dollhouse and Linux, Dollhouse and Mental Health Issues with tags , , , , , , on March 20, 2010 by toresimonsen

I have just over one week left at Our Savior’s Shelter. The experience has been fairly decent compared to other shelters. In terms of the shelters I have experienced so far, each one has its own advantages and disadvantages.

The free to stay shelters I have stayed at include Tramp Camp on Currie, Harbor Lights Safe Bay, and Dorothy Day in St. Paul. Of the free emergency shelters I have been to, I feel that Dorothy Day in St. Paul was the best. The food was not great. It required a breathalyzer at check in. Nevertheless, you can rent a locker there and the spacing for the mats on the floor was fairly decent.

Tramp Camp is not a very good place to stay in the free to stay category. The following refers to the free to stay elements at Tramp camp. The food is not great. On the first floor there are no lockers. It is crowded. You sleep on a mat on the floor. You have to get there early enough to get a bed. Sometimes there is no room at Tramp camp. If it does fill up and then your only choice is to go to Safe Bay next door.

Safe Bay remains the worst place for free to stay. The following is an assessment of the free to stay area of the shelter known as Safe Bay. In the free to stay portion, there are no lockers to secure your possessions. You can get a blanket if you give them some form of identification. The food is not great, some have called it a “nutritional” line. You cannot go back for seconds and the food service tends to be earlier in the evening than at other places like St. Stephens, Simpson’s shelters, or Our Savior. People note that they feel hungry again at night when they eat so early. Safe Bay has no privacy in the bathrooms. The bathrooms are generally very crowded in the morning. Most people note the lack of doors or curtains on bathroom facilities. Conditions at Safe Bay are very crowded. There is almost no spacing between the matts. It is very hard to get sleep at Safe Bay. You sleep in a crowded room with a lot of other people. There is always some activity to disturb you. You worry about the security of your possessions because you cannot lock them up and must keep everything on you. There are no extras at the shelter- there is no television, no computer room, and no exercise equipment (none of the shelters I have stayed at has provided any exercise equipment). It remains the free to stay shelter of last resort.

In light of that, let us look briefly at Our Savior.

Our Savior is much nicer as shelter environments go. It opens at 6 p.m. And you must be out by 7:00 a.m. The latest you can check in is 10 pm, unless you have a work exemption.

You are allowed to leave Our Savior and check back in later. It is not like some shelters which require you to stay after you check in. Unfortunately, there is not much to do in the immediate area after 7:30 pm, so most people tend to stay in after they check in for dinner.

Volunteers provide food for the shelter. They are usually church groups. For the most part, the selection alternates between easy to prepare Mexican dishes (burritos, tacos) and pasta dishes (Lasagna, etc…) Dinner is served at 7 pm.

Breakfasts are much more complicated. You only have half an hour to eat and use the bathroom after the 6:00 a.m. wake up. The kitchen and bathroom close at 6:30 a.m. With everyone rushing around in the morning, you can get traffic jams during the early morning, especially with the sink area. Most of the time, your options are breakfast bars, bread (peanut butter etc…) or cereal. I usually opt for the cereal. Once in a while, a volunteer group will serve a “hot breakfast” which is usually an eggs or omelets and sausages. It can vary depending on the group. One time, a group came in and there hot breakfast was cold. Although they subsequently reheated the breakfast, many people had to eat their breakfast cold owing to the time constraints. This was a rare exception, however, to an otherwise acceptable breakfast service. The weakest part of breakfast appears to be the constant spoon shortage in the morning. People opting to have coffee compete with people having cereal and spoon shortages routinely occur in the morning.

The shelter does not require you to leave until 7:00 a.m. Most people do not have a place to go before 7:00 a.m. Branch 3 of Catholic Charities opens at 7:00 a.m. and is a likely destination. A 7:30 departure time would allow people to take advantage of Branch 3 second shift much more readily. If you get to Branch 3 for the 7:00 a.m. breakfast service, you will have to wait outside between 7:30-8:00 a.m. to re-enter after breakfast. It is much better to arrive for the second shift, where the wait time is only for the post breakfast clean up (usually ten minutes).

Most people may be unaware that the shelters are closed during the day. This means most homeless people end up at the library (opens at 10 a.m. weekdays), Branch 3 (opens at 7:00 a.m. weekdays), or a job center (openings vary by location).

