How Ubuntu Passion Sometimes Beats Windows Preloads

Check out this Ubuntu Linux dispatch from The VAR Guy, a mystery blogger over at our sister site,

Sure, Microsoft expects Windows’ installed base to top 1 billion licenses by the end of this year. But in the shadow of Windows Vista, a rather remarkable trend — known as an InstallFest — continues to transform Linux from a fringe desktop option into a mainstream Windows alternative. Here’s the scoop.

The VAR Guy is preaching to the crowd here on But it’s good to see his type starting to understand Ubuntu’s growing impact on desktops.


Five Trends at Southern California Linux Expo

The VAR Guy, our guest blogger from, is skipping Disneyland this weekend and keeping a close eye on the Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE), which runs February 8-10 at the Westin Los Angeles. Here are five trends and themes The VAR Guy will be tracking at the event. Continue reading