Kevin O'Brien

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Slide Shows uploaded and ready to roll

One of the things I wanted to do when I set this site up was provide some of the content I have put together over the last couple of years. As an active member (and now President) of the Washtenaw Linux Users Group, I have done various presentations for our monthly meetings. I have also …

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NAS, Raid, and Unraid

These days many of us have home networks with multiple computers with growing collections of media files. And with that comes the idea of adding storage. Of course, you can add larger hard drives to your computers, but there are advantages to having Network-Attached Storage (NAS). One advantage is that it lets you make use …

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Freedom and Responsibility

Linux is an example of what is called Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), but the word free may require just a little unpacking to get at what is meant here. Free can mean “does not require the payment of money”, and to Linux users this is often stated as “Free as in beer.” This …

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Project Timelord, or How Not To Build A Project

As the latest versions of the Ubuntu family came out at the end of October, you could hear certain grumblings, particularly as regards the KDE version, Kubuntu. This was not a new issue, really. For the last few years there has been controversy and accusations about how Canonical has supported Kubuntu. For instance, Aaron Seigo …

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Linux Training Resources from IBM

A great resource for anyone who is interested in advancing a career in Linux is the IBM web site at This site has a lot of useful information, including some structured tutorials for LPI certification. To see the LPI tutorials, go to the Training link on the left (, and look for the “LPI …

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Welcome To

Welcome to my site, I hope you will find it useful. This is a site devoted to my explorations of Linux, the free, open-source operating system. Free is a word with various meanings in English. One meaning is free as in freedom. Software is “free” if you have the freedom to use it as you …

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