It is not clear why the shelters, including Our Savior, are so insistent on early departure times when there are very few destinations for people to go to. On the weekends, it is especially tough for people as most places, including the skyways, do not open early. Sunday is particularly problematic with a 12 pm. library opening in the downtown area and Branch 3 being closed entirely. I keep recommending people opt for coffee on the weekends at a location, like Dunn Brothers on 3rd Avenue, which allows for free refills of coffee and limited computer access. In any event, on a weekday, the usual goal is to get into the skyway as quickly as possible and find a destination. I recommend the law library at the Hennepin County Government Center. It is on the 24th floor and opens at 8:00 a.m. You can get limited computer access as well as read a newspaper. It is a good place to spend until 10:00 a.m. when the regular library opens.

Our Savior has a computer lab which is open whenever there is a volunteer to staff it. The computers are very old and the internet access is very slow. Not surprisingly, the computers have limited functionality. They do allow guests to use the printer liberally. Some computers have Adobe readers and others do not. Currently, one computer is broken down. I find my Asus 1005 PEB is a much better machine than the ones available.

Our Saviors could improve peoples access to the computers. The computers themselves are very slow and outdated. The software offering is not first rate. Allowing Knoppix USB bootable systems (or other linux USB bootable systems) would overcome security concerns and improve user flexibilty. The computer lab should be open everyday. For the most part, most users do not experience significant technical difficulties and simply opening the lab would be nice.

Second, Our Saviors could expand the ability of people to use their own technology. People should be able to access wifi networks at the shelter. It is inconceivable why free wi-fi networks are not offered at the shelters. Currently, at our Savior, at least two of us could benefit from wi-fi access at the shelter.

The shelter also has a photocopy machine and fax machine. Guests can use the photocopy machine upon request.

A phone line is downstairs and people can use it for up to 15 minutes.

Our Savior also has a visiting doctor once a week. In addition to that, other visitors may also arrive to provide additional services. Since I have been there, at least one county worker has come by.

You can do laundry for $1 at Our Savior. The laundry schedules are very competitive. You may have to settle for a 3:00 am laundry time if you are unlucky.

To get into Our Savior, you need to win a place at the lottery. The lottery occurs on Monday night at Simpson shelter. You need to arrive no later than 6:30 pm to be eligible for a bed. Simpson and St. Stephens have a policy of 28 days on and 28 days off. That is, you can win a bed for 28 days, but then are not eligible for the subsequent 28 days. Our Savior by contrast has a policy of 28 days on, but 60 days off. This means after your 28 days are up, you are not eligible for another 28 days.

Unlike other shelters, you can get a 28 day bed through the wait list. At Simpson and St. Stephen’s, wait listed people only get a stay for one week. At Our Savior, the wait list stay can be for the full 28 days. Although it is unlikely that you will get in owing to the lack of beds, as the week goes on, your chances of getting a bed dramatically improve. Amazingly enough, last night so few people were calling in that there were beds available and no one to take them. At Our Savior, you must call in every night to be eligible for a bed. My guess is that as the weather gets better, the shelters in general will empty out as people will prefer to stay in less restrictive environments outdoors.

You do get assigned a case manager at Our Savior. If you get a job and reach certain savings goals, you can extend your stay. Most of the programs I am aware of target ex-felons, veterans, or chemically or mentally ill people. It is not clear how much over-reporting of chemical and mental illness occurs. My guess is it is substantial as people are trying to fit themselves into benefits boxes in the absence of alternatives. My guess is the number of “mentally ill” and “chemically dependent” homeless people would drop dramatically if programs were offered to regular people. What I am suggesting is that the data on homelessness people is being skewed by the absence of social programs for people without mental illness or chemically dependent people.

Our Savior does have a job club. It meets semi-regularly on Monday and Thursday. I have not been able to attend the club. I tried to attend it on a Monday, but it was not happening that particular Monday. Monday is a strange day in any case for the shelter staff to have job club meetings as it is also the day of the lottery. It would make more sense to have the events on Wednesdays or Fridays (Tuesdays and Thursdays are late nights at the library- 8 pm close). Ideally, Saturday and Sunday would also be a great day for job clubs as it is very hard to get any job club services on the weekends in the Twin Cities. Places like the workforce center and PPL are closed. I am still not sure why there are no job sites open on the weekend.

Sex segregation is the general rule. The men and the women sleep in separate wings of the shelter. There is no ability to enter the opposing wings. Women are not allowed in the men’s wing and vice-versa. Men and women do encounter each other in the common areas, such as the kitchen and television room.

Chores. Each bed gets assigned a chore to do. For the most part, these are simple things that involve sweeping, emptying garbage cans, or cleaning a specific area. The chores usually take a short amount of time to do. I have the night chore of sweeping and mopping the men’s bathroom on Weds. Thurs. Friday. In the morning, most people perform their chores between 6:30-7:00 a.m. (after kitchen/bathroom) system.

There are a lot of rules at Our Savior. Violation of rules can result in strikes. Three strikes and you are out of luck. There is a process for challenging strikes, but I am not sure how effective that is. You can get a strike for seemingly trivial violations.

I have only seen a few people be immediately thrown out for disturbances. Most of the time, staff asks them to leave. If they offer resistance, the staff policy appears to be to call the police. In general, the staff is friendly.

Our Savior follows the trend of widespread surveillance. There are cameras in the hallway and common areas that monitor everything. The staff watches two large monitors in the entry room. Each monitor has multiple camera feeds. Ocassionally, a loud voice will proclaim, “Please get out of the kitchen” if someone is in the kitchen.

Grayson Barber (PERSONAL INFORMATION IN GOVERNMENT RECORDS: PROTECTING THE PUBLIC INTEREST IN PRIVACY, St. Louis Public Law Review) includes an interesting discussion of the effects of constant surveillance by George Kateb.

“One is crudely treated as interesting and even as presumptively or potentially guilty, no matter how law abiding one is. . . . . . . . One is placed under constant suspicion just by being placed under constant watchfulness and subjected to the implicit interrogation that exists when the accumulated information on oneself is seen as a set of integrated answers that add up to a helpless, an unauthored autobiography. Such a loss of innocence . . . . . . . is so massive that the insult involved constitutes an assault on the personhood or human status of every individual.” George Kateb, On Being Watched and Known, 68 SOCIAL RES. 269, 275 (2001) at 274-75.

Our Savior also engages in the destructive practice of random breathalyzers. Although it is important for people not to be disturbed by drunk roommates, it is not clear why shelters cannot limit their testing to people who show actual signs of intoxication rather than conduct random breath tests of everyone.

Our Savior has an internal smoking room. The smoking room is next to the dining area. While allowing smoking, Our Savior also promotes smoking cessation programs.

On the issue of sleep, Our Savior does a fair job compared to other shelters. The rooms are usually shared with one to three other people. This means you do not have the constant interruption in sleep that occurs at places like Tramp Camp or Safe Harbor. In Safe Harbor, one feels almost constantly sleep deprived. Safe Harbor is nothing more than a place to stay warm. At Our Savior, sleep is at least possible.

Nationally, there has been a crackdown on people sleeping in public. For a brief time, the ninth circuit attempted to follow Robinson in challenging the city anti-sleep ordinances, but the decision was ultimately vacated by agreement of the parties. (I refer here to the decision in Jones v. City of Los Angeles). In my opinion, the decision placed too much emphasis on whether or not there was shelter space and not enough emphasis on whether or not you could actually get sleep at the shelters. That is, in my opinion, the focus should be on whether or not you are likely to be sleep deprived rather than on whether or not you are being sheltered because as Safebay demonstrates, the two are not necessarily connected.

I recently saw someone removed from the main area of the library for trying to sleep on the property. Sleep is a valuable and hard to get commodity for homeless people- finding a place to sleep during the day to make up for a poor nights sleep would be invaluable. (Some have suggested Branch 3, but it seems far too noisy and only offers chairs).

Storage at Our Savior is fairly decent compared to other shelters. You get a locker which is much more expansive than most lockers. It is the largest locker I have had in any shelter settings. You can also store things under the bed (unsecured).

Our Savior does provide you with soap, a toothbrush, basic toiletries, and even some laundry soap at check in. Like most shelters, it does no provide a toothbrush holder or offer hard cover glasses cases.

The shower configuration is okay. There are four showers behind a curtain. Each shower has its own shower curtain. Generally, people can undress behind the main curtain and then get behind the shower curtain before getting completely undressed. There are curtains on the showers affording some privacy. (In Los Angeles, it was group showers at Union Gospel Mission, for example. There is very little privacy at Safe Harbor). (St. Stephen’s and Simpson both have more privacy in their showering options.) The water at Our Savior is much too hot. It takes time to adjust to the very hot water.

On the weekdays, the lights go out at 10 pm. For the most part, your sleep will depend on your roommates but many are as tired as you are by the end of the day. The wake up is an early 6:00 a.m. This may not seem strange to people who get up to go to work, but understand, there are few places homeless people need or even can be very early in the morning. On some days, when it is extremely cold, the shelters will allow a slightly later departure time. However, there are plenty of cold, windy, and rainy days, when you will be outside at 7:00 a.m. It is at least a 20 minute walk to the nearest skyway- usually at the convention center.

You are allowed a few nights out. You can tell staff you will not be and will not lose your bed twice during the 28 days. You must stay at the shelter your first two nights.

Television viewing generally occurs after dinner time and before 10 pm. You can stay up until 11 pm on some days, like Friday. Our Savior does have cable. Women get to pick the show certain nights and men other nights. The shelter has some movies on DVD which you can watch upon request.

Some resident art hangs in a hallway, but I’m not sure what other cultural amenities exist.

Our Savior did have a short community meeting with shelter residents. The community meeting did not provide for extensive feedback. Instead people were told to make comments in the suggestion box. I am not sure how effective this is. I also feel that the relatively short stays do not encourage systemic reform as most people will be gone before they can make or implement changes.

In general, like the rest of the shelter system, Our Saviors does not seem to broadly encourage the input of “clients” or residence in the administration of its programs. Most programs in general would do better if they understood the residence needs better. It is also driven by staff intensive administrative concepts and a traditional shelter organizational and operational technique which seems expensive and outmoded in light of what might be achieved more effectively at less cost. If there was more emphasis on self-direction and less on homeless monitoring and management, the environment would be healthier.

That’s my quick assessment of Our Savior.

Eeebuntu problem solved.

Posted in <3, Dollhouse and Linux with tags on February 22, 2010 by toresimonsen

After a significant period of time, my EEEbuntu is up and running again. I am very happy to have my linux OS back up and running.

For people who wanted to see what the error was, you can watch the error on video. There is a lot of reflection on my notebook. Sorry about that. All this really shows is what happened when I logged in- an inky black screen of nothingness. No GUI.

In any case, a solution for my 1005PEB problem was worked on on the forums. Thanks to Tortel for helping with the problem. If you have a similar problem, you may want to check it out.

I still have plenty of work to do to get the linux system in shape. I need to work on getting Skype up and running next.

Linux on my Asus EEE 1005PEB

Posted in Dollhouse and Linux on February 8, 2010 by toresimonsen

After several attempts at testing out different Linux distros, I finally found one that worked. EEEbuntu 3.0 appears to be a well adapted Linux distro for the Asus EEE PC 1005. It is not perfect. In order to get things working, there were several minor problems.

I had to makes sure I was using the appropriate kernal (2.6.30). Prior to using that kernal, EEEbuntu did not provide proper output to my lcd screen. I attatched my EEEbuntu to an external monitor to make the necessary corrections. Likewise the athero wireless drivers are not ready out of the box. Again, this required that I download and instlal the requisite drivers to a USB stick and then install it on my EEEbuntu. Flash support is also a matter of following a few detailed steps.

The EEEbuntu forums appear to provide clear and accurate steps for addressing many of these problems.

EEEbuntu also provides excellent power management features.

I have not yet undertaken the challenge to configure my Skype yet or the microphone in general. It looks like a bit of work.

I must acknowledge that the preloaded Windows7 does an excellent job of providing ready to go support for all your computing needs. (Still keeping my system dual boot means that I can always fall back on Windows for the propietary software and hardware programs, while retaining the ability to enjoy Linux specific features.)

Testing new Distros.

Posted in Dollhouse and homeless, Dollhouse and Linux with tags , , , , on January 26, 2010 by toresimonsen

It’s been a while since I have had the chance to play around with linux. Since my netbook was stolen yesterday, installing Linux distros took a back seat to recovery.

The good news is that I am currently in the process of trying new distros. I have been able too boot my netbook using my Knoppix USB. In addition to that, I currently installed a 4GB persisent Linux Mint 8 on an SD card. Works great. I’m updating this post with it. I would love to testdrive the Fluxbox version as well to see how the power saving features work. Might make more sense for a netbook.

Other than that, I am still exploring ways to get Skype to work on portable systems. I played around at St. Stephen’s yesterday with trying to get the system to work with my Knoppix drive, but sound drivers did no come through. I can access my Skype, but no sound works. It would be very nice to get a portable Skype solution going.

Update: Well I’ve been toying around with my Netbook 1005PEB. I have a problem getting the touchpad/keyboard working. It does not seem atypical. Also, for some strange reason, Skype will not install on my Mint8. I tried to do USB installs of Ubuntu, MintFluxbox, Ubuntu Netbook Remix, and Linux Mint. In all cases, I ended up with the buggy touchpad behavior. It looks like it will take a long time to get all of the features working. I must admit, Windows7 starter is doing a great job of running on this netbook. The power saving features are very nice.

I’ve posted on the Mint forums looking for a solution to the Touchpad issues. I am hoping an answer will come soon as I would love to have access to multiple screens.

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